Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 hands on review

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 stands out with its unconventional approach to the tablet concept. The 8-inch device size is comfortable form factor for a tablet.

With so many Android tablets in the market, the Yoga tablet 2 has the potential to compete with any other leading tablets.

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The innovation and the performance of the Yoga tablet makes it stand out performer. The range will offer a choice between either Android or Windows 8.1 operating systems.

Yoga Tablet 2 range has one cylindrical edge that makes them easier to hold and a built-in kickstand. They also continue to provide extra battery backup.

The Android versions are silver and Windows ones black, that’s the only design differences.

PROS

  • Useful integrated kickstand
  • Long battery life
  • Good, bright screen
  • Useful UI modifications

CONS

  • Thick bezels
  • Disappointing camera
  • Animations occasionally jerk
  • No built-in flash

DESIGN

The Yoga tablet 2 has the most innovative design of all tablets. The Yoga tablet range introduces the kickstand which allows user to use the tablet in three different modes.

The device houses the battery which acts as a grip so it can be held more comfortably with one hand, and also plays host to the tablet’s hinged kickstand.

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Another innovative feature of the Yoga Tablet 2 is its ability to hang. The kickstand attached to the back of the tablet features a square shaped hole that users can attach to a wall. The orientation of the tablet will flip upside down in the hang mode.

Behind the stand is the flap that holds the microSD card and micro-SIM. At one end of the hinge is the power button and on other the power port.

The tablet is packed with twin large-chamber speakers on the side of the tab enhanced by Dolby Audio and Wolfson Master Hi-Fi Codec.

DISPLAY

The new screen is a brilliant, the higher resolution and more vibrant colours make the makes the tablet stand out.

The Yoga Tablet 2 has a sharp and bright screen. It sports a 8 inch screen with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and 283 ppi.

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Both text and images look very sharp. The tablet’s display also has less screen glare than the Surface.

The display provides good experience while watching videos or movies, and with Dolby Audio on JBL speakers this tablet has the best audio quality and volume. These speakers can provide sound equivalent to a television.

USER INTERFACE

The Yoga Tablet 2 uses Lenovo’s custom software based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The UI somewhat resembles to iOS but doesn’t act like one.

Lenovo has removed the typical Android app drawer and instead created a setup in which all apps, shortcuts and widgets exist separately on the home screen itself.

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Not only the interface but the icons also resembles the icons in iOS. While removing apps the icons have small x’s in their corners just like iOS that allow you to uninstall the corresponding apps.

Android’s top-of-screen notification panel is still present, but with the old looking design. Lenovo has moved all the settings out of that area and into a separate bottom-of-screen panel that appears when you swipe up from the virtual Back, Home and Recent Apps buttons.

CAMERA

The Yoga Tablet 2 sports a 8 MP rear camera and a 1.6 MP front camera. There is no built-in flash, hence is not useful for taking pictures in low light or for shooting indoors.

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Then device boasts an f2.2 wide-aperture lens, advanced glare-reducing glass, and a BSI 2 sensor.

The camera is suitable if only used for video calls in good light, but if you are looking to click crisp images then Yoga tablet 2 is not a great choice.

UNDER THE HOOD

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is powered by a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor paired with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM.

The internal storage of the tablet is 16GB which can further extended to 64GB via microSD card.

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The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card. The tablet also has G-Sensor, e-Compass, Ambient Light, Hall, Vibration.

The device offers 18 hours of battery with its 6400mAh Li-ion battery. It can be used for a whole day on a 3G network on full charge. The device has a standby time of up to 13 days.

Multitasking on the tablet works smoothly thanks to its 2GB RAM.

WRAP UP

Priced at Rs 20,990, the Yoga Tablet 2 can be considered as the best tablet in this price bracket. It offers great functionality, a FullHD screen, good battery life.

It expands on the clever battery-cum-kickstand-cum-grip design, improves the screen resolution from 1,280 x 800 to 1,920 x 1,200, and allows users to choose whether they want Android or Windows.

The screen and the audio system makes the Yoga tablet 2 stand tall in the much crowded Android tablet market. It is one of the finest and comfortable to use 8 inch tablet.

Except the camera, there is nothing much to blame for not buying it. The build quality of the device and performance that the Yoga Tablet 2 offers makes it great value.

 

Vishal Kawadkar

editor@gizmolead.com

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