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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet Review

The IdeaPad K1 offers middle of the road performance at a price to match.

February 17, 2012
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Controls

Because there are only very limited physical controls (power/sleep/wake, volume, hold), the vast majority of your interactions with the device are going to be through the capacitive touch screen of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. It shares the same basic controls as every other Android 3 device, with swipes to change pages or screen, pinching to zoom, and taps to select or open files and links.

Connectivity

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has a small number of physical ports on the outside of the unit, limited to a proprietary USB input, headset in, and microHDMI out. As far as wireless connections go, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has a rather standard 802.11n wireless card, as well as bluetooth 2.1 to tether peripherals to the device wirelessly. Not bad for the price.

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Battery Life

While the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 doesn't have the world's best battery installed, it does have a rather average battery life, clocking in at around 6 hours and 30 minutes both with reading eBooks and video. For each of these tests, we crank the backlight up to maximum and turn the wireless off, so your mileage may vary if you meddle with the settings. When listening to music only, it lasts over 24 hours, but that's mainly due to the screen automatically turning off.

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Normally you could extend your battery life by turning down the screen brightness, but much like one cannot pull themselves up by their bootstraps, neither can one make the most of their tablet in average lighting conditions and not have the backlight cranked because of the poor peak brightness. What you see here is close the performance ceiling of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  12. Motorola Xyboard Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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