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Lenovo Yoga 8-inch Tablet (Silver Grey Metal) - Tablet (Quad Core 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2)
Lenovo Yoga 8-inch Tablet (Silver Grey Metal) - Tablet (Quad Core 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2)
Offered by Executivez
Price: £128.10

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for £150 if you don't need a high spec device. Great Battery Life., 14 Mar. 2014
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I've only had the Yoga 8 for a couple of days but I already quite like it. It isn't a high spec device but for £150 that's not an issue. Having previously had and returned the LG G Pad 8.3 which is much higher spec I have something to compare to. I also have access to a 2012 Samsung 10.1 tablet and a Yoga 10 (I bought for my Mum).

It's true that the Yoga(s) is not as swift and the scroll as silky smooth as the LG, but it is quite adequate for the average user and the battery life is great plus it's faster than the Samsung. If I wanted to play HD games I'd want more though.

Reviews have suggested the screen is poor, this is not really true. It is notably less sharp on the Yoga 10 though. Both 8 and 10 are sharper than the Samsung which is the same resolution. There are better screens available of course but how many pixels do you need to look at Facebook and watch a DVD quality film? The Yoga 8 has enough in my opinion. No doubt there are higher resolution options but these will use more processor time and battery.

The stock interface is poor, like it's for kids. However, being Android device means you can just download a different "launcher" app and make it look and behave like normal Android. Try Holo Launcher HD, Apex Launcher or Nova Launcher. Since Lenovo haven't added much in the way of extra features (like LG and Samsung have) the Android system isn't messed up, it just looks slightly different but is fine functionally once you have a new launcher.

The kickstand is nice but adds a little bit of weight, I use the Yoga as an interface for Sonos streaming audio devices so having it stood up in the corner works well.

The Audio Visual settings are a bit naff. Dolby adds little real benefit and has to be manually switched off for headphones or they sound terrible. The speakers aren't very good, even though they face forward the rear ones on the LG were much better. However I would normally use headphones for film and music so I don't care about this. The settings for the screen at different angles is weak and seem pointless, they just make the colours seem slightly wrong. I've not tried to yet but these features can probably be disabled in like other apps via the app management settings.

I disabled Norton Security immediately so can't say if that's any good.

So although the Yoga 8 is "low spec" it is still fine and I'm enjoying it more than the LG G Pad 8.3 (which I sent back repeatedly with many screen issues), the lenovo just seems like a simpler less fussy device. I guess it depends what you're looking for. Since I'd use a PC for technical stuff and a PS3 for games this is mainly a casual browsing device/video play while on the train and remote for Sonos so it's fine.

There's talk of a higher spec Yoga 10 coming soon (no mention of 8), which could explain the prices dropping recently. That said, why spend more on a higher spec if you are only going to use basic functions. At £150 I'm quite happy, at £200 it would be too expensive.


IVSO Slim Smart Cover Case for LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet with Auto Sleep/Wake Function (Black)
IVSO Slim Smart Cover Case for LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet with Auto Sleep/Wake Function (Black)
Offered by Gambolex
Price: £29.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars works but a bit heavy, 11 Mar. 2014
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The case works OK. It's just a case, not pretty or bulky but too heavy.

The weight really ruins the feel of the light weight tablet. I found that i prefered to remove the tablet from the case to use it for browsing.

The stand works once you get the hang of it.


Neewer 3.5mm Mono Earphone Headphone Headset for Handsfree
Neewer 3.5mm Mono Earphone Headphone Headset for Handsfree
Offered by Global_omouk
Price: £3.43

1.0 out of 5 stars dreadful, 11 Mar. 2014
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sounds terrible. like an insect is buzzing in your ear.

They are cheap but you do get what you pay for.


LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - Black (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2.2)
LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - Black (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.2.2)
Offered by Translate-it
Price: £249.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality control - screens defective on three, 11 Mar. 2014
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I'll start positive. The device is nice. It's powerful, fast, looks great, the size is spot on and the price is pretty good. The wifi is also quite fast being dual band, i noticed it was quicker that my laptop and another tablet.

However, I have had three and sent them all back. They all had a yellow band like a tea stain on the screen at the end with the LG logo. This only appears once the device has warmed up a little. A web search reveals this has been a common issue with batches starting 311 and 312, along with other screen light bleed issues. It's very frustrating but because it's a nice device i got and sent back three before giving in on it.

Generally the screen is a bit yellowish, warm colours you would probably say and it's not as bright as most others but it's enough. It is very sharp though.

Battery life wasn't as good as i hoped and I found that it drained quite fast while web browsing, 1% every 4-5 minutes (which is still 7-8 hours). A 1.5 hour film used about 25% of the battery, which isn't so bad.

If i had to criticise the software i'd say that the extra LG features are a bit too much and don't add a lot of useful functionality. If the Play version with a clean version of Android was available in the UK I'd have prefered that.

Nice device but a shame they didn't put them together properly.


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