My Christmas Present to Myself: A Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 10.1
Yup, finally broke down and bought a tablet. I decided to when I saw an ad that it was $100 off at a store I’d rather not mention. Why? Because I don’t like “that store” at all, but $50 less than anywhere else had it priced on sale was enough to make me tolerate going inside “that place.” No, it wasn’t Walmart. It’s one of those big box electronic stores, but all they care about is up-selling, not really helping the person get what they want and caring about what their needs are. But since I know quite a bit more than the average buyer, it’s easy for me to tell the obnoxious employee to go…. away. The nice ones I may chat with, though, if I’m in a geekie mood.
Anyway, enough of that. So why an Android and why this one? Because I love the phone I bought back during the summer, the Samsung Galaxy S3. I have never been happier with a cell phone than I am with this one. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wi-Fi 16GB. It’s a larger version of my phone, and the reviews I have read show that most are very impressed with the screen quality.
The purpose of my tablet is purely for fun. When I do occasionally travel, or will be away from home for a while, it will come in handy to have on hand to keep up on email, both personal and work. Sure, I can access this all from my phone, but the larger screen is a big plus. My eyes are starting to go and seeing text on the phone is sometimes difficult for me.
Is it fast? Well, I have nothing prior to compare it to since I have never owned or even used a tablet before, or an iPad, but it’s fast enough. Nothing can compare to my desktop with it’s i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. My Galaxy S3 (phone) was a huge improvement from my Cliq I had prior so I am not disappointed with the speed of my phone – in fact, I’m still impressed and have had it several months now. Although I did have a bit higher expectations for the tablet – but that is simply because I keep comparing it to a laptop, and it is not a laptop. It uses an Android OS, not Windows, or Mac, or Ubuntu – although Android is a Linux-based OS, which Ubuntu is a Linux OS. Basically, a big phone without the phone calls (yes!! – I hate the phone). When I put it back in perspective, I’m quite content.
I have easily linked my desktop, phone and tablet all together via Google. THAT is a major plus. All my bookmarks to my sites are on my tablet now and all I had to do was log into Chrome and request the sync. My password program is linked as well, so when I add a new password on my desktop, it syncs to my tablet. FYI… I use Keypass and recommend this to everyone. An excellent way to store passwords, and I allow it to generate them for me at the maximum length allowed. So I have passwords that are 16 characters long made out of a combo of letters, numbers and special characters. And not the same password for any two accounts.
The hardest adjustment I am working through is no mouse therefore no “right click” to a context menu. And I keep wanting to reduce the size of the window on my screen so I can pull up another app and change the size so I can see them both like I do on my monitors. I often have between 8 to 10 windows all viewable at the same time on my desktop just by carefully resizing each. Well, that function is just not available (yet) on a tablet.
Overall, I am very happy with my splurge. No, this is not an ad for Samsung, just wanted to share. I just have to keep reminding myself this is not a laptop, and I’m perfectly content. I’m also not getting enough sleep as I stay up half the night laying in bed playing games when I should be asleep, and I wouldn’t be doing that if I didn’t like the system the games are on…… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz