The Google Nexus 7 is the de facto choice if you're looking for a fast, portable tablet that can run Android and doesn’t cost the Earth. At £159, it caused tablet manufacturers to sell out, triggering bargains for the rest of us elsewhere.
It’s therefore not surprising to see Lenovo clearing out the IdeaPad A1 tablet for a mere £130 (from save-on-laptops on eBay).
It has a single-core Cortex A8 SoC clocked at 1GHz, half the RAM (512MB), runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (rather than ICS) and has a 1,024 x 600 display (rather than 1,280 x 800). This leaves no doubt that the tablet is vastly inferior to the Galaxy Nexus 7, though it does have a few good tricks up its sleeve.
Firstly, it is 18 per cent (£29) cheaper than the 8GB Nexus 7 and a whopping 35 per cent (£70) less than the equivalent 16GB model. Additionally, it has a microSD card slot (you can boost the tablet by up to 32GB for around £10) and a rear 3-megapixel camera. Last but not least, it is available in a number of colours including cyan, magenta, black and white.
Ultimately, if you want a brand name tablet with expansion capabilities and a rear camera, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 fits the bill.