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Lenovo has finally entered the Android tablet
market with the 10.1-inch IdeaPad K1, which mixes
innovative UI enhancements and a useful selection
of pre-loaded apps with a colorful design. With a
$499 price for the 32GB version, this tablet is $100
less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple
iPad 2 with the same amount of storage.
With its matte, chrome-colored side and back
trim and deep red back panel, the IdeaPad K1 is one
of the most attractive tablets we’ve ever seen. The
back panel also comes in white and dark gray, but
we strongly recommend the snazzy red version.
The capacitive digitizer was highly respon-
sive to our swipes and taps—most of the time.
Multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom also
In the center of the home screen sits the Lenovo
Launcher Widget, which features four Zones (a.k.a .
icons) surrounding a giant globe. The five Zones
are Email, Listen, Read, Watch, and Web Browser.
Tapping the settings wheel on the left of the widget
allows you to customize which apps each of the
Zones launches and replace the globe button with
a single image or slideshow.
You can also change the color of the Zone
buttons and turn on/off Lenovo messages which
appear as a tiny “I” icon between the Email and
Read zones. (We strongly recommend disabling
the Lenovo messages, because they are nothing
more than advertisements for movies, music, and
other paid services.)
The two back-facing speakers on the K1
delivered sound that was often way too low in
volume, even at the highest setting. When we
streamed the disco hit “More, More, More”
from our Napster account, sound was
accurate but very quiet. We had the same
volume problem when playing a sample
electronica tune called “Lenovo Dance”
in the mSpot music player. When video
chatting on Google Talk and ooVoo, our
call partners’ voices were low as well.
With its 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU and
1GB of RAM—the same specs as every
other Android tablet—the IdeaPad K1
offers similarly strong performance that’s
good enough for gaming, playing videos,
or whatever we threw at it. Even when we
were playing a game of the intense space-
shooter Galaxy on Fire 2 at high detail,
the action was smooth and sharp.
The IdeaPad K1 scored a strong 7,524 on
the An3DBench graphics test, better than the 6,822
category average and on a par with the Samsung
Galaxy Tab 10.1’s 7,526. However, the ASUS Eee Pad
Transformer did better, at 8,579. What the scores don’t
show is that the K1 was sometimes unresponsive.
Apps ocassionally crashed, and on one occasion
the tablet locked up, forcing us to reboot.
The IdeaPad K1 includes more than 30 bundled
apps. A lot of it is trialware, but some programs
are quite useful. Among our favorites is the full
Documents to Go 3.0, which allows you to not
only view but edit Word documents, PowerPoint
presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and PDFs.
ArcSoft Movie Story allows you to trim videos and
combine your clips with background music, transi-
tions, and other special effects. ArcSync enables
users to store 4GB of
files in the cloud.
For $499, the
IdeaPad K1 offers a
strong mix of style,
the Android 3.1 UI.
You also get handy
software for your
nately, the lacklus-
ter speakers are a
Honeycomb With a Twist
an attractive design and uniquely compelling interface make the
lenovo IdeaPad K1 a standout android Honeycomb tablet.
turn-off. We were especially annoyed by the ads,
even if some will find the offers of interest. Those
looking for a slimmer Android slate should opt for
the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and bargain hunters
should go for the $399 ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.
However, if you’re looking for a better interface
than stock Honeycomb and want more storage for
less money, the IdeaPad K1 is a pretty good deal.
— Avram Piltch
w w w.lenovo.com
CPU: 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Operating System:
Android 3.1 RaM/ROM: 1GB/32GB Display
Size/Resolution: 10.1 inches/1280 x 800
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth Front-Facing
Camera: 2-MP Rear-Facing Camera: 5 -MP
Ports: microHDMI Card Slots: microSD Size:
10.4 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches Weight: 1.6 pounds
Warranty/Support: One-year parts and
labor/24/7 toll-free phone
Tons of pre-loaded software
Good price for 32GB of storage
Heavier than some competitors
Occasionally buggy performance
Laptop | october 2011
The back of the IdeaPad
K1 is an attractive red and
white, but the speakers
don’t get very loud.
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