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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?