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.

Price
£432

the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The sturdy design also has protective flaps for the SIM card and SDHC slots, as well as the full-size USB2 port.

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.

So what's our verdict?

Verdict

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.

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Connectivity: 3G

Display: 1,280 x 800 pixels, 10.1in

OS: Android 3.1

Camera: five megapixels rear-facing and 2 megapixels forward-facing

GPS: Assisted

Processor: 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2

RAM: 750MB

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)

Weight: 770g

Battery: type and capacity not disclosed

Part code: NZ72CUK

Battery life (H264): 8h54m

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