Lenovo Yoga TAB 3 8-inch Review
Interface and Functionality
Bye-bye customizations, hello to a more stock-like approach.
In a stunning change, Lenovo has scaled back the experience on the Yoga Tab 3 by offering a simple, more straightforward interface – one that definitely has more stock-like qualities than before. What’s more surprising is that they’ve brought back the apps panel, which was eliminated entirely with the previous efforts. Naturally, this brings back some sort of order to the homescreen, seeing that it makes for a less cluttered organization.
Functionally, most of the native apps are ones we all know and love from stock Android, so they sport the same Material Design traits with their presentations. In addition, they’ve also relaxed on the experience’s multi-tasking experience. Gone is the multi-window pane from last year’s interface, providing us with pop-up views with some of the core apps, replaced instead by Android’s tried and true Recent Apps menu.
From the looks of it, Lenovo has opted to go with a more stock-like approach with its Android 5.1.1 Lollipop experience. This makes perfect sense in unifying the tablet’s approach to offering a simple, hassle-free experience that anyone can quickly pick up on.
Processor and Memory
Stick with the easy and light operations, seeing that it strains with intensive ones.
There’s nothing pretty about the processing hardware in tow with the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3, since we all know its intentions of being an entry-level tablet. With that in mind, its quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chip with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 304 GPU suffices for light operations, but quickly crumbles under the pressure of more intensive stuff. Case in point, gaming – just don’t even bother!
Boasting 16GB of internal storage, it’s a tally that can be supplemented by slipping in a microSD card into the available slot just behind its kickstand.
Internet and Connectivity
The screen’s resolution makes it incredibly tough to make out fine details when web sites are viewed in their entirety, but that’s something that can be quickly remedied by pinch zooming. For the most part, the web browsing experience suffices, even though it’s a bit jerky at times with its navigational controls and page rendering on the fly.
As it currently stands, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch is only being offered as a Wi-Fi-only variant, with no indication of carrying cellular-connected models. Much like all entry-level things, it features aGPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.