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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 review

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechTree

The K1 provides excellent build quality and great performance in a single package. Lenovo's customisation is far better than those of rival Android tablets. Packed with 32 GB of internal storage, it also covers all the connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and HDMI.On the flipside thou...

- Chandrakant 'CK' Isi, TechTree
Digital Trends

The K1 is a bit too heavy and large for its own good, and Lenovo's Android modifications are a mixed bag, but there is nothing particularly offensive about the design, specs, or operation of the device.

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
Wired

There’s nothing much else to complain about with the K1, but not much to get too fired-up about, either. In a rapidly expanding world of Android tablets, each one seems just about as good as the next. The K1 is a tough and pretty handsome entrant, though, and if you’re trying to extricat...

- Christopher Null, Wired
HotHardware

Though Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 isn't exactly a stand-out product, versus what we've seen from the competition, it does provide a few key optimizations that deliver tangible value to the consumer. Lenovo's subtle UI tweaks and enhancements definitely improve upon the Honeycomb experience. Furthe...

- Dave Altavilla, HotHardware
SlashGear

For you to ultimately choose the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, it will be because you desire the storage capacity at the lower price, you don’t mind not having a USB port or difficult access to the microSD card slot, and you like the custom interface features.

- Rue Liu, SlashGear


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra T20 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3250mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3250 mAh battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

IdeaPad K1 Specs

Overview
Release date July 21, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor NVIDIA Tegra T20 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1000 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3250 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Red & Silver, White & Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.8 x 26.4 x 1.3 cm (7.4 x 10.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 771 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Preloaded Apps: Kongregate Arcade, Warships, Talking Tom Cat, mSpot Movies, Netflix, ArcSoft Video Player, ArcSoft PhotoStudio Paint, ArcSoft Movie Story, ArcSoft Media Gallery, ArcSoft Music Center, ArcSoft Photo Workshop, Kindle for Android, ArcSoft eBook Reader, Zinio, SocialTouch, eBuddy Messenger, ooVoo, PokeTALK, PrinterShare, Connectify, Norton Mobile Security, AccuWeather for Honeycomb, ArcSoft PowerMobia ArcSync
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Critic Reviews


TechTree

Sleek UI, sturdy build quality, great performance, excellent viewing angles, good battery life

from TechTree

The K1 provides excellent build quality and great performance in a single package. Lenovo's customisation is far better than those of rival Android tablets. Packed with 32 GB of internal storage, it also covers all the connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and HDMI.

On the fli...More

The K1 provides excellent build quality and great performance in a single package. Lenovo's customisation is far better than those of rival Android tablets. Packed with 32 GB of internal storage, it also covers all the connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and HDMI.

On the flipside though, the camera is bad and the USB port is missing. It's also not the slimmest and thinnest tablet available in the market. Having said that, it deserves our recommendation for providing numerous features and great performance.

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Digital Trends

does mostly everything well but offers nothing exceptional to set it apart from a crowded Android tablet market

from Digital Trends

If you’re looking for an affordable 10.1-inch tablet, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is not the cheapest tablet, but at about $450, it does come in at less than most other 32GB models. The K1 is a bit too heavy and large for its own good, and Lenovo’s Android modifications are a mixed bag, but...More

If you’re looking for an affordable 10.1-inch tablet, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is not the cheapest tablet, but at about $450, it does come in at less than most other 32GB models. The K1 is a bit too heavy and large for its own good, and Lenovo’s Android modifications are a mixed bag, but there is nothing particularly offensive about the design, specs, or operation of the device. It’s just nothing special, which might be the biggest knock against it. Everything is merely OK. Except, of course, for the silly charging port; we really wish it snapped in better.

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Wired

Nothing to complain about but not much to get too fired-up about either

from Wired

There’s nothing much else to complain about with the K1, but not much to get too fired-up about, either. In a rapidly expanding world of Android tablets, each one seems just about as good as the next. The K1 is a tough and pretty handsome entrant, though, and if you’re trying to extricate yourself from the Appleverse, it’s compelling enough to recommend....

More

There’s nothing much else to complain about with the K1, but not much to get too fired-up about, either. In a rapidly expanding world of Android tablets, each one seems just about as good as the next. The K1 is a tough and pretty handsome entrant, though, and if you’re trying to extricate yourself from the Appleverse, it’s compelling enough to recommend.

 

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HotHardware

Competitively priced, solid Android 3.1 performance, optional keyboard dock

from HotHardware

Though Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 isn't exactly a stand-out product, versus what we've seen from the competition, it does provide a few key optimizations that deliver tangible value to the consumer. Lenovo's subtle UI tweaks and enhancements definitely improve upon the Honeycomb experience. Furthermore, the K1 has a healthy assortment of pre-installed applications, utilities and games that aren't just bloatware but provide key functionality and features for an out-of-the-box experience that is as good as it gets these days for 10-inch Android slates. It may not blow the doors off other tablets (though it will keep pace), offer a razor-thin profile or feather-weight construction but what it does, it does rather well....

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Though Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet K1 isn't exactly a stand-out product, versus what we've seen from the competition, it does provide a few key optimizations that deliver tangible value to the consumer. Lenovo's subtle UI tweaks and enhancements definitely improve upon the Honeycomb experience. Furthermore, the K1 has a healthy assortment of pre-installed applications, utilities and games that aren't just bloatware but provide key functionality and features for an out-of-the-box experience that is as good as it gets these days for 10-inch Android slates. It may not blow the doors off other tablets (though it will keep pace), offer a razor-thin profile or feather-weight construction but what it does, it does rather well.

The IdeadPad Tablet K1 also offers a level of refinement that will provide even novice tablet users the ability to get things done with a shallower learning curve. Finally, though we wish it had a few more IO port options on board (even a fulls-sized SD card slot would be a big plus), the Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 drops in at a price point that is much more in line with where we think tablets should be these days. At $499 for a 32GB version, its price point is on the cusp of allowing prospective consumers a guilt-free purchase decision, knowing that a mainstream multimedia notebook can be had for not a lot more. Tablet manufacturers may cringe but we've just got to say it again; prices have to come down for tablet PCs, especially when you consider current thin and light notebook alternatives. Thanks to Lenovo for "keeping it real," or so to speak. For the price, we have no qualms recommending the IdeaPad Tablet K1 for a little bit of coffee table Honeycomb convenience at your fingertips.

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SlashGear

It sport competitive specs that yield good performance and excellent battery life

from SlashGear

For you to ultimately choose the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, it will be because you desire the storage capacity at the lower price, you don’t mind not having a USB port or difficult access to the microSD card slot, and you like the custom interface features.

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For you to ultimately choose the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, it will be because you desire the storage capacity at the lower price, you don’t mind not having a USB port or difficult access to the microSD card slot, and you like the custom interface features.

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Engadget

Sluggish performance and relatively heavy

from Engadget

The K1 has two big strengths: one, it's aggressively priced. The other major thing the K1 has going for it is simplicity. Lenovo's tweaked Android 3.1 so that settings are easier to find and apps are a cinch to kill. It also comes with an array of popular apps. Factor in the attractive design, an...More

The K1 has two big strengths: one, it's aggressively priced. The other major thing the K1 has going for it is simplicity. Lenovo's tweaked Android 3.1 so that settings are easier to find and apps are a cinch to kill. It also comes with an array of popular apps. Factor in the attractive design, and we can recommend this, particularly for people with budget constraints, or those looking to give a techie gift to a not-so-techie person. Those things aside, the K1 is heavier than most tablets, and doesn't justify its heft with additional ports, extraordinary battery life or even zippy performance. If you didn't want ports anyway, and know your way around Honeycomb without Lenovo's help, why not just get something thinner, faster, and longer-lasting? Or, you know, at least stick around and see how Lenovo's geekier ThinkPad Tablet fares.

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Mobile Tech Review

The K1 really perks up and competes well with other Honeycomb tablets on the market

from Mobile Tech Review

We love the features, build quality and look of the IdeaPad K1. Netflix, still a rarity on Android tablets, is a big plus, but the excessive software bundle, particularly the Arcsoft apps, slow this tablet down and reduce stability. Happily, you can remove them, but novices likely won't know what...More

We love the features, build quality and look of the IdeaPad K1. Netflix, still a rarity on Android tablets, is a big plus, but the excessive software bundle, particularly the Arcsoft apps, slow this tablet down and reduce stability. Happily, you can remove them, but novices likely won't know what to remove in order to improve this otherwise solid tablet's performance. With problematic apps uninstalled, the K1 really perks up and competes well with other Honeycomb tablets on the market.

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Android Community

Amazing battery life and good display

from Android Community

To wrap things up I’ll start by mentioning the battery life is amazing. I’ve not charged the device for over 2 days and I’ve used it a considerable amount, from browsing the web, playing games and doing plenty of benchmarks and I’m still around 35% battery. Obviously using...More

To wrap things up I’ll start by mentioning the battery life is amazing. I’ve not charged the device for over 2 days and I’ve used it a considerable amount, from browsing the web, playing games and doing plenty of benchmarks and I’m still around 35% battery. Obviously using it non-stop you might only get 8-10 hours of battery life but off and on throughout the day it should last for more than a few days. While I wish the device was a bit smaller around the bezel and also thinner like the Galaxy Tab, using it after using my Xoom for the past few months I completely love it. I think I’ll just keep using the Lenovo K1 tablet instead. The screen is brighter and has better contrast, its easier and more comfortable to hold as well as lighter.

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Laptop Magazine

Attractive design and uniquely compelling interface

from Laptop Magazine

For $499, the IdeaPad K1 offers a strong mix of style, performance, and uniquely compelling enhancements to the Android 3.1 UI. You also get a lot of handy software for your money. Unfortunately, the lackluster speakers and relatively heavy weight are turn-offs. We were especially annoyed by the...More

For $499, the IdeaPad K1 offers a strong mix of style, performance, and uniquely compelling enhancements to the Android 3.1 UI. You also get a lot of handy software for your money. Unfortunately, the lackluster speakers and relatively heavy weight are turn-offs. We were especially annoyed by the ads, even if some will find the offers of interest. If you're looking for a better interface than stock Honeycomb and want more storage for less money, the IdeaPad K1 is a pretty good deal.

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PCWorld

The IdeaPad K1 makes a strong case for itself with its usability enhancements and snappy design

from PCWorld

In a sea of Android tablets, the IdeaPad K1 stands out. It makes a strong case for itself with its usability enhancements and its snappy design. The inaccessibility of the microSD card slot, the poor speakers, and the unit's relative heft are all drawbacks, but they may be minor inconveniences, g...More

In a sea of Android tablets, the IdeaPad K1 stands out. It makes a strong case for itself with its usability enhancements and its snappy design. The inaccessibility of the microSD card slot, the poor speakers, and the unit's relative heft are all drawbacks, but they may be minor inconveniences, given the value you get with the useful preloaded apps and the 32GB of storage for about $500.

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