Tablet for Netflix, Book Reading, And Note Taking

Gear: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, Slate Tablets.

My recommendation for these tasks is the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. The reason is that it does what you want, and the price is not super high.


The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet is among a very few tablets that is "Netflix certified". With Netflix you can access a huge library of movies and tv shows.

One thing that may cone in useful is the HDMI port. With this HDMI port you can connect the tablet to a TV, monitor, or projector.


The Kindle app comes preloaded and this allows you to get free and paid digital books from Amazon.

Documents to Go
With this app you can edit, view and create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. You can also view PDFs.

Other Book Formats
If you have books in other formats (like a .epub) you can download apps that support them. The Android ecosystem has a ton of apps.

Note Taking

One of the big advantages of the ThinkPad Tablet is the active digitizer (pen) which allows you to take notes, highlight text, and sketch any crazy idea of yours. Tablets like the iPad and most of the Android based ones only offer touch input which is user friendly, but not very precise.

The touch capabilities are possible due to N-Trig's DuoSense technology which allows touch and pen input.

Usually I'm a fan of the convertible tablets (current owner of a Fujitsu Lifebook T580), but when it comes to the "slate" type of tablets the ThinkPad Tablet is one of the most unique Android based tablets.

Published: Sep 16, 2011


  1. Naa HP Touchpad FTW! ( aka i like webOS better) ;)

  2. No active digitizer on the HP TouchPad. But if you do remove the pen stuff the HP TouchPad and a few other tablets would be great systems (and probably less expensive too).

  3. The HTC Flyer might do the trick as well if you're looking for something more portable.

    It has the N-trig active digitizer, and you can always get the office apps off the Market.

    As for Netflix, the folks on xda managed to get it working on the Flyer. It's not preloaded or "certified" (bah) but it works.

  4. I didn't have a smooth experience with the pen input of the HTC Flyer.

  5. If you don't need 3/4G the active digitizer and can't find a $99 TouchPad, the $200 Nook Color is a nice inexpensive option - if you root and install CyanogenMod.

    But that's not so important anymore since tablet manufacturers have been slashing costs in response to the Kindle Fire (which is also a nice tablet... if you buy into the whole "walled garden" thing).

  6. Content consumption to the max on the Amazon Kindle Fire!


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