A good Android tablet for less than $250

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When they hear about a “$200 tablet” most people think of some low-quality Chinese (nothing personal) tablet that’s going to break down in the first week or so. Now though there’s new $200 tablet and it comes from Lenovo – a company well-known with its quality products. The device is called the IdeaPad A1 and for its price it’s surprisingly good both design- and hardware-wise. It has a 7″ screen, so it’s not very big and even though it’s a bit thick, it feels very comfortable in the hand.

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The tablet also comes in a few fresh colors -black, white, pink and blue. Under the hood it’s what you would expect from a $200 device – it’s got a 1 GHz single-core A8 processor and 8GB, 16GB and 32GB of internal storage (costing $199,$249 and $299) but the 8GB one won’t be sold in the USA. There are also 2 cameras – a 3MP rear-facing one and a front-facing one, which we don’t know anything about.

The screen resolution is 1024×600 which isn’t actually bad. Sadly the device won’t have 3G connectivity, but you can’t really expect that from a budget device, not to mention you get Wi-Fi and offline GPS. Overall it’s a great device and a very cheap one too for the functionality it provides. B.A.

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