Lenovo Yoga TAB 3 8-inch Review
Ouch, it’s just a disappointment across the board.
The duty of snapping photos is solely placed on its single, rotatable 8-megapixel camera, which is on a swivel on its cylindrical hinge. This particular implementation is a joy in the world of front-facing cameras, seeing that selfies get the same amount of attention. Running the camera app, it’s your standard fanfare consisting of select shooting modes and manual controls, but we’d be hard-pressed to see anyone using anything except the automatic mode.
Taking photos has never been one of the series’ redeeming qualities, so that’s probably why we don’t have much expectations from this one either. Yes, you have the option to snap photos at your discretion with the Tab 3, but why do so when you probably have better things lying around? Outdoor shots captured by the camera appear over-exposed at times, light on the fine details, and have a noticeably colder color reproduction. It doesn’t get any better under low light, as digital noise, minimal details, devoid colors, and its prone to blurriness, makes it an unlikely candidate for the occasion.
Another indication of its poor performance is seen in its video recording quality, which tops out at a mere 720p – hardly the stuff of dreams nowadays. The terrible details capture of the camera just makes us want to cringe, and it doesn’t help either that its focus is slow to the adjustment. Just look away, your eyes will thank you!
There’s some serious substance with Dolby Atmos support enabled.
Many of the apps might be from Google’s stable, but Lenovo still manages to fashion its presence here and there. One of those places in particular is the music app, which looks nothing more like the dated music plater that debuted with Android 2.2 Froyo. It’s a throwback like no other, but it functions in the same capacity as any other player.
Endowed with dual front-firing speakers, there’s certainly no shortage of substance with the 73.9 output of its speakers when Dolby Atmos is enabled – albeit, there’s just a hint of strain at the loudest setting. Without it, however, it sounds extremely thin and light. Stick with the former for a more rewarding experience.
Those front-firing speakers with Dolby Atmos support lend their usefulness when it comes to watching videos, as audio is dispersed more properly. Even though there are subpar qualities about the screen, it suffices enough with its performance when playing back videos – made better by the fact we can use its kickstand for a hands-free experience.