October 30th 2013 2:43 pm

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Long battery life in an otherwise disappointing device

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Lenovo's Yoga Tablet has potential, but ultimately the device feels unfinished. It's a slate with good hardware, complete with a clever kickstand design, that rides on the esteemed Yoga name. Lenovo relied way too heavily on that branding, though; unlike the Ultrabooks with their largely high-caliber specs, the tablet sports an unacceptably mediocre display, packs a sluggish processor and delivers a bizarrely skinned version of Android 4.2. Almost everything about the Yoga Tablet experience feels cheap and shoddy. A relatively budget-friendly price and spectacular battery life lessen the damage somewhat, but ultimately that's not enough to recommend this machine.

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    5.0
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    8.2
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    7.0
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    7.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0

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Engadget Dec 22, 2013

Almost everything about the Yoga Tablet experience feels cheap and shoddy. A relatively budget-friendly price and spectacular battery life lessen the damage somewhat, but ultimately that's not enough to recommend this machine.

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6.0
CNET Nov 7, 2013

Though it feels well-built and has a handy kickstand, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet’s poor performance makes it hard to justify even the low cost.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 6, 2013

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet tries something a little different and to a certain extent it succeeds. This is a tablet that offers multi-mode use without the need for an additional cover, so it's a nice and clean solution.

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7.0
PC Advisor Nov 20, 2013

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 is one of the cheaper 10in tablets around and it has an excellent design. Hardware and task performance are both lacking somewhat but battery life is a strong point. A great Android tablet for those less bothered about top-end specs.

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Engadget Oct 30, 2013

Though its name would suggest otherwise, the Yoga Tablet actually comes in not one, but two sizes: 8 and 10 inches. Regardless, you're in for nearly the same specs, including a 1,280 x 800 IPS display, quad-core MediaTek processor, dual 5MP/1.6MP cameras and up to 16GB of built-in storage.

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ZDNet Oct 30, 2013

Lenovo is heating up the Android tablet space with the introduction of two tablets aimed directly at the Nexus line. The Yoga Tablet comes in 8 and 10-inch models similar to the budget friendly Nexus slates, but the Yogas get 18 hours of battery life.

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CNET Oct 29, 2013

There's an aluminum kickstand that allows you to stand the tablets up or lay them down at an angle, making them more comfortable to type on. The back is polycarbonate, and overall the tablets feel pretty well-built.

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Ars Technica Oct 29, 2013

This should come as a surprise to no one, but with specs like that, performance is best described as "bad." Nothing really scrolls smoothly, every animation lags—the whole device is a slow mess.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 29, 2013

While the specs don’t wow, the estimated 18 hours of battery life and unique stand feature make these devices very intriguing.

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Mashable Oct 30, 2013

For what Lenovo's asking — $249 and $299 for the 8-inch and 10-inch, respectively — you can do much, much better. Google's Nexus 7 has far superior specs for the same starting price.

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PC Advisor Oct 30, 2013

For starters, this tablet is one sleek and sexy product which feels great in the hand and makes you just want to hold it. It has a similar design to Sony's Tablet S which has a folded newspaper style wedge shape putting most of the weight in your hand and therefore making it easier to handle.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 30, 2013

We've not had the chance to fully explore the Yoga Tablet or put it through extensive performance testing, but we can't help being slightly irritated by the removal of the apps tray. This means that your homepages are also filled with your app shortcuts.

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phoneArena Oct 29, 2013

Powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz MT8125 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, it doesn’t really scream cutting edge – more so when we know what the greats in the space are packing. Regardless of that, based on our quick inspection, it suffices enough for most basic tasks.

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TechRadar Oct 30, 2013

During the presentation of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 things were looking good with a decent sounding spec sheet, free keyboard and impressive 18 hour battery life piquing our interest - that was until we actually got our hands on the thing.

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TrustedReviews Oct 30, 2013

This rounded edge makes the Lenovo Yoga Tablet look remarkably similar to the wireless Apple keyboard, which comes bundled with an iMac. Although this unusual design makes the tablet stand out from the competition, this is not necessary a bad thing.

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PC Pro Oct 30, 2013

Running a lightly customised version of Android 4.2.2 and coming in 8in and 10in variants, the Yoga Tablet resembles nothing so much as an oversized Apple Magic Trackpad. Across most of the screen area it’s an exceptionally slim 3mm deep, but with a cylindrical protrusion.

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T3 Oct 30, 2013

The hardware is pleasant in the hand, and the stock Android does what it says on the tin. If the battery lasts the course then the only things holding this back are that polarising design and the screen quality.

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The Inquirer Oct 30, 2013

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet is all about design, with a new form factor for Lenovo but not for the market, as it has a cylindrical end design - apparently based on a folded magazine - that is reminiscent of the Sony Tablet S, which was launched in 2011.

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Expert Reviews Oct 30, 2013

In portrait mode that bulge also means the Lenovo Yoga Tablet has space for forward-firing stereo speakers, something that more slender tablets can only dream of (and again the last time we saw it was on the Sony Xperia Tablet S). These alone make the audio more immediate.

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Stuff Oct 30, 2013

The upshot of this quirky design is that it's more comfortable to hold in one hand. Lenovo calls this basic act 'Hold Mode', and there are two other configurations too – 'Tilt Mode'and 'Stand Mode', and they're both possible thanks to a built-in kickstand which folds out from the rear of the...

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