Comprehensive Review of Dragon Touch Max10 Plus Tablet

Why I Switched to Dragon Touch Max10 Plus Tablet

I previously reviewed the Dragon Touch Notepad 102, which you can check out here. It's a budget tablet with great build quality. After all, how many tablets with brushed aluminum chassis cost under $200?

Shortly after testing the Notepad 102, I started using the Max10 Plus tablet. If you think Notepad 102 is great, wait until you see what it has to offer. Dragon Touch have certainly outdone themselves with this latest release.

In this article, I will cover:

Main Technical Specifications

One major spec bump that's immediately noticeable is the resolution. Notepad 102 features a 1280x800 screen. Although it is considered high definition, it is not a standard resolution. This means there will be black bars during video playback. It doesn't bother me as much as some streaming sites default video playback to 720p. From my usage I found this to be the case with YouTube videos. The resolution on the Max10 Plus is 1920x1200. With a higher pixel density, the display quality is much better. YouTube videos also default to 1080p.

One slight downgrade is the battery capacity. This goes from 6,000 mAh to 5,000 mAh on the Max10 Plus. When you add in the fact that you are now turning on a relatively better display, the overall usage time will be shorter. Naturally, I had to test this. And, I'm still not disappointed.

The Dragon Touch Max10 box.

Unboxing Dragon Touch Max10

The box is relatively the same size as the Notepad 102. Not surprising considering that both tablets have 10.1-inch screens.

Notes on Version Updates

One thing I noticed is that this tablet runs Android 10 out of the box. I really hope there will be an update to the latest version during the setup process. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll be waiting for an update down the road, if any.

Changes in Quantum Dot Technology and Eye Care Features

I can't speak much for the Quantum Dot Technology and Eye Care features. The display has been upgraded from the Notepad 102, but there's nothing I can directly observe to support their presence. As far as the Eye Care feature goes, I looked at the Eye Comfort blue light filter setting.

The tablet inside of the box.

Tablets Packed With Care

The tablets are well packaged. In addition to this "rubber" plastic sleeve, there is another plastic film to protect the screen itself. The sponge pad in the box helps ensure the tablet is not damaged during travel.

Since I have received mine in perfect condition, the level of protection is sufficient.

The screen protector displays setup instructions.

Setup Instructions

More extensive setup instructions can be found directly on the screen protector. One thing I would like to point out is the two year warranty. I'm quite surprised that this is offered while most manufacturers only go up to a year.

After removing the screen protector, you can see how shiny the screen is.

Brushed aluminum back panel.

Build Quality and Brushed Aluminum Back Panel

To me, this is perhaps the most striking overhaul. Both the Notepad 102 and Max10 Plus have a brushed aluminum back panel. Instead of silver, the Max10 Plus now has a gray panel.

The build quality is also improved. In my previous review, the back panel of the Notepad 102 was not flush with the plastic frame. You can feel the rather conspicuous ridge where the metal panels are attached to the plastic frame. A by-product of this is the audible creak whenever the tablet undergoes a slight flexing.

I didn't experience this at all on the Max10 Plus. In fact, there's been a much better transition from the metal back panel to the plastic frame. It's pretty smooth, which we can take a closer look at in the side view.

On a final note, the top and bottom edges feature dotted plastic strips. It blends well with the metal panels to offer a smooth transition as well. The reason for this plastic strip, if I had to guess, is for the camera along with the SIM and microSD slots.

Here you can see the USB port, charging cord, and seam to open back panel.

USB Ports and Slots

I'm always happy to see a USB Type-C port. As usual, Dragon Touch also includes a cable and charger. In this photo, you can also see the groove for opening the plastic cover.

The Dragon Touch Has 3 Slots

What's really cool about this tablet is that there are three slots in total. One of them is for the MicroSD slot. I personally use Samsung EVO Select 128GB. While this is a Class 3 card, it is a fairly affordable solution for expanding storage.

Dual SIM Capabilities

The other two slots are for SIM cards, which basically makes it a dual-SIM tablet. This may be useful if you use two different data plans or have a phone number linked to one of them.

While dual-SIM isn't a feature I need right now, it's definitely a good one to have if I decide to use both slots in the future.

Control and Headphone Jack

On the right side, you have the standard control set. The volume rocker is located just below the power button.

I'm not a fan of the 3.5mm headphone jack positioning. It's in the upper-right corner when you hold the tablet in landscape mode. This leaves your cables dangling in awkward locations. It doesn't matter if you hold the tablet vertically. But let's be honest. How many people actually watch videos in portrait mode?

I'd like to see the headphone jack positioned in the lower right corner. It would be ideal if it was facing down, but I'd be fine if it bulged out on the right side.

Dragon Touch Max10 Plus Speaker

Speaking of things positioned downwards, the Max10 Plus has two bottom speakers. They are not the greatest in my opinion. They will work, but you will hear slight distortion when the volume is turned up all the way up.

In short, I haven't seen any noticeable improvement in the Notepad 102's speakers. If audio quality is really important to you, I recommend buying a good pair of earbuds or headphones.

Other Accessories in Box

Now let's put the tablet aside and take a look at the other contents included in the box. As I mentioned earlier, the charging cable and brick are included.

Dragon Touch also includes a warranty card detailing the registration process. I recommend storing this card somewhere safe as it also stores their direct contact email address.

Finally, the user manual is pretty standard. It covers where the controls, card slots, and setup instructions are. I recommend taking a quick look as you'll still need to follow the Android 10 setup instructions once you've turned on your device.

Dragon Touch Performance and Battery Life

After calibrating the battery by performing several full charge cycles, I did a series of video tests. Anyway, I'd love to see how this tablet performs with audio and video action. Considering the battery life from my usage, you can definitely expect longer battery life for lighter web browsing usage.

As I already mentioned that the display quality on the Max10 Plus is significantly better than the Notepad 102, I was expecting a shorter battery life. This is also attributed to the fact that the Max10 Plus also has a smaller battery.

This photo I took shows a video uploaded by one of my favorite YouTubers, Mark Wiens, and this is the result. The picture quality is sharp and the colors are bright. You can also see lots of details such as small craters or dents on the wooden table. If you want an economical tablet that's perfect for movie and video playback, this is it.

Let's move on to the actual battery life test.

#1 Battery Life Test

The first test I did was offline video playback. In other words, I load a lot of movies on my microSD card and play them continuously until the battery drops to the critical 15% mark. To keep this test realistic, I watched the movie. I had to set the speakers to 80% and brightness over 50%.

As you can see, I was able to play the video for almost six hours straight. It's from full charge. Although the video playback time is shorter than the Notepad 102, that's to be expected. Again, this is a combination of a higher pixel density and a slightly smaller battery.

#2 Battery Life Test 

The second test I did was the streaming test, which requires a constant WiFi connection. In this case, I was initially on YouTube and then I switched to Twitch for the sake of maintaining continuous video playback.

As you can see, I only managed to squeeze in five hours during my test stream. The constant WiFi connection did cause an hour's drop in battery life.

Final Verdict on Dragon Touch Max10 Plus?

This is an economical tablet with a vibrant screen. I would say most people can go for a full day on a single charge. A power bank would be recommended for long trips or flights where continuous tablet use is expected.

If battery life is your main concern, then Dragon Touch Notepad 102 might be a better fit for you. Otherwise, the Max10 Plus has a few upgrades, which I think are worth it.

The main improvement is a sharper, more vibrant screen. Other than that, I really like the overall build quality. It feels much sturdier than the Notepad 102 as the metal back panel blends into the frame seamlessly.

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