Almost since its inception, or rebirth with the release Apple iPad, call this stage as you like, the tablet market develops one way: there are products from Apple, dominate the market, each new iPad is considered a benchmark of the genre and turns in the previous universal classics, and there segment “remaining plates”, where there are hundreds of models based on Android. And what is strange, despite the opportunities and freedom that is given to developers with Android, this segment is very stingy on new items, or at least interesting solutions. What we see of tablets based on Android? And that’s what – dozens of similar models with similar characteristics, without a hint of fresh ideas or some originality. It is not surprising that the market year after year remains for Apple iPad.
Against this background of stagnation especially pleased to tell about the tablet (or rather, two of them, 8 “and 10” models) based on Android with a really striking feature that makes it not only interesting, but also, potentially, a very useful device For some users. We will talk about the tablet Lenovo Tablet Yoga 10, the most striking feature is not the opportunity to fold aluminum stand to set the plate on the table or put a slight angle.Let’s go!
Design, materials, housing
You should start with the fact that apparently Lenovo Yoga Tablet is different from all the other tablets because of two features – the retractable “legs” to install the device in different positions, as well as an extra battery in the form of a cylinder in the base bottom. Therefore, the tablet looks unusual and stands out similar models on Android. If you look for a device is an important criterion for the selection, and Apple iPad is not considered, then Yoga Tablet is one of the few options available with the, at least a little design.
The main body of the tablet – a sleek plastic, painted in silver color, textured back is made of plastic, and the “foot” – made of aluminum. Protective screen cover – glass. In general, materials are chosen well, yes, the tablet does not feel like something incredibly expensive and ultrakachestvennyh but cheap crafts in it did not consider picking up. It’s just a good-quality thing, so to speak.
Installation options tablet
The first important features of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 (as well as models with a screen 8”) – leg or pedestal installation raznfh positions. It is hence the name Yoga. Total available three modes: awning mode stand and hold. As conceived by the manufacturer, they are intended for the following scenarios:
Tent mode – the tablet is placed almost flat on the table with an extended “foot”, in such a situation it is convenient, for example, to print.
Stand Mode – the tablet is placed vertically with an emphasis on extended “leg” mode is designed primarily for video viewing.
Hold – you keep the tablet upright screen, with the grip at the base of a cylindrical shape, “leg” in the folded state. Here manufacturer draws a parallel with the retention of the magazine, whose half pages folded into a tube, when reading.
For each mode has its own color scheme included. Thus, in the hold mode screen tablet with warm colors close to yellow awning opposite mode, cold range and mode stand with an average close to natural. The color scheme is changed automatically when you turn the tablet, but can also be selected manually via a special menu.
Describe their impressions of this “legs” and tablet modes. I’m almost two months using Yoga Tablet and most of that time with an extended “leg”, put it on the table or just on a relatively flat surface to watch a video, or put on the table again, with extended leg, because that work I prefer the screen. But hold the tablet with one hand for me was uncomfortable, it is not too easy, besides not compact, so if I use it in the air, then, basically, holding the screen in landscape mode with both hands.
Speaking of dimensions, the size of the tablet – a typical representative models with screens 10”. Is that a bit thicker in one of the halves due to the presence of the device additional battery. Dimensions Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 – 262x180x8 mm excluding battery parts or 262 x 180 x 20,5 mm with it. Weight – 603 grams.
On the body are three keys – two for volume control and a single, large button, nice pressed when clicked, to enable or disable the device or screen. It is located on the side of the element, wherein the battery is located in a cylindrical shape. Volume buttons are placed on one of the edges of the tablet.
Front camera located on the front part of the screen on the main cylindrical body from the back side of the housing. Slot for microSD memory card is in the niche to which access can be obtained by throwing back “leg” of the tablet.
The stereo speakers are located below the screen.
In the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is touch screen based on IPS-matrix with a 10.1” and a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The display has a good supply of brightness and the lower brightness threshold makes it comfortable to watch videos in almost complete darkness, the maximum viewing angles and color reproduction is adjusted depending on the selected mode, installing the tablet, from neutral tones to cold or warm. That is, in almost all respects a great display, except for the resolution. Yes, low resolution, and 1280×800 pixels for a ten display very little today – seriously spoil the impression from the screen. This point must be considered when choosing a tablet.
For me, such characteristics as color, overall image quality, viewing angles are more important than the resolution, because I use this tablet primarily for watching videos. On the other hand, if you select a device to access the Internet, read news sites or books, the low resolution can be a challenge and a notable shortcoming than gaming and video on the tablet, in my opinion. In the case in Yoga Tablet 10 low resolution, probably due to a desire to save the manufacturer, because the tablet is in the segment of low-cost models.
Performance and memory
The tablet is based on MediaTek MT8125 platform with quad-core processor 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. With daily use the tablet for simple tasks – reading the news in the browser is open with a pair of tabs, watching videos, listening to music and playing simple toys no problem. On the other hand, if you run on the tablet does (especially Google Chrome) with a dozen tabs – already noticeable freezes and delays. Just when many programs running, the tablet also starts a little “thinking.” That is not to say that your platform is too unproductive, but if you use the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is very active in terms of quantity or for beautiful software and hardware demanding games – should probably be prepared to troll.
As for the video, everything is fine. Tablet plays video in 720p, and 1080p without any problems. If the movie does not start in the standard player, you can always install MX Player or Dice Player, as a rule, with their installation problems are solved.
In the tablet 16 GB of internal memory available to the user of about 13 GB. You can also use a memory card.
In the tablet has two cameras – a main 5 megapixel resolution and autofocus, and a front facing 1.6 megapixel resolution. Consider their options and discuss the quality of images, in my opinion, it makes no sense, not too many will use the camera to take pictures of the tablet something important.
Battery operating time
The second important feature of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 – runtimes. In the tablet has two batteries, one under the cover of textured plastic, the second cylindrical body in the corresponding bottom. Data capacity of the batteries the company itself does not provide, preferring simply to give information about the maximum possible running time – 18 hours without recharging.
My sample of 10 Yoga tablet video playback 720p at medium brightness and medium volume runs at an average of 16-17 hours, if you use the tablet a couple of hours a day to access the Internet, you need to charge it once a week or less. By the time the work is one of the best, if not luuchshy all models of tablet based on Android. Opening hours of video playback is just awesome, I can not remember the other android-tablet, where you can watch every one of any series of the show and reminisce about charging the device every two weeks. For use in tablet travel is also ideal because of the time work, if you have a long flight, and before that you need to get to the airport on arrival and get to the hotel, all the while Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 can be sufficiently charged, even if you throughout its trip watched video and so on.
In the tablet there is an application for adjustment of energy consumption, it is possible to select the mode of the device, see the drain on the battery and change some other settings.
For Yoga Tablet with 10” screen available connectable via Bluetooth keyboard, this accessory is called Lenovo BKC600 and costs about $ 80 on the U.S. website.
This keyboard, of course, no substitute for a full, but as a relatively convenient means for typing (in comparison with a set of on-screen keyboard) will fit in some situations. Besides accessory is very easy and screen protector and it can carry, respectively, right along with the tablet.
Lack of keyboard – proprietary connector for charging instead of microUSB, for example. So using this accessory will always have a special supplied cable.
Powered tablet based on Android 4.2 with the original shell. According to the structure, it resembles iOS 7 or firmware MIUI (smartphones Xiaomi) / shell Flyme (smartphones Meizu), ie there is no application menu, all installed software and all the basic program settings and shortcuts are placed on the Home screen or in a folder, if you prefer . In appearance reminded me shell MIUI, but here provided themes, so that in the future of the icons can be changed.
Say something special about the shell can not – there is a full set of required settings and options for you to “adjust” the interface for yourself.Preset programs a bit of that, in my opinion, is a plus. Uses standard gallery, calendar, and does, have an email client, video player (though video is better to put MX Player), as well as applications to work with the services Google – Gmail, Books, maps and so on.
Russia has already sold Lenovo Yoga Tablet version without 3G-10 module, the cost of the tablet is an average of 14 000 rubles. Here we must say at once that if you choose a tablet solely by price, look towards Yoga Tablet makes no sense, as in the direction of the models from Apple (do not compare these devices, just giving an example). Tablets with most characteristics as in the model considered in this review can be found in the 12, 000 and even cheaper, but if you dig in the segment of “small Chinese companies,” it Ainol, Pipo, Cube and others, here you can easily find the device “best” options for 10, 000 and below.
But there are two points. The first concerns the comparison with other Chinese based on MTK, in fact, formally, we can call Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 that is based on the Chinese MTK, did not exaggerating. So, Yoga Tablet 10 tablets unlike the above mentioned companies is stable, without surprises and marriage. I do not need to tell how much risk you take the buying tablets from small Chinese firms, yes, they are cheap, yes, they are awesome for harakteristkah, but they are still unreliable – break down, often with marriage, just reloaded and buggy . This word describes the volumetric nature of such devices. I sincerely believe that the situation will change in the coming years, but so far this is the case in most of the case so. Overpayment for the brand «Lenovo» in this case – fee for the stable operation of the device and the lack of surprises with him.
Regarding the first point, about an expensive tablet with a twist. Unlike all other tablets based on Android, this device has just two features, about which I spoke in the survey – and stand while working. More importantly, both features are well disclosed, costs you start to use the tablet and they both are very useful, I’m not exaggerating. This is the case when the company made a product with some great solutions that are useful in practice, not just on paper or in commercials. So if you pick up the tablet with a maximum time work or you need to “bedside” device, to watch your favorite TV series at bedtime or read e-mail, again, out of bed in the morning or at night before going to bed, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 should definitely be considered among the possible options. And the second point, the tablet should be looked at if you are looking for a model for business trips or just part of the summer. In the role of the long-running tablet Yoga Tablet 10 – one of the best on the market.