Lenovo Android Tablet the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has come out swinging
Lenovo Android tablet PC the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is one of three Lenovo Tablets entering a severely congested tablet pc market hoping to make a serious impact.
Officially named IdeaPad Tablet K1 is geared towards the entertainment and leisure seeking individuals.
Lenovo is attempting to lure away many iPad enthusiasts by offering them honey – Honeycomb would be more adequate, the much touted and highly rated Android 3.1 operating system for tablet devices only.
What exactly Lenovo figured would help the company gain a slice of the most lucrative business in the computer technology markets of today is being explored right here.
The inside of the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1
The average consumers of today have become very technologically savvy and mere PR talk is not enough to lure them into spending the hard earned cash on any flashy gadget just because it is new and trendy. There needs to be power behind the bright colors and the new Lenovo Android tablet PC the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 certainly has some within the surprisingly thin casing. The all new NVIDIA Tegra T20 1 GHz processorcombined with 1GB DDR2 memory and up to 64 GB of SSD storage; all hidden behind a luminous 10.1” 1280 x 800 HD, 10-point multi-touch display with a weight of 1.65lbs (750g). There is a MicroSD card reader, the now obligatory mini HDMI connector, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, up to 10 hours battery life, front and back cameras (2 and 5 megapixels respectively), the unavoidable 3G version (4G is in the works) integrated speakers, microphone and headphone plugs and a load of really interesting pre-loaded software including the essential Flash support for the Web. Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is available in three colors – black, white and red.
Software bundle or software overload?
Some tablet manufacturers, names shall not be mentioned, load up their devices with a lot of software, but after a short while the user discovers that most of it is next to useless. For some inexplicable reason, Lenovo decided to actually listen to what people really like to have, even purchase, and added the very same popular software up – free of charge. The Lenovo Android Tablet comes with Angry Birds HD and Need for Speed: Shift HD are provided, just as Documents to Go or Kindle for Android. It is worth mentioning that the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is the first tablet officially certified by Netflix, the movie and TV show subscription service. Unfortunately, if you are not in the US or Canada, you are out of luck – the service is limited to these two countries. As already mentioned, Flash 10.2 support is unlimited, allowing the user to enjoy 1080p HD videos available all over the Internet. There is a SocialTouch application, proprietary to Lenovo tablets, which serves as a versatile social networking tool and cloud storage of 2GB is granted for free to all proud owners of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. Norton Mobile Security serves as protection and a wide array of ArcSoft applications allow the user to do anything, from video editing to document synching.
IdeaPad Tablet K1 meets the iPad
In direct comparison with the Apple tablet PC the iPad, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 outperforms the iPad II on almost every level. Not only the superior graphics by NVIDIA’s display engine and the higher RAM memory are allowing the Lenovo tablet to shine, the higher resolution and the perceivably better screen display – not to mention the true Flash support and the free commercial applications – as well as the truly usable camera (iPad II has merely a 0.7 Megapixel lens, less than the K1’s camera for video chat) make the IdeaPad a winner. Until Apple releases the much anticipated iPad III, which was rumored to be outfitted with cameras made by Sony; or Apple switches from the Samsung built more expensive processors to NVIDIA’s processors, or the iPad III gets some really revolutionary changes, mostly European users will rather switch to non-Apple products than hope for a better tomorrow.
IdeaPad vs the competition
The Lenovo Android Tablet has some tough competition to fight against, despite the fact that HP is apparently already throwing in the towel. One of the most probable comparison models will be the Asus Tablet PC the Eee Pad Transformer – as an option the K1 also has a keyboard docking station available. Just recently updated to the Android 3.2 version (K1 is supposed to follow shortly) the Asus offers some advantages towards the IdeaPad, like the USB 2.0 connectivity on the keyboard dock together with the extended battery life through additional cells, furthermore the touchpad, DLNA connectivity and one-year unlimited ASUS web storage (cloud). On the other hand, the K1 looks sturdier, is really available – the wait for the Eee Pad Transformer is still considerable – and according to user reviews Lenovo has a better customer support. HP Touchpad would have been a really interesting competitor, but the announcement that HP is bailing out of the tablet market really shattered all prospects. There is also the Motorola Tablet PC Xoom, which really profited from the unavailability of the Eee Pad Transformer and is otherwise a very solid tablet device. Besides a plethora of supported playable formats, the Xoom camera has a dual LED flash, something nearly every other manufacturer missed out to provide, rendering the camera in less to perfect conditions almost useless for photographs.
The main selling point of the IdeaPad Tablet K1 should be the SSD storage, one of the most underappreciated traits the K1 is professing. The additional MicroSD slot doubles the possible storage capacity. While there is little wiggle room on the tablet market nowadays, this Lenovo Android Tablet PC manages to produce a viable contender for the booming niche with a few plus points somewhat outweighing the minor missing items, such as a LED flash or USB connectivity. The integrated 10/100 LAN should help in that prospect, as should the bundled commercial software titles provided free of charge. With accessories such as the sleeve and the keyboard dock the K1 leaves not much to complain about. Lenovo is targeting the iPad users that are unhappy for one reason or another and provides a tablet, which may prove to be a viable contender for the tablet crown.