Tablet Express presents their first Windows OS based tablet with the Dragon Touch i8 pro Windows 10 Tablet. Although calling it a Windows OS tablet isn’t really true, since you can switch the OS between Windows 8.1 and the Android KitKat. In addition, this is a budget tablet, which would set you back for a measly $89.99 if order it straight from their site. As every budget tablet, it’s critical to understand cost they cut back on in order to lower the price.
Let’s begin with the operating system. It comes with Windows 8.1; the same OS you would have on the desktop. Despite being infamous for being terrible on the desktop, the OS is decent when operating in the tablet it’s meant to be operated on. This also gives the profile sharing capability with your Live account login, as well as OneDrive. The one cloud system for sharing of files, music, documents etc. between your tablet and your PC. That’s very nice and all since Windows 8.1 can be relatively notorious with the document sharing aspect that doesn’t make us of Cloud-like service. While I do enjoy the familiar Windows function, that familiarity does become a curse without a keyboard to work with. The inherent problem with Windows 8.1 when it’s not fully optimized for both devices.
Speaking of keyboards, the Bluetooth functionality does work with your wireless mouse and keyboard, usually absent on most budget tablets, so that’s a plus.
In this case, Dragon Touch i8 pro Windows 10 tablet does come with the dual OS, so you can seamlessly transition to the Android OS when you are lacking in a keyboard.
Now the Android 4.4 KitKat experience. While not the latest anymore in the long line of sweet named OS, the KitKat is smooth, with polished UI, with refinement on the calling and messaging side of the platform. Today, it can still be considered the best version of the platform, before the next OS takes over anyway. Booting up takes no time at all on the OS, with QuickOffice still the standard app for the platform and Cloud support is also available on this platform. One of the of the major problem faced is the latency when using the OS on a low-end hardware. With Dragon Touch i8 pro Windows 10 Tab’s 1 GB ram, I won’t be surprised to see this issue in the long run as the memory gets filled up, but as far as I had used it, the device possesses no such latency issue as of yet. Still, the big major downfall of using the KitKat as the OS is the lack of ability (even processing power for this device) to open more than one app on screen at any one time. Other than those, the OS is a great choice for the budget tablet to run on. I find that the dual OS is more of a gimmick rather than a benefit, pretty much due to the fact that I don’t necessarily need to switch between OS when I’m using my device. The Windows Live account is nice if I want to skip customizing my tablet from the ground up, or simply for the Windows App Store. And the Windows App store is just lackluster, to say the least, with some downloads even failing on me and risking this review turning into another Windows 8 laments segment. So then, what do you need to use the Android OS for? Everything else that you can’t do on the Windows. Windows have that heavy duty processing ability, and you can split the screen, and run two apps at the same time.
Androids are often unintuitive, can only run one app at a time but feel optimized on a tablet. And it has access to more apps than Windows. The flexibility will be enjoyed by some people, and for those who enjoyed it, the switch is relatively easy. To boot up Windows from Android, go to desktop and select the Android Icon. For the other way round, swipe down for the overhanging menu tab and select “OS switch.”
Another problem for the Dragon Touch i8 pro Windows 10 Tab running to OS, the 1GB ram is inadequate for Windows 8.1, while it does decently for the Android. No problem if you don’t run too many Apps at once, but that is supposed to be Window’s magnum opus over the Android.
More problem with having two OS on the same device is the lack of storage memory you are going to have. It comes in as 32 GB, but chunks of them are going to be taken up by the Windows OS, and the other half by the Android, so you are running about as good as 16 GB per OS. Total up you are going to have 5 GB of free space on the Windows and 7 Gb on the Android after the installation. Pretty disappointed in that aspect. If you would want to make use of the full potential, invest in a 64 Gb MicroSD and have all you install on said storage. This should avoid the potential performance bottlenecking.
Processing power wise, it does have the nifty quad core processor. Not the top of the line in any way, but sure is good enough to load most apps without facing any problem. Do expect the non-arcade-like runner games to face several stuttering problems. But if the apps can run smoothly on your smartphone, it should run as smoothly on this tablet.
Size and display wise, they are the high definition as advertised. The 8” is the perfect size for the small tablet with matching processing power, and the IPS Display is a welcomed bonus. What it does is that you could display the screen from any angle with the minimal reflective problem. In a sense, the screen is bigger than it is. No retina resolution so looking at the screen, so you might notice those pixels in between sessions, but that never really bothers me that much.
Camera wise. It’s terrible. It has both front and back camera which is nice for a budget tablet, but I rather them focusing on a single decent camera. It’s better than nothing, for your video calls, but it’s the bare minimum nonetheless.
Overall, the main reason you would want to buy the Dragon Touch i8 pro Windows 10 Tab would be for the dual OS function, and arguably the cheaper option than similar spec Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Aside from me complains about the OS, the device is an excellent budget tablet, for people looking for a general tablet to use, or for the ones needing the OS switch flexibility.
Dragon Touch i8 pro Specification:
–Windows 8.1 & Android 4.4 KitKat
–8” IPS Screen 1280×800 HD
–Quad Core 4×1.83GHz (up to)
–32 GB storage, 1GB RAM
–Camera: Rear 5.0MP w/ AF, Front 2.0MP
–WiFi, Bluetooth, Micro HDMI/USB