I typically use Windows, but the connection to the Apple ecosystem has always had me extremely tempted. There are numerous simple ways to move content between a Mac and an iPhone, in addition to the fact that macOS and iOS are fairly similar in shape and functionality (and becoming more so every year). I never imagined I’d be writing this sentence, but the Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola is supposed to be the smartphone equivalent of a ThinkPad.
ThinkPad devotees will be familiar with the term “fancy business security features,” and the ThinkPhone includes a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, a 6.6-inch OLED screen, a 5,000mAh battery, and two rear cameras, including a 50-megapixel stabilised normal wide and a 13-megapixel ultra wide (plus a depth sensor). It has an IP68 rating for water and dust protection and is MIL-STD-810H approved. It includes Android 13. The fact that it is so much fun to work with a ThinkPad, in my viewpoint, is the best aspect and what sets it apart.
The “Unified Clipboard” software feature is my favorite. Whenever you snap a photo, copy some text, scan some documents, or record a video with your ThinkPhone, it is automatically copied to a clipboard that your ThinkPhone and ThinkPad share. It appears to be really convenient for adding images to presentations and documents while you’re creating them to be able to paste that media immediately on your linked ThinkPad. Every time I tried it, it worked flawlessly and was enjoyable to use. (And I gave it a lot of effort; it was really enjoyable.)
The Think 2 Think connection, which links the ThinkPhone with the ThinkPad, is a group of capabilities that includes the Unified Clipboard feature. The two devices can rapidly find each other and connect over Wi-Fi while in close proximity, and you can drag and drop files between them as well.
While using the ThinkPad to participate in conference calls, you can also use the ThinkPhone as a webcam. Lenovo informed me that the latter is compatible with any video chat program, unlike other fancy webcam capabilities that businesses have released this year, which require your company’s conference program of choice to support them.
The ThinkPhone can be configured to act as the ThinkPad’s conferencing webcam through Lenovo’s software settings, but I’ve also been told that you can do this through specific applications (Zoom, etc.).
Other design elements give this phone a pleasantly ThinkPad-like appearance. Come on, it’s impossible to ignore the similarity of the black, textured back. The red button on the side of the ThinkPhone, which isn’t quite a keyboard nub but, you know what, it’s close, is the most obvious nod to Lenovo’s high-end business laptops. Both a single touch and a double tap of this button can be assigned to shortcuts of your choosing, which I’m sure some ThinkPad users would appreciate (especially those who may have had difficulties rebinding some of the ThinkPad’s unusually positioned keyboard keys).
I think this phone is a good idea all around. There are many ThinkPad enthusiasts out there. Why not provide them with a matching phone?
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