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Hooch Tan
01-05-2011, 09:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://blog.laptopmag.com/hands-on-with-the-updated-lenovo-ideapad-u1-hybrid-lepad#axzz1ABNxVkxo' target='_blank'>http://blog.laptopmag.com/hands-on-...d#axzz1ABNxVkxo</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"The U1 is actually two computers. Detach the &ldquo;display&rdquo; and it turns into a tablet running Android. This half of the U1 runs on a separate Snapdragon processor and has its own connectivity (Wi-Fi, 3G), memory, storage, etc. Users can connect the base portion to an external display via HDMI and continue working with it while the tablet is off doing its own thing. The two halves aren&rsquo;t dependent on each other, but they do work together."</em></p><p><object width="600" height="360" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/DKVUgZ3DfCI&amp;ap=%26fmt=18" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/DKVUgZ3DfCI&amp;ap=%26fmt=18" /></object></p><p>I am torn when it comes to dual-booting type devices.&nbsp; The fact that you have two computers in one hand can be beneficial, but switching between the two can be a hassle and adds to how you have to manage the device.&nbsp; The U1 does look tempting and a good balance between usability and practicality.&nbsp; I would probably just end up using the IdeaPad as a notebook though, since I would tend to favour having the extra power.&nbsp; Can you imagine a scenario where being able to pull away the display and use it as an Android tablet is more practical?</p>

The Yaz
01-05-2011, 09:42 PM
I think the U1 has some possibilities. I agree that most of the "work" I do would be done on the laptop. But the tablet form would be useful for more social & entertainment purposes.

I would use the tablet for instant on web browsing, e-book reading, and light gaming; whether at home or travelling.

Just doubt the company would pay the premium to have that feature for my work computer...