Hands-on with the Lenovo Miix 2 (8-inch) tablet

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Lenovo Miix 2 standing

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)
Windows 8.1
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.

Lenovo Miix 2 top corner

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.

Lenovo Miix 2 apps

In my opinion, Microsoft needs to make up their mind quickly – bring the new apps up to speed and ditch the old Windows interface.

Lenovo Miix 2 bottom

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.

Lenovo Miix 2 back

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.

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