Tablets are a beautiful piece of technological innovation when you stop to think about.
They are larger than a smartphone which makes doing work on them slightly more comfortable and like a smartphone they can be on for hours without a connection to the wall.
Our friends at Gearbest contacted us recently and asked us if we’d like to review anything and seeing as we’ve just breached a new year we jumped at the chance to review the Lenovo Tab 3 8 Plus.
For the last two weeks I’ve been using the Tab 3 8 Plus for a variety of tasks including work (with the use of a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse) and leisure. So here’s what I think of the slate.
Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus review – How does it work?
In terms of specifications there is a Qualcomm 625 chipset on board which houses an octa-core CPU running at 2.2GHz and 3GB of low power DDR3 RAM.
This is enough computing power to play some games, do some work and watch videos without running into any performance slow-downs.
The Lenovo doesn’t operate as smoothly as the iPad Pro and when you need to do some work, particularly when connected to the internet it does feel a bit sluggish.
It’s not anything major mind you, and considering how cheap the Lenovo is we’re perfectly happy with the performance we saw but if you need speed this tablet might prove frustrating.
In terms of connectivity our model only has Wifi and it is good enough to stream YouTube videos at Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Wifi is great thanks to support up to the 802.11ac standard and you should be able to reap the benefits of your super fast fibre connection (if you have one) so long as you have a router that supports the standard as well.
The Wifi connection remains strong no matter how far you are away from a router but the thickness of your walls may prove problematic for the signal to get through.
Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus review – How does it play?
Gaming on the Lenovo is a treat. Given that I am fully engaged in Hearthstone that was my game of choice and it is wonderful.
When the game boots there is a bit of a stutter but once you are in the game performance is fine, even simple.
Watching video is where the Lenovo really shines. The 1920 x 1200 resolution is fantastic for watching movies and playing games. The sound is also really good thanks to stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the Lenovo.
The placement of the speakers can be a bit annoying from time to time given they are placed exactly where your hands are when holding the tablet in landscape mode.
Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus review – How long does it last?
The Lenovo has a huge 4 250mAh battery and it lasts for a very long time.
This is thanks in part to the fact that the slate only has Wifi connectivity which sips power rather reasonably.
During our review period we used the Lenovo as a third display to keep track of developments on social media with music streaming to a Bluetooth speaker. This might be a bit of an extreme use case but the result found us only needing to charge the tablet every second day after 16 hours of total use.
Charging will take two hours and some change to get back to a full battery.
Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus review – Is it worth considering?
The Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus is a great slate. It’s form factor makes it easy to handle and the performance while gaming and watching movies is fantastic.
While the Tab3 is fine for work it can prove frustrating in some respects especially when you need to edit spreadsheets or a presentation. For basic writing applications and email however the Tab3’s performance is fine.
The price of this tablet is also very attractive. Our review unit was sent to us by Gearbest where it’s available for $182.03 (~R2136.75 at time of writing) which is not bad considering the Tab3 7 retails for R1 499 locally.
So then the Tab3 is great for entertainment and only just okay for work but considering the price we won’t hesitate in recommending this tablet for students and those that can’t afford a notebook.
*Disclaimer – The Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus was sent to us for review by Gearbest. The tablet stays with htxt.africa*