Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 10-inch Android Tablet

When Asus showcased its grand series of what we now know as the Transformers, people are given a new way of awe especially on its docking capability or, in simpler words, an optional keyboard extension. This has been a great attempt to change the way people looked at the usual Android tablets, and expectedly, competitors begin to realize and actualize its value in more sophisticated ways. Lenovo did not hesitate to join the marathon, so with its new S2110 of the IdeaTab line, people are given another option with the same docking features. The question is that, is it really worth an alternative?

The Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 possesses a firm body whether it be the slate itself or with its keyboard base. Ideally, we are thankful that Lenovo made it sturdy enough to stand on top of the desk or over a cushion. This 10-incher tablet has a body size of 10.2×7.0×0.34”, making it mid-level in terms of form factor. Bezels are narrower than usual to give room to its resolute display, plus a minimalistic layout to ports and buttons around the edges. With the material, the slate may be so plasticky in feel but the knitted texture promises comfort over hours of use.

Weighing at around 1.28lbs, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 feels good when held. However, the edges when held by both hands in landscape mode are somewhat uncomfortable; thanks to its docking system that provides an alternative way to enjoying this tablet. Within the sides of the slate are some usable ports like micro-HDMI and micro-USB plus a 3G SIM card slot (nope. Not 4G), audio and mic port, and the docking port itself. The expected 9-10-hour battery packed in this tablet can be doubled when docked, wherein the keyboard base is with additional ports plus a card reader.

One great asset of the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 is its In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology that allows users to enjoy watching movies from almost a perfect side-to-side angle. The 10.1” display is also well resolute at 1280×800, which is not disappointing at all, though it is not a good comparison card against Asus’ Transformer Pads. With the display comes Lenovo’s enhanced user interface with the 3D-Cube transition effect plus some customization features borrowed probably from the new iPad. Above the display is a 1.3MP-camera plus a 5MP-camera at the back (with flash).

While we have a very good display here, we are also expectant of its being ready to HTML5 or websites with rich contents. Thankfully, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 did a good job plus the very friendly keyboard dock for added web experience. As for me, I do recommend that users use the dock since the on-screen keyboard is a bit tricky, and holding the slate alone is tiring and feels weak in build. Yes, I mean it since there are observable warps in the display when held on some parts.

Since it is an Android tablet released not so lately, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 strives to promise an OTA (over-the-air) configuration to upgrade its ware from the standard Ice Cream Sandwich to the new Jelly Bean. To spike this operating system, we are glad to hear that this tablet plays well with performance especially to games because of its gig of RAM plus a dual-cored processor from Qualcomm Snapdragon. Games, as said, are swift with its steady frame rates, though I saw some loss of detail with games that involve snappy action scenes.

As for my verdict, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 is still too pricey at $340 (lowest) thinking how some features lack in strength to encourage potential buyers. The design is well keyed and cased, though we have problems with the build and slightly in performance. Overall, Lenovo has made a good attempt to withstand Asus’ challenge to Android tablets.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 Android Tablet Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 400.00

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