Summary: Small-format Windows tablets for consumers are very similar to each other. As computing heart they almost always feature an Intel Atom Z3740 (D) and the displays have a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. This also applies to Lenovo's only representative in this product category, the IdeaTab Miix 2 8.
Pros: high display resolution, connections include microUSB 3.0 and microHDMI, microSD card reader, LTE option
Cons: battery life is comparatively short, display brightness, no digitizer, no stylus operation
Summary: Final Thoughts
I actually got my first look at the ThinkPad 8 back at CES in January and I was actually pretty impressed. Lenovo wanted to bring out a tablet for business users where you can actually be productive and most importantly get work done.
Pros: – 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, – Great performance, – Sleek design, – Dual cameras, – Bluetooth allows you to easily add accessories, – Quickshot cover is a great addition
Cons: – No stylus support, – Battery life is not the best compared to other tablets, – Had a few WiFi issues
Summary: Building a tablet that tries to meld the best of two lifestyles — play and business — is no easy task, not even for Microsoft. After testing out the Lenovo ThinkPad 8, it remains clear to me that smaller tablets just can’t run the full version of Windows 8.1 Pro adequately.
Conclusion: Lenovo has a winner with the ThinkPad 8 -- it's designed in such a way that it feels very portable, yet the quality display and use of Windows 8.1 means it can be used for business tasks that your average Android slate might not be up for.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is an 8-inch Windows tablet that puts your work into a handheld PC you can slip into a coat pocket. It's not a replacement for your work system, but it's an excellent companion to it.
Pros: Small 8-inch form factor is truly portable. All-day battery life. QuickShot cover makes photos a snap. Professional, yet affordable.
Cons: QuickShot smart cover is optional (and extra). No physical keyboard option. Few ports and connections available.
Conclusion: These issues aren't Lenovo's fault, obviously. The ThinkPad 8 is still a great 8-inch Windows tablet. If you're considering buying one, we'd just be sure that you're prepared to live with a thin array of tablet apps, and the frustrations of working with a small screen at the desktop when you aren't...
Pros: Excellent high-res screen, Ships with 64GB of storage standard, Better CPU and camera than most Windows 8 tablets of this size
Cons: Competing devices offer better accessory options, Battery life could be better, Poorly placed stereo speakers
Conclusion: We sound like a broken record, but this is a great device held back by Windows 8.1. Lenovo has built a fantastic tablet that lives up to its ThinkPad brand, but like the ThinkPad Tablet and ThinkPad Tablet 2 , the operating system continues to let us down.
Pros: 1080p screen, 8-inch size is comfortable to hold, Good battery life for Windows, MicroSD slot for expanded memory, Universal USB charging
Cons: Some menus are too small to use comfortably, Windows 8.1 apps are scarce and lacking, 7-8 hour battery life lower than Android and iPad, No stylus, Volume toggle squeaks when pressed
Excerpt: Windows 8.1 is in the throes of an identity crisis. The operating system meant to usher in the future of computing found itself mired in the present, installed on laptops and desktops where its hyper-connected, touch-friendly interface didn’t fit quite so well.
Pros: Great display, Solid, premium design, Incredibly long "can-do" list
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Jack of all trades, master of none, Desktop mode is unusable on such a small screen
Summary: ThinkPad Differently. The avalanche of new Windows 8.1 tablets continues, offering plenty of choices for those so inclined. Lenovo’s professional ThinkPad 8 bumps the resolution to near-Retina-grade levels and boasts a powerful configuration for a tablet.
Pros: Great build quality, Comfortable in the hand, Beautiful, sharp screen, Excellent general system performance, USB 3.0, The sturdy ThinkPad build, gorgeous screen, and thoughtful QuickShot Cover
Cons: Mediocre battery life, No stylus/digitizer support, Middling screen brightness for its class, Difficult navigation due to high resolution, Lack of keyboard is frustrating in a business environment, A bit pricier than comparable peers, A physical keyboard and more manageable touch navigation at hi...
Summary: Among all small Windows 8 tablets, Lenovo's Miix 2 is still our top choice, as it offers a brighter display and longer endurance than the ThinkPad 8. But if you want a sharper screen and the ability to use your slate as a full-fledged desktop (with an additional accessory), the ThinkPad 8 is worth...