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School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Weetabix » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:43 pm

The last tablet thread I can find was from 2014, and I imagine there's been some movement.

My tablet seems to have crapped out - Samsung Note 8. The charging screen just flashes and won't actually charge the tablet. I've tried multiple cables and wall warts. No joy.

So, what tablets are durable, long-lasting, and reasonably affordable? I'm not much interested in Apple products. My Android stuff should populate a new one OK. It's a business tablet, so it needs to run and rdp program (which should also migrate).

Besides the rdp, I play sudoku and see what my kids are up to on Instagram. I'm not a heavy user. I don't stream anything. I may occasionally read email.

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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby mekender » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:06 pm

IMO, it is hard to go wrong with a Samsung... I own several of them.
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby arctictom » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:16 pm

Yup love my Samsung 's as well I would just amazon it and get a new Samsung note tablet
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Greg » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:18 pm

mekender wrote:IMO, it is hard to go wrong with a Samsung... I own several of them.


Two things with Samsung:

1) Product spam - they put out *so* many different products all with similar names, it's easy to get confused and often difficult to compare and figure out exactly what you want

2) Value scales the wrong way - the higher-end Samsung mobile device you buy, the better the value. Their lower-priced models are *very* poorly spec'ed for what you're paying, the only thing they have going for them is low purchase price.

If you buy a Samsung, don't cheap out.
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Weetabix » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:25 pm

I was kind of looking at a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0" (Wi-Fi) 32GB, Gold (Amazon link) (PC Mag review link)

Is that one cheaping out or OK?
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Weetabix » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:36 pm

Now that I'm thinking about it, the S Pen that came with my old one was immensely helpful in the work I had to do as it's much thinner than my fingers.

The old one is a Galaxy Note 8. I like the size.

But now, when I plug the charger in, I get a flickering charge screen, but the battery doesn't take a charge. Maybe some of the schooling could be in whether it's easy enough to try replacing the battery or to diagnose this.

I emailed Samsung customer support but I don't have much hope in getting a respond beyond "Buy a new one."

The 2013 Galaxy Note 8 is available on Amazon for $280. I assume it's new old stock.

Are there newer models of this one?
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby rightisright » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:53 pm

I'm still happy w. my Samsung Google Nexus 10" that was recommended to me by our forum experts a few years ago.

I use it for picture-heavy customer presentations and it hasn't let me down once. Great viewing angles, too.

GF has a Samsung Tab 4 8" (I think). Screen resolution and picture aren't as nice as mine, but it's perfectly adequate for watching movies, net surfing and emailing, so it suits her fine.

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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Rich » Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:16 am

My Galaxy Tab 2, 7.0" is still chugging along. I put the obligatory screen protection on a couple of years ago, and it's about ready for a new one. I also installed a fairly thick skin for when it got dropped (about eight times so far) which was well worth the money. I carry it everywhere.

I keep the apps I use often in the main memory, while the ones I'm trying out and my e-books (about 300 so far) reside on the micro-SD/TF card.

About a year ago, it looked like battery problems were starting to surface, so I bought a new battery off Amazon, cracked the case (Google it) and changed the battery. Since then, no problems.
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Since then, I bought a no-name 10" tablet just to see if I liked the size any better. My decision was "not really".

But your 8" looks promising
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby randy » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:17 am

Rich wrote:My Galaxy Tab 2, 7.0" is still chugging along.


+1 here. Now that I have a smart phone (finally moved off my Palm Centro after 8 years, first time in 18 years I'm not using a Palm device of some sort), it's back up for the phone for many apps but still my primary reader.
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Weetabix » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:38 pm

I youtubed replacing the battery on my Samsung Note 8. Opened it up fine. The battery plug was a bit recalcitrant... then the socket broke. Now, I'm pretty sure it's dead. :o

I think I'll take it to the range. :D

ETA: Any opinions on a new Galaxy Tab S2 vs the 2013 Samsung Note 8 in terms of performance? Price is about the same, but I have a case and keyboard for the Note.

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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Weetabix » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:50 pm

Based on Amazon info the numbers on the S2 look better:
- faster processor
- more RAM
- better resolution

Anybody know anything bad about it?
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Greg » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:08 am

Weetabix wrote:Based on Amazon info the numbers on the S2 look better:
- faster processor
- more RAM
- better resolution

Anybody know anything bad about it?


Replied to your email. ;)

On paper strictly by specs the S2 looks much more attractive for all the reasons you list.

Someone more familiar with the Samsung ecosystem may want to weigh in on the different software capabilities of the different product lines (multitasking, windows, etc, I don't keep up) to see if one is more desirable than the other in that regard.
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby HTRN » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:57 am

Pesonally, I bought a Samsung galaxy tab a 10 inch from Costco for 260 bucks, and I couldn't be happier.
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Re: School me on Tablets (2016)

Postby Weetabix » Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:27 pm

I ordered the Galaxy Tab S2 in 8". I'm supposed to carry this with me in case there's an "emergency" I have to take care of from wherever I am. 7" is too small to see, and the 10" ones just seem to big to have with me constantly. I was happy with the 8" before, so I intend to be happy with this one.
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