In a previous post I listed the 5 tablets that I thought would make great gifts this holiday season. Conspicuous in its absence from my list is anything from Samsung. Please believe that this is not a reflection on the quality of Samsung’s products; we actually use a great number of them in my family, so that would be hypocritical of me. Instead I decided that considering the number and range of products that Samsung makes, I would put them in their own list. I’m only going to name the Wi-Fi tablets, and we’re only going with the latest ones. If I listed everything Samsung makes I’d probably run out of storage on my blog …
1) For the kids, Samsung has made the Galaxy Tab Kids 7.0. It’s a Wi-Fi only 7-inch tablet with an interface designed to make it easy to use for both kids and parents. The interface also makes it easy for parents to control their child’s experience. It’s yellow and comes with an orange bumper to make it a little more collision friendly, or you can get it with a blue carrying case. At around the $200 range it comes in around the same price as its competitor in this space, the Nabi 2.
2) Staying along the lines of the 7-inch tablets we have the Galaxy Tab 2 and the Galaxy Tab 3. The difference? Other than the price ($169 and $199, respectively) and some aesthetic and weight differences, the newer tablet has a newer processor and a better front facing 1.3 megapixel camera. Other than that, not much. They also have the Galaxy Tab 3 in an 8-inch size (yes, an inch bigger) for $249, and a 10-inch for $299.
3) Going from the Tab series to the Note series, we have the Galaxy Note 2014 editions in both 8-inch and 10-inch sizes for $329 and $399. The difference between the Note and the Tab? About what you would expect (size, processor, and weight) with one exception: the Note series of tablets comes with a pen. No, not a regular pen, this pen interfaces with software specifically designed to work with the Galaxy Note series of tablets (and phones as well). It’s one of those things that you really have to experience to appreciate how handy it is.
So, are you curious about the Samsung series of tablets? You’re in luck; Samsung has kiosks set up in Best Buy stores where you can not only see the tablets, but phones and laptops as well. They even have the Galaxy Gear smart watch out on display for you to play with. The experiences on Android-based tablets vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so if you’re thinking about one of them I’d encourage you to find somewhere that you can play with them and check out the interface. Samsung tablets are great devices, but only if you like the way they built their interface. It’s important that you’re OK with how the tablet performs so that you can fully utilize the device. I hate buyer’s remorse.
Just like Android tablets, if you’ve wandered through your friendly neighborhood cellular provider you’ve probably noticed that your Android phone from say Samsung and your friends’ Android phone from say HTC have different looks and feels. How can two phones running the “same” operating system look so different? We’ll talk about that later. For now, buy what works for you after you’ve played with different models. Try before you buy, folks. Talk to you soon!