I received the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet to use over the next few years. It runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and if you’re familiar with Android, you know that you need a Google account to access almost everything on it.

I started playing with it at the office earlier and so far, I’m impressed with the screen: the responsiveness, and the fluidity of swiping. I spent some time swiping between the 5 homescreens to make sure there is no lag, and it rendered very well.

It’s not difficult to familiarize yourself with how the tablet works. Like viewing all apps running in the background, adding widgets to any of your screens, killing a process, and taking a screenshot. There is a video loaded on the device that walks you through this process, if you have difficulty figuring it out.

It comes preloaded with loads of apps, and you can use it for quite some time before finding the need to download more. Preloaded apps (apart from Google-related) include: Amazon Kindle, Angry Birds HD, Drawing Pad (loads of fun), Facebook, Need for Speed Shift, Norton Security, Sound Recorder, to name a few. 

The tablet is 10.1-inch with an HD LED screen and weighs 1.46kgs. What I like about the back of the tablet is the rubberized honeycomb finish, which sits securely in your hand. And you know with that extra grip, it won’t slide off easily when holding it. 

The specifications of IdeaPad K1: Tegra T20 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 64GB SSD storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, MicroSD card reader, mini HDMI connector, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel back camera.

At the time of publishing, it is available on pre-order on Kalahari.net for R4,999.