Last month an email popped into my inbox informing me that I had been selected to attend the Lenovo launch event in Milan. After doing a little jig for joy and quickly booking an appointment at The Passport Office to get my passport renewed, oh and picturing myself scoffing gelatos and pizzas I settled down to read about the main purpose of the trip. It was to celebrate the global launch of their new multimedia Android tablet which would take place in LA, New York and Milan. Lenovo had flown over bloggers and journalists from Europe, South Africa and Dubai to help them celebrate their new offering and celebrate we did. There was food, drink, lots of chatting and giggling and even more food and drink which always pleases me. After checking into our hotel we were taken to a chic venue where senior directors of Lenovo introduced us to the spanking new tablet. We got to play with it and were given our own copy to keep along with the keyboard.
It’s been a month since I have been using the tablet and I am becoming more enraptured by it. The Yoga Tablet 8 is Lenovo’s first multimedia mobile device. It stands out in many ways, for a start it is shaped like a magazine with a bar at the bottom that allows you to use it in three modes; one where you can hold onto it while you read, another where you can tilt it while you type and surf the net and the last one where you can perch it on a table while you watch TV shows and make Skype calls. Basically the tablet adapts to your needs and lifestyle as opposed to forcing you to adapt to the technology. The Yoga also has an amazing up to 18 hours of battery life which is so handy and means that you are not charging it every night. The screen resolution is very good and all things look bright and beautiful from video, blog posts on feedly and websites. The audio is pretty nifty too with Dolby® audio and front-facing speakers which create a powerful surround sound experience. While I had to use headphones with the Acer Iconia to listen to my TV shows, the Lenovo provides a much better experience. The bluetooth keyboard makes this the ultimate companion to take around either as a work station or as a tablet. No more lugging around a heavy laptop for me. It’s not all perfect though, the Lenovo suffers from the odd glitch or two which means that I have to turn the power off and back on. Also certain radio apps takes ages to kick in, put it this way when I try to open Talksport I could have made a cup of tea and come back but the numerous pros make up for it.
For those of you who don’t know Lenovo used to be IBM till the Italian company bought out the personal computing division in 2004. Lenovo became a worldwide known brand when they sponsored the Torino Winter Olympic Games in 2006. Ashton Kutcher is the face of the brand and its newest product engineer and it was his face which appeared out at us during the livestream at the launch event in Milan. I am not sure what his expertise is in tech hardware but Ashton is a pretty savvy businessman so I am sure he will be an asset to the brand. The Yoga Tablet comes in two sizes, 10 inch and 8 inch models and is priced at £249 and £199 (VAT included) respectively. Considering that prices for the iPad start at £399 then you are frankly laughing. On the tech spec side the Yoga Tablet runs on MT8125 for Wi-Fi models and MT8389 Quad Core processors for 3G models with 16 or 32 GB capacity and feature Android 4.2. It can even charge other devices such as smartphones via its USB on-the-go. I just love this tablet!
For more information about the Lenovo Yoga Tablet just go to the website.