No tablet lasts as long as Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3. The 8-inch Android slate outperformed all rivals on our battery test, making it an enticing option for workers who want a slate that can last through the longest business flights, including a couple of layovers.
Like all previous Yoga tablets, the $169 Tab 3 also sports a cylindrical hinge on one edge that folds out to reveal a kickstand, which is a big part of what makes it a noteworthy productivity device. The kickstand props up the Tab 3 when it's paired with a Bluetooth keyboard, letting you create and edit documents like you would with a laptop computer.
Workers will also appreciate the inclusion of dual-window multitasking, which lets you run two apps at once in a split-screen view, a feature that most Android tablets lack. I like using the feature to run the calculator app or reference the Web while composing an email, for example.
But what makes the Yoga Tab 3 really stand out from the pack is its stellar battery life. The device ran for an incredible 15 hours and 9 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's a full 5 hours longer than last year's Yoga Tab 2, which was already seriously impressive on that front. Most other 8-inch tablets can't even compete; the Asus ZenPad S 8.0, for example, died after a measly 6 hours and 47 minutes.
But slightly sluggish performance brings the Yoga Tab 3 back down to earth. The tablet's quad-core processor provides decent speed for basic tasks like browsing the Web and managing your email inbox, but lag is apparent during moderate multitasking. In particular, expect some slowdown while switching between apps.
Check back for a full review of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 very soon, or check out our picks for the top work tablets on the market right now.