Lenovo Tablet 10 HD+ review round-up

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Lenovo did something few other companies have done in the tablet market when it released the Yoga Tablet 10 – it dared to try something a little bit different. This “difference” was largely down to an oversized (albeit stylish) base which housed a kick-stand and importantly allowed it to make a significant improvement on typical battery life.

Despite receiving rather mixed reviews, Lenovo was not deterred and is back with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, a device that promises a premium experience and comes with a range of upgrades on its predecessor.

Boasting a 10.1” full HD (1920×1200) display, Qualcomm SnapDragon quad-core 400 processor and an 8MP rear camera, it comes with 16GB and 32GB storage options (plus a microSD slot), Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3G option for selected countries. Importantly, the extended battery life is carried through here, with an estimated 18 hours of viewing pleasure, and running Android 4.3 (with an update to KitKat allegedly on the way) it appears as though, on paper at least, the HD+ could well be worth a look.

Though we’re a bit short of full reviews at the time of writing, a bunch of the usual contenders have already gone hands-on with the 10 HD+, so let’s see how it fares.

TechRadar praises the display on the new Yoga, though does note that “the resolution still lags behind some other larger-screened tablets such as the iPad Air”. It also appears to be very good value for money, undercutting many comparable competitors, but the 8MP camera sadly lacks an autofocus and flash, and didn’t appear to be overly impressive.

The back of the new Yoga 10
The back of the new Yoga 10

PC Advisor is pleased that Lenovo has tackled its biggest issues with the predecessor, namely the screen resolution and overall performance. It comments that “We found the old model of the Yoga Tablet 10 to be a little slow at times, but our first hands-on experience with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ suggests that it’s a fair bit speedier and smoother to use”. The display also receives praise here, and though it doesn’t quite stand up to the iPad Air, it does “match the density of the new Sony Xperia Z2 tablet’s display”.

Over at The Inquirer the impressive front-facing Dolby speakers get a mention for their clear-sounding audio, though the purported 18-hours battery life may be typically overstated, as in its tests “the device lasted for around 11 hours of uninterrupted use on full brightness while connected to WiFi”, which is still nothing to sniff at.

TrustedReviews was rather critical of the original Yoga, stating that “a long battery life and low price point did not offset the awfully grainy screen and under-par processor”, and goes on to state that during its hands-on test, these issues do seem to have been resolved. The general feel of the tablet also gets a mention, with the oversized base allowing for an additional benefit of it being comfortable to hold, though “the stand was a little short, leading to some tip-over issues if the screen was pressed too firmly”. It goes on to praise Lenovo for clearly listening to criticisms of the first tablet and directly addressing these issues, before concluding by saying that “the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus could be a real stand-up Android tablet”.

So there you have it. After a relatively mediocre showing from its first effort, the Yoga appears to have made significant improvements in all the right areas, making it a genuinely appealing mid-range device that could represent a real alternative to more established rivals.

The Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ starts at £299, and will be available from April via major retailers. For more information visit www.lenovo.com

 

Lenovo launch Yoga tablet range, but is it any good?

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Do you remember Sony’s odd-looking Xperia S Tablet? No? Well there’s a reason for that: it was terrible, but Lenovo thinks that Sony’s concept still has some legs and is offering a similar proposition with its recently released Yoga tablet range.

Lenovo’s design has seemingly ‘borrowed’ Sony’s ill-fated tablet design to try and solve some of the problems tablet users apparently face from the current scourge of flatter than flat tablets; namely they get tiresome when held in one hand, they aren’t very user-friendly when used on a flat surface,  and can’t be easily propped up for easy viewing.

Now most fair-minded tablet users have solved these problems with the addition of a cover that usually doubles up as a kickstand – but Lenovo thinks their (or Sony’s) design is a better fit for tablet users – though we have to say we’re not totally convinced yet.

Lenovo’s Yoga range comes in two different models, 10-inch (£249) and 8-inch (£199), which puts them squarely in the cross-hairs of Google’s own Nexus range – so should you consider it over a Nexus? Well, no. The Yoga’s specs are, how should we say this, fairly run-of-the-mill. There’s a lacklustre 1280×800 screen on both models that is neither particularly sharp nor particularly eye-catching. Storage-wise there are the usual suspects: 16GB or 32GB of onboard memory (though this can be supplemented with SD cards for up to 64GB). Elsewhere you’ll find a front and rear-facing cameras, with the rear-facing snapper topping out at 5-megapixels and the front-facing camera undisclosed, but we’d wager it’s pegged at around 2-megapixels tops.

During its hands-on preview, PC Advisor actually warmed to the tablet’s design but weren’t so forthcoming with the specs: “while the Yoga Tablet has an impressive and innovative design, its hardware doesn’t go very far in impressing us.”

Yoga’s unique selling point is, obviously, the bulge, which on the face of it does offer a couple of nifty solutions to help use the tablet more comfortably. There’s a built-in adjustable kickstand, too, that’s really useful if you watch a lot of movies on the train for instance. As well as being rather unsightly there are other benefits to the bulge: it offers 18 hours battery life as Lenovo has added a cluster of traditional laptop batteries to increase the devices longevity, though in the small print Lenovo adds a load of different uses together to get to that magic number – so be warned. It has so much juice, in fact, Lenovo are touting the devices ability to recharge other devices like a phone, for example.

Expert Reviews noted the tablet’s thinness, stating: “the Yoga Tablet is pretty svelte by any standard, measuring just 8.1mm in depth for the most part – which isn’t far off the much-vaunted new iPad Air.” Though they forget to mention that the bulge is quite a bit tubbier than 8.1mm, coming in at 21.5mm.

Overall, Lenovo’s new Yoga tablet range isn’t a complete abject failure; it’s priced competitively (especially compared Sony’s effort), build quality is quite good, and the bulge does offer a couple of nifty ways to use the tablet. But would we recommend it over a Nexus 7 or 10? No. There’s just isn’t enough here to warrant snubbing the best in class for Lenovo’s offering just yet. But if you’re looking for something a little bit different then Lenovo’s Yoga range does just about enough to make it worth considering.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga: A novel twist

Yoga is all the rage these days, particularly in London I hasten to add where my recent stay in Clapham was complemented with a gruelling 7am session of Bikram ‘Hot’ Yoga – with a hangover! Yep yoga has firmly established itself as a reputable method of enhancing suppleness and wellbeing, so much so in fact that even technology is getting in on the yoga act, in the guise of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga.

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This memorably titled ultrabook caused quite a stir at this year’s CES apparently, and given it’s innovate bendy qualities, it’s no surprise. It may open as a normal notebook but in featuring a 360 degrees dual-hinged design the IdeaPad Yoga can be flipped 360 degrees backwards and be transformed into a tablet!

Once in tablet mode users have full control of a 13.1-inch 1600 x 900 touch screen, which apparently allows 10-point capacity touch. Asides ‘bending’ in the same way a yoga instructor bends her – or his – body bewilderingly effortlessly, to transform from being a bog-standard ultrabook into a flat tablet, Lenovo’s Yoga can also be positioned in ‘tent’ mode, thus creating a handy viewing stand.

This multiple-guised ultrabook is powered by Intel Core processor, supports up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 256GB SSD and has been designed to take full advantage of Windows 8. But what I personally like the sound of is that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga has an eight hour battery life.

Despite being incredibly thin, measuring at a mere 16.9 mm depth, those lucky tech journalists who have been lucky enough to have had a hands on peep at the IdeaPad Yoga assure us that its fully rotating hinge feels strong and robust.

While the online tech-world is unable to share its enthusiasm towards Lenovo’s new convertible ultra-innovative ultrabook – given that almost every tech site from Algeria to America has dedicated a feature about it – two criticisms about this yoga-sculpted device have surfaced. Firstly that as the screen doesn’t fold over the keyboard, keys may get scuffed when the machine in lay down and secondly that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga isn’t expected to be launched until later this year!

Lenovo ThinkPad X220: The ultimate business traveller companion?

Don’t be fooled by its unassuming and unpretentious exterior, as the 12.5 inch Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is bursting with the most advanced and sophisticated of technology.

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One of the greatest marvels of this cunningly unassuming tablet is its phenomenal battery life. With the average battery life of modern laptops being 4 hours, the fact that the ThinkPad X220, boasting just a single 63Wh six-cell battery, lasts for a whopping 8 hours, makes mentioning the battery life worthy of the all-important, attention-grabbing, initial paragraph position of a gadget feature. But that’s not all. In addition to the X220’s ground-breaking standard battery life, for an additional $179, ThinkPad X220 owners can extend their machine’s already prolific battery life by almost twofold, as by strapping a second battery onto the laptop, users can enjoy up to 14 hours 30 minutes wire-free usage.

Given its extensive cord-free potential, its ultraportability and weighing an extremely light 3.6 pounds, the Lenevo ThinkPad X220, is the perfect companion for frequent business travellers, who will now being able to fly from Manchester to Sao Paulo in Brazil, with a new sense of convenience and comfort.

Possessing Intel’s new Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M processor, the system’s allegedly noticeable ‘zippiness’, even whilst being pushed to multiple demands, is yet more evidence that Lenevo’s latest creation is paying homage to becoming the ultimate business traveller companion. Although the machine’s zippiness and excessive multi-tasking capabilities, could also be attributed to the tablet’s 4GB of DDR3 RAM and its 320GB 7,200 rpm hard drive.

On the software front, in typical Lenevo fashion, the X220 is loaded with all the Chinese company’s own ThinkVantage utilities. These highly innovative features include fingerprint reader configuration, enhance backup and restore capabilities, and power controls.

According to Engadget, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is the “longest lasting and fastest ultraportable” they have ever tested. And who are we to argue? Although with a starting price of $889, it would be fair to surmise that the majority of those fortunate to exploit the X220’s many exploits, will be those seated in business class.