Dragon Touch R10

OSVerFull Size USB PortsUSB SpeedScreen Size2 CamsKeyboardPrice Range
AndroidJelly Bean2USB 2.010"YesNoUnder $150

The Dragon Touch R10 is an entry level tablet that is priced for the consumer first dipping their toes into the world of mobile computing. What the R10 does, it does well. The Dragon Touch is a new line of Android tablet and it is priced to make a difference in the mobile computing marketplace. Let’s take a look at what all the Dragon Touch R10 does well, what it doesn’t do so well, and if it is the right tablet for you. We declare this to be the best 10 inch tablet for your money. It beat out the other low price Android contenders offering more value. Comparable standard size USB tablets in the class would include the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 and the Toshiba Thrive AT105.

At the outset the Dragon Touch R10 presents itself as a sleek and attractive device. The tablet is a modern patterned silver and black design, with nice rounded corners, and an easy to grip set of sides. The tablet presents itself like any first generation Google product: it gives off that new “Star Trek” vibe while looking technologically capable and exciting. Looking at the rest of the face of the model we can see a front facing camera and a rear facing camera–both offering around 2 megapixels in quality. This kind of quality allows for the capturing of great photos and clear video while you are on the road.

Looking past the cameras we can see that the Dragon Touch R10 offers a slew of connection options along the side of the device. This is where the Dragon Touch begins to separate itself from the other entry level tablets on the market place. Looking at the Apple iPad as the standard in entry level tablets let’s us make a fair judgement on what exactly the R10 offers. Where the iPad offers only one port of connection, through the iPad docking cable, the Dragon touch has a 2 full size USB ports, 1 microUSB and an HDMI output, that allows you to port out video up to 1080P. This HDMI output means that your tablet could become the centerpiece of your home entertainment console as well as just a traveling companion. Let’s look a little bit closer at the media features that are offered here.

dragon-touch2The Dragon Touch is a tablet that supports flash and along with that opens itself up to a whole bunch of programs to make your mobile life more enjoyable. The fact that the Dragon Touch R10 can run programs such as Netflix, coupled with the HDMI output, means that your tablet is very much a mobile movie library. This is a great feature for the people always on the go. This device could be taken to any hotel room, while traveling, or used on any airplane and you will have all the worlds movies right at your fingertips. Movies are not the only thing that the R10 offers.

The R10 comes installed with Google Android 4.1 OS (or Jelly Bean) and houses 8gb of internal memory. There are microSD slots that allow you to expand storage up to 32gb. Those that love to load their tablets with movies and music would be wise to check out the SD expansion so as to maximize what it is they are able to do with their machine. Past straight up storage I noticed that the R10 has a gig of ram and runs off of a 1.6 ghz dual core processor. For something that fits almost in the palm of your hand this machine packs a serious kick in the pants.

Dragon-TouchTechnical specs are only so impressive to read when compared to the actual performance of the machine. What the Dragon Touch R10 has going for it is mobility, beauty, and power all rolled into one. The R10 has a 10.1 inch multi touch screen that has colors that pop off of the screen. The tablet is just very vibrant and being that its target audience is the casual user, this goes a long way towards selling the machine.

As far as fitting in the palm of your hand, the machine is also seriously light weight. Fully loaded the Dragon Touch R10 clocks in at under twenty ounces. The Dragon Touch R10 fits comfortably inside of a backpack or sidebag and is sturdy enough to be thrown around a little bit, not that I would suggest doing so, which makes this a great starter mobile tablet.

In the grand scheme of things the Dragon Touch R10 is a nice little machine that offers great flexibility with optimized features. While it won’t be as powerful as some of the other mobile tablets on the market, it makes up for that punch with sheer usability. The R10 will find its place in the homes of those that are wanting a less expensive tablet to compliment their other technology and for those first dipping their toes into the style of technology. The R10 is the perfect device to balance power, playability, and a low price.

Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u


OSVerFull Size USB PortsUSB SpeedScreen Size2 CamsKeyboardPrice Range
AndroidHoneycomb2USB 2.010"YesNo$150 – $250

The Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u is a great tablet that allows you to enjoy media such as streaming videos in greater detail with its 10.1″ touch screen. The NVIDIA GeForce GPU coupled with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Mobile Processor makes this tablet an absolute media workhorse. Having 2 standard size USB ports is a rare feature on Androids and makes it different than nearly all other tablets. The only other Android tablets we are aware of with muliple standard size USB’s is the Acer 200 and the Dragon Touch R10.

You can view your screen in either landscape or portrait mode and you can see what you are looking at from every viewing angle. The built in 802.11b/g/n Wireless access gives you the ability to enjoy streaming media anywhere you have access to WiFi. You can even hook it up to you television via the Micro HDMI™ Out port available on this tablet and enjoy up to 1080p HD video.

The tablet includes 2 cameras to allow you greater flexibility in how you capture images. You can use the 5MP Rear Facing Camera with Auto Focus and single LED flash to capture those unexpected moments in life that you don’t have a camera handy for. While using the 2MP Front Facing Camera you can chat with friends via the internet thanks to the built in dual analog microphone. You can even use the front facing camera to take self-portraits that are perfect for your social network profile pictures.

The Iconia Tab A500 is also capable of taking and storing videos.With 16GB of on board eMMC memory and the ability to use an additional MicroSD card up to 32GB you can store enough pictures, videos, movies and music to keep you entertained for hours. The 8-hour battery life is great so that you can take all of this entertainment on the go with you and never miss a beat.

Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16uGoogle Play store will give you access to countless apps that you can download to increase your enjoyment. The tablet comes preloaded with the Android Honeycomb operating system and tons of great applications. From Instagram and Facebook to Netflix the amazing apps that are available for this tablet will never cease to amaze you. It also includes Acer Sync that allows easy Synching between your tablet and your PC.

From an aesthetic point of view you will not be disappointed. This is an absolutely beautiful tablet that will have your friends wishing that they hadn’t spent so much more to get a plain looking tablet. It comes with an impressive aluminum casing that not only looks great, it feels great too. The smooth edged, rounded corners ensure that you will always be comfortable when holding your tablet in your hands.

Over all, the Iconia Tab A500 is a great value that is packed with tons of user friendly features. It is easy to use, beautiful to look at and the designers really did try to anticipate everything you could hope to do with your tablet. The large screen and expandable memory make it a great choice for people who enjoy media of any sort on their tablet.

Acer Iconia Tab A200

OSVerFull Size USB PortsUSB SpeedScreen Size2 CamsKeyboardPrice Range
AndroidHoneycomb2USB 2.010"No - Front OnlyNoPrice $150 – $250

The Acer Iconia tablet has a 10.1 inch screen, an eight hour battery life, and two standard USB ports for hours of entertainment. It has a sleek titanium gray design and, unlike many other tablets, the Acer Iconia does not sacrifice quality for price. Its Android operating system runs smoothly for gaming, videos, and app usage; a perfect fit for any user.

Access to the Android market gives the user a wide variety of app choices from games to business tools. The tablet also features a front facing camera with clear resolution great for video chatting family and friends. While the Acer Iconia isn’t the thinnest tablet on the market, it has a textured back panel that aids in gripping and helps avoid breakable drops of the device. This tablet also comes with wifi capability that maintains a strong wireless connection, making surfing the web painless.

If you are a student, the 16GB memory on the tablet is a must. If you find yourself needing more memory, the tablet has an expanding memory option via the micro sd slot. Apps such as Google Drive give instant access to school projects and papers. You can even make word docs and presentations in minutes without having to worry about that last second assignment. If you are a business person, the Iconia allows you to effortlessly take and find notes. At 1.5 pounds, the Iconia is perfect tablet for business trips or even dashes to the office. Portability is part of what makes tablets so attractive, and the Iconia is no exception.

The Acer Iconia is also kid-friendly. Its easy interface and access to fun apps for children makes this a perfect gift for the entire family. However, if you prefer music over games and apps, the Iconia has a crystal clear speaker for optimal music enjoyment. The Iconia is also extremely customizable. Many tablet devices come pre-set and do not allow for many changes, but the Iconia encourages personalization and creativity.

It isn’t hard to see why current users prefer this tablet over others. The Iconia tablet also has a variety of compatible accessories for further personalization. Whether you are looking for a lightweight device for business and school related tasks or just a fun and easy way to browse the web and play games, the Acer Iconia offers a cheap and reliable solution to both, worth every penny.