Lenovo's Ideapad A1 tablet has experienced something of a rocky start. When it was released, the 2GB version was supposed to retail for the Nook Color and Kindle Fire-busting price of $199, while the $16GB version would run you the more standard $249. Unfortunately, Lenovo then had to raise the price of the 2GB verson to $229, which turned off some users interested in the low price.
However, today you can once again get the Ideapad A1 for only $199, and this time the 16GB version is the one on sale. There are actually two ways to take advantage of this price, through Lenovo directly and through Amazon. To take advantage of the Lenovo promotion, you have to use the promotional code USPA2M1104 on their official website, which will take $50 off the price of the tablet until November 10.
Amazon was also selling the tablet outright for $199 earlier today, but when I checked they were already sold out. It remains to be seen if they will get more stock within the promotion period or if they will continue to offer the price after the 10th.
At this lower price, the Ideapad A1 becomes much more competitive with the likes of the Nook and Fire. While its 1GHz single-core processor and 512MB of RAM may lag behind the more powerful competition, the display and the remainder of the hardware is similar to other devices. It also includes dual cameras and GPS, features absent in both the Nook and the Fire. So, if you want those things, you can't really go wrong with the A1 at this price. You just may want to hurry up and get one, because this price probably won't last for long.[Android Police | Geek.com]