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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Review

Frequent crashes and severe battery drain make the ThinkPad Tablet a less than ideal purchase.

February 03, 2012
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Controls

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet can be operated much like any other tablet can through the capacitive touchscreen. Things like tapping to open files and apps, pinch to zoom, and flick to turn a page/switch homescreens all work on the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. In addition, there are physical volume controls, a physical power button, and four other buttons on one side of the tablet, including a back button, a home button, a browser button, and an auto-rotate on/off button.

Connectivity

Quite possibly the biggest things that sets the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet apart from the rest of the pack is the fact that it is fairly versatile with pieces of office equipment. Not only can it export video and other media via HDMI, but it can also hook up a peripheral like a keyboard or mouse using the hidden full-USB port. This is very beneficial, as the tablet comes with a word processor, as well as other office programs pre-installed.

If you have a data plan through AT&T or Verizon, you can also elect to buy the 3G version of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, which can access the 'net anywhere there is an adequate signal. Users who are accustomed to smartphones should note that this tablet is not very portable at all, so this unit won't be quite as big a help as a smartphone could be on the go.

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Battery Life

When Lenovo shipped its flagship tablet, it did not include a very good battery. Providing users with just over 5 hours of video playback or eBook reading, the battery is firmly in the "bad" category for tablets. Perhaps it's due to the big screen, but for whatever reason, this tablet will leave you high and dry on long trips.

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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. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Asus Transformer Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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