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Lenovo IdeaPad K1: The Complete Review


Lenovo steadfastly defines its own definition of “tablet” as it releases the IdeaPad K1 in local stores for Php 24,995. The IdeaPad looks like something Lenovo would make due to its multi-layered design. Not a far cry from all those laptops and the LePad that you know. This is the full specs of the tablet:


Android 3.1 Honeycomb
10.1-inch display @ 1280×800 pixel resolution
1.0GHz NVidia Tegra T20 processor
1GB DDR2 RAM
16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
5MP rear camera
2MP front-facing camera
microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
micro-HDMI out
Bluetooth 2.0
mini-HDMI port
10 hour battery life

Hardware Key Points: The IdeaPad comes in at 1.65 pounds (0.7 kg), exactly heavier than most pads, and measures 10.39x7.44x0.52 inches. This Pad feels solid in your grip and basically not as dense as you’d expect. The hardware is matte-finished with chrome-colored side and back trimmed with lenovoish red. Due to its multi-layered design and sporty feel, the K1 is the most attractive tablet that I have ever seen in the market. It also comes in Dark Gray and White variants. Its battery life lasted for 8 hours and 20 minutes with a continuous battery test (test Includes continuous WiFi web-surfing). Here is the battery life comparison:

Tablet
Battery Life
Lenovo IdeaPad K1
8:20
Apple iPad 2
10:26
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
9:55
Apple iPad
9:33
HP TouchPad
8:33
Motorola Xoom
8:20
T-Mobile G-Slate
8:18
Archos 101
7:20
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
7:01
Toshiba Thrive
6:25
Samsung Galaxy Tab
6:09
ASUS EeePad Transformer
Ran a different test


Software Key Points: The tablet itself is designed to have major improvements from a standard honeycomb (Android 3.1) gadget, which includes the Lenovo Launcher (a widget that allows you to access all your favorite apps conveniently). You can also close apps from layers menu and use the App Wheel (the rotatable wheel wherein you create the shortcut of your favorite apps). Upon purchasing, the IdeaPad comes with more than 30 bundled apps. 

Fail Points: The very first and I think the most disturbing of all is the poor sound quality. It is very evident when you tried to max the volume but still find the sound way too low. Just as mentioned, this tablet is heavier than most of its competitors. It also feels a little bit bulky when it being handled in landscape mode. Plus the most annoying of all is the inappropriate ads that it has by default.

Summary: If you are looking for more storage for less money, this is the one for you. Moreover, if you want to have a unique interface among all Android Honeycomb tablets, this is the better option. But, if you are seeking for a slimmer tablet try Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 instead.   

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