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Lenovo’s Thinkpad tablet is aimed squarely at the business and professional class. It’s the first mobile device from Lenovo to feature Android’s 3.1 operating system. Some of the features for business professionals include: backend integration capability with Zero Touch deployment, full device and SD encryption, XML IT admin and ActiveSync policy support. The tablet features NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processors and Adobe Flash. It comes with an SD card slot, mini-HDMI out, and full-USB port. The screen is 10.1 inches protected by Gorilla Glass. It also comes with a digital pen for writing on the screen.
– 10.1 inch screen
– Android 3.1
– SD card slot
– HDMI out, USB port
– NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processors
– Adobe Flash support
– Zero Touch deployment, full device and SD encryption, XML IT admin and ActiveSync policy support
ThinkPad Tablet combines style and thousands of apps and services for consumer and business users
“The ThinkPad Tablet has been designed for professionals,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president, Mobile Internet Digital Home business group, Lenovo. The ThinkPad Tablet offers a selection of unique features that both business professionals and IT administrators prefer, including backend integration capability with Zero Touch deployment, full device and SD encryption, XML IT admin and ActiveSync policy support.”
Lenovo’s new tablet delivers an enhanced mobile experience and features NVIDIA* Tegra* 2 dual-core mobile processors that offers extreme multitasking, noticeably faster web browsing with built-in Adobe* Flash Player, console-quality gaming and low power consumption for improved battery life.
“The Tegra 2 dual core processor is the perfect fit for Lenovo’s tablet,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager, Mobile Business, NVIDIA.
The ThinkPad Tablet combines a superior media and entertainment experience with the security, reliability and manageability features for which ThinkPad is known to create a true business-class tablet. Designed as a companion computing device for professionals on the go, the ThinkPad Tablet includes an optional digitizer pen, a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, and mini-HDMI for connecting to external projectors and displays, as well as an optional ThinkPad quality Keyboard Folio Case with optical TrackPoint.
Data remains safe on the ThinkPad Tablet with layered data security, and the device is easily supported by IT managers thanks to a suite of business partner solutions that include anti-theft software and the ability to disable the tablet if the device is lost or stolen with Computrace*. Additional security features include virtual desktop with Citrix Receiver*, simple zero-touch deployment with LanDesk* and secure email support available from Good Technology*.
Offering a 10.1” WXGA (1280×800) display weighing a mere 1.6 lbs, the ThinkPad Tablet also comes with an IPS display for a 178-degree viewing angle and scratch-resistant Corning* Gorilla* Glass. This business-class device keeps professionals connected, productive and entertained while they’re away from the office and their home.
Simply put, Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet can be trusted by professional users and IT administrators alike:
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of apps available in Android Market, ThinkPad Tablet users have access to apps in the Lenovo App Shop — a unique app marketplace offering country-specific applications, currency, and languages, which features popular applications that have been tested specifically for Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets. The Lenovo App Shop, which supports enterprise applications and a private corporate application, offers apps within a broad range of categories including music, movies, books, productivity, social networking, weather, printing and more.
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What are tablets?
Tablets are small touch computers meant for a broad array of tasks. Though some are marketed for specific purposes, tablets are meant to be good at a number of things including e-book reading. Though Microsoft failed to get stylus tablet PCs to take off eight years ago, Apple reinvented the category this year. Thanks to the overnight success of the iPad, tablets have begun to pop up everywhere. Modern tablets usually have a full-color LCD touchscreen measuring between seven and 10 inches diagonally, are great at video and Web-related tasks like e-mail, can install applications, and run on smartphone operating systems. Due to a lack of a physical keyboard, these devices are better for consuming entertainment than creating it. The Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and HP Slate make up the first generation of touch tablets. If you have a strong hankering to browse the web, stream movies & TV, check your email, download apps, play Angry Birds, or look at anything in color, a tablet is probably best for you.
Wi-Fi or 3G?
Internet access is vital to tablets. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything.
Though Wi-Fi versions of most tablets are available, getting an always-on 3G connection is expensive. On most carriers, 3G access will run you about $30 a month for 5GB of “unlimited” data. On a tablet, it isn’t difficult to download 5GB of images, audio, and video from the Web in a month. AT&T is worse, offering only 2GB of data for $25 a month. Some carriers are even offering a $200 discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab if you sign a two-year 3G contract. Before signing up for a plan like this, ask yourself if the $200 savings is worth the cumulative $720+ you’ll pay while locked into contract. Two years is a long time, especially in the tablet market.
Apple’s App Store is more robust at this point than Google’s Android Market, and has more apps customized for larger tablet screens. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to search for a few apps that you consider high priority.
How portable does your tablet need to be? How large do you want your screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, while the iPad has a much larger 9.7-inch screen. With tablets, the choice is more crucial, because size is the only thing that separates them from smartphones like the iPhone and Droid. Some reviewers have argued that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is too small, and isn’t usable for many tasks above those that 3- or 4-inch smartphones already perform competently. Steve Jobs made the same argument when explaining why Apple chose a 9.7-inch screen size. Our advice: The best way to settle on size is to visit a nearby AT&T or Verizon store and try out both devices for yourself.
What Operating System should I use?
It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. Currently, the two dominant platforms are Apple iOS, which powers the iPad, and Google Android, which powers most of the non-Apple tablets. Fans from each camp could go on for pages about either OS, but the decision boils down to several key differences. Android has a number of exclusive features like Flash streaming support and home-screen widgets, but the iOS is generally a more stable and slick experience with more available apps. Mac or iTunes users will find iOS more accessible, while geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedoms Android offers.