Lenovo Yoga Tablet Launch Party and Review

Lenovo Yoga Tablet #BetterWay

On Tuesday, I attended the Lenovo Yoga Tablet launch party in Los Angeles at the YouTube Creators Space. Ashton Kutcher, Lenovo’s newest Product Engineer, introduced the Lenovo Yoga Tablet. (Disclosure: Lenovo paid for me to come out to the event as part of the Lenovo Influencers program. All opinions are 100% my own.)

Ashton Kutcher announcing Lenovo Yoga Tablet
Photo from Lenovo

 

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This was one of the most exciting events I have ever attended. I’m such a geek, so to be in the midst of others who are in love with technology as I am, was exciting. Watching Ashton Kutcher unveil a brand new, “never seen,” gadget was over the top.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet

 

Hold Mode

 

Tilt Mode

Isn’t that beautiful? But I bet you are wondering if the beauty is only skin deep. Well I can assure you that this baby is beautiful inside and out! Let me tell you about my first 36 hours with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet.

After the Lenovo Yoga Tablet Launch Party

As soon as I got back to my room, I opened the box to unwrap my own personal 10-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet (comes in an 8-inch model also.) I plugged it in and let it charge while I downloaded 2 movies and 2 TV shows to watch on the 5 hour plane ride home.

boxed up Lenovo Yoga Tablet

 

When I woke up, the Yoga Tablet was fully charged and ready for flight. I spent much of the morning installing the apps that I can’t do without on any Android (4.2) device. When I packed up to get to the airport, I was at 89%. That’s not too bad for working for a few hours.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet
The design looks like a magazine. The design is meant to make it easier to hold.

In the past, I’ve had to balance my tablet on the seat in front of me, but this time I had an exit row, so the seat was way in front of me. Fortunately, I have my Yoga Tablet, so I could easily stand it up without any help from a seat. This is the Yoga Tablet’s Stand Mode.

Watching a movie in stand mode on the Yoga tablet
Watching R.I.P.D. on the plane

I watched 2 movies and 1 TV show and I was at 68% when we landed. Usually 2 movies will just about drain my battery, but not the Yoga Tablet. I did not charge the Yoga overnight. The next day I watched 3 hour-long TV shows while working.

Catching up on TV on Lenovo Yoga Tablet
Catching up on TV shows.

Later that afternoon as I was making pizza for dinner and getting my 10-year-old ready for Halloween, we used the Yoga Tablet to find out how to do the scary make-up.

making dinner

After dinner it was time for trick-or-treating. All my kids were at parties or begging for candy, so I watched more shows on my Yoga while waiting for kids and answering the door.

tilt mode
Using Yoga Tablet in my lap in tilt mode.
Holding the Yoga Tablet in hold mode to continue watching while handing out candy.
Holding the Yoga Tablet in hold mode to continue watching while handing out candy.

 

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet on the steps near the door during the busy time of the trick-or-treating evening.

Near the end of the evening, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet finally powered down because I was at 1% battery life. That one battery charge lasted during 2 full-length movies, 5 hour-long TV shows, 3 half-hour long TV shows, downloading 30 apps and a few hours of just playing around with settings and figuring out how the Yoga Tablet works. That is longer than any other tablet I have used.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet is A #BetterWay

The battery life along with the different modes of use is definitely a #BetterWay.

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So far I really love the Yoga Tablet and the more I use it the more I love it. There are a few things that I don’t like. I didn’t like some of the default settings, but that was easy enough to change.

I’m not too crazy about the icon fonts because it’s too big. They make the screen look fuzzy or it’s my eyes.

I also wish I could create folders for my icons on the pages. I have not been able to figure out how to do that. All of these issues are software related, so that can easily be changed.

Yoga Tablet settings

Another option that I discovered today adjusts the sound to the mode you are in. When you swipe down on the top right, you get the settings and in the lower right, are the 3 circles with the 3 different modes…. tilt, hand and stand. Choose the mode you are using and it changes the sound & color.

In addition, no matter which mode you are using, the volume button is up for higher and down for lower.

tilt, hand, stand mode

 

Each time I use it, I find another feature that was well thought out. If this is the type of products that Lenovo and Ashton will be designing in the future, I can’t wait to see more.

The 8-inch model is $249 and the 10-inch model is $299. I’m still in shock that a tablet with up to 18-hours of battery life is available at these prices.

Disclosure: Lenovo paid for me to come out to the event as part of the Lenovo Influencers program. All opinions are 100% my own.

Let’s talk about the Lenovo Yoga Tablet. What do you think about the price, 18-hour battery life and 3 modes of use?

 

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6 Responses to Lenovo Yoga Tablet Launch Party and Review

  1. Hi Michelle, have you figure out how to create a folder on lenovo Yoga tablet? I wish I could do the same. Thanks. Ulisses

    • I’m still having problems with it. Sometimes I can create the folder with no problem and sometimes I can’t create it at all. Same with moving the apps into the folder. Once in a while it’ll work just fine, but most of the time I can’t get it to work. I have told them about it and we are not the only ones, so hopefully there will be a fix soon.

      • Michele, I had similar problem – the folder was successfully created only few times, but I have noticed that drag speed matters. When You move one item to another very-very quickly, this leads to folder creation; when You drag item slowly, this leads to repositioning of other items.

  2. creating folders is much like it is on an Apple product. Simply drag an icon onto another and the folder creates. So for instance, you install Facebook and Twitter and other social media apps. To create a folder for all of your social media, you would press and hold on one of the icons and drag it over another. Once that folder is created, it should give you the option to name it what you want. Then you can add any other icons into that folder.

    This is just what I have seen from playing with the tablet in the store. Mine was just delivered today and is waiting for me to get home from work.

    • Right, that is how it should work, but it doesn’t. A few times it has worked, but most of the time, when I go to drag the icon over the folder, the folder moves instead of letting me drop the icon into it. It seems to be a common problem that some of us are having. Some people are not having any problems, so I’m not sure what the problem is. I’ve just had to give up on organizing my icons.

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