A1 Plus is a capable, mid-range tablet.

I find tablet computers to be very  convenient especially for our on the go lifestyles. There are some out there as powerful as any desktop system and there are some that do just enough work to get us ‘online’ for email. For the past few days, I’ve been testing out the Dragon Touch A1 Plus 10.1″ Quad Core Android tablet to get an idea of what it’s capable of. When I review tablets, I tend to look at the following main categories – touchscreen responsiveness, sound quality, video viewing, and overall impressions. It is with these areas in mind that I approached the A1 Plus.

First Impressions
The Dragon Touch A1 Plus does not disappoint when it comes to first impressions. It has a very lightweight feel (1.2 pounds) and has a really nice leather-like texture to the back. The screen side has a glossy feel to it and in my experience, these screens scratch easily. Fortunately, the A1 Plus ships with a screen protector pre-installed. It’s a huge bonus and you will be glad you have it. My tablet arrived with some charge on it, but the instructions do state that if it doesn’t immediately turn on, you should charge it for two hours before trying to use it.

The controls are conveniently placed with the power button being on the top of the unit when it’s being used in portrait mode. The A1 Plus features a 10.1″ multi-touch screen with 1024×600 screen resolution. It also has a quad-core processor with 8GB of storage. It has a dual camera – front facing and rear facing. And naturally, it comes with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and G-sensor. The battery is a 4500 mAh battery and the tablet charges via Mini USB. I really love how minimal this tablet is. It comes with it’s charging cable, but that’s it. Getting started is pretty easy and if you don’t want to customize your experience with the tablet, you can just start using it.

Dragon Touch A1 Plus Tablet REVIEW

Touchscreen Responsiveness
This is usually the first thing anyone would notice – how responsive the screen is to touch. I found that the basic menu/function buttons and any other tapping motion registers very well. Swipes, on the other hand, are a little hesitant. As a test, I downloaded Swift Keyboard and found that while it works, there is a bit of lag. I would swipe across the keys to spell ‘outdoor’ and it would come up as a suggested word, but then there would be one or two seconds before the word would actually appear on the notepad. On my iPhone, it’s nearly an instantaneous process. When it comes to swiping between pages, it seems to be a little more responsive, but I think that’s because it’s a bigger surface area.

I also noticed that when in portrait viewing mode, that item, like the search bar, for instance, don’t register at all. When I would tap into the search field to type, the notification center kept trying to open. This same thing did not happen when I turned the tablet and went into landscape mode. The search field worked fine. I’m not sure if this is a defect of all the A1 Plus tablets or just mine, but I wanted to make note of it.

The speakers are located on the back of the tablet. So, the first thing to note is that if you lay the tablet flat or have it propped up against something, you won’t get the most out of the volume. As for the quality, unfortunately, this is one area where the tablet is lacking. I tested the tablet out side-by-side with my iPhone 6. And I have to say, volume wise and quality wise, the iPhone won. The A1 Plus has a very hollow, tinny sound to the audio. I turned on Netflix on both devices and played the Disney movie, Tarzan. The opening track “Two Worlds” has long been a favorite of mine and it’s truly a sound mixing wonder because it features many different sound effects in addition to the music track. The iPhone allowed you to hear all of the beautiful depth from this track, while the A1 Plus tablet only scratched the surface. Does it work? Sure, but if you are an autophile, you may want to look into finding a set of speakers for the tablet or a good set of headphones.

Dragon Touch A1 Plus Tablet REVIEW

Video Viewing
This is another area that could use some improvement in my opinion. The quality isn’t bad – if you are viewing it at just the right angle. The screen has a little bit of a glare on it unless you prop it up at just the right angle. If you do, then it’s got a really nice picture quality. Again, not top of the line, but certainly not the worst available.

Overall, I think the Dragon Touch A1 Plus 10.1″ Quad Core Android tablet is a good mid-to-low-range tablet. It has a lot of nice functionality and decent power behind it. It’s main functions work really well and I think that for someone who wants to view videos and complete basic tasks, this is a nice affordable option for that. You can purchase this tablet from Amazon or TabletExpress.com, but according to the description pages, the same tablet is being offered with different versions of Android. The links for both versions are listed below.

For more information, visit tabletexpress.com/dragon-touch-a1-plus.
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