Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 Review
Interface and Functionality
We’ve never taken fancy over any of Lenovo’s customized Android experiences, but they’ve once again decided to take a new direction with this tablet. In general, all the core functions of Android are intact with its customized Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience, however, they buck the trend by eliminating the apps panel altogether. You’d think this would simplify things, but it doesn’t. Rather, it becomes a test of futility trying to find particular app icons. Worst yet, there’s no option to arrange them alphabetically. In the end, this particular implementation just feels a tad bit disorganized.
Still, there are several enhancements made to the homescreen that shows off Lenovo’s new approach. For starters, there are cool animations available when scrolling through the homescreen and rearranging icons/widgets. On top of the notifications panel and multi-tasking menu that we’re familiar with, Lenovo adds in a smart side bar that’s accessed from the homescreen by swiping left from the right section of the display – presenting us quick access to certain apps and other options.
Quite honestly, we didn’t expect to find anything extravagant with the customized experience, even more when they decided to do away with the apps panel. It’s not the most intuitive or features rich experience, but everyone has to start somewhere.
Sporting the stock Android keyboard, it’s especially most useful with the landscape option – just because it works well when the tablet is in tilt mode. With its spacious layout, speedy response, and good auto-correct feature, there’s nothing we don’t like with this.
Processor and Memory
In order to meet its pricing criteria, Lenovo opted to outfit the Yoga Tablet 10 with an unfamiliar piece of silicon – a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It’s not something we’d refer to as first-class hardware, but nonetheless, it’s effective enough to handle most basic tasks with ease. However, it strains and cracks under pressure with more processor intensive stuff.
For something priced so low, it’s awesome that it’s blessed with 16GB of internal storage, which can be further supplemented by its available microSD card slot.
Internet and Connectivity
Its screen isn’t the most detailed, nor does it have the fastest performance with its processor, but at least things are swell with the web browsing experience. Heck, at the very least, it has all the elements that make it fantastic – such as quick page loads, fast rendering, and smooth navigational controls.
Even though there’s a placeholder to what appears to be a SIM slot next to the microSD slot, there’s no mention if we’ll see this tablet become available with cellular connectivity in the future. Indeed, it’s stuck with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0, but it’s missing things like NFC and video-out functionality.