Over Easter, my mother-in-law came to stay with us to share in the seasonal celebrations. While she was here my husband decided to buy her a new tablet computer as a gift and after some research, he settled on the Lenovo TAB 2 A7-20 7-Inch Tablet which he purchased via Amazon.
Vlad was attracted to the Lenovo TAB 2 because of the budget price tag of £68.99 balanced with the portability and specification which was impressive for the price.
The Lenovo TAB 2 comes with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB Memory (expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card) and runs the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Connectivity wise, it comes with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and optional Bluetooth® 4.0. It has a Dolby® built-in speaker.
The Lenovo TAB 2 is described as being a wafer thin, ultra light device and coming in at 522g with dimensions of 20.8 x 12 x 6 cm it is certainly a very portable device, perfect for slipping into a pocket or handbag for on-the-go entertainment, social networking and web browsing.
The performance of the tablet is of decent quality due to the processor and RAM combination which allows for speedy browsing and loading of apps. One let down has been the screen sensitivity which is low, meaning the user has to push harder than expected to get a reaction. The Lenovo TAB 2 is slow to charge but the upside of this is the device holds charge well, lasting around 8 hours.
The tablet has a 7 inch IPS LED screen with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution which is described as allowing for eye-popping multimedia performance. However, we have been disappointed by the quality of the screen where icons and images appear blurry around the edges. This problem extends to the camera which is low resolution and produces blurry images.
All in all, if you’re looking for a budget friendly, basic, portable tablet which will serve you well for catching up with emails or for entertaining you on a journey then the Lenovo TAB 2 A7-20 7-inch tablet may be a good choice. Alternatively, this tablet would be a great option for kids who can enjoy watching their favourite programs or playing games on the tablet and you don’t need to worry so much about them damaging a higher-end device.
The Lenovo TAB 2 certainly doesn’t measure up when compared to more expensive, higher performing devices but for the price point we have found it surprisingly good for basic tasks such as checking emails, updating social networks and playing games. We award it 4 out of 5 stars based on performance vs. price.