Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review: Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet - Tablets Magazine

Two weeks ago, we have carefully looked at the new 8-inch Lenovo Yoga tablet 8 , a tablet that is both big pluses as big negatives had. However, Lenovo also brings a larger version to the Netherlands. In this review we look at the 10.1-inch Lenovo Yoga tablet 10 . This model has almost the same specifications and the same design, but is equipped with a slightly larger screen.

Tablet Lenovo Yoga 10 – Specifications

As mentioned there in terms of specifications apart from the size of the display is hardly any difference between the Lenovo Yoga Yoga Tablet Tablet 8 and 10 to discover. Both tablets feature an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels, a MediaTek MT8125 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and a storage memory of 16GB which can be via a microSD card. Expanded

the 10.1-inch model features a 5 megapixel camera for photos and videos, a webcam on the front, Bluetooth 4.0, a microUSB port with the ability to charge a smartphone, a headphone jack and stereo speakers Dolby Audio playback. The battery of the 10.1-inch version with 9.000mAh be a lot bigger, which makes sense given the larger display. In addition, the 10.1-inch model can moreover be equipped with a Bluetooth keyboard, which unfortunately we have not tested it. An overview of all specifications and features can be found on the product page of the Lenovo Yoga tablet 10 .

Tablet Lenovo Yoga 10 – Video

Normally we make every tablet an extensive video review for this model, but I refer you to our video of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 . The tablets come in so many similarities, even in terms of performance and use, that you can get. The most from this video The intention was actually to address two tablets in a review, but unfortunately that did not work as you can see.

Tablet Lenovo Yoga 10 – Hardware and design

The design is one of the unique features of the Lenovo Yoga tablet 10. Like its smaller brother, the tablet has a strange shape with a ‘thick’ cylinder on one of the long sides. This cylinder has several functions. So here are the key components, including the main battery and the standard fold-in process. This again has the advantage that the center of gravity is located closer to the palm of the hand when held in the hand of the tablet.

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Whether you like it’s a matter of taste, but the design of the Yoga Tablet 10 is well thought out and user offers various opportunities and advantages. First, holding in a hand of the tablet (in portrait mode, hold mode called Lenovo) comfortable because the center of gravity closer to your palm., As mentioned earlier, The cylinder that is in your hand is like holding a ‘folded’ magazine and you can comfortably long with the tablet work in hand. It should be mentioned here that the Yoga Tablet 10 a 10.1-inch model and is a lot heavier than its smaller brother. This is to hold in landscape mode yet more comfortable, because the center of gravity is closer to your palm again and tilted slightly sloping sides of the cylinder fit comfortably in your hand.

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design offers benefits not only to hold the tablet, such as whether the bank or while walking through the house. In the back of the tablet, partly in the cylinder, is because a flip-out stand included. This is from the blows by turning. To the curvature Unfolding is slightly stiffer than the smaller 8-inch model, which in itself is not illogical. The default is because, when folded, is necessary to maintain. Larger display up more resistance Yet is unfolding the standard fairly simple, although you are not need to get.


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The standard offers two positions in which the tablet can be. put (in landscape mode) Firstly, the tablet can be put almost upright, which is ideal for watching a movie or make a video call. In this position, the operation of the screen is less ideal because you are too hard to press tablet press back or fall to late. A simple tap or swipe motion, however, is easy to do, without having to adjust. Standard This position (Standby mode) is really meant for consuming media.

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Be the tablet also virtually flat on the table or a desk, in the so-called Tilt mode. You can expand this standard allowing the tablet in a corner which is ideal for typing texts, or surfing the web or watching a video soon. Do you want a little less steep angle than you can collapse the default, only the cylinder then creates a slight angle. I myself especially these positions often, while I was at work at a desk and looking down on the tablet.

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As mentioned, the main difference between Yoga and Yoga Tablet 10 Tablet 8 the size of the screen. This also implies that the dimensions are larger, 261 x 180 x (3.0 to 8.1) mm, and that the tablet is 605 grams heavier. It should be appreciated that the 8-inch version of the most appropriate variant is for those who seek it to a mobile device and often the tablet in a hand may wish to use. The 10.1-inch version is especially ideal for those seeking the Stand and Tilt mode is often used, and the larger display provides a better experience for playing games or watching movies. Incidentally, the build quality of the tablet 10 Yoga, like its smaller brother, fine. Lenovo has chosen materials of good quality, and the whole is nicely finished.


Both tablets feature an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels, and since we were not particularly positive about the display of the 8-inch version, you would say that the display of the 10.1-inch version is even less . You do have the same resolution on a larger screen area and thus less pixels per inch. While this is true, and you can see this, look closely at the display did not mention. Really worse Both screens suffer from the sometimes blurred view of texts or images, and leave much to be desired in terms of blacks and grays on, but the color is reasonable, with natural colors and a dynamic picture. Although 1,280 by 800 pixels for a 10.1-inch tablet now anyway ‘outdated’ can be called is perfectly usable for the average consumer, provided you have no expectations.

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is little to complain about. Also, the viewing angles of the display The tablet gives from most angles a fine picture again. The brightness is not particularly high, but for indoor use them you will be unaffected. However much you go out and you have to deal with sunlight then it quickly becomes more difficult to work comfortably. All in all, so again a little special display that however works fine in normal use.


Lenovo Yoga tablet 10 has almost everything that you would expect. an Android tablet There is a microUSB port that the tablet can be charged and can be used with a PC, and this port can be used for example, to charge a smartphone. Linked There is also a microSD card reader processes behind the fold-out stand, and although it is not optimal to reach the awkward angle, this one allows you to expand the memory. 16GB of Wireless communication takes place via WiFi or Bluetooth, and in addition there is a GPS location finder.

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Yoga Tablet 10 features a 1.6 megapixel camera on the front and a 5 megapixel camera on the back. The quality of these cameras is purely looking to offer what other tablets, on average. The camera on the front, in order to perform and the camera at the back lets you create videos that stabbing attack. Decent video call some light So you sometimes have to deal with frame drops and quick movements spotty appears. For a simple picture, it is more than adequate and you get dynamic colors and plenty of detail.

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the 10.1-inch model is that it is remarkable that the camera is placed at the front. Lenovo has included chosen to place the side you’ve just above the screen when you hold the tablet in portrait mode. These cameras on the short side Making video calls is much more comfortable in the Standby mode, but the camera is left of the display. This ensures that you do not seem to look in the camera. The rear camera is incorporated in the cylinder and which uses the standard positions so is not really usable. You have to turn around and pick up the tablet first before you can get started with this.

Audio Quality

It is perhaps monotonous, but also in terms of audio quality are both Yoga Tablets match. Both models feature stereo speakers that are far enough apart to create a stereo effect provide sufficient volume to fill a small room, and point to the user what the audio quality is definitely better. In addition, the tablet is equipped with Dolby Audio playback, which you can adjust using the content you are viewing. Using a supplied application Also you can use the equalizer to work for optimal viewing. The audio quality is one of the big pluses of Yoga Tablet 10, with enough bass, clear reproduction of dialogue and a convincing spatial representation. For both music between like watching a movie absolutely useful.

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Battery Life

Although Yoga Tablet 10 has a substantially larger battery does not provide a longer battery life. The battery must become a larger display with enough energy. However, this may be called absolutely no downside because this model is extremely long on a single charge. In normal use, in my case, several times a day for half an hour or an hour, the tablet may only once every three or four days on the charger. With average use, and with the screen brightness at 50 percent sure you come to 14-16 to use, which is an impressive achievement.

Tablet Lenovo Yoga 10 – Software

Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean covered with a shell developed by Lenovo itself. Also, a large number of applications included, of which we are a number crapware can describe. For example, a trial of a virus which causes unwanted notifications, and is using a custom (slow) version of a browser that I would exchange it for example Google Chrome immediately. Fortunately, there is access to the Google Play Store to download the applications that you like to have your tablet stand, and you can get many of the apps that Lenovo supplies power to remove.

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Although the tablet runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and so you get access to Google Now, lacking a major feature of this Android version. It is not possible to use . Different user accounts Unfortunately, the manufacturer has chosen the option to enable a decision, which is difficult to understand since this is precisely one of the most interesting features is out. These user accounts


The tablet runs on a recent version of Android, and provides access to the Google Play Store. You would say that in terms of software, so apart from the user’s little to complain about. Unfortunately, Lenovo has chosen to develop frustrates almost immediately at the start of the tablet. Their own skin This skin matches the skin on the Lenovo Yoga tablet 8 and below you will find the most important points.

The main

missed within the skin of Lenovo is the app drawer, the statement that all your installed application can be found. Lenovo has chosen to leave so all your apps on the home screens allow this. Complete path This makes for a confusing display, especially when you have a lot of apps installed. When you delete an app from your home screens is also deleted from the tablet. For those who are used to Android this is definitely not a plus. In the review of Yoga Tablet 8 I gave that Lenovo still blue squares to put all the icons but after a week of use I found out that you can customize it. Using the ‘Theme’ (see below) option in the Extra settings menu It is difficult to find but luckily customize this because it does not look and makes your home screens just busier.

addition, the names of apps that do not completely fit under one icon clipped giving you names like ‘Spoken Z’ and File Brows’ gets, and the icons are slightly enlarged. Why this is chosen, is a mystery. If Lenovo had adhered to the slightly smaller font of Android and the default icon size the problem was a lot less. While Lenovo has its own twist to the menu makes navigating within Android is quite accustomed. From the home screen you can right a settings icon tap and you’ll suddenly in a new menu that gives you access to include setting up your home screens with widgets, selecting different themes for the homescreens (which I only now little difference between’ve discovered), and some additional options from Lenovo to include a desktop backup. Although your best to get used here is still very sloppy that are displayed in English even though the system is in Dutch state, all of these options. Unfortunately, it lacks a simple explanation which some functions should exactly, including the “Schedule on / off” option in the settings. A manual is missing and the demo video that was on the home screen of my tablet could not be played because it lacked file. Yes, there is a Featured Guide app that explains the standard features, but it is back in English and includes only the very basic functions.

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the Lenovo Yoga tablet 10 is a so-called Smart Side Bar included that you can activate. from the settings The Smart Side Bar is a contextual menu that appears when you use the tablet in one of the modes, Standby mode, hold mode and Tilt mode. Than commonly used or interesting apps are displayed. On the basis of the mode So you get for example in the Hold mode, the e-reader application presented. While this menu can be when you are in the different modes several apps using convenient also know this model does not recognize. Tilt mode Only the mode and hold mode to be seen properly.

Tablet Lenovo Yoga 10 – In use

Over use I can be very short, and I will stick to the difference with the Yoga Tablet 8 . As noted in the design, the 10.1-inch version of particular interest to those who often use their tablet at fixed locations, such as behind the desk or on the couch. It is the less mobile tablet of the two, but the most ideal tablet for playing a game or watching a movie on a larger screen, although slightly lower pixel density. The 8-inch version is ideal for when you frequently use the tablet in one hand, such as browsing or reading a book.

The design of the 10 Yoga Tablet Lenovo has again worked out nicely. The tablet can be used just fine in any mode and the standard is, in contrast to what is described in other reviews, clapping. Simply out This also ensures that the tablet is pretty sturdy, but the Standby mode is not really meant for when you are working actively on the screen. This mode is for viewing movies or other media. The Tilt mode is for me the most ideal mode for typing texts or some browsing.

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The battery life is again one of the big pluses, and the difference between Yoga and Yoga 8 Tablet Tablet 10 is negligible in this area. Both tablets will last a lot longer than the average Android tablet. Unfortunately, we can not be so positive about the software. Both the 8-inch and 10-inch model, Lenovo has made it a ‘mess’ of. The novice (Android) tablet user will probably not stand out or feel right irritating, though the English text of course immediately obvious, but it’s a shame because it’s all rather unnecessary and many users this will fit.


about the performance, we have not even mentioned, but here we can be fairly short. In terms of performance, both tablets because exactly the same. Both models feature a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM MediaTek but a particularly good impression they leave behind is not. Startup apps takes longer than tablets with better specs at this price, the graphics-intensive games, you can quickly some frame drops or jitter encounter, and websites with lots of pictures and other graphic elements are rendered slowly. Apart from that, the navigation within Android reasonably smooth and flowing, and you can use it without any major problems most applications. Like its smaller brother, the Yoga Tablet 10 a tablet for real gamers, but for the average user, the device provides acceptable performance.

Tablet Lenovo Yoga 10 – Conclusion

All things considered, I must say that apart from the size of the display few differences between Yoga and Yoga 8 Tablet Tablet 10 to detect. Both models have many of the same great plus points and minus points. Thus, the software, which Lenovo should have stayed really off the biggest flaw, and Unsatisfactory performance. However, the design is fine, with some very convenient and comfortable to use modes and good build quality. The battery life is a big plus of the tablet.

So for a price of 299 euros you get a tablet with significant benefits and major drawbacks. If you can live with a resolution on the low side, software that does not offer what you’d expect from Android and performance that are not ideal for graphics intensive applications, then the Yoga Tablet 10 an option. Average Yoga Tablet 10 , like its smaller brother, a small enough and is a great tablet for someone who is committed to a long battery life and the great advantage of the design looks.


  • No possibility for user
  • Disappointing performance
  • Bad and buggy software skin


  • Comfortable design
  • Good build quality
  • Extremely long battery life

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