Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 Review

Posted by B. Johnson
Published on December 17, 2013 | 0 comments
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 ReviewiPad probably has the best design compared to other tablets out there on the market right now.

However, when it comes to unique design, then there is nothing like the design of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10.

Anyway, hi guys, thanks for stay tuned on this website.

Today, I’m really thrilled to talk about a tablet running Android that has been one of my favorite tablets, thanks to its unique design.

It’s no secret anymore that Lenovo is not a big player in tablet market.

Well, it’s because it’s simply NOT. It may have some good sales going on in laptop or netbook-making business, but when it comes to tablet market, Lenovo is still trying to grow its presence in this field.

But that doesn’t mean that this company can’t deliver the equal challenger for other high-end devices out there, especially the iPad.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 benchmarks and gaming performance

Actually, besides making Android tablets, it’s worth knowing that Lenovo also has one great smartphone that just got launched a few months ago called Lenovo K900, a 2.2GHz CPU smartphone powered by Intel, which is packing some monster specs on it and elegant aluminum-plated design.

That smartphone just shows how Lenovo really takes this new business seriously, even more serious than laptop market.

And that’s the reason why today, i want to bring up one of Lenovo’s tablets that i said earlier had a unique design.

Okay then, introducing to you, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 .

I’m not going into detail about the design of this tablet right now because we’ll get more on that later.

However, something that i think makes this tablet awesome is definitely its hinge, which is gonna be used as the stand for this tablet.

I really like how Lenovo designs this part.

It looks really stand out if compared to other regular “normal” tablets out there.

Okay then, if you’re interested to know more about this unique tablet from Lenovo, i suggest you to read what i’m about to say about this tablet in this review.

However, again as usual, i must remind you that when writing this review, i don’t actually own the tablet by myself.

So this is not an in-depth review of the tablet.

It’s more like what i know and what i want to say about this tablet based on the user reviews and video reviews from many sources across the net.

Well, without further ado, check out my personal review of this tablet below.

But first, let me give you the brief introduction of this tablet.

Introduction

In tablet market, the popularity of iPad no doubt is something that is difficult to top by other competing tablets out there, even some big players like Microsoft, Samsung, Asus or Amazon with its Kindle Fire, let alone new players like Acer or Lenovo.

And it goes the same with the premium design of iPad, that still hasn't found a real serious challenger in that regard.

iPad my win the award for a tablet with the best premium design.

However, when it comes to unique design, which tablet that has the most unique design on the market?

Well, if there is an award for that, then it’s definitely still up for grabs by many tablets out there, including the iPad.

Interestingly, there is one new tablet that i believe has a huge chance to win that award. And that tablet is Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10.

Well, for most people, especially non tech geeks or nerds, Lenovo tablets probably are something that are not familiar to hear given that iPad, Samsung GALAXY tablets or Asus tablets are still the best selling tablets on the market to date.

However, that doesn’t mean that Lenovo tablets will suck.

In fact, as i mentioned earlier, besides tablets, Lenovo actually has some smartphones going on around the market right now.

And one of them is Lenovo K900, a flagship smartphone from the company that is powered by a staggering 2.2GHz Intel mobile processor.

So if that smartphone already shows how serious Lenovo is taking this business, then it goes the same with tablet market.

There are some of Lenovo’s tablets that i think are worth buying tablets. And one of them is Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 .

Design

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 Review: Is it a Great Gaming Tablet?When it comes to performance, then Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 may not have something to write home about, especially compared to other competing tablets like iPad, Google Nexus 7, Tegra Note or Kindle Fire HDX.

However, when it comes to design, then this is probably one of the strongest points of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 .

To illustrate you with how that tablet looks like, imagine a normal laptop that has a rounded hinge on the bottom of the screen, which glues the screen and the keyboard mechanism together, of course with tight screws.

Now imagine that the screen of that normal laptop, is detached from the keyboard.

And that screen alone is used primarily as a single tablet, while the keyboard is thrown off.

Well, that’s how Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 looks like, at least from my own personal view.

What makes this tablet unique is actually its unique rounded hinge on the bottom, which gives this tablet a heavy look on the bottom position of the screen, while at the same also gives users the strong part to hold the tablet.

This is something that is really rare to see on the tablet market to date. In fact, i think there is nothing like this tablet.

I know – Microsoft Surface also has the kick stand on its back that is used to hold the tablet when used in desktop mode, but Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 also has that same kick stand.

This bottom hinge of that tablet is rounded, but not fully rounded because there are some sharp edges around that rounded hinge which actually gives the tablet some strong feet to hold the tablet when it's used in desktop mode.

I think, this tablet will be more interesting to use as a normal tablet because the huge rounded hinge on the bottom of this tablet provides users such a strong hinge to hold the tablet.

But I also like to see how this tablet works in desktop mode because the sharp looking edges on that hinge could also be really a strong feet for the tablet, which probably makes it feel sturdy and solid to use in desktop mode.

So in this mode, accompanied with the Surface-alike kick stand on the back, the experience of using this tablet will be enhanced because that strong sharp hinge really holds the tablet steadily on the ground or table without causing any disruption when touching the screen.

I think this is the main reason why Lenovo designs this unique hinge.

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  • Micro SIM
  • 10.1 inches 1280 x 800 pixels with pixel density of 149 ppi
  • Quad core MediaTek MT8125/8389 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
  • PowerVR SGX 544
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 5 megapixels rear-facing able to record 1920x1080 (1080p HD) videos in 30 fps
  • 1.6 megapixels front-facing camera:
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • USB 2.0
  • 9000 mAh
As a unique-designed tablet, it’s still great to hear that Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 comes with some great quality specs on it, although not as great as powerful tablets like Samsung GALAXY note 10.1 or iPad Air.

First of all, it has a 10.1-inch 720p display, which is lower than the 2560x1600 pixel display and 1536x2048 Retina Display found on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 or iPad Air respectively.

And this is still acceptable given that Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 will be priced cheaper than the Note or iPad Air.

When it comes to performance, this tablet is still pretty good with the equipments like a quad-core 1.2GHz Mediatek ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, which the same graphic card found on iPhone 5.

So you can expect to get a fast and smooth performance on this tablet.

But given that this tablet is running Android OS, then there will some choppiness or lags on this tablet when used for some heavy tasks like gaming, using live-wallpaper or browsing some heavy web pages.

But still, overall, the performance of this tablet can be considered as pretty good for a mid tablet like this.

Luckily, other standard elements like microSD card slot, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing snapper, Bluetooth, GPS and USB, all can be found on this tablet.

One of the best things that you can get on this tablet is definitely its giant 9000mAh battery, making sure that you can use this tablet in probably 2 solid days in heavy usage.

So it’s good to hear that.

Screen
Display is definitely not the strongest point on this tablet. In fact, its 1280x800 pixel display will probably look mediocre given that its size is 10.1-inches.

And this is really disappointing because even 7-inch tablets like Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire 7 HDX both are already sporting full HD 1920x1200 resolution.

So Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 should definitely use that kind of display instead because it’s using a much bigger screen than 7-inch Google Nexus7 and Kindle Fire HDX.

So as a result, don’t expect to see some sharp looking screen on this tablet. And that’s thanks to its medium-resolution screen plus a huge 10.1-inch screen.

Browsing internet will suffer a lot from this because you will always need to do 2-finger gesture to zoom in/out the screen everytime you see some tiny words or pictures that you just can’t see on some website.

Watching games will also be something that is not worth bragging because the videos will be shown in huge screen, plus in medium-resolution.

So there will be some pixelated parts in the movies or videos that can be seen clearly on the screen. And this could really ruin the experience a lot.

And don’t let me start with other things like playing games, reading books or looking at photos.

But the good news is, the 5MP camera on this tablet surprisingly is able to capture 1080p videos.

And this is great because the videos will look absolutely sharp and clear, although the quality of the videos leaves a lot to be desired.

But still, having a 5MP rear-facing camera on a tablet should be welcomed with open arms, even if the quality is not as sharp as iPad’s 5MP camera.

User Interface

Just like any other Android tablets out there, the UI or User Interface of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 looks as normal as it could be.

It has the normal homescreen where you can put your favorite widgets, apps, shortcuts or use live wallpaper on.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and this actually Lenovo’s own version of the OS, with its custom skins, added features or even bloatwares.

However, i’m not really about the future software updates for this device given that the news about Android updates for Lenovo devices are not really often to hear.

In fact, i personally never heard any news regarding this matter on many tech sites across the net.

But maybe, it’s just me who never regularly kept updated myself with phone or tablet-related news every day.

So maybe, i’ve missed some of the news about Lenovo's Android software updates.

Anyway, having come pre-installed with Android OS, then the UI of this tablet will have some similarities with the other Android tablets out there.

However, thank God that Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 comes with Lenovo’s own version of Android OS.

So you’ll find some added features, Lenovo’s custom skins and some added apps.

In the UI itself, there are some interesting features to be found on this tablet.

First of all, it is the right side window navigation, which can be activated by swiping the screen from the right edge of screen to the left.

By doing that gesture, you’ll open a special window that provides you some added features.

For example, there are multi-window apps (e.g., calculator, video player, music player, etc) which you can open while doing other tasks, say, browsing the web or reading books.

This feature is similar like the one found on other tablets like Sony Xperia Z, LG G Pad 8.3 or Samsung GALAXY tab, where you can open small window of apps on top of the screen while doing other tasks at the same time.

The other things found on that right window navigation bar are shortcuts to specific apps, setting mode (stand mode or hold mode) and sound & visual setting modes.

The homescreen itself, of course, allows you to put your favorite widgets, apps or shortcut apps.

Performance

There are some good and bad things about the performance of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10.

Which one do you want to hear first, the good ones of bad ones?. Okay, let me start with the good ones.

As mentioned above, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 comes with some pretty good hardware specs, like a quad-core MediaTek MT8125/8389 clocked at 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX 544 for the graphical side.

However, the question is, do these specs stack up against the likes of LG G Pad 8.3, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Sony Xperia Z tablet or iPad Air?

Well, the answer is absolutely NOT.

Why? Well, it’s because these specs are considered as last year’s standard that sadly, are not even considered as high-end specs.

And this is disappointing because being a new tablet on the market that costs $300, the overall quality, especially specs of this tablet is just not on par with recent tablets on the market to date.

And what makes it even worse is that, even the specs of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 are not equal with some tablets that are priced lower than Lenovo’s tablet, say, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX or Tegra Note 7.

And this is bad because if most of tablet shoppers out there find out that the specs and performance of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 just don’t stack up even against the affordable tablets like Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX or Tegra Note 7, then it’ll definitely scary them away from buying this Lenovo's tablet.

Anyway, this is the bad thing that i want to tell you guys.

So, with that being said, then the performance of using this tablet sits on a thin line between bad experience and good experience.

This means, if you intend to do some heavy tasks like, playing heavy games (let alone playing graphically demanding games), browsing some heavy websites or even using live wallpaper on the homescreen, you will be left disappointed by this tablet.

Its performance will decrease, there are some choppiness or lags when operating the homescreen, browsing the web or playing some heavy games.

And this is something that many tablet consumers have been trying to avoid on any tablet.

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As i mentioned above, on the performance of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 , there is nothing special to write home about.

It may be snappy on some occasions and capable to run some heavy games like Dead Trigger, Asphalt 7: Heat, GTA Vice City, Modern Combat 4 or Real Racing 3.

However, as for GTA Vice City or Modern Combat 4, don’t gets your hopes too high that this tablet is able to run these games in full graphics setting and in buttery smooth performance.

That’s not gonna happen. With that type of specs, i think these heavy games can be played smoothly only in medium graphics setting.

And this is again, so disappointing for a $300 tablet like this because next year, many heavy games will use some sophisticated graphics and visual effects.

And that means, only powerful tablets can play them in full graphics, while Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 users might only be able to play them in medium or even low graphics setting.

And it’s not guaranteed that this tablet can play them smoothly, even in low graphics setting.

So if you’re looking for a much better gaming tablet at lower price than Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 , there are some good alternatives for you, like Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition), Kindle Fire HDX or Tegra Note 7.

And if you’re looking for a 10-inch tablets with great gaming performance, you can snatch iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (LTE edition) or Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

And if you want to go for a smaller 8.3-inch tablet, you can also buy LG G Pad 8.3 tablet.

These tablets will guarantee you that you can still be able to play next year’s games, even the graphics intense games, perfectly, smoothly and most importantly, in full graphics and complete visual effects.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

When it comes to camera on tablet, then it’s no secret anymore that the 5MP camera on iPad Air or iPad mini 2, or iPad in general, has the best tablet camera on the market to date. No argue to that.

And the camera on Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is definitely not going to defeat the camera quality of iPad for sure.

However, even though the camera on Lenovo’s tablet is only able to take mediocre shots, the quality itself is actually not really bad though.

It still delivers some pretty good pictures and videos with it.

It may not be mind-blowing or make you amazed, but still, having a pretty good camera on a tablet is something that must be cherished, right?

Besides, the 5MP camera on Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 might come in handy if you forgot to bring your digital camera or smartphone at your disposal.

Battery Life

If there is one thing that Lenovo can always brag about on this Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 , then it will be its strong battery life.

In fact, the battery life of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 could be the strongest point on this tablet.

It’s no surprise because this tablet is packing a staggering 9000mAh power battery inside, the some one found on Samsung Google Nexus 10.

According to some reviewers, the battery life of this tablet is insanely powerful.

They said it could last in 2 solid days even in heavy usage, like for playing games, browsing internet, reading books, watching movies, listening to music or checking emails, combined.

However, if you intend to use this tablet for some heavy hardcore usage like, say, playing games in the row or watching movies in marathon, then you can expect this tablet to last only around 10 to 12 hours usage, or even much longer than that.

And this is really impressive because this is already enough for a $300 tablet like this.

User Opinions

Despite having a super powerful battery life, sadly, there are some things about this tablet that really make Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 a not good option for a tablet.

First of all, let me start with the price. Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is priced at $300, or around that price range.

It has microSD card slot, 1280x800 pixel display (720p display), a quad-core MediaTek ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB of RAM, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, 5MP camera on the back, some interesting features, unique design for the kick stand, gigantic 9000mAh power battery and some other standard things.

And the fact that Lenovo has been really popular in laptop-making business as a great laptop manufacturer also helps a lot for a first good impression for this tablet.

However, being a $300 tablet, do all the specs that Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 comes with can really stack up against other competitors. Well, the answer is simply NOT.

Why?

Again, i must tell you this.

First things first, the price of this tablet, which is $300, is just a bit expensive for a mediocre tablet like this.

Compared to other rivals like LG G Pad 8.3, iPad mini with Retina display or Sony Xperia Z, then it’s really easy to say that these rivals will simply beat Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 out of the water.

And even worse is that, cheaper tablets like Kindle Fire HDX, Tegra Note or Google Nexus 7 can also beat the whole performance of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 in one round.

And they don’t even reach $300 price tag just to begin with.

Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 7 HDX both are packing:
  • a quad-core Snapdragon processor,
  • 2GB of RAM, Adreno GPU,
  • 5MP camera on Nexus 7 only,
  • fast performance,
  • powerful hardware,
  • 1920x1200 pixel display,
  • long lasting battery life (not as powerful as Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 ’s battery life of course)
  • and they both cost only $229 for the basic 16GB model, of course without microSD card slot.
Meanwhile, Tegra Note 7 is a super tablet packing some great specs like:
  • Tegra 4 processor,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 72-core GeForce GPU,
  • microSD card slot,
  • 7-inch 1280x800 pixel display,
  • a great and responsive dedicated stylus,
  • dedicated apps for stylus,
  • fast performance,
  • powerful hardware,
  • 5MP rear-facing camera that is able to take decent shots,
  • Camera Awesome app,
  • great battery life,
  • well-optimized games for Tegra devices on TegraZone
  • and some other standard features like Bluetooth, HDMI port, Java and many more.
And amazingly, this tablet is only priced at $199, which is way cheaper than $300 of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 .

LG G Pad 8.3 is also one other tablet that i strongly believe is just way more powerful than Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 .

It comes with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 pixel display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, microSD card slot, great Android version OS from LG, great features, powerful battery life, great camera and beautiful premium design.

This tablet currently costs only around $300, which is the same price of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 .

Not to mention, the competition also comes from 2 powerful tablets, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, Sony Xperia Z and no other than iPad Air.

These tablets are just powerful in hardware sector.

Sony Xperia Z both has some high-end powerful specs inside, like a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 10-inch 1920x1200 pixel display, microSD card slot, great camera, great UI, great Android version, great features, great battery life and many other great great things.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 10-inch 2560x1600 pixel display, great TouchWiz UI, great features, great battery life, microSD card slot, great camera, and also, many other great great things.

Sony Xperia Z and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 now can be had for around $400 to $500. They maybe more expensive than Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 , but you know why there are expensive, right?

Meanwhile, iPad Air, as you all know, is already a great quality tablet on the market.

So i don’t think i need to explain further about this tablet.

It’s great for watching movies, playing any graphically demanding games on App Store, reading books or magazines, browsing internet and pretty much everything.

iPad Air now costs around $499 for the basic $16GB model.

So the decision now will come down to you as the tablet shopper. Are you willing to buy a $300 tablet that is not even powerful as $199-$229 tablets like Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX or Tegra Note 7?

Are you willing to hand over your $300 for Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 that is not even as powerful as other $300-$400 tablets like LG G Pad 8.3, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE, Sony Xperia Tablet Z or iPad Air?

Well, it’s up to you now.

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