Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Wins 2011 Tablet World Series

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The votes have been counted and we have a winner in the 2011 Tablet World Series. Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet takes the crown with a commanding 63 percent of the vote to the Sony Tablet S's 37 percent share.

With strong features like a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display, support for enterprise-level security software / encryption, and an optional active stylus, the ThinkPad Tablet simply dominated the game this weekend. Users were undoubtedly also attracted by the ThinkPad Tablet's productivity-centric software, including its note-taking app and file manager. Full-size USB ports and SD card slots also helped the ThinkPad tablet's case.

Could the ThinkPad Tablet's win herald a new appreciation for productivity and for pen-based input? We'll just have to see.   

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • siopon Says:

    ThinkPad is simply a SUCKS product, from ibm to independent lenovo, you products are simply SUCKS! nothing new..sorry

  • Ryan Says:

    Here's the deal....3 out of 4 tablets sold today are Apple devices. I'm certain that other tablets offer great features and perform wonderfully, but nobody has come close to being as successful as Apple in the tablet market. To have the heavyweight contender not even make the first round only shows that this bracket is little more than humorous. Try looking at actual stats as opposed to the opinion of someone that settled for a Think Pad as opposed to going all out for an iPad. Try to justify it however you can, but you are the punch line if you think that the iPad is second to anything...especially tablets that aren't even released yet.

  • solver Says:

    The issue is that the iPad is a great tool and the users like it. Since ipad users never tried the thinkpad tablet they dont know that its a wonderful engineering device.
    i am actually writting this comment from a thinkpad tablet and unlike the ipad it lacks nothing.
    when you buy an ipad you are stuck with the device memory capacity,when you have to work from another country where the cloud is not accessible then ports such as the usb nd expansion slots become a life saver. the idea of a tablet is mobility and not to be confined to the cloud.
    alot of the upgrades that android 4 have now areready to fly on the TPT. all what thinkpad tablet users have come to realize is that it gives them the greatness of the ipad and no restriction thus the edge. the few users of the thinkpad tablet voted to support the product while ipad stayed away and have suddenly made this a complaint forum. i have both tablets and prefer the TPT. it has its short comings too and they were objectively identified by the publishers such a the audio. also i dont think this is so much about thensales figure or else apple will will always but apple is a great product generally but just as nokia lost to apple, apple is loosing to android now and if the battle is about the software as someone claimed earlier then apple cant stand android anymore. we all love what apple brings to the table but its restriction mentality is what is now working against it. take for instance, basic apple didnt not support delivery report of standard sms till ios5 after the whole world had made it a standard on devices. no notification light to alert you of a missed call,sms,im while it was basic in other smart phones. apple users fail to see the benefits of extras in other devices and as a result market share is sliding away.
    like i said i have both and have compared them hardware/software'and TPT wins.

  • Death Says:


    Popularity != "The Best"

  • Jesus Says:

    Joe, Adobe just killed Mobile Flash. How do you like them apples ;)

  • Alex McKenna Says:

    A slider is an unspeakable object that leaves a slimy trail as it descends to the watery porcelain depths...
    You're entering the Twilight Zune.

  • Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:


    We do objectively cover products of all types. We gave the iPad 2 an Editor's Choice and we gave all the Apple products high ratings. We like the ThinkPad Tablet, but noted its flawed audio.

  • Randy Says:

    What a joke!

  • Arawan Says:

    All this poll shows is that Laptop Magazine and their website are not relevant to todays market.

  • John Smith Says:

    Looks like Bedford Communications' business strategy after their bankruptcy last year is to gin up page views for their advertisers by riding the anti-Apple FUD gravy train. So predictable. So lame.

  • Danno Bonano Says:

    @Avram, the ThinkPads are terrible tablets. They require a hard keyboard and function better with a mouse or pointer.

    It's a laptop minus the keyboard - only with a keyboard - to be functional.

    Then again this is laptop mag and almost all your reader base are non-Apple users resulting in silly results.

    As other's have pointed out, you need to objectively cover all products - including Apples. The fact is, nothing currently compares to the iPad. You are still living in the 90's (or your parent's basement) and think "specs" make the device. That may have been the case when everyone used Windows and it was the only way to differentiate between computers. It is far different in the tablet world.

  • tonetone Says:

    and the apple fanboys cry foul

  • Kieron Heath Says:

    Damn it, I've spent the last 10 months WITHOUT USB SLOTS AND SD SLOTS ON MY iPAD.

    How ever did I manage to survive this long....

  • Bob Blah Says:

    The most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! How the iPad lost, let alone lost in the first round is beyond me. The iPad IS the only tablet on the market worth using.

  • Bill Says:

    If Apple painted a brick with a chrome finish and called it the "iBrick" - fan boys would defend it

  • Joe Says:

    Maybe the poll was created in flash... and all of the people that wanted to vote on their iPads couldn't.

    Seriously, fan boys... calm... down...

  • JohninNC Says:


    So this wasn't an Onion piece? You actually used results from 500 voters (Each round got anywhere between 500 and 2,000 votes). You do realize that some of those entries don't even have that many users? You included a device not yet available (the tablets with the biggest sales - Kindle Fire)? And now you sound angry that everyone is picking on you? And now you contend that Apple users are not passionate enough (don’t have the kind of passionate audience that votes in our poll)? Wow. Just Wow.

    I'm so glad I do not nor will not ever use this site. I don't even want to know what other crap you guys publish.

  • Beavis Says:

    Avram Piltch,

    Uh, are you nervous? Maybe you should stay out of this.

  • Ian Says:

    Is it April Ist?

  • Understandable bias Says:

    Ask laptop experts what the best tablet is and you can expect the one that is closest to a laptop to win.

    Wrong criteria, wrong experts, wrong market ..... Wrong answer.

  • Jesus Says:

    So...the iPad has built-in Cisco VPN, Exchange, mature Citrix, Drop Box, iCloud, and apps like Good Reader.... and the Kindle beats it? The iPad has more built-in Enterprise features than most Windows PCs. This is hilarious!!

  • ChampagneBob Says:

    I guess this proves that not selling any product makes it superior to the one that has sold millions and is not even contested in the marketplace..... how can anyone find any credibility in this poll? Its about as realistic as Obama being re-elected in 2012.... but its good for a good horse laugh anyway...

  • Nek Says:

    Enterprise level bullshit!

  • slapppy Says:

    NO USB! Thats why iPad failed. Hilarious! hahahaha

  • Bob Says:

    I hear the winner last year was the Blackberry Playbook. How good is that selling? You can now buy two and get one free. It's a joke. This whole survey is a joke. The iPad 2 now commands 75% of the market yet it didn't even make it past your first round. Obviously you are talking to the wrong people.

  • mdn Says:

    In related news, after Brooklyn Decker lost to the reanimated corpse of Bea Arthur, Ed Asner was crowned Miss America 2011.

  • TPAKyle Says:

    The year's Tablet World Series Title winner brought to you by the advertising and sponsorship dollars from Lenovo.

    Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says: "what we have found is that the tablets with the biggest sales (Kindle Fire, iPad 2) don’t have the kind of passionate audience that votes in our poll..." Translation: nobody really cares about Laptop Magazine or the inferior technology we review. Just our sponsor, Lenovo... and they bought and paid for their "title".

    What a joke.

  • Danway Says:

    Some of the contenders got more votes than they moved in actual units! Those things must have changed hands a lot in their short lives for all of these people to have tried them.

  • Trianboy Says:

    Microsoft Slate is best!

  • Triangirl Says:

    iPad voters were not present because they were too busy using their tablets, whilst other tablet owners managed to vote whilst they were browsing the net in search of better tablets than their own...

  • Bob Says:

    Why was the eee Pad Slider in the field, but not the Transformer? Has ASUS not sold enough of them?

  • Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:


    There were about 2,500 votes in the final round. Each round got anywhere between 500 and 2,000 votes. These are done for fun and are not meant to represent market trends. However, what we have found is that the tablets with the biggest sales (Kindle Fire, iPad 2) don't have the kind of passionate audience that votes in our poll.

    That said, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is an awesome device with a unique featureset and we gave it high marks in our review. We do not control how the users vote, however. So, if the users wanted the iPad 2 to win, they would have voted for it.

  • XXTwnz Says:

    @Avram:Then you need a higher class of voters (readers). Why publish something that makes you appear a fool and panderer to the "hater" set? These results are so far from reality that it simply shows to any sane person what the quality of your readership is.

  • AidanO Says:

    In terms of ability to deny reality, Laptop Mag is the North Korea of...err, laptop mags.

  • Noel Wong Says:

    Hang on folks. 2,417 votes cast in this poll. 25 million iPads sold up until June 2011. That's a 0.00009668% sample size. It's obvious why this story didn't make the front page of the website and it's on the blog ghetto so give these guys some credit.

    On there other hand, why they didn't kill just the story with the paucity of readers showing up to vote is beyond me. We can all spin conspiracy theories, but I'll be nice in a journalistic way and say at least this buried with the local notices.

  • Hector Says:

    @Avram Piltch

    OK, that is understandable. There is no way to account votes that didn't happen.

    But then, how valid is a poll that doesn't have a representative sample of the population? I propose you this: release the size of the population that did vote. That should help people make their own conclusions as to the validity of the TWS.

    BTW, I bet that number is below 0.05% of actual iPad 2 owners. I'd even say with confidence that your voters don't have an iPad and furthermore they are pretty much against it, making the TWS a joke.

    You should care about this. With the iPad owning the majority of the market and growing at a fast pace, its owners become the target for pages like this. What good does it make you lose your credibility like this?

    Don't blame the people who didn't vote! This is not a presidential election...

  • KW Says:

    I have to laugh. If as the laptop staff says this result is based only on reader votes then where were all of the mac fans when the voting was taking place? Did they just assume their hero would win? Sounds a lot like voter apathy in US elections these days. Don't bother to vote but complain bitterly and suggest fraud when your favorite candidate looses.

  • Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:

    Folks, the ThinkPad Tablet won the TWS because users like you came and voted for it. The iPad 2 did not win, because people did not come and vote for it. We don't pick the winners.

  • duttonator Says:

    At this point, Laptop Magazine should *pay* The Onion to take credit for this POS article. Hilarious.

  • hexx Says:

    WTF!?!?! all my senses hurt! is the author of this article out if his/her mind? there's just one tablet, it's called iPad

  • jane doe Says:

    funny. but if you go to their "Top 10 Tablets To Buy (Or Avoid) Now" article the #1 pad to buy is the iPad 2. the thinkpad didn't make the list, and last year's "winner" is on the To Avoid list (#2).

    can't wait to see next year's results..

  • Top Gear Says:

    This world series is a joke. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Your credibility can not get any lower.

  • Jasper Says:

    Has anyone noticed there are only two people in the comments that actually defended the results? Either everyone here was redirected from Daring Fireball (I was), or nobody who voted actually wants to defend their vote. Or just two people voted on this. Either way, it appears that if you count the comments, the winner seems to be.. The iPad? How in Gods good name can this be?

    I mean, everyone knows even God uses an iPad. And he's calling Steve for tech support. (Also, Heaven is currently in the process of deploying the iPad, like all the rest of the Fortune 500)

  • JulesLt Says:

    Woohoo, a file manager - that's what I've been waiting for. Or was it cloud storage?

  • Rowan Says:

    Laptop mag has two choices:
    1) Become relevant, cover current cutting edge tech (which means Apple), and grow your reader base.
    2) Publish drivel like this, alienate the demographic that would pay for quality content, and scrap up money from advertisements.

    I am gobsmacked. How do I have an Android tablet Sync an SFTP folder of PDF's with all my work files? Goodreader does this. I have huge choices in RDP, VNC etc apps, plus log me in, team viewer and dozens more. I can go to a hotel, plug an Apple TV box into their TV, and mirror the iPad's screen wirelessly to the TV and remote in to client machines, paired with a Bluetooth keyboard if I want.

    Mobile provisioning for enterprise and remote administration the iPad is end to end suitable for personal and business use. Established software base with hundreds of thousands of software titles, all sandboxed and secure.

    This link bait junk of a story irks me because instead you could have done a detailed comparison and guide, on how to perform these business tasks with all current tablets, and which measure up. But no, instead you pander to your advertisers who are selling garbage clone junk useless and clunky.

    Good luck with staying relevant, if you'd written something real people would come back and read it I'm the years to come.

  • Aaron D Says:

    The consumers have already voted. Ipad 2 wins.

  • Woody Says:

    'Could the ThinkPad Tablet’s win herald a new appreciation for productivity and for pen-based input? We’ll just have to see'
    No. No, we won't. Because it doesn't 'herald' anything. You've created a fake competition for the sake of page hits and possibly print advertiser revenues, and everyone's laughing at the 'result'.

  • Joe Blow Says:

    Apparently it's the "pulse of mobile tech."

    Whatever that means.

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