Bundled Software

Lenovo has added several of their own widgets and apps to the tablet out of the box. The most prominent is on the home screen called Launch Zone for quick access to email, music, watching videos, reading and the web. The Zones are customizable by tapping the settings button on the left side and you can access tablet-wide settings from the shortcut on the right. Across the bottom of the screen is a conversation bubble icon called App Wheel that when pressed pops up a selection of six different apps which is fully customizable as well.

For the sake of brevity, I'll only highlight a few of the key apps.

Lenovo claims their tablet is the first to come with Netflix preloaded, even though it's a few taps aways for the rest of Android users. Documents to Go is another key addition, an app that normally sells for $14.99 on the Android market. Documents to Go allows you to view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files as well as view Adobe PDF files and attachments. This is a must-have addition for business use.

Other high-profile apps that don't require an explanation include Angry Birds HD, McAfee Security, Amazon Kindle, YouTube and Amazon MP3. You can see a complete list of preloaded apps in the enclosed photos.

Lenovo also includes an app for their own store called Lenovo App Shop. The company claims their store will eliminate any concerns users might have about downloading suspect apps from Android's market. Apps here are sorted by usefulness so you don't have to wade through a ton of junk apps to find something good.

Again, Lenovo markets this tablet as business-oriented so naturally there are a few apps geared specifically towards IT professionals. The first is Absolute Software's Computrace, which provides a persistent connection back to the device in the event it is lost or stolen. The administrator can freeze the tablet, delete data and perform other management functions remotely, even if the tablet has been factory reset.

Citrix Receiver is an enterprise app that allows IT to securely deliver data and apps directly to the tablet. Furthermore, tablet users can access their work applications and desktops from anywhere.

Lenovo also includes a trial edition of McAfee VirusScan Mobile which includes WaveSecure and SiteAdvisor for Android. The description for this app says it protects your data if your tablet is lost or stolen and can back up and restore information in addition to safeguarding against viruses and spyware. We certainly don't like trial stuff making it into the tablet, but hopefully certain kind of users will find this useful.

Finally, PrintShare allows you to print directly from your tablet to nearby Wi-Fi enabled printers or remote ones shared with PrintShare's software.