Enterprise Mobility: Lenovo ThinkPad Android Tablet Aims for Enterprise Market
Lenovo is entering the Android tablet game with its ThinkPad tablet, which runs Android 3.1 (a variant of the "Honeycomb build for tablets) and features a set of business-ready accessories, including a digital stylus and a keyboard dock. The tablet's interface largely resembles that of other Android devices on the market, albeit with some tweaks such as a spinning apps "tray. The stylus will be of particular interest to those who enjoy handwriting notes: In conjunction with the MyScript Notes Mobile app, they can write in their normal hand and see the words near-instantly converted to more legible handwriting (eWEEK spent a few minutes with this feature and found it had reasonable fidelity, some word-choice errors aside). Lenovo is also offering a keyboard dock. Combined with apps such as Citrix Receiver, Documents to Go and PrinterShare, that could make the tablet an acceptable option for the same business audience the company targets with its laptops. The ThinkPad tablet includes a variety of ports and slots, including USB and an SD card slot. It is priced at $499 for the 16GB model without the digital stylus, and $529 with it included. The 32GB version with stylus costs $569 without the stylus ($599 with it included), and its 64GB sibling goes for $669 ($699 with stylus).