Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 - Tablets Magazine

Lenovo already has a lot of tablets, convertibles and hybrid models launched this year but recently the company released two unique tablets on the market, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 , and Tablet Lenovo Yoga 10 . Both tablets run on Android and feature a striking design. In this review we look at the 8-inch model, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 – Specifications

If we look purely at the specifications, then the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 on paper nothing special, apart from the large 6.000mAh battery. The tablet is in fact equipped with an 8-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, runs on a MediaTek MT8125 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz and has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage memory. This storage memory can be expanded, however, by means of a microSD card.

The tablet has a webcam on the front, a 5 megapixel camera on the back, a headphone jack, a microUSB port and stereo speakers on the front with Dolby Audio playback. These are not special specifications but it also runs all about design combined with a long battery life. all specifications and features can be found on the product page of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 .

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 – Video

video below shows the key points discussed in this review written and I leave the key features and functions of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 show.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 – Hardware and design

As mentioned, the design is one of the important features of the Yoga Tablet. Lenovo has the device ie with a ‘folded magazine design’ that we saw a while back also back with the Sony Xperia S Tablet. The lower (with the logo as a reference) is much thicker by the addition of a cylinder shape. In this cylinder is, inter alia, the battery and on both sides there are the on / off button, and earphone jack.

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Not only is

cylinder offers space for a bigger battery, which I shall return later, also has a function for positioning and holding the tablet. First, it is easier to maintain because you actually have something to keep the cylinder. Firmly in your hand the tablet in portrait mode (vertical) The focus light even closer to your palm making long stick in one hand no problem. In landscape mode (horizontal) holding the tablet is also slightly more comfortable than in a rectangular tablet because the center of gravity closer to your palm again and is slightly sloping sides of the cylinder fit comfortably in your hand.

addition and comfortable grip, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 also ideal for table or desk. At the rear of the tablet is namely one standard that can be processed by means of a mechanism in which the cylinder has been processed. Unfolded This collapse is fairly simple by turning. The bulge at the bottom Without much trouble running the standard open. Then be put in the tablet at any angle by default on open or closed to clap. However, if you frequently use the touch screen, this mode is not interesting because when a firm ‘tap’ on the screen drops the tablet back by folding the standard, or is the tablet even. This (Standby) mode is therefore especially designed for watching a movie or make a video call.

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If you want to use the touch screen you can paralyze the tablet and turn again by the standard in a corner, Lenovo calls it the Tilt mode. Completely shut down means that the tablet as a slight angle but this very comfortable typing angle, for example, an e-mail as possible. If you want a slightly steeper angle, for example, if you work at a desk and looking down on the tablet, you can fully down and put the default “flat” on the desk. This position is ideal when you want to find something quickly, like leaves or simply want to watch a video. Through your files Also type in this position is not a problem because the tablet is pretty heavy.

Generally speaking, the Lenovo Yoga tablet 8 with a weight of 401 grams and dimensions of 213 mm x 144 mm x (3.0 to 7.3) mm to keep. well in hand The weight is low enough, along with comfortable grip, long-term use with just one hand and to the different modes (positions) have definitely added value, provided you use them in the situation where they are intended. Also the build quality is pretty good. The tablet is made of aluminum and polycarbonate, and the whole is nicely finished.


The display of Yoga Tablet 8 is on paper a display that we look back on many tablets in this price range, an 8-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels. Nothing to really get excited about and in practice, the display is not one of the reasons to go for this model. Although the display at any point is really bad, do not let the tablet also stand out above the competition.

The color of the display is reasonable, with vibrant colors and a dynamic picture, but some content is a bit blurry and grainy. When viewing different websites came and pictures what ‘blurry’ on but the display generally does little affect the browsing experience. Watching a movie is that the black levels are not optimal, and black so often greyish displayed and difficult to distinguish details in shadow areas are.

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The viewing angles of Yoga Tablet 8 are called, were good only when you look your loss of contrast and brightness. really inclined on the display The brightness is sufficient to work, but comfortable indoors in direct sunlight or brightly lit environments not remove the tablet from the better models as for example the Nexus 7 (first and second generation). About resolution is basically little to complain about as many 7-inch and 8-inch models feature a 1,280 by 800 pixels resolution. However, there are also more and more tablets in this price range that have a higher resolution display, including the new Google Nexus 7 (2013) and the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.


Lenovo Yoga tablet has almost everything 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 to charge. Example a smartphone linked There is also a microSD card reader processes behind the table stand and although it is not optimal to reach the awkward angle, it offers you the opportunity to expand. 16GB memory Wireless communication takes place via WiFi or Bluetooth, and in addition there is a GPS location finder.

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Yoga tablet 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 needs to perform and the camera on the back late in making some videos stabbing attack. Decent video call lot of light So sometimes you have to deal with frame drops and fast movements appear spotty. For a simple picture, it is more than adequate and you get dynamic colors and plenty of detail.

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striking is the positioning of the camera on the front. This is because in portrait mode (vertical) above the screen, and lets just say that his position by means of a standard can not use. Putting the tablet upright in standby mode seems to be the ideal position for a video call, but the camera will be on the side which you seem to look. Away from the camera The rear camera is incorporated in the cylinder and in the positions where the standard used is not really so useful. You have to pick up the tablet and turn before you can put it to work.

Audio Quality

One of the positive aspects of Yoga Tablet 8 is the sound quality. Lenovo has, fortunately, chose to place so that the sound is sent to the user. The speakers at the front of the tablet In addition, there is sufficient distance between the two speakers to get a stereo effect and creates the Dolby-view for that extra dynamism and sense of space. You can using the Dolby app adjust the display to the content, such as music, movies and games. You can also self with the equalizer on the stroke for optimal viewing. For music playback, the speakers are pretty useful, with a high volume, clear reproduction of vocals and a nice bass. When watching movies you get a surround sound with convincing effects that the dialogues not snowing. All in all a very positive point and a nice movie or some music so perfectly usable.

Battery Life

As indicated at the beginning is one of the important features of this tablet’s battery life. Lenovo indicates that the 6.000mAh battery to ensure that you can move forward about 16 hours with the tablet. Fortunately, this word does not lie. In my use, and I grab the tablet several times a day for half an hour or an hour in, I can easily take three days ahead. I have the tablet in the week that I’ve played with it even have to recharge once. Fully With average use, and the screen brightness at 50 percent, you’re bound to 15-17 to use, which is a lot higher that the battery life of the average Android tablet.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 – Software

Lenovo Yoga Tablets running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a version of Android that is what already months old. But that should be no real disadvantage since there are hardly mentioned tablets are available in newer versions of the operating system. Lenovo may not offer the most features of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean to the tablets, including the personal assistant Google Now. Unfortunately choose Lenovo ensure the ability to create off, a decision that is difficult to understand.

different user

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Unfortunately, Lenovo Android

not left alone and that instantly provides the biggest downside of this tablet. For an unknown reason, Lenovo has chosen to give all a twist and that the user experience is not good. Below I keep it on the adjustments that the most frustrating and stand out.

example, Lenovo chose the app drawer, the part where to complete. away from you access to all the apps, All the apps you have installed will appear right on your home screens and they remove it means they will be removed from your tablet. I do not know if this is done to mimic the iPad experience but it is at least for those who are used to Android absolutely no advantage. You homescreens are immediately a lot more confusing because you need more to. Rid of all your apps They also found it necessary to place blue squares. Around all apps The apps that already have a square icon remain unchanged but an app like Chrome, with only the circular logo, so will all of a sudden a blue square background. Unnecessary and makes the screen just busier.

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addition, the names of apps that are not completely under an icon fit truncated giving you names like ‘Spoken Z’ and File Brows’ get, and the icons are slightly enlarged. Why this is selected, is again a mystery. If Lenovo had kept icon size to smaller font of Android and the standard issue was a lot less. Lenovo is taking its own twist on the menus which makes navigating within Android quite accustomed. From the home screen you can right a settings icon tap and you come suddenly in a new menu that gives you access to include setting up your home screens with widgets, selecting different themes for the home screens between which I do not really have to discover the differences , and some additional options for Lenovo include a desktop backup. Although you can still best to get used to it very sloppy that, in spite of that the system is in Dutch, all these options are displayed in English. 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 the file was missing. Yes, there is a Featured Guide app that explains the standard functions, but it is back in English and contains only the real basic functions. All in all pretty sloppy.

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Lenovo also delivers a ton of apps with it, the majority is happy usable. But, I was accustomed to Windows tablets standard to see a trial version of some virus that I rarely encountered in Android tablets. Unfortunately, Lenovo here so well chosen and you get, when you do not delete the app, notifications for downloading setting this scanner. The ‘private’ browser that Lenovo supplies power is not really an added value since Chrome is faster and better handles images. Why then again install its own version while all good options? In addition, apps like Kingsoft Office, AccuWeather and Dolby included.

An additional feature that Lenovo supplies power is called Smart Side Bar, which can be activated from the settings. This menu appears when you change from one mode to the other mode. We’re talking about the Hold mode where you are in the hand, the Standby mode where the tablet is upright, and the Tilt mode where the tablet is in a corner the tablet. On the basis of the mode used appear in this Smart Side Bar interesting or frequently used apps. So you get in the Hold mode directly the ability to read ebooks and if the browser and gallery and video displayed in Standby mode right apps. It is a nice addition to quickly access your favorite apps to get, especially in the Hold mode where you use a hand. The only disadvantage here is that the Tilt mode was recognized with me any time.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 – In use

The most I have been so treated above regarding the use I can be quite short. Although I was not sure in advance all I 90 percent of the time by default uses the tablet, both Tilt and in Standby mode. The standard allows the tablet into Standby mode are stable enough to watch anything or read quietly and swiping or tapping something and Tilt mode you have a comfortable angle when you sit at a desk and quickly look up something or should tap. These two modes I use most when I was at work or a longer wanted to watch video. During relaxation on the couch let ‘cylinder design’ are seeing added value for the tablet feels great in the hand, in a hand. The fast browsing the web or reading some articles is very doable. Add to that the extremely long battery life and you can speak with an excellent user experience. But .. among software we can not get out and it still took a bit too often for great irritation, especially if you work for some time with Android. The novice (Android) tablet user probably will not notice immediately feel right or irritate, though the English text of course immediately obvious, but it’s a shame because it’s kind of unnecessary and many users this will fit.

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Purely looking at the performance, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 no high flyer and actually a setback. There may be a quad-core chip bet – that always sounds good – but soon we should not call the tablet. Startup apps can take quite some time and rendering websites will often be less flexible that we are used to faster tablets. However, the navigation within Android, the homescreens and settings goes smoothly and the system is remarkably stable. Simple games and apps are acting reasonably good use and therefore you will hardly notice the somewhat lesser performance. But, when your websites with lots of pictures and other graphics visit or a graphic intensive app which uses, for example, a Dead Trigger or Riptide GP, you notice that the system test the limits. These games are fair play here and there but experiencing some frame drops or small hitches. Let’s just say the Yoga Tablet 8 no gaming machine. If that is not what you are looking for then you can however good it forward, perhaps with something more powerful than the required patience tablets in this price range.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 – Conclusion

I have read in some places that Lenovo Yoga Tablet has beaten the shelf but completely wrong because I do not agree. There namely also to report. Important positive points Thus, the design with built-in stand a real added value, is the ideal tablet in one hand, are the speakers for a tablet impressively well, and the battery is extremely long. If the elements are where you have a tablet on singles then the Yoga Tablet 8 definitely a good option. And we have not even for a fairly attractive price of 229 euros.

But, as I said is the board or bad development on a very important part. The software Lenovo had in fact really should stay off and the seasoned Android user would purely therefore not really recommend this tablet. In this performance are a bit disappointing but the tablet does what he must do. The display is also not of the highest quality but again just useful for standard applications. In short, the average is 8 Tablet Yoga on a small enough and is a great tablet for someone in software requires no special, go see for a long battery life and the great advantage of the design.


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


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

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