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Review Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 Tablet

Daniel Schuster (translated by Martina Osztovits), 08/29/2013

Entertainment tablet. The newest device of the IdeaTab family is a big 10 inches and features a quad-core SoC. Thanks to its IPS display, it should be especially suitable for multimedia tasks. How can the tablet stand out of the crowd of competitors?

For the original German review, see here.

Lenovo added the IdeaTab S6000 to its lower mid-range models. Customers get a 10.1-inch IPS display and a quad-core SoC with a clock rate of 1.2 GHz for an RRP of 299 Euros (~$395). In addition, it features a 3G module, which allows access to the Internet outside of your local WLAN network. Thanks to the microSD slot, the built-in 32 GB memory can be easily enhanced and an up-to-date operating system is included with Android 4.2.2.

This review clarifies whether the price is justified and if there are interesting competitors.

Case

The plastic case can be slightly depressed.
The plastic case can be slightly depressed.

The attractive Lenovo IdeaTab is completely made from plastic. The rear side is divided into two segments. Matte polycarbonate is used on the upper and the lower edge and the plastic around the manufacturer's logo has a texture and a slightly different color. The tablet makes a quiet noise from side-to-side twisting and the rear cover can be marginally depressed. Overall, the build quality appears to be solid anyway.

With a size of 259.1 x 180.3 x 7.6 mm (~10.2 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches) the IdeaTab is similar to the Toshiba eXcite Pro in length and width, yet significantly lower (eXcite Pro: 10.5 mm/~0.4 inches). The weight of 562 grams (~1.2 pounds) is average for a 10-inch tablet.

Connectivity

The connectivity is surprisingly good for a tablet with an RRP of 299 Euros (~$395). The IdeaTab comes with the usual interfaces including a microUSB slot for charging or connecting to a computer, a 3.5 mm audio port and a microSD slot for expanding the memory. In addition, it features a micro-HDMI port, which allows displaying on a TV. With the SIM slot, you can connect to the mobile Internet outside of your local WLAN. Thanks to the memory card slot, you can add a further 64 GB to the built-in 32 GB

no interfaces on the underside...
no interfaces on the underside...
...and the right side.
...and the right side.
top side: power button and 3.5 mm audio jack
top side: power button and 3.5 mm audio jack
Left side: SIM slot, microSD slot, microHDMI out, microUSB port and volume control
Left side: SIM slot, microSD slot, microHDMI out, microUSB port and volume control

Telephone functions

Although you can insert a SIM card into the IdeaTab S6000, there is no telephone app preinstalled. If you select a number from your address book, you can only contact it via Skype or another VoIP service. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has an integrated telephone function, which works flawlessly.

Software

Potential buyers of the IdeaTab S6000 must do with the second to last version of Google's operating system, release number 4.2.2. It reminds us of the original devices of the Nexus series. User interface and system settings have been slightly modified. Lenovo added bloatware including apps like "Norton Mobile" or "Lenovo PowerSaving", which can easily be uninstalled.

The satellite search time is short outdoors.
The satellite search time is short outdoors.

Communication & GPS 

The tablet can connect to the Internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot with standards 802.11 b/g/n. It lacks a dual band module. If you cannot connect via a local network, you can do so with a SIM card. Given a contract with a service provider, data can be downloaded to the device with a maximum transfer rate of 42.2 Mbit/s. It is not compatible with the LTE radio network. In the vicinity, data can be transferred via Bluetooth 4.0 and the DLNA network standard is used if needed.

Being equipped with a GPS module, the tablet can be used as a mobile navigation solution. Inside rooms, it is difficult to establish a stable connection to a satellite. This problem will resolve as soon as "line of sight" is established. While it was, we could not observe any significant interruptions.

Cameras & Multimedia

The test sample features two camera modules. The front sensor only has a resolution of 0.3 MP and is mainly used for video telephony. Snapshots can be taken with the 5 MP main camera.

Pictures taken outdoors with the main camera have a good quality. Colors are realistic and close to the reference camera's. Meanwhile, the pictures of the front camera are hardly usable, as they are very blurred. Our indoor picture was taken in a very bright room with many windows. Nevertheless, dark parts of the pictures are noisy and as a result, the pictures look blurry. The front camera performs even worse indoors and is completely useless.

Main camera: 5 MP
Main camera: 5 MP
Front camera: 0.3 MP
Front camera: 0.3 MP
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, automatic
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, automatic
Main camera: 5 MP
Main camera: 5 MP
Front camera: 0.3 MP
Front camera: 0.3 MP
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, automatic
Reference camera: Canon EOS 60D, automatic
A Bluetooth dock is optionally available.
A Bluetooth dock is optionally available.

Accessories & warranty

There is nothing in the box apart from a modular power adaptor and several quick guides. A Bluetooth keyboard is optionally available. It can be attached to the tablet with a magnet.

The warranty period of the device and the battery is 12 months. Warranty is handled via a courier or depot service. Further information is available on the manufacturer's web site.

Input devices and handling

Unfortunately, we could not test the Bluetooth keyboard. Therefore, we tested the virtual input devices in-depth. The screen reacts precisely and is responsive. However, there is a delay when rotating the display. Apparently the sensor is somewhat slow.

The standard keyboard has an usual layout and left a good impression. In portrait mode, it occupies 30% of the display area, thus, the background picture can be recognized. This changes in landscape mode; 50% of the space is occupied leaving the display cramped.

Display

IPS display with HD resolution
IPS display with HD resolution

The IdeaTab uses a capacitive display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, while the 3-inch smaller Nexus 7 2013 features Full HD resolution, which would also be highly appreciated in our test sample. The IPS screen of our test device has a pixel density of 149 ppi - This is exactly the same as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1's. Meanwhile, the Toshiba eXcite can score points with double the pixel density.

According to the manufacturer's web site the display achieves a brightness of 350 cd/m² (they did not specify whether this is the average or the maximum brightness). We checked whether this is actually true with the X-Rite i1Pro 2. However, our values differ greatly from the manufacturer's. We recorded a maximum of 283 cd/m² and an average brightness of 253.1 cd/m² and the distribution of brightness is only 78%. The new Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 achieves an 92% and has a significantly brighter screen. The black value of 0.37 cd/m² is satisfactory and the resulting contrast of 714:1 is acceptable and at least significantly higher than the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1's (606:1).

279
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 283 cd/m²
Average: 253.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 283 cd/m²
Black: 0.37 cd/m²
Contrast: 714:1

According to our colorimeter, the display is significantly bluish. Blue looks indeed a little bit like cyan. In addition, the gray levels deviate greatly from the ideal curve. Gray looks cloudy and it is difficult to display a pure, clean white.

Colors
Colors
Color Checker
Color Checker
Gray scales
Gray scales
Color saturation
Color saturation

The display of the IdeaTab S6000 performs poorly outdoors. The average brightness should be significantly higher and the black value should be lower. However, the result is still just passable, if you adapt the viewing angle and do not use the tablet under direct sunlight.

Thanks to IPS technology, the viewing angles are excellent. Contrast and color fidelity remain stable up to the smallest viewing angles.

Viewing angles: S6000
Viewing angles: S6000
Outdoors
Outdoors

Performance

The IdeaTab features a quad-core Cortex A7 with a clock rate of 1.2 GHz. The SoC from Mediatek is called MT8389 and is supported by a PowerVR Series5XT. The Cortex A7 is the successor of the older Cortex A8 and is often used in ARM's big.LITTLE concept. SoCs of this kind are said to be very frugal in terms of power consumption. CPU and GPU have 1 GB of RAM available.

In the synthetic benchmarks including "Geekbench 2", "PassMark Performance Test", and "AndEBench", our test devices performs better than the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. However, the IdeaTab S6000 does not stand a chance against competitors with faster hardware, e.g., the Toshiba eXcite Pro or the Google Nexus 10.

Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
1299 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1231 Points ∼9% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
1209 Points ∼8% -7%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
3931 Points ∼28% +203%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2531 Points ∼18% +95%
Google Nexus 10
2591 Points ∼18% +99%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - System (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
2401 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
2217 Points ∼27% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
3421 Points ∼41% +42%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
4935 Points ∼59% +106%
Google Nexus 7 2013
3636 Points ∼44% +51%
AndEBench
Native (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
6510 Iter./s ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
5366 Iter./s ∼25% -18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
9460 Iter./s ∼45% +45%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
12693 Iter./s ∼60% +95%
Google Nexus 7 2013
10329 Iter./s ∼49% +59%
Java (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
294 Iter./s ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
251 Iter./s ∼18% -15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
237 Iter./s ∼17% -19%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
707 Iter./s ∼50% +140%
Google Nexus 7 2013
452 Iter./s ∼32% +54%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
2.7 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
3.9 fps ∼0% +44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
6.8 fps ∼1% +152%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
16 fps ∼2% +493%
Google Nexus 7 2013
16 fps ∼2% +493%
Google Nexus 10
12.4 fps ∼1% +359%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
4.7 fps ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
6.2 fps ∼7% +32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
11 fps ∼13% +134%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
10 fps ∼12% +113%
Google Nexus 7 2013
16 fps ∼19% +240%
Google Nexus 10
7.9 fps ∼10% +68%

Legend

 
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 Mediatek MT8389, PowerVR SGX554MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD

The result of the browser-based performance tests is unambiguous. Our test sample performs much worse than the competition, which is up to +253% faster in Google's Octane V1.

This result should not be misinterpreted. Even if the competitors perform better, this does not mean that the IdeaTab S6000 is extremely slow in browser applications. It is difficult to feel the difference.

Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
1958 points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
2280 points ∼32% +16%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
2545 points ∼35% +30%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2380 points ∼33% +22%
Google Nexus 10
2254 points ∼31% +15%
Octane V1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
1297 Points ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
2069 Points ∼9% +60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1873 Points ∼8% +44%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
4576 Points ∼20% +253%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2283 Points ∼10% +76%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
561 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
610 Points ∼10% +9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
712 Points ∼11% +27%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
1144 Points ∼18% +104%
Google Nexus 7 2013
611 Points ∼10% +9%
Google Nexus 10
652 Points ∼11% +16%
Mozilla Kraken 1.0 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
28791.8 ms * ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
20649.2 ms * ∼12% +28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
18228.4 ms * ∼11% +37%
Google Nexus 7 2013
10791.3 ms * ∼6% +63%
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
1343.7 ms * ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
1229.5 ms * ∼12% +8%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
837.1 ms * ∼8% +38%
Google Nexus 7 2013
1150.4 ms * ∼11% +14%
Google Nexus 10
1345.7 ms * ∼13% -0%

Legend

 
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 Mediatek MT8389, PowerVR SGX554MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD

* ... smaller is better

The result of the flash memory is a mixed bag. In sequential reading, our test device is slower than all competitors in all tests. However, it performs quite well in random reading. Only the new Google Nexus 7 is faster here.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
45.54 MB/s ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
68.71 MB/s ∼25% +51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
45.86 MB/s ∼16% +1%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
52.37 MB/s ∼19% +15%
Google Nexus 7 2013
59.73 MB/s ∼21% +31%
Google Nexus 10
99.53 MB/s ∼36% +119%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
15.72 MB/s ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
18.83 MB/s ∼25% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
20.07 MB/s ∼27% +28%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
11.38 MB/s ∼15% -28%
Google Nexus 7 2013
13.97 MB/s ∼19% -11%
Google Nexus 10
20.02 MB/s ∼27% +27%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
11.6 MB/s ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
8.8 MB/s ∼24% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
10.94 MB/s ∼30% -6%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
8.72 MB/s ∼24% -25%
Google Nexus 7 2013
11.99 MB/s ∼33% +3%
Google Nexus 10
10.35 MB/s ∼29% -11%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
0.73 MB/s ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
0.95 MB/s ∼7% +30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1.88 MB/s ∼13% +158%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
0.58 MB/s ∼4% -21%
Google Nexus 7 2013
0.82 MB/s ∼6% +12%
Google Nexus 10
1.27 MB/s ∼9% +74%

Legend

 
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 Mediatek MT8389, PowerVR SGX554MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD

Videos & Games

The quad-core SoC is sufficient for watching our Full HD trailers. All MKV files can be played with the preinstalled players and loading is not delayed. The maximum data rate of the sequences is about 6100 kBit/s.

With "GTA III", "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit" and "Modern Combat 4", we checked whether 3D games run without problems. The hardware can also handle these, but we doubt that it also could in Full HD. Maybe this is why Lenovo decided against incorporating a high-resolution display.

"Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit"
"Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit"
"Modern Combat 4"
"Modern Combat 4"

Emissions

Temperature

When comparing the idle and the load temperatures it gets apparent that they hardly differ. The temperature only rarely exceeds 30 °C (86 Fahrenheit) under full load. The power adaptor also remains relatively cool under load. The results of our temperature measurements are absolutely convincing.

Max. Load
 29.2 °C25.6 °C24.9 °C 
 33.6 °C26.4 °C25.8 °C 
 31.2 °C32..0 °C31.1 °C 
Maximum: 33.6 °C
Average: 28.9 °C
25.0 °C26.0 °C29.0 °C
26.2 °C26.7 °C33.3 °C
28.6 °C29.6 °C28.2 °C
Maximum: 33.3 °C
Average: 28.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  36.1 °C | Room Temperature 22.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The two speakers are on the top part of the rear side, thus they are covered as soon as the tablet sits on a flat surface. As a result, the sound is distorted. Between 60% and 100% of the maximum volume, you can hardly hear if the volume is increased. However, this is not a concern, as you should avoid loud volumes anyway. High tones are slightly distorted, sound tinny and are unpleasantly loud. The ears will start to ache after a few minutes.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the IdeaTab S6000 (23 Wh) is low compared to other tablets. It just needs between 4.3 and 4.8 Watts under load. The Toshiba eXcite's power consumption is about twice as high (9.3 to 13.2 Watts) and also the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 requires more energy. If the load is lower, the power consumption decreases to between 1.9 and 3.5 Watts. The device is also very frugal in this scenario while the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with the same size needs between 2.5 and 5.8 Watts.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 1.9 / 3.2 / 3.5 Watt
Load 4.3 / 4.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Our tablet surprises us in our first scenario. 5 hours 47 minutes under full load are seldom reached and even the iPad 4 from Apple cannot keep up (battery life of 04:12 hours). The IdeaTab profits from its low power consumption. The WLAN test ends after 08:44 hours, as the power consumption is only slightly lower than under load. The difference in the idle scenario is bigger, as the display is dimmed and all wireless modules are deactivated. 16 hours and 8 minutes is a decent result. The Toshiba eXcite Pro can only dream of such results.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 08min
WiFi Surfing
8h 44min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 47min

Verdict

The IdeaTab S6000 with 3G module for below 300 Euro
The IdeaTab S6000 with 3G module for below 300 Euro

In the previous weeks, we used the IdeaTab S6000 every day and it left a good impression. The 10-inch tablet features the usual wireless modules (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS) and a 3G module for mobile Internet. The capacity of the internal memory of 32 GB is sufficient and a slot for microSD cards is available. The battery life cannot be criticized in any way and the tablet achieves a very good battery life in demanding scenarios.

However, we have to criticize the central user interface - the capacitive IPS display. Because of a brightness of only 253.1 cd/m², its outdoor capabilities are limited when the sky is not overcast. The resolution of 1280x800 pixels is all right for the price, but a Full HD display would have been great. The SoC from Mediatek cannot achieve excellent results in our benchmarks, but it can run all tests without problems. Those looking for a solid tablet for everyday tasks with a long battery life and 3G module for below 300 Euros (~$396) should take a closer look at the Lenovo IdeaTab S6000.

IdeaTab S6000 now available at Adorama for $243.99
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In Review: Lenovo IdeaTab S6000. Test sample courtesy of Lenovo Germany.
In Review: Lenovo IdeaTab S6000. Test sample courtesy of Lenovo Germany.

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
Processor
Mediatek MT8389 1.2 GHz
Graphics adapter
PowerVR SGX554MP4, Core: 300 MHz
Memory
1024 MB 
, LP DDR2
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, capacitive, IPS, 10-point multitouch, glossy: yes
Harddisk
32 GB SSD, 32 GB 
, 24.72 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSD slot (64 GB compatible), Sensors: proximity sensor, digital compass, position sensor, light sensor,
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, HSPA
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.6 x 259.1 x 180.3 ( = 0.3 x 10.2 x 7.1 in)
Weight
562.4 g ( = 19.84 oz) Power Supply: 101 g ( = 3.56 oz)
Battery
23.0 Wh , 6300 mAh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9 h
Price
299 Euro
Operating System
Android 4.2
Additional features
Webcam: main camera: 5 MP, front camera: 0.3 MP , Speakers: dual speakers, Keyboard: virtual, Bluetooth keyboard with magnetic lock (optional), 12 Months Warranty

 

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The Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 is completely...
The Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 is completely...
...made from plastic. The case creaks from side-to-side twisting and...
...made from plastic. The case creaks from side-to-side twisting and...
...the rear side can be slightly depressed.
...the rear side can be slightly depressed.
Nevertheless, it appears to be high-end and looks elegant.
Nevertheless, it appears to be high-end and looks elegant.
All interfaces are on the top and the left side.
All interfaces are on the top and the left side.
SIM card slot (normal size) and microSD slot...
SIM card slot (normal size) and microSD slot...
...are protected by a cover.
...are protected by a cover.
The IPS display has wide viewing angles, but...
The IPS display has wide viewing angles, but...
...the display brightness is too low...
...the display brightness is too low...
...to be well legible outdoors.
...to be well legible outdoors.
But, the screen supports multi-touch gestures with up to 10 fingers.
But, the screen supports multi-touch gestures with up to 10 fingers.
The virtual keyboard does not occupy too much space in portrait mode.
The virtual keyboard does not occupy too much space in portrait mode.
But it occupies above 50% in landscape mode.
But it occupies above 50% in landscape mode.
The temperature does not...
The temperature does not...
...increase much. The difference between idle and load scenarios is...
...increase much. The difference between idle and load scenarios is...
...hardly measurable.
...hardly measurable.
Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed and the user interface looks similar to the Nexus's.
Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed and the user interface looks similar to the Nexus's.
Currently, an update is not available.
Currently, an update is not available.
The 32 GB internal memory can be expanded with a microSD card.
The 32 GB internal memory can be expanded with a microSD card.
Plan-driven power-on and power-off...
Plan-driven power-on and power-off...
...saves even more energy and further increases the battery life.
...saves even more energy and further increases the battery life.
On the home screen...
Auf dem HomescOn the home screen...reen können...
...you can create folders.
...you can create folders.
The app drawer does not look spectacular and was not changed.
The app drawer does not look spectacular and was not changed.
"Norton Mobile Security" cannot be uninstalled.
"Norton Mobile Security" cannot be uninstalled.
Respectable performance and decent connectivity for a 300 Euro tablet.
Respectable performance and decent connectivity for a 300 Euro tablet.

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Pro

+battery life
+low temperature under load
+IPS display
+quad core SoC
+memory expandable
 

Cons

-modest display brightness
-poor distribution of brightness
-no LTE module
-plastics should be more stable

Shortcut

What we like

Currently, the tablet is available for 300 Euros ($396) and features many interfaces and communication modules.

What we would like to see

The UMTS module should be replaced by an LTE model. In addition a higher resolution would make the bundle more balanced.

What surprises us

The battery life under load is remarkable. The tablet lasts for 6 hours and also remains cool.

The competition

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Google Nexus 10

Toshiba eXcite Pro

Bullman Tab9 AQQR

Apple iPad 4

Rating

Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
08/26/2013 v3
Daniel Schuster

Chassis
76%
Keyboard
64%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
48%
Weight
98%
Battery
98%
Display
79%
Games Performance
36%
Application Performance
48%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Add Points
72%
Average
75%
86%
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Author: Daniel Schuster, 2013-08-29 (Update: 2014-01- 2)