March 6, 2020

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Review

Lenovo Company presented new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet in summer 2020. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is one of the most functional devices on the market, which provides incredible freedom of actions, connectivity and allows you to carry a huge amount of data. The model is designed for the business and corporate customers.

Appearance Lenovo designers were able to make device in strict accordance with the ideology and values of ThinkPad series. Tablet came out black, square, reliable, durable and stiff. In ThinkPad series this tablet looks very organic. Tablet is very convenient, as its shape, size (260.4 x 181.7 x 14 mm), and weight (715 grams) allows a user to hold it firmly without fear to accidentally press the button or screen.

The back cover is made of solid plastic, similar to that used in ThinkPad laptops, with a slightly rough surface. Logos are made of metal. ThinkPad logo is with a red light-emitting diode instead of dot over “i”. During work, the letter “i” also acts as an indicator, as it’s lighting up red. From design point of view, it can be called a very interesting solution. The whole framework is very strong. Meanwhile, this tablet is fairly easy to disassemble.

The entire front cover is closed with Gorilla Glass glass, which is integrated into the frame without collecting dust clearances. The glass is glossy. Glossy surface creates glare, but the display’s brightness (400 nits) allows reading the text comfortably, even in bright light.

In addition, despite the fact that Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is a keyboardless device, there are quite enough keys on the tablet. Thus, beneath the screen when placing it in portrait orientation, there are four tactile buttons. The first two are responsible for locking the screen orientation and launching the browser, and two others are “Back” “Home” keys. Herewith, the keys are made so that it’s impossible to accidentally click on them. Software

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet runs on Android 3.1, launched on the device. There are 30 applications, and their range includes out-house productions (Kindle, Netflix) and in-house productions (Lenovo App Shop, SocialTouch). With your tablet you have access to the official Android Market, including Google’s mobile apps for Gmail, Books, Google Talk, Navigation, and Maps. On the home screen of the tablet there is the Lenovo Launcher, which is the dashboard with the set common actions. You can edit it (change the scheme color or the shortcuts) or delete. But it allows checking e-mail, reading, watching, and listening. The launcher comes with the Honeycomb Web browser. The icons row is improved. There is SocialTouch app, which is an aggregator of all the events in different social networks (Facebook and Twitter), email and RSS.

Pen input

Digital stylus for Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is accessory provided optionally and can be bought separately. The stylus for work with this tablet is a very convenient solution, and will let not to dirty the screen with the fingertips yet again. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet ignores touch when using the stylus. The method of pen input was implemented in the Lenovo tablet, which is entirely analogous to those, involved in the Windows-based tablets of the ThinkPad X-series. The complete stylus allows you to make notes with handwriting recognition or not, draw, or simply to manage the tablet with a high accuracy.

The stylus works on batteries AAAA and provides very high fidelity. Notes Mobile program is provided for making notes, which supports handwriting recognition. Notes Mobile can export your notes to PDF (or simply to send the notebook pages that are stored in the usual PNG).

Connectors

The main set of connectors is assembled on the lower edge. There is a corporate port, but it is only used for the optional docking station. Standard microUSB connector is used for connecting to a PC or charging from a complete power source. MiniHDMI port lets you connect the tablet to the TV. There is a connector for headphones or a headset. Under separate cover slots for SIM cards, full-size SD card, and a reset button that allows you to go into recovery menu are arranged. On the side edge there is full-sized USB port, which makes possible connecting keyboards, flash drives and even hard drives, and also an optional accessory – a keyboard case and trackpoint. Also at the end-face is a single speaker.

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Accessories

Simultaneously with the release of ThinkPad Tablet, Lenovo has produced a well thought-out set of accessories. Firstly, it’s a simple leather case. The tablet is placed in plastic cradle inside the case, which provides additional protection. If desired, the case becomes a stand. One more accessory is the case with built-in keyboard. It consists of two halves, in one of which, along the guide, the tablet is put and connected to the keyboard, using USB port. The halves do not have a rigid connection with each other, and the tablet is installed on the keyboard in one of three holes and is held there by magnets. This design provides maximum portability. Buying the keyboard case you get a possibility of quick and comfortable typing when you go on business. The keyboard layout closely follows that of the ThinkPad Edge laptops, but instead of function keys, the buttons for quick access to functions in Android are provided – volume control, go to the home screen, settings and so on. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet’s keyboard is furnished with an optical trackpoint. Finally, another important accessory is a docking station with support for fast charging.

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Battery life

Without charging Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will work about 9 hours, and this despite the connection of Wi-Fi and active work with video. This result is achieved thanks to a 3,250 mAh battery. Tablet PC Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is charged through USB. At the same time it can be done both via a micro-USB port, and its full-size version.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet really turned out quite compact and serious decision for the business segment. In terms of functionality the tablet can compete with virtually any competitor.

Specifications

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  • NVIDIA® Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz processor
  • Google Android 3.1
  • 10.1” WXGA (1280×800) 16:10 IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Multitouch display with digitizer input (pen optional)
  • Starting at 1.65 lbs; up to 8 hours battery life
  • Up to 64GB storage
  • Native USB 2.0 and micro-USB ports, full-size SD card slot and mini-HDMI output
  • Front and rear-facing 720p HD webcams (2M front, 5M back)