In my books the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is the best Android tablet in the market. It offers great value for money and has some very practical features that take it ahead of the competition. But the Lenovo Tablet 2 range is one limited to a single device. In fact, the list also includes the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, a high-end device meant to offer more than what you see in regular tablets.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
As I said before, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is meant to offer more than what regular tablets do. So it has a large 13.3-inch QHD IPS display, which is pretty rare in tablets. In fact, over the past couple of years even the 10-inch tablet has started becoming rare.
Then there is the entire multi-mode concept which means the tablet has a stand at the back. This lends itself to put the tab in different positions – standing, leaning and even hanging from a wall for when you want to read a recipe in the kitchen on something like that.
But the biggest feature has to be the inbuilt Pico projector. It is built into the side of the hinge and blends so well into the device that you would miss it if someone didn’t tell you about it.
Specs: 13.3-inch (2560 x 1440p) IPS display | Intel Atom Z3745 Processor with 2GB RAM | 32GB storage | 8MP rear camera with AF; 1.6MP HD front camera | WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MiMo | 9600 mAh Li-ion | Android Kitkat
What is good?
The size and quality of the display sets this tablet apart. Yes, there is a question on who would actually want a screen this large, but I am sure there is a certain niche audience for this somewhere. My small issue with the size is that since the screen is so large, the projector could have been avoided altogether. Can’t help wondering if it wouldn’t have made better sense in a smaller device. But the QGD screen is a real stunner and works really well as a large screen to consume online video. Also, the possibilities of using this tablet as a second screen are endless.
Powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 Processor, this tablet can be extremely powerful. Yoke this to a Bluetooth keyboard and you will be able to use it as computer on the move. This concept will work well for people who are using the Google environment for work.
I wasn’t sure how to use the projector, but you will start liking it after a point. That is primarily because Lenovo has made it so easy to use it. Switch on a button on the right and the lens starts projecting whatever is on the screen. An ideal device for travelling salesmen and lecturers, I thought. However, I am not sure that despite the superb audio quality entertainment junkies would actually spend this much to get a tablet to go with their projector. However, it has to be agreed that the projector stays really cool even after long duration of projection. The battery life however will be cut to half.
The software is optimised for use on a tablet and that makes life simpler in the long run. This has to be the best Android tablet interface, given that it is different and very functional.
What is not that good?
Let’s agree that this tablet is not for everyone. Yes, it is a high-end device. It is also a niche device. So you cannot use the same yardsticks as you would with a regular tablet.
Still, a screen the size of a regular laptop display will need a very specific use case. I cannot figure out many such uses that would tempt someone to forgo the advantage of mobility that a smaller tablet offers.
Does a tablet this large need a rear camera? I think not. I am sure there are people who will use even something this big to shoot their dog, but for me the front facing camera is enough.
I just could not get the tablet to recognise the Wi-Fi at home, though it could catch even signals from two buildings away.
Should you buy it?
Of course, if you think you will be able to find a use for the extra real estate as well as the projector. Otherwise, just get a regular Lenovo Yoga 2 tablet and you will be more than happy. Though I love the device, I will not be spending Rs 49,490 on a tablet this large.