Yes, it's still around and selling for $399 these days: the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet introduced in the fall of 2011. It's freshened up with a little Ice Cream sandwich chill for summer, and new units are shipping with Android 4.0.3 from the factory. Though the ThinkPad Tablet didn't garner stellar reviews, I've always felt it was a little misunderstood, not unlike the HTC Jetstream that's now a much more reasonable $549. Both tablets appeal to note-takers, be they business or school users, as well as artists thanks to their active dual N-Trig digitizer and digital pens with pressure sensitivity.
The ThinkPad tablet didn't have pen support in many apps under Honeycomb, but that's changed thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich's support for digital pens and active digitizers. While it was a bearish undertaking to write drivers and apps for the pen under older Android versions, the OS handles much of that under Android 4. Our video is a combo of two things: we show the ICS upgrade on the ThinkPad Tablet, and we show what you can expect from digital pen input under ICS (also informative for those of you who own a Motorola XYBoard aka Zoom 2).
We test out Alias Sketchbook Pro, the excellent bundled MyScript Notes Mobile with handwriting recognition, Quill, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Infinite Painter Free, Write, Adobe Reader with digital signature support and Skitch so you see the pen in action.
And for those who need a refresher on the ThinkPad Tablet:
- Android OS 4.0.3 - Dual N-Trig Digizer with capacitive touch and active digital pen with pressure sensitivity - 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core CPU, 1 gig RAM and 16 ore 32 gigs storage - Full size USB port with USB host - HDMI, 3.5mm audio - 10.1" IPS 1280 x 800 display
Here's our Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet and ICS pen demo with many apps video: