"Why do you want the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2?" That's an important question when considering your next tablet. Apple's iPad still dominates the world tablet market share and continues to be the top ranked tablet vendor.
Meanwhile, Lenovo aims to be a strong player in the tablet market with the newly launched Yoga Tablet 2 series. While it still comes in 8 and 10-inch screen sizes, however, the new series promises breakthrough in design and software integration.
Ever since the first iPad came into the scene, Apple has been beating Android for years now in the tablet market scene. That's no longer the case: yes, Lenovo has changed the game entirely. Last year's Yoga Tablet series won rave review for being so effortless. Now Lenovo is once again trying to change consumer's perception with its Yoga Tablet 2.
Like its predecessor, the Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch) features a metal stand and a long lasting battery. It's even got a Full HD resolution. The 8-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is priced at Rs. 20,990.
We got our hands on the device during a Lenovo press event that took place in New Delhi late last week.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 First Look: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System (OS)
The Yoga Tablet 2 looks very similar to its predecessor. The device has got a metal stand along the bottom of the 8-inch panel. The metal-made stand bulges out from the base of the Yoga Tablet 2. Users can adjust the tablet into different positions.
Of course there are added advantages of having a stand at the bottom of the tablet. The metal construction means its sturdy enough to adjust positions at any angle. You can adjust the screen angle vertically or switch the tablet round.
The makers have added a ‘Hang' mode which allows users to hang the tablet to view content besides the existing ‘Stand, ‘Hold' and ‘Tilt' modes. The only problem we faced while testing is that sometimes it's hard to adjust the stand.
The metal-made rear back panel looks sheek and sophisticated. The ends of a tube looking battery section house a headphone jack and power button, while the frontal speakers are on each side of the hinge.
All in all, we liked the design part. At the same time we'd like to highlight what went wrong with the Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch). First and foremost, the tablet is not conducive for reading. That's because the tablet is heavy to hold on a stretch.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch now comes with a high-resolution Full HD display panel. Viewing angles were decent enough with deep black levels. Surprisingly, the screen seemed to be reflective, which could be an issue for some. Otherwise, texts and images looked great on an 8-inch FHD screen.
The Yoga Tablet 2 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the box. Lenovo has added a custom built UI on top of Android. Yes indeed, Lenovo has made some changes by adding its own native apps.
Even though few changes have been made, the UI, however, remains clumsy. It's a hit-or-miss thing, if you compare the Yoga Tablet 2 with the iPad Mini, which obviously has better software integration.