Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

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Sections

Pros

  • Smart, well-made stand mechanism
  • Pico projector included
  • Decent power
  • Good screen quality

Cons

  • Rivals are lighter and more manageable
  • Battery life disappoints
  • More power available elsewhere
  • Middling projector quality

Key Features

  • Review Price: £449.00
  • 13.3in 2,560 x 1,440 IPS screen
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • 1.5W stereo speakers with 5W subwoofer
  • 948g
  • 23mm thick
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What is the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro?

Too many manufacturers churn out tablets that look like iPad knock-offs, but Lenovo usually forges its own path. Its Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

debuted an exciting, lop-sided design that enabled several different

positions, and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro builds on that foundation.

The

stand has been refined and improved, the screen has grown to 13 inches

and the older machine’s 1920 x 1200 resolution makes way for more pixels

– now at 2560 x 1440.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – Design

The

Yoga’s cylindrical side defines its style and functions. It houses a

hinge that enables the Yoga to switch into four different positions, and

it also contains a couple of features we’ve never seen on a tablet: a

subwoofer and a pico projector.

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The stand props the Yoga into

shallow and steep angled positions, with the former ideal for typing and

the latter better for watching films. The stand can be tweaked for

precise angle adjustments, and it’s sturdy enough to stay put once

positioned.

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It’s been improved since the last iteration of the

Yoga. It used to be fiddly to unfold, but Lenovo has installed a button that pops the stand open. The stand also has a hole that enables

its third position – hanging. It’s the mode we see getting the least

use, but it could be handy for presentations.
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The whole machine

exudes high quality. One end of the cylindrical unit houses the circular

power button, and the other reveals the projector’s glass-covered lens.

The stand and its button are made from solid aluminium, and the rest of

the unit is hewn from similarly-sturdy metal and plastic. The Yoga

costs £449, but you never forget it’s a premium product.

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The

cylindrical side unit makes a useful handle, but it means the Yoga is

larger and heavier than rivals. It’s 23mm thick at its bulkiest point,

the main tablet section is 9mm thick, and it weighs 948g. Apple’s iPad Air 2 is less than half the weight at 437g and just 6.1mm thick, while the Google Nexus 9 is even lighter at 425g and is over a millimetre slimmer.

The

weight doesn’t make the Yoga particularly comfortable to use in one or

two hands, and the off-centre hinge hinders its ability to fit inside

cases, too. That’s not the only ergonomic issue we’ve encountered – the

sheer size of the 13.3in screen can make the panel difficult to

navigate, with controls in games and apps sometimes tricky to reach.

There

are no surprises when it comes to connectivity. We’re pleased to see

dual-band 802.11ac wireless, and there’s Bluetooth 4.0 and a microUSB

slot. GPS and an accelerometer are included, too, but there’s no sign of

mobile broadband.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – Screen and Speakers  

Lenovo

has increased the resolution, but the larger screen means that

pixel density actually sees a small decrease – the old Yoga had a

density of 224ppi, while the new tablet sits at 221ppi.

That

figure doesn’t stand out when compared to the wider market, either. The

iPad Air’s screen serves up 253ppi and the Nexus 9 is even better, at

288ppi.

The Yoga’s density may not stand out, but it’s still

enough to ensure a sharp image – we only saw individual pixels by

squinting, and the resolution is ample for Full HD media playback.

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The

Yoga’s panel ticked most of the quality boxes, too. Colours are

consistently punchy without straying into oversaturation, and bright

colours are particularly dazzling. Backlight bleed is absent, and it’s

IPS, so viewing angles are excellent – you can watch media on this

screen even if you’re off-centre.

The brightness level of 389

nits is fantastic, too – better than the previous Yoga, and beyond most

laptops. The black level of 0.59 nits is reasonable, but other tablets

have deeper blacks. It might be noticeable during darker scenes in games

or films but, for the most part, it’s a minor problem that won’t

interfere in daily use.

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Lenovo has used the hinge to install

serious audio kit – two 1.5W stereo speakers and a 5W JBL subwoofer.

They provide volume comparable to Apple’s latest iPad, and the subwoofer

serves up punchy bass. Those deep notes, though, hinder audio

elsewhere, with mid-range and high-end notes not as rich or as pleasing

as we’d like.

The Yoga’s speakers certainly aren’t bad, with enough volume and quality for movies and music, but the iPad is still superior.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – Software

The

Yoga Tablet 2 Pro arrives with Android 4.4.2 installed – an iteration

of the OS that’s more than a year out of date. The latest version of

Android, 5.0 Lollipop, appeared at the end of 2014.

The older

Android version means the Yoga misses a few features. Lollipop’s new ‘material’ design language, the revised notification area and improved

lock screen are absent, and developments under the hood to improve

performance and battery life are also missing

Lenovo has made up

for the lack of Lollipop with its own changes, but these aren’t always

successful. The settings bar is stuffed with options, but it’s unfurled

from the bottom of the screen, which differs from virtually every other

Android device. The visual design isn’t exactly Android – it

seems to draw just as much inspiration from iOS.

There’s no app

drawer, either; instead, apps are installed to a couple of home-screens

or dumped into a selection of categorised folders. The folders can’t be

deleted or edited, though, and the Yoga often interrupts apps to ask

where freshly-installed software should be kept – irritating if you’re

playing a full-screen game.

Lenovo has augmented Google’s OS

with a few apps of its own, but quality is varied. The Security HD tool

is placed front-and-centre from boot, but it’s hardly the sort of

all-conquering business app we expect from Lenovo; it’s got options to

free memory by closing apps, or to block ads by scanning software, but

the only real security feature on offer involves altering permissions

for dozens of different components and usage scenario. It’s a good

feature, but it noticeably stands alone.

Lenovo’s business

credentials are more obvious elsewhere. Accounts, settings,

applications, media and other files can all be encrypted with passwords

or PIN numbers, and administrator settings can be altered from the

settings menu. A power management tool can dial down the GPU and screen

to save power, or disable apps when the screen is turned off.

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The

Yoga makes an attempt at multi-tasking by using separate windows, but

only a few apps can be loaded into a new window, including Chrome, the

file browser, video player and email. It’s useful, but we can’t help but

think that Lenovo could have gone further.

A Dolby app is

included to beef up the audio and has a custom equaliser as well as

modes for movies, games and music, and the bundled software is rounded

off with apps for synching, sharing and cloning files.

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