Lenovo, famous for its sleek and extremely reliable business laptops, has just come out with its maiden Android tablet - the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. As for any Lenovo device, the expectations are quite high and reviewers have been eager to finally get their hands on it and see how it compares to other devices. Running Honeycomb and with 10.1 inch display, Lenovo looks like a solid piece of hardware. But can the business-traveller oriented company make a competitive tablet? Find out in our overview.
From the outside, the IdeaPad K1 doesn't look all that different from many other tablets out on the market. But flip it over and you'll notice that its backside is covered in a rubbery material that makes the device easier to hold. That's definitely great for durability if you're one of those people that carry their tablets around everywhere (which is what everyone should be doing anyway). As other users have pointed out, the device has a glossy screen which means that glare will be a problem. At 1.65 pounds, the device is lighter than a lot of its competitors.
Here's a quick lowdown on what the tablet has:
two cameras: back (with flash) and front (no flash)
a microSD slot (requires paperclip or special tool to be removed/replaced)
Nvidia Tegra 2 1 GHz dual core processor
Although the K1 has got an HDMI input, it lacks a USB port and requires the purchase of additional cables for connection.
As far as the software is concerned, the K1 comes with 40 preinstalled apps including Netflix (yay!). There's also Angry Birds and several other mega-popular Android apps. In addition to the Google Market, Lenovo has added its own App Store which nothing more than an assortment of tested Android apps that are guaranteed to work on this particular device.
Judging from the looks and hardware, the IdeaPad is a really solid device that could find its own niche of followers. The only thing raining on Lenovo's parade are stability issues related to Honeycomb's so-so performance on the device. Hopefully, Lenovo will be able to improve the user exeprience with a simple software update.