What to Do Before Upgrading to the iPad 3

Apple is presumed to be launching its next iPad sometime in March. While the company has yet to send out invitations to a press event, March 7th is the day that many have circled on their calendar as launch day.

If you’re currently an iPad or iPad 2 owner or if you’re just thinking about buying an iPad 3, there are several things that you’ll want to do before you upgrade to the next version of the iPad.

The next iPad, which will presumably be called the iPad 3, appears poised to offer a number of improvements over the iPad 2. It’s rumored to feature a Retina Display with incredible resolution, a more powerful processor, better battery life, higher quality cameras, and quite possibly 4G LTE support.

What To Do Before Upgrading to the iPad 3

(Read: iPad 3: Everything We Know About the New iPad.)

The Retina Display and its rumored 2048 x 1536 resolution would alone be a reason for many to think about upgrading or investing in a new tablet. Instead, the high-res display is apparently going to be coming with a bunch of other features that should help Apple sell a ton of  iPads over the course of 2012.

Apple’s latest iPad will follow the launches of the original iPad in 2010 and the iPad 2 which arrived last March.

Backup Your Data

What To Do Before Upgrading to the iPad 3

For many of you, this won’t be the first tablet that you’ve owned. If you’re the current owner of an iPad, you’re going to want to back up the data stored on your old tablet in an effort to retain as much data as you possibly can. This way, once you sync your new iPad 3, you’ll have access to the things you had on your previous tablet.

Both iCloud and iTunes will automatically backup your data when you sync your iPad. But for those that would prefer to do it manually, you can do it one of two ways.

Using iCloud:

iCloud backs up your device automatically once a day. Review when your device was last backed up by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. You can see the last time the device was backed up on the bottom of the page. If you need to back up, tap Backup now. Ensure that your device is connected to Wi-Fi and connected to a power source before backing up.

Using iTunes:

iTunes backs up your device automatically when you sync. If you have previous backups of your device in iTunes when you select Set Up As New, a sync occurs. This sync creates a new backup indicating the time the device was backed up.

To backup your device:

  1. In iTunes, check Preferences > Devices to check the date and time of your latest backup.
  2. If you do not have a recent backup, create one by right-clicking the device in the source list and choosing Back Up.

At this point, your data should be secure on your computer. If you need more details though, you’ll want to check out our full guide.

(Read: How To Erase All Data And Factory Reset The iPad.)

Erase Your Data

What To Do Before Upgrading to the iPad 3

After you back up the data from your previous iPad, you’ll want to think about what to do with your old tablet. For many of you, you’ll want to sell it through a website like Gazelle. Others might want to think about donating it.

Either way, you’re probably going to want to wipe the data on your iPad. This means songs, videos, contacts, everything. By following the steps below, you’ll restore your iPad to its factory settings, the same settings that appeared when you first started it up.

In order to do this, you’ll want to do this:

To remove all settings and information from your device, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

What To Do Before Upgrading to the iPad 3Sell Your Current Tablet

Once that’s complete and you’re sure that all of your sensitive data is gone, you’ll want to think about what you want to do with your iPad. If you decide not to donate it to a family member or an organization, you’ll probably want to sell it for maximum profit.

One place that you can safely do that is through Gazelle which allows you to lock in a price for 30 days. That means that now is the perfect time to get rid of your old tablet as you’ll get the most money.

Before you send it in, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve cleaned it thoroughly and buffed out any scratches. Gazelle will look it over and if you failed to do these things, it could mean less money.

(Read: Sell Your iPad 2 Before the iPad 3 Release.)

Now you might be asking yourself.

Why don’t I just use Craigslist or another website like eBay?

Simple. Gazelle ensures a quick, hassle-free way of offloading your iPad. On eBay, you may have to wait and deal with cancellations or pay extra fees while Craigslist is just entirely too unpredictable. Maybe the process goes smoothly, maybe it goes terribly.

With Gazelle, you ensure that it goes smoothly.

There are other sites like Gazelle out there so you’ll want to do your research before you sell.

Do Your Tablet Homework

What To Do Before Upgrading to the iPad 3

Once you’ve decided on what to do with your old tablet, you’ll now be faced with another decision.

Is the iPad 3 truly the tablet that you not only want but need? There are plenty of other options out there, some good, some bad, but you’ll want to at least consider them before plunking down hundreds of dollars.

There are tablets like the Asus Transformer Prime that offer keyboard attachments for those that don’t like using a virtual keyboard. There are tablets like the Lenovo ThinkPad that offer tons of on-board enterprise solutions.

And then there are even more basic things like whether you feel more comfortable with iOS or Android or RIM’s QNX operating system on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Many of you will be tempted to blindly order this tablet but we highly recommend doing a bit of research before settling on any one tablet in particular.

Data Plan or Not?

So you decided on an iPad 3. Go figure. Now it’s time to decide which version you want. Previous versions of the iPad came with 3G connectivity on AT&T and Verizon and while the iPad 3 will likely come with cellular data, it’s rumored to be 4G LTE in nature.

This means that you’ll be able to pull down data speeds that can be up to 10 times faster than 3G.

You can see Verizon’s 4G LTE network in action in the video below:

Sounds great, right? Well, as we have pointed out, not everyone needs 4G LTE.

(Read: Do You Really Need a 4G LTE iPad 3?)

It’s not available everywhere. It means you’ll have to shell out more money upfront for the iPad while also paying for the data that you consume. In addition, many of you will rarely, if ever, bring the iPad 3 out of the house.

On the flip-side, many of you bring your iPad on your commute to school or work and 4G LTE data speeds will ensure that you can fast data speeds while you’re on the move.

What to Do Before Upgrading to the iPad 3 is a post by from Gotta Be Mobile.



Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Tablet Review: First Impressions

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet has just come in for review and we are going to be putting it through the paces over the next week or so.

If you’re not familiar with the IdeaPad A1 tablet, it’s an Android Gingerbread based slate that launched back in October of 2011. Lenovo clearly did not have the iPad in mind when it launched the IdeaPad A1.

Instead, Lenovo went after Amazon’s Kindle Fire, another Android-based tablet that launched just a month after the IdeaPad A1. Both tablets feature a variation of Android Gingerbread. Both tablets have a 7-inch display. And both arrived with a price tag of $199.

(Read: Lenovo Ideapad A1 7-Inch Android Tablet Hands-On.)

This isn’t an iPad killer but instead, a device that Lenovo thinks can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of the Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet. And it’ll also have some more competition arriving soon in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

So can it compete with the big boys?

That’s a question we hope to answer over the course of the review.

To start though, I want to offer up some of my first impressions of Lenovo’s IdeaPad A1 tablet.

I am going to be brutally honest here. When I first got my hands on the box, I wasn’t expecting much. I knew that it was a Gingerbread tablet and I knew that it had a 7-inch screen. This almost immediately brought me back into the nightmare that was the original Samsung Galaxy Tab but I opened the box anyway.

And I’m glad I did.

IdeaPad A1 Front

The IdeaPad A1 is an extremely well-crafted tablet and I am still bewildered as to how it’s available at the $199 price point. With all of the talk about the Kindle Fire, this tablet has flown under the radar which, after handling it for a few hours, seems odd to me.

Odd, because it has great build quality. Odd, because it has a great IPS display with Gorilla Glass. And odd, because of how well it seems to handle apps, Android and the web, even with its single-core processor.

I am easily able to hold it in one hand, essentially for a tablet that has a 7-inch display, and I feel like it’s light enough where I can easily slip it into a jacket pocket without feeling burdened.

Oh, and let’s not forget the design. At $199, you can’t expect much more than plastic – which the IdeaPad A1 employs, but it does have a nice looking magnesium band that encompasses the entire tablet. Buttons included.

It also has a microSD card slot for memory expansion – love that, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top of the tablet. I’ve always preferred that over placement at the bottom.

While I’m still poking around the software and haven’t yet delved into the battery life – which is said to be around seven hours, I’ll say this.

I realize the tablet is rocking Gingerbread but so far so good. I haven’t experienced any slow down, apps open when I tell them to, web browsing is good, and I rather like Lenovo’s Launcher widget which greeted me once I unlocked the IdeaPad A1.

It’s pretty impressive that Lenovo was able to load all of these features in a device that costs a mere $199.

Right now, I have high hopes for the IdeaPad A1 tablet and I’m looking forward to digging in deeper to see if it can indeed compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet for the hearts and minds of consumers looking to get fully featured tablet without the hefty price tag.

IdeaPad A1 Box
IdeaPad A1 Side
IdeaPad A1 Side
IdeaPad A1 Side
IdeaPad A1 Front
IdeaPad A1 vs. iPad 2
IdeaPad A1 vs. iPad 2
IdeaPad A1 Back
IdeaPad A1 Camera
IdeaPad A1 Front

Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Tablet Review: First Impressions is a post by from Gotta Be Mobile.



Lenovo Confirms ICS for ThinkPad in May

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The folks at Lenovo had already set a target release of Q2 for the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich for their ThinkPad tablet but that was such a broad window. Today, they’re confirming that the update will be coming in the middle of that quarter – May, to be specific. It’ll be bringing performance improvements, browser enhancements and improvements to voice input. While it’s hard to get excited for an update that won’t be here for a few months it’s always nice to know it’s coming. [via Engadget]



Android 4.0 for Lenovo ThinkPad Rolling Out in May

Not wanting to be left out of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Club, Lenovo has announced that its Android-powered ThinkPad tablet will be getting Android 4.0 at some during the month of May. Sadly, like many manufacturers, the company did not specific any sort of target date for the software’s arrival. Still, it’s better than what a lot of companies have offered as far as Android 4.0 roll out dates are concerned.

Companies like HTC, Motorola and Samsung have also announced extremely broad release windows for Android 4.0 updates so it was nice of Lenovo to hand out a target month for the Over-the-Air (OTA) roll out.

Unfortunately, it’s only February which means that those of you with ThinkPad have quite the wait ahead of you.

It could be worse though. Like, update not coming worse.

ThinkPad

Android 4.0 is, by most accounts, a fantastic piece of software and it figures to make the ThinkPad, a tablet that we thought was the best Honeycomb tablet on the market back in October, even better.

Features coming with the ThinkPad’s Android 4.0 update include:

· A new and improved browser with a significant speed enhancement that allows users to jump to their favorite content faster and even save it for reading later in case there’s no network available.
· Voice input allows users to dictate text. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, users can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.
· Face Unlock, a new screen-lock option that lets users unlock their device with their face. It takes advantage of the devices’ front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then recognize it again when unlocking the device.

Of course, those are just a few of ICS’ features.

For an in-depth look at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, check out our full guide.

So, for those of you that own one, keep an eye out for the update in May.

And for those of you that don’t yet have a ThinkPad or have been thinking about picking up an Android tablet, you’ll want to read our full review.

Android 4.0 for Lenovo ThinkPad Rolling Out in May is a post by from Gotta Be Mobile.



Apple Users In Uproar Over Foxconn Labor Conditions – Why Are Android Users Silent?

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Apple has long been the target of criticism over their labor practices, specifically, at overseas factories like Foxconn where harsh working conditions, accidents and suicide rates for Chinese laborers working in these factories have all made headline. Foxconn even had to go as far as installing safety nets along the sides of their buildings to help thwart would-be jumpers. A few months ago, there was also an app “game,” later pulled from the App Store, attempting to shed light on this issue, only to eventually find itself land in the Android Market, where it currently remains.

After news that Apple was sitting on a $97 billion cash pile, twiddling their thumbs, a renewed effort is being led by Apple “fanboys” no less, who have taken to online petitions to raise even more awareness. The hopes are that Apple will use some of this money to force suppliers like Foxconn into improving their working conditions. But as so often is the case, that’s easier said than done.

The thing is, it’s not only Apple who uses Foxconn to make their products. That shiny new Kindle Fire you received for Christmas — guess what? It was built in a Foxconn factory just like the iPad 2. It’s true. Many of your favorite Android OEM’s (and even console manufacturers) are current Foxconn employers. To show you Apple isn’t alone in this, here’s a list of a few of them, 10 of which are US based, and mixed in with other big name manufacturers.

  • Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
  • Amazon.com (United States)
  • Asus (Taiwan)
  • Barnes & Noble (United States)
  • Dell (United States)
  • Hewlett-Packard (United States)
  • Intel (United States)
  • IBM (United States)
  • Lenovo (China)
  • Logitech (Switzerland)
  • Microsoft (United States)
  • MSI (Taiwan)
  • Motorola (United States)
  • Netgear (United States)
  • Nintendo (Japan)
  • Nokia (Finland)
  • Panasonic (Japan)
  • Philips (Netherlands)
  • Samsung (South Korea)
  • Sharp (Japan)
  • Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
  • Toshiba (Japan)
  • Vizio (United States)

And while it can be argued that Apple is a much more grueling task master, I think it’s safe to say the rest of these OEM’s aren’t really helping matters either. Keep in mind I’m not saying we should all run out and grab our picket signs but I just felt it was interesting that people seemingly hold Apple to some sort of  “higher standard” than other big name companies like Nintendo or Motorola. Is it fair? Not really. Is there a need for change? 100% yes. Can Apple do it alone? Probably not.

Back in the day, apparel companies like Nike were forced to improve their labor conditions after public outcry and I can only hope these online petitions will catch the attention of Android OEM’s as well. Something needs to be done to improve working conditions for the factory workers at Foxconn and my heart most certainly goes out to them. Since most Android users already boycott Apple products out of devotion to all things Google, you can still further help by signing the online petitions linked below. It’s your duty as a world citizen (yep, I just went there).

Thanks, Noonehereyet!

[Change.Org | SumOfUs.Org]



Lenovo ThinkPad To Receive Ice Cream Sandwich Update In Q2

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Looks like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will be joining the elite club of Android devices set to receive their Ice Cream Sandwich updates this year. More specifically, Lenovo mentioned today that Android 4.0 will arrive for the tablet Q2 of this year. The tablet is currently running on Android 3.1 which isn’t so bad seeing how I’ve always felt 4.0 is only a slightly better version of Honeycomb. Anyone with a ThinkPad out there happy about this news?

[PCWorld]



Lenovo and NAF Team Up to Teach High School Students Mobile App Development

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Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation have announced a partnership that will see the latter bringing mobile application development curriculum to students of high schools within their network. Five schools will be getting the program but the NAF aims to bring it to their entire network of schools in due time.

Lenovo’s contribution will come from providing the devices for development and testing. Namely, some of their ThinkPad tablets will be headed straight for several classrooms. Pretty exciting stuff, though I’m the nerd who always wanted to learn mobile application development while I was in high school. Kind of makes me want to rewind time, actually. Anyway, the press release is below.

Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation Launch Mobile App Development Program for High School Students

Schools Pilot Premier Curriculum Using Latest Technology Devices to Strengthen 21st Century STEM Skills

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – JANUARY 24, 2012: Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation (NAF) today launched an innovative program to teach mobile app development to high school students across the United States. Five schools from NAF’s network of career academies are piloting the program as part of Lenovo’s initiative to encourage greater student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and to strengthen 21st century skills. This innovative curriculum will also strengthen NAF’s mission to prepare students for college and career success. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue and members of Lenovo and NAF’s executive leadership team made the announcement today at Apex High School’s Academy of Information Technology in Apex, N.C., one of the participating schools.

“High – tech skills are critical for North Carolina’s pipeline of future workers,” said Gov. Perdue. “Unique partnerships like this one not only give high school students real-world, real-time learning opportunities, but they align with the broader goals of business, education and government to create North Carolina’s next generation of professional leaders.”

To aid the students and teachers implement the curriculum, Lenovo provided a package of technology products to each school, including Android-based ThinkPad Tablets and large format ThinkCentre HD All-in-One desktops, among other items.

“To succeed in tomorrow’s workforce, students need a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with fluency in the technologies that will power the global economy,” said Michael Schmedlen, worldwide director of education, Lenovo. “This exciting program engages students via the technology and apps they use every day. By partnering with the National Academy Foundation, we’re delivering a rigorous and relevant curriculum that will help create our next generation of developers and entrepreneurs.”

The other schools that will offer the app development course are part of the National Academy Foundation’s Academies of Information Technology: Grover Cleveland High School in New York City, Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, Pathways to Technology Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., and A.J. Moore Academy of Information and Technology in Waco, Texas. The program aims to ultimately make the curriculum available to NAF’s 100 Academies of Information Technology.

“Our schools are strong because we have great partnerships with business and industry,” said Anthony J. Tata, superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. “This unique program gives our students practical experience with innovative technology at a time when they’re making decisions about their future careers. We’re creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

The course is designed to be implemented as either a 12-week after-school or “out-of-school time” activity to supplement the NAF-developed IT courses students take during the school day or as part of the existing NAF daytime curriculum. Student teams will develop a working wireframe, business plan and implementation schedule for an Android-based mobile application.

“The partnership between NAF and Lenovo is a real example of how business and education can play a pivotal role in changing high school education to ensure college and career success. We are pleased to be working with such innovative thinkers to inspire and equip tomorrow’s leaders,” said JD Hoye, president of the National Academy Foundation.

New Research Shows Kids Want to Learn App Development but Lack Tech Confidence

New research from Lenovo also supports creation of the mobile app development curriculum. The research shows that while students have a strong interest in mobile apps – which many of them use on a daily basis – and see app development as a valuable skill, they don’t have confidence that they will have the technology background needed for tomorrow’s workforce. The Omnibus survey of American teenagers, conducted in December of 2011, found that:

80 percent of American teens would be interested in learning how to create their own mobile app.
Almost a quarter (22 percent) think that mobile app development will be the most important technology skill to have when entering the workforce in a few years.
63 percent are only somewhat confident, at best, that the technology know-how they have now is enough to secure a good job upon entering the workforce.

[Engadget]



Win a ThinkPad Tablet from Lenovo and GBM

Have you been craving a new tablet? Perhaps you want an Android tablet that you can use at work now that your kid or significant other has commandeered your iPad to play Angry Birds. If so, you’ll want to enter for a chance to win the ThinkPad Tablet from Lenovo.

This tablet can play Angry Birds, but it is also capable of much more. Whether you’re a student, business user or just plan on keeping the tablet on your couch you should enter this simple contest.

Lenovo was the official sponsor of Notebooks.com and GottaBeMobile for CES 2012, and as part of that sponsorship we have a collection of gear to give away. There’s still a day to enter to win a ThinkPad X220 and an IdeaPad U400, but now you have a chance to win one of two ThinkPad Tablets. You can enter to win the other ThinkPad Tablet at Notebooks.com.

Lenovo announced several new notebooks and tablets at CES 2012, including the IdeaPad Yoga which took home Best of Show at Notebooks.com. We invite you to check out the new Lenovo notebooks and tablets and tell us which one you like best.

The Prize: ThinkPad Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

The ThinkPad Tablet is a business ready tablet that can be paired with a portfolio that adds a ThinkPad keyboard to the mix. This tablet runs Android and packs in a subscription to Absolute tracking software in the event your tablet is stolen. You can also get a stylus to take notes and increase your productivity.

Check out our ThinkPad Tablet Review and ThinkPad Tablet Stylus Review.

How to Enter:

Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite new Lenovo notebook or tablet is. You can pick a series or a specific model. Simple as that.

Contest Rules:

The contest is open to U.S. Residents 18 and over. Contest void where prohibited by law, please check local regulations before entering. The contest will close on Wednesday January 25th at 11:59 PM Pacific. You may only enter once per contest, entering multiple times will disqualify you from the contest.

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5 Kindle Fire Alternatives

When the Kindle Fire debuted last year analysts predicted that the tablet’s $199 price tag would initiate a race to the bottom on tablet prices. That prediction proved prescient at this year’s CES where we saw several high-profile Android tablets priced between $179 and $249.

Unlike the Kindle Fire and it’s arch nemesis the Nook Tablet, these 7-inch slates aren’t all stripped of their Bluetooth radios, their cameras, and their Android Markets. Does that make them better and more appealing? These all come out in the next few months (if they aren’t already), so we’ll know soon.

Which one of these five Android tablets appeals most to you?

ASUS MeMO 370T – $249

ASUS MeMO 370T

Specs: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 16GB internal storage, 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 (quad-core) CPU, 1GB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, 1280 x 800 resolution, microSD slot, micro HDMI, 8MP rear camera.

Pros: Quad-core Tegra performance should prove excellent; full Android tablet experience, including Android Market; latest Android OS; plenty of internal storage; HD display is beautiful; HD output; good build quality and design.

Cons: It’s not out yet.

Availability: Second quarter 2012.

Read: ASUS MeMO Hands-On [Video]

Lenovo IdeaPad A1 — $249

Lenovo IdeaPad A1

Specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 16GB internal storage, 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3622 (single core) CPU, 512MB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 1024 x 600 resolution, microSD slot, 0.3MP front camera, 3MP rear camera.

Pros: Full Android experience, including Android Market; front and rear cameras; good build quality and design; large internal storage.

Cons: Old operating system; same resolution as Kindle Fire; needs more RAM; no HDMI or HD output.

Availability: Now.

Read: Lenovo Ideapad A1 7-Inch Android Tablet Hands-On

Nook Tablet — $249

Nook Tablet

Specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with Nook Interface, 16GB internal storage, 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 (dual-core) CPU, 1GB RAM, WiFi, 1024 x 600 resolution, microSD slot (up to 32GB).

Pros: Nook interface makes Android easier to work with for less tech-savvy users; robust content ecosystem for books, magazines, comics and more; good build quality and design; large internal storage.

Cons: Nook App Store isn’t as large as Amazon’s plus no access to Android Market by default; older operating system; no multimedia content buying options on board; no HD output; no Bluetooth; no cameras.

Availability: Now.

Read: Nook Tablet Review

Archos 70B — $199

Archos A70B

Specs: Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS, 8GB internal storage, 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 (single core) CPU, 512MB RAM, 1024 x 600 resolution, microSD slot, mini HDMI out, WiFi, Bluetooth.

Pros: Full Android experience, including access to Android Market; robust multimedia and codec support, supports playback of more formats than most tablets; outputs display to HDTV; three-position kickstand.

Cons: Resolution is low compared to other Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets; CPU/RAM combo suggests uninspiring performance.

Availability: This month.

Coby MID7042 – $179

Coby MID7042

Specs: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 4GB internal storage, 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 (single core) CPU, 1GB RAM, WiFi, 800 x 480 resolution, micro SD slot (up to 32GB), mini HDMI, front-facing 1.0MP, 720P camera.

Pros: Full Android experience for much less than Kindle Fire; latest Android operating system; HD output; 1GB of RAM.

Cons: No Android Market (may be available at launch), low resolution display; may not get great performance from processor.

Availability: By March 2012.

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IdeaTab S2 Tablet and Keyboard Dock Hands On Video

The market for 10 inch tablets is pretty crowded, but Lenovo hopes that the IdeaTab S2 can standout with a custom Ice Cream Sandwich interface and a locking keyboard dock.

The IdeaTab S2110 as you’ll see it called online, measures under 9mm thick and offers a clean design. This second generation IdeaTab tablet shows a commitment to design and looks and feels quite nice in person

IdeaTab S2 Custom Interface

IdeaTab S2 custom interface on Android 4.0.1

While this tablet runs Android 4.0.1, Lenovo has added a custom interface to make the tablet friendlier to the average user with app launchers for common tasks like business, personal apps and security. You can see the interface in the hands on video below.

IdeaTab S2 Tablet Hands On Video

Rounding out the experience is a 5MP rear facing camera with flash and a front facing 1.3MP camera for video chats. The 10 inch IPS display has a 1280 x 800 resolution, and the tablet has 1GB RAM and up to 64GB of SSD storage. There is a micro HDMI connection for sharing content to a projector or the big screen. Word is that Lenovo will offer a 3G version with the ability to make phone calls, but details were lacking.

Ideatab S2110

IdeaTab S2 tablet with keyboard dock.

The main differentiator is the keyboard dock that locks on and provides an extra 10 hours of battery life. This dock is similar to what we have seen on the Transformer and Transformer Prime, but it slides into the dock much easier. When you combine the dock and the tablet, you get 20 hours of battery life and a keyboard that can turn this into a productivity tool.

Lenovo has not announced pricing or a release date for the IdeaTab S2 yet

IdeaTab S2 Tablet and Keyboard Dock Hands On Video is a post by from GottaBeMobile.