Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet: An Android Business Slate, HH Reviewed

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Lenovo's first business-class Android-based tablet has arrived. The ThinkPad Tablet comes with many of the features business users want and demand from a tablet, including full encryption, remote wipe capabilities, productivity apps, VPN support, pen-based handwriting recognition technology, and more.

Running on Android 3.1, the ThinkPad Tablet comes preloaded with more than 25 free apps. Many of these apps will be useful to business users.  With the tablet's full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, and microUSB port, transferring files to and from the tablet is easy. The ThinkPad Tablet also has a mini HDMI connector so you can connect the device to a larger display or HDTV for displaying presentations or sharing your favorite video. Using the optional ThinkPad Tablet Keyboard Folio Case, which sells for about $100, you can dock the ThinkPad Tablet and quickly type out a few emails or reports.

That's a lot of features and functionality in a tablet device but does it add up to business user nirvana?

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet: An Android Business Slate


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LLeCompte replied on Wed, Dec 7 2011 12:07 PM

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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AKwyn replied on Wed, Dec 7 2011 7:38 PM

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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AKnudson replied on Wed, Dec 7 2011 11:56 PM

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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SCJaredJ replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 3:57 PM

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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Samar replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:24 PM

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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upEarly replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 9:02 AM

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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Looks like a solid tab. Lenovo has certainly stepped their game up. 

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Cerf replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 11:27 AM

Great review, but the price could be a bit friendlier...

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MHaner replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 10:43 PM

We got a demo unit in at work and so far we haven't been too impressed with it. If I was to hand this to one of the doctors to use they would definitely be less than pleased. I'm a huge android fan, but I don't think this tablet is the answer for enterprises yet.

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AKnudson replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 5:36 PM

Thisis a refreashing review, i have never had a girl do a tablet review before and i am impressed. It is really amazing that HotHardware did the review before the sweepstakes. (did you already know?)

This is just another showcase of the great qualities and capabilities tablets have.

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