Great job by Samsung! Great value for such an awesome product! Nothing wrong except for the all plastic design (still durable, but not as nice feeling as metal (maybe a polycarbonate design would make me feel safer with it). Still the best (in my Android world) out there!
My wife received this tablet from her mom, who got it for free in a promotion from her wireless provider. Overall it's a decent tablet but there are several areas where it lags behind. The 10.1" screen is very sharp and colorful. TouchWiz is a hit or miss, depending on personal preference. I like it ok. The camera takes adequate photos but there's no led flash. The main area where this tablet falls short is the processor. A year or so ago, it would have been the standard. But today, after being spoiled by the quad core processor in my Galaxy S5, the dual core in this tablet just feels painfully slow. It takes much longer than it should to open apps and this thing hates multitasking. There is a lot of stuttering and hesitation in almost all operations. We only use this tablet for playing games. For everything else we use our phones.
I like what this device has to offer. The primary reason for purchase was as a reader with some extra features including web and email capabilities. The size is perfect for reading technology books (not just plain text) which was my greatest concern with 7" choices. I was also impressed with the keyboard and voice input but not so much with the handwriting input. The handwriting recognition is spotty at best and doesn't offer many accurate suggestions. Itâ€™s actually incorrectly identified many letters and just spit them out into the suggestions and document. I used to have a Pocket PC which could correctly identify over 90% of what I had handwritten even when the handwriting was overwritten several times to the point the screen was all blue. The Pocket PC would correctly interpret paragraphs of information. The handwriting feature in Android is nothing like that and leaves a lot to be desired. The rating would be five stars if I could freely write and rely on what was returned. Handwriting input doesnâ€™t offer a suggestion after a wordâ€™s been accepted when you double-click to select and correct it either. After selecting existing text the only choice is to try to rewrite the word and hope for an accurate return. I did have one other problem when writing a reply email from Google. I had begun the email on the tablet, decided to cancel and write it on the PC but found that the original email trail had been lost somehow from the tablet. The tablet had set what I had written as a draft and the original email that I was replying to was gone. Itâ€™s nice that it offers email capabilities but itâ€™s too much effort to work with email on the device. Even just reading, itâ€™s default setting is to bring down a minimum of information to know what the emailâ€™s about. This makes sense but I donâ€™t like that I have to click a button to download more and another to view pictures. Other than that, Iâ€™m waiting on a professional periodical to offer portability. The magazine Iâ€™ve had a subscription with since 1998 had decided to go completely digital but the digital version is only accessible when a data connection is present. If Iâ€™m already paying for a subscription, I should be able to have a local copy so that a data connection is not necessary. I offer this information as a heads up to any other s that may be interested in moving to a digital platform for periodicals. The circumstances may not hold true for all magazines but the problem does exist. Other than the handwriting and email which are more software issues, Iâ€™d say this is a competent device for most other activities. I like being able to take my books with me and read them anywhere and the battery life has been pretty good (especially considering that my son loves to play Angry Birds on it frequently). It has also shown to be good for managing finances and doing research. In my opinion, sticking with the dual-core processor makes sense for battery life. I guess some people have a need for a quad-core but Iâ€™d have to imagine that the tablet for those people is more of a toy than a tool. As a final note, the size differs from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 first gen device so this will not fit snugly into cases that were designed for the first gen. Some first gen cases also cover the forward-facing speakers.
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