After forging a formidable status for itself within the international market with standard notebooks and tablets, Lenovo has taken a contemporary leap into Android pill section and has launched two new tablets dubbed the Yoga Pill eight and Yoga Pill 10.
Very like different Yoga gadgets in Lenovo’s line-up, the Yoga Pill 10 options multimode design and can be utilized in several ‘modes’. The Chinese language large has been touting the Yoga tablets as the corporate’s largest launch of the yr and in addition employed the Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher as Lenovo’s ‘product engineer’. However can the mix of first rate , revamped pill design with modern type issue and a Hollywood actor make this the turnaround car for Lenovo’s pill section in India? We attempt to discover out in our evaluate.
We have now all the time been fascinated by new type elements in gadgets. Which is why we have been so involved in reviewing the Lenovo Yoga pill.
So far as seems to be go, Lenovo’s Yoga Pill 10 is a whole departure from the pill norm and includes a cylindrical finish design at one finish, which is harking back to a folded journal (just like the Sony Pill S), whereas the opposite finish has a modern profile. The corporate has been selling the Yoga pill’s cylindrical design as being extra user-friendly when in comparison with different standard tablets.
Whereas utilizing the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10, we skilled that the cylindrical design at one finish made it straightforward to seize and transfer the pill round. Additional, whereas utilizing the pill in portrait mode, the Yoga Pill 10’s cylindrical design was extra comfy to hold on to with the left hand, for instance for when studying eBooks or for looking on the pill. It took a while for us to get used to the pill’s cylindrical finish, although after that interval it was fairly straightforward to make use of the 10-inch pill with one hand, at instances (not all the time although).
Nonetheless, the pill does really feel a tad heavy on the backside when utilizing the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 in panorama mode and after a degree of time; it would not stability nicely within the palms. At round 600 grams, the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 is heavy when in comparison with some 10-inch counterparts.
The Chinese language main is touting Yoga Pill 10’s multimode design, providing three modes to work – maintain, tilt and stand. The pill’s cylindrical finish form is chargeable for these modes. Doubling up as a hinged stand that may be folded again behind the pill, enabling stand mode. Second is tilt mode, which refers to putting the pill on a floor with the cylindrical finish providing a tilt form for customers to work. The final is the maintain mode, which apparently means holding the pill by the rounded finish. We should confess that we used all of the three modes of the pill, and have been impressed with the modes. When in comparison with regular tablets, a person has to purchase separate covers or instances, to make use of the pill in these completely different modes.
Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 consists of each the aluminium and plastic materials in construct. The corporate has neatly used the aluminium on the hinge stand and in addition on the edges giving pill a premium look; though in one other locations the Yoga Pill 10 is constructed of plastic materials. The rear panel of Yoga Pill 10 options textured plastic materials which does not assist a lot in gripping the pill. The entrance panel homes twin audio system on the backside, (when utilizing the pill in panorama mode) close to the perimeters on the cylindrical finish of the Yoga Pill 10.
One can discover the Lenovo emblem branding on the entrance in addition to again of the Yoga Pill 10. The entrance panel is dominated by the 10.1-inch show with no bodily buttons. There’s a 1.6-megapixel front-facing digital camera on the high of the show (when utilizing the pill in portrait mode).
Behind the Yoga Pill 10, one can discover the 5-megapixel rear digital camera embedded on the cylindrical finish, which at instances will get by accident lined whereas clicking photos. We want Lenovo might have positioned the first digital camera of the pill elsewhere.
One other fascinating function of the Lenovo’s Yoga Pill 10 design was the ability button, which has been built-in the cylindrical finish of the pill at one finish, whereas the opposite finish homes the three.5mm audio jack. We should confess that Yoga Pill 10’s energy button is the most important ever we now have seen on a pill when it comes to measurement. We had no issues in hitting the ability button, generally even when not trying on the pill, because of the location. The highest of the pill homes the Micro-USB charging port, whereas the quantity rocker buttons are positioned on the backside, when utilizing the pill in portrait mode. Total, the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 as a package deal exudes energy and sturdiness when it comes to design.
Lenovo could have spent rather a lot when it comes to R&D for the brand new Android Yoga Pill 10 however sadly, a lot of that effort goes in useless as a result of show of the pill. After we first time switched on the pill, the 10-inch show was a let-down.
At 1280×800 pixels decision, the Yoga Pill 10 show presents a pixel density of simply 149ppi. The decision and pixel density of the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 is much decrease than a few of its 10-inch pill rivals such because the year-old Nexus 10 that gives a decision of 2560×1600 pixels or the Apple’s new iPad Air which presents 2048×1536 pixels. Nonetheless, the costs of each the Nexus 10 and iPad Air are method above the value of Lenovo’s Yoga Pill 10. There isn’t a doubt that Lenovo has chosen to compromise the display of the Yoga Pill 10 to carry down the value.
Additional, the Yoga Pill 10’s show is a let-down by its color copy, which isn’t notably correct and the colors seem washed out. We have been additionally stunned to see the Yoga pill’s homescreen icons trying a bit blurred.
The Yoga pill’s display could be very reflective and this hampers visibility beneath the daylight and in addition as a result of low decision of the display, photos and movies performed on the pill seem much less sharp. The corporate has geared up an IPS LCD know-how on the Yoga Pill 10’s show, which does assist in viewing angles.
The Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 sports activities twin cameras – a 5-megapixel rear digital camera and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing digital camera.
In our testing of the Yoga pill’s rear digital camera in out of doors, dim and indoor environments, we discovered that image high quality was common. The clicked photos have been a bit washed out and grainy at edges. They have been nowhere close to to a smartphone image high quality. The Yoga Pill 10’s digital camera disappoints whereas clicking low-light pictures, which had plenty of noise.
The Yoga Pill 10’s digital camera app takes few seconds to start out, with one other few seconds for the auto-focus to set-off. At instances, we seen the shutter pace was comparatively sluggish than the Android tablets, which implies this is not going to take photos in a pinch.
Customers can select from a bunch of digital camera settings on the Yoga Pill 10, like face detection, self timer, ISO, publicity, color results, scene mode and white stability. It additionally presents a burst mode, letting customers click on 40 to 99 pictures without delay; customers simply have to long-press the digital camera gentle key on the show to take burst shot.
Lenovo claims that the Yoga Pill 10 is able to recording movies at full-HD high quality. Although attributable to lack of particulars and plenty of noise, the Yoga pill’s recorded movies have been no have been close to to the full-HD high quality we might usually anticipate.
The Yoga Pill 10’s entrance going through 1.6-megapixel digital camera is fairly first rate, when in comparison with the first digital camera. We have been impressed with high quality of some selfies that we clicked. It may be used nicely for video calls.
Software program/ Interface
The Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 runs Android four.2.2, which gave the impression to be the OS of alternative in Android based mostly tablets within the nation till few months. Nonetheless, we anticipate Lenovo to quickly rollout the Android four.three Jelly Bean replace for the Yoga pill. Contemplating that the corporate has positioned the Yoga Pill 10 as its largest launch of the yr, we assume that the Chinese language main may even consider skipping the Android four.three Jelly Bean replace and immediately launch the Android four.four KitKat replace for the Yoga pill.
Speaking in regards to the Yoga Pill 10’s interface, Lenovo has given it a whole overhaul, which we really feel is extra impressed by Apple’s iPad pill interface. After we first unlocked the pill, we discovered three homescreen panes stuffed with apps. It might probably embody as much as seven homescreens.
After spending a while with the Yoga Pill 10, we realised that Lenovo has eliminated the principle menu which homes numerous apps and widgets in Android tablets. We even struggled to seek out apps when required, attributable to lack of menu view and at instances had to make use of Google to seek for pre-installed or downloaded apps on the pill. Fortunately, the brand new downloaded apps on the homescreen panels sport a ‘New’ tag till, somebody opens the app for the primary time.
Subsequent factor we seen within the Yoga Pill 10 was the outsized app icons, which appeared blurred. We tried to repair the difficulty by lowering the app icon measurement however could not discover a method to change it. Because of the large-sized app icons, we skilled some confusion at instances. After we downloaded the Temple Run and Temple Run 2 on the Yoga Pill 10, as a substitute of displaying the complete title of the later app, it solely confirmed Temple Run for each the apps.
Additional, Lenovo has fully skinned UI components of the working system on the Yoga Pill 10. The pill presents 4 themes that include completely different icon set however even the default theme on the pill that supplied inventory icons has undergone some minor tweaks with Lenovo selecting a circled icon look as a substitute of the plain that’s being supplied on inventory Android.
On the backside of the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10’s show one can discover apps for default browser, e-mail, gallery, Play Music, default video participant, and Google Play retailer. These apps stay fastened on the backside on all homescreen panels.
One can get lock-screen widgets on the Yoga Pill 10, which is an Android four.2 function. This Android four.2 Jelly Bean function permits customers to carry out sure app actions even when the machine is locked.
Surprisingly, Lenovo has eliminated the choice to immediately launch the digital camera app from the lockscreen of the Yoga Pill 10, a function we now have seen on all Android tablets. Whereas unlocking the machine one can select from the calendar, Gmail, Google Now, and Google+ posts.
Just like different Android four.2 Jelly Bean-based gadgets, the notifications tray on the Yoga Pill 10 includes a settings shortcut and a transparent all button. The Yoga Pill 10 very similar to different Android four.2 tablets include two separate notifications tray – one with Fast settings and different with e-mail, messages, and different alerts.
On increasing the Fast Settings notification tray on the Yoga Pill 10, one can discover choices for fast entry to the proprietor’s profile, battery standing, settings shortcut, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, airplane mode, brightness, display timeout, auto rotate, Dolby and audio profiles for 3 modes – particularly maintain, stand and tilt modes.
The Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 additionally comes with Google Now, an Android four.2 function which is a voice-based info assistant and an extension of Google search. It makes use of playing cards that are primarily small bins that supply completely different units of data like climate forecast, instructions, visitors info, scores, appointments and forex conversion and so forth.
The Yoga Pill 10 additionally consists of three dots on the backside proper panel, which opens a brand new tray that features pill themes, wallpapers, preview, choice and settings. Customers can add or take away apps from the tray.
We have been a bit stunned to see the restricted variety of apps preloaded on the Yoga pill 10. A number of the apps pre-installed on the pill embody Norton Cell for keeping off virus and malware assaults; Navigate 6, a navigation app; AccuWeather, an app to trace the climate situations; SHAREit, an inter-tablet content material transmission app; Kingsoft Workplace Suite, for creating and enhancing MSOffice information, and Skype for having video calls over Wi-Fi. Nonetheless, the Norton Cell app just isn’t fully free and customers have to pay for utilizing the premium options of the app.
The Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 additionally comes preloaded with host of Google apps reminiscent of Gmail, Google Search, Google+, Hangouts, Google Maps, Play Books, Play Motion pictures and TV, Play Retailer and YouTube.
Efficiency/ Battery Life
The Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek chipset (MT8389) clocked at 1.2GHz together with 1GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is additional expandable as much as 64GB with the assistance of microSD card.
With none doubts, the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10’s specs sound fairly acceptable on paper. However sadly, the identical just isn’t the case in actual life efficiency. We discovered the pill lagging in launching some apps. Admittedly, the lag just isn’t that constant however contemplating quad-core processor backs the Yoga pill, it’s quiet disappointing.
At a time when pill producers are transferring in direction of extra severe structure and selecting Qualcomm, Exynos and Nvidia chipsets to energy the gadgets, Lenovo has chosen MediaTek. The corporate has clearly compromised the for protecting worth of the Yoga pill as little as attainable. Fortunately, the contact expertise was good on the Yoga Pill 10.
We performed a few of our favorite video games on the Yoga Pill 10, together with Temple Run 2, Subway Surfers, Useless Set off, Vector and Shadow Gun, the pill fared nicely, apart from some odd lags at instances, Total, we obtained an appropriate gaming expertise.
Nonetheless, the most important compromise for enjoying video games for longer intervals on any machine, a pill or a smartphone, is the battery backup. However fortunately, the corporate has geared up the Yoga Pill 10 with enormous 9000mAh battery and that delivers. The Yoga Pill 10 in our rundown video playback checks lasted for greater than eight hours of steady video playback. The corporate claims that the Yoga Pill 10 can ship as much as 18 hours of looking, though we could not check this.
The Yoga Pill 10 was in a position to playback all well-liked codecs together with MKV, MP4, MOV and AVI. Additional, the pill performed full-HD movies with minimal fuss and due to the 10-inch massive display measurement, watching films is a pleasure. Lenovo has not included its music participant, however has as a substitute determined to stay with Google’s personal Play Music app. The music participant doesn’t include too many tweaking choices however presents acceptable expertise via earphones/ headphones. Sadly, we can not say the identical for the dual-front audio system. The twin audio system are powered by Dolby Sound however give common sound high quality. We performed some music on the Yoga Pill 10 via the audio system, and at loud volumes the sounds appeared to interrupt.
As talked about earlier, the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 packs a big 9000mAh battery and in our utilization, it simply lasted for greater than a day. We charged the pill within the morning, and with medium to heavy utilization, together with notifications for 2 e-mail accounts configured, listening to some music, lengthy hours of gaming (Temple Run 2, Snowboarding Fred, Vegetation Vs Zombies2 and Shadow Gun), taking some informal pictures and chat notifications, the pill lasted for nearly a day, with at the least 30 to 40 % battery nonetheless left. It is value declaring that we had turned on Wi-Fi and the show was set on to full-brightness. Altering these settings could assist in growing the cellphone’s battery life, relying in your utilization sample. By way of battery backup, we will safely say that the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 is likely one of the greatest within the section.
There isn’t a doubt that Lenovo has put in plenty of thought in the entire design of the pill, making it stand out from the routine crowd. Moreover, it is value declaring that Lenovo’s Yoga Pill 10 multimode function consists of these modes, which usually require a separate cowl or a stand for a pill. Whereas it does reside as much as what Lenovo’s Yoga line-up is thought for (multimode design), we really feel that a greater chipset and a higher-resolution show might have helped the trigger.
In our opinion, the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 delivers in some departments although disappoints fully in others. And whereas the whole lot usually labored nicely on it, we did expertise the odd lag, making us ponder whether the MediaTek’s quad-core processor was a good selection by the corporate. One other deal breaker is the Yoga Pill 10’s show, being a 10-inch machine with a show sporting decrease display decision appeared terrible, we admit. The corporate has made adjustments to the UI of the pill, however that too doesn’t assist a lot within the general expertise. Additional, the pill sports activities twin entrance loudspeakers however the sound expertise was not that nice.
At Rs. 28,999 for the 16GB and Wi-Fi + 3G version of the Lenovo Yoga Pill 10 is priced decently. These in search of alternate options can search for the Apple iPad 2, which is a dated machine however presents a greater package deal. In case, one needs a refreshed pill may also go for the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Show which is predicted to be launched in India subsequent week at a worth of Rs. 28,900 (16GB), or for individuals who need a 10-inch pill, the Wi-Fi solely Apple iPad Air, which can be anticipated to launch subsequent week at an worth of Rs. 35,900 (16GB).
- New (refreshed) pill design
- Battery life excellent
- Multimode design useful at instances
- Disappointing digital camera
- Common speaker efficiency
- Low-resolution show