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Free Samsung Galaxy Tablet with Purchase of Select Samsung HDTVs!

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Everybody loves free stuff.  Right now, when you purchase any select Samsung HDTV, you can get an 8GB Samsung Galaxy Tablet, for FREE!  This is the perfect time to get that TV you have been thinking about.  The Samsung Tablet offers exceptional portability with features that work directly with these select Samsung TVs.  Begin shopping for this great bundle now!

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.

 

Samsung Galaxy in Memphis

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Trying furiously to shake out my legs and kick the creaks out from my back, the 9 ½ hour bus ride from Chicago to Memphis wasn’t as bad as I thought.  Sleeping intermitantly and finding something to keep myself busy was a fair balance.  The Samsung Galaxy was brought out of its box before I headed out and the first impressions were made on the ride in.

Initial Encounter: The convenience over a laptop computer is evident immediately when it comes to size and portability.  Lacking a keyboard and numerous moving internal parts, the tablet is thin, light and almost all screen.  The back is a textured, silver, durable exterior which is nice to hold in your hands and feels extremely solid when you grasp with one hand.

Worried that something may happen to the screen along the way, my fears were gone when I realized Samsung uses Gorilla Glass for their tough screen.  Gorilla Glass is extremely thin, and extremely durable from scrapes, scratches dents and dings, so it was going to be safe in my messenger bag on the trip.

On the ride to Memphis, I found the software extremely easy to use.  It’s Android 3.1 Honeycomb, which is on numerous smartphones, including mine, so the learning curve was next to nothing. 

Setting up a Wi-Fi was extremely simple as well.  Locating the availble connections in the lower right of the unit, with a few clicks we were connected to the bus’s Wi-Fi.  I used the Android marketplace to immediately install the Yelp app and a few of my favorite website applications like IMDB to pass time.

One thing Crawford and I noticed was the severe lag from the bus’ Wi-Fi.  Our internet was eventually down in rural America!  Panicking slightly because I never installed games nor do I have access to the internet, Crawford came up with a brilliant idea: 3G.  The Samsung Galaxy, unlike the leviathon of tablets, the iPad, does NOT have 3G built into the unit.  This means the internet can only be accessable via Wi-Fi connection.  Crawford did have 3G on his cell phone. 

After tinkering with a few of the settings, his phone eventually became a router for the tablet, connecting online via hotspot through his phone, thus giving us internet accessability once again.   Unfortunately, that is a downfall with a 3G-less tablet, but we made the most of it.   

Videos were smooth and so was navigation.  The resolution for HD videos on the internet comes in beautifully through the Galaxy’s screen.  Near portable Blu-ray quality. The bus ride went quicker and Crawford and I were a lot more informaed on hilarious Youtube videos and new internet memes thanks to the tablet. 

Up next: Out in the wild-in the streets of Memphis with the tablet.

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.