Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

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I’m not a very tech-y person. I need to stress this fact because I don’t want you to think this post is going to be a detailed review of all the technical specs of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2. That’s simply not how I roll. No, sir. This review is coming from someone who appreciates modern technology for all its wondrous abilities, for what it lacks based on my needs as a user and all that jazz. No, I will not compare it to existing brands out there because let’s face it, I haven’t tried each and every brand available in the market. So forget asking me if this tablet is better than Brand X, I won’t have an answer for you. I’m reviewing this product based on this tablet alone and of course, my personal experience. That being said, if you’re anything like me (not very tech-y but appreciates great technology) then stick around for my review, if you need the nitty gritty details, Google has hundreds of reviews waiting for you – but I’m assuming you’re exactly like me hence sitting in front of your laptop reading my blog. Yay! Let me stop rambling and get on with it.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

I snazzed up my tablet with a sticker my aunt brought home from the U.S.! I wanted to give my tablet a more personal touch :)

My Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 was a gift from Lenovo Philippines (so very kind of them), and I've never actually owned a tablet before; of course just like every normal human being out there I've used tablets in the past to play games and surf the web, so to own one was exciting for me.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 comes in two versions: it can either run Android or Windows 8.1. My initial thought was, “Seriously? Windows on a tablet?! That’s so cool???” I gushed excitedly to my boyfriend over the thought of owning a tablet that ran Windows 8.1, mostly because I needed something portable to work on considering my current laptop was huge, heavy and a hassle to bring around.

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A few days right before my trip to Jeju Island, South Korea, I finally received my Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows 8.1, I couldn’t even wait 'til I got home before I started getting to know my new device. Admittedly, the initial experience with the tablet was frustrating. The Windows App Store wouldn’t download any apps, the tablet kept restarting and a few other hang ups here and there. I was about to tell Lenovo that they gave me a defective tablet but my technology guardian angel whispered in my ear and said, “Camie, you should try downloading the Windows updates and update your tablet for bugs.” and that pretty much fixed all my issues. Cue the sigh of relief and thanking the heavens above that I’m not a complete tech illiterate. I know my way around Windows because I’ve been a Windows user my entire life. It’s a pain in the butt and I don’t know why they always require updates and bug fixes but hey, technology is still developing.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is a tablet that adapts to you. You can use is in four different ways: hold, tilt, stand and hang, giving you four different ways to get things done or enjoy your media. My favourite way to use the tablet is standing with the keyboard on, much like a mini laptop. I’ve also used it to read comfortably in bed and have hanged it once in my laundry room to watch a movie while doing my laundry.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Hold mode

Tilt mode, the tablet is actually raised from the tablet at a 45 degree angle

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Stand mode (pretend the keyboard isn't there lol) with the multi-tasking feature on the screen!

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Hang mode, which is pretty cool! Useful if you don't have a surface and would like to watch videos... Perfect for the kitchen when you're cooking, most especially!

I’ve been constantly using the tablet for more than 2 weeks now so I’ve pretty much got the pros and cons of the product down.

Pros:

  • Size & portability makes great convenience to lug around
  • Functionality – multitasking feature is great, especially when I need two windows open
  • Dual-identity – can work as a laptop with the keyboard or a tablet
  • Touch screen abilities
  • Audio is great, especially for watching movies. The sound is loud enough, unlike in other tablets I’ve used
  • SD slot for up to 64GB
  • Comes with a Bluetooth keyboard that you can attach/detach whenever
  • Long battery life (depending on your usage and screen brightness, I keep mine around a little less than 50%)
  • Cylindrical battery grip comfortably fits hand

Cons:

  • Power button on the side is in an odd spot – sometimes causing accidental sleep mode with my hand/fingers
  • Windows needs updating upon purchase – if you’re not Windows savvy, this might be an issue but nothing Googling can’t fix!
  • Camera quality is okay, but not an issue especially if you’re not the type to take photos with a tablet camera anyway. The quality is pretty okay for video chatting though!
  • Bluetooth keyboard can sometimes disconnect which can get frustrating, and it seems to happen more often as time has passed. (story time: on the plane on the way home from Jeju Island, I was rushing an article for a magazine I had to email the moment I landed in Manila. I hit backspace to delete one little spelling mistake, and at the exact same time the keyboard malfunctioned and it started deleting my entire article. I tried to stop it but line by line my article was disappearing, and then touch screen wouldn’t work either! It was like my laptop was stuck in limbo, but deleting my work! I had to shut down my tablet through the power button and boot it up again. Word always auto saves so I was able to retrieve my entire article save for 2 paragraphs missing. Phew! But imagine my panic trying not to scream “NOOOOOOO SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!” inside a dark airplane. Lesson learned: get into the habit of saving your work because sometimes technology just goes bonkers!)

Ever since I received the Yoga Tablet 2, I’ve barely used my laptop, but that’s not to say I would chuck out my laptop and just use this one. Personally I don’t think the Yoga Tablet 2 (Windows 8.1) can be a replacement laptop, so don’t get too excited yet. The tablet is great for doing light work on Microsoft Office programs, playing media, organizing your life (I use the Calendar app a lot!) but unfortunately it’s not equipped enough for you to run heavy programs like Photoshop nor can you edit videos, but that’s okay. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet is meant to be a tablet for convenience, something you can bring around for work and for play! :)

I’m so grateful Lenovo sent me this product, because I feel like it’s such a great match with my lifestyle. I bring it around wherever I go, just in case I have some free time to open up my tablet and do some blog work. I no longer have an excuse to procrastinate until I get home to write blog posts or submit drafts on time to my clients.

Would I recommend this tablet? Definitely, especially if you’re like me who needs a tablet/mini laptop on the go to help get stuff done wherever you are! If you’d like to know more about my experience with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, I’d be happy to answer more questions about it, just leave a comment below :)

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Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Lenovo Philippines. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is solely my own.