The Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 may not be an entirely original or groundbreaking idea in the world of tablets (e.g. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer), but it’s one of the best executions of the concept we’ve seen so far. While it’s true that certain elements of the S2110’s build quality are still dubious, like its general creakiness and soft-centered keyboard, it has a very well-built hinge and docking system that makes for a solid unit as a whole when it’s assembled.
And with that dock comes a slew of benefits, like an absolutely killer battery life, added ports, and, of course, a full keyboard that takes the one hole in the productivity level of tablets and fills it. The S2110 may be a powerful, high performance tablet that is more than capable of being used for media consumption, but its true strength lies in its ability to help users work efficiently.
Obviously, there’s still work to be done here, as Lenovo either needs to revamp or ditch its UI all together, because it’s just dreadful. And certain elements like the camera, throwaway apps, navigation oversights for when the tablet is docked (seriously, why can’t I scroll?) are minor annoyances, though admittedly not dealbreakers.
At $430 for the 16 GB model with the dock, you could do a lot worse as far as value is concerned. While it’s true that you can get a straight-up netbook or perhaps even a modestly-specced notebook for the same or lower price, it depends on how much the flexibility of having a tablet and netbook at your disposal is worth to you. If you’re interested in having both form factors on hand, then the S2110 is definitely an option worth looking into.