In the past, I used my tablet for simple web surfing and my trusty ThinkPad laptop for getting serious work done. But since I got a hold of Lenovo’s new ThinkPad Tablet 2, it’s changed the way I look at—and use—my devices. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that my PC is now <600 grams and has 10 hours of battery life. I’ve been using it extensively and I thought I’d share a few cool things you can do with the ThinkPad Tablet 2.
First a quick spec summary of this 10.1” tablet: it sports a dual-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB memory, weighs under 600 grams, has an active digitizer pen, a resolution of 1366x768, dual cameras (8MP and 2MP), HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, SIM tray, MicroSD card slot, GPS, WLAN, BT and NFC radios. (Full spec list here.)
With that out of the way, here are 8 cool things you can do with the ThinkPad Tablet 2:
1. Install your favorite apps. The Windows app store is growing by the day. The ThinkPad tablet runs Windows 8 Pro so you can download and install any traditional desktop application along with the mobile apps available there. Anything you can run on Windows XP, Vista or 7 will run flawlessly on this tablet.
2. Charge/sync your devices. With the tablet’s USB 2.0 port, you can connect phones, MP3 players and other tablets to charge them on the go. (What good is this much power if you can’t share some.)
3. Copy from a pen drive. Speaking of that USB port, you can connect a pen drive or even an external hard drive and copy your files directly to the tablet. Easily view files from a digital camera without the use of another PC.
4. Add extra storage. While connecting a pen drive is simple, if you need hidden storage for times when you are travelling, you can add up to 64GB via a MicroSD card. I actually use a MicroSD card for all my music & pictures because it is so handy.
5. Connect on the go. The ThinkPad tablet has a SIM tray that lets you easily add wireless broadband capability. It uses a regular size SIM so you don’t have to explain different SIM sizes to the vendor in a new country.
6. Project to an external display. The tablet has a mini-HDMI port that can be used to easily connect to a HD projector , monitor or a TV.
7. Write your notes! Use the active digitizer to pen your thoughts—may I suggest the excellent OneNote MX app from the Windows store—mark up PDF documents quickly in your own handwriting using the reader app or perhaps even draw a diagram using Paint. It’s a pressure-sensitive digitizer which means just like a regular pencil, the harder you press the darker the line it’ll draw out.
8. Use an existing keyboard/mouse. At times, you may feel like the onscreen keyboard isn’t enough. When I fired up an old copy of Need For Speed I could plug in my existing keyboard/mouse and use it like I’ve done with a PC for ages. This extends to other peripherals as well. Printers, scanners, CD/DVD burners or even a silly USB fan—you name it, it runs. I’ve been waiting for an Android app for my Nike FuelBand for 8 months, now I don’t need it anymore. I just sync it with my ThinkPad Tablet 2.