Lenovo Launches Budget-Friendly Tablets
It’s no secret that in today’s economy, people are always looking to save a few bucks, especially when it comes to purchasing electronics. One of the most popular gadgets on many people’s most wanted list these days is the tablet.
Lenovo’s Low-Cost Tablets
Lenovo, one of the world’s large personal computer vendors, is jumping on the bandwagon by offering a new line of mid-range tablets, priced for those who can’t afford the higher-priced Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy.
These new budget-friendly Lenovo tablets came on the market without much notice but seem to fill the needs of budget-conscious shoppers. All of them run Android 4.1:
Beginning at $129.99 (online price), users get a 7-inch tablet with a 1024×600 HD screen display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 0.3-MP front-mounted webcam, 1.2GHz MTK and Dolby Digital Plus with front speakers. It also has Brodcom 11 .b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. This tablet is designed to enhance musical performance with HD display and a comfortable, slim design. It tablet offers up to eight hours of battery life. The IdeaTab A1000 is less than an inch thick and weighs 0.7 pounds.
For about $50 more, this tablet is similar to the A1000 except for the screen resolution, but it has a quad-core 1.2GHz MTK processor. It also has a comfortable design and weighs about three-quarters of a pound. It has dual cameras: A 0.3-MP front-facing webcam and a 5-MP rear-facing for snapping pictures.
The highest priced in this line of tablets at $279.99, this 10.1-inch tablet comes with a 1280×800 IPS screen panel, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 1.2GHz MTK 8389/8125 quad-core processor. It is 0.3 inches thick and weighs 1.24 lbs. It also comes with dual cameras and up to nine hours of battery life.
Tablets vs. Laptops
Lenovo’s release of budget-friendly tablets just adds fuel to the tablet vs. laptop debate, which predicts that tablets will overtake the laptop market by 2014. The main factors? Convenience and cost.
Tablets are lightweight, compact and extremely mobile. While they do not have the processing power of laptops, they are great for those who browse the Internet regularly, play games or stream movies or music. Tablets are becoming mainstays in classrooms around the nation, giving students opportunities to learn and use new technologies. Even professions, such as designers, musicians and graphic artists, use tablets to enhance their creativity.
Tablets, especially those with mid-range prices, are perfect for users on tight budgets who cannot afford more expensive devices. They cost about half the price of laptops and can be loaded with a variety of productive apps, many of which are either low-cost or free. They have a long battery life and are great for multitasking. While they have less functionality than laptops, they generally give consumers what they want.
Getting Your Money’s Worth
Lenovo’s discounted tablets are the way to go if you have limited funds, but want a tablet for work, school or just plain enjoyment. They are easier to transport than laptops, yet offer many same functions. As a budget-conscious consumer, they are definitely worth considering.
- By Jennifer Thayer
Jennifer Thayer is a freelance technology writer from Southern California. She enjoys looking for ways to save users time and money with her helpful technology tips. Follow her on Twitter.