Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Let’s check out the Pros and Cons to help me gather my thoughts on this.
- Amazingly affordable for all it includes
- Intel processor on a budget tablet
- Impressive storage at 16Gigs, with the ability to add more with the microSD slot.
- Impressive because 16Gigs is a lot for a budget tablet
- 8” display helps make it much more portable
- FM Radio is a nice touch
- Smoother operating OS than most Tablet Express tablets
- Screencast is nice
- Design does not make it look like a budget tablet
- Does not feel like a budget tablet
- 3 Hour battery life
- Does not yet include Android Marshmallow (6.0)
- 1GB RAM is just too low for higher end games
- Mono Speaker
- 2Mega Pixel camera
This has been the best budget tablet I have had the pleasure of reviewing. The OS on this tablet operates so smooth comparing to any other tablet I have reviewed, no doubt due to the inclusion of the Intel processor, while only a Quad core, each core is used effectively. I know Intel is just a name, but on a budget tablet it’s not something you would expect.
The downside is the battery life; the Dragon Touch X10 comes with an 8 core processor with a 10.6” display and it gets close to 6 hours of battery life while this only gets 3 hours with a Quad core process and a smaller display. This is due to the limited capacity of the 3,600mAh battery included on this tablet; I would have to say its major downfall. If you have a trip you are going on, you can easily watch a movie or 2 with the battery or play a bunch of games to make your trip a little more manageable with the battery life, but not extended trips unless you have some way of charging it.
In this day and age when most tablets and phones are coming with Marshmallow, you would think this would also have it but it does not. In speaking to Tablet Express they are actively working on it, QA’ing it but it doesn’t make the wait any easier. Marshmallow on this tablet was slatted to be released this year (2016) but it does not look like that will happen and there is no OTA (Over the Air) update for it, so you will need to manually update it. No worries though, when it is released I will release a video on how to update it for you.
Sound, it only comes with a single speaker, no stereo here. While it is a single speaker, once you pass the 50% mark raising the volume you can begin to hear the audio and if you raise it to the max the volume is impressive for that single speaker. I would recommend using a pair of headphones either 3.5mm or Bluetooth for audio.
Lastly and honestly not incredibly important is the fact that it has 2Mega Pixel cameras. Most if not all phones today have at least a 10Mega Pixel camera, usually more but it seems like it costs too much to place anything higher than 2MP. I will say though, if you have enough lighting, 2MP doesn’t look too bad if you saw the pictures I took above.
I wanted to give this tablet 5 stars, I really did because I do like it. Due to the portability of it, it has replaced my use of the X10 but the battery life kills it for me but then there’s the price… it really is a great price.
This tablet would have been 4.5 stars if it had 2GB of RAM to make it more capable with the latest games and would have been 5 stars if it had better battery life. Still this tablet is an excellent choice for the price. I give the Tablet Express Dragon Touch S8 4 stars out of 5.
It does have some cons, but you have to remember that this is a budge friendly tablet.
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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware’s acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.