Lenovo Ideapad A10 review
Recently Lenovo made an impressive leap in the field of portable laptops by bringing Android OS to the laptop with its new Lenovo Ideapad A10. Though there were many doubts in our minds whether Android OS based laptops will be a hit. But after it is now finally launched by Lenovo we can see how an Android based laptop performs.
The Lenovo Ideapad A10 is basically targeted for portable computing. This laptop is going to face competition from the already available Windows Netbooks & Google’s Chromebooks. So let’s see how this Android Laptop performs.
Design and Built
The Lenovo Ideapad A10 is a 10.1” IPS display with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Due to its smaller-sized screen, the display looks quite brilliant. And as this is an Android based laptop, so it’s a touchscreen too. The viewing angles are not that bad if we consider it a regular laptop and not as an Android tablet.
This is actually a budget laptop and so is its built quality. As expected, there is not too much fancy in its design and its body is a bit shaky too. The Lenovo Ideapad A10 is a platic body so it is quite light in handling. This laptop has the ability to flip back flat which supports its tag of portability very well.
The Lenovo Ideapad A10 is powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 Cortex A9 processor which is complemented by a 1 GB RAM. This laptop has an internal memory of 16 GB which can be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD. While other common features of this laptop include a mini-HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a VGA Webcam and two full-sized USB 3.0 ports. The laptop is powered by a 4400mAh battery which provides backup for about 10-12 hours of regular usage.
The best thing which we like about this laptop is that is uses a standard micro USB port for charging instead of a laptop adapter. The Lenovo Ideapad A10 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which is customized by Lenovo. The keyboard is also customized in this laptop to make it run properly with Android by putting dedicated buttons for Home, Back, Multi-tasking, Search button, Options etc.
Well, overall performance of the Lenovo Ideapad A10 is satisfactory. There were no lags encountered while browsing internet, watching movies or during playing games like Angry Birds etc. But this laptop do show some signs of glitches during multi-tasking. The only setback in this laptop was its trackpad. The trackpad is a smaller-sized one; It has some major issues and is not quite responsive.
As stated above Lenovo has made some changes in its Android User Interface, so you will see a dock at the bottom of the screen which shows all your open apps while the notification bar is at the top just like other Android devices. But here also we were disappointed as this Lenovo Ideapad A10 runs the same old Android version.
As it is quite clear from the above review that this laptop is not made for heavy users who want to exploit all the powers that a Windows based system would give. But if you want a rather portable laptop for every day usage say for browsing the web or watching movies on the go etc. you can try the Lenovo Ideapad A10 for sure. And as there are so many Netbooks and Chromebooks already to try, we can’t recommend this laptop to you with ease. But if you are really looking for an Android based laptop then this one might fulfill your requirements.
The Lenovo Ideapad A10 is currently available at Rs. 19,990 in India.
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