I visited pingdom.com and did some site/server testing today, mostly out of couriosity and found out that for the most part there was little difference between the two tablets in how fast they delivered a web page.
The average load time for the Dragon Touch was 5.023 seconds. The Asus loaded pages at an average time of 4.976 seconds. So for the most part the results were inconclusive because I have no way to know if there were any other visitors on the site at the same moment. The Dragon Touch did pull off the fastest load time at 3.94 seconds so technically that makes it the winner, but not really, considering the average speed.
Below are the results of those tests, first, the Dragon Touch.
Now the results from the Asus…
So I am not really certain which device makes the better server, they seem rather equal to me.
So I installed the latest update available from Dragon Touch, for the X10 Tablet the other night. The install went fine and most applications ran okay. There were some disturbing things that I did find and that is why I am now back on Kit-Kat 4.4.4.
First of all, the device identified itself to Google, during my first login, as a Sony Ericsson X10. That was enough to set off a few bells for me. My first thought was, what the hell? Then I noticed a disturbing item in that the MAC address kept changing. Folks the MAC address should be coded into the WiFi chip, not randomly adjusted during reboots by software!
Lastly the server software (KSWeb) that runs this web site when the Dragon Touch is turned on and running would crash if ANY other application that used the WiFi was run. This wasn’t an occasional thing, it was every damned time.
My conclusion was that for most folks this might be an okay update, but for me, using an obviously half-assed version of Android 5.1.1 that was meant for a different device, simply wasn’t the way to go.
Thankfully I was able to go back to the 4.4.4 Android version and all seems well again. I recommend downloading both versions before doing any upgrades.
Below you can view another stunningly crappy video explaining the details of my woes with the update. By no means is the update terrible, it just has some issues one should be aware of and prepared for.
This week’s topic, an update to Android 5.1.1! Yes, finally I have updated my tablet to Android 5.1.1 and overall I am pleased with the results. However there are some minor issues that I am still ironing out.
Those issues won’t affect virtually anyone buying this tablet to use as a basic tablet, they only affect lunatics who insist on using one as a web server. But here is the list of the downsides from the update first, before I list all the great things about being on a newer system.
The WiFi still does not stay awake, when set to “always on”.
The MAC address changes whenever you reboot or turn off and back on. A bad thing if you reserve IP addresses.
KSWeb, my web server app appears to be extremely unstable under the new Android version. Anytime I use another internet app, the KSWeb just quits responding.
Now onto the upsides. The performance seems to be a bit faster, battery life appears to be much better and it is nice to see a new interface for my settings.
Overall I am 99.8% happy to have upgraded and if you have one of these tablets I highly suggest upgrading it. You can read my previous post on the upgrade here, which has some tips and a link to a must see video on how to actually do the update.
So tonight’s project was to update the DTX10 to Android 5.1.1 and the update went great and all has been returned to functional, including the server, on the tablet.
At first glance, no one would know that the system was updated. But it is a bit different in how the menus work and the dropdown for the notifications and settings are now in the center.
Overall I would rate this as a worthwhile update, but it does have one minor glitch that probably won’t affect 99% of those using this tablet. But…the glitch involves the MAC address changing after every restart. No big deal for most people, but I am used to reserved IP addresses on my router and those are based on the MAC address of the device. That means extra work every time I either reboot or turn the tablet off.
Other than that and since very few folks will ever run a server on their tablet, the glitch is simply a non-issue. So if you have one of the older versions with Android 4.4.4, go ahead and do the upgrade!
The real irony here is that my flagship Asus Z580CA is still on Android 5.0. That is indeed a sad commentary on a company that used to value customer support.
Before you run this update, watch this video at least twice before running the update! It isn’t difficult, but it sure pays to know what you are going to do before you start! Not all the info is up to date, get the latest version when downloading. (X10-HT-PW-V2-AL-5.1-20150115)
So if you are a regular visitor to this site you probably know that I run a server on the Dragon Touch X10 tablet and it works just great. However when I use the Dragon Touch for it’s real purpose which is editing my web sites and posting articles such as this I hand over the server duties to my Asus Z580CA.
Now of course the Asus tablet is absolutely stellar performance wise, but it is considerably smaller in screen dimension than the Dragon Touch X10, so I have decided to sell it after only 2 months.
The reasons are simple, I like to experiment and I really want to try running the tablet server from a Windows 10 machine. So as I posted about just a few days ago, I am satisfied that I can do this since I tested the concept on my Asus X553SA notebook which has 4gb ram and Windows 10.
So what I have pretty much decided on is a dual-boot Chuwi HiBook, with a 10.1 inch screen and 1920 x 1200 screen resolution and 4gb ram. The price is great and the bonus is having 2 operating systems with Win 10 or Android 5.1.
The Dragon Touch X10 isn’t going anywhere. But the new tablet should certainly be an interesting experiment.