Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Conclusion

October 4, 2011 by Jamison Cush Reads (70,028)

CONCLUSION

With the ThinkPad, Lenovo has taken a giant step toward a true enterprise level mobile tablet. Unfortunately, the Android operating system is not quite ready to make the leap. While Notes Mobile is great for handwriting to text, the Flex T9 keyboard is laughably inadequate, and I want to see handwriting to text seamlessly integrated throughout all apps and functions, just as it is done with Windows.

File management is also confounding, and the ThinkPad startup time could be measured with a sundial it’s so slow. In fact, it’s among the worst of any Android tablet in the Honeycomb era.

That said, the ThinkPad does a lot right. The ThinkPad Tablet design is extremely functional and the device is solid. I love the “ThinkPad” power light, and I’ll always welcome full-sized ports, even if it means a few extra ounces and additional thickness.

As an enterprise-class mobile tablet, the ThinkPad shares the top spot with the Toshiba Thrive, which also has full-sized inputs in addition to a replaceable battery. The Thrive does not support pen, but the ThinkPad battery is sealed inside. I think a true business user would find both preferable to the iPad 2 in terms of productivity. Of course, the market is extremely young, and future versions of Android as well as Windows 8 will certainly shake things up in the near future with more enterprise goodies.

General consumers might want to consider their needs when selecting a tablet, however. It ultimately comes down to a choice of form (iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1) versus function (Thrive, Thinkpad).

Pros

  • True handwriting to text app
  • Great build quality
  • Full-sized USB inuput
  • Plenty of enterprise-friendly apps

Cons

  • Too heavy in keyboard folio
  • Handwriting to text limited
  • Slow startup
  • Android file management confusing

 


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