Last week, I had some hands-on time with the 8-inch version of the Lenovo Miix 2, a Windows tablet. It was my forst time going though a Windows tablet. The Miix 2 itself is a well built device. It is beautiful and feels solid in the hand. Lenovo makes sleek tablets. Have a look at the Yoga. Here are key specifications:
Up to Intel® Bay Trail-T Quad Core processor
Intel Atom Z3740 Processor (1.33GHz 2MB)
Integrated Intel® HD graphics
Up to 2GB LP-DDR3 memory
Up to 64GB built-in eMMC storage, plus up to 32GB micro-SD add-on storage support
**Up to 7 hours’ battery life
8″ HD screen with IPS technology
131.6 x 215.6 x 8.35 mm
Microsoft’s Metro/Modern user interface works well on the Miix 2. But my pet peeves also show up here. The dual interface thing is annoying. Yes; one can switch between the touch-friendly Modern UI and the clumsy-to-use standard Windows UI. For example, in the regular Windows user interface, I launched Windows Media Player. Everything is too small – font, icons, search boxes…everything. Trying to insert the cursor in the search box was a painfully frustrating experience. Microsoft should just ditch the old Windows UI on touch tablets. It is useless there.
Of course, I suspect that they leave it there because the newer touch-friendly Modern UI apps are sometimes not as capable as the regular apps. For example, I switched to Windows Media player because there was a media file that would not play on the Video app.
In my opinion, Microsoft needs to make up their mind quickly – bring the new apps up to speed and ditch the old Windows interface.
Besides the above issues, the Miix 2 was smooth to operate and felt like a very capable tablet. Of course, I didn’t get to have it with me for a longer period so I could review it.
I am not a big fan of tablets, but if you are and are out shopping, the Lenovo Miix 2 looks like a steal for the N50,000 price tag that one retailer put on it. Call 08093316383 if interested.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.