27 May 2014

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

Incidentally, my first Android Tablet provided for me to do review, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 inch! Contrast to the previous post I shared on Lenovo Helix Ultrabook, this tablet is loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jellybean. Most of the people I bumped into when I was holding on to this tablet all commented positively about the design of this Yoga tablet, specifically, Lenovo using high-end materials for the aluminium back panel.

It provides good grip when holding the tablet. What separates it from other tablets you can find in the market is the kickstand and the iconic hinge. Popping out the kickstand allows you to bring the device into its three different modes: Stand, Tilt and Hold Mode, without the need to purchase additional casing. That is a winner for me, their kickstand!

Audio projection is ideal which is dual front-facint Dolby-certified speakers., pretty much the same like HTC One or HTC Butterfly S (the one I am currently using). I have no issue with loudness but somehow the bass is inferior as compared to HTC Butterfly S. My colleague said it do sound hollow. Still do pretty decent when watching movie or TV shows.

Unlike iPad, this tablet allow you to insert up to 64GB micro-SD card, plenty of space for your music files, pictures and movies! Their battery life with a full single charge can use up to 16 hours or 18 hours from the review I read about, pretty impressive I must say! For Nexus 7 (2013) model can probably last for 10 to 12 hours at most. 

Everything about the hardware specification: 

MT8125/8389 Quad Core 1.2GHz
Yoga Tablet 8: 8” HD display (1280x800) with multitouch & 178° wide viewing angle
Yoga Tablet 8: Up to 16 hrs of WiFi web browsing, Li-Ion, 6000 mAh
RAM: 1GB LP-DDR2 memory
Internal Storage: 16GB/32GB eMMC
External Storage: 64 GB micro-SD card storage support
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 4.01
3G, Micro-SIM
Accelerometer (G-sensor)
Brightness (Ambient Light)
Vibration Function
Micro USB (Support OTG)
3.5 mm Audio Jack
5M Rear Camera
1.6M HD Front Camera
Yoga Tablet 8: 213 mm x 144 mm x (3.0-7.3) mm (Silver)
Dual Front-Facing Speakers
Microphone with noise reduction
Dolby Digital Plus DS1
404g when inserted with 3G SIM Card
Selling at S$449

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook

This is my first time ever using a tablet PC as a daily driver for almost 2 months or more and I have to say I am very impressed with its performance. Considering it uses Windows 8, boot up time is super fast as compared to my Windows 7 Dell laptop. Of course, the hardware specs is nowhere near this machine. Before I move on further, check out this Lenovo Helix specs based on the one I was provided for this review.

Everything about the hardware specification:

3rd generation Intel® Core&trade i7-3667U (Up to 2.0GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Windows 8.1 Pro
11.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS (400 NITS)
Intel® HD 4000 Graphics
720p HD face-tracking technology, low light sensitive
Tablet - 3-cell 42Whr (Up to 6 hours tablet only)
Keyboard Dock - 4-cell 28Whr (Up to 10 hours in laptop or tablet+ mode)
Tablet - 296 mm x 187.3 mm x 11.6 mm (11.7" x 7.3" x 0.5")
Clamshell - 296 mm x 187.3 mm x 20.4 mm (11.7" x 7.3" x 0.8")
Tablet - 0.83 kgs (1.8 lbs)
Clamshell - 1.7 kgs (3.8 lbs)
Dolby® Home Theater® v4
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235

Keboard Dock
1 MiniDisplayPort
1 USB 3.0
3.5mm Combo Jack Headphone/MIC

1 MiniDisplayPort
1 USB 2.0
1 SIM card slot

One of the obvious feature of this laptop or should I say tablet, is I can dismount from the keyboard and use it as a tablet, which mean it is touch screen and it is pretty sensitive when rotating to either landscape or portraits. In terms of performance, it score pretty high.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2046007/lenovo-thinkpad-helix-review-a-versatile-but-expensive-ultrabook-tablet-hybrid.html
Battery life with extensive use of word processing, emails, playing Youtube videos and listening to music, can easily last for at least 6 to 10 hours... if using just the touchscreen tablet, it will hold up for 4 to 6 hours which is unlike Android tablets or iPad. Having said that, you must understand it is a full fledged PC!

Another thing I want to mention about this particular laptop is Lenovo Solution Center, it provide the ease of Driver Update of its hardware, troubleshoot any fault with your hardware, status of  your system and back up too. It also allow you to check your warranty status. This will provide the ease of use and provide you essential information about your laptop.

Overall, it gives me the complete experience of using it both as a laptop and a tablet when I need to, it may be a little heavier than iPad, yet functionality exceeds my concerns for weight. It is currently selling around S$2499 which come with 3 Years On-Site Warranty (without 3G module). Add on S$100 for 3G Module. Going to PC Show might get a better price though. http://itfairsg.com/pcshow2014/