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Dragon Touch E97 9.7” Quad Core Android 3G Tablet PC, 1GB Ram 16GB Nand Flash, IPS HD Screen, 5.0MP Camera w/ AutoFocus, Bluetooth, GPS, Unlocked GSM, w/ Sim Card Slot, 1 Year Warranty, US Customer Service & Technical Support [ 2015 New Model by TabletExpress ] Reviews


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  1. 116 of 124 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Impressive performance and features, April 1, 2015
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    Ryan (USA) –
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    This review is from: Dragon Touch E97 9.7” Quad Core Android 3G Tablet PC, 1GB Ram 16GB Nand Flash, IPS HD Screen, 5.0MP Camera w/ AutoFocus, Bluetooth, GPS, Unlocked GSM, w/ Sim Card Slot, 1 Year Warranty, US Customer Service & Technical Support [ 2015 New Model by TabletExpress ] (Personal Computers)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 3:03 Mins

    So you’re probably seeing a bunch of technical specifications and you’re wondering how a lower cost tablet like the Dragon Touch E97 compares to a tablet such as an iPad Air 2. Let’s break it all down.

    PROs
    + Quad Core Processor: To me, a responsive user interface is one of the most important features of any computing device. Who likes to tap something only to have the unit respond 5 seconds later? The quad core processor in this unit means that this tablet will keep up well with you and your favorite apps. Screen swipes and app launching were fast for me. My unprofessional test in the video involved launching CSR Racing on both tablets at the same time and while load times were definitely longer on the Dragon Touch, the game itself looked really good and played fine. The framerate was lower than the iPad Air 2.
    + 1GB of RAM: RAM helps keep the tablet moving along at a snappy pace. The 1 GB of RAM means that this tablet can handle running multiple apps at once. For example, this makes things quicker when you switch between the Gmail app and the Google Chrome web browser app. Or if you’re playing music on Pandora while flipping through an eBook. More RAM means that the tablet can “remember” multiple apps at the same time without needing to close out apps in the background. 1GB is a good amount for a tablet, but the iPad Air 2 has 2GB of RAM which helps it perform better.
    + 16GB of storage: This refers to how many apps, photos, videos, and music files you can store directly on the tablet. It doesn’t really affect performance. For reference, the lowest end iPad Air 2 also has 16GB of storage. However, the Dragon Touch’s storage can be expanded with inexpensive Micro SD cards, like the ones you would use in your phone and some digital cameras. The slot is located underneath the long white flap on the back. The iPad Air 2’s storage cannot be expanded.
    + Screen: The Dragon Touch has a vivid display with IPS (which means you can view it from an angle without the screen washing out). I doesn’t have a Retina resolution as found on the iPad Air 2, but it’s still very good. Colors are bright and photos look great.
    + Unlocked 3G SIM card slot: Normally, you would need a WiFi signal to access the internet on this tablet while you’re out and about. However, if you need to have internet wherever you go, you can purchase a data plan from a GSM carrier and then use their SIM card in this slot (the slot is located underneath the long white flap on the back). In the US, the most popular GSM carriers are AT&T and T-Mobile. This would not work with Verizon or Sprint plans. Just remember that mobile broadband is a little pricey, so you’ll want to watch your data usage while using a SIM card without WiFI (mainly, avoid Netflix and YouTube). In comparison, the iPad Air 2 has SIM-capable models available, but those models cost $100 extra over a regular iPad Air 2.
    + Built-in FM radio: I thought this feature is pretty cool, as I haven’t seen it in other tablet models. This can pull in local FM radio stations without needing an internet connection. The iPad Air 2 does not have an FM tuner.
    + Built-in GPS radio: The Dragon Touch has a “real” GPS chip inside, so if you download an offline map app, you can use this tablet to find your way without needing a data connection. The regular iPad Air 2 does not have a GPS chip and instead relies on WiFi triangulation to estimate your location.
    + Bluetooth: This tablet also has Bluetooth so you can use it with Bluetooth keyboards and Bluetooth speakers. This is fairly standard on all tablets, including the iPad Air 2.
    + Two cameras: I don’t use the camera on a tablet very often, but the Dragon Touch has a 2.0 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera. The rear camera is slightly better on the iPad Air 2, as it has a 8.0 megapixel camera in the rear (and a slightly worse 1.2 megapixel camera in the front). Low light performance is definitely better on the iPad Air 2.
    + Build: The Dragon Touch is a little thicker and a little heavier than the iPad Air 2. However it is still a very compact unit and travels well.

    CONs
    – Bezel: I noticed that the bezel of the screen is a little loose and has some give when it is pressed on. However, the rest of the build quality seems solid to me.
    – Speakers: The sound is tinny on the Dragon Touch and the speakers don’t get very loud. However, you can use headphones or a Bluetooth speaker instead.

    OTHER THOUGHTS
    + Pre-applied screen and back protectors: I’m paranoid about scratches and I’ve struggled getting a bubble-free screen protector on my iPad in the past. It is quite a chore. TabletExpress ships this tablet with a screen protector already applied. There’s also protection on the back of the tablet as well. Very nice!

    Overall, I’m impressed by…

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  2. 38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A tablet to get excited over. The Tabletexpress DragonTouch E97 is one power packed and useful tablet., March 22, 2015
    By 
    james

    This review is from: Dragon Touch E97 9.7” Quad Core Android 3G Tablet PC, 1GB Ram 16GB Nand Flash, IPS HD Screen, 5.0MP Camera w/ AutoFocus, Bluetooth, GPS, Unlocked GSM, w/ Sim Card Slot, 1 Year Warranty, US Customer Service & Technical Support [ 2015 New Model by TabletExpress ] (Personal Computers)
    Well if your anything like me you go nuts over new technology. Well our good friends over at Tablet Expres sent us a Dragon Touch E97 9.7” Quad Core 3G Tablet/Android Phone to test and review.
    When I got this tablet in the mail I was like excited to have something new to play with. Now this phone has 1Gb Ram 16Gb Nand Flash. It does have a micro SD card slot so you can add memory space in case you feel cramped on storage however.

    The screen is a 9.7 inch screen which is a decent size for a tablet, not the largest but works great for the size and the resolution of the display. When I opened the box you get the glimpse of what is to come with a fun new experience.
    Now one thing that threw me off was when I heard and read that this is a fully functioning phone also. I mean who would of thought to make a 9.7″ tablet a phone also.

    Now to support this function however you need a SIM card from your phone company. Note that not all cell companies are compatible. I will place a snip it from there post on what they say about the cell and SIM card use.

    Unlocked worldwide phablet. 3G 850/1900/2100, 2G- 850/900/1800/1900. Compatible with AT&T and other GSM networks. Not compatible with CDMA network, such as Verizon. Please make sure your SIM card is not locked with PUK code before use Dragon Touch E97 phablet. Now there is a great little feature that I was not truly expecting. This tablet has a FM Radio so you can listen to your favorite channel without even using the Internet or Wi-Fi.

    To use this device you need to plug in your headset and use it as a antenna. Now this does not mean you need to listen through the headset but it will require it for reception.

    So as the testing went on I played games, watched videos. I used Netflix, Hulu, and a few other services. There were no issues unless it came to my Wi-Fi signal dropping or lagging due to the wind we had.

    I played Angry birds, Asphalt 8, and one of my favorites Hearthstone. All ran smoothly which from others I heard have not been able to play Hearthstone on older model Dragon Touch tablets. Which you can see in the next few pictures played fine for me, and this was the default Tablet OS without any rooting. To me this tablet has it all that you could need from the gamer, to the student, or the casual user. This can also work for those who want to use it for eBooks I’m sure.

    All and all this tablet has all the marks for a great device including a nice camera. You could not go wrong with this Tablet for the price in my opinion.

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  3. 31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very responsive, large, and flexible tablet/phone, that works on the Android OS, April 13, 2015
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    This review is from: Dragon Touch E97 9.7” Quad Core Android 3G Tablet PC, 1GB Ram 16GB Nand Flash, IPS HD Screen, 5.0MP Camera w/ AutoFocus, Bluetooth, GPS, Unlocked GSM, w/ Sim Card Slot, 1 Year Warranty, US Customer Service & Technical Support [ 2015 New Model by TabletExpress ] (Personal Computers)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 1:11 Mins

    The Dragon Touch E97 Quad Core tablet/phone (“phablet”!) is a fantastic device, that does anything that the name brand tablets do but for a much lower price. It looks like one of the larger iPads – it’s actually 9.7″ (hence the name: E97). It works as a phone, and comes unlocked, with a slot for a sim card and ready to go on any GSM network (such as AT&T, which is my service provider). It works with 2G/3G, but not 4G networks. Even if you don’t want to hook it up with a data plan, you can just run it on wifi, and then won’t be able to make calls unless you download one of the apps that will run calls or send text via wifi. It does have a very responsive microphone and good speakers, so it’s great for calls.

    It comes with 16GB of memory it also has a slot for an SD card so you can expand the memory as you like. It is very fast. I have an iPad, and as far as I can tell there isn’t really a speed difference when I’m on the same network with both and using similar apps (I can watch Netflix on this just fine, for example, and it opens quickly and plays movies easily without interruptions.)

    One thing I have noticed is that while it hooks up to wifi easily, it can sometimes be a bit finicky when it comes to password protected wifi setups. If it goes to sleep, sometimes it loses the connection and you have to refresh wifi to reconnect. I’m not sure why it does that – I adjusted the settings so that it stays connected to wifi during sleep but that doesn’t fix it. It doesn’t happen when I use it at work, where the wifi is not password protected. It’s not a huge issue, but it’s something to be aware of, and I haven’t seen the same problem on my iPad.

    You can download any apps you need from the Google Play store (or from the Amazon store), and then arrange those on your desktop as you like. It has Bluetooth connectivity, so you could connect it with a keyboard or an external bluetooth speaker to control your music. It also has GPS built in, but for best results on that you should be on a data plan.

    The touchscreen is as responsive as the one on my iPhone or iPad. When the keypad comes on for typing, by default it gives haptic feedback: when you are typing you get a little vibration when you hit a key. You can turn that off if you don’t like it, but I kind of do. The built-in camera works fine, but it isn’t really in the same league as the camera on the iPhone. It’s pretty comparable, I would say, to what they had on the first generation iPads. Still, the price is right. It does have both a rear facing and a forward facing camera.

    Overall, this is a high quality tablet and unlocked phone that you can get for a very affordable price. You’d have to pay a lot more to get much more in the way of quality. I had a chance to try this out for the purpose of testing and review and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it.

    I’ve included here a video just to show it “in action.”

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  4. 399 of 413 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good budget option for 10″ tablet, with great possibilities for storage expansion, January 28, 2015
    By 
    Andrea Polk (Pacific Northwest – USA) –
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    This review is from: Dragon Touch A1X Plus 10.1″ Quad Core Tablet PC Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 1GB RAM, 16GB Nand Flash, Built-in Bluetooth GPS, HDMI, Google Play Pre-installed, Dual Camera, 3D Game Supported, 2015 New Model [ by TabletExpress ] (Personal Computers)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 8:28 Mins

    Before you read any further, consider the price of this tablet and then think about what you want a tablet to do. You would not be buying an iPad quality tablet, but you would be getting a big screen Android tablet at a budget price with room to add storage for music, movies and photos. (Note – micro SD card and micro USB flash drives are not included, nor is a Bluetooth speaker as shown in the video.)

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    WHAT I WANT IN AN ANDROID TABLET

    I want a 10″ Android tablet for watching YouTube, Netflix and Hulu Plus. I also want to check email, surf my favorite websites (Facebook, SavvySleuth, Pinterest, Amazon…) and take photos and videos. I want it to connect easily to any available WiFi network, have the ability to increase its storage capacity and have a decent (2-3 hour) battery life on a single charge.

    This Dragon Touch AIX-Plus can do most of this, with a few things that could be improved upon.

    The biggest issues I have with this tablet and the reason I don’t give it a perfect 5-star review relate to its cameras, connectivity, inflated promises (GPS…not so much) and fair battery life.

    Let me explain.

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    THE “PLUS”

    There is another AIX tablet from Dragon Touch on Amazon, but it doesn’t have `Plus’ in the title.

    What’s the Plus to this one?

    The `Plus’ means it has FM radio. I had to email the seller to figure this one out because at when I received this item from the seller to review it, there was no product info on their website. (They’ve got it up now, but it’s really not very comprehensive so email them with direct questions.)

    To access the FM radio you have to have a wired headset connected to the tablet. (Something like this will do it: Sony MDR-ZX100-BLK Stereo Wired Headphones Over-the-ear Lightweight Collapsible with Neodymium Magnets & 30mm Drivers, 3.5mm Plug, 1.2m cord, and Adjustable Headband (Black) ZX Series – {Brown Box Packaging}. The FM receiver in the tablet uses the wire in the headphones as an antenna.

    I found this to be a unique feature, but not one that most users who have WiFi will use at all. It would be useful if you were in a no-internet zone and wanted to listen to music though, and didn’t plan on moving around a lot as that can affect FM reception.

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    TABLET FEATURES & USE

    The build quality of this tablet is better than most at this low price, yet the ability to gently move my finger on the back of the case and still see movement on the screen is disappointing. (A firm case is needed to protect this tablet, but I think that’s the case with all of them.)

    The screen is bright and sharp. Images look good, as does video, however viewing angles are very important. Direct line viewing is best. If you get just a little off to the side, the screen appears dark.

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    The sound is good too, and enhanced via a Bluetooth connection which is easy to setup in the Settings on the tablet. I liked using a Bluetooth speaker with it to watch YouTube videos, and I tried it with Bluetooth headphones and it worked great. (This tablet can also use Bluetooth keyboards.)

    These are products I’d suggest if you don’t already have Bluetooth accessories that’ll work: Hype® Pyramid 10 W Speaker Stainless Steel Ultra-portable Wireless Rechargeable Bluetooth 3D Stereo Speaker, Powerful Sound with Built in Microphone, for iPhone 6 Plus + 5s 5c 5 4s, iPad 4 3 2 Retina Air Mini, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy s5 s4 s3, Note, … – works great, as do these earbuds; Jarv NMotion Sport Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Earbuds/Headphones with In-Line Microphone , Red.

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    The `GPS’ feature isn’t really a GPS.

    There is Location services in Settings which can be enabled and used with Google Maps, if you are connected via Wi-Fi. There is no cellular data connection possible with this tablet, nor no stand-alone GPS feature, so I think this is an overstatement in the product description.

    Per TabletExpress – their explanation of what the GPS feature is was sent to me in an email on 1/29/15:

    “GPS can only use in outdoors. You can please go to “Settings”–“personal” and tap “Location, then you’ll find there’re some mode you can choose. Also you can download apps such as “GPS Test” to test if there has GPS in…

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  5. 120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I know 5 stars might seem like alot for a lower budget tablet, February 2, 2015
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    This review is from: Dragon Touch A1X Plus 10.1″ Quad Core Tablet PC Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 1GB RAM, 16GB Nand Flash, Built-in Bluetooth GPS, HDMI, Google Play Pre-installed, Dual Camera, 3D Game Supported, 2015 New Model [ by TabletExpress ] (Personal Computers)
    This is the first review I’ve done,so I really hope it helps someone.I know 5 stars might seem like alot for a lower budget tablet. But due do living off under $800 a month (not complaining) you make do. And after owning the R70 dragontouch 7″ where I would be playing a high end game, things on the screen wouldn’t even show up and you ran into them.This A 1x is surprisingly good,plus not alot of bloatware and plenty of space.the first thing I did was plug in my hdmi.I could believe how good it worked and looked on my TV. The game I play is fairly demanding (tanktastic) and the a1x is more than fast enough.Lots of space as well and feels solid.But if you don’t have alot of $ or don’t want to spend it. This tablet is damm good for the money plus I got it in 48 hours.

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  6. 153 of 164 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    For the price it is worth it, February 5, 2015
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    This review is from: Dragon Touch A1X Plus 10.1″ Quad Core Tablet PC Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 1GB RAM, 16GB Nand Flash, Built-in Bluetooth GPS, HDMI, Google Play Pre-installed, Dual Camera, 3D Game Supported, 2015 New Model [ by TabletExpress ] (Personal Computers)
    I just upgraded from a 1st-gen Kindle Fire to the A1X Plus. At first I was somewhat hesitant when opened the box. Yes, it’s not ultra-thin like a Samsung, but it’s still thinner than many on the market. The fact it runs 4.4.2, one of the latest versions of Android, was a big selling point. Note: Google just announced version 5.1, so it’s not quite cutting-edge, but that’s okay. For me I’d rather be a little bit behind the curve with a stable, patched release.

    The screen is quite large. The bezel doesn’t encroach too much on the real estate, which was a plus for me. I expect if TabletExpress continues to develop newer models this will get even smaller. But for me this is more than adequate.

    Games and video (both SD and HD) seem to play just fine. HDMI output was again, a nice plus, and I’m glad I went for this model instead of the 9″.

    The instruction manual does have some weak points, as others have indicated in their reviews. The power adapter that came with mine was in fact a USB-style, not the older DC pole-style port, which is displayed in the manual. And even though the English in the manual can take a second reading to fully understand, it isn’t rocket science and for the price I’m willing to put up with it.

    Setup and charging was a breeze. Having Google Play Store gave me the greatest access to apps for Android that I think I could have.

    In short: It’s worth the price. You get a decent tablet with a big screen and one of the latest versions of Android.

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