Testing a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad Windows Tablet

A couple of days ago my dad suddenly handed me a Lenovo Thinkpad Windows 8 Pro Tablet he'd been given by his company to try out and let me play with it. Of course, my first thought was Ruben given that he used a ThinkPad a lot in the past, however similarly the thought of Windows 8 was appauling.

After playing with it a bit though, it was actually quite a pleasant experience overall, apart from the somewhat obnoxiousness of Window's neverending automatic updates that don't allow you to postpone the restart.

Lenovo ThinkPad Windows Tablet Automatic Updates

It's apparent that Windows 8 is a tablet interface because it was actually rather tolerable to use on the tablet, and I did not prefer to use the Desktop interface, although of course there was the option of it there. (I'm not sure what the difference is between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro to be honest.) Having a 'Windows' button really improved the experience by leaps and bounds as it meant you could quickly leave an application. Being able to 'swipe' around and tap here and there really made a difference too. Just a shame that if you tried to use this on a non-touchscreen laptop or a desktop computer the experience is more like hell though.

Looking for things such as menus took a little longer to get used to because of being used to Android and iOS systems, but my dad had mentioned the context-sensitive sidebar-thing when he handed me the device, so after some exploring it seemed that was where I could find anything I would mostly need.... such as deleting browser history. Ahem. These are important considerations.

Apart from the browser though, I only really played with one of the drawing programs that were already installed on the device when my dad lent it to me. The Lenovo Thinkpad tablet comes with a stylus and the two touch systems (resistive and capacitive) the tablet comes with is apparently what makes this tablet so expensive as most only have one. When you touch the stylus to the screen of the tablet it will disable the other touch system so you can lean your hand against the screen.

Lenovo ThinkPad Windows Tablet back

Anyway, the back of the tablet felt a lot like Ruben's old ThinkPad, albiet a little newer, but brought back a few nostalgic memories. It feels nice in the hand, thought of course it seems a bit big to me and extremely widescreen. The colours look really nice though and it feels like a different experience whichever way you turn the tablet. The Thinkpad tablet uses a button for the screen lock, rather than say the lock on the side of the iPad you can use (unless you've set that to be used for muting the device), which I personally found an interesting design.

All in all from such a short evaluation, it seemed like a nice device and I would probably keep using it though I'm not sure to what extent I could still face the Windows 8 Metro interface. There are also in-app advertisements which don't appear to go away unless you purchase an application. My dad's patient enough to not care if they're there, but they seriously irk me! Still, possibly would consider this device if I wanted to buy a tablet!

Various additional photos can be found here on Flickr.