Remember a few years ago when we went from 1 Android smartphone to a wide selection in a matter of months? Now it's Android Honeycomb tablets' turn to boom. We've reviewed quite a few (in fact all) Honeycomb tablets that have hit the market, starting with Motorola's Xoom. Now Lenovo is here with their IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Android tablets. The IdeaPad K1 is available now for $499 with 32 gigs of storage, and that's the one we're looking at today.
Like all Honeycomb tablets, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has a 10.1", 1280 x 800 capacitive display with 10 points of multi-touch, a 1Ghz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, 1 gig of RAM, dual cameras, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth and a GPS. It has a microSD card slot, a micro HDMI port and runs Android 3.1 out of the box. When specs are all the same on the first crop of Honeycomb tablets, how do you differentiate? Lenovo thinks software is the way, so they've loaded over 30 apps on this tablet.
The best of these apps is Netflix, and this is the first Honeycomb tablet to offer Netflix and the accompanying DRM support for that content. There's also mSpot for movie and TV show rentals, and it's certainly great to have "big screen" entertainment options out of the box. The rest of the software? Well, we could live without it, and the good news is you can uninstall any of the pre-loaded software you don't want. Our least favorite is the redundant and UI-challenged Arcsoft suite of photo, video and music apps. The K1 has been more crash-prone than our other Honeycomb tablets, and we think all the added software, some of which run services in the background are to blame.
We're going to put the Lenovo tablet through its paces for a few more days before we issue a final verdict on software, stability and battery life, but so far battery life is looking good. In the meantime, here's our Lenovo IdeaPad K1 video review: