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Samsung Galaxy in Memphis Conclusion

Monday, September 26th, 2011

I was never interested in a tablet when they first arrived.  It seemed like another gadget that was going to become available only to the wealthy.  Maybe something you would find at a local “Sharper Image”.  As time went on, competition grew between manufacturers and the prices of these portable devices began to slowly decline.  Different features were added and so the competition grew fiercer.  And that still continues to this day.

Taking this product out to demo it in real-life scenarios gave me a great opportunity to really get a hold of one of these items and I am pleseantly surprised with my results.  Using the Samsung Galaxy Tablet was a real treat.  For anyone who loves carrying an MP3 player, or watching movies or doing any kind of work on their smartphones, a tablet will do exactly that, but bigger and better.

On my last day GQ, Crawford and I had all day to wait around until the bus back home arrived.  Having been checked out of the hotel and no where to really go, we hunkered down in a bar on Beale St. for the last 9 hours of the day.  The Samsung Galaxy not only became a source of entertainment to pass time, but became a talking piece.  I had numerous people from Memphis (Mephisians?) ask me as much as they could about it.  I’m not in sales, but I could tell you one thing, I certainly didn’t do any harm for Samsung Corporation on that trip.

Since the Samsung Galaxy Tablet runs the Android Honeycomb 3.1 software, I had access to the entire android marketplace.  Making sure I uploaded a few of my favorite apps, I came across ones I never used.  Like the Netflix application.  Contrary to Netflix’s current business plans, the application was extremely simple and easy to use.  I was able to have streaming movies from my account on a beautiful 10.1’’ screen with just a few quick taps.

The only two real flaws I discovered over this weekend was the size of the unit and (given the model I had) lack of 3G accessability.  When it came to passing any kind of time, or jotting down notes I needed to remember for anything, the tablet was a life saver.

If you are on the fence on whether or not you should get a tablet, feel free to weigh the pros and cons.  While it isn’t a necessity of life, it definitely makes it a bit easier and much more enjoyable.

Samsung Galaxy in Memphis cont…

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Before we hit the streets of Memphis, I made sure to do an inventory of where to go, and what to do down there.  The Hotel’s Wi-Fi connected to the tablet just as easily as it did on the bus, but this time the Wi-Fi worked great.  I took advantage of the Yelp application and made some decisions on where to go and where to eat.

Being that GQ and I are avid viewers of the show Man vs, Food, I decided it wouldn’t be Memphis food, if we didn’t go to the places that were showcased in that show.  With the help of the Samsung Galaxy, we were able to find the locations, read reviews and have for us a step-by-step navigation on how to get there from Google Maps.

Google Maps is already installed on the tablet and runs just as it would run on any desktop or laptop computer.  You have the ability to zoom, track directions, and you can even tap on individual locations to get the telephone number or review within seconds.

Camera & Video

The multimedia of the Samsung Galaxy comes with a 2.0 megapixel front camera and a 3.0 megapixel auto focus with flash rear camera.  The video has 1080p playback and 720p capture.  The interface for both is extremely easy to use.

The above is what it looks like when you are taking a picture off the tablet.  The image is in the center with a controller border on the left and right.  You can change the settings on the left as well as turning the flash on or off and other changes.  The left side is even easier with a button changing from camera to video and the large button below takes the image or starts the video.  Below that, is a library of what you have taken.  The video below is an example of the full HD video taken of a trolley on the streets.

Both the images and video were taken off the tablet and put onto this blog via the USB connection that was provided.  Recognizing and removing the files I needed was as easy as drag-and-drop.

Up next: concluding the trip with the Samsung Galaxy and an overview.

 

Me, Memphis and a Samsung Galaxy

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Being the unofficial, intrepid Abt reporter, I decided to think outside of the box and try out one of the tablets we offer at Abt Electronics.  I’m off to Memphis, TN with my friends, one current employee of Abt: GQ and one former, Crawford.  For the next few days, and two painfully long bus rides, I will use the Samsung Galaxy Tablet to keep myself entertained, informed and give it as good as a review as I can. 

It’s one thing to sit at a desk and putz around with electronics, it’s another to open it up in the wild and go head-on.  Check back on the Abt blog and see what a tablet can do for you, on the road.