The Lenovo Thinkpad is our favorite Android Honeycomb tablet to date. Prior to using the Lenovo Thinkpad most everyone who follows thedroidguy knows our favorite tablet was the Toshiba Thrive. We like both tablets because they are kings of productivity when it comes to tablets. Now there are a lot of tablet owners who prefer to use their tablet for entertainment. In the entertainment category the Samsung Galaxy Tab series is far and away the best for entertainment but if you’re looking for a real business tool this is it.
The Lenovo Thinkpad comes out of the box with similar specs to many of the Android Honeycomb tablets released this year. It’s running on an Nvidia Tegra 2 1ghz dual core processor complimented by 1gb of RAM. The display is a very sharp 10.1″ IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. It also comes in three versions 16gb, 32gb and 64gb of on board storage.
The tablet is a little heavy coming in at 1.65lbs but what you get in return for that extra weight is an extremely well made tablet with physical buttons and every port you could need to be productive on the Lenovo Thinkpad tablet.
In the port department you have a full sized USB port which serves as the gateway to an awesome folio case with keyboard built in. You can also hook it up to an external usb powered hard drive, a different mouse or keyboard, game controller etc.
Next up you have a full sized SD card slot which of course can support up to 64gb and we’re sure 128 as well. Next to that you have a HDMI, mini usb and a 30pin accessory port.
On the top you’re going to notice a digital pen that works with the whole tablet as a stylus and apps that are optimized for the digital pen like a note book app with handwriting recognition. Of course you can use traditional on tablet text input as well and the optional folio case with keyboard.
The camera department lacks a flash on the rear but it does have a 5 megapixel camera that shoots video. On the front you have a 2gb front facing camera which is perfect for video chatting over wifi (there’s no cellular connectivity at this time).
There are four actual buttons at the bottom, a landscape/portrait button, back, menu and home. It also features Lenovo’s custom app wheel and UI with the mail, music, videos, books and web front and center on the fully customizable honeycomb home screen.
The optional folio case with keyboard turns your honeycomb tablet into an almost full fledged Lenovo Thinkpad laptop. It has the familiar feeling keyboard along with the red touch sensitive pointer in the middle and two mouse buttons at the bottom. Once you connect the keyboard case you can operate the tablet without having to touch the screen again.
We’ve really put this thing through everything we could think of. We were able to take an SD card right of our DSLR cameras, edit photos and upload them completely flawlessly. We’ve hooked it up to a portable hard drive and then streamed video content via HDMI. We’ve also taken notes at events using the handwriting recognition.
Please don’t take this lightly as we are very careful with our reviews and opinions here at thedroidguy.com but this is by and large the best tablet for productivity on the market this year. If you’re looking for a business machine in the tablet space the Lenovo Thinkpad tablet is it.