Lenovo isn’t the first company that comes to mind when thinking of tablets, but they’re one of the few companies that’s still innovating in the tablet market. With its Yoga line of tablets, Lenovo has consistently worked to introduce new designs and features that set its tablets apart from the pack. Now into its third generation of Android tablets, Lenovo has released the Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch, a tablet that aims to remedy some of the flaws of its predecessors.
Looking at the design of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch, it would be easy to mistake it for last year’s model. Not much has changed, and that’s a good thing. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ had a great design of aluminum and plastic with an innovative kickstand and a cylindrical battery. The only major differences are that the back now has a tad more plastic, making it lighter, and that the kickstand now has a small hole in the center of it.
That small hole in the kickstand allows for a new mode of using the tablet. You can use that hole in the kickstand to hang the tablet. This doesn’t sound like it has much use, but it surprisingly can be used effectively in this mode. It functions as a great temporary digital picture frame during the holidays if you want to have a slideshow going on it. My primary use, however, came in watching media. Living on the bottom bunk of a bed allowed me to hang the tablet from the bottom of the top bunk, effectively giving me a small, mounted TV. It sounds odd, but I enjoyed the experience immensely.
Other than that, the design is the same as last year with a magazine-style design that features a thin back and a cylinder at the bottom that contains the battery and enables the kickstand to function. The power button sits on the left side of the cylinder and the headphone jack occupies the other end. The volume rocker and microUSB charging port sit on the thin left edge of the tablet. The front of the cylinder also contains the two Dolby stereo speakers that output a surprising amount of sound, though distortion begins to creep in at the higher levels.
Much like the previous models, the kickstand allows the tablet to be both great for viewing media and, when laid down, perfect for typing on. The kickstand retains its stability and locks into each position sturdily, ensuring that it won’t give out while you’re binge watching your favorite show. The entire tablet is well-built with a pleasant weight for a device of its size and a plastic back that’s free of creaking and flexing.
There’s still one important aspect that needs to be talked about, and that’s the display. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1200. Last year’s model featured the same size and resolution, but we found it to be unnaturally pixelated and plagued with poor color reproduction. Lenovo has improved upon those problems this year with a much more natural-looking display.
The pixelation has disappeared, leading me to believe that it was caused on last year’s model by an overdone sharpening effect. The color reproduction has also improved, with brighter colors that actually have some life to them and are free of the greenish hue that we saw on last year’s model. Blacks are decent for an LCD display, though we did notice a small amount of light bleed in the bottom right corner of the display. Fortunately, it wasn’t enough to concern us in any way and likely wouldn’t be noticed unless you were looking for it.
Overall, Lenovo has impressed us with the design and hardware of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch. It only improves upon its predecessor while still keeping the features that we loved from the last model. We were particularly impressed by the improvement in the display, which was a sore spot of last year’s model. We can easily recommend the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch based on its design and hardware.