Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet review
Is the stylus-equipped ThinkPad Tablet the business tablet we've all been waiting for, or is Lenovo coasting on the illustrious ThinkPad name? Read our review to find out.
There are four hardware buttons running along the bottom edge of the tablet home, web, back and orientation lock. The latter is the most useful of the lot. The sturdy design also has protective flaps for the SIM card and SDHC slots as well as the full-size USB2 port, but not for any of the other ports. Like many of Lenovo's laptops, the screen looks a bit dim, especially compared to rival tablet displays which look a lot brighter. While we don't expect many people to actually use the cameras seriously, their image quality is very poor even by tablet standards. Photos look grainy and noisy with inaccurate colours, even in brightly lit conditions.
We had high hopes for the ThinkPad Tablet, but overall it's disappointing. It doesn't feel like a distinctively designed tablet aimed specifically at businesses, like the Cisco Cius or the Motorola ET1, but more like yet another half-hearted Android consumer tablet with a few token business features.
Increasing the poor responsiveness of the interface and more third-party app support for the stylus would go a long way to fixing this, but until that happens there are few reasons to choose the ThinkPad Tablet over the iPad 2 or any other big-name Android tablet.
Display: 1,280 x 800 pixels, 10.1in
OS: Android 3.1
Camera: five megapixels rear-facing and 2 megapixels forward-facing
Processor: 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2
Bluetooth: v2.1 + EDR
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
Storage: 32GB internal (16GB and 64GB versions also available)
Ports: 1 x micro USB2, 1 x USB2, 1 x dock connector, 1 x micro HDMI, combo audio input and output socket
Slots: 1 x SDHC
Dimensions: 182 x 14 x 261 mm (WxDxH)
Battery: type and capacity not disclosed
Part code: NZ72CUK
Battery life (H264): 8h54m
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