Flipkart Service:nOrdered this Tab on 11th received it on 17thnOutter Box was crumpled but the Inner Box was intactnJust a single fold of bubble wrap, you wrap a MicroSD Card multiple times but not a 17000/- Rs. product?nI was notified (made aware) about of the Delivery 2 days after the Actual DeliverynAs a product launch offer I was given a Sennheiser HD 202 II headset for freenThe product failed the authenticity check on the Sennheiser website! Flipkart WTF!nThey are just average (or duplicate) and you aren't missing much without the offernI have heard lots of praises for Flipkart but I was completely disappointed so thumbs down to FlipkartnI am reducing one star because of Flipkartn nAbout the Tab (S8-50LC)n nPros:nIts compact, slim, lightweight and has appropriate bezel sizenI like the finish on the back, the tablet looks great and doesn't feel cheapnDisplay is good, crisp, bright and vivid but little low on contrastnStereo Speakers are loud but lack depthnCameras are good enough for a tabletnThe Intel Processor and GPU are very capablen2 GB RAMnUSB OTG Supportn3G/4G + CallingnMinimal BloatwarenInbuilt app called Security HD is good with essential features like Permission ManagernInbuilt Video Player has Pop Up playback supportnBrowsing is fast and smoothnAndroid 4.4.2 and apps are themed to mimic iOS (also no app drawer but its all fixable) some may like it some may not but it looks modern and freshnIn app performance is great but it stutters while switching between apps during multitasking and while in the default launcher. Lenovo is to blame here because hardware is goodnRoot is available for the Tab at XDAnIts seems to be USB 3.0nMinimum packaging, no headphones included. Doesn't bother me as all boxed headphones are of poor quality. nnCons:nBiggest drawback of this Tab is the Battery Life! I guess this is the price you pay to have a thin and light tablet. No app or software update is going to help because it has only 4290mAH battery and the main cause of battery drain is a hardware i.e. the Screen.nWith light usage you may need to charge it once every daynLimited Colour Gamut. Screen doesn't have full sRGB coverage. The colours are not accurate. May bother someone like Photographers. Nexus 7 2013 has 100% sRGB coverage and more accurate coloursnScreen has a Yellowish CastnScreen has a Grey Dots Pattern which can be annoying (they stand out on black backgrounds)nScreen is very ReflectivenNo Gorilla GlassnNo Screen Protectors and Cases availablenNo Auto BrightnessnBoxed USB cable is short in length and has a very tight fit, almost damaging the USB connector. So I am using another USB cablenNo MultiWindow mode provided like the one in Yoga Tablets despite having the same hardwarenNo MagnetometernMicroSIM slot has very low tolerance hence if you have cut your SIM at home (or haven't cut/punched it appropriately) then it will get stuck in the Tablet! Had to buy a new SIM because of itnInbuilt Music Player is bad better get something like PowerampnAudio Quality is poor (Xperia L sounds better). Dolby is just a software gimmick. The DAC in it is cheap. Can't expect much at this price.nx86 Compatibility issues. Like some Xposed modules don't work and some may cause boot loop.nMinimal Developer Support. Questionable future Android Updates. No ROMs nnConclusion:nAll in all its a good tablet for the price you pay. If you really want an 8 inch tablet then this tablet is the best (Sony Z3 Compact Tablet is better but way more costlier)nOtherwise Nexus 7 2013 is a better option at 7 inches
Update 2 : 05-02-15 (After 2 month of usage)nUpdate 1 : 12-12-14 (After hours of usage)n=======================nDelivery: Opted for standard delivery and received the tab in less than 36 hours. nnPacking: As usual great nnPackage content: Confused here as Flipkart has mentioned earphones which is not part of the package, not printed on the box either. But I got FREE Sennheiser HD 202 II headphones as launch offer. nnOne more thing that is not mentioned anywhere is the tab stand comes in the box made of recycled paper. A decent stuff which can be used until you get a flip cover available in the market nnLooks: The size is less than half of an A4 size paper and weight is perfect. A beautiful piece (mine is ebony black). It has rubber feel on the edges that makes the grip firmer nnDisplay: Excellent!!! Super crisp, it comes with a default brightness around 50% which is pretty high which I reduced to ~30% which is enough for night viewing. nGreat customization (part of Kitkat). There are some finger marks visible on the screen. Brightness control does not have auto mode (I couldn't find) which means you need to keep adjusting it manually for your needs.Visibility in sun is good but screen reflects too much, may need a matt finish screen guardnnCamera: Great!!! No pixilation with 100% zoom. One of the best cameras in tabs. Secondary camera is not that great but good for video call if there is enough light in the room. nnSound: Awesome!!! Good speakers, Lenovo claim the sound has dolby effect, but I did not feel anything great about it. Radio too is good, with my blackberry in-earphones nice thump and treble. I tested the Sennheiser headset (bundled), they are good but nothing to boast about. nnSpeed/Performance: No lags whatsoever. Tab gets heated up, extremely while playing game. Call clarity is good. But with my mobile hotspot I used internet which is quite fast and browser (chrome) was quite responsive. nnBattery: Takes ages to charge, Max 2 hours if you play heavy games like RR3, Asphalt. Idle about 2 days. With mediocre usage with mix of 3G and voice you get a day. nnApps: come with great preloaded apps like shareit, cloneit, textr etc. Most of the required apps are available but many of them are not optimized for tabs.nnConnectivity: Have 2G/3G (works well), wifi (good speed, I could download 7mb in a minute), I could not experience 4G yet, inspite of having a 4G subscription. Bluetooth is fast and does support OTG (no lag in playing audio video, but experienced the storage getting ejected automatically couple of times which playing songs) nnCase and Screenguard: Got nice sleek case from bay for Rs.599/- and screen guard of a larger size cut and fixed from a local shop for Rs.200/-nnReliability: Don’t know, my fully charged tab suddenly stopped working one night and started working after 3days after raising a request for return.nnVerdict: Tab is good for person who don’t play games on tab. ?, but battery in comparison is below par
I was looking to buy a tablet for quiet sometime. I was kind of falling for the iPad Air or Mini and then the Nexus 9. The Nexus is feature rich I admit, but I felt its too pricey. And the iPads, I know its the well engineered , optimized and polished piece of cake, but you need to be all Apple to get the full benefit of it. And then on one good day I came across this tablet , the Lenovo tab S8 which has almost every features I needed as tablet user. Right away I ended up looking for user reviews in Flipkart , Amazon etc as everybody does. But there where none because the device was a new launch. And finally on the basis of few hands on video reviews on YouTube I decided to buy one. A spontaneous decision.nnThe physical look of this device is excellent , with 299 gms it feels light in hands. The rubberized feel of the back panel feels good with nice grip to hold. The first thing which strikes when you look at the tab for the first time would be the IPS display which is really bright and vivid. Albeit when viewed in an angle with the screen switched off will reveal some kind of matrix / patterns on the screen. Can live with it , as it is not a distraction when the screen is on.nn When talking about the screen I should mention this small glitch , that when you hold the tab close to your ear and keenly listen you could hear a small whistling kind of sound from the upper speaker, and when the screen switched off its gone. I don't know if its the problem with this piece alone. But still its not much of a problem, because in normal usage you don't hear anything ..the sound is that feeble. May be a software update will solve this glitch. Then one thing I felt about the power and volume rocker switches is that they seems a bit loosely mounted , which in turn reduces the tactile feedback. These are my views on the hardware. In short I should say that it has got a very good built quality.nnThe device has got a good viewing angle which makes the tab a good reader. The smart stay / lock feature would have been a good addition. Or is it there ? , hidden somewhere?nnFound some jerky animation when switching between the landscape and portrait modes, also the text/ contacts scrolling animations too for that matters.nnThe front firing speakers of the device is good. The volume levels are not too high but I think it is adequate for watching movies or music videos. The Dolby surround feature is the one which I liked the most. In fact I did notice that when I installed the Poweramp music player app the Dolby feature was not switching on. So I had to uninstall my favorite music player app :( Anyway I'll experiment on this again.nnOn the first full charge the device ran for 28 hours. That was mixed use with hd video playback, gaming with Skyforce, music, WiFi usage, Youtube viewing, still image shooting and browsing. Please note that I have not started using Sim card on this device which may reduce the battery life in the long run.nnThe main 8mp camera of this device is an okay okay for tab. The autofocus is a bit slow. Its low light performance is not so great. But in outdoor shooting it is awesome. It has got HDR mode also which I liked , again HDR shooting is also slow.nnOther bit I liked is the keyboard with word suggest and a swipe feature. It works like a charm. The spell check works hand in hand with the other features. In landscape mode the keyboard is so convenient to use , just like a computer keyboard. When you select a sentence and want to cut, copy or paste , the options are kind of hidden away in the upper right side of the screen. But will get used to it. Please note that I typed this whole review with the device' s keyboard. LolnnThere are several useful pre-installed apps like Skype, Truecaller, Route 66, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter along with Lenovo's Synchit , Shareit and Cloneit.nnMultitasking in this device is seamless.nnThe GPS reception is good, I was able to get good reception even inside my office.nnYouTube streaming was really fast over WiFi.nnThe notification and quick controls on the upper screen left and right respectively is a useful feature.nn For now I am briefing this review , I know there is a lot more to cover as a review , but as I told I am in the early days of using it. I'll keep on adding to this as and when I am using the new features and trying a few more graphic rich games . Overall I am really happy with this buy.
JUST AFTER 1 MONTH OF USAGE. I HAPPENED TO ACCIDENTALLY DAMAGE THE SCREEN. NOW THE SCREEN IS HAVING A BIG CRACK ALL OVER IT AND HALF OF THE TOUCH IS NOT WORKING. SO CALLED UP LENOVO SERVICE AND THEY TOLD ME THE PRICE FOR IT'S NEW SCREEN. Rs.18000/-. WHERE AS I BROUGHT THE TABLET FOR Rs. 17000/-.nnAFTER MUCH ARGUMENT I WAS OFFERED A PRICE OF Rs.12000/-nnBUT STILL I THINK THIS IS VERY COSTLY.nnHOW CAN A TABLET SCREEN COST 70% OF ITS PRICE!!!. nnNOW THERE IS NO REPLY FROM EITHER FLIPKART OR HI TECH ( LENEVO PRIORITY SERVICE CENTRE) OR THE LENOVO ITSELF.nnNOW I FEEL IT'S BETTER TO BUY CHINESE PRODUCTS INSTEAD OF GOING FOR BRANDED ONES IF U HAVE TO JUST USE AND THROW THEM!!... LENOVO SHOULD SHUT DOWN ITS SERVICE DEPT IF THEY ARE GOING TO LOOT THEIR CUSTOMERS.nnTHIS IS A TOTAL LOSS!!!
Pros: nFantastic IPS displaynHigh power processornHighly customized UI (depends on whether you prefer 'Apple' look or you are more of a native Android type of person :P)nFree Headset :D :D :DnBackpanel matte finish, attracts less fingerprintsnnCons:nIt heats up a little while playing gamesnToo much screen glare (I guess you have to accept it for an IPS display)nnVerdict: nA superb budget tablet, sometimes makes you feel like an iPad owner. :P