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Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet — Screen Resolution & Battery Life Not Up To My Criteria.

by Anura Guruge



The 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I ordered from Amazon over the weekend arrived yesterday. Definitely a nice, responsive unit with NO BLOATWARE — and it was fully charged when it arrived. It even came with fairly comprehensive instructions and a very cute, ‘clingy’ screen protector with additional guidance. I was able to get it up and running with my core set of APPs — Chrome, Bank of America, Fidelity, ‘GPS’, ‘Home Security’ etc. — very quickly and with NO issues. I was impressed.

But, I have already printed the paperwork from Amazon to return it! I used it for less than 2 hours!

There were two things that were not up to my requirements and those were such that I would never be happy with this tablet. These being: screen resolution not good enough when using Chrome and battery charging/battery life.

The screen resolution is 1366×768. In theory that should be good enough. It is OK when you are using APPs so to speak, but not when trying to read Webpages on Chrome — in particular ‘marketwatch.com‘ (in desktop mode). Deanna had a look and agreed. Resolution way below par. Also the case when watching video. Given that I HAVE to read at least 30 – 40 minutes of ‘marketwatch.com’ a day, in order to be I, this was NOT going to fly. I need a tablet where I can read Webpages without the screen resolution getting in the way.

The second issue proved to be worse that I had hoped, given that I had already read, on the Amazon reviews that this could be a stumbling block. Though it can be charged via USB it is NOT ‘happy’ being charged as such. It, appears, though I did not bother to try, that it prefers to be charged using its dedicated charger. I had hoped that this would not be as bigger an issue as it proved to be. It was NOT fully charged after 7.5 hours plugged into my standard USB charger! That is not acceptable. Every room in this house is set up, one way or another, for USB charging. Plus when we travel I carry a pouch of USB chargers. I am not going to take another dedicated charger. IF it is not going to charge, fast and adequately, via USB, it is NOT for I. Alos noticed that battery capacity was going down in front of my eyes. Wow.

It also appears that I can’t get the magnetic sensor, used by non-GPS compass APPs to work. Not a showstopper BUT annoying. I like an ‘analog’ non-GPS compass on my tablet. Also not convinced that it had the latest and greatest Wi-Fi chips.

So the Dragon, alas, is going back. Shame. 

I have already ordered a 10″ Lenovo tablet:

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Click to access Amazon listing. It has a higher resolution HD screen. Smaller and a (slower) Quad-Core as opposed to the 8 in the Dragon.


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by Anura Guruge

Did You Know That You Can SCAN The Screen Of A Mobile Device — On A Scanner?

by Anura Guruge


Yes, I know that if I can hit the ‘Power’ and one of the volume buttons I could get a screenshot of an Android device. But I have never done it and once I got one I still needed to get it to WordPress (i.e., this blogging platform).

Well a few minutes ago while chatting with a WordPress ‘Happiness Engineer’ about the cropped header on my new Panasonic Lumix ZS100 blog I really wanted a screenshot from my 10.1″ Le Pan so that I could show her what the cropping was like. Occurred to me that I might be able to scan the screen on my scanner! Couldn’t see what real damage it could do. The camera was off so the bright light should not have bothered it. Plus the Le Pan is on its last legs and I will be getting my new 10.6″ Dragon Touch X10 in a FEW minutes! So I tried.

It worked. I did scan in color but it came out b&w. But that was OK. It showed the cropping. So I achieved my goal.

Appears that with the theme I am using, EXPOUND, different types of cropping occurs depending on the size of the end device. On a 6″ header appears FINE with no cropping. On a 10″ the header is cropped! Well, I got around that, but that is another story.

For now the moral of the story is that in a pinch you can get a quick screenshot of a mobile device by scanning the screen on a scanner.

Yes, I know that I could have taken a picture too — with a camera. 


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Scan to ENLARGE and admire. Screenshot of my “Panasonic Lumix ZS100” blog — showing the amusing cropping.


by Anura Guruge

I Bought A 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet To Replace My Le Pan.

by Anura Guruge


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My Le Pan 10.2″ Android tablet, that I got from Walmart in August 2014 (to replace my 7″ ASUS that died), after acting up now and then, in terms of not powering up, finally gave up the ghost and died, dead as a doornail, Friday night. Friday was quite the day, even without the stock market meltdown. I won’t even tell you how much I lost. Some people have mortgages that are less than that. C’est la vie.

Yes, the Le Pan is covered by a USELESS 2 year product warranty I got from bloody Walmart — for $45. Never again. This is why I bought this from Amazon, the 2nd of the 12 (or more) Android pads that I have bought for the kids, Deanna and I.

I came across the Dragon Touch X10 when I asked Amazon to show me 10″ (or greater) Androids. I have had good luck — or I should say Teischan has had good luck — with ‘cheap’ Chinese Android Pads, i.e., Visual Land. The reviews for this, including one on YouTube, were pretty awesome. I liked the specs. The 10.6″ appealed. I do NOT carry this around. 95% of the time it is on my bedside table. I mainly use a tablet, in the morning, in bed, while I drink my coffee, and listen to CNBC. I check my blog, I read ‘marketwatch.com‘, I read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, cover-to-cover, without fail, and I check camera news. All using Chrome. I don’t use many APPS! So this looks good. Price was acceptable, though it appears the price has gone up in the last 6 months! I paid quite a bit more for the Le Pan 18 months ago.

I will, of course, let you know how it works out after I get it on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.


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LG Electronics LGV700 10.1″ Android 5.0 Tablet — Infuriating Rather Than Compelling.

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LG Electronics E10 LGV700 10.1″ Tablet. Click to access Amazon page.

I got this LG LGV700 10.1″ Android Pad as a backup for my 8 month old 10.2″ Le Pan tablet. The Le Pan when it works, which is 95% of the time, is formidable. It is fast, flawless and has no eccentricities or foibles. But, alas, a fatal flaw lurks somewhere within it. Every once in a while it just dies. We are talking dead as a doornail. Responds to nothing. The on/off button becomes powerless. It is dead. So far, inexplicably, it has come to life after such a sudden death. It is like a resurrection. Sometimes if I bang on it you will suddenly hear this ‘whirring’ noise, like a hard-drive kicking in, and it will go through a complete reboot process. Once it has resurrected itself it is its usual flawless self until it next decides to die. I have an extended warranty on it — so I don’t really care. One of these days I will return it and get $200 (or something like that) back from Walmart.

But it would be annoying to be without a pad, not that there is a shortage of pads in this house. But, my pad, has my Apps and is customized for my habbits. So Deanna, the other morning, when she saw me banging the Le Pan to activate it, told me to get a backup. That was the LG LGV700.

The LGV700 looks nice. Very slim. Nice contours. Appealing tactile feel. I plugged it into recharge, using the Le Pan charger (since they are all the same in the end), and set it aside. I wasn’t excited or anything. It was just another pad, a backup at that. A few hours later I went to get it setup. There was a TUTORIAL that had been activated and it was TALKING AWAY at me, very loud and annoyingly. It was, as we later found out, an ‘accessibility’ tool, called TALK-BACK. And it sure did talk-back. That is all it bloody did. Talk-Back. It was an ‘User Interface’ explaining tutorial. Every Time you bloody touched the screen it told you what you were doing! Jesus would have wept. I did more. Just could NOT get out of it. Deanna and the two kids joined in. They are all Android users. They tried. TOUCH WAS DISABLED. You had to bloody double knock. It was a nightmare. I hated it. I am not destructive and very rarely lose my temper. I was ready to smash this pad. I didn’t care that I had paid $2xx — whatever for it. I hated it. But we persevered. The kids sitting with me to stop me from totally losing it. We got Wi-Fi going with the bloody talk jabbering away. Can’t Koreans pronounce Wi-Fi? It is NOT ‘We-Fe’. Hated it. Finally we finished the setup. Then we could get to to SETTINGS. Then we found how to disable the frigging Talk-Back. Then there was this stupid Knock Code.

It works. It is kind of fast. The system update gave me Android 5.0.2. There wasn’t that much clutter. The Wi-Fi chipset seems decent. Accepted the microSD card without any fuss.

But all said, it is not as fast as my Le Pan when I am using Chrome — and using Chrome is what I do 95% of the time! It is slow and it doesn’t render as fast.

So it is OK. That whole set-up fiasco with Talk-Back soured the whole experience. I am no empathy with this pad.

The miniscule 4.2″ x 2.5″ English/Spanish Quick Start Guide came with the pad was beyond a joke. Had nothing about the bloody Talk-Back based set-up. 40 pages of English — 34 of them “For your Safety”. It was a joke.

I will NOT recommend this LG LGV700. It works and that is about all. IF you can get the Le Pan. It is at least 10 times better. The Le Pan is unobtrusive — when it is not dead. [It is, alas, however, very obtrusive when it is dead.] So that is that. This time next year I will most likely have two new pads!