Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE review
I’m very lucky. I got to test drive another tablet. Do you have a tablet at home? I realize that I was using my very old iPod touch as a tablet, as I always preferred to read or to play games on it, compared to my Blackberry phone, which I prefer over anything to type on. Juggling multiple devices – these are the highest of first world problems.
But since the Galaxy Tab entered my life, my iPod has stayed in its docking station playing my CBC radio and music apps all day. And the Tab has traveled with me from the school playground to Niagara-on-the-Lake and has already become a member of our technology family.
The good: I like the big, bright screen. The display is really clear. I like the feel of the tablet in my hands – it’s a good size to view videos and play games, though I do prefer my smaller Playbook for reading ebooks.
The Android operating system mostly works well. The app selection through Google Play is fantastic. I have many apps for myself, and a bunch for the kids that were either free or very cheap. I finally got to join Instagram which pleases me immensely. There is an app that will set the tablet in safe ‘kid’ mode, which I like to engage before the rare occasion that I let them touch it to play games.
The bad: the camera is of low quality, taking grainy photos and video. You can’t zoom it. I found this so annoying at first. Once you take a photo as close as you can hold your tablet to your subject, you can overcome the graininess or embrace it totally through all the good photo editing apps, at least.
I’ve had some trouble with apps crashing on me - particularly Facebook and Pinterest. Is this because I’m hard on my tablet, trying to keep too many things going at the same time?
It took me a while to figure out how to close apps. There’s no obvious way. As an Apple and Blackberry customer, the user interface did take some time to get used to. But I’ve got it now.
The ugly: just kidding, no ugly here.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE is available on plans from Rogers from as low as $99. If you’re looking for an Android tablet with mobile networking, functional for personal or family use, this may be the tablet for you.
Disclosure: I was provided with a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a temporary sim card from Rogers for the purposes of this review. I was also invited to a Tablet101 event at a Rogers store. My views and words are my own.