Lenovo has jumped into the tablet arena with the first of its three initial offerings: the IdeaPad Tablet K1.
The K1 runs on the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) OS and is designed for non-stop social networking. Lenovo has extended Honeycomb’s integration of social networking, email, the Internet, and entertainment even further with the Lenovo Launch Zone, which puts social networking and entertainment in one easy-to-reach area, and its Social Touch app, which gives one-touch access to social networking.
Over 40 apps (that’s about $50 worth of apps for you) come preloaded on the K1, so you can begin playing without a detour to Android Market. But what girl turns down a chance to shop, even if it’s for apps? So Lenovo includes 2GB of cloud storage in addition to the space in the hard drive so you can download apps to your heart’s content. And, true shoppers will love Lenovo’s App Shop. Not only is it another store to play in, but the App Shop offers apps that are validated for Lenovo’s tablets. Goodbye forced close!
When you play Angry Birds, watch NetFlix movies (the K1 is the first NetFlix-certified Android tablet), or read ebooks in Kindle, it will be with fabulous clarity and definition on the K1’s true HD display. And, complete Digital Rights Management capabilities let you stream NetFlix movies, video chatting, or other video to other screens, like your tv or a computer, so you are not tied to its 10.1-inch screen whenever you want to look at something.
Of course, a tablet with fun, cute colors is preferable to a stodgy black machine, so Lenovo offers white and red options, as well.
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Tablet K1 is available on Lenovo’s website and at major retailers, like Office Depot, for $499.
Two other tablets will also be announced today: the ThinkPad Tablet and the IdeaPad Tablet P1. Both of these devices have all the features of the K1 and build upon that set up with extra features.
Available in August, the ThinkPad Tablet is a true business machine that includes a folio keyboard and a stylus for input in addition to the touchscreen. Built with the IT manager, business professional, and home user in mind, the ThinkPad Tablet is a versatile offering from Lenovo.
The company’s second IdeaPad Tablet, the P1, has all the same great IdeaPad features, but runs on Windows Home 7 Premium instead of Android and will be available in time for the holiday season.
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