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Grow Your Business Technology

Lenovo Tab 2 A8: Is It Good for Business?

Lenovo tab 2 a8, business tablets
The Tab 2 A8 sports a sharp 8-inch display. / Credit: Jeremy Lips

Need an ultra-affordable tablet for light productivity on the go? Lenovo's Android-powered Tab 2 A8 is a good option, so long as you don't need to do any heavy multitasking. The new slate is portable and affordable, and lasts exceptionally long on a charge. You also get an impressively sharp, 8-inch display for a budget tablet, though other slates offer better performance at the same $130 price point.

The Tab 2 A8 sports an eye-catching metallic blue shell that's a nice change of pace compared to the black and grey designs of most budget tablets. A flap on the right edge of the slate conceals a SIM card slot, which can provide always-on wireless Internet — if you're willing to pay for a monthly data plan —  as well as a microSD card slot for expanding the device's internal storage.

The slate's 8-inch HD display is one of its best features. The 1,280 x 800-pixel panel is brighter and more vibrant than the average tablet screen, and viewing angles are nice and wide. 

The Tab 2 A8 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. This is a nice upgrade if you're used to an older iteration of Android, adding new productivity-boosting features like native wireless printing and the ability to quickly respond to incoming messages right from your tablet's lock screen.

But the Tab 2 A8's real selling point is its long battery life. It ran for an impressive 11 hours and 32 minutes on our battery-life test, which simulates continuous Web browsing. The Lenovo device lasted three times as long as the average tablet, easily outlasting competing slates including the Acer Iconia Tab 8 (6:53) and Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (8:25). That makes Lenovo's slate a good pick for travelers who need a device that will last through a long business flight.

On the other hand, the Tab 2 A8 is far from the fastest tablet in its price range. It scored a relatively low 1,781 on the Geekbench 3 test, which measures overall performance. That's quite a bit slower than the Iconia Tab 8, which scored 2,481 on the test. In practice, the Slate 2 A8 does struggle with multitasking, so expect a bit of slowdown while loading or switching between applications. But for basic productivity tasks like responding to email and light document editing, it's more than adequate.

What the Tab 2 A8 lacks in speed, it makes up for with a very affordable $130 price point. Add in a great display and long battery life, and it's clear that business users on a budget — particularly those who have only basic computing needs — could do a lot worse than the Tab 2 A8. 

Check back for a full review of the Lenovo Tab 2 A8 very soon, or check out our list of the best overall business tablets on the market.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.