Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jsh1120, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Ran across the brief review of the new Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet that was debuted yesterday (8/30). Thought others might find it interesting.

    The ThinkPad Tablet offers some significant features for business users (e.g. usb data storage, optional Lenovo combo keyboard/case, and active pressure sensitive stylus combined with handwriting recognition). In view of the fact that these topics come up frequently, it may be of interest to a wider range of folks than just business users.

    BTW, I'm not interested in starting/engaging in a flame war over the respective virtues of the iPad/iOs versus Lenovo/Android environments. Just find the value added of the Lenovo entry in the tablet market worth exploring.

  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The stylus usage really isn't any different than the iPad's Its an extra cost, and since there isn't a system level integration, its supported by applications, just like on the iPad. If it is a pressure sensitive stylus that would be iofmuch more use for artists than business users; that's something that is sorely lacking on the iPad. USB storage is the only harware feature this has over the iPad.

    The keyboard case/dock sounds nice, but its the same as one for the iPad. Maybe its nicer than some of the nice iPad ones, maybe not.

    Since both the stylus and keyboard case are optional, it doesn't seem any cheaper.
  3. jsh1120 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Sorry, but the stylus use IS very different from the iPad's capacitive approach. Much more precise and it IS a pressure sensitive stylus that eliminates the problem with activating the screen with the palm/heel of the hand. Plus built-in translation of handwriting to text is a plus that requires a separate app on the iPad (Write Pad, I believe is the name.)

    It's no cheaper than the iPad; that's not the market Lenovo is targeting. Furthermore, it comes stock with apps such as Documents to Go that (and the handwriting recognition software noted above) that are extra cost apps on the iPad. Finally, the fact that it supports USB and SD storage (where data AND apps can be located) means that the limits of storage are much less daunting. In effect one can add 16G of storage with a cheap USB flash drive.

    Finally, if you've ever used a Lenovo keyboard you would probably not maintain that "it's the same as an iPad." The Apple Wireless Keyboard is good, but Lenovo keyboards are the gold standard. And for some users the "mouse/pointer" support is an important feature, enabling one to use the tablet in a manner identical to their laptop/desktop systems.
  4. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Does it look any good? Yes.
    Does it have lots of apps? No.
    Will it sell to the mass market and topple the iPad? No.
    Is it a decent device, despite that? Yes.
  5. jsh1120 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Agree completely on all points. Despite the appeal for me personally I won't be giving up the iPad I share with my seven year old daughter. The educational apps, interactive books, and games on the iPad seal the deal for me. But for those who jump through hoops to turn the iPad into a laptop replacement, the ThinkPad Tablet may be a better starting point.
  6. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Looks alright, but not anything I would buy.

    On a side note, hand writing recognition must be the slowest input method there is, and a complete waste of time to both implement, and use.

    It wasn't even that impressive back in the 90's when PDA's could do it.
  7. jsh1120 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Actually, new technology (both hardware capabilities and software) have helped considerably. And for good typists I'd certainly agree with your comments in general. But handwriting input has some significant advantages in some scenarios.

    () Mixed text and diagrams/drawings/etc.

    () Easy to annotate handwriting with symbols, font size, etc. either not available at all from a keyboard or inefficient to use.

    () Walking around with a device in hand where a keyboard is inconvenient to use.

    () Form completion.
  8. mystik610 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    Android is a terrible choice for business use IMO. When it comes to business use, the stability of the OS is very important.
  9. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    I can see this as a business tool companies will opt for instead of handing out laptops
  10. ZZ Bottom, Aug 31, 2011
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    ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Ships with "McAfee® Mobile Security... safeguards against mobile viruses and spyware; and lets you safely surf the Web."

    Right now McAfee employees are hard at work on creating virus' and malware for the Android platform. Thus begins the same b.s. that goes with Windows in business/education.
  11. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    i like it. people who can only see in black and white looking for ipad killers or ipad victims will probably scoff. but, speaking as someone who would like to use a stylus of some sort for input, this is the first tablet that is taking the concept seriously, and i think there is a niche for it. the ipad (in my experience) is a real let-down in this regard.

    at that price point, it could very well be a good deal. i'll give it a try when it appears in stores, but i kind of doubt i'll switch over yet. i'm too invested in ios apps :)
  12. statik13 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2008
    Time and place for everything. I've always found handwriting recognition to be considerably faster when it comes to taking notes in an interview situation.

    With my old Palm PDA's graffiti I could be interviewing somebody, maintaining eye contact and writing down notes at a very quick rate (45 wpm or faster with practice). Try that with a virtual keyboard.
  13. jsh1120 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Was hoping you'd chime in. You're one of the people I thought of as I've been keeping up with its introduction. Now only if it could interpret handwritten Japanese (?) characters.


    No fan of McAfee, either. But I think the virus protection issue is a check mark for many corporate/government clients. Likewise, full data encryption is a hardly a feature needed by most consumers but it's a check mark for many large procurements.
  14. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
  15. coldmack macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    I am not really a fan of Android(was a Nokia girl until they went the Wind'ohs route). But, all my friends who do have Android phones have many of the same software I have on my iPad. So, I guess its a maybe for a lot of apps, but as for pen based apps that would be yes. But, I am sure those nuts at XDA would get pen based apps the HTC Flyer users working on this, and make their own apps. I've seen what they have done with the iphone and Android and it can be impressive.

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