Lenovo IdeaPad K1
A good performance tablet PC
Famous American company Lenovo brings another tablet to their loyal fans everywhere. They are hoping that this new model of tablet PC will attract future buyers thanks to its, or so its manufacturers report, attractive design, varied and exciting features, applications and so on and so forth. But is this gadget that effective, so that you can buy it tomorrow? In order to find out, we invite you to read our following IdeaPad K1 review and test.
1.280 x 800 pixels resolution
As is the norm with Lenovo devices, the IdeaPad won’t leave you cold; at least that’s what happened to us when we took it out of the box it shipped in. even though it is larger and has more weight – 10.4″ x 7.44″ x 0.52″ and 725g – than other tablets out there, the one we’re reviewing here attracted its attention with its body made of glossy plastic and solid aluminum; it felt really good when we held it and it came with the great advantage of offering protection against fingerprints and smudges.
The screen of K1 measures 10.1″ and has the following resolution: 1.280 x 800 pixels. These two specs imbued the display with both brightness and sharpness; as a negative aspect, we didn’t notice vibrancy.
Android 3.1 Honeycomb
To make up for that, the IdeaPad K1 had very good viewing angles, which enabled us to look at content from whatever position we chose to. The front also ships with a 2-megapixel camera and there’s a second camera on the back (a 5-megapixel one); the left side houses the screen orientation lock, a microSD card slot and the volume and power options.
Want to know how the keyboard works or if it is any good? Then you should know that this new Lenovo K1 tablet PC features only one, and that is the Android 3.1 Honeycomb. But, even if there’s only one, it works flawlessly: its buttons were very responsive and fast. What we found really cool was a Home key on the right side of the screen; this button took a snapshot of whatever current screen we would use whenever we held it down or closed apps we opened at some point.
1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
We mentioned that the IdeaPad K1 runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The interface of this operating system was improved considerably, since it now sports a different back, home and menu keys, along with different-colored back / home layers and main wallpaper.
The processor this gadget uses is 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU. This and the 1GB of memory were enough for a lot of various activities.
In the applications department, the Lenovo’s new tablet is preinstalled with more than 30 of them. As for features, you have Gmail, Google Talk, web browser, Maps and so much more.
Good battery life
There was one thing in particular which bugged us throughout the tests: a speech bubble icon located on the bottom of the display; the role of this icon was to make it possible for us to delete or add apps from a quick list. We couldn’t get rid of it however hard we tried.
The two cameras both delivered nice pictures, but with muted hues. The videos we shot didn’t have much color, despite providing good sharpness.
Video and sound gave good performances. Movies watched via Netflix, for example, had a lot of smoothness and nice colors, but also quite a few buffering delays. Sound quality was decent, not at all that impressive.
Finally, the battery offered 8 hours of life that helped us perform a multitude of tasks on this Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet.
All in one, our test and review conclusion is that the new Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is a good tablet PC powered by Android and able to offer good performance.
|* Google Android 3.1 operating system|
|* NVIDIA® Tegra 2 T20 1.0GHz Processor|
|* 10.1″ HD (1280×800) display|
|* Integrated Bluetooth® and 802.1 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity|
|* 1GB DDR2 memory, 32GB SSD storage|
|* Integrated front (2M) & back (5M) mounted webcam|
|* Micro SD card reader, Mini HDMI connector & docking port|