Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro review

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro review

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is naturally a bigger version of the Yoga Tablet 2. Things don’t just end with a bigger screen – 13.3-inch as opposed to 10.1-inch – but Lenovo has managed to it in a projector in the Tablet 2 Pro. Yes, you read that right – a Projector. This makes it a first of its kind tablet, to feature an in-built projector.

The metallic build makes the tablet look elegant. We did not find any flimsy portions on the tablet body. The metallic buttons on either side have a good feedback mechanism. The tablet weighs around 950 grams and has a slim form factor as you go from the hinge to the top. The cylindrical base and the textures on the rear side gives the tablet a good grip when held in the hand, but the 13.3-inch form factor makes it quite unwieldy to carry around for long duration. On the left hand side you have a power/standby button, a 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port and a volume rocker button. On the right hand side, you have the pico-projector at the base and a button on top to switch it on or off. On the rear side you have a clean back with just the Lenovo branding.

The tablet houses an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at 1.86GHz along with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It comes with 32GB of onboard storage of which around 26GB is available to the user. You can also add in a microSD card on up to 64GB capacity. The microSD card slot is located on the rear side, on the left hand side of the hinge button. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Lenovo Vibe 2.0 UI atop it.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with a 2.1 speaker system from JBL which has two front-facing speakers and the JBL sub-woofer located on the rear side. The power button on the left hand side has a glowing LED light surrounding it. On the camera front, you get an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 1.6MP front-facing HD camera for Skype calling.
Lenovo Vibe 2.0 user interface is seen on the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro which is similar to the on seen on the Yoga Tablet 2 and most of its smartphones. The user interface is quite vibrant and can be too colourful at times. The swiping actions are different from regular Android devices. Swiping from top to bottom will only bring up the active notifications, whereas swiping from bottom upwards will bring up quick settings.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with a 13.3-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. This gives it a 221 ppi pixel density. The display is bright and although the resolution is high, one does not get a feeling that this is indeed a QHD panel. This is because, the app icons are blown up. You can only reduce the text size from the settings. Also the widgets are huge in size and there are instances where you cannot have more than two widgets on one homescreen. Absence of an app drawer means, you will require multiple home screens in case you are planning to use a lot of apps.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a front-facing 
1.6MP HD camera. Thankfully the camera is placed in the centre on the rear side with this tablet, as opposed to the strange placement that was seen on the Yoga Tablet 2. Using the 13.3-inch tablet to click photographs is challenging to say the least. Clicking photographs in the portrait mode is comparatively easier. In the landscape mode it is quite unwieldy to compose the image, set the focus and click a photo with a single hand. Image quality is decent enough to share online. Indoor images are noisy and outdoor images aren’t very sharp either. The front camera works well for Skype calling.

Yoga Tablet 2 Pro supports a massive 9,600mAh battery as the Pro has a 2560×1440 pixel display over 13.3-inch display and an in-built projector. Now the battery life easily lasts over a day on regular usage with a little bit of projector use. We ran the PC Mark for Android test, which gave us a time of 8 hours 18 mins.