A decent android tablet that delivers the goods.
Android tablets haven’t quite hit the right spot yet when you compare it with Apple’s iPad. But it seems that trend is slowly changing with the release of newer tablets that put focus on how the user will actually use the tablet along with thinner and lighter designs.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is the company’s latest tablet and from the looks of it, it may be one of their best. The company implemented a rather smart and unique concept called ‘Multimode design’ that places the battery of the tablet inside a cylinder on the side that will shift the center of gravity on the device.
From there the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ can be used in three modes: Hold, Stand and Tilt. Hold means you can handle the tablet on the side where the cylinder lies and provides a better grip when using the tablet with one hand. In Stand, Lenovo has cleverly included a hidden kickstand that would enable you to use the tablet in landscape mode – without the need for a separate stand/case. Lastly for Tilt, you can turn the tablet the other way and you can now enjoy a typing angle convenient for when you need to work on this files.
The aluminum exterior of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is sleek and sturdy and somehow gives the tablet a premium look and feel. The power button is placed on the cylinder and on the other side you will find the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Volume rockers are conveniently located on the side. A micro USB port is also present for charging and data transfers.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is powered by a Snapdragon quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. You can up the storage capacity by using the microSD card slot. The 10.-1-inch screen is a tad larger than the iPad Air (9.7-inch), and features a full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels) panel that includes an adaptive display technology. This means that the screen can check your current environment and immediately adjusts the colors and the brightness to make it easy for your eyes. It also helps conserve battery life – but don’t worry, you have plenty of it (more on that later). A SIM card slot is also present.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ also features front facing stereo speakers that have been enhanced with Dolby Digital Plus technology. Upon testing, the enhancement did little to well, ‘enhance’ the sound – but the good thing about the front facing speakers is that they are loud enough to fill a small room – it really makes a difference if the speaker is placed at the front. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and a 4.4 KitKat update is being planned.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ does a pretty decent job when used to various work-related tasks like typing documents or browsing the web. The Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor isn’t top of the line, but as I was using it, I never experienced any slowdowns or crashes.
Like all other Android tablets, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ has its own custom skin placed over the vanilla Android interface. They’ve also eliminated the app drawer – meaning all the apps installed are accessible from the home screen much like iOS. The changes are minimal and except for some icon sets, everything feels very much Android.
It is also pre-loaded with apps made by Lenovo that should add enhancements as to how you are using the tablet. One particular feature I enjoyed was SHAREit, which was the company’s own version of AirDrop. It seamlessly let you share files between two devices connected on the same network. The rest are pretty much standard fare in terms of bundled apps – I just wish you have the option to uninstall them.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+’s camera is located at the back comes in a t 8 megapixels and takes decent images. Decent seems to be the right since it’s neither good or bad – though I would safely assume you wouldn’t make this tablet as your primary camera so the quality is acceptable especially when you use it for video conferencing apps like Skype.
What I loved about the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is the massive 9000 mAh battery, which it has cleverly hidden inside the cylinder on the side of the device. The company claims it can support about 18 hours of operational use and that somehow translates to about a week’s normal usage without the need to charge. It is actually one of the tablets I’ve tested with a battery life this good.
This tablet also has an optional keyboard accessory that can be used a cover as well. It connects via Bluetooth and features the Accutype key layout found on most Lenovo ThinkPads.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ mixes form and function and hits the right spots when it comes to a multifunction tablet. I love the screen and the multimode design is definitely useful and unique – combine that with the 18 hour battery life and you got yourself one of the best Android tablets money can buy.