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March 10, 2021
Decent tablet for $100 but not really a smart home assistant
Purchased: Lenovo ZA5C0045US Smart Tab M8 8" 1280 x 800 2GB RAM Android Pie Iron Grey
The tablet works decently for kids. The docking station is nice in that you can pop the tablet in to charge and it can show you pictures from google photos and allow smart home control. Several minor issues with this: 1. If you want to put a case on the tablet, you can't use the dock. However, if your case doubles as a tablet stand that can prop it up, plugging in the cable to charge the tablet will still allow you to use ambient mode (photos and home control) 2. It is somewhat slow and not quite as responsive to "hey google" in ambient mode as a dedicated smart home assistant would be. We can use smart lock to keep it unlocked but sometimes this does not work, and if you give it a command, it will ask you to unlock. 3. The tablet is okay in regular use but the kids mode implementation is horrendous. If you set up a restricted account for kids, the lenovo kids mode app takes it over completely. It's a terrible infantilizing interface and only works for preschoolers.