Summary: The IdeaPad Tablet K1 is an inexpensive alternative to the iPad that's also extremely capable, thanks to its powerful processor. It packs tons of space at an extremely competitive price to Apple's tablet and the customized interface that Lenovo has made with Honeycomb turns the device into a...
Excerpt: Lenovo, like other companies in the electronic industry has finally entered the market of Android tablet making with its 10.1-inch screen tablet named IdeaPad K1 . It will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb when it ships and packs a two-cell battery that promises to supply up to 10 hours of battery life.
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution pixels. Powered by 1.0GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, the tablet uses Android 3.1 operating system with its own skinning on top of it.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for an affordable 10.1-inch tablet, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is not the cheapest tablet, but at about $450, it does come in at less than most other 32GB models. The K1 is a bit too heavy and large for its own good, and Lenovo’s Android modifications are a mixed bag, but there is...
Summary: First timer: Along with the X Series and ThinkPad Tablet, Lenovo’s IdeaPad K1 is the company’s first major salvo into the tablet marketplace. With a competitive price tag and strong features, the K1 is aimed straight towards casual users.
Excerpt: I paraphrase Andy Warhol when I say: Eventually, everyone will build their own tablet computer. Like the scourge of reality television, manufacturers far and wide are trying to muscle into the tablet world, each producing a machine about the same as the last.
Pros: Available in black, white or red. Largely thoughtful list of preinstalled apps will be of value to novice users. Solid performance. Textured back provides a nice grip; easy to hang on to. Relatively inexpensive at just 0 for 32 GB.
Cons: Navigation can be difficult. Just shy of six hours of battery life under full load. Volume buttons are tough to reach.
Excerpt: Two months before Steve Jobs revealed the original iPad in 2010, Lenovo arrived at CES with a product called the IdeaPad U1. The U1 was a tablet with an innovative keyboard dock — the tablet itself ran a custom Linux interface (called Skylight) and when inserted into the dock it booted Windows 7.
Pros: Netflix included, Optical home button, Some useful software tweaks
Cons: Application crashes, unstable software, Thicker and larger than competition, Glossy, plastic back feels cheap
Summary: If you were looking for a 10-inch Android tablet just a few short months ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find them for sale and Android 2.2 was the only game in town. However, with the release of Google's Honeycomb OS in late February, the floodgates began to open.
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 offers some unique features at a $499 price tag for a 32GB tablet that, for some, could make it worth the minor trade-offs. Plus, it does sport competitive specs that yield good performance and excellent battery life.