Lenovo is no stranger to tablets and right now they have a ton of options on the market. One I’ve been using lately is the Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet 8″ with Android. This version is the smaller 8” inch model and I have to say, it’s a pretty awesome little tablet. But the question as always, is it worth buying?
- 8” inch 1920×1200 IPS Display
- Intel Atom Z3745 Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Storage (expandable via microSD)
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 1.6MP Front Camera
- 6400 mAh battery
There are hundreds of Android tablets on the market and while most are different in the software, they all have a basic design in common. However with the Yoga series, Lenovo has set up a different kind of design for tablets and it really makes sense for the form factor. This design incorporates a “hinge” at bottom (or side) that gives you a place to hold the tablet easier and also provides a couple different viewing modes. One is a kickstand that allows you to prop the device up on a table or it you’re careful, your lap to watch movies or TV. Another mode involves the hole in that kickstand that lets you hang the device up on a nail.
As with their other tablets, the kickstand design is a great addition to the tablet, but on this form factor I find it more useful than ever. Since this is an 8” inch tablet, you’re most likely buying it for portability so having the kickstand to grip onto makes a ton of sense and really adds a lot to the tablet. This is something I want in every tablet, but at least for now, you’re only going to get it with a Lenovo device.
Software & Performance
This device is running on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat but Lenovo’s own skin on top. That skin is unfortunately quite heavy and is actually more reminiscent of iOS 8 then it is Android. That said, the skin still functions quite well giving users features like multi-window and the control center accessible from the bottom of the display.
As always however, that heavy skin bogs down performance. While I didn’t notice this in the way of RAM troubles, I did notice it in that the entire experience felt like it was skipping every other frame. This was especially apparent when using the web.
Gaming however was great as the device played games like Riptide GP 2 without any issues. This leads me to believe that the issue with dropped frames is not a problem with the processor, but with the software being optimized for that processor.
The 8” inch 1080p display on this tablet is absolutely brilliant. It’s not only pixel dense and sharp, but colors are fairly accurate and viewing angles are very good. I thoroughly enjoy watching content on this display and it’s great for reading both during the day and at night. You certainly won’t be disappointed in this display.
When it comes to battery this tablet packs a 6,400 mAh cell in it’s hinge. The battery will easily last a day of heavy use if not two. Typically I’d get about 2 days out of the tablet with one including about 2-4 hours of watching TV, an hour or two of reading, and a few hours streaming music while at home.
This Yoga 2 Tablet has two front facing speakers are, as usual, really good. All of Lenovo’s tablets in recent memory have had stellar audio and this one is not different. The sound is not only rich and crisp but also loud enough to fill a small room.
Overall, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet 8” is a solid choice when it comes to an Android tablet. When you add everything up, you’d expect a price quite a bit higher then it’s $229 base price. This may not be the best tablet out there, but if you want something that’s great for use around the house and is easy to hold in one hand, this is one you’re definitely going to want to consider.