I recently had the opportunity to review the Samsung Galaxy Tablet as sold by Verizon. I had actually never even HELD a tablet until this arrived, so I was eager to get it fired up and start using it. Even if you are an amateur like me, it was easy to use right out of the box.
The minute we turned it on, it was simple to connect to our wireless internet service. We just typed in our code and that was it – we were up and running. The one thing I really loved was that the Andriod Market had a link already set up for us. That made it so simple for us to head out and download the apps we were wanted to get. Turns out, my kids loved the games so much that they helped select those they wanted to download.
The screen can have some glare, so you definitely need a screen protector. Not only that, it could scratch easily, so you will want to take steps to protect your investment. The size of the screen was so great — 9″ — so I could easily see anything I was working on. It did take me a bit to figure out the sensitivity of the keyboard, but I figure that is the case for any new device.
As far as the battery life, I was pleasantly surprised. It held up for at least 6 – 8 hours every time we give it a charge. I really appreciated that the power cord doubled as the USB cord as I have noticed on other products. It is so convenient to have only one card to worry about. I have enough cords to deal with without “one more” to toss into my drawer.
My family and I had a lot of fun playing games and running applications. In fact, many times I had to actually tell my children to hand it over to me! I appreciated that it was just that simple to use. They had so much fun with the learning games that we downloaded (part o my evil plot to make them learn when they weren’t aware of if – LOL)!
Now, for the cons for this little device. One issue I had problems with was the power button. There were instances when it would take me 3 or 4 attempts to get it to turn on. I also noticed that sometimes, the automatic orientation did not work. I had to end up turning the tablet to read it rather than the other way around.
I also found it cumbersome to have to figure out how to remove an application. I tried to slide items into the trash and they were not removed. I had to click through several screens before I found out how to remove them. Once I did find this, I was able to quickly remove those I no longer needed from the device. Of course, since I can now find it, it really is a simple process. I just chalk that up to the learning curve.
So, the grand question is – would I buy one if I could? The price is $529.99 through Verizon, which makes it out of my price range. However, if I was able to snag a great deal on it I’d DEFINITELY buy it!