Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8.0

Posted by gagan at 06:27 am on Wednesday November 12, 2014

The Yoga tablet has been a unique concept. Even in it's first iteration, the idea of a dedicated kickstand was very convenient, but the hardware and screen limitations came in the way of giving the tablet a fair chance. Now we have the new 8-inch Yoga Tablet 2, and it looks like Lenovo has truly upped the game here - with a much better display, a faster processor and an overall performance that makes it a much better overall experience than the previous one. And that's not even its biggest change.

The kickstand concept on a tablet is, frankly, a hit or miss. Opinions are widely divided on it. While many, including us, thing it's a great idea to have a dedicated stand and a grip on the device itself, so you don't have to depend on the accessory market; there are others who don't like its unconventional shape. We're glad that Lenovo has not only carried forward the kickstand to the second generation, but has also gone ahead and added another bit of utility to it. The stand now goes completely flat, and has a nifty hole in the centre, which allows you to mount it as a wall hanging. This adds quite a bit of utility if you think in reference to the places you can mount it - as a recipe display in your kitchen, a media device mounted on the rear of your car's headrest, a temporary wall-mounted TV... you get the drift.

It's great with video, and the kickstand is a god-sent when you want to just sit back and enjoy the video rather than worry about unstable mounts or cramp your hand holding the device

Its cylindrical base also adds some useful features to the tablet. It embeds a pair of Dolby Digital Plus enhanced speakers, which sound way better than the flat and teeny audio you experience from most tablets. And it's quite loud too - enough for it to be clearly audible from a good distance, which is great, considering its new mounting feature.

We weren't fans of the display in the first Yoga Tablet, but there is a marked improvement in Yoga Tablet 2. The eight-inch screen comes with a full-HD display (1920x1200), which looks bright and crisp even at 283ppi pixel density. Video playback especially looks sharp on this screen, be it HD or SD content. It comes with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), which is powered by a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor. It's quite fast, with a score of 31,919 on the AnTuTu benchmark, and can handle heavy applications and games.

It's a pretty well-rounded package overall, but we can't help but keep going back more towards its media playback services. It's great with video, and the kickstand is a god-sent when you want to just sit back and enjoy the video rather than worry about unstable mounts or cramp your hand holding the device. Even for books, the Yoga Tab 2 comes with multiple display settings to help with the most common complaint related to reading books on tablets - eye strain. Plus, we didn't notice a dip when switching back and forth between multiple apps.

When the Yoga tablet was originally announced, this is exactly what we were expecting from the device. It's great to see that Lenovo has delivered the goods in the second generation itself. Sure not everyone will appreciate its unconventional design approach, but even they won't be able to deny the convenience and performance of the Yoga Tablet 2.

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