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Review: Vodafone's 7in Android Lenovo Smart Tab 2
Good news for cash-strapped gadget lovers - the beginning of the year need not be new gadget-free.
Vodafone's 7in Lenovo Smart Tab 2 is possibly the UK's cheapest 3G tablet at £150, and it's not bad, either.
Coming to this tablet as a self-confessed Apple-aholic, I do admit I was slightly apprehensive about remaining impartial when reviewing an Android device.
However, it's really surprised me.
Lenovo's Smart Tab 2 runs off Android 4.0 (aka "Ice Cream Sandwhich"), has a 7in, 1024x600 WSVGA touch screen, MediaTek 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM with 4GB internal storage.
It can take a Vodafone SIM card, meaning you can use it anywhere and not just in Wi-Fi enabled areas.
The tablet isn't the slimmest, but is quite sturdy with a plastic screen and back.
The touchscreen is responsive and navigation is simple, via two navigational menus.
The main screen hosts four or five pages of pre-loaded apps, accessed by a swipe of the finger. However, click the logo in the top right hand corner and it'll bring you to a more organised menu of pre-loaded apps and widgets, including handies such as a Flash player (still not available on iOS devices), Amazon Kindle, IMDB, File Manager, TuneIn radio and the Android Play store.
You'll need a gmail or Google account to access the store and many of the functions on the tablet, if you don't already have one.
The 2.0 megapixel back and 0.3 megapixel front cameras aren't immediately accessible externally via a button on the device, but I found them after swiping through a few on-screen pages.
The camera has three functions. The normal camera mode is quite average, but the video is better. What I really liked about the otherwise dull camera was the panorama view that takes extended shots.
When surfing the web, Google Crome comes pre-loaded and there is another generic built-in browser.
The sound is good and the small size makes a good substitue for a e-reader.
Aside from its attractive £150 price, what made the Vodafone table stand out was the ability to add extra storage cheaply via an SD card.
But for someone used to Apple, the two separate navigation panels, including the one accessed by the top right hand corner icon are slightly confusing.
The camera wasn't much to write home about, but if you are buying a tablet like this, it's more likely for its reader or net capabilities than anything. I would recommend it to people looking for a reader, gadget-lovers wanting to grab a cheap 3G tablet and those who want a fast, responsive device you can use anywhere, with easily adaptable storage.