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
|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|
|Expansion Slot||Supports SD card|
|Camera||Front 2.0MP Back 5.0MP|
|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|
|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.