Lenovo ThinkPad: More Than Just An Ordinary Tablet

by: Bern OliverOctober 13, 2011
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Tablets nowadays, are designed with specs and features specially suited for mid-level consumers. Lenovo’s ThinkPad however, may just change things by offering specs that are perfect for enterprise-level consumers.

The feel

The Lenovo ThinkPad is not made to be sleek and sly instead, it is bigger and bulkier compared to other tablets we have come to know and love. While some consumers go for the look, there are also some who prefer buying products that are sturdy and durable. This tablet is no exception and has a solid feel, that gives it a higher chance of surviving bumps and falls.

Its case comes with a keyboard plus an optical red pointer, which is the trademark of any ThinkPad product. Consumers need not to worry about program installation since the tablet is already packed with Lenovo software plus apps from their partners. Aside from the 5MP camera on its back, the Lenovo ThinkPad tablet supports video chat with its 2MP front camera.

What to look forward to

Unlike the usual tablets in the market, Lenovo ThinkPad is equipped with a USB port and SD card slot, making it a perfect device for photographers on the go. Aside from being Wi-Fi capable, users can insert their SIM on the device to enjoy 3G coverage. While iPad’s keyboards and cases are often a disappointment, the ThinkPad tablet follows its trademark keyboard. While it is skinnier than its laptop counterpart, users won’t have any difficulty adjusting since there is enough space in between the keys.

Aside from enhanced security and higher levels of encryption, Lenovo also offers their own app store where you can download software and apps which the company promises to be malware free. One of the noticeable features of the ThinkPad is its ability to close open apps with just one click. This isn’t usually found in most Android devices and the task killers that exist today usually encounter crash problems.

What you won’t want about it

Although the ThinkPad tablet is packed with Nvidia dual-core processor, users may experience frequent lagging and delayed reactions from the device. Some bugs that you could expect from the device is its delayed reaction when flipping from landscape to portrait, and its inability to accept more input during editing.

The ThinkPad comes with a full-sized USB port however, the manufacturers did not consider the fact that the keyboard case will be connected to it, and it is during the tablet’s laptop mode that people will want to use a thumb drive the most. Another failed design of the ThinkPad tablet is its hardware buttons that do not work very well and are very stiff to press.

The verdict

Lenovo ThinkPad is one of the best tablets available for enterprise-level consumers however, there are still some quite a number of bugs that the company needs to deal with. Its features offer a lot of potential and if the glitches are fixed as soon as possible, the ThinkPad may just be one of the best-selling tablets available in the market.

via Gizmodo

  • Andrew Coon

    I am typing this on a thinkpad tablet, after using other tablets I like the physical buttons. I don’t find them to be stiff, but they are made so that the inner edge of the button depresses, not the outer edge. This means I can hold the tablet in landscape orientation and type without worrying about accidently pressing “back” or “home.” This is not a flaw,but a sign of someone at lenovo looking at what other tablet makers have messed up.

    My biggest gripe is that the notetaking software this shipped with, designed to be used with the stylus, is lacking a few key features. It cannot batch convert handwriting to text, and cannot export an entire notebook at a time. I hope it is updated soon.

    Overall, this is q great tablet that has really changed my work flow for the better.

  • MrGerlo

    I’ve been using this tablet for a month now. Im a graduate student and for classes is great since i have no need of paper now. I had to purchase for one dollar the app called Writepad which now takes advantage of the active stylus and in the newest update completely disables fingers input so the writing is as accurate as it can be. You may have to change a bit the way you write to accomodate better to the screen, but it doesn’t take time.

    I even write now the solutions for my student’s homeworks in the tablet. Netflix runs flawless, and the device’s overall response is close to the description provided: is not fully instantaneous but is not slow at all. Hopefully with new updates this will be addressed, but is not a killer anyhow.

    The only thing that I miss is a higher speaker volume. Maybe with music is not that bad, maybe netflix volume is lower than anything else, but if I want to watch a movie i can’t even bite a cracker because it can be louder in my head. With earphones is nice, but not all the time I want to use headphones.

    Because of this I will give it 4/5 rate. I barely use paper now, and everything is in sync. I really love it. The keyboard folio is a nice addition, but it won’t be as fluent as working on real Word or PPoint or Excel….but for traveling purposes, a quick visit to the library o a coffee shop is great. Games for tegra 2 are great as well….

    I totally recommend this tablet for students.