Is the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t an iPad-killer?

For roughly $600, would you rather have an iPad or Lenovo's new convertible-tablet touchscreen Netbook? Read our full review.

Sorry for the blunt headline, but the question immediately came to mind when reviewing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t, a new capacitive touch-screen convertible Netbook tablet that's now available for purchase. We found its design appealing back at CES 2010 , and were wondering whether Netbooks such as these could evolve to be a legitimate solution to those otherwise looking for devices like an iPad .

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The connecting points are all too obvious: both have 10-inch screens, or near enough. Both have multitouch capacitive input. Most importantly, the Apple iPad's price starts at $499, and depending on where you purchase the S10-3t, it does too.

The S10-3t sounds like it has an awful lot to offer. It has a 160GB or 250GB hard drive that, while not being solid-state, still exceeds the highest iPad configuration, USB ports, SD card input, and a full Windows 7 operating system, not to mention the freedom to use Flash. By flipping the screen around 180 degrees, the S10-3t converts into a not superthin tablet that is easy to carry and use.

We've been using a review unit of the IdeaPad S10-3t here at CNET, and while it's easily one of the best-functioning and attractive convertible Netbook tablets we've ever seen, it's still has limitations and question marks. Admittedly, no one has even used an iPad for more than a few carefully guarded minutes. Still, while we'd love to call the S10-3t an iPad killer, certain drawbacks--system speed and battery life most importantly--keep us from crowning what's otherwise a very attractive but pricey convertible Netbook.

Read our full review Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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