Lenovo became the latest member of the Google Android family with the unveiling of the IdeaPad and ThinkPad Tablets barely a week ago. Today, we were honored to have our hands-on with the IdeaPad Tablet K1 at Lenovo's First Looks Media Event held at Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel. Let's check out our initial impressions below:
Positioned as a device for consumers, the IdeaPad Tablet K1 comes with a host of features that will cater to your multimedia, entertainment and social networking needs. The K1 boasts a stunning 10.1-inch HD screen that will enhance your movie, video, web browsing and gaming experience. For the ultimate visual experience, you can connect the K1 to a full HD capable TV or monitor via its mini HDMI connection. As it is running on the Google Android 3.1 platform, you can expect the support of popular video formats on the K1. You can also surf the Web to your heart's content as the K1 supports Adobe Flash 10.3.
To make it easier for the user to access the most frequently used apps and functions, Lenovo incorporates its custom app, "Launch Zone".
Lenovo also has its exclusive SocialTouch app, which integrates your social networks into one place.
One of the key highlights of the IdeaPad Tablet K1 is its Lenovo App Shop. It is a unique app marketplace that has popular apps that are tested specifically for Lenovo tablets. In addition, enterprise apps and a private corporate store are supported to help businesses integrate tablets more easily into their operations.
Perhaps the main highlight of the K1 is the preloaded apps on the IdeaPad K1. It has more than 30 apps from partners such as Amazon, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Rovio, Zinio and DataViz. For example, Angry Birds HD and the full version of Documents to Go, are two paid apps that are available on the IdeaPad K1 right out of the box.
Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor (1.0GHz) and 1GB of RAM, you will be assured of a smooth and fluid tablet experience on the K1. Although the K1 unit that we had at the event was a prototype, our initial impression was generally positive. The user interface felt snappy. We believe the final retail version would be better.
If there was any major downside to the tablet, we'll find out soon when we review the full retail model. For now a point to note is the tablet's heft, which at 750 grams, is quite noticeable and might be a sore point for lengthy usage.
For those concerned with aesthetics, it comes in two color variants for the back plate (white or red) and has silver accents. The 3G edition coming soon will have a matte black or brown color options for a slightly more professional look.
Key highlights of the Lenovo IdealPad Tablet K1 (Wi-Fi)
Not available for testing at the event is the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. However, what we know is that the ThinkPad Tablet caters to the needs of the business users out there, as part of Lenovo's stand that "one size does not fit all". Not only does the ThinkPad Tablet offers a superior media and entertainment experience, it also leverages on Lenovo's reputation of security, reliability and manageability attributes.
Similar to the IdeaPad K1, the ThinkPad Tablet runs on Google Android 3.1 and is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It also has a 10.1-inch display but is made of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass. Lenovo includes a full-size USB port and full-size SD card slot to making sharing of media files and documents with other people and peripherals easier on the ThinkPad Tablet. It also has a mini HDMI port that connects to external projectors and displays for users to make presentations on the go. In order to safeguard the data on the ThinkPad Tablet, Lenovo equips the slate with advanced security features including SD card encryption, lost device disablement and anti-theft software.
The 3G version of ThinkPad Tablet will be available in a few weeks' time. As there is no further information revealed during the event, we will keep you posted on any new developments as soon as we catch wind of them.