Lenovo’s foray into the tablet market was not expected, however they did come up with some interesting Android tablets which run on Honeycomb. Acer Iconia Tab A500 is one of the most famous Android tablets in the market and has sold quite a few thousand pieces all in the recent days. With Android’s popularity increasing and apps database growing bigger and bigger, HoneyComb tablets are indeed the next big thing.
Table of Contents:
- Form Factor Comparison
- Display Comparison
- Camera Comparison
- Operating System and User Interface Comparison
- Connectivity Comparison
- Memory Comparison
- Processor and Battery Comparison
In this post, we take a look at the Iconia Tab from Acer and Ideapad K1 from Lenovo, with both being 10.1 inch HoneyComb tablets.
The Iconia Tab is really thin and has dimensions of 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm while the Lenovo Ideapad is 10.4” x 7.4” x .5” , quite slim in our opinion and the Iconia weights 730 grams, with a weight of less than 1.7 pounds on the Ideapad. Though both devices have a 10 inch screen, do consider the extra bezel all around and dimensions before you make the pick, if you are looking for portability and the feel in your hands. The Iconia from acer has a more premium look to it, thanks to a dual color bezel around it while the Ideapad looks more like the Touchpad from HP with a lot of black bezel all around it.
When it comes to the display, the Acer Iconia A500 has a 10.1 inch screen, which supports upto 256K colors while the Lenovo tablet has a similar screen of 10.1 inches and supports 16M colors. The Acer Iconia has a proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor and an accelerometer and the Idepad also has similar stuff on it,
The Iconia A500 from Acer has a TFT screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800pixels while the Mototola Xoom also has the same resolution. Also, both the tablets have a three-axis gyroscope sensor and support multi touch input on their screens.
Both the tablets come with cameras and the Iconia from Acer has a 5 megapixel camera with a single LED flash with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. On the other hand, the Ideapad K1′s camera also has the same camera unit, with a 5MP camera and a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. There’s Geo Tagging also on the Ideapad, thanks to the A-GPS chip on it and Android HoneyComb.
Both the tablets do not have a Dual LED flash, they come with a single LED flash and autofocus. Coming to the video recording capabilities, the both the devices record HD video at 720p at 30 frames per second.
The Ideapad K1 from Lenovo and Acer Iconia tab have a secondary front facing camera, a 2MP one and is used for video calling and by various apps on the Android platform such as Skype, Fring etc.
Operating System and User Interface:
The Acer Iconia and Ideapad K1 run on Honeycomb 3.1, a newer version of Android. However, the latest version of HoneyComb is 3.2, which will be soon be available to users of the Iconia A500 and no word on availability of 3.2 for Ideapad yet, so it might or might not be coming soon.
Applications are aplenty and all apps on Android smartphones will run on tablets too, enlarged. Also, there are a lot of native apps on HoneyComb pre installed in the device and tablet specific apps are only about 200 in the Android Market and you can check out the Best Apps for Honeycomb Tablets and Best Games for HoneyComb Tablets also.
Though they run on the same operating system, there is a slight change in the User Interface. Acer Iconia runs Acer’s UI on top of Honeycomb, which adds its own small tweaks and gesture improvements throughout the software while the Ideapad K1 has Lenovo’s own tweakings overall and User Interface changes. There are some widgets like AccuWeather and SocialTouch from Lenovo on the Ideapad which improves your Social Networking experience and Google Calendar.
Both the tablets support GSM bands on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and both support HSDPA on 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 on 3G and comes with a standard SIM Card slot, if you are going for the 3G Model. The 3G version of the Ideapad K1 is available only in a few countries, notably Singapore. So it might or might not be available in your region.
Both the tablets have Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n and both of them have WiFi Hotspot capabalities, thanks to Android HoneyComb which has made it a standard features across all devices right from the most basic Android smartphones.
A-GPS support for locaion and navigation are also present and both devices have Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity, along with a HDMI port on the Xoom and Iconia making it a true entertainer on the move. The HDMI port allows you to connect your tablet to a large screen and enjoy your HD Videos or games.
The Acer Iconia A500 comes with upto 64GB of internal storage, and has a microSD slot. The IdeaPad comes with only a maximum of 32GB, with having 16GB also as an option.
Processor and Battery:
The Acer Iconia A500 has a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM while the K1 Ideapad has a 1 GHz NVIDIA® Tegra™ T20 1.0GHz Processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.
Though both the processors might look similar on the technical side, the A500 has a Tegra 2 T20 chipset with ULP GeForce™ GPU for quick Web browsing and HD Gaming. Ideapad K1 also has the same GPU based on GeForce, from Nvidia.
The Iconia A500 comes with 2 3260 mAh battery in series while the Ideapad K1 also has the same setup, with two of 3250mAh batteries and both the tablets claim to provide over10 hours of continuous usage very easily.
The tablets fall under the same pricing strategy, not to mention the similar specifications on both. However, the Ideapad from Lenovo has a more plastic feel to it overall and support on forums are much lesser, as the Ideapad is available in very few regions. Going for the Acer Iconia A500 would be a safer bet if there isn’t support for Lenovo in your region, however, technical specification wise, the Ideapad is a tad better. There’s a Tegra processor from Nvidia under the hood which works really efficiently and also, the tablet has a slick UI from Lenovo which makes the tablet experience more intuitive and fluid, thus making it more user friendly.
Though the Iconia A500 from Acer costs cheaper than the Lenovo Ideapad, put in some extra bucks and go for the K1. It’s worth the amount on the long run and will be a satisfying product.