Best tablet 2016 – Lenovo Yoga Book

Yoga Book the Lenovo’s new 2-in-1 tablet winner of the ‘reddot’ design award 2016 brings a breath of fresh air to this uninspired segment where every device resembles another

Yoga Book the Lenovo’s new 2-in-1 tablet winner of the ‘reddot’ design award 2016 brings a breath of fresh air to this uninspired segment where every device resembles another. The Yoga Book is beautifully designed and reinvents the way we use a tablet.

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A tablet to replacing the paper notebook is wishful thinking but with this hybrid it’s a reality. It can be used as a laptop, tablet, media stand or as a note taking device.

Note Saver

The touch keyboard converts to a drawing tablet that you can use to draw or take notes. This enables you to do your day-to-day tasks by typing text using the backlit keyboard or quickly take and save notes using the pen stylus to write on the flat surface.

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Using the Real pen you can draw with many pressure levels. Draw freely without having your hands covering the drawing, messing with it or triggering other options unintendedly.

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The Note Saver app can store your notebooks where you can draw or save your notes.

Type mode

The Halo keyboard can be used if you switch to type mode. This haptic feedback keyboard has an auto-complete and feature that allows you to type fast and accurately.

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It is very handy to have a keyboard when you need one and having the full screen available to display text.

360 degrees hinge

The Yoga book can be opened in different angles. As a laptop for productivity, flat for creative mode and note taking, as a stand to enjoy video or as a tablet.lovono_yoga

Technical specifications

This device comes with a Real Pen stylus, one book pad, 20 paper book refills and two Real Pen ink refills.

  • Processor: Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8550 Processor (2M Cache, Quad-Core, Up to 2.4 GHz)
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 or Windows 10
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, and 64GB ROM
  • Card slot: supports up to 128GB
  • Sound: Dolby Audio Premium
  • Display Screen: 10.1″ FHD IPS(1920 x 1200), 16.7 million color depth
  • Camera: 8 MP Auto-Focus rear and 2 MP Fixed-Focus front
  • Sensors: Vibrator, G-Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor, GPS
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Dual Channel (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
  • Battery: 8500 mAh Li-ion Polymer, 13 hours or 70 days standby
  • Dimensions: 256.6 x 170.8 x 9.6 mm (10.1″ x 6.72″ x 0.38″)
  • Weight: 690g (1.52 lbs)
  • Price: £549.99 / $499.99 (starting at)

We think that the Lenovo Yoga Book is a perfect Birthday or Christmas gift.
You may also like the Top 3 laptops for a great birthday gift that we reviewed a previous post.

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Shareagift featured in the Huffington Post

Exciting week last week for Shareagift as we were featured on the pioneering online news website, The Huffington Post.

We met the lovely Laxmi Hariharan at the Silicon Drinkabout event a few Fridays ago and introduced her to Shareagift. She liked the site so much she included us in her series on startups, and we were absolutely delighted. So thanks to 3beards for kindly hosting us for the event, and thank you Laxmi for your interest and support 🙂

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How to Crowd Fund your Party with Shareagift

This is one of my favourite user stories of 2012.

Back in September of last year, the delightful Gráinne (who I have had the pleasure of speaking to many times) decided she wanted to to organise a once in a lifetime surprise party for her husband, Andreas’, 50th birthday. Happily for us, she came across Shareagift online and used our site to crowd-fund the party, inviting his friends and family to contribute to one really special evening.

Gráinne collected over €800 to her Shareagift Page, so she could organise a private ‘party bus‘ to take her, Andreas and 30 of their friends around the city. Collecting funds from friends around the world over several months, Gráinne kept the whole thing a secret from Andreas, so it was a total surprise when he arrived to find his name lit up in lights on the bus and all his friends there ready to celebrate with him.

Gráinne surprises Andreas on the big day!
Gráinne surprises Andreas on the big day!

I gather it was a beautifully raucous affair! Complete with champagne and dancing and general merriment – in that wonderfully Irish tradition – followed by a spoiling dinner at one of their favourite Irish pub afterwards. Gráinne even sent us an amazing video of the party bus afterwards so we could get a flavour of the evening – it looked like epic fun indeed, and no doubt a sore head or two the following day 😉

The Party Bus makes its way around Paris!
The Party Bus makes its way around Paris!

We were all horribly jealous in the office to hear about their amazing adventure, but thrilled to have been able to help along the way. Gráinne, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your time and your contributions – you gave us some awesome ideas and some invaluable feedback – and we’ve loved being in touch with you.

Thank you to Johannes Berghoff for letting us use his brilliant photos to tell the story, and Gráinne for your kind words to our team after the event:

“Just a short email to say a BIG thank you for a super website, and a super idea. Andreas’s surprise 50th birthday was a huge success, and it was a huge help to me to have found your website and have everyone contribute to what ended up being quite a costly evening. But it was definitely worth it! Many thanks to you, and to your team for all your help, quick responses and solutions!”

And we hope Gráinne’s story will inspire a ton of other people to use Shareagift to crowd fund their parties and give other friends and family the evening of a lifetime.

New Year, New Resolutions

So here we are – new year, new start, new resolutions (which, if you’re like most of the Shareagift Team you’ll have thoroughly enjoyed breaking already!).

Yep, I’m afraid the stats are not looking good for keeping to our resolve – apparently only 8% of us will keep our new years resolutions – most of us will sack them off within the next 2 months.

So what are these pesky promises of self-improvement we solemnly dedicate ourselves to every January 1st? According to research by the University of Scranton, our top 5 resolutions are:

  1. Loose weight
  2. Get organised
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy

Hmmm, quite the ambition… Well, loosing weight and getting organised we can’t help you with I’m afraid, but roll on resolution number three and we are here ready and waiting to lend a hand – we’d love you to use Shareagift to buy group gifts for your friends and family this year – so everyone saves a bit of money and still gets something great!

As for the Shareagift Team, we’ve decided rather than give things up in 2013, we’re gonna take things up. So we had a quick whip round the office to check our everyone’s resolutions:

Shareagift Team New Years Resolutions:

  • Visit Scandinavia
  • Write more post cards
  • Introduce one million new people to Shareagift in 2013
  • Compete in the London Triathlon
  • Cut our toast on the diagonal

Up to you to guess which of the team picked which! (We’ll let you know how we getting on in March 😉

MPS Charity Campaign collects over £45k ($74K)

For all of those kind supporters and followers of the campaign to save Jack and other MPS Children, we just wanted to take a moment in the run up to Christmas to let you know how they’re getting on.

For any readers not aware of the history, back in August of this year we helped the MPS Society launch a campaign to raise £600k to help save the lives of children suffering from a rare fatal childhood disease.

As of this morning I’m delighted to report the 7 Shareagift Pages set up to drive the campaign have collectively raised over £46,000 ($74,000) and the word is spreading. Jack’s and Bobby’s Pages have each collected over £14,000 alone thanks to the generosity of the general public and effect of people sharing their stories.

The MPS Society have now raised over £145,000 in total, with amazing efforts from friends and family fundraising, and from strangers, members of the public who have seen the Shareagift campaign and offered to contribute – including one incredibly generous one-off donation of £25,000.

As Christmas is a time of year that’s about family and gift-giving, we’re really touched to see so many people reaching out to give something to a stranger. And almost more importantly, we’re incredibly grateful for the effort of people sharing these stories. It’s one of the most gratifying benefits of the social web, and of the way we see people using our site, that they share stories with one another – and, without trying to sound too twee, just by sharing these stories, they are helping these children on the way to a better future.

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Cashing in your worst ever Christmas gifts!

Would you swap 3 unwanted gifts for an iPod this Christmas? (Yep, so would we ;))

According to a Gumtree survey last year we’re likely to get at least two unwanted gifts this Christmas worth as much as £48 each.

So, applying a terribly complicated algorithm (dividing the sum of the problem by a bakers dozen, taking away the square root of X-box and adding a pinch of salt) we worked out that if you took just 3 of these unwanted gifts, and put their value together as a group gift you’d have £144 and could buy yourself an iPod instead.

As an addendum to this brilliant idea, we had a whip-round the office this afternoon to check out some of our worst unwanted Christmas gifts, and here are the top 5:

Shareagift Team’s worst ever Christmas gifts:

  • Black and Decker drill bit
  • Grow your own boyfriend
  • Fetus cookie cutter (no joke, receiver was pregnant at the time)
  • Twat mug (this is contentious – I love this gift)
  • A home-made shoe

So there you have it. If you want to avoid unwrapping a novelty baking instrument come December 25th, we suggest you get onto Shareagift immediately and ask your friends and family to chip in for what you really want!

The Shareagift Worst Christmas Gift Gallery:

This stunning X53242 tile and glass drill bit could be yours for just £2.99
If you don't have a handsome man to snuggle up with to this Christmas, this novelty boyfriend is sure to make you feel much more secure and emotionally stable during the holiday period
If you don’t have a handsome man to snuggle up with to this Christmas, this novelty boyfriend is sure to make you feel much more secure and emotionally stable during the holiday period
Apparently this is acceptable...
Apparently this is acceptable…
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Or, yes, if you're really lucky, and you've been immaculately behaved all year long, it's just possible Santa might leave a pair of these designer footwear items in your stocking this year ;)
Or, yes, if you’re really lucky, and you’ve been immaculately behaved all year long, it’s just possible Santa might leave a pair of these designer footwear items in your stocking this year 😉

Friends already using Shareagift for Christmas!

I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet, but we’re already excited as we’re just starting to see the first few Shareagift Pages created by some of you super-organised peeps planning ahead for Christmas!

Company Shareagift Pages for Christmas

The Actors Touring Company have already started a Shareagift Page for their company Christmas Stocking! They need to buy an expensive piece of filming equipment so they can filem their tours in 2013 and decided Shareagift would be the perfect way to do it. Good luck guys, we hope you get all the funds you need :).

Friends & Family Sharegift Pages for Christmas

The lovely Tara, just created her Shareagift Page for a brand new Macbook Pro laptop computer from her family as a way for her family and friends to afford the gift she really wants – and she’s already collected $200 towards it!

School & Teachers Shareagift Pages for Christmas

Last year we had an amazing response from people setting up Shareagift Pages to collect from parents towards class gifts for teachers. The most popular items we noticed were gift vouchers – for major stores or spas, so the teachers could choose for themselves. We haven’t seen any pop up for this Christmas yet, but we’re keeping an eye out 😉

The beauty about Shareagift is that you can use it collect money for absolutely anything – from that perfect gift, to charity fundraising, to sharing the cost of a group trip – so what are we waiting for – Christmas is only 61 days away!