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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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Video Controls

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 runs a version of Android 3 that is very close to stock, so its video playback has the same, standard Honeycomb video interface, complete with disappearing scrub bar, play/pause button, and volume control. Tablets running this video player do a good job of not letting their control interface get in the way by having them fade out after a few moments, so video watching on this tablet is a good experience.

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The wild scrub bar in its natural habitat.

Video Management

Videos are sorted by either the gallery application, or by the file management system. If you like thumbnails, stick with the gallery. If you like lists, the file management system is for you. Outside of these options, there isn't much to do about organizing your video files.

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Video Formats

To many a cinephile's delight, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 supports MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, WMV9, and Xvid files natively. Still, if there's a file format that you want to use on your tablet (say,.mkv for the purposes of this argument), full access to the Android Market allows you to download things like the MoboPlayer that give you additional file support.

Internet Video

Included on the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is the YouTube app, allowing you to wirelessly stream and search for video clips online, but you can also make use of the free Netflix app if you have an account with them. Android tablets have great streaming support, so be sure to check out the market for options.

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The YouTube application provides a great interface for video streaming.

Video Battery Life

The 7400mAH battery of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 will allow you to watch videos on your tablet for 6 hours and 37 minutes with he backlight cranked, and the WiFi turned off. Considering the low peak brightness of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, we wouldn't recommend using other settings for watching video, but you can increase battery life by turning down the brightness.

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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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