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One minute I am touching the screen while painting in my favorite app InspirARTion and then next I am using the keyboard to type an email to my mom. After spending the last week with the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, there is one word that I would use to describe it--addicting.
The Yoga 13 is really unlike any PC that I have used before. At first glance it behaves like a normal laptop because it has a full sized screen and keyboard, but then it (almost magically) converts into a fun tablet with one simple fold.
When I first held it in my hands, the first thing that I noticed was how the outside felt. It is buttery smooth and surprisingly light. The palm rest on the keyboard has a very subtle texture and feel almost like leather when I ran my fingers across it--a nice touch that I had never quite felt before.
But what makes the Yoga 13 very addicting is how flexible it is because of the different ways you can use it. I am typing my blog in traditional fashion, “laptop mode” as the Lenovo crew from North Carolina calls it. But I am finding myself using touch more and more even when I am working like normal. I really love reaching out and moving the screen up and down, or opening another program with my finger because it just feels natural.
I love to use tablet mode when I am home from work, reading the paper or checking Facebook. And, this weekend I learned that tent mode really can come in handy when I was Skyping with my aunt or listening to music in my kitchen when I was doing some holiday baking.
Here are some of the pictures from my time using the Yoga 13. In the first picture I am playing games on the couch, and in the second I am taking advantage of Xbox Music and the Yoga’s stand mode to jam out to music while doing some serious holiday baking.
I was surprised when I saw that the screen size for the Yoga was only 13.1 inches because it really feels a lot larger than that. Website text looks very clear and text on the screen is super sharp. At 3.3 pounds I was able to easily carry this PC when I was out and about.
Right now, my boyfriend is currently shopping for a new PC to give to his mom and the Yoga 13 is my recommendation to him. His mom needs a PC to check email, do bills, and everything else to keep the house running smoothly--using programs like Excel and Quicken, but can also easily be hauled across country when she visits us in Seattle. A great keyboard is super important to her, and the Yoga great keys that are very responsive and have the signature Lenovo feel to them. Finally, my boyfriend wants something that his mom can use to surf the web in the evening, and “tablet mode” would be ideal for that. All she has to do is fold the keyboard around and she has a tablet instantly.
After spending this last week with the Yoga 13, I know it will be one that I recommend to my friends and family who are in the market for a new PC. The design of the PC really brings the beauty and smoothness of Windows 8 to life. The ability to reach out and touch the Start screen to open an app, or scroll through a website with a finger is amazing, but so is typing on the keyboard when you need to get some work done in a program like Microsoft Word. The Yoga 13 powered by Windows 8 is a fantastic experience. If you are interested in getting the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 for somebody this holiday season (or even yourself), you can go check it out on Lenovo’s website.
One criticism I have with so many of these new touch models is the lack of active digitizer to enable smooth pen writing in OneNote and elsewhere in Office/Windows. This is a mistake, because it's a feature that has always been understated in previous Tablet PC forms, and it's often the biggest wow factor to show off to people. (Holy crap, it searches your handwritten notes as text?! Wow!) Does the Yoga have one?
Anyway, the Lenovo Yoga looks like an interesting design, but I'm a bit concerned about the wear and tear on the keyboard... how well does it hold up with heavy usage? Do the keys make it uncomfortable to hold, etc. I'm interested to hear your thoughts.
That's nice, but still, Windows 8 isn't ready for primtime.
Look at Music and Videos, and compare them feature-wise with Zune and Windows Media Player. Which would you honestly choose? Auto-playlists are in Windows Media Player, but not XB Music. Metadata editing is in Windows Media Player and Zune for video files, but not X-Box Music or X-Box Video. Zune and Windows Media Player let you create, edit, and re-arrange music within playlists, but not X-Box Music. Windows Media Player played DVDs, but not X-Box Video. Windows Media Player and Zune synchronized to mp3 players and Zune and Windows Phone, but neither X-Box Music nor X-Box Video can do that. Shall I continue?
I have numerous other suggestions regarding Windows 8: http://wp.me/p1fLW2-44
The short of it is, Windows 8 is woefully lacking and is not recommended for anyone as their main operating system until these issues are addressed.
@JJohnson, I respectfully disagree. I believe it's accurate to say that many Windows APPS aren't ready for prime time, but the OS itself is amazingly versatile and full featured. Nitpick all you want about missing start menus or hidden options, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a good evolution from Windows 7. Anyway, I agree with your comments on the apps capabilities. They need to improve, but that's why the apps are on separate development cycles, so that the app teams can do that.
I also have to disagree with JJohnson I have been using Windows 8 since the beta, and the finished product (RTM) is stable, fulfilling, and an interesting learning experience. I am using it on a desktop without the touchscreen, and on the Yoga. I love the Yoga, and Windows 8 is definitely changing the methods I have utilized for computing.
I baught my yoga in china before I came to work in Papua New Guinea. My wife said she had received it already and I can not wait to see it now. I got a new Nokia Lumia 920 phone couple days ago from Australia,compare with my HTC desire Z(Android system), this WP 8 phone does not have so many apps and most of them need to be updated but I still can fell the innovation.it is quite new experience for me to use it.My HTC phone have slide keypad and it is vey continent for typing.I think Yoga will do the same for me. Will tel u more about WP phone and Yoga in future..would like to be friends on Facebook firstname.lastname@example.org