If you’re looking for a budget tablet that can still handle basic gaming, the new KingPad tablet packs some impressive performance.
- Quad Core Processor: I despise a laggy interface, so I’m happy to see that the KingPad 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 surprisingly good. Some games do run choppier than they would on other tablets, but the Subway Surfers game showed in my video performed very well.
- 8GB of storage: This refers to how many apps, photos, videos, and music files you can store directly on the tablet. 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. The slot is located on the side of the unit.
- Display: The Dragon Touch has a colorful display and an appropriate resolution for web browsing and many games. It doesn’t have a Retina resolution and the viewing angles are not great (see the con below), but it is widescreen and works fine for watching Netflix or Crackle.
- 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 KingPad.
- Two cameras: I couldn’t locate the specs of the cameras, but there is a camera on both the front and the back. 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.
- Build: The Dragon Touch is thicker and and heavier than the iPad 2. However it is still a very compact unit and travels well.
- HDMI out: This tablet has a mini HDMI out, so you can connect it to an HD television, allowing you to use supported apps on the big screen.
- 512MB of RAM: The amount of RAM means affects the performance of running multiple apps at once. For example, more RAM makes things quicker when you switch between the Gmail app and the Google Chrome web browser app. Or if you’re playing music on Pandora while flipping through an eBook. More RAM means that the tablet can “remember” multiple apps at the same time without needing to close out apps in the background. 512MB is on the low end, but it is in-line for the specs expected from a budget tablet. For comparison, the first iPad Mini had 512MB of RAM, while the newer versions have 1GB (1024MB).
- Screen: The display has a fairly narrow viewing angle and can appear “washed out” if not viewed head on. For solitary Netflix viewing it is fine, but if you’re trying to share the screen, it can be an issue
- Pre-applied screen protector: I’m paranoid about scratches and I’ve struggled getting a bubble-free screen protector on my iPad in the past. It is quite a chore. TabletExpress ships this tablet with a screen protector already applied, which I very much appreciate. Just be careful to not peel it off when removing the instructional overlay.
- Case available: TabSuit has a case that fits this tablet and includes a small keyboard. Please note that this is not a Bluetooth keyboard, but instead it connects to the KingPad’s Micro USB port.
Overall, I’m impressed by the performance of this unit given its low price tag. While it’s not as powerful as many other tablets, it is great for the budget-minded consumer who plans to use it for basic web browsing, Netflix viewing, and light gaming.
— Sample unit provided for review