<![CDATA[Time to look at another competitor to the Windows 8 tablet.
This time, we'll look at the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet.
At 10. 3 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches (260.4 x 181.7 x 14mm), it's taller and wider than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (it measures 10.1 x 6.9 x .34 inches).
There's a row of four physical buttons, which line the bottom of the screen when you holding the tablet in portrait mode with the front-facing camera up top.
- one to lock the screen orientation
- a browser launcher
- a backward navigation key
- a home button.
There are a bunch of ports on this device below the buttons.
There are the following slots
- an SD reader slot
- a 3G SIM card slot
- a docking connector
- a micro-USB port
- a mini-HDMI socket (1080p capable)
- and a headphone jack.
This tablet has a pen option as well – it uses N-Trig’s DuoSense digitizer to allow for both pen and touch input. The pen is sold separately for of $30.
There’s a $569 32GB model, though you can also opt for a 16GB version ($499) or a 64GB number ($699).
Lenovo’s also selling a $60 dock with USB 2.0, micro-USB, HDMI, headphone and line-out ports, along with that $30 pen.
My take is that this is interesting but too expensive and bulky to compete with either the Ipad or the Kindle Fire.
I have to wonder if I can buy one, wipe it clean and put Windows 8 on it?
Here are some more detailed photos of the Thinkpad Tablet.
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If you’d like to read a detailed review of the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, you can check it out here
What do you think of the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet? Do you think it’s a threat to the Windows 8 tablet?]]>
I think it depends as some folks are comfortable with using a different OS and their productivity apps vs others using Windows and its Office suite. This tablet is definitely in a different class than the iPad or Kindle Fire as this one is geared for business and productivity, hence the specs and price.
Look, if you write a report of a tablet like this but fail to mention what operating system it uses, it is a failure of journalism by any measure.
I know, one could reason. Because it is supposed to be a Windows 8 tablet competitor, it should not be Windows 8. Because Apple does not allow others to make iPads, it cannot be iOS. So it has got to be one of the rest, could the Windows 7, but perhaps most likely Android. But you see the problem? It is the reporter’s job to report, not the reader’s job to do detective work.
It has Android Honeycomb on it. I can tell by the notification icon set at the bottom of the tablet