Lenovo Ideapad A10 Quick-Read Review: Android is just not ready for the laptop

Apr 09 2014, 13:42 IST
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The Lenovo IdeaPad A10 costs Rs 19,990 The Lenovo IdeaPad A10 costs Rs 19,990
SummaryThe question really is whether Android can be a good laptop OS, not whether Lenovo Ideapad A10 can be a good laptop.

What should your second laptop be, the one you use for portable computing? So far, the options seemed limited to Windows netbooks and the new line of Googles Chromebooks. But Lenovo has a new contender in mind: the Android-toting Ideapad A10.

Specs: 10.1 IPS touchscreen (1366768 px resolution) | 1.6GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 Cortex-A9 processor | 1GB RAM | 16GB internal memory, microSD up to 64GB | VGA webcam | mini-HDMI, 2xUSB 3.0, microUSB ports | Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 | 4400mAh battery | Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Lenovo Customization

Price: Rs 19,990

Design: The Ideapad A10 is a budget laptop and feels like one. The hinge is a little too tough, the plastic body recesses inside when you press it hard, and its overall chunky. That said, its definitely light and easy to carry around. One aspect that I really liked is that it uses a standard microUSB port to charge instead of a laptop adapter, which means you can use almost any mobile charger to juice up. Plus, theres a mini-HDMI out and two standard USB ports for further connectivity.

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Keyboard & Trackpad: This is a laptop, not an Android tablet, so the keyboard and trackpad are quite important. Lenovo has customised the keyboard so that its more useful for Android, putting in hardware buttons for Home, Back, Multi-tasking, Options, etc. A nice touch is that Lenovo has added a dedicated Search button which can be used to search inside any app in a jiffy.

As great as the keyboard is, the trackpad has major issues. Its a small size so you cant use it easily, plus it registers taps inconsistently, so you might need to actually press down on the trackpad to clickan arduous task because its a hard trackpad.

Screen: Considering it is a touchscreen IPS display, we expected the kind of viewing angles that you get on most tablets. But the A10 is more like a laptoptilt it too much and the screen washes out. At the right angle, however, the 10-inch display is good enough. This is where the laptops ability to flip back flat comes in handy. The touchscreen is also responsive so you can play games like Angry Birds without a concern.


Performance: Android isnt a great laptop OS, but in regular usage, you wont find it lacking in performance. Whether you are browsing the Web or writing a quick proposal in a document, the

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