Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 - Best Companion for Students
I've spent the last few months torn between the Surface Pro and the Thinkpad Tablet 2 as a device to take notes in class. Nothing quite beats using a digitizer pen with One Note imo. I finally decided to go for the Thinkpad Tablet 2 and these are the reasons why:
The Thinkpad Tablet 2 uses a Wacom digitizer, which makes it compatible with a wide array of pens, in case you find the default pen lacking. Wacom tends to be quieter when tapping about the screen with your pen, when compared to NTrig, or any other digitizer technology.
2] Battery Life
I'm on campus and in class from 9AM until 2PM, in the class nearly the entire time. I needed a tablet that would outlast that, and the Thinkpad Tablet 2 will. People have reported 8-10 hours on a single charge, with relatively normal usage. The Surface Pro gets around 5 hours on a charge. I'd rather not be constrained to a plug everyday.
3] Weight/Form Factor
This isn't a huge factor for me, but its worth mentioning. The Thinkpad Tablet 2 is a very slim tablet, and weighs less than most other Windows 8 Pro tablets. The TPT2 weighs only 1.29 pounds for the digitizer models, an is only 0.34" thick.
The TPT2 is an Atom tablet, and hardware-wise, isn't on par with the Surface Pro's 3rd gen i5, nor does it have as much ram. The screen resolution is only 1366x768, and not 1920x1080 like the Surface Pro. However, as I'll only be using it to take notes, this is a non-issue. While I'd be happier with a 16:9 screen, to better handle documents, this is still the best device I could find right now. If you want a device for something more, like occasional gaming, Photoshop, or 3D, you'd be better off with an i5 tablet, and a higher res screen.
All-in-all, the TPT2 is a great companion device for students, or anyone that wants the ability to take notes, annotate documents, or simply wants something more than is offered by Android/iOS tablets.