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Is it just us or are you also getting the feeling that every brand wants to be in the tablet market just for the sake of it? The Lenovo K1 isn't the first tablet that gives us this feeling, however. Looking at the K1, we cannot help but compare it to the Motorola Xoom, at least as far as the form factor is concerned. However, uniquely it has a physical button for Home, something we haven't seen on Android 3.0 and beyond devices. This is a touch sensitive button, and can also work as a back button when you use that gesture. Flip it over, and the plastic back has a pattern that helps with the grip. However, disappointingly, the plastic used feels cheap and flexes very easily. The camera isn't placed very well either, and you can easily block it when holding the tablet in landscape mode. We had a similar problem with the Acer Iconia Tab A501 that we reviewed recently. All ports and slots are on the side panels, and the likes of the volume rocker and the power key feel cheap and flimsy as well. Not that they run the risk of coming out, but does leave a bad taste after you have spent well over Rs 30k for a tablet. The poor build quality aside, the K1 does impress with the feature set.
Since buying IBM's computer business in 2005, Lenovo has slowly crept its way into the U.S. market by staying on top of computer trends and delivering reliable devices with the old, brick-like styling IBM made famous. Not anymore. With the blooming of the tablet market, Lenovo is spreading its wings a bit. The IdeaPad K1 is the manufacturer's first Android Honeycomb tablet, and one of its first aimed at the casual user. Though it has some interesting, albeit light, UI modifications, the K1 completely blends in to the pile of Honeycomb devices on shelves today, for better and worse.The first thing you'll notice when you look at the K1 is that it's big. This isn't the largest 10.1-inch Android tablet out there, but it's high on the list with large rounded corners that bring its total dimensions to 10.4 inches long, 7.4 inches tall, and 0.5 inches thick. It's also pretty heavy at 27.2 oz, or a couple ounces heavier than the Toshiba Thrive, HP TouchPad, and Acer Iconia Tab A500. We'd like to say that appearances and weight are deceiving, but this tablet feels as heavy and large as it is. If there is ever an IdeaPad K2, we hope it sheds some excess fat.Causing much of this weight is a heavy metal frame with a spray-paint-like sparkly silver coating on it, somewhat resembling the metal on the original iPad.
Lenovo refers to its IdeaPad Tablet K1 as the ‘anything, anywhere, anytime DO Machine' and is targeting mainstream consumers with this Honeycomb offering.Out of the box the K1 looks much like Apple's first generation iPad; there's a black border that flanks the device's LCD screen and the entire tablet is surrounded by a silver frame. Like some of the tablets we reviewed in our July grouptest, the K1 is designed primarily to be used in landscape. A 2-megapixel front facing camera sits just above the top border of the LCD screen, whereas a useful home button sits on the right border of the screen. The position of this button struck us as odd because given the device's landscape setup, it would have made more sense for the button to be located directly opposite the webcam.The K1's volume controls, screen orientation lock switch and power button are located on the left border of the device and, thankfully, within a few hours of using the device, we were naturally reaching for the buttons when we needed them. Aside from changing the position of the home button, the only other design aspect we had an issue with, was with the rear of the tablet. Made from plastic, the shell exhibited noticeable flex when pressed and made the K1 feel less premium.
How does one market a Honeycomb tablet effectively when there are half a dozen others just like it already on the market? According to Lenovo reps, that was the challenge Lenovo engineers recognized when developing the IdeaPad K1. So, in an attempt to distinguish the K1 from the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Xoom, and other Honeycomb tablets, Lenovo added a custom skin, a boatload of apps, and perhaps most notably, Netflix support. But is that enough? Other Honeycomb tablets have user interface tweaks, and Netflix has been available on the iPad for more than a year. In addition, Honeycomb tablet sales have been lackluster, especially in the face of the market dominating iPad 2. It seems Lenovo has to endeavor to not only differentiate its tablet, but also convince buyers the K1 is an excellent buy. Let's find out if the company succeeded.BUILD & DESIGN The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that, when viewed from head-on, looks exactly like its 10.1-inch cousins. The only distinguishing feature on the display is an oblong button on the right side that functions as a home button when tapped and takes screenshots when pressed for a few seconds. The IdeaPad has a sturdy aluminum border that extends to the back, and houses two stereo speakers in a thicker portion on the bottom.
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. 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.
Since the release of the first Android Honeycomb tablet (the Motorola Xoom), we've seen a parade of more or less identical devices. Some are thinner or sport better cameras or extra ports, but they all run the same software on the same 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is no exception. Priced at $499 (32GB) and available in three color options (red, white, and black), Lenovo's Honeycomb tablet is neither the thinnest, the cheapest, the prettiest, nor the best equipped. Instead, Lenovo's tablet sits modestly in the middle of the pack. If we had to pick the IdeaPad K1 out of a lineup, the two-tone design on the back would be the giveaway. Weaving a mixture of sturdy aluminum and glossy plastic, the tablet's back has a good hand feel that suffers only slightly from visible smudges. The second telltale feature of the K1 is its dedicated home button, located on the right side of the 10.1-inch screen (when held in landscape orientation). Considering the onscreen navigation controls baked into Honeycomb, the physical home button is redundant. It's not pointless, though. Aside from fitting naturally under your right thumb while gripping the tablet, the physical button has a few cool tricks.
The IdeaPad K1 is one of the first two Android tablets to come from Lenovo. It’s a competitive 10.1-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with almost all the specs you’d anticipate from a slate equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, but attempts to standout with its own individual style, unique interface features, and a price tag that’s $100 less than its rivals. The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 sports a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM. Its 10.1-inch multitouch display has a 1280 x 800 resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio and very good viewing angles all around as can be expected from an IPS panel. It has an internal storage of 32GB that can be doubled with a microSD card of up to 32GB. It also has a front-facing 2-megapixel camera as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash. When it comes to connectivity options, however, the IdeaPad K1 is a bit lacking. It doesn’t help that we just finished reviewing the Toshiba Thrive, which spoiled us with full-sized ports. Still, we’re not asking for that much—a micro-USB port would suffice. But the IdeaPad K1 has no USB ports whatsoever. Neither does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but at least that device is so crazy thin and light that we’ll make an excuse for it.
The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 strives to be more than just another Android tablet. From its Honeycomb tweaks to its plethora of preloaded apps--many of which are actually useful--to its inclusion of Microsoft ReadyPlay DRM, Lenovo puts forth a tablet that stands out in the crowd (literally, if you opt for the white- or red-backed models). And it carries value, too: The IdeaPad K1 costs about $500 (price as of 7/29/2011) with 32GB of storage--twice the capacity of the Apple iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the same price. The IdeaPad K1 is one of two new tablets from Lenovo, each with the same processing guts and the same size of displays, but with very different physical designs. While the ThinkPad Tablet is boxy and in basic black, the IdeaPad is contoured, with metallic edges and your choice of a black, white, or red plastic back. Inside, the IdeaPad packs features that have quickly become standard for Honeycomb tablets: Android version 3.1, a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and 1GB of memory. The front face is a 10.1-inch, 1280-by-800-pixel display, with a generous black border around it.
Lenovo has finally entered the Android tablet market with the 10.1-inch IdeaPad K1, which mixes innovative UI enhancements and a useful selection of preloaded apps with a stylish, colorful design. With a $499 price for the 32GB version, this tablet is $100 less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple iPad 2 with the same amount of storage. But is the IdeaPad K1 innovative enough to steer you away from better-known slates?At 10.4 x 7.44 x .52 inches and 1.6 pounds, the IdeaPad K1 is quite a bit larger and heavier than rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (9.7 x 6.7 x 0.34 inches, 1.2 pounds) and the iPad 2 (9.5 x 7.3 x 0.3 inches, 1.3 pounds). However, the 10.75 x 6.7 x .6 inch Toshiba Thrive felt a lot bulkier in our hands despite weighing the same amount. The tapered edges on the K1 help.With its matte, chrome-colored side and back trim and its deep red back panel, the IdeaPad K1 is one of the most attractive tablets we've ever seen. The back panel also comes in white and dark gray, but we strongly recommend the snazzy red shade on our review unit. Unfortunately, there's nothing particularly unique about the glossy front panel and large surrounding bezel.
Lenovo is going on an all-out assault on the world of tablets, creating a new division specifically for them and announcing a new range.The Lenovo lineup includes the Windows 7-running IdeaPad Tablet P1 and two Android 3.1-powered tablets, including the business-focussed ThinkPad Tablet, and the consumer-focussed IdeaPad K1 which we have here.As Android tablets go, it's fairly typical when it comes to specs. The screen is 10.1 inches, with a resolution of 1280 x 800, while the processing and graphics power is provided by a Nvidia Tegra 2 chip, running at the usual 1GHz. There's also a nice 1GB of RAM to provide plenty of memory for multitasking.There's 32GB of built-in storage, with a microSD card reader for adding more, and a micro-HDMI port for playing video on your HDTV. There's also a five-megapixel rear camera, complete with LED flash, and a two-megapixel front camera.As we mentioned, Android 3.1 is the OS of choice here, and Lenovo has jam-packed the IdeaPad K1 with additional software, which we'll cover on the next page.Unusually for Android 3.0 tablets, there's actually a physical Home button, which even has gesture recognition in order to act as a Back button, too.The front of the IdeaPad K1 is nothing special - shiny and black.
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