Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet: An Android Business Slate


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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