Lenovo ThinkPad 1838-25U
Many people are thinking of getting a digital sketchbook. But since there is no such dedicated gadget, they turn to the next best thing to replace it: a tablet. The $429.18 Lenovo ThinkPad 1838-25U makes for a nice digital sketchbook overall. It’s not the world’s greatest device, but it’s not the worst we’ve ever come across. And you’ll see that if you read our review.
In terms of specs, the ThinkPad 1838-25U created by Lenovo boasts 1GB of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, a 10.1″ touchscreen, an Android 3.1 operating system and a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. 12.5″ x 9.6″ x 4.5″ and 1.6 pounds are this tablet’s dimensions and total weight. The latter is no problem if you want to carry this gadget with you everywhere.
We would have preferred to see no unnecessary additions on this model. Alas, we did. Some examples: a network printing applications and handwritten notes. The onscreen keyboard is a far better option, even one-handed. And we couldn’t get them out of the system. Which is a downright con. But you’ll have to live with them, eventually. Like we did.
The touchscreen is great. First of all, it’s got that large size that is excellent for painting, sketching and so on. It is really responsive and it also offers a pen that is sensitive to pressure. This pen has a very important pro for us: it can go from being multitouch to having a pen interface.
Battery life is very good in the benchmarks performed with the tablet. Besides the fact that it will take a while to recharge the battery, the latter offers over 8 hours of activity. Which is the most important thing.
We had to deal with many crashes while testing the ThinkPad 1838-25U. But this did not last more than a couple of minutes. A couple of apps suffered from forced closes and we couldn’t do anything about that.
Extra storage via SC card
Thanks to the included thumb drive option, we were able to make storage expand. Also, the full size SD card was a great possibility of adding extra storage. The tablet’s full-size USB jack does not provide support for portable hard drives. It support the following, though: keyboards, mice and thumb drives.
Consider grabbing a pair of headphones or ear buds from your local store, because this tablet’s speaker doesn’t deliver. Sound quality is obnoxiously of low quality.
After looking at the Lenovo ThinkPad 1838-25U attentively in our tests, we noticed that it had some cons which were rather disconcerting. We spotted the fact that pressing the wrong button thinking you got the right one happened quite a lot of times to become annoying and tiresome. Specifically when you are in a hurry and need to look for something on the Internet while instead opening a Word document. Another reason to become discontent was about the tablet’s system stability when we reviewed it. Jabbing at the Power key doesn’t open the device that quickly. We had to wait to get anywhere. Moreover, the hardware keys were another issue on our plate of frustrations. Then we stumbled upon the keys belonging to the onscreen keyboard itself. The majority of them were really hard to get to work. We found ourselves having to exercise pressure and press them along the edge that was the nearest to the display.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 1838-25U is not necessarily a bad tablet. But the cons that it delivers while used will become hard to stomach at some point. So consider another tablet.