The iWork8 Air is one of the newest dual-OS 8 inch screen tablets on the market and it has hit the spot for a certain demographic – people who need to conduct business on the move and want an affordable device that gets the job done.
Design and Build
The iWork 8 Air is completely plastic and that’s exactly what it feels like in the hand – plastic and synthetic, for want of a better word, which means it could get a bit uncomfortable holding it for longer periods of time. However, the plastic feels strong and has decent grip. Overall, it has a solid built and should not crack or wear down easily.
The screen is 8 inches, but the edges are a bit larger than those of similar devices, which makes the iWork appear a little bigger than it actually is. The white version looks pretty and simple and was probably designed with the target demographic in mind – people who need a cheap, efficient device to use on a daily basis, primarily for business.
All ports are placed on the left side of the tablet, which isn’t a unique solution, but it is definitely a practical one. The iWork has a d/c charging jack, a micro SD USB port and a mini HDMI port.
- Operating System: Windows 10 and Android 5.1
- Screen Size: 8 inches
- Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
- Pixels Per Inch: 188.68
- Processor model: Intel Atom, 1.44 Hz, Quad Core
- RAM: 2 GB
- Disk Space: 32 GB
- Cam Front: 2 MP
- Cam Back: 2 MP
- Battery Life: 5 hours
- Battery capacity (mAh): 3.7 V/3500 mAh
- Weight in lbs: 0.68
- Weight in kg: 0.31
Touchscreen and Display
The display is pretty good, perhaps better than one would expect. Colors are vibrant and vivid and it has excellent viewing angles, which often isn’t the case with tablets in this price range. The resolution is on the low side, but everything looks good and sharp enough.
The touch response is also very good, so is the accuracy, even though some things that require more precision need an additional touch or two, but that is completely normal, given that this is an 8-inch tablet.
Dual Boot: Android VS Windows
This tablet’s strongest feature is the ability to effortlessly switch between two different operating systems: Android and Windows. While to some casual users this might seem unnecessary and pointless, tech-enthusiasts will definitely get a kick out of this feature. However, even casual users should appreciate the benefits of iWork’s unique dual boot ability – to name one, running android and windows apps on a single device can sometimes turn out to be very useful and convenient.
Switching the operating system can be done in 3 ways:
1) From the boot screen
2) Within the Android OS
3) Within the Windows OS
The process is pretty straightforward and simple and every user should be able to grasp it immediately. This is another great thing about this model, as some similar devices that can run two different operating systems have made switching between the two systems somewhat difficult and time-consuming.
Both operating systems run fine on the iWork. Windows runs surprisingly well, much better than you’d expect it to run on this configuration. Browsers load a little slow, especially Chrome if you open more than two tabs in it. Android works well and runs smoothly without any issues.
Audio and Cameras
The two rear speakers are decent, but nothing spectacular, as expected. They distort at full volume, but they are also pretty loud, compared to other similar 8 inch tablets. Audio over the 3.5 mm jack is also OK.
The front and the back camera are both 2 MP, which means they’re good enough for Skype video calls, but don’t expect to take high-quality pictures with this tablet.
Pros and Cons
- Two operating systems
- Easy to use
- Good touchscreen
- Good display
- Decent number of ports
- Battery life
- Browsers can run slow
- Low-quality cameras
Conclusion: A good, cheap tablet, but nothing more than that
Chinese tablets are well known for their low price and more than decent quality. This is what you get with Cube iWork 8 Air and a little more. The fact that it runs two operating systems smoothly is definitely a plus. Casual tablet users (most people) would certainly find the device appealing, but not only because if the extremely low price – it has just about everything a business person, student or a teenager could need.