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Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

lenovo yoga tablet 2 coverI’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 2I 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 2Hold mode


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

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2Stand 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 :)

To know more about Lenovo Philippines and their products you may visit their website at www.lenovo.com/ph, visit them on Facebook (LenovoPhilippines), Twitter (@lenovophils) or Instagram (@lenovo_ph)

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.

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply Corinth 19 May 2015 at 10:08 am

    That marble sticker looks so gorgeous! Makes me want to buy one for my laptop! <3 And loved reading the review. I like how you don't leave out any important details.

    • Reply Camie Juan 19 May 2015 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Corinth! YES I really love the marble style. I was watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians a few days ago and saw Kim had a marble cover for laptop too. I was like <3 <3 <3 HAHA

  • Reply Saerra Juangco 19 May 2015 at 10:16 am

    It seems to be very versatile. I’m planning on getting something from Lenovo so I hope it goes well. Ps. I need a laptop sticker as gorgeous as yours! ✧

  • Reply Bae Milanes 19 May 2015 at 10:44 am

    This is a really good review, Camie, I must say. I am not tech-savvy either but I saw this in the mall a few weeks ago and I was actually impressed with it although I’m not exactly fond of tablets (I don’t find any reason to own one) but this tablet’s “hang” feature is way too sweet. Lol. It’s actually pretty impressive. Good job with this review. Thumbs up!

  • Reply Kae 19 May 2015 at 10:45 am

    I wonder, will I have to purchase the keyboard separately? :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 19 May 2015 at 10:53 am

      Oops! I forgot to mention that in the review as a pro… NO, you don’t have to!! It comes in the box :D

  • Reply thisisnichie 19 May 2015 at 10:53 am

    I’m not quite too fond of the bezels, or that edge for a tablet, but the specs are pretty decent.

    Windows is constantly updating because someone is constantly trying to change, fix, or develop things that can or should be controlled -most especially, developers are constantly searching for security vulnerabilities. When these vulnerabilities are found and fixed, updates are released. The argument that Mac OS doesn’t need quite as many updates is merely because Mac sacrifices the power and customization available with Windows for security and standardization.

    http://blog.nichieenriquez.com

    • Reply Camie Juan 19 May 2015 at 10:56 am

      Thanks for the info! That being said, I’ve been thinking of getting a Mac laptop as my main laptop, do you think it’s worth getting over windows? Right now my biggest selling point is Marc’s functionality/apps that are available right on my desktop.

      • Reply thisisnichie 19 May 2015 at 10:35 pm

        Oh it’s DEFINITELY a great investment if you get a Mac. Mac does what it does with excellence -the display for design work, the ease for compiling and writing code, the productivity apps. You’re not wasting anything if you purchase a Macbook for main use, especially if you’re doing both design and code so you’re using it to its full potential.

        If what you’re doing is more on the graphical side + writing side in terms of use, I would suggest a Dell XPS 13 1080p, as it’ll give you the same performance as the Macbook, at a price tag that’s a little under it.

        • Reply Camie Juan 19 May 2015 at 10:44 pm

          Thanks! I’m mostly getting it for blog work, some light photo editing and video editing :) currently have my eyes on the Pro Retina :) something that confuses me though is that on Beyond The Box’s website, the one I want is 516 SSD but it doesn’t say how much GB? This confuses me. What does 516 SSD really mean? :)

          • thisisnichie 19 May 2015 at 11:52 pm

            Oh man, the pro retina is visually delicious. A solid state drive (SSD) basically handles your memory. SSDs (as opposed to HDDs) are faster in performance, quieter, and more durable. The only thing it really means is that you’ve got 516 GB worth of memory, and you’ll only have that 516 GB until it eventually slows and wears and you’ll have to upgrade-replace it.

          • Camie Juan 19 May 2015 at 11:54 pm

            Oh! That sounds a bit scary. And there’s no way to really “slow” down that process is there? I hope by the time it does wear down, I’ll be due for another laptop anyway. Like 4-5 years from now. Haha Thanks for all this info! You’ve been really helpful! I might be getting the MacBook this week :D

          • thisisnichie 20 May 2015 at 12:03 am

            Yeah, it’ll take a looooooong while before it really gets to the point of being unusable. You’ll definitely be able to last 4-5 years. Just remember to clean out any temp files every couple of weeks! No problem -I love talking tech with people! That’s super exciting; it takes some getting used to, but you’re going to love it for sure! :D

  • Reply hello 19 May 2015 at 11:07 am

    Camie, do you have any idea how much it is?

    • Reply Camie Juan 19 May 2015 at 11:13 am

      Last I checked it’s around Php 20,000 :)

  • Reply Samantha Geronimo 19 May 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Oh wow thank you for this Camie! I’ve been thinking about getting an ipad mini for quite some time now but after reading this post, I’m having second thoughts about purchasing this instead of an ipad! It seems much more useful and cheaper. The fact that it can act almost like a laptop is a really huge bonus too!

  • Reply Liz 20 May 2015 at 12:31 pm

    i love this tablet! I don’t really find much use for a tablet so I don’t own one but when i found out about this particular tablet, I’m suddenly in that space of wanting to own one as it has a lot of good things to offer!

  • Reply David Ralph Lleno 20 July 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I have been looking for this exact same product for AGES. 10 inch full windows yoga tablet. None and I do mean None of the lenovo store branches from marikina, megamall and greenhills have it. Woyld you happen to know where to find it? Thank you!

    • Reply Camie Juan 20 July 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Hi David! I sent you an FB message :) I think it went to the “others” folder :)

      • Reply Paul M 29 July 2015 at 8:27 pm

        also looking for the product, cant seem to find it anywhere :(

  • Reply lilacmoon821 25 September 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Camie, where did you get your decal installed? :)

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