Friday, November 2, 2012

My Review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

I was recently given the opportunity to review a Samsung Galaxy Tablet from Verizon Wireless. Not being a previous tablet or iPad owner this little piece of technology was new to me so I write this review today as someone with nothing else to compare it to, but I can tell you the ways I utilized it to assist in my day to day activities.  
To start off I liked that it was small and thin enough that you could easily fit it in your purse (or diaper bag in my case).  Yet the screen was still larger than that on a phone and you could easily tap on the screen to make the print larger when needed.  There were only three buttons on the side which helped so you don't have to worry about bumping them to much.  I also got to use 4G for the first time and can tell you in most places here in central Indiana it worked very well and fairly fast.  A few times when we were further away from urban areas it would not be available but overall I thought the connectivity speed was good.

The Apps were easy to download and I used several of the social media ones for daily check in.  When we went to the Colts/Packers game we downloaded those Apps. to check on the stats during the game.  I also used Apps for the weather, grocery shopping as well as a couple of fun ones for MacchiOTTo.  (Like this one App of animal sounds she like to see and listen to and we talk about farm animal noises almost daily.)

One feature I really enjoyed was the camera.  This camera allows you to take photos away from you and towards you, (so you can take those self portraits if need be).  The image was pretty clear as was the video portion and easy to upload to e-mail and other social media sites.  Another aspect of the camera that I thought was fun was that it can take panoramic pictures.  Below is an example of one we took at a fall agri-tourism attraction.  The tablet would take pictures as you turned in a 180 degrees and piece them together in one large photo.  I thought this was a really fun and cool!  The only thing I wish the camera offered was a zoom.  Even a slight zoom would be ok for those times you can't move any closer to the object you are taking a picture of.
Some other things I used the Tablet for was recipes.  The screen had a unique feature to snap a picture of what was on the actual screen at that time and save it to your clipboard.  This made finding recipes on line easy because I could snap the screenshot and then just reopen that when I was ready to bake instead of having to hunt down the website again.
The tablet had a USB cord to charge the battery or to download pictures from the tablet to your PC.  I did find the battery life to be quite good.  When using it a good portion of the day I could go about 24 hours in between charges.  However when I downloaded my pictures I found that it moved a lot of additional content besides my photos to the download.  I'm not quite sure why it did this and perhaps there is a way to prevent it and only download your pictures.
Overall I found the tablet to be very user friendly and would definitely recommend it for those times when you are on the go and want something less bulky than a laptop, but larger and easier to read than a smart phone.
Please note Verizon did send me a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to review for one month, but I was not compensated in anyway.  All thoughts, opinions and photos shared in this post are my own.

1 comment:

Lana Wallpe said...

Wasn't it fun to have? We missed our little friend around here. Now we are trying out the new IPAD 3. I have to admit I like the bigger 10 inch screen, but I don't have any other "I" stuff, so there is a bit of a learning curve. The girls love both! It might make Christmas interesting!?!?!?!?