9.7″ Dragon Touch E97 Quad Core Android Phablet via Amazon
Dragon Touch E97 is the latest quad core 2G/3G tablet and phone in one- phablet by TabletExpress with a GB of memory for streaming videos, surfing the net, emails, social media and more on its 9.7 inch IPS display, with GPS navigation, FM radio and Bluetooth, over 6 hours standby time that can be used worldwide as it comes unlocked. In US it can be used with AT&T and other networks but not CDMA networks such as Verizon or Sprint and your SIM card should not be PUK code locked prior to using the unit. Dragon Touch E97 has the quad core energy efficient ARM processor at 1.30 GHz speed and 1GB DDR3 SDRAM for being able to run multiple apps quicker and smoother, switching between them is easy and to keep up nicely with launching apps and swiping screens on its rather responsive interface, 16GB Nand Flash is OK as storage space for a tablet as even the small iPad Air’s have this much and you can use the low cost Micro SD cards and Android 4.4 KitKat as operating system.
Decent size 9.70 inch high definition IPS display has a max resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels offers vivid and clear images with bright colours and IPS panel with up to 178 degree viewing angles vertically and horizontally so you can comfortably sit on your chair or lie on your bed and read ebooks. It runs games like Angry Birds, CSR Racing and Hearthstone well with great visuals and lets you play them smoothly but with less frame rates per second than those top of the range tablets. Slim aluminium design Dragon Touch E97 weighs just 1.4 lbs and measures 9.30 x 6.60 x 0.25 inches- is compact and portable so you can take it wherever you go. You need WiFi to connect to the internet or SIM card internet data plan from one of the GSM carriers for when you’re on the go but best not to stream and watch videos off the internet as mobile internet can get expensive. Connectivity options are 802.11bgn wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 to connect Bluetooth speakers and keyboard wirelessly, Micro SD card slot at the rear, SIM card slot and two webcams- 2mp front camera and a 5mp rear facing camera with adequate image quality in dim light. You’ll find the E97 tablet, USB cable, AC adapter and User guide in the box.
Conclusion: Picture quality on Dragon Touch E97 is quite good and sound is sufficient but not the best and you can use Bluetooth speakers or headphones then it will be heaps better. You can comfortably listen to music while you’re browsing the internet so no need to close apps in the background. 2GB memory like on higher end tablets like iPad obviously helps things runs smoother but 1GB is plenty at this price point. Sim card capability is a big plus and this feature is not available on some of the more expensive tablets: 2G 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 850/1900/2100 network is great when there is no wireless connection. FM tuner is great to have and allows you to listen to all the local radio stations without having to connect to internet (but you need to plug in a headset to use as an antenna) and has a great GPS navigation chip and will work with the offline Maps app perfectly and help you find your way. It has a robust build quality except for the slightly loose feeling bezels. You may be surprised to find that it comes shipped with a nice back cover and a screen protector- free of charge. Considering its low price level and for all that you’re getting for the money- user friendliness, snappy performance, decent visuals, good range of connectivity, availability of SIM card, FM radio, offline GPS and we quite like this tablet as it seems to be a nice entertainment or study unit and don’t forget this is a fully functional phone as well. It comes with a proper 1 year defect warranty that you can use when and if you come across problems, great helpful US based customer support and and a company that stands behind its products and that updates the firmware frequently so everything is up to date.