My little man was pretty psyched when I told him Stuff lent him the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 (not that he’s started reading gadget magazines yet). He’s been lugging an iPad around for about 3 years now, and I was curious to see how he would react to a new device.
First thing he said was, “Wow! It’s beautiful!” and I couldn’t agree more. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 has a very elegant and sturdy built, using both polycarbonate and aluminum. It’s very slim at 213 x 144 x (3.0-7.3)mm and weighs a mere 401g, it’s just the perfect size even for little hands to carry.
Unlike most tablets, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet does not have a flat back. It has a cylindrical bottom which houses its kickass battery (2 Cell 6000mAH Li-Polymer, if you prefer the fancier term) with an 18-hour lifespan and also serves as a handle for better grip.
But what I think is truly unique is the kickstand at the back of the device which allows for multiple Yogi positions: Hold, Tilt, and Stand. Hold mode, for comfortable browsing and gaming. Tilt mode is great for typing as you would on a keyboard. Change to Stand mode, for the perfect viewing angle for watching videos and movies, and Skype chat. I think Lenovo had the user’s comfort primarily in mind with this one.
This tablet has a 5MP rear and 1.6MP front camera. Not DSLR quality, but then a tablet wasn’t made to replace cameras anyway. It does let you enjoy clear video chats.
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As the name implies, this Yoga Tablet has an 8in screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (the Yoga Tablet 10 is recommended for those who prefer a bigger 10in screen). But my son doesn’t seem to mind, and it’s certainly ample enough for browsing, watching videos, and gaming. He went crazy downloading all the free racing games available, so the expandable 64GB microSD card storage is definitely a welcome feature.
This little man is pretty happy with this tablet and brings it with him practically all the time in his Vespa bag. It’ll be tough to pry it out of his hands when I have to return it.
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