Editor in Chief
- Dec 30, 2010
- Reaction score
- Austin, TX
It's not too often that we get free gear from the various mobile vendors of the world. Today breaks that trend. The folks at Gearbest were kind enough to send us a cool new toy to try out. We have the Onda V820W Android & Windows 10 Dual-Boot Tablet!
Of course, we felt compelled to review it, so that's what we have brought you today! First, here are the internal specs of the Onda V820W:
- 8-inch 1280x800 IPS Retina capacitive touchscreen
- Intel Atom X5 Z8300 Quad-Core CPU 1.84GHz / Intel HD Gen8 Graphics
- 2GB DDR3L RAM + 32GB ROM, microSD support up to 128GB
- Front and rear camera at 2.0MP
- Bluetooth/OTG/WiFi/HDMI functions
- 4200mAh battery
- Dual-boot between Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 10
Instead of the usual multi-page monstrosity that you folks normally see reviewers use, we will respect your desire for brevity and throw down a bullet-point of all of our primary thoughts regarding this intriguing dual-boot tablet. This should serve as a quick summary to most of the relevant things that matter when considering a purchase of the Onda V820W.
Case Design & Aesthetics -
- Good looking outer case design and aesthetics
- Nice light weight and surprisingly thin for a budget-friendly tablet
- We liked the texture on the back - it makes the tablet easier to hold
- No included wall-charger could be a turn off (but includes USB transfer and charging cable for PCs/Macs)
- Connectivity is pretty robust with microSD, HDMI & More
- Good but unremarkable display quality with bright colors and sharp images/text
- The glass of the display is a bit too glossy for background lights
- The glass doesn't feel as smooth as other tabs - not rough, just a bit "dull"
- Dual-boot between Windows 10 and Android is quick and easy - (really cool selling point)
- Snappy performance in Android, with only some minor and rare lag in Windows 10
- Surprisingly good gaming performance in Windows 10, especially considering the anemic 2GB of RAM
- Solid WiFi connection
- Audio is pretty bad - the onboard speaker is practically unusable, but using the headphone jack was marginally better
- Relatively mediocre battery life (for a tablet), but fits about what you would expect for the price
- Tablet Shuts off in Windows 10 when left for a long time (and must be rebooted with a long press of power button) - this is obviously the power saving settings of the OS as the same thing did not occur with the tablet in Android mode
- Both cameras are terrible - wouldn't use them for pictures or video, but maybe Skype if you are desperate
- Cool that it includes a version of Microsoft Office for Tablets
- The Windows Logo on the front of the case is actually functional - brings up the Start Menu in Windows 10
- In Windows 10 you must manually bring up the keyboard for any time you want to type - for example, when tapping in a Google Search bar it won't automatically bring up a keyboard - (this could be a setting we are unaware of)
- Edge browser doesn't resize web images and web sites properly (again... setting maybe?)
Ultimately, we would say that wherever you can get this tablet for less than $100, it is a decent investment if you want a dual-boot tablet which includes Android and Windows 10. At any price above that, we can't recommend it.
The Onda V820W is currently on sale at Gearbest for the next 5 days. Its normal retail price is $155.77, which is not a good deal considering the tablet's shortcomings; however, the current sale price of only $85.49 is worth considering if you have no need for quality audio or a decent camera. At that price it's practically a stocking stuffer that will let users browse the web, game (with headphones), or even get a bit productive with Windows 10.
We'd like to thank Gearbest for giving us this opportunity to check out the Onda V820W Dual-Boot Android/Windows 10 Tablet! Here's the link for those considering picking one up: Onda V820W Windows 10 + Android 4.4 Tablet PC
Stay tuned next week for our contest giving you a chance to win the Onda V820W Tablet!