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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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Device & Specs

Device & Specs

Right from the start you'll notice that the IdeaPad K1 looks a lot more polished with a metal casing, rubber grip material on the back of the tablet, and less clunky or awkward handling. While both tablets have very comparable hardware, there is very little that makes the ThinkPad the better bet from a physical standpoint.

Screen

Both have the same size and resolution screen, and there's very little difference here outside of contrast performance, which the ThinkPad trounces the IdeaPad in.

Battery

Both tablets have thoroughly average battery life, but the IdeaPad has over an hour better in both eBook reading and video playback, which is a big plus.

eReader

Because each tablet has access to virtually identical software, this one comes down to performance, which the IdeaPad excels in comparison to its clunkier older brother. Not only does it last longer, but it's easier to hold.

Internet

Both tablets have close-to-stock Android 3.2 running on them, with only a few minor cosmetic changes by Lenovo. You can't really expect a whole lot of differences here that can't be overcome by the Android Market.

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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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