As some readers may remember, I recently invested in a Lenovo A7-10 tablet. One minor reason was the frustration of dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop on my existing Nexus 7. Eventually, this did become enough of a drag to make a change in machine worth considering, and the Lenovo came with Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box – but with the promise of an automatic upgrade to Lollipop later on. So given my past experience with a Lollipop upgrade, how did things work out this time?
As it turns out, not too bad. When I received the notification for an upgrade, I went ahead and did it without backing up data. (Much of my critical stuff is stored in the Lenovo’s microSD slot anyway, one more plus over the Nexus 7.) The upgrade progressed smoothly, without any apparent data loss or glitches. And Lollipop has run as smooth as silk on the Lenovo, without any teething troubles so far. There are some minor cosmetic changes in the icons, etc., but overall the impression is a smoother, more harmonious, better integrated experience, without any of the rough edges in the Nexus 7 upgrade.
Yes, Lenovo has left it till much later in the upgrade cycle, and presumably learned from Google’s own errors in pushing out upgrades. But I can’t complain. It’s a far better experience than with the Nexus 7, and worth waiting for.