Lenovo's Yoga series of Android tablets has always been unique, with its curvy design and integrated kickstand. Despite a tepid reviewer response to the last generation (mostly to do with a downright awful software skin), the company is powering ahead with a third revision, this time omitting the bombastic 13-inch model and moving some of its features down to the 10-inch version. The more pedestrian Yoga Tab 3 will go on sale in October, with the more spec-heavy Tab 3 Pro starting in November.
Lenovo's kickstand-packing Yoga tablets are already unconventional, but the new Tablet 2 Pro is downright odd. In addition to a relatively huge 13.3" screen and a built-in subwoofer, this beast of a device packs a pint-sized Pico projector into the curve of its kickstand hinge. Lenovo claims that the Tablet 2 Pro was developed with "product engineer" Ashton Kutcher, in case it wasn't already weird enough. The redesigned kickstand also includes a cutout that pulls double duty as a hole for the camera and a handy hanging point.
Here's a video with young, attractive people using a $500 tablet to match their $500 van.
Lenovo's initial Yoga tablets were novel thanks to their curved chassis with plus-sized batteries and integrated kickstands, but the lackluster specs (headlined by MediaTek processors) turned a lot of hardware fans off. The refreshed version of the 10-inch Yoga fixed that with a slightly better Snapdragon 400, 2GB of RAM, and a 1920x1200 screen. You can pick up a Yoga 10 Tablet HD+ for $100 off from Amazon, bringing the price down to a more reasonable $249.99.
The extra junk in the trunk from the case gives the Yoga a three-stage kickstand that folds up when not in use, not to mention a little extra space for stereo front-facing speakers and a 9000mAh battery.
Regular slate tablets are not for you. No sir/ma'am, you demand flexibility and utility from your electronics. Lenovo's Yoga line might be more accommodating for your needs, since it uses a unique chassis that combines a kickstand, an ergonomic handle, a massive battery pack, and a pair of stereo speakers into one bulbous side of the device. Today's Best Buy deal of the day is the 8-inch Yoga Tablet, on sale for $70 off.
That still makes the Yoga Tablet 8 $179.99, which is a bit of a tough sell for a device with a 1.2Ghz Mediatek processor, 1GB of RAM, and a pedestrian 1280x800 screen, putting it at about the same technical level as the original Nexus 7.
My love of devices with built-in kickstands is well-documented. So it's no surprise that Lenovo's Yoga Tablet line, which is more or less built around the kickstand (or at least a big, rounded, multi-purpose hump that holds the kickstand and several other neat things) would catch my attention. The first versions were brought down by sub-par hardware, but Lenovo is back with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, which addresses a lot of the issues with the original.
First and most importantly, the device gets a considerable specification boost. The screen is now a full 1920x1200 panel, which has become more or less a must have when you're selling a full 10-inch tablet.
Tablets are in a bit of a rut as far as form factors go. Aside from ASUS' Transformer models and imitators, they're basically all monolithic slates with very little in the way of variation. Lenovo is trying to buck that trend with its new Yoga tablet line, which borrows the name from the company's flexible and well-received convertible laptops. These tablets feature an exaggerated curve on one side of the case (sort of like a more pronounced version of the Notion Ink Adam). The tablet hits retailers tomorrow in 8 and 10-inch versions.
The curve has multiple functions, according to Lenovo: it works as a handy reversible grip in portrait mode and props up the tablet when it's lying flat.
We first heard about Vavo through its Kickstarter campaign – which was successfully funded by roughly 200% – back in June of last year. The product has been available in the retail scene for a little while now, and I've actually had a pair of them (one white, one black) for the last few months. As such, I've had plenty of time to get a feel for VaVo's strengths, as well as its weaknesses.
With that, let's take a closer looksee.
What is it?
As described by UDS, VaVo is "an ultra portable universal smart phone and smart device accessory. It has 2 simple functions, propping your device at a variety of angles and mounting your device on flat vertical surfaces for viewing purposes." And that pretty much sums it up: it's a removable, versatile kickstand-esque accessory.
It's very difficult to review something like the Tablet Claw. For starters, my first instinct is to make the entire thing one big Inspector Gadget joke. Then there's the fact that I have no idea why anyone would need this. The Tablet Claw is a device that you slide your tablet into, and a little plastic piece that kind of looks like the tab you open soda cans with (called a "ringlet", apparently) folds out and gives you a way to grip your tablet.
Okay, hang on, though. I'm an open-minded person. Perhaps there is a use case for this.
Mugen, I think I speak for everyone when I say "please stop." I mean, really? Look at their latest creation, a 5400mAh extended battery for the already gargantuan Galaxy Note:
If you own a Galaxy Note and have grown tired of carrying around a small diesel generator, though, this may be the solution to all of your problems. Of course, no one said this solution didn't come with problems of its own. Like looking as though you have some sort of awful malignant growth attached to your thigh should you dare to put your Note in your pocket with this monster attached.
The famous red-and-black accents and the kickstand seem to live on in the HTC EVO One (or so we think it'll be called), according to these photos of Sprint's upcoming One X variant. The device, which looks to be a test unit, was obtained by one of DroidLife's readers, who then forwarded the snaps on for all of us to enjoy. You are enjoying them, aren't you?
Now, don't be too hasty and judgmental, take your time to examine these. The back of the unit we're looking at seems to have a busted top area for some reason - it kind of looks like it was mauled by a hungry tiger before posing for the camera.