Enterprise Mobility: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Puts Business First

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-09-26 Print this article Print


The 1280x800 Gorilla glass display is easy to read. Here you see eWEEK mascot Spencer F. Katt enjoying an adult beverage. The 2MP front facing camera is in the upper right corner.
The newly released Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet flips the "consumerization of IT" paradigm by adding business class features including management software, full-sized peripheral connectors—including a full-sized USB 2.0 port—and an optional digitizer pen into a 10.1-inch display tablet. Although slightly larger than the Apple iPad 2, the ThinkPad Tablet is rated for a slightly shorter battery life when using a WiFi. During my tests, I had no problem working a full day. The ThinkPad Tablet comes with a Cisco certified VPN client, Microsoft Active Directory password and ActiveSync integration and the ability to encrypt user data. The Tablet uses Android 3.1 "Honeycomb" running on an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core ARM processor. Applications were snappy and the bright, clear 1280x800 Gorilla glass display was easy to read at nearly any viewing angle. The device comes preloaded with a junior version of Documents to Go so that users can immediately view and edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files and view Adobe Acrobat documents.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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