Lenovo Ideapad K1 Review

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1, one of the first two Android tablets from this company, is a competitive 10.1-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet. This device packs in almost all the features a user would expect from a slate that comes equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, but stands out in terms of unique interface features, a smart style, and an affordable price tag.

Lenovo Ideapad K1

The IdeaPad K1 is available in white, red, black, and brown, and the pack of the tablet is covered with a thick honeycomb pattern that gives it a good grip as well as a sleek look.

Lenovo Ideapad K1 Specifications:

  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • 10.1-inch multitouch display-1280 x 800 resolutions with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
  • Internal storage of 32GB available on this tablet can also double with a microSD card of up to 32GB.
  • Front-facing 2-megapixel camera and back-facing 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.
  • No USB ports whatsoever, but instead this device has its own proprietary pin connector port.
  • There are two cables included in the box, one of which ends with a USB male, while the other ends with a wall socket adapter.
  • As is the case with other Honeycomb devices, Mac users will need the Android File Transfer app so that their computers can recognize and access the IdeaPad K1.
  • Transferring data with the help of a microSD card is not an easy matter with the IdeaPad K1, as it will only be possible to pop the microSD card slot open by using something to poke the small pinhole next to its cover.
  • Lenovo did keep this in mind while packaging the IdeaPad K1 and provides a small metal clip specifically for this purpose.
  • Micro-HDMI port
  • 1080p full HD video-out and video playback
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi connectivity

Lenovo IdeaPad K1: Software

Quite lightweight at 1.65lbs, the IdeaPad K1 sports a slim look, while other external features include a screen-lock switch, the power button, volume rocker, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a home-screen button that makes taking screenshots super easy. The area where the IdeaPad K1 scores really high is its interface. The company has worked very hard on adding plenty of neat touches for a personalized experience, starting with not using the stock Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The most popular feature of the IdeaPad K1 that users would surely be happy about is the fact that the customized interface lets apps be closed from the task switcher. The Lenovo Launcher feature however may not be as exciting, and some users may find it redundant, especially since the IdeaPad K1 also has a fully customizable App Wheel feature. The IdeaPad K1 comes loaded with more than 30 apps, and supports Flash content right out of the box. A special mention must be made of a first from Lenovo as far as tablets are concerned – one of the preloaded apps on the IdeaPad K1 is Netflix, along with hardware-enabled DRM that allows streaming Netflix movies, TV shows and more, wherever, whenever.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1: Applications

The IdeaPad K1 offers excellent video quality, while the two speakers do a great job of providing equally good audio. Even though they are located on the back side of the tablet, these speakers are positioned in a way that they are never obstructed, irrespective of the angle of the tablet. Getting to the IdeaPad K1’s battery life, the 2-cell battery can deliver between 8 to 9 hours of continuous usage. Those into games will love this tablet, as it comes loaded with those. While some are full version, like Galaxy on Fire 2, others are trial versions, like Need for Speed Shift HD and Vendetta Online. There is a child-friendly game called Talking Tom, along with the usual ones like Hearts, Solitaire, Hardwood Backgammon, Spades and other card or dice games. For those who want more apps than those already present in the IdeaPad K1, there is good news. The Android market and the company’s own Lenovo App Shop are included with the IdeaPad K1.The App Shop offers an impressive selection of Android applications, categorized as per genres like Social, Games, Health & Fitness, and Business. The user needs to share his credit card information before signing up and starting download activities, even though the store has free applications. However, given the huge selection in Google’s market as well as third-party markets like Amazon, nobody seems to be complaining.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1: The Verdict

All in all, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is sleek, light and comfortable to carry around, offers good storage at 32GB, excellent performance and battery life, and is a good buy given the very attractive price. That is if the user does not mind not having a USB port, or finding access the microSD card slot a tad difficult.

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