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Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 review

On 2015-09-01

I had plans to buy a tablet for a long time. My main use case for a tablet is reading ebooks. This means the following important requirements:

  • Large screen so that eyes can be focused further away (focusing too close when reading normal books is why I have glasses now).
  • Good font rendering - screen with high DPI.
  • No DRM/compatibility issues with PDF files.

And requirements that are not very important:

  • Ruggedness - I already have an S3 in a Griffin Survivor case to have a mobile device outside.
  • Battery life - I usually read ebooks at home and have wall power available.
  • Weight - not taking the device with me when running or cycling.

The important requirements were satisfied by the Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 10 inch screen tablet offered by a local ONOFF store for 245 EUR. I first selected it by reviews I found on the Internet. I had considered some other tablets as well but the screen comparison at the store's tablet booth made the decision. The screen quality was comparable to much more expensive iPads. Non-full-hd screens showed considerable worse font rendering.

The default background image for the locked device is chosen a bit unfortunately. The image edges are blurred and darkened and unless you unlock the screen and inspect some other graphics, it might seem that the screen is bad. I first had this impression in another store where the device's screen could not be unlocked (it required a PIN code). This scares away possible buyers from the excellent device.


I have had the tablet for a week now and the only issue I have with it is that the charging USB port is reversed. The USB logo on the plug should face upwards when plugged into the port. This is not a functional issue but still a bit annoying when most of the other devices get it right (my laptop and phone have them correctly):

Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 USB reversed

Other than that, it's a really good tablet.