Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Reviews

With its high-quality design and tons of preloaded features, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is one of the most popular tablets on the market. In this edition, Samsung redesigned their Galaxy line of tablets to make a machine that is especially versatile and user friendly. Using the Android 4.1 operating system on its dual-core processor makes for a tablet that runs fast and smooth.

Features of the Galaxy Tab 2

This Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet is designed to provide consumers with a lot of bang for their buck. It comes preloaded with a variety of useful apps and functions and the user also has access to a great selection of apps that can be added from a variety of vendors.
  • Ÿ 1024×600 screen resolution
  • Ÿ 7-inch multi-touch display
  • Ÿ Dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM
  • Ÿ 8GB of internal memory
  • Ÿ MicroSD card capability with up to 32GB of expansion
  • Ÿ Android 4.1 operating system
  • Ÿ Comes WiFi and Bluetooth ready
  • Ÿ Built-in sensors include digital compass, accelerometer, GPS and ambient light detection
  • Ÿ Front and rear facing cameras
  • Ÿ Ports include USB and microphone/headphone
  • Ÿ Has file compatibility with a variety formats for videos, music, books, documents and pictures
Pros and Cons

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is exceptionally fast and responsive. Users can move quickly from one function to the next with little delay. It’s great for watching movies, playing games, reading and web browsing. One of things that makes this tablet particularly nice is that is ready to do everything you expect it to right out of the box. It comes with tons of preloaded apps and features, so once you have it started up, it’s ready to provide you with entertainment, email services, web browsing, video calls and more.

The screen on the Galaxy Tab 2 does have fantastic picture quality, but there are a couple of 7-inch tablets that do have higher resolution screens. That being said, this screen does provide 1080p HD viewing and a great experience when it comes to watching movies and TV.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Posted by Julia Flores

Audiovox 7" Tablet Review!

In a largely Apple dominated world I still try to stick to being an Android user. I do have a Mac computer and an iPad but my phone is an Android. So when I received the opportunity to review an Android tablet from Audiovox I jumped at the chance.

I know I said I had an iPad and it is great, I love it, but it is large. This tablet is great for travel and just carrying around anywhere. Coming in at seven inches it is perfect to fit in any handbag or carry-on. It reminds me of a bigger phone but with no 4G which, honestly, still works for me. I wouldn't pay for a 4G anyway because I think having it on your phone is enough.

It is extremely easy to use. Much like Android phones, you download apps via the Google play store. It also comes with a camera which you can take photos on both sides of the tablet, making it perfect for Skyping and selfies.

You can connect the tablet to any WiFi service very easily, very similar to a phone it searches for the closest ones in the area, you input the password or just connect freely and bam. Another very cool option it has is an HDMI input so you can connect it to your television. This is perfect if you stream Netflix, Hulu, or just want to watch YouTube videos on your television. Now you can stream via your tablet and still have your computer free to do other work.

What is great about android tablets versus ipads is how easily accessible they are. This one in particular has a place where you can plug a USB chord into it so you can connect it to your computer to transfer files to it, as well as stream content from there. There is also a mini SD card input where you can put the mini SD card from your phone or from your big SD card (sometimes SD cards have little SD cards inside of them) so you can insert photos or files onto your tablet that way, too. You can cater it to fit your needs instead of catering it to fir your needs but under Apple's control and all-seeing eye.

I felt it was extremely easy to use but I also am an Android phone user and it is essentially a bigger phone without the phone aspect. Though, I am pretty sure even if you aren't an Android phone user it is pretty easy to use, too. Honestly it is so easy that I plan on making it the family tablet. I know my parents have been really into trying out a tablet recently just to play with while watching television and skyping with. I feel like this tablet would be perfect for them. It is user friendly and also way easier than turning on and doing everything on the desktop.

The battery also lasts quite a long time, I've been using it for several days and it's only on 70%. Also it comes with a one year warranty.

Overall, I really did love this tablet. Like I said, it is perfect for travel and a great go-to tablet. Definitely check it out you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Julia Flores
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Ematic 7-inch HD Quad Core Review

For the slightly higher price of $80-90, this device has the most impressive-sounding name out of the three tablets here, but anyone expecting a tablet on the level of Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD (and similar HD devices) may be disappointed. With a resolution of 1024 x 600 and an HDMI-out port, the device may technically be “HD,” but it also suffers from the “glare on a tilted screen” problem (though to a lesser extent), in addition to having only 169 ppi. It does expand the storage capacity to 8 GB, doubles RAM to 1GB, and successfully runs Android 4.2, so it feels speedier than the other two tablets.

Strangely, the screen does not lie flush with the sides of the device, leaving somewhat of a sharp edge all around. Again, there are no volume buttons, but interestingly, it has a physical “Back” button, unlike most Android devices that just have the software button to return to the previous screen. However, the “Back” button is the same size and shape as the power button and is located on the top center of the device, so it was not an intuitive place for my finger to go. I mainly used the software “Back” button anyway.

The oddest thing about this device is how strange it smelled coming out of the box (which is probably the first time that’s been written about in a device review here!) Ematic’s Genesis Prime did not have this problem. None of us here could pinpoint why that was—tablets aren’t supposed to smell like anything! (Even Apple, a software company that could potentially market its devices with a pleasant, fruity scratch-n-sniff, chooses not to do so).

The expression “you get what you pay for” rings true for many things, but especially devices. Although budget tablets may not be optimal for eBook reading or streaming video, OverDrive Media Console does work on the ones mentioned here. In conclusion, the blurrier screens, lower performance, and occasionally confusing owner’s manuals may not be so good for Grandma, but cheaper devices may be fine for rambunctious kids who just want to read eBooks or play (slower) games, as well as for users who just want a simple tablet for access to library titles through OverDrive.
Posted by Julia Flores

The myCUBE2 Reviews

Everybody now has the capability to have music on the go with any smart device but sometimes phone speakers aren’t loud enough. This tiny, portable, bluetooth speaker is a great solution to music on the go. The myCUBE2 connects to smart phones, lap tops, mp3s, tablets, or by Micro SD. We liked that it came pre-charged for instant use. Check out the pros and cons for more info.

  • Small and portable
  • Aided in listening to music or watching videos at a higher volume than devices provide
  • Bluetooth enabled for easy connectivity
  • Comes with auxillary cord if you don’t have bluetooth capability
  • MicroSD feature for music storage
  • Headphone jack for personal listening
  • Pause, Play, Skip, and Volume control on the bottom
  • Non-slip pads
  • Rechargable lithium battery for up to 6 hours of use!
  • Poor bass quality
  • Sometimes it worked automatically and others we had to hold the play button
  • Response: 150 – 18000HZ
  • Handles 80dB
  • USB power supply
  • Available in Black, Blue, Green, Pink, or Silver
  • Came with USB charging cord
The speaker gets pretty loud and we particularly like it for the ability to throw it in a backpack and pull it out at gatherings of friends and family. I love it because I love singing along with music in the shower and the myCUBE2 gets louder than my laptop allowing for optimal rockstar showers. You should try it.
Posted by Julia Flores

The Bose SoundDock 10 Pros and Cons

The Bose SoundDock 10 Bluetooth Digital Music System has dimensions 8.7 (H) x 17 (W) x 9.6 (H) and weighs around 18.5 lbs. This compact speaker system has a Bluetooth dock for convenient wireless streaming of your music as well as a dock for your iPod/iPhone. Bose’s proprietary Waveguide audio technology is the one responsible for its impressively crisp sound, making your music come to life. This device may also get connected to your other audio devices via its auxiliary input which allows you to listen to your iPod shuffle, older iPod models, portable CD player, laptop, MP3 player and other portable audio devices.

This devices’s advanced Waveguide speaker technology delivers the full-bodied sound, specifically when it comes to the lower registers. This results to a more natural bass and crystal clear highs on your music. In addition to that, the woofer in the SoundDock 10 has a bigger magnet than regular woofers for bass that you can really feel. Thanks to the signature Bose digital signal processing circuitry this devices gives out a finer control over the sound of your music, for more balanced, consistent and natural reproduction.

  • Stylish and elegant compact design, perfect for homes with modern design
  • Extremely powerful for a such a small digital music system
  • Impressive deep bass delivery with essentially no distortion
  • Video output port is available
  • Produces crisp musical audio output
  • Bose waveguide speaker technology gives powerful, lifelike sound and generous tonal range
  • Well engineered and best recommended for home’s main music system
  • Streams music-from apps or sites like Pandora or Spotify or your own stored tunes-with the included Bluetooth dock
  • Auxiliary input available for connecting to other audio devices
  • Plays and charges your docked iPhone or iPod
  • Requires an Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter in order to dock iPhone 5 or other iPod and iPhone models with an Apple Lightning connector
  • There are no buttons on dock itself—all controls are on the remote
  • Device is quite heavy
Posted by Julia Flores
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