Lenovo IdeaPad K1 review:

Lenovo IdeaPad K1


Lenovo's Android 3.1 customizations and bundled apps are a mixed blessing.

Performance
The worst thing we can say about the Lenovo IdeaPad K1's performance is that the screen isn't as bright or vibrant as on the iPad 2 or as on our current top Honeycomb tablet pick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Its resolution is crisp and the screen's responsiveness is right in line with its competition, but the overall viewing experience isn't the best.

Everything else, from the browser load time to the keyboard typing performance, is all right in line with the other Honeycomb tablets we've tested. It's to be expected, considering they're more or less all running on the same processor and memory configuration. Still, it's worth mentioning.

Lenovo rates the IdeaPad's battery performance at 10 hours of mixed use. Here are our official CNET Labs-tested battery life results. More tablet testing results can be found here.

Video battery life (in hours) Maximum brightness (in cd/m2) Default brightness (in cd/m2) Maximum black level (in cd/m2) Default black level (in cd/m2) Default contrast ratio Contrast ratio (max brightness)
Lenovo IdeaPad 8.6 289 129 0.19 0.07 1,842:1 1,521:1

Final thoughts
There's a lot to like about the Lenovo IdeaPad K1, but it's tough to get enthusiastic about a tablet that strays so little from products we've already seen. Still, if you have your heart set on a Android tablet and you're not hung up on it being the thinnest or lightest, the IdeaPad K1 is a solid option.

Update, October 10 at 12:44 p.m. PT: CNET Labs' battery life test results were updated.

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