Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review
Great battery life and an ingenious design, but the screen and performance are both below par
In a tablet market in which standout quality or price are the only surefire ways of distinguishing oneself from the pack, Lenovo seems convinced its Yoga Tablet 10's novel physical design will do the work for it.
Unusually for an Android tablet, the Tablet 10 comes with an integrated, hinged stand: a thin, metal blade that folds out from its cylindrical spine, which can be used to prop the tablet up at a steep or shallow angle.
We're impressed with the design of both the tablet and hinge. The stand feels robust and tightly engineered, and the body of the tablet is slim, with a silky, patterned texture that feels pleasant under the finger. The battery is held in the tablet's bulging, cylindrical spine, which has two benefits: with the stand folded out of the way, it acts as a grip; and it also allows Lenovo to cram in a high-capacity battery.
In this case, it's a huge 9,000mAh unit, which powered the Yoga Tablet 10 to an impressive 15hrs 25mins in our looping video test – second only in terms of stamina to the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in.
That isn't the end of the clever touches, however. In the box is a battery-powered Bluetooth keyboard, which clips to the front of the tablet's display and doubles as a slimline screen protector. Sensibly, this sports a rubber grip underneath to prevent it from slipping on a desk, and a touchpad for more accurate cursor control.
Alas, it isn't the highest-quality piece of kit. Because it's so slim, it feels flimsy and plasticky. The touchpad is small, and its built-in buttons are frustratingly unresponsive. We're also less than impressed with the non-standard charger port, which is found just above the keyboard, under a fiddly plastic flap that will prove a challenge for those without long nails or a cocktail stick to hand.
|Price ex VAT||£208|
|Price inc VAT||£250|
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||4|
|Dimensions||262 x 7.6 x 180mm (WDH)|
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,280|
|Resolution screen vertical||800|
|Display type||IPS touchscreen|
|CPU frequency, MHz||533MHz|
|Camera megapixel rating||1.6mp|
|Upstream USB ports||0|
|Mobile operating system||Android 4.2|