Lenovo Yoga Tablet Offers Every-Which-Way Functionality

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-11-18

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet is a new form factor for the tablet market—a thin display attached to a cylinder, for a silhouette like a spiral notebook. More than storage for the battery, the cylinder offers an obvious way to hold the Yoga Tablet (Hold Mode). But it also has a kickstand that twists out, enabling the tablet to stand (Stand Mode) on its own and, when flipped over, tilt forward (Tilt Mode) on a table, for easy viewing. Thanks to that cylinder, the Yoga Tablet also gets 18 hours of battery life. The Yoga comes in 8- and 10-inch form factors, priced at $249 and $299, respectively. Spending time with the Yoga tablets, I reached far more often for the 8-inch model—and more often than not found it missing, snatched away by another member of the family. The 10-inch model weighs 1.33 pounds—a weight that makes Hold Mode a bit moot, since the hand tires quickly. The 8-inch model, however, weighs 0.88 pounds (for context, the Apple iPad Air, with its 9.7-inch display, weighs 1 pound), making it more conducive to use in every mode. A complaint I had, and that users of some of the newest smartphones may echo, was about the crispness of the displays. The 10-inch Yoga has a 1,280-by-800-pixel resolution, while the iPad Air has 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. It's a notable difference, leaving a user feeling like she's not at the sharp edge of innovation. If Lenovo can shave off some weight and make the displays more impressive, the Android-running Yoga Tablet is likely to be a real competitor.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel