The Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 is decently comfortable. The rounded edges are a bit pointed, and when holding the tablet for awhile, they start to dig into your palms. Its 1.10-pound weight is most apparent in these moments.Overall the second-generation A10-70 will be 9.7 x 6.7 x 0.35 in. (247 x 171 x 8.9mm).At 9.7 inches across (when held in landscape orientation), 6.7 inches from top to bottom, and 0.35 inch thick, the Tab 2 A10 logs measurements that are about average for a 10.1-inch slate. From the front, aside from the company logo and the placement of the front-facing camera (which we’ll discuss in a moment), the Tab 2 A10 is indistinguishable from any generic 10-inch Android.
Lenovo calls this a “Portable Media Center”, and any device hoping to live up to that description needs a good display.which the Tab 2 A10-70 will deliver.The A10-70 makes use of a 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10. The corresponding PPI is 224, which is certainly adequate considering that many low-cost alternatives have a much lower pixel count.Outdoor usability is decent although direct sunlight needs to be avoided at all cost, as the display is highly reflective and the pretty high brightness can’t overcome the glare. Working in the shade or indoors doesn’t pose any problems, however.
All tablets have WiFi connectivity to connect to local wireless networks. This tablet also supports 4G connectivity with regional wireless carriers, meaning it can access the internet from virtually anywhere. Keep in mind, 4G tablets are more expensive than their WiFi only counterparts, and you’ll have to pay for the wireless service from a carrier as well. This model also has a Bluetooth 4.0 connection to pair with various accessory devices.The TAB 2 A10-70 features a full sized USB port for easy access to USB flash storage drives, various controller devices, and much more.
The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 houses a 1.7GHz quad-core Mediatek MT8165, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot that’s expandable up to 64GB.Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and accelerometer.
When Lenovo announced the new tablets, the TAB 2 A10 was slated to ship with a 1.5 GHzMediatek MT8165 QC Processor. Lenovo has since then revised the specs and lists a processor speed of 1.7 GHz for the review tablet on the product page. The tool “Droid Info” did indeed report a clock speed of 1.7 GHz.The 64-bit capable SoC is based on the Cortex-A53 design and should generally be sufficient for most consumer-oriented tasks like browsing and simple applications. As the Geekbench 3 scores below indicate, the TAB 2 A10 offers comparable performance to the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30, which is equipped with the Intel Atom Z3736F. Although the browser scores are not that great when compared to others, we didn’t feel that the tablet was particularly slow and required a lot of patience while surfing the web.Thanks to the quad-core SoC and 2 GB of RAM, the system performance leaves little to be desired – especially when one considers the price point. The device even handled heavier multi-tasking sessions reasonably well and responded without major lag most of the time. Video playback was also always stutter-free with no skipped frames regardless of the video quality.
Inexpensive tablets not only ignore conventional beauty standards, they also skimp on the software features. The Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 runs on a mostly pure version of Android Lollipop 5.0.1 and, unlike previous models, it features an app tray to easily peruse all of your apps in one central location.Lenovo preloads some of its own apps, like a browser, contacts, and calendar, and it also includes the SyncIt and ShareIt apps. SyncIt allows you to sync your contacts and back up or restore your SD card, and ShareIt allows you to share documents with another tablet, phone or PC.
During idle, the surface temperatures average below 30 degrees C on the front as well as the back with no apparent hot spots. During the stability test – which stresses both the CPU and the GPU simultaneously – and with the tablet in landscape mode, the left top corner maxes out at about 36 degrees C, which is still an acceptable value and no reason for concern. Temperatures should be quite a bit lower during everyday use – although the index and middle fingers of the left hand are always going to be noticeably warmer.
The next-generation A10-70 will have a 7200mAh battery, which Lenovo says will last for up to 10 hours on a single charge.
In fact, at a street price of $199, this full-size, full-featured slate is one of the better bargains on a big tablet that we’ve seen in a while. Considering the price and more-than-adequate array of hardware, the Tab 2 A10 is no slouch. While there’s nothing aside from the sound bar (and the price, perhaps) that’s field-toppingly impressive about it, everything about it is well-tuned for the mainstream and highly usable.Considering that we’ve recently recommended a few like-sized Android tablets that cost significantly more than the Tab 2 A10, plus models with much smaller (8-inch) screens for not a whole lot less, it’s difficult not to recommend this one. We found very little to dislike about it, and loved the price.