This is a quick wrap up on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, if you didn't want to go into the multi-page review above.
Four Ways of Awesome: The four ways of using the Yoga Tablet 2 is one of the best, if not the best part of the tablet. Thanks to Lenovo using an innovative design and putting the battery cylinder and kickstand into the side of the device, it opens up the Yoga Tablet 2 to many different ways of use.
Battery Life: The Yoga Tablet 2 has an all-day battery life, even with heavy use. Netflix and YouTube use for more than 8 hours is excellent, and if you're dimming the brightness a little, you'll extend that past 10-11 hours without an issue.
Great Audio: Audio is something important for a tablet, and especially so when you have the 'four ways of use' for the Yoga Tablet 2. As I'm writing this review, I'm watching some TV on Netflix and the audio is enough to blast throughout my office for all to hear.
Decent Rear-Facing Camera: One of the things that surprised me about the Yoga Tablet 2 was the decent rear-facing camera, that shot some somewhat great photos! Sure, you look like a bit of a fool snapping photos with a tablet, but if you need to - the rear-facing camera on the Yoga Tablet 2 isn't too bad at all.
Lenovo's UI: I don't like what Lenovo has done with the modified UI on top of Android 4.4, and this is a big point that Lenovo needs to fix going into the future. It looks and feels like iOS, far too much.
No App Drawer = Confusing: This is a confusing part of the muddled UI, where the app drawer is not its own part of the OS, it's found by swiping to the right from the main home screen.
Abysmal Benchmark Performance: This isn't going to have a negative feel on the overall review, but it's something worth pointing out. Intel's mobile SoC gets utterly destroyed by every single other device in nearly every single benchmark we used.
Lenovo has a good tablet here, but there's nothing great. The display is nice, the quality is good, but there's nothing that makes this stand out against the iPad, Sony's offerings in its constantly improving Xperia lineup of tablets, or Samsung's various slates.
One of the best parts of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is definitely the four modes of use, where I found it really great to have the stand on the back where I could hold it or position it in very specific ways. Having the hole in the stand is genius on Lenovo's behalf, as people who use the tablet in their kitchen or garage are going to have one of the best uses for that stand. The rear-facing camera was actually surprising, something that I didn't expect from the Yoga Tablet 2. Not that you'd buy this tablet for the camera abilities, but it's a nice addition to the slate. The video quality was also surprising, which is another credit to Lenovo.
What I'd like to see from the next tablet from Lenovo is constant improvement in the form of the display, which I found lacked against Sony, Apple and Samsung. A 1440p display might capture consumers and have them interested, but it's not just the display.
The user interface needs to be scrapped or heavily watered down and stripped down closer to stock Android. I found the UI very, very clunky and hard to navigate - being one of the worst points of using the tablet. I'm coming in from using various iPads, iPhones, Samsung smartphones, Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, LG G3 and my Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone, and the Lenovo UI is the worst, hands down.
Other than that, the Yoga Tablet 2 is mediocre. It's nothing I would rush out and buy, unless you wanted to keep within the Lenovo family. The stand isn't something you'd buy the Yoga Tablet 2 for, but it is definitely a huge, huge plus for Lenovo. Even a house visit from Ashton Kutcher wouldn't be enough to have me recommend the Yoga Tablet 2, so Kutcher - get to work on the Yoga Tablet 3, okay?
PRICING: You can find the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch) Android Tablet for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch) Android Tablet retails for $282 at Amazon.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||85%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||79%|
The Bottom Line: While the Yoga Tablet 2 isn't the best tablet, it does have a saving grace in the four modes to use it. People who want a tablet for the kitchen or garage have a great purchase here with Lenovo's slate. Everyone else? Not so much.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specs, and Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Key Features & Four Ways to Use Your Tablet]
- Page 3 [Build Quality & How It Feels]
- Page 4 [Display & Software]
- Page 5 [Performance, Camera, Battery Life & Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Camera Samples]
- Page 7 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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