Lenovo Yoga TAB 3 8-inch Review

Camera

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!



Multimedia

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.

FEATURED VIDEO

20 Comments

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Well PA, what did you expect from a 170 dollar tablet? I think you kinda lost your vision. It's not all about raw performance and user experience. The price also takes a big part (by your review logic, a 1 milion dollar price tag on the best device ever made would get 10/10 if it also had an apple on it.)

5. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

It actually shouldn't. If the tablet sucks, it sucks. No matter the price.

7. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

It offers what you pay for it in the tablet market so it doesn't really "suck" if you ask me. It's "cheap" and it's cheap.

12. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

That's implying a Nexus 7 also sucks just because it's cheap. You don't always get what you pay for.

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yes but sucks should be defined partly based on the price. A phone like the Moto G for instance is often praised, partly due to its great performance and features for the price, but it will still lag behind an HTC M9 or Galaxy S6 class phone. Such a phone can get a lower review score than a Moto G, but it doesn't mean they are a worse phone. Also we have to keep in mind certain things like the quality of rear camera performance or minor aspects like color temperature, they may be bothersome to techies, but the average joe may not really care much about camera quality (Because who ACTUALLY uses their tablet as their camera) or screen color temps (some people just want something that's "good enough").

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Fyi: I am not saying this tab deserves better score (don't have it can't tell that), but I'm talking about how PA has been undercutting every review especially asian products.

8. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Snapdragon 210?? LOL put an intel chip in there and watch it fly.

10. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Im disappointed with this tablet too. Pretty much downgrade comparing to Yoga 2,which had Intel Atom,and that one was more serious than 210....

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It is ugly design with bad LCD and one of the worst camera I ever seen recently. Some more with unbelievable low end processor and 1GB RAM. I give it 4 star out of 10.

20. Felixkin

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Sucks. Poor design

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

YOGA Tab 3 8-inch
  • Display 8.0" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6200 mAh

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.