Apple iPad Air 2 Review

The Bottom Line

Once Apple introduces their iPad Air 2, they have prepared and invested in the product carefully to make it become the best one in the competitive high-class tablet market. The stunning design including thinner and lighter size, sharpener screen and the brilliant Touch ID sensor feature definitely entice almost tablet users. Nevertheless, wonderful benefits also go along with drawbacks. The device has a shorter lasting battery and no mute switch which contribute to create a smaller tablet frame.

The iPad Air 2 obviously is the most desirable first-class tablet everyone wishes to have. However, if you are using an iPad Air, you might consider whether you should change to the new version or not.

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Apple iPad Air 2 Review Buy

Brief Review of Apple iPad Air 2

Pros

  • Adorable Design with both Robust and Delicate Appearance
  • Incredible High-Speed Performance
  • Brilliant Touch ID Sensor

Cons

  • Shorter Battery Duration than the 1st iPad Air Generation
  • No Mute or Display Rotation Option on the Side

Product Feature

  • 1.5GHz A8X (Cortex-A53) Triple Core 64-bit Processor
  • 2GB Memory
  • 16GB Storage
  • 9.7″ x QXGA (2048×1536) Multi-touch Screen
  • Power VR 6XT Series Graphics
  • 802.11ac Wireless, NFC, Bluetooth
  • Lightning Port, 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 9.4″ x 6.6″ x .24″ @ .96 lbs
  • iOS 8.1

Detailed Review of iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is considered as an upgraded deluxe tablet instead of a redesigned version of the first iPad Air model. The two premium tablets are different in term of thickness. The original iPad Air dimension is 0.29 inches whilst the number of iPad Air 2 is only 0.24 inches. However, you still feel solid design of the newest iPad Air. Perhaps because its weight of 437g is changed not much compared with the original 469g. The aluminum body feature keep used with two exterior amendments. The first improvement is applying the Touch ID sensor which used for the iPhone 5S. Users now do not have to enter PIN codes to unlock their iPad great experience of unlocking their loved tablets. They have chance to experience one-finger convenience and it’s really an amazing touch. The second adjustment is removing manual function of mute or screen rotation lock. Now you need to do the on-screen controls to alter the status.

Thanks to applying the new big blast of speed A8X process for iPad Air 2, user interaction and requirements are handled on the model. The main difference between the iPad and the iPhone is applying three instead of two processing cores processor. Additionally, the internal memory space is upgraded from 1 GB to 2 GB. As a result, it becomes the high-speed tablet which performs outstanding users’ wishes than ever like the new iPhone 6. It is not surprised that the tablet goes beyond the new NVIDIA Tegra K1 in term of applications. You are even able to go through complicated works like editing videos on the devices.

The $499 iPad Air 2 has 16GB storage space which is cramped room for increased numerous applications and high-resolution media files. The noticeable storage space improvement is for the Apple $599 and $699 versions. The first one has 64GB available space instead of 32 GB like the original one. Meanwhile, the $699 tablet offers 128 GB rather than only 64GB as older one. This change is appreciated by prospective customers who are looking for more available space rather than the 16GB model. Unfortunately, the storage issue was not considered and improved to whole iPad product line. There is no also way to increase the space via micro SD cards like other competitive tablet on the market place. As an alternative, Apple’s customers could use iCloud service to save their data by paying for more storage space on there. However, the option is not available if their devices are not connected to the internet or when they are on the plane.

Apple with the iPad Air is known as the best tablet producer in term of screen quality on the market. Since the iPad Air 2 launched, its display feature has been better. By implementing a specific connecting process, there is no longer an air gap between its screen and glass. The practice helps to decrease size of the device and also improve display quality. User could feel comfortable to use the tablet under sunlight because bright glare and reflection are controlled well. Like other Apple product applied Retina resolution technology, the 9.7 inch display also has the identical 2048×1536 attribute. This number not the highest resolution in the competitive market but definitely you will enjoy 1080p video with the excellent high quality.

The iPad Air 2 is also rated high-score because of substantial development of the camera characteristics. The rear iSight camera is 8 megapixels instead of 5 and takes a competitive advantage of resolution level. Thanks again to the new faster A8X processor, there are extra included benefit to the camera such as taking speedily 10 photos per second for images or capturing 120 frames each second for slow-motion videos. Even Apple adjusted to offer more control over pictures and categorizing feature, it is still hard to meet control attribute of some third parties applications.

The iPad Air 2 is thicker there is no impact to the battery dimension. Actually, the battery is smaller with just 27.64 WHrs, compared with the 32.4 WHrs first iPad generation version. Apple said that you can use either the original or the iPad Air 2 to watch videos during 10 hours. I tested the two of them and the real results are better than Apple estimated. You can use the original one in twelve hours and the iPad Air 2 in eleven hour. You might not satisfy with the declined battery life but please note that with the remarkable size and weight, this number is one of the highest numbers that the first-class tablets are able to offer.

To own the iPad Air 2, you need at least $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model. If you want to upgrade its storage, you need to pay additional $100 amount. Meanwhile, starting with $629 is the 4G LTE wireless with the similar 16 GB tablet. This is an attractive price for people who want to try the luxurious iPad’s features at affordable cost. However, if you already experienced an iPad Air, you might not have much motivation to change to the new one. Indeed, you just have to pay $399 to get the original iPad Air 16 GB tablet.

At this segment, Apple has to compete with the redoubtable products: the new Google Nexus 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch. Priced $399, the Nexus 9 display is smaller with competitive attributes. However, applying Tegra K1 processor makes it hard to compare quality with the iPad and somehow led to lower performance level. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S has better resolution screen in term of level and size dimension. It is almost as thick and weighty as the iPad Air 2. Again, the Samsung quad core processor could not compete with the big blast of speed A8X process applied for iPad Air 2. The performance is not the same at higher price of $500 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (White, 7-inch) Review

Overview of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (white, 7 inch)

With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7” tablet, you will find it is extremely easy to stay connected to the whole world. You can hold this handy slate comfortably in just one hand. It is also very easy for you to slip in your sling bag or your purse. Downloading apps, streaming movies, or playing games will be effortless as well as quick with the Android 4.4 OS and the 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Pros

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 does a good job at casual gaming and web browsing. Its screen is pretty good, for a tablet which is at the price $180.

Cons

You can now consider superior devices (for example: the Nexus 7, or Nexus 9) with that budget price. You may need to invest in a micro-SD card.

Bottom line

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 which is $180 may be a suitable choice for a tablet which has reasonable price. However, there are older devices which are greater, as well as new slates which are cheaper.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (White, 7-inch) Review Buy

Descriptions

  • You’ll be pleased that this slate’s LCD display which is 7″ (its resolution is 1280 x 800) is light enough for you to hold comfortably in just one hand. Popping it into your backpack, purse, or bag is easy.
  • It comes with an 8GB built-in flash memory storage which can be expandable to 32GB (please note that the microSD card is sold separately). So, you have ample room to store music, photos, apps, and more.
  • Users can easily access to their multimedia content because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 uses a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It has 1.5GB of RAM. So, users can download as well as share their documents/media quickly and simply.
  • It is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 and Integrated WiFi. Users can connect their Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to the web from a WiFi hotspot or from their home network. Pairing Bluetooth-enabled devices is also very easy.
  • Its rear camera is 3 megapixels, its front camera is 1.3 megapixels. With these two cameras, users can capture their life’s moments as well as make video calls.
  • Multitasking is now a breeze because of multi-user, multi-window and screen mirroring features.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 comes with one USB 2.0 port as well as an HDMI output. Adapter is sold separately.
  • It operating system is Android 4.4 (KitKat). Everything is smooth and customizable.

Detail Review for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (white, 7 inch)

Design and specifications

The Galaxy Tab 4 is not very attractive in terms of its design. You will get a plastic slab which weighs 277 g (9.76 ounces). It is 10.8 cm (4.25”) wide. You will find this slate is quite comfortable for you to hold. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4’s back is smooth. It feels nice in your hands because it is not slippery and it isn’t textured or grippy. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is not the most comfortable slates to hold in your hands. However, it is better than cheaper tablets such as the Toshiba Excite Go, which is $99.

Up top sits the headphone jack. On the bottom is the Micro-USB charging port. Home button which is physical is flanked on either side by the capacitive back. On the lower bezel are app-switcher buttons.

The volume control rocker and the lock switch are designed to be on the right side. On the bottom right you will find the microSD card slot hidden by a flap. That is secure but fairly easy to open. Moreover, with the IR blaster on the side, you can use this slate as a remote control, thanks to the Samsung WatchOn app.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4’s display is 7”. Its resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels. Its pixel density is 215 pixels/ inch. On-board storage is 8GB. Its MicroSD card slot supports 32GB cards.

Performance and camera

This slate comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor as well as 1.5GB of RAM. You will find its performance is good enough for basic tasks:  streaming videos online, skipping through menus, or browsing the Web.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is suitable for playing casual games such as Angry Birds Transformers. Frame rates are while smooth. It performs not very good when it comes to hardware-intensive games such as Dead Trigger 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 uses 4,000mAh battery which is rated at about 10 hours. If reading and Web browsing is the main activity, your tablet can lasts for a day and a half. If you watch movies or play nonstop videos, it will run out of battery after 4 or 5 hours.

On the rear of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a single speaker. However, you will find that it pipes out sound which is weak and tinny. This is not a big surprise because its size is tiny. When you lay your device flat on a desk, it is easily to block it. And you will find yourself muffling it with your hands when you hold the slate up in landscape mode.

The 1.2 MP front camera and the 3MP rear one is just good enough for you to take some pictures as well as make some video phone calls when needed. Photos may be dull and grainy. Colors are washed out.

Software and features

Samsung’s TouchWiz still runs the show with the custom Android skin which is familiar to anyone who has used Samsung’s devices before.

Users will find there are some cool TouchWiz’s enhancements. Multi Window allows you to have 2 windows displayed on the screen at the same time.

In addition, S Voice allows you to double tap your home button to pop up the Samsung’s Voice assistant.

Conclusion

The Galaxy Tab 4 can be regarded as one of the “good enough” tablets that do not break any new ground. It is a tablet which has reasonable price and brings enough basic features. If you just need to play some casual games and reading some e-books, this slate is a suitable choice.

 

Acer Iconia Tab 8 Review

Overview of the Acer Iconia Tab 8

The Pros

It offers wide port selection

It has helpful gestures to wake from sleep

The Cons

Its battery life is short

Its camera quality is poor

Its audio is soft and its screen is quite dim

Verdict

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 offers a 8” display which is full HD. It has a reasonable price. However, you may dislike its short battery life as well as its dim screen.

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Acer Iconia Tab 8 Review Buy

Detail Review for the Acer Iconia Tab 8

Is there still market for tablets which are mid-sized when smartphones becomes larger? The Acer Iconia Tablet 8 is one of the tablets which try to make the case for the 8-inch category. This tablet is $199 and it offers a full HD display. Its touch controls are unique. In addition, there is a micro HDMI port which allows you to connect the Acer Iconia Tab 8 to a large-screen television.

Display

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 has an 8” 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS screen which is not the brightest nor the most color accurate.

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 measures 290 nits of brightness. This is a bit dim when we compare to the tablet average of 336 nits. The 1280 x 800p screen of the MeMO Pad 8 measures 376 nits and the result of the 1920 x 1200 screen of the Dell Venue 8 is 352 nits.

While the category average is 5.8, 8.7 is the result when we use a colorimeter to measure a Delta-E rating on the Acer Iconia Tab 8 (0 is perfect). When it comes to the MeMO Pad 8 and the Venue 8’s, these results are 7.2 and 5.8.

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 displays 78.8% of the sRGB color gamut. It beats out the Asus ( 72%) and the Dell ( 73.4%), although the average result of the category is much higher (85%).

In direct sunlight, it might be hard for you to see anything displaying on the slate. However, indoors, you can find that viewing angles on this Acer tablet is very good. Clear images are coming through at nearly 900 to the side.

Design

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 has a white-and-silver frame which is made of plastic. You can find its two-megapixel camera just on the top right of the white bezel surrounding the tablet’s 8” display on the front.

Flipping this Acer over, you can easily find the 5-MP camera protruding from the top center. There is a speaker row lining the bottom back. Along the curved edge, on the right side are the tablet’s power button and the volume rocker. MicroSD card slot is on the left side. The Acer Iconia Tab 8 supports up to 32GB MicroSD card.

You may find ports for microUSB and Micro HDMI on the top edge, next to the headphone jack. It may be a bit odd because usually they are at the bottom. In this price range, it is good to see there is a micro HDMI port.

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is quite heavier than other 8” slates. It weights up to 12.6 ounces. You may feel strain on your arm during long sessions of play. The Asus MeMO Pad 8 weighs just 11.34 ounces ( its dimensions: 8.3” x 4.9” x 0.33” ) while the Dell Venue 8 weighs 11.8 ounces and it measures 8.5” x 5.1” x 0.35”.

Camera

Like the MeMO Pad 8 and the Dell Venue 8, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 has a rear camera which is 5 megapixels and its front camera is 2 megapixels. However, neither shooter is up to snuff.

When it comes to the rear camera, red and orange bushes on a sunny day look pretty. However, you may find that the whites and reds may be overly saturated. Details are not very clear and colors are not very true as you might expect.

Photos taken by the 2-MP front camera is just good enough to see your face. You might not think of using it for a Skype interview.

Audio

You may be a bit disappointed because the stereo speakers of this tablet can barely fill your small room with sound. Moreover, the sound quality is not very good as you may expect.

For example: in case you listen to the song “Banana Pancakes” (Jack Johnson), you may hear odd static during pauses in the music. You may also find that the pervasive bass in “Turn Down for What” (Lil Jon and DJ Snake) will sound like a light tap on a doorframe.

When we play a tone 13” away, the Iconia Tab 8 registers 79 dB while the Dell Venue 8 registers 83 dB and the Asus MeMO Pad 8 notches 80 dB.

Performance

The Iconia Tab 8 which has a 1.33-GHz Intel Atom quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space can perform smoothly. You will have no problems using Gmail, Chrome, Youtube and Maps. However, there may be a slight lag when you switch your slate from portrait to landscape modes. N.O.V.A. 3 may crash on you sometimes.

When running VidTrim test, you can find that it takes about five minutes and twenty seven seconds for the Acer Iconia Tab 8 to transcode a 204MB, 1080p video to 480p. That is great because the average result of the category is 9 minutes and 12 seconds. The Venue 8 needs 6 minutes and 33 seconds and the MeMO Pad 8 needs 5 minutes and 22 seconds to finish the task.

About graphics performance, when running 3DMark Ice Store Unlimited, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 scores 16,729. This result beats the average of 13,046. The Dell Venue 8 scores 9,666 and the MeMO Pad 8 scores 13,754.

Apps

There is a lot of Acer’s own software on the Acer Iconia Tab 8. You will like its basic camera app as well as Acer Portal. The Portal allows users to “build their own cloud” using Acer-branded apps for music, files, photos and documents.

The abPhoto app can help auto-archive photos you take by your slate onto your PC at home. It is great because it has no limits in terms of file sizes. The abMusic app allows you to stream your music collection which is stored on your home PC to your Acer Iconia Tab 8. If you want, you can also download the tunes onto the Iconia Tab 8. The abDocuments and abFiles apps will help you do the same thing with your non-audio files.

Of course, the standard set of Android apps is also included (Gmail, Chrome, Drive, Hangouts, and Google+). There are also some 3rd-party titles such as Kindle, Booking.com Hotels, Astro File Manager, Evernote, as well as a MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7 Pro (free trial).

Moreover, you can download more than one million games and apps from the Google Play store. The Amazon App Store is also on the Acer Iconia Tab 8.

User Interface

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 runs  Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Android fans will be familiar with ersion icon shortcuts lining the bottom of the slate’s display — as well as the home, apps, and touch back buttons.

When you drag down from the top left, you will find a customized quick settings drawer. Acer Touch WakeApp settings allow you to configure your tablet so that you can use all of your five fingertips to touch the screen or put both of your thumbs on the tablet’s screen to wake it from sleep. Both options are quick as well as easy to use.

Your notifications will be revealed when you swipe down from the top left of the Acer Iconia Tab 8’s screen. In addition, you can start Google Now when dragging up from the bottom of your slate’s display. Android keyboard stock is also available. It can support trace typing.

Battery Life

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 can last 6h53m in case you connect it to Wi-fi and continuously surfing the Web on 150 nits of brightness.

That result is not very ideal. 8 hours and 37 minutes is the average result of the category. The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 can endure for 9 hours and 02 minutes, and the Dell Venue 8 lasts 7 hours and 57 minutes.

Bottom Line

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 which is $199 seems to be a decent deal for an Android tablet which is 8”. However, its battery life isn’t very ideal. If you are looking for a tablet which offers wide port selection at reasonable price and you don’t mind the low-resolution screen, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 may be a one of the choices you should consider.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (Android, 13-inch) Review

Overview of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro ( Android, 13-inch )

 

PROS

 

– It has a gorgeous QHD display

– Its body is sleek and stunning

– It has a built-in projector which is handy

– There is a versatile onboard kickstand

– You will enjoy its useful software as well as its booming audio

 

CONS

 

Its battery life is below-average

You have to use both of your two hands because of its large design

 

VERDICT

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a QHD display which is 13-inch, an onboard kickstand as well as a built-in projector.

With this Lenovo tablet, having no TV will not be a problem anymore. You just need is a blank wall in other to cast your favourite Netflix series on a big canvas. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro packs a pico projector which allows you to stream videos, photos, notes as well as sketches to any surface.

Of course, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s display which is 13-inch QHD may be large enough on its own. You know, you can enjoy this sleek, sexy body tablet as an ultimate entertainment device when it comes with loud JBL speakers.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro ( Android, 13-inch ) Review Buy

Detail Review for the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro ( Android, 13-inch )

 

Design

Let’s talk about eye candy! The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a matte metallic silver paint and sharp profile which are very futuristic-looking. Your guests may gasp in awe when seeing this tablet sitting on your living room table.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a cylindrical bottom edge like previous Yoga slates. This contains the battery and an aluminum hinge which allows you to prop up the device at many different angles.

The size of this slate which is 13-inch is enough to attract curiosity. Up front is the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s glossy display. However, you may find that this display may attract smudges and fingerprints. There is a 2-megapixel camera above the screen. The back of the device is made of plastic. It looks like the MacBook’s lid, but it has the Lenovo logo in the center. Below is a rounded square panel holding the kickstand release button, the rear camera which is 8MP and the onboard JBL woofer.

The built-in stand is released when you press that button. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s aluminum hinge is sturdy enough to resist your jabbing fingers while it is propped upright.

You may need to carry a larger purse than you normally do because the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s footprint is quite large: 13.1 x 8.8 x 0.1-0.5-inch. However, it can fit in most messenger bags.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro weighs 2.09 pounds. It is heavier than the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 which weighs 1.6 pounds and the Surface Pro 3 which is 12-inch and weighs 1.8 pounds. However, it is lighter than the Surface Pro 3 with the keyboard cover (2.4 pounds). The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is also lighter than the Toshiba Excite 13 (which weighs 2.2 pounds).

 

Ports

There is a volume rocker on the left of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. You can also find  an audio jack and a microUSB slot here. On the right is a projector on/off switch. The projector is at the right end of the barrel, and at the other end is the power button. You can find a focus control sliding toggle next to the projector. Slot for microSD cards is tucked in the groove under the kickstand. You can store up to 64GB of data.

Multimode

Like other Yoga tablets, there are four modes of viewing: Stand, Hold, Tilt and Hang. Your tablet will be in Stand mode when the kickstand is fully extended so that the tablet sits almost perpendicular to your table. When you fold the kickstand into the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro completely, your tablet is in Hold mode. When you rest the sharp edge of the stand on your table, your Yoga Tablet is in Tilt mode. This mode allows you to type as well as draw on the display easily.

On the kickstand you can notice there is a hole. This cut-out allows you to you to hang your tablet from a knob or a hook. It also makes room for the JBL woofer which is built into the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s base. Hang mode is very convenient when you need to hang your tablet from your kitchen cabinet so that you can follow a recipe which is quite complex.

Projector

In case the 13” display of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is not large enough to share, the built-in projector comes in handy. The Yoga Tab 2 Pro’s pico projector can display a 50”-wide, 854×480 image on your wall or screen from 6.56 feet away.

To avoid slanted image, you should  prop your tablet up in Tilt mode for optimal projection. You may find projected images look somewhat dim because of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s brightness rating of 30-40 lumens. Of course there are a lot of pocket projectors which offer  50-100 lumens. However, those devices cost about  $200 – $400.

To turn on or off the the projector, you just need to press the button which is on the edge of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro and hold it for a few seconds. Another way is to use the software control panel which will slide up from the bottom edge of the screen. Once the projector is on, everything on your Yoga Tablet will be beamed. To conserve battery power, after 10s, the display will go to sleep.

In case you play a 1080p trailer in darkened room at night, you may find that green fields as well as orange flames in that trailer appear washed out. Although texts as well as credits are clear, other details are hard to make out. Image quality can be vastly improved when you are in a pitch-black video studio. Details are clearer and colors are much brighter.

There is no discernible lag between what is displayed on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro and what is being projected. You can try drawing on your slate and watch as your doodling happen at the same time on your wall.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with a Projection app which allows you to project your PDF documents, videos, pictures, slideshows as well as doodles. You can also turn on Split Screen projection which is very convenient when you need to use your tablet without affecting the content projected.  Only the content playing on the Projection app is streamed.

Using the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, you have no need to worry about the keystone effect ( distortion occurring when you project an image at an angle ). However, you may find that this feature sometimes kicks in only after you have shifted the device.

Although the image quality isn’t very good, it’s really convenient when you can share content on your screen anytime you want. You may not need to use that feature everyday, but you will find it extremely helpful when you have a last-minute presentation.

Display

You will enjoy watching TV shows as well as playing games on the Yoga tablet 2 Pro’s 13” QHD IPS touch screen.  It is 2560 x 1440 one. Details are clear and colors are vivid. Texts as well as graphics are also sharp.

On some brightness meter, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro measures 335 nits. This is dimmer than the iPad Air 2 which measures 368 nits. However, it is brighter than the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 which measures 322 nits.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro displays fewer colors than the Galaxy Tab S and the iPad Air 2. On our colorimeter, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro produces just 75.1% of the sRGB color gamut.

Audio

Accompany the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s large screen are the onboard wooferand  JBL speakers. They provide big and clear sound.

You will like using the bundled Dolby Audio app. This app allows you to choose between Music, Game, Movie, Voice as well as two custom sound profiles.

In addition, there are also an embedded Wolfson Master Hi-Fi audio processing chip which helps reduce noise.

In case you play a tone on your Yoga Tab 2 Pro and measure it from 13” away, your slate will notch 93 decibels. The result of iPad Air 2 is 81dB. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 notches 79dB (equal to the tablet category average )

 

 

Performance

The 1.33-GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is powerful. Your tablet can handle multitasking well. The game N.O.V.A. 3 can run smoothly even though you are opening Camera, Google Maps, Contacts, and 4 Chrome tabs in the background. However, there maybe some lag when you switch between apps or when you change your tablet from portrait to landscape mode.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro scores 2,511 on Geekbench. This result is better than most of the other tablets in the category. However, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 which has the octa-core Exynos chip scores up to 2,776 while the iPad Air 2 scores up to 4,547 ( it is 64-bit A8X-backed, you know )

In addition,  transcoding a 203MB 1080p video to 480p takes about 5:27. The average slate  takes up to 9:07 to finish the same task.

Graphics

Besides Candy Crush or Angry Birds, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is also a suitable choice for you if you like to play graphics-intensive games. It will not flinch as you battle hordes of enemies, in case you play N.O.V.A. 3.

Once again, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro notches a lower score than the 21,660 score of iPad Air 2 in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. But this time its score which is 16,722 is better the Galaxy Tab S 10.5’s 13,481 score. The average score of the category is  12,118.

Cameras

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro offers a 8-MP camera. It is good, but it is not very impressive. You can find that Red Flatiron buildings are accurately rendered, and orange-and-brown exposed bricks on a roof facade are washed out. Images and details are clear. Video recording is also quite good.

There is a front camera which is 2 megapixels. It can capture vibrant but a bit blurry portraits.

Software and Apps

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. There are some Lenovo customizations which are very convenient.  “Bottom Switch” will appear when you swipe up from the bottom of your tablet’s screen. It is a control panel. You can start the camera or the projector from this menu. It also allows you to toggle brightness as well as connectivity options ( GPS, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, or Wi-Fi ). You can hold down each button in this panel to go to more settings for that option.

The tablet has MultiWindow feature. It allows you to launch 3 apps in floating windows on top of open programs. Opening side by side 2 apps is permitted. However, there are only 6 apps supporting MultiWindow. And sadly, you cannot drag and drop content between windows.

Lenovo’s SyncIt HD, ShareIt, and CloneIt apps are included. They are available for Windows and iOS, also.  Lenovo eFrame is another apps that you may like because it can turn your Yoga tablet into a digital photo frame. Moreover, Lenovo Sketchpad allows you to draw over whatever is on your tablet’s screen.

 

Battery Life

According to Lenovo, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a 9,600-mAh battery which can last 5 hours of projector streaming, 8 hours on Wi-fi browsing and up to 15 hours on standby. On some battery tests, you may find that batteries of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, the iPad Air 2, as well as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 last longer than our Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro. However, we should remember that the Yoga has a larger screen to power.

When you purchase the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, Lenovo offers you a one-year parts and labor warranty.

Bottom Line

With its built-in projector, strong JBL speakers, excellent QHD display and convenient kickstand, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a great multimedia device which can almost replace your television. Moreover, the Yoga Tab 2 Pro is also very easy to use because of its nifty software customizations.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch Tablet Review

The Bottom Line

There are significant improvements in the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX which make the tablet a remarkable version. All hardware issues from the original Fire HD are solved in the new version with the upgraded resolution screen and software. The version runs smoothly and has responsive performance. Moreover, the On-call videos support service is always available whenever you have problems. However, the tablet has no rear-camera and microSD card slot. You also have to pay additional fee if you want to remove ads.

It should be noted that although the Amazon model is an Android-based tablet but not all Android applications are able to download as Google Play Store. The Kindle Fire HD is highly recommended for those who are not familiar with tablets or who are interested in benefits of Amazon Prime membership for reading books and watching videos.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch review buy

Description

  • Fire OS 3.0 – Based on Android v4.2
  • 2GB Memory
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • Quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 (Cortex-A9)
  • 7″ WUXGA Multi-touch Screen (1920×1080 resolution)
  • 1.0 MP Front Camera
  • Adreno 330 Graphics
  • Wifi 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth
  • MicroUSB, 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • 7.3 x 5.0 x 0.35 in @ 0.67 lbs.

Pros

  • Significant High Resolution Screen
  • Upgraded Software including On-call Video Support
  • Long-lasting Battery Life

Cons

  • Charging fee for Removing Ads
  • No MicroSD Card Reader
  • No Rear-camera

Detail Review – Kindle Fire HDX

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX looks very different to the previous tablet. It is slimmer and lighter with remarkable upgrades. The front design is not changed much but there are remarkable changes in the back. Unlike the Kindle Fire HD  with rounded edges, the new model has angles edges. It also lighter with only 0.67 pounds and slimmer at just 0.35 inches due to the impressive construction of magnesium and glass/nylon composites. The soft surface also makes it remarkably comfortable to hold. Amazon added volume buttons for the new model which is lacked in the previous version. However, they are at recesses so it is not easy to find the buttons at the first time.

The Kindle Fire HDX has significant improvement in term of performance. It runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHZ with 2GB of RAM to which create smooth proceeding when you are running multiple apps at once. It overpasses the previous Kindle Fire HD by offering not only quick and responsive interface feature but also a modern graphics processor. Users now have smooth experience with the system and enjoy serious games which they couldn’t have with the previous tablet.

The next remarkable improvement of the tablet is the screen quality. The display resolution has been upgraded to 1920×1080. As a result, the Kindle Fire HDX is able to display high definition 1080p video content instead of only 720p as the previous model. The upgraded feature is the same as Google tablet – the 2013 Nexus 7. There is only one difference of the display is the reflective glass layer. It is hard to use the device outside even when you crank the brightness up all the way. Thankfully, the brightness can be set at high levels and adjusted automatically with an ambient light sensor.

Besides the changes in hardware, there are numerous changes the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet’s software. The original carousel interface still is used to browse between applications and media. However, adding a grid view makes the process become faster and easier to manage. In additional, you could quickly switch between applications with the Quick Switch instead of moving back to its home screen.  The May Day becomes the most useful function for users who are unfamiliar with technology. It provides free one way video call to an Amazon expert. The person will provide supportive resolutions, even by drawing on their screen. Hope that all new users could experience the service with low waiting times as Amazon promised. There is one more supportive feature which will be available at mid-November named Second Screen. With the feature, you can move media files from the tablet to a TV for watching.

There is not much information about the Kindle Fire HDX tablet’s internal battery capacity but it is claimed to run eleven hours for mixed using and seventeen hours for reading. In video rundown test, the tablet’s battery life is ten hours and thirty minutes and it is longer than the Google Nexus 7 (2013). However, the running time is not as long as twelve hours of the first generation Apple iPad Mini tablet. You can use the tablet for reading during seventeen hours as it has a useful reading mode. The feature saves the battery life by turning down numerous internal running functions. However, it’s still hard to be comparable with the dedicated Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

The tablet’s price is quite high at $299. It is the same as the price of the Google Nexus 7 but lower than the price of the Apple iPad Mini. Unfortunately, the price is included the special offers which has ads on the lock screen like the first Kindle Fire. You have to pay additional $15 to remove the ads. In additional, power adapter is not provided so it’s just charged from a USB port on your computer. Beside the drawbacks, the Kindle Fire HDX also has a disadvantage of restricted software access as a typical Amazon device. This is also the main reason why users prefer the Nexus 7 which has larger selection of applications than Amazon’s offerings.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 10-inch) Review

Overview of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android, 10-inch )

 Description

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android, 10-inch ) competes really well against many other 10” tablets on market because of its much-improved processor and display as well as its good price ( under $300). If you aren’t bound by apps to the iTunes world, this tablet is suitable for you. Users who do not want to spend $200 more to purchase a Sony Xperia, a Galaxy Tab or an iPad Air 2 may also like the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 tablet has a unique as well as effective design. Depending on the way you use your tablet, it may be superior to many slates which have traditional design. With the new design, this Lenovo tablet is very easy for you to hold with just one hand. Its kickstand adapts to many viewing angles. Moreover, it can be hung. This kickstand is very handy, you will find it is tempting to keep this slate naked so that the kickstand is always ready to fold out when needed. ( Anyway, it is recommended that you should not keep your tablet naked, you know ).

 

In fact, you can definitely find out many high-quality tablets which have smaller-screen and low price ( lower than $200, or even lower than $100 ). ( For example, those who are Amazon fans can take a look at the newest Fire tablets.) But if you are looking for a tablet for watching movies as well as reading e-books, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2’s 10” screen is worth your extra money. This Lenovo Yoga Tablet delivers fine performance, good ergonomics and flexibility with a competitive price.

Pros

  • This Android tablet which has a 10” full HD screen has a reasonable price.
  • Not only it is thin and light, it is also very attractive
  • It has rich speakers which are well-positioned
  • You will find its kickstand/grip is innovative

Cons

  • Its kickstand may be almost too convenient to smother with a case
  • If you are an android purist, you may miss the app drawer
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Display

The high-definition screen ( up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels ) of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 makes use of IPS technology ( in-plane-switching technology). You will find its display quality is great with sharp images and brilliant colors. This is a big improvement over the 1,280 x 800 – pixel panel last year. Stills look well-balanced, with true colors and smooth as well as well-rendered video playback.

Moreover, you will be satisfied when it comes to viewing angles. An IPS screen tends to offer far superior off-angle viewing than what a plain TFT screen does. When you look at the screen at most oblique angle possible, you may not see any fading of the image or any color fading. From all 4 sides, the onscreen image maintains a steady and undistorted appearance as long as you are not practically looking at this Lenovo edge-on. The capacitive touch surface of its screen is also fully responsive to your swipes and taps, with few missed pokes as well as prompt-feeling action.

Battery

When turning off Wi-fi and let the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android , 10-inch) play a movie which is locally stored, on a loop and with 50% brightness as well as volume ( just imagine that you are watching in airplane mode the movie Inception over and over again on your flight from China to New York ), this Lenovo tablet can last up to 9 hours and 30 minutes. Generally, it is a good result. However, it is just in the bottom half of the range.

Lenovo estimates eighteen hours of use with a more typical mix of activities ( for example: 2 hours watching videos, 2 hours listening to music, 2 hours surfing the Internet, and so on.) This seems believable. Moreover, you can find that after lengthy stretches in sleep mode, the Yoga Tab 2 is barely budged. So, as long as your job isn’t watching movies the whole day, the tablet can get through the day and you can recharge it at night, or maybe every other night.

Design

The speakers of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 are on either side of its screen around the hinge. You can find its front facing camera on the left. When you hold the device vertically, the camera will be at the top.
There is a slot for micro-SD card on the back.
On the left, there is a microUSB jack which can be used for syncing/ charging the Yoga Tab 2. The volume rocker can be found here, too.

On the right side is an audio/headphone jack which is 3.5mm.

How it feels

You will find one of the best features of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is that it has four different stand modes, which makes it a convenient tablet. Many users like the “Hang” mode, especially for those who have hooks in their garage or around their house. The Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android , 10-inch ) can be easily hung while it is still playing some music or a movie.

 

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2’s design may be one of the most unique ones you have seen. And it changes the way you actually hold it, too. You can  hold the tablet from the bottom where its speakers and battery can be found. And because the bulk of the Yoga Tablet 2’s weight is found from the bottom, even when you are laying or sitting down, your hand gravitates toward that part of the tablet to counteract the weight and balance it.

 

OS & Software

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 runs Android “KitKat”, version 4.4.2. A casual Android user may not notice much difference, but a sharp-eyed Android affection will recognize the difference from stock Android here. There are 2 main modifications. First, the app tray/drawer which is usually shown as a dot-grid icon has been removed.

Second, there is an additional settings panel. You can access it when you swipe up from the bottom of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2’s display, iOS-style…

Beside Google apps ( which include Youtube, Drive, Gmail, Maps and Chrome ), the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android , 10-inch ) has some pre-installed classics like Skype, Evernote, as well as a Kindle reader app. Moreover, there are also a User Guide app ( which is well-designed, very friendly and helpful ), a Dolby equalizer app and a Yoga Tablet 2 tour app. You will find that the Dolby equalizer app is not complex. You can grok it easily. It is remarkably effective when it comes to making tablet audio for many kinds of media…

You will like the app mixture here. If you are a Tweaker, you will find plenty to keep them engaged. The guide and tour apps make the Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android , 10-inch) easier to gift to a family member or a friend who may be new to Android in tablet form ( or any form ).

Features & Apps

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android, 10-inch) has four “modes”.

There is tilt mode which is suitable for typing…

Hold mode, which is the mode with the kickstand put to bed, allows you to hold the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android, 10-inch) as a real book. Because the spine shifts the center of gravity of the tablet, you will find holding this Lenovo is much easier than holding some tablets which has traditional design ( iPad, for example ).

There is stand mode which is suitable for media consumption. This mode has a 90-degree position. You can feel that via a detent in the swivel. However, this swivel holds a firm grip at nearly any other angle. You are able to prod, poke, as well as swipe the touch display at all, but the most daring limbo-esque reclinations, and it does not  budge…

The fourth mode is hang mode. On the kickstand, you will find an oval hole.

Now, if you find it is really hard and inconvenient to type on a tablet ( in case you need to type a lot ), the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android, 10-inch) has a combination keyboard/cover for you. This is an optional choice. The keyboard does not physically dock to the tablet. It uses a Bluetooth connection.

Performance

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 has a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor. Its  RAM’s capacity is 2GB and its onboard storage is up to 16GB. This Atom, which is one of the members of Intel’s Bay Trail-T family, is an improvement from the quad-core MediaTek processor of Yoga Tablet 10. That MediaTek was backed by half the RAM.

Overall Performance (Synthetic Benchmarks)

When it comes to Geekbench 3 ( which performs a series of multi-core as well as single-core tasks in other to measure raw processing horsepower for many different applications ), the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 cannot keep up with some tablets which are higher-end, such as Galaxy Note (2014), Galaxy Tab S, and Sony Xperia. However, it trounces the Galaxy Tab 4 and beats the Asus Transformer in both the 2 tests…

This Lenovo tablet is on par with most of other competitors, except for the 10” Galaxy Tab 4, when it comes to AnTuTu Benchmark. (AnTuTu Benchmark assesses most tablet functions such as 2D/3D graphics , CPU, memory performance, you know ).

Dell Venue 8 7000 Review

Overview of the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series tablet

The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series tablet which is also known as the Dell Venue 8 7840 is a well-designed tablet  with great build quality. It is remarkably light and thin, and it has flat edges which are visually striking while it is still ergonomic because of the Dell Venue 8 7840 tablet’s thinness. The aluminium construction ensures that there is no bit of flex to the chassis. However, no device is perfect. The Dell Venue’s bezel design looks impressive, but it may be hampered by some technological limitations as well as several software issues. But in general, the Dell Venue 8 7840 is still a good tablet which both looks as well as feels like one of the premium devices on market.

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Before we discuss this tablet’s design, below is the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series tablet’s specifications. These will help you to have an overview of how this tablet can stack up to the competition.

Dell Venue 8 7000
Price Starting at $399
Battery 5900mAh (21Wh)
Display 8.4″ 2560×1600 AMOLED
Dimensions 215.8 x 124.4 x 6.0 mm, 306g
Camera 8MP Rear Facing + 2x 720p Depth Cameras
2MP Front Facing
RAM/NAND 2GB LPDDR3, 16GB NAND + microSDXC
OS Android 4.4.4 KitKat
SoC Intel Atom Z3580 Moorefield quad core Atom with 2.33GHz burst speed,
PowerVR G6430
Connectivity 1×1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0 , USB2.0
LTE SKU Available

As we can see on the table above, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is a high end tablet in many areas. However, you may find it hard to understand why its storage configuration is just 16GB, although the micro-SD slot can help; its GPU is also potentially limiting. Dell does offer a wireless keyboard / case which is optional.

One of the most competitive points of the Dell Venue 8 7000 is that this tablet is now the thinnest one in the world, according to its manufacturer – Dell. Both Sony and Apple have tablets which are 6.1 mm thick, but the Dell Venue 8 7000 is exactly 6 mm thick. You may not really recognize the difference in thickness between the iPad Air 2 and the Venue 8, but both of them are extremely thin. In addition, this Dell tablet feels more impressive because it is smaller as well as significantly lighter. Its chassis is made mostly of aluminium. At its bottom is a small plastic region which is for housing the camera and speakers. You will find that holding this tablet in hand is very comfortable because the aluminum feels sturdy and solid.

However, the design of the Dell Venue 8 7000 has a unique aspect that we need to mention: its unconventional bezel proportions and speaker positioning. Unlike most of other tablets , this Dell choose to use very thin benzels of equal width on the left, right, top and one thicker bezel on the bottom. This Infinity Display provides space for display drivers required as well as various circuitry.  In addition, its stereo speakers and its front-facing camera are placed in a section which is beneath the bottom bezel.

This design is an unconventional but unbalanced bezel one, and it causes some issues when you hold the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet. In portrait mode, its large bezel as well as its speaker at the bottom of the tablet does not really a matter. However, you will find it is hard and uncomfortable to hold the Dell Venue 8 7000 in landscape mode. The situation is exacerbated because of the extremely thin bezel on top of the tablet. Moreover, the other thin bezels, unfortunately, also let your fingers rest on the tablet’s display.

Besides, the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series tablet has RealSense camera which uses multiple cameras to judge depth. There are 3 cameras on the rear: one is 8 MP and two others are 0.9 MP.

There are many clever apps support the camera. Dell Gallery app which is built-in allows you to edit your photos, to shift the focal point after taking an image or to drop the colour out of an image’s background. This technology also let you measure objects in photographs. You can snap a shot of a table in your room, tap each edge, and you can get an accurate measurement. Moreover, you can also make some funny animated images using this technology.

 

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Windows, 10-inch) Review

Overview of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Windows, 10-inch)

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Windows, 10.1” display) is a good choice for those who are looking for a tablet which has an Intel Processor as well as an enough storage space and RAM to install many essential apps. Its kickstand design let users adjust the tablet’s display angle when they need. Moreover, there is also a Bluetooth keyboard included.

Detail Review for the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Windows, 10-inch)

Design & Internals

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 ( Windows, 10-inch ) has an LED LCD screen. This display can support high-definition videos. Its resolution is 1920 x 1200 pixels.

This Lenovo has 2 GB of RAM as well as 32GB of storage. About the camera, you can find its 8MP rear-facing camera along its cylinder. The cameras are very well-integrated.

You will find this device will not slow down as long as you are not opening some particularly troublesome apps such as iTunes.

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Having looking at Windows tablets for many years, maybe you have not seen any design like the Yoga Tab 2 Windows tablet. Again, there’re many things which are familiar here. Above a Windows button which is touch-sensitive ( on the front of the tablet ) is the tablet’s 10.1”. This Lenovo comes with two speakers, two cameras and a single kickstand which has a hook hole. There are also a Mini HDMI port, a micro-USB as well as headset jack.

However, you won’t find these ports in their usual positions. That is one of the hints that this tablet targets to different audiences. You will find that there is a large circular roll which is connected to the kickstand. That this roll bulges out makes the bottom of the tablet stick out from the other parts of the Yoga Tablet 2’s body. All necessary buttons and ports are built into this roll. The 2 speakers flank this Lenovo’s repositionable kickstand. So, you will find they are always facing you. On the right side of this Lenovo’s pseudo-cylinder sits the headset jack. On the opposite side is the power button which is glowing.

 Experience

The Yoga Tablet 2’s cylindrical end is a terrific design flourish as well as a media lover’s dream. When this Lenovo is sitting on your desk, the speakers are facing you. That helps you get the best sound. There is not a lot of bass to be heard from this tablet, but you can hear all voices as well as all sound effects during your favourite movie. They are as clear as you can hear from your television with separate area speakers. You know, Lenovo is supported by Dolby on their sound experience.

That the headset jack is on the right side of the tablet’s cylinder keeps the headphone cable from dangling all across the keyboard. You will find that the kickstand is easy to fold out to start watching videos. Moreover, you will like the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2’s bulge because it makes this tablet a terrific eReader as well as a great tablet to use in portrait mode. You will have the feeling like you are holding a real book.

There are still some issues with the zany design and they are pretty serious.

You know, you do not often flip your tablet in portrait mode unless you are reading. Usually, you hold your tablet in landscape mode while you are browsing websites as well as watching videos. This Lenovo’s cylinder design is not great for holding in landscape mode in your lap. When watching some of your favourite videos in your lap, you may find yourself jostling your headphone out of the socket. In addition, you may accidentally turn the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 with Windows off because there is a large power button on the left end of the tablet’s cylinder. Some users also find themselves accidentally cover up the rear-facing camera of the Yoga Tab 2 Windows 10-inch. That the ambient light sensor is embed below the front-facing camera also causes an accidentally dimmed screen when users keep trying to place their hand there when taking photos or holding their device in landscape mode.

For users who are looking for productivity, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows’ design has more issues. The kickstand is how this tablet holds itself up. This gives you a notebook mode when the Bluetooth keyboard which is included is attached. Bundling the keyboard with the Yoga Tab 2 with Windows is a good touch. However, there’re definitely many better keyboards on the market. The keys are too small as well as tightly spaced together. Its magnets are not strong enough to lock the Yoga Tablet 2 into place.

Conclusion

It seems that the Lenovo wants the Yoga Tablet 2 which has 10” screen with Windows to become a perfect device in terms of both productivity and entertainment. For the most part, they have achieved it. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 with Windows and 10” screen is great for watching movies as well as reading books. The design let you experience these in ways that you have not seen before. In other ways, this design factor also misses the mark. The keyboard which is included has way too much flex. Moreover, the keys are too small to make the Yoga Tablet 2 a productivity powerhouse.

At $369.99, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows 10-inch is a device which comes closer to melding good looks, entertainment, aggressive pricing as well as productivity than any other Windows tablets you may have seen in its category. This can be a great buy in case you are looking for a casual tablet or a great e-reader.

 

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch Review

 Overview of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 8 inch)

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ( Android , 8” , $299 ) is heavier than other competing tablets, but it has a great bulbous design. The convenient kickstand design helps you to use this Lenovo more often as well as in more places. Moreover, its long-lasting battery and its powerful speakers are also very competitive.

THE PROS

It has a versatile design coming with multiple modes

Its battery life is excellent

Its display is very bright

It has powerful speakers

Its overall performance is strong

THE CONS

It is relatively heavy

Its camera is lackluster

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Battery Life

Its 6,400mAh battery can last all day, or even more. On some Battery Tests, the Yoga Tab 2 can last nearly nine hours and forty minutes when we connect it to Wifi and continuously surf the Web at 150 nits of brightness.

Display

Its resolution display is 1920×1200. You may find that colors are a bit dull, but images are sharp.

The Yoga Tablet 2 measures an excellent 497 nits. That is higher than the Asus MeMo Pad 8 ME181C ( its resolution is 1280 x 800p, 376 nits), the Dell Venue 8 3000 series (1920 x 1200p, 352 nits)  and the Acer Iconia Tab 8 (1920 x 1200p, 290 nits )

 

Cameras

On this tablet’s cylindrical side, you can see the rear camera which is 8 megapixels ( it is on the bottom left corner ). You may find it a bit awkward because your fingers may cover the lens when you try to take landscape photos. This camera can take crisp photos. However, the colors may be dull. Video quality is quite nice and acceptable. The front camera which is 1.6 megapixels is not very excellent. You may not want to use it to take “selfie” photos.

Design

The Yoga Tablet 2 looks luxurious with its sleek and cool coating. It has a plastic body, but the brushed silver finish as well as the back with slight texture will make it feel like metal. It is designed like its 10” brother, with a metal kickstand and a cylindrical hinge.

Beside Hold, Tilt, Stand mode, you can use this Lenovo in “Hang” mode, because its kickstand now has an oval cutout which allows you to hook the Yoga Tablet around. Beneath this kickstand is a microSD card inset.

You may find “Stand” mode is suitable for Spotify and YouTube playing. “Tilt” mode is a good choice when you need to type, and when you use the Yoga Tablet 2 in portrait mode, “Hold” is the most suitable mode. You will find that the tablet’s cylindrical side helps it comfortable and easy to grip.

The Yoga Tablet body’s thin and smooth sides are bare for the volume rocker which is slightly textured on the left side. There is a headphone jack on one end of the tablet’s cylinder. On the other end is the power button.

Compared to the and the Acer Iconia Tab 8 ( which is 12.6 ounces), the

Asus MeMO Pad 8 ME181c ( which is 11.36 ounces) and the Dell Venue 8 3000 series (which is 11.84 ounces), the Yoga Tablet 2 is much more heavier. Its weight is 14.72 ounces.

Performance

The Yoga Tab 2 of Lenovo has an Intel Atom Z3745 processor which has the speed of 1.33-GHz. Its RAM capacity is 2GB. Onboard storage capacity is 16GB. You can use a microSD Card to expand it.  You can stream music from Spotify, watch Youtube videos as well as play games with little lag. However, there may be a-few-second-delay when you switch screen orientations.

About overall performance, this tablet scores 2,382 on Geekbench 3 test ( MeMo Pad 8 which uses Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU, 1.33 GHz scores 2,398 ). However, the Yoga Tablet 2 beats out the Iconia Tab 8 ( which scores 2,260 ) and the Venue 8 ( which scores 1,470 ).

When it comes to VidTrim test, this tablet takes 4:28 to transcode a video which is 204MB, 1080p to 480p. The Dell Venue 8 3000 series takes up to 6:33, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 takes 5:27 and the Asus MeMo Pad 8 ME181C takes 5:22.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 tablet also delivers nice graphics performance. On the 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited test, it scores 15,321. This score is lower than the Iconia Tablet 8 ( which scores 16,729 ), but it is higher than13,754 of the MeMO Pad 8 and  9,666 of The Dell Venue 8.

 

Audio

Its front-facing speakers are strong. On some Audio tests, the Yoga Tablet 2 has louder audio than other tablets including the Asus MeMo Pad 8 ME181C and the Acer Iconia Tab 8.

Heat

After 15 minutes watching a YouTube video which is 1080p, The Yoga Tab 2’s temperature is cooler than other competing tablets including the Acer MeMO Pad 8 ME181C.

Interface

The Yoga Tab 2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat. However, Lenovo has made some modifications. You will notice Bottom Switch. As its name, this custom quick-settings menu can be accessed when you swipe up from the bottom of the tablet’s screen.

This is very helpful in case you need to frequently switch between reading and video watching.  You know, it helps you easily adjust the screen’s brightness as well as access Smart Switch, which allows you to change audio and display properties.

Bottom Switch allows you to easily toggle Auto-Rotate, Sleep Mode, GPS, Wi-Fi and MultiWindow, too.

MultiWindow

MultiWindow allows you to open several apps at the same time on the Yoga Tab 2’s screen. You can open 3 apps at once. They will appear in 3 small windows and you can change their sizes as well as move them around the Yoga Tablet 2’s display.

However, this feature just can work with Video, Calculator, Calculator, Gallery, Gallery and Email. You cannot do the same thing with Skype, Evernote, Gmail and YouTube. And you know, the Yoga Tab 2’s 8” display cramps when you open 3 app windows at the same time. Perhaps 2 apps open side-by-side like what Samsung’s Multi-Window split-screen has done is better.

Apps

The Yoga Tablet 2 has some bloatware and some useful 3rd-party apps preloaded. While you use Kindle to read ebooks and use File Browser to search for documents and screenshots, you will forgo Navigate for Google Maps.

Security HD which is a Lenovo’s app coming with the Yoga Tab 2 allows you to block advertisements in apps. It also recommends permissions for the tablet. Shareit helps you share your files with other devices ( which have Shareit installed ) via Wi-Fi Direct. Moreover, you can turn the Yoga Tablet 2 into a smart photo-frame, using Lenovo eFrame.

In addition, Evernote, Twitter, Skype and Facebook are pre-installed. Google apps which include Drive, Gmail, YouTube and Play Music are also pre-installed.

VERDICT

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 which is $229 is an 8” Android tablet which has loud speakers, bright display as well as a flexible kickstand design.

When phones are keep on getting bigger, tablets which are 8-inch become a popular choice for shoppers. And Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 is a good choice for those who are looking for an 8” tablet. This device has great battery life and a kickstand design which is improved. Compared to competing tablets, this Lenovo is heavier, but in terms of display quality, endurance, loud audio as well as performance, it does a great job.

 

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen Review

Overview of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen

A stylus-friendly

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 will let you stop worrying about losing your stylus. This tablet uses AnyPen technology. With this technology, you can use any metal object as a stylus.

Price

This Lenovo is $299 ( about £195 or  AU$370 ). It features a useful and ergonomic design which is conveniently compact. Like other Yoga tablets of Lenovo, it has a kickstand which allows you to prop up vertically. Besides, its spine is chunky rounded, so you can easily hold it in just one hand.

Although it has an innovative design, its performance is not very impressive. However, it is still typical as a Windows tablet which is 8” in this price range. If you are used to using a stylus, this portable and stylus-friendly tablet is a great choice. However, you can hardly use it as a replacement your PC, because its screen is way too tiny to comfortably run Windows 8.

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Specs compared


Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Acer Iconia W4-820-2466
 Operating   system Windows 8.1 (32-bit) Windows 8 (32-bit) Windows 8.1 (32-bit)
Networking 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Display size/resolution 8-inch, 1,280×800 touchscreen 8.1-inch, 1,280×800 touch screen 8.1-inch, 1,280×800 touchscreen
PC CPU 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745 1.3GHz Intel Atom 3740D 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740
PC Memory 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 1,066MHz 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 1,066MHz
Graphics Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics 32MB Intel HD Graphics
Storage 32GB SSD hard drive 32GB SSD hard drive 64GB SSD hard drive
Optical drive None None None
Price $299 $300 $349

 

Design and features

You will find the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 does not look unique in case you are familiar with Yoga line of Lenovo. However, it is quite different from most of the 8” Windows tablets on the market. Its design culminates at the spine ( which is chunky rounded ) on the bottom. This allows you to easily hold this Lenovo in just one hand. Moreover, it also has a kickstand on its back. This kickstand helps you to prop up this tablet and comfortably watching your movies or reading an ebook. Sometimes, you can even lay it down to find a suitable angle to write or type.

The Yoga tablet 2 is relatively light. It weighs 426g. Primarily sleek and slim, it is an excellent mix of functionality and fashion. However, tablet traditionalists might avoid the strange concept for a more basic design

You will find its power button located on the chunky spine, at its right end. Above it are MicroUSB port and the volume. Headphone jack lies on the left end of that spine, above is the Windows button.

On the left rear edge is the Yoga Tablet’s rear camera. You may find it a bit uncomfortable for you to take photos. However, you will be glad to hear that this camera can give you sharp 8mp photos with vivid colors.

This Lenovo has a sharp IPS LCD screen ( its resolution is 1,280 x 800 pixels ).  This resolution is the average one for an 8” Windows tablet which is in this $299 price range. You know, on a tiny screen like this, a resolution which is higher would not make any dramatic difference. The screen has wide viewing angles. You can enjoy colourful and crisp HD videos. However, small texts may be pixelated at times.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 comes with preloaded OneNote as well as a Microsoft Office 365 free subscription. You will find that that the AnyPen functionality can work well on OneNote. It will respond consistently and quickly to the stylus. You can download more stylus-geared apps to your Yoga Tab. Fresh Paint, for example, can help reveal your inner Monet by offering many creative tools.

The Yoga Tab 2 also offers speakers which are Dolby-powered. At medium levels, you will find audio quality crisp. However, at full volume, they may sound a bit harsh, and there is also lacking in bass. By the way, these downsides are common to tablet speakers.

The Yoga Tablet 2 has Window 8.1 version and Android version. The Windows 8.1 one is the first tablet model to have AnyPen technology which accepts any metal object to use as a stylus. You can think of using your pens, pencils or keys to write notes or create magnum opus. This versatility is such an attractive feature that other tablets which are stylus-bearing cannot compete. You will find pens may left little ink marks on the Yoga Tablet 2’s screen, but you can remove them easily by using some elbow grease and a microfiber cloth. Using a pencil is another idea. Your makeshift stylus still works quite smoothly when you write and draw on the Yoga Tablet. Taps as well as other gestures may be inconsistently responsive, so using your finger may be a better choice when you want to navigate around the Win 8.1 system.