There are hundreds of budget Android tablets out there, but not all of them are any good. Most have horrid performance, bad displays, and outdated software. Lenovo on the other hand takes a different approach. Their budget offerings are actually pretty nice, but at $199, can Lenovo’s 10″ TAB 2 A10 be a good option? Let’s take a look.
- 10.1″ 1920×1200 IPS LCD Display
- MediaTek MT8165 Quad-Core Processor
- 2GB RAM
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 16GB Storage
- 7,000 mAh Battery
- 8MP/5MP Cameras
As a budget tablet, plastic is expected. The construction of the Tab 2 A10 is decent at best. The plastic feels nice and the tablet is nice to hold, but it tends to creak a lot when picked up off a table. The design on the back of the tablet is pretty simple. There’s a silver Lenovo logo and blue matte plastic. Up top there’s also the rear camera and a speaker grill.
There’s not much to talk about with the hardware on this tablet, it’s pretty standard, but there are a couple notes I picked up. First of all, the buttons are awesome. They are very tactile and easy to identify. The microUSB port isn’t in the ideal location however. Located just underneath those buttons, it’s a bit of an odd place to charge the device.
Software & Performance
Out of the box the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The skin over top is very light and not at all bad to use. The majority of changes come in the form of icons. There are some color tweaks and slight UI changes, but overall it’s a pretty near-stock experience. In general use the tablet did quite well. You’ll definitely notice some dropped frames and slow downs from time to time, but overall it’s not bad.
Based on the price alone, you wouldn’t expect a good display on this tablet. I know I didn’t. However I was pleasantly surprised when I started using the device. The screen gets pretty bright, has good color reproduction, and is overall pretty good. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect. This is after all a budget device. However I was happy with this display.
In terms of battery life, the Tab 2 A10 is dang impressive. While I didn’t quite get the crazy usage I did out of the little brother, the Tab 2 A8, I did get some impressive numbers. In general terms, I could leave it on standby for weeks and come back with a bit of charge left. Watching a 2 and a half hour movie only took up about 20% of the battery.
Tablets are great media consumption devices and for the most part they need to be good at the least. In the case of this tablet, they meet the minimum requirements, but that’s it. Being rear-mounted speakers, don’t expect anything impressive. Sound is OK and it gets relatively loud, but since it’s rear firing, the audio is really not that great.
In the end, the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 is a decent option. You can get much better devices for the price, but many will lack the 1080p display and crazy battery life that this one has. You can pick up the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 from Amazon, Lenovo, and other retailers.