Sorry for the blunt headline, but the question immediately came to mind when reviewing the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t, a new capacitive touch-screen convertible Netbook tablet that's now available for purchase. We found its design appealing back at CES 2010, and were wondering whether Netbooks such as these could evolve to be a legitimate solution to those otherwise looking for devices like an iPad.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t
The connecting points are all too obvious: both have 10-inch screens, or near enough. Both have multitouch capacitive input. Most importantly, the Apple iPad's price starts at $499, and depending on where you purchase the S10-3t, it does too.
The S10-3t sounds like it has an awful lot to offer. It has a 160GB or 250GB hard drive that, while not being solid-state, still exceeds the highest iPad configuration, USB ports, SD card input, and a full Windows 7 operating system, not to mention the freedom to use Flash. By flipping the screen around 180 degrees, the S10-3t converts into a not superthin tablet that is easy to carry and use.
We've been using a review unit of the IdeaPad S10-3t here at CNET, and while it's easily one of the best-functioning and attractive convertible Netbook tablets we've ever seen, it's still has limitations and question marks. Admittedly, no one has even used an iPad for more than a few carefully guarded minutes. Still, while we'd love to call the S10-3t an iPad killer, certain drawbacks--system speed and battery life most importantly--keep us from crowning what's otherwise a very attractive but pricey convertible Netbook.