RCA Galileo Pro 11.5" 32GB 2-in-1 Tablet with Keyboard Case Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
A little history. I bought a 8” Nextbook 4 years ago from Wal-Mart. It did all I wanted, except its sound was weak, ear buds solved that. I watched TV and movies on it, Facebook, Twitter and other stuff. But I wanted a bigger screen. So I started doing research on tablets, and I got a Kindle Fire 10”. It did have better sound, bigger screen and really great display, but was woefully inadequate in apps. I did get my VuDu to work thu Flixter, and could watch some movies and some TV. I was not very pleased.
A few weeks ago I added movies to VuDu (Christmas) and was going to watch one, Flixter no longer could do my movies, and neither could the browser. It was my last straw. I started researching tablets.. again. I found the RCA Galileo Pro for $79. and I ordered it.
My RCA Galileo showed to my local Wal-Mart, 1 ½ miles away, and arrived 4 days early! Yea! I got it home, plugged it in, and it booted right up. Setup was simple. I started adding over 80 apps. VuDu was preinstalled, so score one for the tablet. I took lots of pics of it. Total set up time about 3 hours, lots of apps and passwords, plus I was playing with it, my bad.
I will use it primarily as a tablet, keyboard off. But I noticed during set up that the keyboard on (like laptop) was very responsive, and the keys are actually bigger than my Lenovo 14” laptop. That is impressive, I love my laptop, and the RCA physical keyboard keys are bigger. I know? Go figure.
I never used the touchpad, I’d just touch the screen instead, but I assume it is as good as any, I however don’t like touchpad’s. The RCA has a full sized USB, I even attached USB speakers to it. I could attach thumbdrive, or even a external hard drive. I love that full sized USB, a really good perk. It has HDMI, mini USB, power port, ear bud port, and can handle up to 128 Gig mini SD card. I have a spare 16 Gig SD so I added it, and it synced right off. I have a few clouds, all set up. Any pics I take go straight to cloud.
One thing I really liked, and didn’t notice till last night. In setting you can set it so screenshots can have a icon on screen. There it is tucked next to the back arrow. SOOOO much easier than holding down power and sound at same time. I LOVE THIS FEATURE. I do a lot of screenshots.
I have had a few glitches. My battery drained in less than 30 min, from 100% down to 4%. Minor panic. I swapped out the mini USB power cord for the power brick that came with it. At first it said it take 18 hours to fully charge. But 30 min later it was 100%. I will use its charger. It did seem to work fine with the mini USB, but that sudden drop was concerning.
I will be paying attention and if I get more battery issues in next two weeks I will take it back. I’m not afraid to return stuff, and Wal-Mart always been good on returns. I doubt it will be a persistent issue. But I will be watching
Now for the comparison. The RCA has weak speakers, except when it sends a notification, that is loud. It is not nearly the sound quality of Kindle Fire. However, with ear buds it is just fine and you can attach speakers, so it is not really a big deal. The screen resolution is not nearly as clear, and to watch a movie I have to twist and turn it to get a good angle (I watch in bed), but if I turn off lights it isn’t that bad. It is passable. Besides the Kindle Fire cant even see the movie at all so better sound and screen is useless.
I could buy 3 RCA’s for what I paid for my Kindle Fire, so I am all good at it’s minor issues. I have already recommended it to 3 people I know who are looking for laptop replacements.
Four years later my Nexbook 8” Android, is a nice digital clock and weather station. It still can do a LOT more than my Kindle Fire. I just like a bigger screen.
My kindle Fire does Facebook. Not much more.
My RCA Galileo Pro is doing TV, movies, Facebook, Twitter and 80 more aps worth of stuff. If I ever have to evacuate again, (Hurricane Matthew) I will take the RCA and my cell. I doubt I would need my laptop, the RCA can take its place.
Do I recommend it? Yes. For use as a laptop replacement, or a tablet. It can function either way. If I change my mind, I will update this.
Picture one is my Lenovo KB and RCA KB. picture two, Warcraft on the RCA with subtitles, via VuDu, try that Kindle Fire.