Lenovo’s newest tablet is finally here and is very much a tablet we’ve seen before. Every year Lenovo takes its tablet and gives it some incremental upgrades that help improve the experience and this year’s edition is no different.
The last tablet that I reviewed from Lenovo was the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. Throughout this review I’ll be referencing the previous a bit, so if you want to check it out, you can view it here.
The Yoga Tablet 2 looks like just its predecessors. The only real visual difference is that now there is no longer a Lenovo logo on the bezel. I don’t recall prior versions having this, but there’s a grippy plastic piece on the back, which while plastic, makes it a bit easier to hold and grip the device. The volume rocker was moved to the other side of the device, now above the power button and the port for the USB cable.
In terms of other changes to the hardware, the biggest changes include the screen, the processor and a new feature with the kickstand. Starting with the display, while the Yoga Tablet had an HD screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, Lenovo upped its game this year with a 1920 x 1200 resolution display. Just to note, the HD+ that we reviewed in July had a display with a1920×1080 resolution, so the HD plus bests that tablet as well. The colors on the display seem more true and it has much better viewing angles than the previous models. Moving on to the processor, the Yoga Tablet sported a MediaTek quad-core processor then the 10HD+ a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The new tablet has a quad-core Intel Atom Processor Z3745 (2M Cache, up to 1.86 GHz), featuring Intel Burst technology that dynamically matches processing power depending on what you are doing to maximize battery life. Even with the new display and processor, the tablet still has excellent battery life. Lenovo claims you can get 18 hours of battery life, but if using at 40% screen brightness and using Wi-Fi, you should get almost 13 hours out of it. Overall, the tablet is very snappy and has handled all the games that I’ve tried with it with no real issues such as Modern Combat 5, Hearthstone, Goat Simulator and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. As I mentioned earlier, the tablet has a new mode with its kickstand. While previously you could either use it in stand, hold or tilt modes, now you can use it in “hang” mode, basically rotating the stand until it’s flat and then there’s a hole in it so that you can hang it anywhere such as in your kitchen, bedroom , office, etc.I’d just be sure to use a hook that is securely in the wall before hanging, you don’t want to break you brand new $300 tablet.
A few other highlights of the hardware upgrades is an improved rear-facing camera, now up to 8 megapixels from 5 megapixels, larger front-facing chamber speakers with Dolby Audio surround sound and Wolfson Master Hi-Fi audio processing. I forgot to mention but it also has 2 GB of DDR3 RAM as well as 16 GB of built-in storage that is expandable, supporting MicroSD cards up to 64 GB.
Moving on to the software, the Yoga Tablet 2 is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, just like the 10 HD+ was and has a slightly different version of the Lenovo LauncherHD.
The launcher still doesn’t have an app drawer, so it has an iOS feel to it, but I think this is Lenovo’s way of trying to make the UI their own and simplify the experience. If you read my last review, you may remember that I mentioned a Smart Side Bar that could be accessed by swiping from the bezel onto the screen on either side. This side bar gave you quick access to your videos, photos and books, recently used apps and sound and visual modes. It is now nowhere to be found. The closest thing to it in the software is called the “Bottom Switch.” This can be accessed with a swipe upwards from the bottom and it gives users the ability to quickly turn various functions on or off as well as access to advanced settings. You can also access Lenovo Smart Switch to change different display and audio modes, as well as access the camera, take a screen shot and and lock your screen. Although it doesn’t give you quick access to your movies, photos and books like the previous iteration had, I think it that it has to and this actually is a nice experience. It seemed like previously it was trying to do too much and you no longer have that.
Aside from these changes, there is really nothing else different about the software. You can still run apps in multiple windows and the way to close apps is reminiscent of MIUI, also telling you the amount of available memory.
I still think that the Yoga Tablet 2 is a good choice for the general consumer. It may not be a powerhouse like the NVIDA Shield Tablet or the Nexus 9, but it’s not trying to be. The Yoga 2 excels where it always has and that’s offering a great user experience, a unique design and a decent price tag. I think that the kickstand adds a lot of it since you don’t need a case to stand it up to watch a movie or tv show or to prop it up on your lap to type. If you wanted to have it hanging on your wall, you could possibly make it like an interactive calendar or an easily accessible computer in the kitchen to play music while cooking or to display recipes.
Because we do spreadsheets on the move. Because we simply need numpad. Because we didn’t buy a Surface. Microsoft has launched a new keyboard on Android, expressly made for Excel, with the main keyboard being truncated to make space for an unassumingly simple number pad, although there’s no pluses or minuses. Alas, it’s built for tablets, meaning it’s incompatible with ‘mere’ 5-inch Android smartphones — even if those devices, too, are aching to do expenses in transit.
Via: Android Police
Mobile World Congress is lining up to certainly be an exciting event for tech lovers, and the latest company looking to announce their new products is Sony.
Expected to appear at MWC is the company’s latest Xperia Z4 tablet, which may perhaps be announced alongside the next Xperia Z4 smartphone.
From the picture leaked by Sony above, the image shows off a very thin tablet akin to their previous Z2 and Z3 models.
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On Sony’s own Xperia Lounge app, the company confirmed the impending release of their Xperia Z4 tablet that will sport a 2k screen. While nothing else is confirmed on the device, we are almost certain the rest of it will be top tier. The Z4 will most likely be unveiled next week during MWC, so stay tuned for further news as things develop.
source: Xperia Blog
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It’s easy to forget that Samsung is a multi-tentacled company that builds much more than TVs and phones. For instance, it manufactures CPUs for arch-foe Apple and makes small-to-medium OLED panels for various companies, not just its own mobile division. According to Reuters, Samsung will invest another $3.6 billion into its OLED business to offset flagging smartphone sales. Most of that cash will go into a new production line producing curved panels for the Galaxy Note edge and third-party devices. And Samsung’s not the only South Korean manufacturer dumping more money into OLEDs. LG will also stake nearly $1 billion on new OLED capacity for large-panel items like TVs, as well. The takeaway? Given the display dominance of the two companies, many more OLED devices — both big and small — should be hitting the market soon.
When it comes to productivity, users are always looking for ways to cut out unnecessary steps in their workflows. On mobile devices, one way developers address this need is to integrate apps with each other so the end user is not forced to jump around between different apps. An example of this is the integration between Microsoft Office apps and Dropbox which was rolled out to some mobile devices last fall. A piece that was missing, integration on the Android tablet versions of these apps, has been eliminated with an update that was announced today.
The integration of Microsoft Office apps Word, Excel and Powerpoint with the Dropbox app meant users could view and edit documents from with Dropbox, but using the Office tools. This is a handy feature for sure, especially for users who have not been able to transition to some other integrated solution like Google Drive and Google’s office apps. However, the ability to edit documents on a platform no larger than a smart phone is still a bit limiting.
The extension of the integration to Android tablets means users can now work unfettered on larger devices. If a user takes advantage of this integration and adds in a larger tablet with a keyboard, they will be bordering on laptop territory, but in a much more convenient form factor.
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According to renowned leaker, @Upleaks, HTC is currently in the throes of developing its own branded tablet, that’s rumored to be based heavily on the design of the Nexus 9 which it developed for Google back in October, 2014.
The slate is expected to have similar dimensions to the Nexus, meaning it will keep its gorgeous 1536 x 2048 9-inch display, probably with the same 4:3 aspect ratio, too. However, it will differ with regards to hardware specifications.
The 1st HTC branded Tablet will be based on the Nexus 9，dimension is almost same。but spec。。。And you won’t see it in Q1 2015。
— @upleaks (@upleaks) February 8, 2015
It doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing HTC’s latest offering anytime soon as it’s not expected to arrive in Q1 of 2015, which means we could be looking at either a Q2 or Q3 launch, seeing as the company tends not to launch new devices in the fourth quarter.
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If you feel that Apple is upgrading iOS a little too quickly, you’re not alone — there are concerns (if sometimes overstated) that it’s focusing too much on interface revamps and extensions over making things work well. There may be relief in sight, however. Sources for the historically reliable 9to5Mac claim that iOS 9 will have a “huge” emphasis on behind-the-scenes fixes and performance optimizations. That’s not to say there won’t be any spiffy new features, but this could be more of a tune-up (in the vein of OS X Snow Leopard) than a breakthrough release. Apple likely won’t confirm anything until its next Worldwide Developer Conference sometime in mid-year. If the tipsters are on the mark, though, the new iOS could be good news for anyone who feels that Cupertino hasn’t been living up to its “just works” reputation as of late.
Based on hype alone, you’d think that sapphire was the ultimate replacement for glass on phone screens. However, that’s not totally true — while sapphire is extremely scratch-resistant, it’s both more expensive and more likely to shatter if your device nose-dives into the sidewalk. Corning may have found a way to combine the best properties of both materials, though. It recently teased Project Phire, a glass that’s as resistant to drops as Gorilla Glass 4 while touting scratch protection that “approaches” sapphire. The company isn’t saying much more about the technology at this point, but it should go on sale sometime later this year.
Corning hasn’t said which companies are interested in Phire, but it should be important for safeguarding both smartphones and wearables. Although sapphire is cheap enough now that it’s not just reserved for luxury phones and watches, it’s still expensive. You’ll only see it on mid-range and high-end Apple Watch models, for example. Phire potentially brings that kind of anti-scratch protection to lower-cost smartwatches, and makes it more practical for the large displays of modern phones. There’s no doubt that this is a defensive move on Corning’s part — the company was quick to lash out at rumors of sapphire iPhone screens last year and otherwise do what it could to prevent its big clients from ditching glass. Still, that reactionary approach is good news if it means you can keep your devices looking pristine without having to be overly cautious.