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    Published On : Mon, Dec 30th, 2013
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    Lenovo Yoga Tablet : Great grip, inbuilt stand for hassle free movie-viewing experience

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    For all those who thought using tablet is not a single handed feat would think back once they get to be up, close and personal with Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet that hit the stores in two variants. Lenovo, the Chinese PC manufacturer that recently added other gadgets to its portfolio is determined to provide convenience and hands on ease to the tablet users. This is why the company has presented Yoga Tablet in two screen sizes in innovative shapes. The 8-inch variant costs Rs 22,999, while the 10-inch model costs Rs 28,999.

    However there are some exceptions before you finally get down to own one. Let’s take a look at its 8-inch version.

    Tab with a stand

    In a tablet market full of lookalikes, Lenovo Yoga Tablet stands out for its unique design. The tube grip on one edge of the tablet makes it easy to hold. Twisting the tube reveals a tiny stand, which is by far the most innovative addition to a tablet. Users can also use the stand to prop up the tablet. This, along with the front-facing speakers and Dolby sound, make watching films enjoyable on the Yoga Tablet. The speakers were not loud enough for noisy places, but are good for watching films at home. Holding a tablet in your hand while watching films is cumbersome for various reasons such as aching or sweating hands, and the device’s rising temperature, especially during summers. The stand eliminates that irksome experience altogether.

    Great Grip

    The back panel of the tablet is made of metal and so is the tube grip. This gives the tablet a sturdy feel. The placement of the power button is unconventional – at one end of the tube grip – but it’s easy to find once users get used to the device.

    Weak display

    Lenovo’s practical approach to the tablet’s design was encouraging, but the display is far from the best. Yoga Tablet 8’s pricing pits it squarely against last year’s iPad Mini and the display is just a shade inferior when compared to Apple’s device. However, those looking to buy the 10-inch Yoga Tablet can get a much better display on the iPad Mini Retina (Rs 28,900). Those used to Retina display will find it very hard to accept the lower resolution screen on the Yoga Tablet. However, that is a compromise users will have to live with at this price point.

    Apps by default

    Yoga Tablet runs Android 4.2.2, but Lenovo has customised the OS. The app drawer has been removed entirely, which means that you will not have to tap a button to view a list of apps. All your apps are on the home screen by default, just like the layout in Apple’s iOS. One area where the software differs from iOS is that you can place widgets on the home screen. I did not like Lenovo’s customisations since stock Android feels much smoother and refined. There is no point trying to change the interface if the company cannot improve user experience. A slight lag was noticed when swiping between home screens, especially when many widgets were placed on one of the home screens.

    Not for heavy gaming

    For a mid-range tablet, the device performed as expected. This tablet is capable of running most games, but don’t buy it if you want to play heavy games, such as Real Racing 3, all day. As with most tablets, the Yoga Tablet’s camera is poor.

    Enhanced battery life

    Android and excellent battery life are rarely seen in the same sentence. Earlier this year, Lenovo’s P780 smartphone proved that stereotype wrong, although the phone was a little too bulky for most people. With the Yoga Tablet, Lenovo has given users excellent battery life in a sleek form factor. The secret – the tube grip houses its battery. It lasted around 10-11 hours on moderate to heavy usage.

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