I’ve come to learn that 10 inch tablets really aren’t my thing. That’s mainly because of their size comes quite a bit of weight, even with the lightest of models in that size. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ is the same in this aspect, except it has one huge benefit that it comes with, the built-in kickstand. Plus throw in the fact that the battery life is beyond amazing it makes the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ pretty well worth the price tag of $350.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ is considerably different from the Lenovo Tab A8 that I reviewed a few weeks ago which you can read about here: Lenovo Tab A8 Review.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ has an unusual spiral-notebook look and feel to it due to the built-in kickstand. The tablet has a long, thin, .1-inch body that tapers into a thick cylindrical aluminum hinge that holds the battery, with a section that flips out to serve as the kickstand. With its silver-colored, polycarbonate skin, the tablet looks every bit like a premium device. My favorite part of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ is the placement of the power button on the left side of the cylinder and the 3.5mm audio jack on the right side.
At 10.3 x 7.1 x .4 inches and 1.37 pounds, the Yoga Tablet 10HD+ isn’t the lightest tablet available, but there’s not many that are lighter, and that’s quite nice to me in the 10 inch form factor. As stated above, I’ve never been a big fan of the 10 inch tablet size mainly due to it’s weight. However, where Lenovo excels with this tablet is the fact that it puts the extra weight that it does tack on into its batteries, or at least that’s what they did with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+.
Features And Specs
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ has three different viewing modes: Stand Mode, Tilt Mode and Hold Mode.
Hold Mode is basically when you’re holding the tablet, or carrying it around. There’s nothing really fancy about this mode so there’s not really much to talk about.
Stand Mode is particularly useful because it alows you to prop the tablet up on something like your desk and watch video clips while working at your PC or while sitting around talking to friends. Though the Yoga Tablet is not marketed as a second or third monitor for PC users, I can certainly picture using it as something similar to keep a Twitter feed or Google+ feed running on it, or to watch a movie or TV show while working on the important things on my computer.
Tilt Mode comes in handy when you are looking down at the tablet and don’t want to stetch your neck to view the screen head on. I could certainly see this as being a huge benefit when traveling on an airplane and you have that tiny little table on the plane that attaches to the back of the seat in front of you to put your tablet on.
Screen And Display
The Yoga Tablet 10HD+’s 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 display delivered sharp images with a clean, clear, crisp screen with vibrant images and colors. While I’ve not used a lot of 10 inch tablets, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ has had the best display so far in my opinion.
Interestingly enough, the tablet’s UI has different color schemes for its three different modes. However, users must select the mode manually in the software. I found that the Stand Mode setting looked much better than the Tilt or Hold Mode, with the latter sporting a somewhat yellowish tint.
The one area that the screen lacked in quality was when you take it outside in the sunlight. Due to the display that Lenovo chose, it’s very difficult to see the contents of the screen regardless if it’s light or dark colors. Something to think about if you’re one who has a constant use for a tablet while outdoors.
Sound And Audio
One area the Yoga Tablet 10HD+’s really excels is the audio. With its Dolby-enabled front-facing speakers, listening to music on this tablet is nothing short of pure enjoyment. Unlike most devices, it really doesn’t matter what genre of music you decide to play on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet, as they all sound pretty darn good to me. From Alternative stuff such as the new Godsmack and Linking Park, to things such as old school Poison and Bon Jovi or even todays country like Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were all very enjoyable.
The sound from the front-facing speakers can and will fill an entire room, assuming it’s of about medium size. Something like a bedroom or a kitchen. Included is a Dolby Audio app which provides decent controls over the graphic equalizer, along with profiles for music, movies and gaming. Most tablets don’t include anything like this, so it’s nice to see Lenovo went to the extra lengths to make soudn quality everything that it could.
The Yoga Tablet 10HD+’s 1.6-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB of RAM allow it to surf the internet and play movies reasonably well. Where it felt it kind of struggled a bit was when I played a couple of games. Games such as Real Racing 3 and Gangstar 4 which seem to be slightly graphic intensive. Real Racing 3 felt a little jerky at times, as if there would be a split-second pause for the processor to keep up with what the game itself was doing.
During Gangstar 4 it wasn’t nearly as bad, but that’s a game that’s a bit slower paced than Real Racing 3 is and I think that has a lot to do with how the game will run.
Watching movies on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ was very nice however. I usually cast things from my devices to my Chromecast using AllCast, but that’s because I have a Motorola Moto X and an old 2012 Nexus 7, so screen size is the real reason there. With the Lenovo Yoga Tablet’s 10 inch screen, watching a movie or TV show on it is quite more enjoyable and interesting.
As we all know, or as we all should know, front-facing cameras on a tablet aren’t really for taking pictures(No selfies here, sorry.) They are used for doing video calls, or video hangouts on Google+ or something similar. However, to show off the front-facing camera on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet, I decided to run outside and take a couple of pictures. As you will see below, the picture quality is about what you expect out of a 1.6MP camera. It’s not the best, but certainly not the worst. Colors aren’t bad looking and clarity is decent.
As much as I hate to break the news to you, but again, no selfies here either. However, to show off the power of the rear-facing camera, I decided to go outside and take pictures of the same exact things that you see above in the front-facing camera shots. I do this so you can get a real comparison of how much better the rear-facing camera is when it comes to the vibrant colors, clarity, quality and everything else. Just take a look for yourself via the images below.
This is the feature of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ that won me over and this feature alone is what would get me to purchase this device. Lenovo states that this tablet will get 18 hours of usage time. Wait, what? I surely thought I had read that incorrectly when I saw 18 hours of usage time. But let me tell you something, it’s certainly not a mistake.
I have used the heck out of this tablet since it arrived here 3 weeks ago, and I can tell you that it’s nothing for me to fully charge it and then get a constant 13 – 15 hours of usage out of this thing. Be it all at one time or with moderate use over 3 or 4 days. The battery in the Lenovo Yoga Tablet is nothing shy of being a beast. I have sat here and played hours and hours of Real Racing 3 and just waited for the tablet to die at any given minute after a couple of hours or so, as that’s what my Nexus 7 does, but it’s like the Energizer bunny; it just keeps going and going and going.
Also, as I’ve had this tablet for close to a month, I did a little test once I saw that the battery seemed to last forever. I found a buddy of mine at work that had one and I asked him if I could borrow it for 3 weeks. This was day two of me having the review unit so keep that in mind. When he handed me his Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+, it was 87% charged. I used it as if it were my review unit. Set it up with all of my apps, custom launcher, and all that good stuff. Played around with it as if it were the review unit for a total of about 4 hours. Then when I was done, I simply tossed it on my table next to my computer and left it. Literally left it for days, and even weeks.
Now, fast-forward 22 days later, and the battery in the device still has not died. Literally it’s still going. To top it off, it’s still at an amazing 7% battery charge. Yes, I know it’s done nothing but sit there since I used it for approximately 4 hours on day one, but the fact that it’s still charged, at all, and even more remarkably that it’s still at 7% amazes me. This battery just seems to never die.
My Final Thoughts
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ costs $349 and prior to me receiving the review unit, I said to myself that it was out of my price range. Now that I’ve had some time with the device, and the battery life alone that has impressed me, I’m seriously contemplating purchasing one of these since I’m pretty sure my awesome friends at Lenovo wouldn’t just “gift” this one to me. But I don’t blame them, I’d want this device back as well.
On a more serious note, I’d highly recommend the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10HD+ to most anyone that’s in the market for a new tablet. My only reason for not recommending it would be as I stated above if you’re one to use your tablet outdoors on a regular basis. Other than that, this is one solid tablet with a lot of good features, good specs and a decent price to go along with it.