button is unconventional — at one end of the tube grip — but it’s easy to find once users get accustomed to the device.
Display and Performance
Yoga Tablet 8’s pricing pits it squarely against last year’s iPad Mini, and the display is just a shade inferior when compared to Apple’s device. However, those looking to buy the 10-inch Yoga Tablet can get a much better display on the iPad Mini Retina (Rs 28,900). Yoga Tablet runs Android 4.2.2, but Lenovo has customised the OS. The app drawer has been removed entirely, which means that you will not have to tap a button to view a list of apps. All your apps are on the home screen by default, just like the layout in Apple’s iOS.
One area where the software differs from iOS, is that you can place widgets on the home screen. I did not like Lenovo’s customisation, since stock Android feels much smoother and refined. There is no point trying to change the interface if the company cannot improve the user experience. A slight lag was noticed when swiping between home screens, especially after many widgets were placed on one of the home screens.
For a mid-range tablet, the device performes as expected. It is capable of running most games, but don’t buy it if you want to play heavy games, such as Real Racing 3, all day. As with most tablets, the Yoga Tablet’s 5 megapixel camera is poor.
One rarely uses the words Android and excellent battery life in the same sentence. Earlier this year, Lenovo’s P780 smartphone debunked that stereotype, although the phone was a little too bulky for most. With the Yoga Tablet, Lenovo has given users excellent battery life in a sleek form. The secret — the tube grip houses its battery. It lasted 10-11 hours on moderate to heavy usage.
Should You Buy It?
It’s good enough for most users, since it supports 3G and voice calls. The tablet deserves credit for excellent ergonomics and battery life. However, buyers will have to live with the Yoga Tablet’s low-resolution display and the dearth of excellent tablet-optimised apps