IdeaPad K1

Motorola XOOM Vs Lenovo Ideapad K1 Tablet Comparison

The first HoneyComb tablet, the Motorola XOOM is one of the most famous Android tablets in the world, as HoneyComb was first unveiled on it and has amazing build quality and design. On the other side, a cheaper and similar option is the Lenovo Ideapad K1 which offers pretty much the same specifications on the inside but is a little less appealing overall.

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In this article we will compare the Motorola XOOM alongside the Lenovo Ideapad K1 tablet, looking at all the features and technical specifications in detail:

Table of Contents:

Motorola XOOM vs Ideapad K1

Form Factor:

Both the Ideapad K1 and Motorola XOOM are really thin having dimensions of 10.4” x 7.4” x .5”and  241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm respectively.
The Motola XOOM weighs about 730grams, by itself while the Lenovo Ideapad on the other hand weighs at  1.7 pounds.

Both these devices have a 10.1 inch screen and the XOOM has an uniform amount of black bezel all around it while the Ideapad looks more like the Touchpad from HP with a curved finish in the edges and a thick bezel in the bottom.

Winner : IdeaPad K1

Display:

The display of the Motorola XOOM is a regular 10.1 inch, supporting upto 256k colors and a maximum resolution of 1280×800 while the Ideapad K1 from Lenovo has a similar 10.1 inch screen with having a pixel density of approximately 149ppi.

Both these devices come with a gyro sensor, an accelerometer and multi touch input. The displays of these devices are also scratch resistant, thanks to the presence of Gorilla Glass on it.

 

Winner :  Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Camera:

Both the tablets come with cameras and the Motorola XOOM 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. Pretty much the same on both, and there’s Geo Tagging also on the Ideapad and the XOOM, thanks to the A-GPS chip on it and Android HoneyComb.

The Ideapad K1 comes with a single LED flash and autofocus while the Motorola XOOM comes with auto focus and dual-LED flash. 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 Motorola XOOM have a secondary front facing camera, a 2MP one and is used for video calling and by various apps on the Android Market such as Skype, Fring etc. It is also used for various apps on the Android platform other than connectivity apps like regular camera purposes apps and others too.

Winner : Motorla XOOM

Operating System and User Interface:

Both the K1 Ideapad and the XOOM run on the Honeycomb 3.1 operating system. The XOOM from Motorola has an update to the latest version of Android, HoneyComb 3.2.

Although they run honeycomb 3.1 there is a slight change in the user interface as both of the devices do not run the stock HoneyComb UI and run a custom flavor of their own User Interface over the Android layer. This adds a lot of small user experience changes here and there, design and icon0graphy changes overall too. The Motorola XOOM is more or less similar to stock Android HoneyComb as it does not change much of the UI and stuff while the Ideapad K1 runs on a custom UI built by Lenovo. Note that there are some widgets like AccuWeather and SocialTouch from Lenovo on the Ideapad which improves your Social Networking and Google Calendar experience.

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.

Winner : Motorola XOOM

Connectivity:

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.  To know how to use your Android HoneyComb Tablet as a WiFi Hotspot ad tether its internet connection, read How to Tether Android HoneyComb Tablets as WiFi Hotspot .

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 both the tablet 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 you’d shot on your tablet or movies you’d recently transferred onto it.

Winner : Ideapad K1

Memory:

The Motorola XOOM  has three variants, 16, 32 and 64GB Versions and also has a microSD slot which supports upto 32GB of external storage. The Ideapad K1 on the other side, comes with only a maximum of 32GB, with having 16GB also as an option and no expansion slot at all.

Winner: Motorola XOOM

Processor and Battery:

The Motorola XOOM has a 1 GHz Dual-core NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM while the K1 Ideapad has a similar 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra T20 1.0GHz Processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.

The XOOM’s powered by Nvidia’s GeForce GPU.

The Motorola XOOM comes with two 3250mAh batteries connected in series which gives approximately 10-11 hrs of battery life while the Ideapad K1 comes with two 3250mAh batteries and both the tablets claim to provide over10 hours of continuous usage very easily, when used continuously for multimedia features. Pretty much the same, though reports conclude that the Motorola XOOM might be a little better on battery life.

Winner : Motorola XOOM

Conclusion:

The Motorola XOOM is one of the gorgeous looking android tablets out there with the most intuitive User Interface on it. While the IdeaPad K1 from Lenovo is a slick device which is priced very competitively and comes with a very nice User Interface and build design.

The IdeaPad K1 might not be available in certain countries while the Motorola XOOM only recently received a price cut and is now available at a very competitive price range currently. The XOOM also packs better features on its User Interface and comes with a better build quality, making the XOOM a much better tablet than the Ideapad K1.

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  1. cj

    January 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Uh, the Ideapad K1 does certainly have external storage in the form of a MicroSD slot.

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