Hardware 2015 Part 3

I was going to cover the Kindle Fire HD 7 in this post until I realised that it has no expansion card slot. As the model offered officially in Australia has only 8 GB of storage, with only 5 being available to the user, I bailed on this.  This is a real dealbreaker for me, although iPad devotees seem to able to cope with this. This tablet would be great for reading but the Amazon app shop is not as diverse as the Google app shop, so this is another reason I went with something that provides a much greater range of apps to use.

The Teclast X89 is a hybrid tablet that can boot into two  operating systems – Android and Windows

 Model Teclast X89        
 CPU Intel Bay Trail-T Z3735F, Quad Core 1.83GHz
 OS Windows 8.1+Android 4.4
 Capacity 32GB built in storage
 Screen 7.9 Inch IPS Retina Capacitive Screen
 Resolution 2048*1536
 Expansion  Slot Supports SD card
 Camera Front 2.0MP  Back 5.0MP
 WIFI 802.11b/g/n
 Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
 OTG Supported
 HDMI Supported
 Language Multi-language
 Microphone Built in
 Speaker Built in
 I/O Port 1 x Micro USB port
1 x Micro SD card slot
1 x Micro HDMI port
1 x 3.5mm Earphone port
 Battery 5000mAh
 Weight 344g
 Size 200mm(L) ×138mm(W) ×7.4mm(H)

This tablet exceeds the criteria I set out in Part 2 and can be had for about $200 – $300 depending on models and sources. But there is, of course, a catch. It is most cost effective to buy it direct from China via ebay Australia or any of the big Chinese electronics shops who post worldwide. And it may have Chinese language apps installed. Here is a a reference to how to remedy this problem.

Instructions to change Chinese to English  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEQcOsODGss

The advantage of this dual boot tablet is that you have access to all the apps in the Android store and all the apps in the Windows store, plus regular Windows programs*. That is a humungous range of choices to ensure that you end up with the applications you need.

* This tablet has Windows 8.1 which means that, subject to program requirements, it can run any Windows program. Windows RT is a crippled version of Windows in this respect, so if you happen to be in the market for a Windows tablet, avoid anything with Windows RT.