Can’t decide if you want to buy an Android tablet or a Window tablet? Now you don’t need to. The Dragon Touch i8 Pro allows you to dual boot into either Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4.
- Windows AND Android: Can’t decide between a Windows tablet or an Android tablet? Now you don’t need to. This tablet comes with both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 pre-installed. You can easily reboot the tablet from one operating system to the other. So if you’re invested in the Android ecosystem but occasionally need to run a Windows-only application (or vice-versa), this tablet is ideal.
To boot from Windows to Android: Go to Desktop mode and tap the Android icon on the task bar.
To boot from Android to Windows: Swipe down from the top-right of the screen and tap “OS Switch”
- Quad Core Processor: Whether your checking Facebook or playing games, a responsive interface is important. No one likes delays or “stuttering” when trying to scroll a web page or start an app. The tablet comes with a quad-core processor. It may not be top-of-the-line, but I found general web surfacing and app loading to be very good, with only occasional hesitations. Some games do run choppier than they would on other tablets, but the Subway Surfers game showed in my video performed very well. The Geekbench multi-core score came in at 2011.
- 32GB of storage: This refers to how many apps, photos, videos, and music files you can store directly on the tablet. There is 32GB, but please note that it is split between the Windows and Android operating systems. About 5GB is free for Windows and about 7GB is free in the Android operating system If that’s not enough space, you can expand the storage with inexpensive Micro SD cards, like the ones you would use in your phone and some digital cameras. +
- IPS Display: It’s not very often that you find an IPS display in a budget tablet, but Dragon Touch includes it on the i8 Pro and it looks great. IPS means that you can look at the display at an angle and it does not appear to be washed out or “reflective”. This tablet has a colorful display and an appropriate 1024×800 resolution for web browsing and many games. It doesn’t have a Retina resolution, but it is widescreen and works fine for watching Netflix or YouTube.
- Bluetooth: This tablet also has Bluetooth so you can use it with Bluetooth keyboards and Bluetooth speakers. Sometimes Bluetooth is omitted on lower-end tablets, so I’m happy to find it on this tablet. This also makes navigating Windows’ Desktop mode easier by pairing it with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
- Two cameras: The tablet features both a front and rear-facing camera. Low light performance is not great, but the front facing camera is fine for a Skype video call. I wouldn’t depend on taking stellar photos with the back camera, but it’s nice to have the option to grab a quick snapshot.
- Windows 10 free space issue: I received a message within Windows 8.1 stating that I was eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 on this tablet. However, the Windows partition does not have enough space for the Windows 10 installer to proceed. You may still be able to upgrade the tablet by using a Micro SD card, but I have not verified this yet.
- 1GB of RAM: While this is a good amount for Android, it is on the low-end for Windows. This may limit the number of applications you can run at once it Windows, or you may notice performance degrade when you have multiple windows open. If you tend to focus on one application at a time and do not switch back and forth very often, this may be less of an issue for you.
- Cameras: While I like that there are cameras included on this tablet, they are low resolution and the picture quality is poor in low light. However, its better than having no camera for quick Skype calls.
Overall, I’m impressed that this tablet packs both Windows and Android operating systems into one unit at a low price tag. The tablet performs very well for basic web browsing and gaming.
Check out the Dragon Touch i8 Pro on Amazon
— Sample provided for review