CNET First Look
Solid tablet design hindered by so-so performanceThe Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 has an excellent ergonomic build, but its performance lacks the same finesse.
[MUSIC] This Lenovo tablet has a great design, but I wish I could say the same thing about its performance. I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNET and this a first look at the Yoga Tablet 2. If you saw last year the Android Yoga tablets, this new model will look familiar. The eight-inch tablet dons a sturdy aluminum frame with a chunky rounded spine on its bottom. On the left side you'll find the micro USB port, volume and power buttons, and on the right there's the headphone jack. The silver spine is home to the two front facing speakers and if you turn the tablet around, you'll find the built in kickstand. To use it, you simply pull it down by twisting at the spine. It securely locks into a 90 degree angle, but you can easily adjust it however you want. The Yoga tablet two can sit upright, or be set down at a lower angle. It looks a little funky, but I really like the design. The rounded spine makes it comfortable to grip in one hand. And the built in kickstand is undeniably useful. [MUSIC] It's also light, at a little less than one pound, and I found it's size pretty portable. Unfortunately, I'm less impressed with the rest it has to offer. Though [UNKNOWN] Tablet 2 runs Andriod 4.4 Kit-Kat and houses a 1.3 gigahertz quad-core [UNKNOWN] processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM, there's only 16 gigabytes of internal storage. But thanks to the MicroSD slot hidden behind the kick stand, you can expand it to up to 64 gigabytes. The eight inch touch screen boasts a 1920 by 1200 pixels resolution IPS display and it's bright and colorful enough. But it disappoints in sharpness. Text doesn't look as crisp as it should. Especially for such a high resolution. So it's still readable. Additionally, the touchscreen is occasionally unresponsive or slow to recognize taps. The Yoga Tablet 2 has a simple Android scan that doesn't have an app trade making finding specific apps a little tricky. Instead of one menu that displays all of your apps, your app shortcuts are scattered among your homepages. You can easily make folders to organize them, but if you like to download a lot of apps, you're going to have a lot of home pages. There's an 8MP camera on the spine near the power button, which takes decently sharp, but washed out photos. And a front facing 1.6MP one that produces similar quality self. Performance was fast and smooth for simple tasks. But it suffered from many performance hiccups, like unresponsive screens, app crashes and wi-fi connectivity issues. These might all be addressed in future over the air updates but for now, it makes it hard to recommend. For the price, you're better off looking at other small tablets. For more details, check up my full review on CNet. Once again, I am Xiomara Blanco and this has been a first look at the Lenovo Yoga Tablet Two.