If you were looking for a 10-inch Android tablet just a few short months ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find them for sale and Android 2.2 was the only game in town. However, with the release of Google's Honeycomb OS in late February, the floodgates began to open. Now you can't swing a USB cable and not hit one of these things and many are built on very similar, if not identical platforms. As such, it's rather difficult for manufacturers to differentiate their product in this market space, though some have had more success than others.
In the notebook arena, if there's a manufacturer that has been able to carve out a niche' for their brand name over the years, it would have to be Lenovo with their ThinkPad line of products that cater mostly to the business professional and road warrior. Lenovo's consumer-targeted IdeaPad has been less prolific in this regard, however. Recently Lenovo announced Honeycomb tablets from both ThinkPad and IdeaPad camps, though today we're taking a look at only their new IdeaPad Tablet K1.
Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1
The IdeaPad Tablet K1 is Lenovo's first Honeycomb tablet to hit the market, though the more industrial strength ThinkPad Tablet is expected to arrive in the next couple of months. The K1 is billed as a media consumption and entertainment device built for portability and performance on the go. Honestly, that sounds like a lot of the Honeycomb tablets we've seen to date. So why should Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 grab your attention? We'll see if we can determine that for you in our hands-on experience and performance evaluations on the pages that follow.