Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet (1st Gen) Review

By on January 4, 2013, 10:55 PM

Lenovo has expanded their successful business-oriented line of computing devices to include tablets. The company introduced two new slates earlier this year – the consumer-oriented IdeaPad K1 and the business-minded ThinkPad Tablet that we are examining today. Sure, Lenovo has been producing Windows-based tablet PCs with touchscreen functions for quite some time, but the ThinkPad tablet isn't any of those.

We've come to know Lenovo as one of the premiere business notebook manufacturers over the past years. Having worked with several ThinkPads during my time at TechSpot, aside from a few small quirks, each unit left me looking forward to the next. The foundation for Lenovo's ThinkPad line has been a uniform style that's stood the test of time quite well. It's simple, practical, recognizable and instills the value of quality in the minds of many. It'll be interesting to see how that tradition has carried on to their first ThinkPad tablet running Android.

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage, 1GB of DDR2 system memory, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, front and rear cameras, 8.02.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi connectivity and a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass. The slate is ever so slightly larger than the Acer Iconia Tab that we looked at back in August, both in thickness and height.

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ibgarrett said:

After having such a high failure rate with about 20 different Lenovo ThinkPad T500 series laptops at my company, it'll be a long time before I consider purchasing anything from Lenovo. Lenovo didn't stand behind their products and pretty much told me it was our fault for the failure rates. Almost 60% of the hard drives have failed within the first year. Granted these things will use SSD, but with customer service like that - do you really trust them at that point in time?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

ibgarrett said:

After having such a high failure rate with about 20 different Lenovo ThinkPad T500 series laptops at my company, it'll be a long time before I consider purchasing anything from Lenovo. Lenovo didn't stand behind their products and pretty much told me it was our fault for the failure rates. Almost 60% of the hard drives have failed within the first year. Granted these things will use SSD, but with customer service like that - do you really trust them at that point in time?

Nope, I wouldn't trust them at all. I had a similar issue with Dell and a bunch of desktops. Out of 30 12 of them had a failed hard drive in the first 6 months, some most failed after 2 months. When I spoke to Dell they pretty much said I was at fault. I don't really know how they can claim that since they are litterally put underneath the desk and never seen again? Will never buy from them again...

Guest said:

It's a nice little unit, well built and feels VERY sturdy. Personally I don't see the Pen getting too much use for some people but overall it does what it needs to do...

Only thing I major dislike is the buttons are very hard press style, then again its prob the original design of the unit (I'm sure touch ones kept getting "miss touched").

Guest said:

I am thinking of getting the tablet, I previously had a X61 Tablet which proved very useful. I am currently running a W701 Workstation Laptop, I have had a few issues but sorted most out my self with the correction installation of the OS and Drivers.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

I had the DELL Streak 7 and it was quick but the hardware and software issues was beyond keeping the the troubled tablet. Right now testing out the Toshiba Thrive AT100. It's slower than the Streak 7 though for a 10.1" and now Toshiba coming out with it's replacement the Toshiba Epic AT200 thinner and they're gone for the new TI Core MPU. Lenovo Tablet history doesn't hold water too they all have some sort of issues. First Gen tablets seem to be more of try-and-error. If you start of have issues with your tablet then you know it's time to take it back before it's too late.

QWales said:

burty117 said:

ibgarrett said:

After having such a high failure rate with about 20 different Lenovo ThinkPad T500 series laptops at my company, it'll be a long time before I consider purchasing anything from Lenovo. Lenovo didn't stand behind their products and pretty much told me it was our fault for the failure rates. Almost 60% of the hard drives have failed within the first year. Granted these things will use SSD, but with customer service like that - do you really trust them at that point in time?

Nope, I wouldn't trust them at all. I had a similar issue with Dell and a bunch of desktops. Out of 30 12 of them had a failed hard drive in the first 6 months, some most failed after 2 months. When I spoke to Dell they pretty much said I was at fault. I don't really know how they can claim that since they are litterally put underneath the desk and never seen again? Will never buy from them again...

We have the T410 and T510, soon to upgrade to the 20's but if it was up to me we would go back to Dell. The support from Lenovo is absolutely rubbish. The T410 screens are really flimsy and keep breaking (probably why this model is so chuncky) and Lenovo had the cheek to say they had not come accross this problem and tried to blame us for not using them correctly. Never had any issues with Dell.

Guest said:

I have been using one for a week and cannot say I am happy with it.

Battery life is a real problem as is the random shut downs. I lose about 80% of battery with only 90 mins of use. It seems to also take forever to charge, especially when it is in standby mode.

I was hoping for so much more

Guest said:

Failure of the Thinkpad tab to recognise USB thumb drives causing me to return a 2nd unit 11-29-11. OOne of several devices did connect on a try after doing a total reset and on first boot up without activiating the wifi or Google log in etc. But an old USB 1 drive and and new current USB 64 Gb never would register, neither a 32 Gb fast SD card on a card reader plugged in, The regualr USB port is more important to me than connecting anything via the micro USB connector. This is unfortunately a fail; will have to consider another brand. - SteveN NYC

Badfinger said:

Until tablets get 500gigs minimum storage at a reasonable price, I won't touch them. They cost as much as a laptop, without the function.

I don't need small portable devices this badly.

Guest said:

About a month ago I was researching tablets to determine if that is something I would find productive and fun. I looked at all the popular offerings from ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba, Motorola, and Acer. While doing some internet searching and research, I stumbled across the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet. Comparing features and cost, The ThinkPad tablet seemed the better value.

A month later, I'm very happy with my choice. I was able to find an online store selling the 32GB version for $489, and the keyboard folio for $94. I use it fairly extensively at work, taking it to meetings, using it for email, and even reviewing documents. I use the Citrix client to connect to a remote/virtual Windows server and display Windows screens. The battery life has been fantastic. I haven't yet had to plug in the charger before the day ends. The screen is probably not as glitsy as some of the others, but I think it has some advantages as well.

The pressure sensitive touch is really nice, and works well. It doesn't require a special pen like the iPad does. The notebook app is good. The handwriting recognition is neat, but not practical. Formatting your notes with the translation on is very cumbersome. That said, I use it quite often to capture notes with the translator off, and I like it a lot.

Performance is really good. Browsing performs just as well on this as it does on my dual-core 3GB laptop (purchased 6 months ago).

I didn't find some of the preloaded apps useful, but they were easy enough to remove.

My biggest complaint is that Lenovo is a very poor marketing company. This product isn't available at any major electronics retail brick&morter store (e.g. BestBuy). I firmly beieve this product is better than other better selling Android tablets, and gives the iPad a run for its money. Seems ashame that such a great product is being so poorly marketed.

mariary said:

thinkpad

thinkpad is good. :D

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