In a tablet market where it’s virtually impossible to tell apart the competition, it’s refreshing to see something different and that’s exactly what the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is. Lenovo has designed an Android tablet that looks to make a marked improvement on areas that traditionally are neglected. Have you ever heard of an 8-inch tablet that combines a kickstand, a great-sounding speaker, excellent battery life and a camera that you can actually see yourself using? We haven’t. Coming in at under £150, it’s easy to see why the Yoga Tab 3 is an enticing product.
The kickstand is the first thing you notice. After all, it’s the feature that gives the tablet flexibility (it can be moved in four ways: stand, tilt, hold or even hang) and presumably also gives the tablet its name. The idea is that you can use the tablet in virtually any way you need. It may protrude in a slightly ungainly way from a side angle, but it feels well built and it makes it easy to hold. There’s a pop button within easy reach round the back that springs the sturdy metal stand into use. It adds some weight to the tablet, but the build quality can’t be questioned and neither can its performance.
So far, so good. The Yoga Tab 3 has room for just one camera, which lives in the bottom-left corner as part of the stand itself. However, the 8MP camera rotates 180 degrees, meaning you get a high-quality front-facing camera too. It’s a wonderful idea and one that makes so much sense! The camera has a good range of manual controls that let you select ISO, exposure and white-balance levels to get a great-looking picture. There’s a gesture control that can be enabled to let you take a picture by opening and closing your hand. It doesn’t work when you’re really up close, but you would still find use for it. Tablet photography is still a touchy subject, but the Yoga Tablet gives you everything you need to challenge the stereotype.
What’s more, to the side of the kickstand there are two front-facing speakers. The Yoga Tab 3 has Dolby Atmos audio-enhancement technology on board and the result is a cinematic experience that is virtually unmatched by any tablet. Audiophiles can head to the Dolby app that comes pre-installed to tweak the sound further, but we found the manual settings worked brilliantly. Films sound loud and dynamic, with YouTube and social-media videos crystal clear. Lenovo has broken the mould in shipping the Yoga Tab 3 with an impressive 20-hour battery life too. In comparison, the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will last you for just 10 hours, as will the iPad mini 4. If having to take a charger with you to work to get you through the journey home frustrates you, then this could be your perfect tablet.
Get more detail on what we thought of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 in issue 60 of Android Magazine, available for instant download now.