Overview & Price
The Lenovo Tab 4 was released back in February of 2017, in this review we will be looking at whether or not this is a good purchase and showcasing some of the best current deals in the UK.
The Tab 4 comes in two different sizes, a small 8-inch or the slightly larger 10-inch, both have plenty to offer and are a quality budget tablet.
This tablet can be a great alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A as it is slightly cheaper, and also has a lot of the same features.
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Priced at £179.99 this is certainly a cheap Lenovo tablet, and also has the power to keep you and the kids entertained for long periods.
2GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 425 processor and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage are all some of what you can expect from this device.
Lets take a look..
Design & Display
When taking the Lenovo Tab 4 out of the box, the first thing we noticed is that it’s not particularly aesthetically pleasing.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not a bad looking tablet, but it is made mainly for functionality with parents and kids in mind.
The tablet comes in two colours, a black and a white.
It ships with a Lenovo tablet charger, micro USB cable and some leaflets that let you know how to inset the memory cards etc.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Black version to bring you this review, and we were rather impressed given the price of this thing.
The Lenovo Tab 4 does have pretty big bezels, this gives you room to hold the tablet without getting fingerprints all over the display.
Weighing in at 500g, which isn’t too heavy for a tablet and means it can easily be placed in a backpack to take it out and about with you, ideal for taking to the park or using it in the garden.
One thing we did really like about the design, is the texture on the back of the device, it looks like rubber but it is actually plastic and is extremely grippy.
That being said we do recommend investing into a case and screen protector for this device, especially if it’s going to be used by kids.
There is a very functional keyboard case that can be purchased that can easily transform the functionality of the device into a laptop like tablet.
On the left hand side of the tablet you will find a micro USB charging port alongside a 3.5mm headphone jack, then on the other side you will find the power button and volume rocker.
At the top of the device is where the speakers are faced, rather strange placement of the speakers but they work rather well.
The Lenovo tab 4 is not waterproof, so be sure not to use the phone around any water or whilst soaking the tub, there are waterproof cases that can be purchased though which will give a little more peace of mind when the kids are using it around water.
Taking into account that this is a cheap Lenovo tablet to buy, it feels well build and sturdy when holding it, its not too heavy so certainly wont weigh your bag down but we would have preferred smaller bezels but for this price we understand Lenovo has to cut costs somewhere.
The display of the Lenovo Tab 4 (10-inch) has a 1280 x 800 display, it gets advertised as a superb device for watching movies.
Its not as good as the advertisements, the display isn’t going to blow you away and you certainly wont get the crazy detail and beautiful colours as what you would find in the more expensive tablets.
We found that the Lenovo Tab 4 display is generally a little bit dull, colours aren’t as vibrant as we hoped for an the low resolution display doesn’t deliver fantastic results.
Its not the brightest display on the market either, it can go up to 307 nits, this is average for a tablet and when using the tablet in direct sunlight we found it very hard to make out colours.
We weren’t blown away by the display by any means, but bearing in mind that this is a cheap Lenovo tablet we could not complain too much.
If you are solely looking for a tablet to watch Netflix and YouTube on, then you may want to spend a little more and opt for a tablet with a better display
The performance side of the Lenovo Tab 4 isn’t going to win any gold medals either, the specs are very basic and entry level.
A Qualcomm MSM8917 quad-core processor with a Snapdragon 425 CPU that powers the tablet, this sounds like the bees knees but when in use, it’s not ideal.
The tablet only has 2GB of RAM as well, which isn’t the best combo when it comes to gaming.
The tablet will run basic games off the play store just fine, but it certainly wont handle any graphically demanding games, we did try out ‘Runescape’, one of our favourite MMORPGs.
At first it loaded up rather quickly, but our excitement soon dipped with the tablet getting rather hot after the first 10 minutes of game play, we found that the fps was extremely low and the game was laggy too.
However we don’t think that users who are in the market for this tablet would consider gaming intensely on this device, the tablet is just fine for running normal games and doing everyday tasks such as reading and browsing social media.
We found that the speakers at the top of the device are average, sound is clear and crisp but its not as loud as we hope for.
If you are going to be listening to lots of music then we recommend plugging in some headphones to the 3.5mm headphone jack to enhance your experience.
Thanks to the built in Dolby Atmos app you can choose a sound profile, so you get the choose between; Movie, Voice, Game and Music.
On the software side of things the Lenovo Tab 4 runs Android 7.1 Nougat, it’s a little out dated but does have some cool features.
One of which being its ability to split the screen, so you can multi-task a lot easier, you can text whilst watching YouTube videos at the same time which is handy.
The tablet is also pre loaded with Google’s own ‘Gboard Virtual Keyboard’ that makes it so much easier to type; it also has a nice responsive feel to it making writing so much easier.
There is also a vibration setting that allows you to adjust the amount of vibration from the keyboard when typing, we did find this annoying and had it turned off for the most part but this is down to personal preference.
The tablet comes in either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, both are expandable all the way up to 128GB with the use of a microSD card, something we definitely recommend investing in if your someone who loves to take lots of pictures and download movies.
Overall the performance of the Lenovo Tab 4 was pretty decent, its more than capable of running games from the play store and breezes through the UI, we would have liked a little more power but for this price we couldn’t complain.
We don’t know many people that purchase a tablet purely for the camera features, but if you need to grab a couple quick shots then the Lenovo Tab 4 has got your back.
The Lenovo Tab 4 camera is a 5MP rear lens that produces some better than expected images.
We found that there is plenty of detail in the images we shot and colours generally looks good and vibrant.
Around the front of the tablet there is a 2MP selfie-camera, its not going to produce some crazy Instagram worthy images, but if your want to capture a quick selfie its more than capable of producing a decent images.
The camera on the Lenovo Tab 4 isn’t great, it made our skin have a slight grey tinge to it and we certainly wouldn’t be putting any images it produced on our Facebook page.
But who really buys a tablet for its camera capabilities?
Nothing much to shout about in this department but overall it does the job and can take an average image for you.
The Lenovo Tab 4 (10-inch) has a 7000mAh battery life.
This is more than capable of getting you through a full day of average usage, this is of course dependent on the individual using it and if you’re a big gamer or watching lots of movies you will find that it drains significantly quicker.
There is a Lenovo tablet charger shipped in the box, however it is far from quick. You can expect it to go from 0-100% in around 5 hours!
The battery life of this tablet is one of its main features, its very strong for what it is and when tested, it was as good as we expected.
So is the Lenovo Tab 4 worth your cash?
Well if you’re in the market for a decent Android tablet that isn’t going to break the bank, then this could be your best bet.
This is a cheap Lenovo tablet, with great value for money and with a strong build quality, decent display and strong battery life. It’s a serious contender for those in the market for a low end tablet.
We can confirm that this tablet suits the needs of those looking to entertain the kids, its ideal for taking it out with you as its rather lightweight and can easily fit into a handbag or backpack.
We just wished the Lenovo tablet charger would help with the charging process, as it takes extremely long to go from flat to full.
Overall the Lenovo Tab 4 fairs up well, we were impressed with its performance and low price tag.
If you are looking to buy a Lenovo tablet that is not going to break the bank, then this could be the one for you.
We do recommend checking out our Samsung Galaxy Tab A review if you are looking for something with a little more power.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2017, July
- Dimension: 247 x 171 x 8.3mm (9.72 x 6.73 x 0.33 inches)
- Weight: 500g (1.10lb)
- Build: Plastic body
- Sim: Nano-SIM
- Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 10.1 inches, 295.8cm² (-70.0% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 800 x 1280 pixels, 16:10 ratio (-149 ppi density)
- OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 (28nm) (Wi-Fi/LTE model)
– Qualcomm APQ8017 (Wi-Fi only model)
- CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Adreno 306
- Card slot: microSD, up to 128GB
- Internal: 16/32GB, 2GB RAM
- Primary: 5MP, AF
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Selfie Cam: 2MP
- Video: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes, dual speakers
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
– Dolby Atmos audio enhancement
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- Radio: FM Radio
- USB: microUSB 2.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer
- Non-removeable Li-Pro 7000 mAh battery
- Charging: Fast battery charging 10W
- Colours: Black, White
- Price: As seen in above post