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Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Android Tablet Review

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Yoga Tablet Overview

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is physically almost identical to the non-HD version we reviewed previously. In fact, unless you examine the model number on the back of the unit, there’s almost no way to tell them apart.

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If you haven’t previously seen a Yoga tablet, you’ll notice the difference right away: while other tablets are symmetrical slabs, the Lenovo Yogas have a very thin screen with a thick, rounded edge. This is where the battery lives. And it’s a big battery, too: Levovo says the 9000mAh battery good for up to 18 hours. The battery hump also serves to prop the edge of the tablet up a little bit, making it more convenient to use laying flat on a table or other surface.

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If you want more “angle”, you can fold down the aluminum foot built into the case. Now the rear is propped up about 1.5″.

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The same foot also lets you use the tablet this way, handy for watching movies on your desk.

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The stiffer hinge on the HD+ model will support the tablet even at a fairly extreme lean angle.

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Under the stowage area of the aluminum foot is a slot for a MicroSD card; Lenovo says the Yoga 10 HD+ tablet will accommodate cards up the 64MB.

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There’s one very minor design change that is nonetheless annoying: as you can see in the image above, the previous Yoga 10 tablet had a small cutout in the case, above the center of the aluminum foot, that let you use a fingernail to start extending the foot from the back of the tablet. The HD 10+ omits this cutout as you can see below.

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The label on the foot suggests grabbing the rounded base and opening it with a twisting motion. The problem with this is that the new hinge is quite stiff, and it takes a fair amount of effort to get the foot out from the case. My wife was almost unable to to do it and I found it difficult and clumsy. Some texturing on the smooth aluminum surface would help; perhaps something similar to the very fine diamond pattern used on the polycarbonate back plastic part of the case.

I’ll continue my overview of the Yoga 10 HD+ tablet in the next section.


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