The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a device that stands out from the rest. It’s been designed for both work and play with a built-in projector and it’s also the first tablet with a subwoofer.
There’s good reason the tablet has ‘yoga’ in its name. There are four modes to use it: hold, tilt, stand and hang. The tablet is characterised by a kickstand, as seen in previous models, and has the battery on the cylinder. The design makes it flexible for everyday use whether you are in an office, plane, or kitchen; there’s a mode for it, which you can adjust to an angle you are comfortable with. I like this design, it’s ergonomic. You don’t actually notice a “heavy” battery, but the focus is rather on a better grip.
So it’s versatile and flexible… but is it practical? At 13.3-inches, firstly, you need to make sure you want a tablet that size. It would appeal to those who are allowed to ‘bring your own device’ at the office (BYOD), or if you run a business and need a work and home solution without switching devices; and if entertainment is a big part of your life/don’t own a TV. You should also take into consideration that the 13.3-inch screen has a wide bezel, and the end result is something closer to just over 15-inches. Which brings portability into question… if you travel with it, it’s like travelling with a laptop, size-wise, and not just a tablet that will slip into a bag. You will need a proper cover and bag for it so it does not get damaged.
If this is the main reason you purchased this tablet, it comes preloaded with Lenovo’s own apps, such as Security HD (with options to optimise performance, block ads, app manager, and permissions); SYNCit HD (sync your contacts or backup to an SD card); SHAREit (share photos, videos, music, etc – but Dropbox is better); and CLONEit (importing content if you are switching devices); Sketchpad; and eFrame. The Google suite is also preloaded, and others like Evernote, Kingsoft Office and txtr ebooks. Lenovo has also included useful tools like File Browser, User Guide and Hotspot (to easily create a WLAN). If you are familiar with the Microsoft Office suite, you may want to download the free Android for tablet apps.
I don’t like the fact that there is no app tray. All apps downloaded will just appear on the home screen windows.
With a screen size of 13.3-inches, which is like a laptop, you’d expect it to work like a laptop – somewhat. Lenovo allows you to take advantage of the screen size with multi-window support. This means you can open various multi-tasking friendly apps in this mode. On the bottom left of the screen, you will see the icon for multi-window support. The review unit I used has the following seven apps: email, gallery, messaging, Chrome, file browser, calculator and video.
As an entertainment device, it’s ready for you to copy multimedia content across, without converting files. This was my experience in copying TV series across via OS X. I put both .mkv and and .mp4 files onto it with no hassles. It copied in the time it takes to move something onto a USB flash drive. And then I turned on Projection.
I did this when I first tested it out, but the real life test came when I was load shed and needed some form of entertainment. I fired up my laptop and copied some content over and used it as a Projector in my living room. It took a bit of time in the dark to prop the tablet onto a swivel stool for height adjustment, using towels (straight out the dryer) to hold it at the right angle. The tablet has JBL twin front-facing speakers, Dolby surround sound and a 5W subwoofer – so no complaints with sound, at all!
The projector lens is on the right hand side of the tablet. It is able to project up to 50″ on any wall. Lenovo says the brightness on the tablet is 35 lumens. While the screen resolution of the tablet is 2560×1440 pixels, the resolution of the projector is a reduced 854×480 pixels. So if you want to enjoy HD videos, best you watch it on the tablet. However, when you find yourself hit by load shedding, you are not going to worry about pixels if the tablet is fully charged.
The tablet comes preloaded with social media apps, Lenovo’s Game Store, a messaging app (if you insert a SIM card), and of course, Projection, which allows you to access videos, pictures, documents, etc.
Processor: Intel Atom 1.33GHz quad-core
Storage: 32GB (expandable by microSD)
Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
Display: 13.3” 2560×1440 IPS screen
Battery life: 9600mAh
Cameras: 8MP main; 1.6MP front
Audio: JBL twin speakers; Dolby surround sound; 5W subwoofer; microphone
Connectivity: 4G/LTE; Bluetooth; WiFi; WLAN
Interface: microSD; 3.5mm audio jack; micro USB
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro really shines out from the rest because of the projector, sound quality, fantastic screen and battery life and multi-window support, which is the closest you will get to multi-tasking on a tablet. On the downside, it’s quite big and the projector could have been more brighter. Overall, it’s a great 2-in-1 solution if that’s what you’re after, perhaps not one or the other.
The recommended retail price is R8999.