Lenovo K1 Honeycomb Tablet Review

By on September 12, 2011
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Lenovo tries their luck with a Honeycomb tablet

Good: Tons of apps bundled on the tablet, good battery life.
Bad: Construction quality isn't that great, price is above average.
Price: AED 1999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The impact of iPad has certainly been strongly felt by notebook and netbook manufacturers like Acer and ASUS and thus, it comes as no surprise with many of them jumping on the tablet bandwagon- which they can thank Google for with it’s Honeycomb OS. Joining in on the party today is Lenovo with their K1 tablet today- an area that Lenovo wants us to know that they are serious about.

Packaged nicely is a black box with separate and numbered red boxes for cables and manuals. Interestingly, Lenovo separately bundles USB and charging cables- most manufacturers just bundle a USB cable that attaches to a plug. A quick-start guide is also included but you can ignore it if you want as a video tutorial guides you with the same information when you power up the tablet for the first time.

Looks wise, the Lenovo K1 can very easily be mistaken for an original iPad. It has a similar sized black bezel around the screen as well as a “home” button on one side- something that I haven’t seen in any other Honeycomb tablet as I thought Google didn’t allow it. More on that below. The dimensions for the Lenovo K1 are 264mm x 13.3mm x 189mm which makes is slightly larger than some of the Honeycomb tablets, however it’s weight of 750g is on the lighter side.

Holding the unit in a landscape mode, you have all the switches and buttons on the left such as power, volume keys and a rotation lock. Built-in mic input is on this side as well along with a MicroSD slot that requires you ti insert a pin to pop it out- I wonder where have I seen that before?

At the bottom, you have the 3.5mm jack along with the HDMI output connector and the proprietary Lenovo power/USB connector. A front facing camera sits above the screen while another 5MP camera is housed in the red back cover. Below the red back cover, you can see a set of speakers. The construction quality of the Lenovo K1 is not like some of the Lenovo laptops that we have used of late. If feels a bit on the cheap side and the back cover bends which produces spots on the screen- you’ll see what I mean in the video later.

Coming back to the front side, you have the home button on the right which can not only be pressed for actions, but also takes swipes for navigating around the device. So, you slide your finger towards the top to pop out the options menu that usually sits on the top right of an application or you can swipe down to go back- the same function that the onsceen key on the bottom left does. This certainly makes navigating the K1 a bit easier than other honeycomb based tablets. As an added functionality, you can hold the home button down to take a screenshot.

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