Product of the Week: The Truly Beautiful Yoga Tablet

Sometimes you see an industrial design that’s amazing — a product that’s almost more art than anything else — and your first reaction is damn, that is nice looking. Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet is that way. It doesn’t lead on performance, outside of an amazing 18 hours of battery life, but on appearance this thing is a 10 out of 10. Lenovo has placed most of the componentry into a cylindrical compartment that makes the rest of the tablet paper-thin, yet still allows decent speakers and a massive battery.

The Yoga has a built-in kickstand so you can set it down, and that cylindrical section makes it far more comfortable to hold than a standard tablet, as it fits your hand better. The price is decent as well: $249 for the 16-GB 8-inch and $299 for the 16-GB 10-inch model.





It comes with an SD memory slot so you can expand it, or you can pay other $10 and go to 32-GB versions of both. Compare that to Apple pricing.

It has a $69 optional wireless (Bluetooth) keyboard that magnetically attaches to the unit. It needs stronger magnets but otherwise works fine. The display isn’t Retinal class, but it is an acceptable HD 1280 x 800. The processor isn’t a Tegra or Snapdragon, but it is quad-core.

For not a lot of money, you get a beautiful design, segment-leading battery life, and a unique built-in kickstand that should come with every tablet. However, at the end of the day, what is best about this product is that it is drop-dead gorgeous and a natural for my product of the week.



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