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Samsung Galaxy Tab S


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 inch

Samsung Galaxy Tab SSamsung has released the Galaxy Tab S line of Android tablets which include a 10.5 inch or a 8.4 inch display.  But, the display is 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) 16:10 Super AMOLED screen.  This is a beautiful, vibrant, color enriched display.  This display delivers more than 90% of Adobe RGB color coverage, more colors than ever before.  Plus it has a nice 100,000:1 contract ration for more realistic images – blacker blacks, and brighter whites.  The AMOLED screen doesn’t use a back light, so there is less battery consumption.

The Galaxy Tab S comes with all the usual Samsung features such as multi-tasking, multi-screens, all the phone functions.  The Quick Connect feature will share information with nearby compatible devices.

Some unique features include Multi User Mode which allows users to have individual profiles and menus; a Fingerprint scanner for extra security; and a Kids Mode with a Kids interface and apps.

Here are the specifications:

Display 10.5” 2560×1600(WQXGA) Super AMOLED
Processor Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz Quadcore
Operating System Android Kitkat (4.4)
  • 3GB (RAM)
  • + 16GB or 32GB internal memory
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • Back: 8MP w/ Flash LED
  • Front: 2.1MP Full HD
  • Video: H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
    Recording : FHD(1920 x 1080) @ 30fps
    Playback: WQHD (2560×1440) @ 30fps
Wireless Connectivity
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO
  • WiFi Direct
  • Bluetooth®4.0
  • IrLED
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • Accelerometer
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Gyro Sensor
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • RGB Sensor
Dimension, Weight 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm , 465g
Battery 7,900mAh
Other Features & Applications
  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
  • Applications: Papergarden, Professional pack, Multi-user mode, Sidesync 3.0, Gear & Gear fit manager
  • Group Play, S-Note, S Translator, Samsung Link, Scrapbook, Story Album, Video Editor
  • Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube, Google+, Hangouts, Play books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Drive, Google setting, Photos

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Tablets


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 inchSamsung Galaxy Tab Pro Tablets

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro line of tablets are designed and equipped for the serious business user. These tablets contain extra apps to enable the business users to achieve full security, plus usable apps for word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, communication, email, etc. All the included apps work with common file types using the Hancom Office Suite. The Samsung e-Meeting allows you to share your screen with or without WiFi. Printing is easy with wireless printing included in all the apps.

Add the optional keyboard dock for increased typing productivity.

The Galaxy Tab Pro tablets include 8.4″, 10.1″, and a 12.2″ models. All the tablets in the Pro line have 2560 x 1600 resolution with the 12.2″ model having more than 4 million pixels for an ultra high dynamic display.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 inchAll the Pro tablets have long battery life with as much as 13 hours. Featuring the S-Pen for hand written notes which speed the entry of information. Using the S-Pen can be much faster than typing on the screen (unless, you are a doctor and have unreadable writing skills). The hand written scribble can be converted into digital text and saved. When using the S-Pen, you can turn on the feature which predicts what word you are writing which also speeds entry.Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 inch

Each of the tablets also include Multi-Window where you can have two apps open and viewable simultaneously. This is especially nice when you have an email open and want to reference a web page at the same time.

The Galaxy Note Pro also includes Samsung KNOX, which helps keep sensitive information secure, and the Samsung Mobile Print app to send documents to any wireless printer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Keyboard Dock

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows Tablet


Toshiba Encore 2 (WT8-B32CN)

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows TabletThe Toshiba Encore 2 8 inch Windows tablet is one of the new tablets on the market.  With Windows 8.1, Office 365, 32GB storage, and Intel’s Atom processor, this is a nice tablet for the price.

The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet includes a free 1 year subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 application suite.  Featuring full-versions of the latest Office applications, including Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote® and Outlook®.  These applications work on or off line, and will automatically sync to the cloud to keep all your files on all your devices in sync.

Encore™ 2 is preloaded with all the apps you want—like Xbox® Music & Video, Kindle® Reader and Skype™. Expand your collection by tapping into the Windows Store where you can grab more of your favorites, discover new apps, get personalized recommendations and more.

The 802.11n WiFi connection and the Bluetooth® 4.0 port allow for fast connections for downloads, streaming music and video, and enhanced connection to external speakers for great audio.

This small tablet comes with 32GB of internal storage plus the SDXC memory card slot will support cards up to 128GB.

This same tablet also comes in a 10 inch model with all the same specifications, plus the 10 inch model includes a HDMI port, which the 8 inch does not have.

Display 8.0″ Diagonal Widescreen IPS WXGA Display at 1280 x 800 Native Resolution
Processor Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735F (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz) Quad Core
Operating System Windows 8.1 with Bing®
Memory 1GB Memory + 32GB Internal Storage eMMC
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • Front 1.2MP Fixed Focus HD Camera
  • Rear 5.0MP Auto Focus HD Camera
Wireless Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth® v 4.0
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
Dimension, Weight 5.2″ x 8.3″ x 0.37″ 13.4 oz
Battery Up to 11.1 hours
Other Features & Applications
  • Office 365™ Personal 1-year
  • Stereo Speakers, Internal Microphone, Dolby® Digital Plus

What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?


Small or Large Screen, which works best for you?

What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?

Tablet PCs are available with screen sizes from 3.2 inches up to 12 inches.  The most common are 6 or 7 inch for eReaders like the Barnes and Noble Tablet, or the Amazon Fire.  And among Android tablets, the most common are 7 or 10 inch tablet PCs.  Samsung has also added a 7.7 inch, 8.9 inch, and 11.6 inch tablet PCs into the mix; plus ASUS has a dual 10 inch screens for one of their tablets.  What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?

Dell was the first to come out with a 5 inch tablet, which most felt like it was too small to be a tablet, and too big to be a phone.  Archos also offers tablets as small as 3.2 inches in addition to their 4.3, 4.8, 5, and 7 inch tablets.  The Archos low cost tablets, with the smaller screens,  all run older versions of Android and have limited functionality.

With so many screen choices, which is best for you?  Here are some considerations to think about.

  • The 10 inch tablet….
    • is great for the more serious users, or
    • for people who will primarily use it for playing games.
    • watching movies or videos is much easier to see on the larger tablets, plus the sound can be much better coming from the larger speakers.
    • using the back camera for taking pictures or capturing video is nicer on the larger tablet, with the bigger screen it is easier to perform editing functions.
    • Surfing the web is by far easier on the larger tablet screen.  With the larger images, touching links is easier, images are more clear, and typing URL addresses is easier.
    • Men like the 10 inch size since it fits more comfortably in their hands and the larger on-screen keyboard works better for the larger hands and fingers.
    • Men also are not concerned so much about size since they generally don’t have a purse they need to fit it in.
    • Older people will enjoy the 10 inch tablet so they can increase the default font size to make it easier to read.
  • The 7 inch tablet….
    • can do anything a 10 inch tablet can do, just with a smaller screen.
    • Women find the 7 inch size to be more comfortable and fits in their purse better.
    • The 7 inch tablet can fit in the inside pocket of most men’s suit coats so can be very convenient for travelers.
    • Although the screen resolution is less on most 7 inch tablets, the smaller screen size will look just as nice with the lower resolution as a 10 inch with a higher resolution since they will be using the same number of pixels per inch on the screen.  The new Toshiba 7 inch Thrive has a 1280 x 800 resolution, the same as the larger tablets, which for the smaller screen would be a nice picture.
    • if you are primarily using the tablet for reading, or email, calendar, to-do lists, etc.  The smaller screen size is nice and easy.

So, there you have it.  My choices for screen sizes would be the Barnes and Noble 7 inch Tablet for eReading; the Motorola Xoom 10.1 inch for games, internet, etc.; and the Samsung Series 7 11.6 inch tablet for Windows applications.

New Android Tablets Announced – Sony, HP, and Samsung


New Android Tablets

New Android Tablets

HP is getting back into the Android arena with their announcement of the HP Slate 7.  AND they are slapping the competition with a price tag of only $169.

The tablet will have limited hardware features, but will be running the full version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The 7-inch screen will have a resolution of 1,024 x 600, and will have 8 GB of storage.  The microSD memory card slot allows for expanded storage space.  The 1.6 GHz dual-core processor will give it the power required to excel in the small tablet market.

New Android Tablets

Sony also announced more information about their Xperia Tablet Z.  The 16-GB model starting at $499 and $599 for the 32-GB version, both will be available in the Spring.

Some features include:

  • 10.1-inch LED, 1,920-by-1,200 resolution, is 0.27-inches thick
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • And also has a infrared remote
  • The coolest feature: It can be submerged up to three feet underwater for up to 30 minutes.

I don’t recommend using the tables under water, but if you’re in the rain, or happen to drop it in the toilet, you’re OK.

New Android TabletsIn the wake of middle sized tablet PCs, Samsung has announced an 8 inch model of their Galaxy Note, called the Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung has had so much success with the Galaxy Note line of tablets, it makes since to create an 8 inch version of it.  Some features include:

  • 8 inch LED, 1,280 X 800 Resolution
  • S Pen stylus
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • 16-GB and 32-GB models
  • Infrared blaster to function as a remote control for TV, DVD, etc.

Tablet PCs with Keyboards


Microsoft Bluetooth KeyboardMost, if not all, tablet PCs can have an external keyboard via the Bluetooth or USB interface.  Unless you purchased a low cost tablet that does not have Bluetooth and USB.

An external keyboard is not needed since the tablets have an on-screen keyboard which automatically opens when you touch a field on the screen which is editable.    There are some apps which make the on-screen keyboard easier to use, such as SwiftKey or SlideIT.  These apps offer more intuitive response, better auto correction, and word prediction.

However, if you do a lot of typing, such as a lot of emails, or maybe you are writing your life story, then an external keyboard can make typing a lot easier and faster.

In order for a USB keyboard to work, you must have Android 3.1 or higher so the tablet can support Host mode on the USB port.  Bluetooth keyboards are probably the best option since once they are paired, they will automatically connect when they are turned on and in close enough proximity to the tablet, plus, you don’t have a cable to tangle with.Asus Transformer

There are several tablet PCs with optional keyboards specifically manufactured for the tablet.  Some of these keyboards have additional ports, offer charging for the tablet when connected, and even additional battery life for the tablet.

There have been a couple of tablets announced by manufacturers which were to include a keyboard, which never made it out of the design phase, such as the Samsung Slider tablet PC.  Maybe Samsung will resurrect this keyboard enabled tablet for Windows 8.

This comparison chart shows the various tablet PCs with optional or included keyboards specifically designed for the tablet PC.

Tablet PC with Keyboards Comparison Chart