I did a lot of research and watched countless Youtube videos and reviews on the Galaxy tab 2 before making the purchase. Initially I was a bit skeptical about purchasing a refurbished product but after reading the good reviews and someone mentioning the 90 day warranty, I felt a bit more comfortable about making the purchase.
So far I've had the Tablet for almost 3 weeks now and I have to say I am quite pleased. I didn't think I would use it as much as I do; it's so much easier to just grab the tablet and quickly look something up online versus turning on and setting up my laptop for the same thing. It's great for reading in bed and comes with the kindle app preinstalled so that was a plus for me. At first I didn't really think tabs would be practical because I thought they operated much like a phone without the call feature, however it accesses the internet as fast as my laptop and faster than my galaxy S3.
Some features I like: The Peel app- works as a remote with almost any TV. I have a Zeneth television I purchased 3 years ago from Walmart and the Tablet recognizes it. You just select your TV brand, TV service provider (I have basic OTA) and it works. It's like a digital TV guide too, telling you what's playing on what station and what time. So for those of you who think you need a Samsung Smart TV or particular service provider to use it, you don't. You can also add multiple rooms and multiple devices per room, so I think it's a neat feature.
**Flash player: note these tab say they are flashplayer capable but Adobe has discontinued making flashplayer for android devices since Adobe FP 11.1 and no longer offer it in the Google App store for this device. I have however, found a link to download the actual 11.1 adobe flash player onto my tablet and am now able to watch movies or video from any website I want, not just Youtube, Netflix or Google Play movies. I don't think Walmart allows us to include contact information but Google around or youtube how/where to get Flash player on Galaxy Tab 2 and you should find it.
*OS- The description says the tablet comes with Android ICS OS and it does but Android has since released the Jelly bean update for the Tab 2 which can be upgraded OTA (over the Air) or via Kies. I think both are great, JB just offer a bit more tweaks and perks here and there on the user end as well as some background changes I'm too lazy but mostly ignorant to list. For those of you who have the Galaxy S3 on JB update and noticed the serious battery kill, it does NOT cause the same drainage on the Galaxy tab. I updated it a day after I got it and noticed I still get almost 3 day with regular game play and 4 days with basic usage from the battery before I have to charge it.
*GB/Storage- The tablet is 16gb however as to be expected with bloatware, you actually have a little more than 11gb available for apps, music, movies, pictures etc. Fortunately you can buy an SD card to increase storage capacity-I found a 32gb SanDisk SD (class 4) card on Amazon for $21.00 total (includes shipping and handling). It will say it is 29GB actually which in the tech world is considered 32GB, you can read reviews there and do your own research to determine if it's a good card or not. I think it was a great value to increase my tab to 48GB.
The only cons for me: it doesn't have an LED or a flash for the cameras. Everything else I expected based on the research I've done, I just forgot to look up flash and LED. If I could do it over again however, I would still purchase the tab as the lack of flash and LED are insignificant in comparison to what it has to offer.
Of course there is Skype, Messenger and ChatOn but for those of you interested in using the tablet to text or as a point of contact beyond e-mail, there are apps in the store to achieve this. Pinger or Textfree is one of said apps that doesn't require you to have a phone number to use it as it provides one for you. The texting however is sketchy and it still has some kinks that need to be worked out. They offer 10 free minutes to make/receive calls to that number and then you have to pay for more minutes but the texting remains free. Another good option is Google voice, it's free and can be used with a pre-established e-mail address. It does however, require you to have an existing line, but you can choose to have a new number associated with the account and you're able to link it to various phone numbers. It includes voicemail, free unlimited calling within the United States and text messaging. If you don't like it, you can delete your Google voice account without deleting your e-mail address/associated account information.
Samsung Store/Account: If you have a Samsung account it's possible the tablet will not recognize your login and I believe this occurred after the Jelly bean update. Unfortunately I had to create a new account as everything I tried, short of contacting Samsung didn't work. Not too big of a deal as I didn't have anything linked to the account, just more of an irritation than anything. So keep an eye out for that.
Connection/USB is not included. It has a proprietary charging cable that also acts as a media transfer cable when plugged into your computer. *Note it only charges when connected to the wall charger, when connected to a PC it acts as a media device and does not charge. If you want more USB connectors for the tab, you can find a dongle for less than 5 dollars.
Overall I really love my tab and what I can do with it. It is Wifi only so you can only access the internet via a wifi connection, if I'm not mistaken though using your phone as a tether works if you're on the go and prefer to use your tabs browser. The movies are crisp and stream effortlessly, the sound is clear, games run smoothly (Sims 3 free play [graphics are crazy good for that game], Sonic, Angry Birds etc.). For a poor college student who wanted to treat herself for a good semester, I couldn't be more pleased.
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