I have had the Lenovo S2110 in my possession for about a month now and I have had a good amount of time to determine if this tablet would be good for all of you. The tablet is from the manufacturer Lenovo – a company that is slowly getting into the Android ecosystem. This tablet is one of their first devices that came to the market when it was release in the summer of 2012. This is not the most up-to-date tablet due to its’ age but is it worth buying now compared to tablets like the Nexus 10? Continue reading to find out!
Below are pictures of the tablet –
As you can see, the components inside the device are older but they are still decent.
The tablet itself is made out of a plastic body with glass covering the 10.1″ display. Like all tablets, all the buttons and ports are located around the edges:
- Top: Power/Lock Button and a Microphone
- Bottom: MircoUSB Port for Charging and Syncing
- Left: Speaker Grill, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Micro HDMI Port, and a SIM Card Port (with Plastic Cover).
- Right: Speaker Grill and a Volume Rocker
- Back: 5MP Rear Facing Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
- Front: 1.3MP Front Facing Webcam and a 10.1″ IPS Display
Like I said earlier, the body of the IdeaTab is made out of plastic. This plastic feels extremely cheap and flimsy; while just holding the back of the tablet, you can see where the device is bending because there is pressure against the display. After time, this pressure leaves a permanent light mark when using the device.
When holding and using the device, I can press the glass into the tablet past the plastic edges.
The tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Dual Core 1.5GHzprocessor and 1GB of RAM. When purchasing the tablet, you can get it with either 16 or 32GBs of storage.
The Lenovo IdeaTab is running a lightly skinned version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Unfortunately, it is clearly obvious that the software have not been fully optimized for the hardware. Of course the tablet is not running Google’s latest project, Project Butter, but it is very clear that this tablet is not up to the “Google standard.” The IdeaTab is also pre-loaded with tons of applications that I have never used once. Below are the pre-installed applications:
- Docs to Go
- ES File Explorer
- Extent Game Console
- GO IME
- Mobihand App Shop
- Norton Mobile Security
- ooVoo HD
- Papaya Mobile
- Silver Creek Games
- Vendetta Online
One of the best things about this tablet is the detachable keyboard dock. On the keyboard there is a full keyboard, touchpad, and a left/right physical selection button. There are some additions to the keyboard keys; there are quick keys that control the key components of the tablet like the home button, WiFi on/off, volume controls, and much more. In addition to the dock just being a keyboard, there are 2 USB2.0 ports, a SD card slot, and a MicroUSB port to charge the tablet (when connected to the dock) and the extra battery inside the dock.
This tablet is hard to review with all of the newer devices on the market now that have newer version of Android installed, a faster processor, and more RAM. Without comparing this tablet to any other device, I found that the software was not completely optimized to the hardware. I say this because just scrolling through the homepages seemed to make the tablet lag too much to make the experience enjoyable. This same lag was seen when opening an application (especially games).
Personally, I found the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 to be too cheap of a product to invest in. Between the cheap plastic body and the poorly installed software, I cannot recommend anyone buy this tablet when there are cheaper tablets on the market that are better built and run a lot better. The only way I would ever recommend this tablet is for someone who wants a cheap laptop replacement or for a high price media player for your kids.
If you do want to buy this tablet, you can buy it directly from Lenovo’s online store. Currently, the 16GB model with the keyboard dock is going for $389 while the 32GB model with the keyboard dock is running for $579. Let us know if you like the tablet and if you plan to buy it.
Buy the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 | Lenovo Web Store