6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Lenovo IdeaPad K1

About Video Transcript

First Look: Lenovo IdeaPad K1

2:02 /

Lenovo's first entry into Android tablets is a solid option, though its features and design offer little we haven't seen before.

Hey, I'm Donald Bell. Today we're taking a First Look at the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. This is an Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with a 10-inch screen and a base price of $499 for a 32-gigabyte model. There's also 3 color variations - white, black and this red one here. In terms of design, the IdeaPad isn't the thinnest or the lightest or the biggest or the smallest, it just sits solidly in the middle. The two-tone back is a nice touch, although, the plastic portion can get a little smudgy. We also find the 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel on the front. You'll also notice that there's a Home button on the front, which is somewhat odd considering that Honeycomb keeps all this navigation controls on the screen. One cool thing about the button though is that if you swipe down on it, you can use it like a back key for quickly backing out of menus. Other features here include an HDMI out, headphone out and a dock connection for charging. On the side here, you get a physical lock for screen orientation, volume keys, power button, microphone and the door here for MicroSD memory card. Now what makes this tablet slightly different from the rest is the amount of preinstalled apps and Lenovo's Android customizations. Lenovo gives you around 30 apps to play around with right out of the box and they're not bloatware. You get Netflix, Angry Birds HD, Documents To Go, Kindle, Slacker Radio, Need For Speed, they're all here fully installed. You'll also notice this unique launch pad right here on the Home screen. This gives you quick access to any of your 4 favorite apps and can be customized to your taste. Lenovo also added this app wheel interface over here on the side for quickly jumping into your recently used apps. All in all this is another solid Honeycomb tablet, although, it's not breaking much new ground especially in terms of design. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell and that was a First Look at the Lenovo IdeaPad K1.

New releases

What could and should a Zappos brick-and-mortar store look like?
1:57 January 29, 2015
That's what the e-tailer tried to decide over the holidays, when it opened a Las Vegas pop-up store that let shoppers handle items...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 121: Realistic Unreal Engine 4 demo, a homemade mechanical horse, and more
23:06 January 29, 2015
On today's show, we give kudos (and chuckle a bit) at one man's attempt to make a mechanical horse at home, check out a jaw-droppingly...
Play video
The Apple Watch is coming in April
5:11 January 29, 2015
Tim Cook officially confirms it, but will it have enough battery life to last through a day? Apple's Q1 earnings are the best by any...
Play video
How to send Group Messages in Twitter
1:33 January 29, 2015
Learn how to hold private conversations with one or more people on Twitter, and then how to escape them.
Play video
SkyBell's smart buzzer puts outdoor security into focus
2:34 January 29, 2015
It isn't perfect, but this $200 Wi-Fi-enabled video bell will do more to protect your front door.
Play video
Quickly turn off the iPhone flashlight
0:49 January 29, 2015
Donald Bell shows you an alternative, faster way to switch off your iPhone's flashlight feature.
Play video
Fitbit Charge HR folds heart rate into its everyday fitness band
1:46 January 29, 2015
All-day heart rate tracking, and it doesn't cost much more than the old Fitbit Charge. The question is, do you need it?
Play video
This high-concept LED gets high marks
2:00 January 29, 2015
Don't let the hollow look fool you -- Green Creative's BR30 Cloud LED is a solid performer.
Play video