The Tablet War: Apple iPad 2 vs Lenovo ThinkPad
iPad 2 is the second generation of Apple’s famous iPad tablet. The device hit the stores in March 2011. Since its release, iPad 2 has been dominating the tablet market. However, there came out several rivals for the flagship tablet PC from the Cupertino technology major. Lenovo ThinkPad is one of top competitors to iPad 2. The Android-based tablet from the Chinese technology manufacturer has attracted good reviews for some of its remarkable features. Here is a comparison between iPad 2 and ThinkPad in several key aspects of a tablet PC.
Apple iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. The highly capacitive display has a multi-touch input option. Meanwhile, Lenovo TouchPad has some larger 10.1-inch display. Amazingly, TouchPad’s display has more resolution with 1280×800 pixels. Lenovo has slotted in a display with the same size of two other leading Android tablets – Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab series.
Apple iPad 2 has the company’s featured A5 processor that has an ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPU. The dual core processor cloaks at a speed of 1GHz. That means iPad 2 is twice faster than iPad 1. 512RAM makes the device more powerful. ThinkPad is running on a dual core 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra processor. 1GB RAM provides an edge for the Lenovo tablet over iPad 2.
The Apple tablet runs on iOS 4.3, the latest version of Apple’s famous mobile software. Meanwhile, Lenovo ThinkPad features Honeycomb 3.0, Android’s tablet customized version. As far as performance and the breadth of applications are taken into account, both the platforms have equal significance. As of now Apple App Store has more apps. But Android and its app store Andorid Market are expected to reign over iOS in near future.
Apple iPad 2 sports a 5-megapixel camera, which is capable of capturing High Definition videos in 720p at 30 frames-per-second. The device has a VGA camera in the front panel for video chatting. With Apple’s well-known FaceTime application, video chatting is a great experience on iPad 2. Lenovo TouchPad competes well with iPad 2 with a HD-capable 5-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front camera for video chatting.
iPad 2 has an edge over TouchPad as far as battery life is concerned. The former offers nine hours video playback option, while the latter one has only eight hours.
Not to mention specially, Android-powered TouchPad supports Adobe Flash contents, which iPad has been famously lacking. One another shortage of iPad is USB ports. Apple iPad 2 highlights Wi-Fi802.a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 and HDMI out. ThinkPad sports micro USB and HDMI out.
In succinct, the comparison reveals that Lenovo TouchPad is a great competitor to iPad 2 that has the market domination. Running on the fast-growing Android platform, Lenovo’s TouchPad tablet is indeed a better alternative for both business and consumer users.