The Android tablet market is already flooded with so many devices from different brands. We hardly seen any major improvement or innovation in the tablet segment these days. To offer users a new experience, Lenovo launched the Yoga Tablet 2 series in India in October. Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 Inch Android is one of the tablets that belong to this series. So does it offer any new feature/innovation to the users? And is it worth buying? Read on to find out.
Design & Build Quality
Without a second thought, Lenovo yoga tablet 2 currently has the most innovative design in the Tablet market. It comes with a unique kickstand which swivels around the cylindrical base and it allows the users to use it in 4 different modes – Stand, Tilt, Hold, and Hang. It has a metallic construction which gives it a premium look and finish.
The front is dominated by a 10.1 inch IPS LCD display which has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. The device is easy to hold in both landscape and portrait mode. But if you don’t like holding a 10 inch device, don’t worry you can easily open the kickstand to 90 degrees and use it in the Stand or tilt mode.
Once you place the Tablet in tilt mode on the table it is very easy to operate it and we really enjoyed typing on the device. Practically for most of the users only three modes will be beneficial i.e Hold, stand and Tilt. Hang mode, where users can hang the tablet on the wall will be used by a very small percentage of people. But since it is just an extra mode and does not affect the functionally of the tablet in anyway, it is surely an added advantage for the users.
The tablet comes with a 1.6 megapixel front facing camera and dual speakers in the front. The tablet has JBL speakers with Dolby audio which gives this tablet the best audio quality and volume levels.
Moving to the back, the Tablet comes with a textured silver finish with Lenovo branding in the center. The kickstand has a pure metallic construction and there is a small sticker which explains how you can open the stand easily. You also have an 8 megapixel camera present at the lower right corner.
The camera location is bit awkward as you will find it difficult to capture images in the portrait mode because your hands will keep covering the camera lens. You won’t face any such issue in the landscape mode.
Once you open the kickstand you can find a small flap underneath which you have a microSD slot. The 10 inch Android variant does not support SIM card slot. So if you were looking for a 4G variant then you need to check the 8 inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2.
On the left side you have a volume rocker, power/lock key and a micro USB port.
You have a 3.5 mm Audio jack and a microphone on the right side of the device.
Overall, Lenovo Yoga tablet 2 has great build quality and design. It is undoubtedly the best tablet in terms of design. The metallic construction gives this tablet a premium look and feel.
Yoga Tablet 2 comes with a 10.1 inch full HD IPS LCD display which has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. The display is pretty good with good brightness levels. The viewing angles and sunlight readability is also pretty good. Users can really enjoy games, movies and videos on this display.
Hardware & Performance
The tablet is powered by a 1.86 Ghz quad core Intel Atom processor along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. Users can expand the storage by using a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The device does not lag in normal day to day usage. The UI is pretty smooth and there is not lag or slowness while navigating through the home screens or while opening/closing the applications.
We did a small gaming test on the device and ran few benchmarks, watch the below video to see the results.
The audio and video playback quality on the tablet is quite good. This tablet can really handle all your entertainment needs, applications, multitasking etc with ease. Talking about the connectivity features, it supports WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Yoga Tablet 2 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS along with Lenovo’s own UI on top. The UI does not have an app drawer and a simple swipe down from top will take you to the notification bar. If you want to access the quick settings area simply swipe up from the bottom of the display.
The settings area lets you quickly toggle settings like Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. It also have launch buttons for camera, screenshot, Lenovo smart switch and settings. The tablet allows you to capture screenshot in different ways and to lean how to take screenshots on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 watch the video below:
The tablet also has an interesting multi-window feature which allows the users to run max 4 apps simultaneously in a split screen. Company has also pre-installed few useful applications like Dolby app, SHAREit, CLONEit etc.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 comes with a 8 megapixel back camera which performs well in day light conditions. Since there is not flash the camera quality is not upto the mark in low light conditions. Personally I don’t use tablets specially a 10 inch tablet to take images but if you want you can use this tablet for taking images and you won’t be disappointed with the image quality.
10 inch Yoga Tablet 2 comes with a massive 9600 mAh battery and company claims that the battery can last for upto 18 hours. Well the claim is true, with moderate usage the battery lasted for around 15 hours. We are really impressed with the battery life.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 Inch Android is available in India for Rs 28,990. It is clearly a great device in terms of build quality, design, performance and battery life. It offers a unique kickstand which allow users to use it in different modes thereby making it easy to use in different situations/conditions. We highly recommend this tablet to the users looking for a great premium Android tablet.
- Unique Design
- Good Build Quality
- Great performance
- Impressive Battery Life
- Awkward Camera location