Difference between Lenovo Thinkpad Twist and iPad

Key difference: The unique aspect of Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is that it is a convertible laptop with the ability to twist its screen and fold back. This allows the device to take up four design modes. This includes Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, Tent Mode and finally, Stand Mode. The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist features a 12.5 HD IPS display with Touch Sensor of Magnesium Alloy Construction with Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by Intel Core, and is actually available in three variants. iPads are a series of tablets by Apple. They have the screen size of 9.7 inches with multi-touch display. iPads are intended as devices for a multimedia experience, reading e-books, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, browsing the Internet, or retrieving e-mail.

Lenovo Group Limited is a Chinese multinational with its operational headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina. The company provides computer hardware and electronics, including personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. Among other things, the company is especially known for its computers, especially the ThinkPad and IdeaPad line of notebook computers.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is inline with its ThinkPad series, which is known for its durability, long life and easy availability of replacement parts. In fact, laptops in Lenovo Thinkpad series are currently the only laptops certified for use on the International Space Station.

The unique feature of Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is that its screen and CPU is attached with a single twistable hinge that gives the device the ability to twist its screen and/ fold back completely. This feature gives the device versatility and allowing the user to use the device as either a laptop or a tablet. It also allows the device to take up to four design modes: Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, Tent Mode and finally, Stand Mode. Hence, the device is effectively two-in-one, a tablet and a laptop.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist features a 12.5 HD IPS display with Touch Sensor of Magnesium Alloy Construction with Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by Intel Core, and is actually available in three variants, Intel Core i3/ i5/ i7. It has up to 8 GB RAM which varies as per the processor. The Thinkpad Twist runs Microsoft 8 as its OS, and has either 320 GB or 500 GB of hard disk memory, as well as 128 GB of SSD or solid-state drive. The SSD works to improve application load times and system boot times.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is a follow-up to the company’s popular IdeaPad Yoga line. Other than provide the durability of a ThinkPad over the IdeaPad, it also aimed to improve on a feature of the IdeaPad Yoga series. The IdeaPad Yoga series are also convertible laptops, however in order to get to the tablet mode, the screen folds back, which leaves the keyboard exposed on the back of the tablet. This makes holding the tablet, a little awkward. The ability of the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist to twist its screen 180 deg before folding back addresses this issue as the twist allows the screen to cover the keyboard. However, the device has been criticized as being too heavy to be used comfortably as a tablet.

Apple originally launched iPad in 2010. Its launch started a new trend for tablets. iPad is a type of tablet PC, which was originally promoted as a cross between an Apple iPhone and iPod Touch with added capabilities of computing. However, it is not meant to be a replacement for desktop personal computers or laptops. iPads have computational properties that can do some tasks as laptops but not all.

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iPads have the screen size of 9.7 inches with multi-touch display, that provides approximately 264 pp density. The screen has a scratch-resistant glass and an oleophobic coating that keeps fingerprints on the screen and the back. iPads are intended as devices for a multimedia experience, reading e-books, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, browsing the Internet, or retrieving e-mail. It has a software structure more like that of a mobile phone. It also has a very simple user interface, which can even be easily operated by children. iPads are available with a memory capacity of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.

The device runs on 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and has a 1GB RAM. The iPad has been called the best iPad of all the four generations. The iPad is powered by the new Apple A6X chipset. The device has a 5MP rear camera for taking photos and a 1.2MP front camera for video calling capability. The camera also has video recording capability and can record 1080p@30fps and has video stabilization. The iPad has a 42.5-watt non-removable lithium-polymer battery. The iPad is available in models supporting only Wi-Fi, or 3G and Wi-Fi. However, iPad lacks Flash, software that a number of websites use to display content. So, iPad cannot load these pages. This limits the web surfing experience. The fourth-gen iPad is similar to its predecessors, while it still has two minor and one major upgrade on it. The 30-pin connector has been upgraded to a smaller Lightning connector, while the front camera has been upgraded to the HD Status. The major upgrade is the new A6X processor that replaced the A5X processor on the third-gen.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from the Lenovo website, the Apple website and GSMArena.com.

 

Lenovo Thinkpad Twist

iPad (4th generation)

Launch Date

Q4 2012

November 2, 2012

Company

Lenovo

Apple

Size

313mm x 236mm x 20mm (12.3" x 9.3" x 0.8")

241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm (9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 in)

Display

12.5" HD IPS display with Touch Sensor, 350 nit

9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

1366 x 768 pixels (~125 ppi pixel density)

1536 x 2048 pixels, (~264 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Magnesium Alloy Construction With Corning Gorilla Glass

Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

1.58 kg (3.48 lbs)

652g (1.44 lb)

662g (1.46 lb) for 3G model

2G Network

-

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1459/ A1460

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1460

3G Network

-

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - A1459/ A1460

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1460

4G Network

-

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - A1459

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1460

GUI

Windows 8

iUI

CPU speed

1.8 GHz - 3.0 GHz (Depending on processor)

Dual-core 1.4 GHz

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 4000

PowerVR SGX554MP4 (quad-core graphics)

OS

Windows 8 64 / Windows 8 Pro 64

iOS 6

Chipset / Processor

Intel Core i7 – 3517U (3.0 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)

Intel Core i5 – 3317U (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)

Intel Core i3 – 3217U (1.8 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)

Apple A6X

RAM

Up to 8GB DDR3

1 GB

SIM Size

-

Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

HDD: 320GB/500GB (7200RPM) SDD: 128GB

16/32/64/128 GB

Expandable Memory

-

None

Sensors

-

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, compass

Connectivity

2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 RJ45, 1 4-in-1 slot, 1 Mini-DP, 1 Mini-HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet

Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Wi-Fi + Cellular Model (MM)

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Data only

All Models

802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Data

-

WiFi, USB

GPRS, EDGE, LTE for Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

Speed

-

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 73 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

802.11 b/g/n wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

USB 3.0

USB v2.0, special lightening charger

Primary Camera

720p HD Webcam

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus

Secondary Camera

-

Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi + Cellular

Video

-

1080p@30fps, video stabilization

Camera Features

-

Touch focus

Geo-tagging

Face detection

Sound Enhancement

Stereo speakers, Built-in dual array microphone (combo jack), Dolby Home Theatre v4

-

Audio supported formats

Dependent on media player

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV

Video supported formats

Dependent on media player

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

-

Built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

Stand-by / Battery Life

7 hours (with Battery Safeguard Hardware Authentication)

-

Talk time

-

-

Available Colors

Carbon Black

Black, White

Messaging

-

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML -

HTML (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

No

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

No

None

Additional Features

  • Full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard
  • TrackPoint and touchpad
  • Cloud Storage with 5GB free space
  • Secure Online Backup
  • Sync Multiple Devices
  • Data Protection using 128-bit AES
  • Simple Folder and File Sharing
  • Broad Platform and Device Support
  • Preloaded Applications: AccuWeather, Amazon Kindle, BlueStacks – Android app player, Evernote, Expense Management, Fruit Ninja, Lenovo Cloud Storage, Rara – Music, Skype
  • Microsoft Office (purchase of product key required for activation)
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Guided Access
  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • AssistiveTouch interface for adaptive accessories
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • Large text
  • Option to invert colours
  • Left/right volume adjustment

Image Courtesy: lenovo.com, pluggedin.co.uk

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