A Dual OS tablet (Windows + Android) is a good alternative, especially when you’re on a low budget. I’d previously talked about why you should consider getting a Dual OS tablet and from my experience, there are certain features that could improve your experience significantly.
Aside from obvious specs like Processor, RAM, Storage, Screen size and Camera which could single out a tablet, there are some other specs which I’ve found to greatly improve my experience and I would like to share them with you.
If you intend to use a keyboard on your Dual OS tablet then the docking design matters. I’ll give you an example. I own two Dual OS Tablets;
And a Cube i10
The Docking of my Teclast Tbook 16 Pro tablet is more suitable for work On-The-Go or on my laps as it takes the shape of a Mini Laptop once docked, not requiring any addition support to sit upright. The Cube i10 on the other hand needs to be placed on a flat surface as it needs the keyboard case to hold the tablet upright.
Number of USB ports
The Dual OS tablet you have in mind will probably have 1 Micro-B Port (with OTG support) and 1 Type A USB port at most.
On my Cube i10, I have 1 Micro-B port and 1 Type A port on the tab.
I plug my external mouse into the type A port while I use the OTG cable if I need to connect a flash drive or another external USB device. Aside from the limitation of having just 2 ports to work with, I’ve observed that the tablet tends to heat up when I have external USB devices connected directly to the tablet.
My Teclast Tbook 16 Pro on the other hand has just 1 Micro-B port on the tablet itself, no USB Type A port. The dockable keyboard carries 2 USB type A ports.
This means I have 3 ports for external USB devices and as a result, rarely have to connect any directly to the tab. This helps keep the tab cooler for me during use.
Using either tablet while charging causes the tablet to heat up significantly so I rarely do (unless I’m carrying out a light task). I’ve tried charging via both DC and USB charger. From my experience, the DC charger not only charges faster but doesn’t cause the tablet to heat up so much (especially when charging during use).
I spend more time in Windows than Android mode on my Dual OS tablets and this gives me more battery time (about 5 hours) compared to about 2 hours on my Laptop. Consider going for one with a large battery bank because the relatively large screen sizes of these Dual OS tablets take a toll on battery time.
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