July 1, 2014
- Usable design
- Better display compared to previous model
- Improved battery life
- A lot of pre-installed apps
- Performance, while better, still has some issues
Lenovo recently released the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, which is an updated version of the Yoga 10 from only a few months ago. They did this to address the two major complaints about the device: mediocre performance and low display resolution.
When you take a look at the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, you cannot immediately tell the difference between the new and old models. It still has the very slim body that measures 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.3-inches and weighs 1.4-ounds. It still has a large cylindrical bulge along the bottom and a built-in stand.
The front of the device has a smooth glass that is edge to edge. The main upgrade to this device is the display, which now has full HD resolution at 1920 x 1200-pixels. This increased resolution also means higher pixel density, almost to the point where you cannot see individual pixels. Overall, the display is quite good and has good contrast and brightness. When used in direct sunlight, however, the screen is fairly hard to see clearly.
The design of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is made to be minimal. There is a power button on the side of the bulge (which is hard to find for a first-time user), a volume control, a microUSB port and an audio jack. On the back there is a camera and behind the kickstand is a microSD and microSIM card slot. If you have the Wi-Fi only model, the SIM slot isn't present.
Inside the tablet is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 that runs at 1.6GHz and has 2GB of RAM. This is a significant upgrade from the previous model. It runs Google Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and the tablet does run it quite well. Performance has gotten better since last year, but we did still have some performance blips. Most noticable was when launching a newly downloaded app from the Google store.
Lenovo does add lots of its own branded software much to our disappointment. That means the tablet comes loaded with a lot of background processes that run right out of the box to put a negative hit on performance.
Battery life is quite good thanks to the 9000 mAh battery, which is larger than most other 10-inch tablets. We got several days of stand-by time when the tablet is set to only check for new e-mail upon use and not the typical "push" setting.