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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, But Beware of the Brightness Issue.., 13 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Lenovo Multimode Yoga Tablet 10.1-inch HD+ (Quad Core 1.6GHz, 2GB, 16GB EMMC, Wi-Fi, GPS, BT 4.0, x2 Cameras, Full HD, Android 4.3) - Silver (Personal Computers)
not had the tablet long and it must say at first glance (and light use) it is an incredibly cool tablet that i purchased for it's price, features and most importantly, (what set's it out from the others in this bracket), the "multimode" capability.

However, there appears to be a problem that could cause Lenovo some major embarrassment or at the very least they need to clarify a display brightness issue that another reviewer has already noted.

after further investigation and a good old play (before panic) of how or why this appears to be happening here is my view:

I'm not sure if Lenovo have tried to be too smart with the screen display on the "hold mode" config. all other modes appear to have a beautifully clear and bright screen but when you switch to "hold mode" in the "sound and visual" icon from the notification panel then the screen dims or at least develops a hazy tint which is not very nice on the eye. a user could easily conclude that the screen has a major brightness issue which may precipitate into Lenovo having a whole load of returns/recalls to make if indeed there is a flaw, else not many will enjoy the experience holding it upright in your hand and switching the "sound and visual" effects to "Hold Mode" - the "Tilt" and "Stand" modes appear to have the normal brightness as it should be.

I think Lenovo need to clarify.. i would watch this space before diving in. One could simply keep it in Stand or Tilt mode but i have no idea if that effects the sound and visuals if you are holding it.. my guess is it probably won't.

Another notable gripe, as many previous owners have noted, is the inability to change the fixed icons along the bottom of the screen.. you try to and it tells you off by saying you can't delete it as it's a "system application" - shocking that Lenovo guys didn't take the feedback on this before the upgrade release.. tut tut.

Finally, the memory is stated as 16GB.. it is in actual fact closer to 11GB as the system seems to take almost 30% of the memory: just something to be aware of.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2014 09:50:48 BDT
with reluctance going to send mine back for a refund, had it four days on day two the brightness problems started. I have this idea that items that come out of the box faulty have not been subject to very thorough testing and quality control so what else may be lurking.I agree with you on the mode thing but the lenovo adds were big on the automatically adjusting to the light; when setting brightness to auto the lights go out so-to-speak.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2014 11:55:28 BDT
UKT says:
Fair comments, well put. Seems Lenovo has a major problem

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2014 13:27:43 BDT
Add me to the reviews on this page and it would seem three out of four faulty. I suspect it could be four out of four if truth be known. My thoughts are a software update could be the answer if it wasn't for the reviewer who stated he was advised to return the item by Lenovo. With our statistics small as they are the replacement option doesn't seem a viable choice.

Posted on 17 Jun 2014 09:24:20 BDT
FlowerPower says:
Just bought one of these. Haven't done a review yet, but in response to the complaint about the fixed icons; why not just download a free launcher app like Nova? These launchers give you much more flexibility with the arrangement of icons and widgets and allow you to have a desktop set of icon shortcuts as well as the usual "drawer" of all installed apps. I've used a launcher on my smartphones even though they've had the standard Android shortcuts and drawer setup, simply because of the added flexibility.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2014 09:29:25 BDT
UKT says:
thanks for the comment and very useful to know in future.. be interested to see if you have the same brightness issues.

Posted on 22 Jun 2014 19:17:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2014 19:42:32 BDT
kept mine after all, I don't encounter problems with brightness now that I have turned off the little pair of spectacles along side endurance in drop down menu upper left of screen and ignore hold mode.

Posted on 10 Nov 2014 14:08:17 GMT
JohnV says:
Lenovo Yoga 8-inch Tablet (Silver Grey Metal) - Tablet (Quad Core 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2)

I have the first version Yoga 8-inch Tablet and found that automatic triggering of 'Hold Mode' is responsible for the rather unattractive tinting and dimming of the display in portrait orientation. My first solution was to turn off the Smart Side Bar Auto setting (Settings->Smart Side Bar->Off). Alternatively you can retain the Side Bar facility with Settings->Smart Side Bar->Manual. This enables you to swipe from the side of a home screen to get the Sound & Visual mode shortcuts. You can then select Standard or Stand Mode for a nicer display. I don't know why the Hold Mode display settings were chosen - perhaps it's supposed to minimise power and reduce glare for sustained e-book reading.
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