Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet: An Android Business Slate - HotHardware

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet: An Android Business Slate

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Although today's tablets work well in landscape or portrait mode, many of today's 10-inch tablets seem to be designed with landscape as the primary or default orientation. Lenovo took a slightly different approach with the ThinkPad Tablet and selected portrait mode as the primary orientation of the tablet. When you first pick up the ThinkPad tablet, you'll notice four hardware buttons along the bottom edge of the tablet when you're holding it in portrait mode. Of course, these buttons work in landscape mode as well. The front-facing 2MP webcam is located above the screen in the upper right corner of the bezel.

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Along the top edge of the ThinkPad tablet, you'll notice the tablet pen storage for the optional tablet pen (in red, pictured here) and a volume rocker. Next to the storage slot for the pen, you'll notice a couple of holes that are designed to be used for tethering the pen to the tablet with string if you desire. The power button is located on the upper right edge of the tablet. On the left edge of the ThinkPad tablet, you'll find a speaker and a full-size USB port hidden behind a sliding door.

In addition to the four hardware buttons (Screen Lock, Browser, Back, and Home) along the bottom bezel of the ThinkPad tablet, you'll find various ports along the bottom edge of the tablet. These ports include a ThinkPad tablet dock connector, microUSB port, mini HDMI port, and headphone jack. On the far left side of the bottom edge, you'll notice a flip out door that opens to reveal a SIM card slot, emergency reset hole, and media card reader.

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When you turn the ThinkPad tablet over, you'll see the 5MP rear facing camera in the upper left corner along with the ThinkPad tablet pen storage in the upper right corner. The back of the ThinkPad tablet has a matte finish and features the ThinkPad and Lenovo logos.

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The ThinkPad tablet measures 0.57 inches thick, which is slightly thicker than the Acer Iconia Tab A500 (0.52 inches thick) and the Motorola Xoom and Asus Eee Pad Transformer which both measure 0.51 inches thick. At about 1.65 pounds, the ThinkPad tablet is slightly heavier than both the Motorola Xoom (1.61 pounds) and Asus Eee Pad Transformer (1.499 pounds).

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Good review, i can see this being more useful than a iPad as of right now. The Remote wipe is a plus, and with all the different ports on the tablet, it makes it easy to bring to a meeting a plug it right up to a projector or tv.

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Great review Jennifer. More are more companies are having support tablets on their networks and this device seems like it would be a good fit for most organizations. The ability to remote wipe is a huge plus considering it won't require an additional program.

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"Its a Good tablet, and with the added support of the Lenovo App Shop, business users should feel assured Lenovo will stand behind them, but I still feel that the Pen should be free. Edit:Excuse me, I meant, included for the price."

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I always wanted a tablet, maybe this Christmas I'll be considering buying one *if there is a good deal*

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This is what the BlackBerry PlayBook tried to be.

I think the prime selling point is that Levono made an rugged looking tablet and included an intuitive interface that compliments Android and even included features Business all over the world would die over. A major plus is Levono's App Store, which should ensure quality apps for Levono owners all around the world.

While it may be more expensive then the PlayBook at some places; it's still what the PlayBook wanted to be.

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What the makers of this tablet don't realize is just how niche of a product this is. 9/10 business men who want a tablet have one already and they are higher quality with better preformance. i doubt this tablet will take off much if at all.

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Before buying this, please search the web for:

thinkpad android gps (still doesn't work for almost anybody)

thinkpad android camera focus (works for some; for others not)

thinkpad android broken micro-USB (no one knows whose is just waiting to break; lots of customers had theirs break)

These problems (and others) have been plaguing the ThinkPad, and Lenovo has been unwilling or unable to deliver a working product some three months after launch.

I am a Lenovo customer, and I've posted about these problems here:

http://thinkpadtabletforums.com/thinkpad-tablet-general-discussion/how-we-customers-can-kick-lenovo%27s-butt-into-gear-on-this-one/msg2007/#msg2007

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I wonder if they'll ever start publishing full programs for android...like a full MS Excel. Until that happens, I can only use a tablet to review, not really create work. But I love trying to see what new technology might help me out in my day to day life!

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If Lenovo doesn't price it right with some unique features, it stands no chance in the Tablet galore that's been going on.

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They should work with Microsoft to get the Office suite onboard, this way they can really market to their audience--businesses. General consumers don't have a need for this kind of tablet...yet

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