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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet review

Stocky tablet hints at ThinkPad laptops, but doesn't rival Samsung

Lenovo thinkpad tablet review

Other than the slightly unusual hardware features, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Tablet is also outfitted with some interesting new user interface enhancements. Some of them work well, but others aren't as impressive.

The thing first you notice about the main screen is that Lenovo has added a Launcher widget in the centre of the screen where you can quickly start the internet browser, open a book, watch a movie or listen to music. The widget really only sends you to an app - Slacker Radio for music or the mSpot app for movies. For new users, the widget is a smart idea because it calls attention to main features on the device.

Lenovo thinkpad tablet review

Another addition is the App Wheel. There's an icon on the lower centre of the screen - press it and you'll see a circle menu you use to start an app. This is different from the pop-up menu included with Android that shows you open apps - this wheel is for storing favourites. The App Wheel looks a bit clunky though, with an unconvincing drop-shadow. Also, it's easier to just store apps on the desktop.

Both of these are just extra UI icing on the standard Android 3.1 interface. There are no radical interface overhauls like there will be with the Amazon Kindle Fire. There are also no app categorisation bins like there are with Samsung and Acer tabs, although these bins don't add a lot of value.

Lenovo thinkpad tablet

Many of the other interface features are standard - you can drop widgets onto the main screens. None of these stray too far from the norm - Lenovo hasn't added any extra widgets. There's a back button on the lower left-hand side and a Home button in addition to the pop-up app menu.

One oddity, though, is that the hardware buttons on the left of the screen require that you press them close to the screen. If you press near the edge, the button might not work. In daily use, you might just skip these buttons altogether.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyThinkPad
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelT250
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
Brand NameLenovo
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)760 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
DigitizerYes
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height14.5 mm
Width260.4 mm
Depth181.7 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyLPDDR2
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model18382CG
Product NameThinkPad 18382CG Tablet Computer
Product LineThinkPad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberNZ72CUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

DO MORE WITH THE BUSINESS TABLET THAT DOES IT ALL.

From the makers of the revolutionary ThinkPad line of laptops comes the anything, anywhere, anytime DO business machine. This powerful Android 3.1 tablet delivers a professional multimedia and unbeatable entertainment experience. Now professionals can do more on the go and IT managers can do more support-quickly, easily and remotely. Do more with the tablet that means business.

Maximum Memory1 GB
Package Contents
  • ThinkPad 18382CG Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
  • Earphone
  • Stylus