Yep. An Android-based tablet to which CNet gave a compliment that’s the very definition of “backhanded.”
If your IT department could design a tablet, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet would be it.
And the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a continuation on the theme. It’s like Lenovo pulled a checklist out of a corporate IT white paper, handed it to engineers, and said “Make it.” Then they emailed the checklist to The Verge, which put it in their piece.
Are you ready for the iPad-killing?! Because here it comes.
Runs familiar PC apps and Metro—CHECK
As if anyone is familiar with Metro. Not surprisingly the iPad fails the checkbox that includes the criterion: “Runs an operating system from Microsoft that only got released to manufacturers yesterday.”
Not surprisingly, the best selling tablet in the corporate market, well, in every market, does not get a single check on this list.
Supports Active Directory—CHECK
Which you need because you’re stuck in an imaginary box of technology, like a corporate mime.
Domain Join & Group Policies—CHECK
Forget the fact that users love iPads, IT departments can’t apply cookie-cutter rules to them, so better to jam something they don’t like down their throats.
Manage Device with Windows 7 Tools—CHECK
OK, there’s really no point in continuing through this system admin’s fever dream. Anyone can make a list of hoops that the iPad can’t jump through, but the one thing you won’t find on this list is “Users like it.”
[Editors’ Note: In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]
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