Let’s be honest for a second. Ever since the release of the first iPad, there has been very little in the way of innovation in the tablet world. Yes, they absolutely have gotten thinner, lighter and faster – but in terms of form, they are all just flat rectangular slates. Tablets today generally look the way they did back in the ancient times of 2010 AD, when the first iPad was released.
It seems as if no company has been willing to take the risk and break from the pack with a bold and different design. That all changed on October 30, 2013 when Lenovo grew a spine (literally) and decided to take a risk and make the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10.
Sure, Lenovo refers to it as a “battery cylinder”, but we say spine! I mean why would a battery cylinder have a moving, functional part like a kickstand? But a spine that attaches to a moving part that provides flexibility and support…
that makes a lot more sense! Finally, a tablet that grew a spine and can stand up on its own.
Confused? Let’s Go Real World To Clear Things Up
An Android 4.2 tablet with a spine and kickstand? I know it sounds very strange. We could rattle off all the specs on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet, but really how does that help you busy parents? Instead we spent two weeks using the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 in real world settings and trying to figure out if this new form factor for a tablet made sense.
Please watch our video review of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 In Action -
You can also watch our initial First Look Review of the Yoga Tablets –
It Is Amazing How Useful A Built-In Kickstand Really Is
Every parent who owns an iPad or other tablet has some case or external device to prop the tablet up so the kids can watch movies. We even show in the video a nice, light weight stand that can be used to hold a tablet up. The problem is, I almost never remember to bring the stand. If I do bring it, sometimes the angle isn’t right – there is glare on the screen and the stand does not adjust. Then if I want to do some typing on the tablet, the stand is useless as it is the wrong angle and not sturdy enough for my contact sport style of touch typing.
The fact that the Lenovo Yoga Tablet has a built-in kickstand, that is adjustable, adds a tremendous amount of functionality in the real world. Put it in Stand mode and watch a movie. Angle not exactly right? Push the screen back and adjust the angle in about a 20 degree range. Want to do some serious typing? Put the tablet in Tilt Mode with the kickstand down and you have a great angle for typing. Perhaps the biggest benefit? The stand is built-in, so you will never forget to pack it or lose it in the cushions of a hotel room!
Call It a Spine or Cylinder, Either Way It Is Incredibly Useful In The Real World
The current trend in tablets is to get thinner and thinner. So, we were worried at first about the functionality of a tablet with a cylinder on the end. It turns out our worries were completely unfounded. First, the cylinder holds a Li-Ion, 9000 mAh battery on the 10 inch tablet and a Li-Ion, 6000 mAh battery on the 8 inch tablet. Those numbers probably don’t mean anything to you – but 18 hours of battery life is something any Mom or Dad can understand and appreciate! In real world usage, with lots of videos being played – it may be more like 13 hours, but that is still incredible for a tablet.
The cylinder actually does more than just house a powerful battery, it shifts the center of gravity of the tablet into your hand. When you hold it in portrait mode (Hold Mode), like a book or magazine, it just feels right. You are holding the cylinder, so you have something to grip and the majority of the weight is there so it has good balance.
Videos, Photos, Games and Music – Yep, All Work Well
Tablets make great entertainment devices, for both us parents and the kids. Whenever we test out a tablet, one of our prime concerns is how it works with videos, photos, music and games. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet worked very well as an entertainment device for our family. You have two front speakers and Dolby Digital sound. A bright 10″ display with 178 degree wide viewing angle. Front camera, rear camera, mic – all showed in the video above.
Of course, none of those features matter if the battery dies 4 hours into your 10 hour flight, so once again we come back to a major selling point of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet – the 18 hour battery. The tablet will even share its huge battery with your other devices! Yep, you can plug a USB cable into the Lenovo Yoga Tablet and use it to charge your other devices. Sorry, no way to share its kickstand.
Pros and Cons With the Lenovo Yoga Tablet
There is a lot to love about the Lenovo Yoga Tablets. With a price of $249 for the Yoga Tablet 8 and $299 for the Yoga Tablet 10, you are getting a lot of tablet for the price…but there are some tradeoffs. The resolution of both the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 is 1280 x 800, which is well below the retina displays of Apple. In addition, the processor speed is not on par with the iPad Air. So, if you are looking for the fastest and highest resolution tablet, the Yoga Tablet is not for you.
On the other hand, the Yoga Tablet comes in at about half the price of the iPad Air. While you loose some resolution and speed, you gain incredible battery life and the functionality of the multimode Yoga Tablet. Here at DadDoes we are less concerned with tech specs and more concerned about how a product works in the real world and does it make a parent’s life easier or better in some way. In our testing, the the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 worked great and easily allowed us to entertain, distract and be productive – three things any parent needs to do everyday!
Our Not In Fine Print Disclaimer, We are Part of The IN Crowd
All throughout high school I had this master plan to become part of the IN crowd. Well, the plan took a little longer to develop than initially projected, but check me out now all you cool 16 year olds – I am in the IN Crowd. Of course by IN, I mean the Lenovo Influencers Network or Lenovo IN for short. You know a group is cool when they have their own logo –
So, what exactly is Lenovo IN? Basically, Lenovo is providing us access to some cool products, events and opportunities and we are writing up our honest experience with their products and brand. We are not financially compensated by Lenovo and all views expressed are our own. We did receive a Yoga Tablet 10 to do this review and we will be sure to disclose whenever we receive a product, as we believe you have a right to know.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 ($229) and Yoga Tablet 10 ($299). Read All The Features and Specs Here.