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Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 review

6.5/10 AVG.
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6.5/10
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The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Consumer electronics products from Lenovo are usually expected to deliver plenty of value for the money, and the IdeaTab A2109 tablet is no exception. It’s one of the few Android-powered tablets on the market with a 9-inch HD screen and it ships with what was once the latest version of the Android software, version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

So what exactly does the A2109 have to offer that’s not available on other tablets?

At first glance, very little. Like so many other tablets released this year, it uses a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, has 1GB of RAM, and has 8 or 16GB of internal storage. Take a look at the size though. Since the 2109 uses a 9-inch screen, it’s a little smaller and therefore lighter and somewhat easier to carry around than most alternatives. Also notice the price. You can buy this tablet for up to $200 cheaper than others with similar specs. That alone makes it a very attractive proposition.

The thing that seems to be the most irksome about this model is the quality of its touchscreen display. According to most reviewers, it offers narrow viewing angles, so it’s good for watching movies or playing games but not for serious reading on the go. For many users that may not be an issue and we think that, as long as Lenovo keeps this one attractively priced, its definitely worth a look.

Need to Know: Lenovo IdeaTab A2109

1. Boasts a 1280x800 9-inch touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default. (The Good)

3. Uses a not-so-powerful version of the quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA. (The Bad)

4. Jelly Bean upgrade is unclear. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
9"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Trends

Lenovo came really close to making a great tablet, but one major flaw keeps the IdeaPad A2109 from a wholehearted recommendation.

- K.T. Bradford, Digital Trends
TabletPCReview

The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is the sort of tablet that would pique my interest if I ever found it on sale. Despite its flaws, it definitely has some redeeming features like its great performance and solid battery life, so if one were to come across it at a discounted price -- say, $250 or so -- then it...

- Grant Hatchimonji, TabletPCReview
Laptop Magazine

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- Konrad Krawczyk , Laptop Magazine
SlashGear

This device is a good effort from Lenovo, but put up in a competition against the rest of the Tegra 3 tablets we’ve seen, it’s just a bit lacking. If you’re looking for a 9-inch tablet with NVIDIA processing power inside it, this is your best bet, that’s for certain – e...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear


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Screen Size
9"

The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109's screen size is 9 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30SL Quad-Core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

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

Battery
6000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 35 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

IdeaTab A2109 Specs

Overview
Release date August 27, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30SL Quad-Core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 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
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 35 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 23.6 x 16.5 x 1.2 cm (9.3 x 6.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 570 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, 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 Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
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
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, White balance, Exposure, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
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, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A

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Critic Reviews


Digital Trends

Solid and attractive design with smooth, fast performance and long battery life

from Digital Trends

Once again, Lenovo came really close to making a great tablet, but one major flaw keeps the IdeaPad A2109 from a wholehearted recommendation. The display’s narrow viewing angles will affect media lovers and gamers more than people who mainly use their tablets to read or surf the web. But tablets at this size are made for the kind of people who like to do all of those things equally....

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Once again, Lenovo came really close to making a great tablet, but one major flaw keeps the IdeaPad A2109 from a wholehearted recommendation. The display’s narrow viewing angles will affect media lovers and gamers more than people who mainly use their tablets to read or surf the web. But tablets at this size are made for the kind of people who like to do all of those things equally.

Yes, the budget $300 price means that every aspect won’t be top of the line. But given what many buyers will want to use this tablet for, this drawback can put buyers off. It’s too bad, because the IdeaTab A2109 has a great design, speedy performance, and a “just right” form factor.

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TabletPCReview

Has some premium specs at a relatively modest price

from TabletPCReview

The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is the sort of tablet that would pique my interest if I ever found it on sale. Despite its flaws, it definitely has some redeeming features like its great performance and solid battery life, so if one were to come across it at a discounted price -- say, $250 or so -- then it would probably be a tempting purchase....

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The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is the sort of tablet that would pique my interest if I ever found it on sale. Despite its flaws, it definitely has some redeeming features like its great performance and solid battery life, so if one were to come across it at a discounted price -- say, $250 or so -- then it would probably be a tempting purchase.

But at a starting price of $300, the A2109 isn't quite worth it. Unless you plan on using it as a weapon, you probably won't be a fan of its heavy-as-brick build, which also counteracts the benefits brought to the table by its slightly more compact, 9-inch design. And of course, there's also the horrendous screen and Lenovo's awful UI, both of which are major detractors when you can get a better PPI and a pure version of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on the $200 Nexus 7 from Google. So for now, the A2109 ranks as a don't buy, but it can absolutely get more appealing sometime down the road if it benefits from a price drop.

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Laptop Magazine

Provides good sound quality and lots of useful apps for the price

from Laptop Magazine

The $299 Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A has a few things going for it for tablet shoppers on a budget. We like the sound quality and the multitude of useful apps Lenovo bundled. You also get decent battery life. However, if you can live with a smaller size Google's Nexus 7 is cheaper ($199 for 8GB model)...More

The $299 Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A has a few things going for it for tablet shoppers on a budget. We like the sound quality and the multitude of useful apps Lenovo bundled. You also get decent battery life. However, if you can live with a smaller size Google's Nexus 7 is cheaper ($199 for 8GB model) and offers better performance. For $30 more, the iPad mini is sleeker and has a larger app store. Ultimately, the A2109A is a good tablet for the price, but not a great one.

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SlashGear

Massive amount of battery life and lovely collection of games but surprisingly lower-quality display build

from SlashGear

This device is a good effort from Lenovo, but put up in a competition against the rest of the Tegra 3 tablets we’ve seen, it’s just a bit lacking. If you’re looking for a 9-inch tablet with NVIDIA processing power inside it, this is your best bet, that’s for certain – especially if you just want it to be your radio all on its own: the speakers are really worth a listen. The A2109 really does have the power to run next-generation apps too, and you’ll have full access to the NVIDIA TegraZone app collection as well....

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This device is a good effort from Lenovo, but put up in a competition against the rest of the Tegra 3 tablets we’ve seen, it’s just a bit lacking. If you’re looking for a 9-inch tablet with NVIDIA processing power inside it, this is your best bet, that’s for certain – especially if you just want it to be your radio all on its own: the speakers are really worth a listen. The A2109 really does have the power to run next-generation apps too, and you’ll have full access to the NVIDIA TegraZone app collection as well.

This device will run you $299, and for that price you’ll not be finding another tablet like the A2109. You can of course pick up a Nexus 7 for $199 – but that’s smaller than this. You could get an iPad mini (if it does indeed exist in a few weeks), but that won’t have Android, of course, and it certainly wont have a 9-inch display. Basically the final verdict is this: with a unique build, you won’t find Lenovo’s offering here lacking if you want it for a media-delivery system – unless the display will trip you up: check it out in the store, you simply must.

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