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Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 review

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The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 currently has an Informr score of 5.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

If you think that the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 is just another Android tablet, well, you’re right. After all, it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, and runs on a mildly outdated yet still quite capable ARM Cortex A9 processor with 1GB of RAM. It comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB configurations, and can easily give you up to 10 hours of battery life per charge. With its 9.7-inch 1024x768 pixel resolution touchscreen display, it weighs in at just a little less than 600 grams. What’s most interesting about it perhaps is the fact that you can buy it in any color you like, as long as it’s black.

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109’s other hardware features include a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS with A-GPS. As you can imagine, these features would go quite well with the built-in software and all of the aftermarket apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play store. You could download an e-book reader app and turn it into a dedicated digital book reading device. Or perhaps get some of the latest games and play them online with your friends (all four of them, sure). Maybe you could even use it as your main device for multimedia consumption, just to watch movies, play music, or see picture slideshows on. Web browsing works fine on the built-in browser, too.

Whichever direction you decide to go in with the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109, you’re sure to have a fun-filled digital time with the help of Google’s electronically-powered green little robots. You have to actually decide to buy the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 first, though. Otherwise you might end up with a different model that has superior hardware and software on it instead.

Need to Know: Lenovo IdeaTab S2109

1. Comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. (The Good)

2. Large screen makes it ideal for watching 720p HD movies on the go. (The Good)

3. Overall feature set is quite limited compared with what’s standard in Android tablets of today’s market. (The Bad)

4. Built-in processor and graphics unit may not be capable of handling the requirements of most modern Android applications, especially 3D games. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
9.7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Trends

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 seems like a good tablet when you first open the box, but the moment you begin to hold and use it, the problems start stacking up. It’s entirely usable and functional, but for $300 to $400, you can do better. It’s current price is $311.20 on Lenovo.com, but stand...

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
TabletPCReview

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 is an approachable device. It doesn't have any sort of cluttered or clunky interface laid on top of Android, it has appealing design features, and it's very much on the affordable side for a 10-inch tablet. But here's the "but" you've been waiting for: just because it's appr...

- Grant Hatchimonji, TabletPCReview
Laptop Magazine

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- Davey Alba, Laptop Magazine
Engadget

Its sluggish performance and short battery life dampen our enthusiasm.

- Sarah Silbert , Engadget
SlashGear

Overall Lenovo has designed a decent mid-range tablet with ok specs, and a low price. With the iPad 2 being just $399 these days, and powerful quad-core Android tablets being similarly priced we had a hard time giving this a thumbs up of any kind. If you’d like to stay under the $400 mark we&...

- Cory Gunther, SlashGear


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Screen Size
9.7"

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109's screen size is 9.7 inches with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Cortex A9 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
24WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 24 WHr battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 30 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

IdeaTab S2109 Specs

Overview
Release date June 20, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex A9 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 24 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.6 x 18.5 x 0.9 cm (9.7 x 7.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 590 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, White balance, Exposure Value
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Digital Trends

It's entirely usable and functional, but for $300 to $400, you can do better

from Digital Trends

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 seems like a good tablet when you first open the box, but the moment you begin to hold and use it, the problems start stacking up. It’s entirely usable and functional, but for $300 to $400, you can do better. It’s current price is $311.20 on Lenovo.com, but st...More

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 seems like a good tablet when you first open the box, but the moment you begin to hold and use it, the problems start stacking up. It’s entirely usable and functional, but for $300 to $400, you can do better. It’s current price is $311.20 on Lenovo.com, but standard is $400. Meanwhile, the Apple iPad 2 costs $400 now and beats the IdeaTab in every meaningful way, as do a lot of other Android tablets, if you want to get down to it. It’s sad, but this isn’t Lenovo’s best effort.

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TabletPCReview

A step behind the competition

from TabletPCReview

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 is an approachable device. It doesn't have any sort of cluttered or clunky interface laid on top of Android, it has appealing design features, and it's very much on the affordable side for a 10-inch tablet. But here's the "but" you've been waiting for: just because it's a...More

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 is an approachable device. It doesn't have any sort of cluttered or clunky interface laid on top of Android, it has appealing design features, and it's very much on the affordable side for a 10-inch tablet. But here's the "but" you've been waiting for: just because it's approachable doesn't mean it's a high-quality device. Its battery life is poor, the display quality is mediocre, and it's extremely underpowered. Tablets are very much entering the quad-core generation, so the S2109 seems a little behind on the times with a dual-core chip that very clearly underperforms.

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Laptop Magazine

It's too pricey compared with the Android competition

from Laptop Magazine

The $349 Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 offers a bright screen, long battery life, and very good sound, but it's too pricey compared with the Android competition. The ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 offers a quad-core CPU and a sharper 1280 x 800 display for just $30 more. If you don't mind a smaller screen, Go...More

The $349 Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 offers a bright screen, long battery life, and very good sound, but it's too pricey compared with the Android competition. The ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 offers a quad-core CPU and a sharper 1280 x 800 display for just $30 more. If you don't mind a smaller screen, Google's new Nexus 7 tablet offers a higher-res display and appreciably more power, too. Overall, the IdeaTab S2109 is a decent tablet, but we wouldn't get it unless the price drops by at least $50.

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Engadget

Offers a clean build of Ice Cream Sandwich in a light and comfortable package

from Engadget

You could do a lot worse than the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109. For $350, you get a comfortable, lightweight design, an IPS display with good viewing angles and a clean build of ICS. Sure, you're sacrificing Tegra 3 power and a higher-res panel, but those specs usually entail a steeper price anyway.

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You could do a lot worse than the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109. For $350, you get a comfortable, lightweight design, an IPS display with good viewing angles and a clean build of ICS. Sure, you're sacrificing Tegra 3 power and a higher-res panel, but those specs usually entail a steeper price anyway.

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SlashGear

Budget friendly, well built but occasional stutters makes it hard to justify

from SlashGear

Overall Lenovo has designed a decent mid-range tablet with ok specs, and a low price. With the iPad 2 being just $399 these days, and powerful quad-core Android tablets being similarly priced we had a hard time giving this a thumbs up of any kind.

If you’d like to stay under the $400 mark we’d easily have to recommend the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T. It rocks a quad-core, higher resolution, and an optional keyboard for only $379, as well as the brand new Google Nexus 7 16GB for just $249. For those looking for a 9.7+ tablet the iPad 2 or even the new Acer Iconia Tab A510 would be a great option....

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Overall Lenovo has designed a decent mid-range tablet with ok specs, and a low price. With the iPad 2 being just $399 these days, and powerful quad-core Android tablets being similarly priced we had a hard time giving this a thumbs up of any kind.

If you’d like to stay under the $400 mark we’d easily have to recommend the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T. It rocks a quad-core, higher resolution, and an optional keyboard for only $379, as well as the brand new Google Nexus 7 16GB for just $249. For those looking for a 9.7+ tablet the iPad 2 or even the new Acer Iconia Tab A510 would be a great option.

In the end the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 is a well built tablet, it functions well and operates smoothly. The mid-range at best specs, low resolution, lack of a rear camera, and occasional stutters makes it hard to justify. For the price you could do better, but if Lenovo drops her down to $299 this might be a slightly different story.

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CNET

Has an appealing price, but it can't compete with similarly priced tablets in overall value

from CNET

The S2109A is a decent device and $350 is an appealing price, but the tablet is less than the sum of its parts. When you start paying close attention to what else is out there, this becomes readily apparent. If you're strictly looking for a 10-inch tablet in this price range, I recommend the $400...More

The S2109A is a decent device and $350 is an appealing price, but the tablet is less than the sum of its parts. When you start paying close attention to what else is out there, this becomes readily apparent. If you're strictly looking for a 10-inch tablet in this price range, I recommend the $400 iPad 2. If you prefer Android, however, the $380 Transformer TF300 is worth the extra $30 (or more) you'd be paying over the S2109A. It has most of the S2109A's ports and is much faster and more stable, with really good cameras, and useful Asus software features.

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Computer Shopper

It would make more sense in the market if it cost significantly less

from Computer Shopper

Aside from its too-brief battery life and high-for-what-you-get price, we didn't find much to dislike about the IdeaTab S2109. It performed reasonably well, the display quality was good, and we loved the performance of the four-speaker SRS sound system. In addition, its thin-and-light constructio...More

Aside from its too-brief battery life and high-for-what-you-get price, we didn't find much to dislike about the IdeaTab S2109. It performed reasonably well, the display quality was good, and we loved the performance of the four-speaker SRS sound system. In addition, its thin-and-light construction made it comfortable to hold and use—not always a given, even in tablets just an ounce or two lighter or heavier. Capable, comfortable, respectable performance, attractive—what more could you ask for in a tablet?

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CNET

Its speakers are powerful, and it sports a comfortable design with an uncluttered Android 4.0 interface and an appealing price

from CNET

A decent device and $350 is an appealing price, but the tablet is less than the sum of its parts. When you start paying close attention to what else is out there, this becomes readily apparent. If you're strictly looking for a 10-inch tablet in this price range, I recommend the $400 iPad 2. If you prefer Android, however, the $380 Transformer TF300 is worth the extra $30 (or more) you'd be paying over the S2109A. It has most of the S2109A's ports and is much faster and more stable, with really good cameras, and useful Asus software features....

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A decent device and $350 is an appealing price, but the tablet is less than the sum of its parts. When you start paying close attention to what else is out there, this becomes readily apparent. If you're strictly looking for a 10-inch tablet in this price range, I recommend the $400 iPad 2. If you prefer Android, however, the $380 Transformer TF300 is worth the extra $30 (or more) you'd be paying over the S2109A. It has most of the S2109A's ports and is much faster and more stable, with really good cameras, and useful Asus software features.

If you absolutely have to save that last $30 or so, then money is probably too tight and a tablet may not be the wisest of investments. If you have the disposable income, however, the TF300 is the better Android buy, with the iPad 2 being the overall recommendation in the $300-to-$400 10-inch tablet subcategory.

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PC Magazine

A hard sell when compared with some less-expensive and better-equipped alternatives

from PC Magazine

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 isn't terrible, but it just isn't nearly as good as some of the similarly priced or even cheaper alternatives. At the low end is the $199 Nexus 7, which features better specs in nearly every way at half the price.

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The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 isn't terrible, but it just isn't nearly as good as some of the similarly priced or even cheaper alternatives. At the low end is the $199 Nexus 7, which features better specs in nearly every way at half the price.

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