With me, everything is a process. I own a really nice Galaxy Tab 3 10.1" 16Gb tablet. I like the tablet a lot, but Samsung's bloat ware is killing an otherwise good product. I found that my tablet was running out of memory all the time, and some of the reason was due to the Samsung apps I had no need for. I love the size for reading scientific papers while sitting in comfort, but running out of memory all the time revealed that I needed a more capable tablet. With that said, I had a variety of needs to fulfill.
- I'm handicapped (I like to think mildly, but if you met me you would see the problem quickly). Since I'm handicapped, the weight of a good laptop gets heavy. Therefore, I needed something light.
- I needed something on the small side, because I like to carry a small messenger bag.
- While Android is a great Operating System, based on my favorite Linux, I would like a tablet with more connectivity to my Brother multi-use printer. An OS with a little more power would be nice. Android never worked right even with the Brother App loaded and running.
- I want to be able to hook the tablet up to projectors or conference room video systems for work and presentation.
- Some kind of dock would be nice too, I like to be able to set up my tablet neatly on the desk and hook into video, network, etc.
- I wanted to stick with a tablet because I don't always need a keyboard.
- I have a Lenovo Thinkpad addiction
I went to Best Buy. They had a variety of laptops, ultralights, and tablets. I checked out the laptops, but they seemed expensive, particular compared with capable older laptops. They had a really nice Yoga Tablet that came with a keyboard, but it was only 32Gb, and I was worried about running out of memory. I decided that the Internet would give me a better insight into what I needed.
I found an interactive tablet guide on the Internet, and the process of answering questions helped me focus my needs on a specific type of tablet. I can't find the web site now, but any site that explains tablet specifications category by category will help. The answer was startling. Without knowing it, I wanted a Windows tablet because I have an Excel habit. I also discovered I am better off with a full sized usb connector, and an hdmi connection. The tool thought I would like a Lenovo tablet called the Tablet 2. I found this odd, since the tablet wasn't manufactured anymore. Checking into places to buy it, I found a new one cost $300.
I wound up finding a refurbished one complete with keyboard on Ebay. The price was reasonable, so I bought the tablet. I'm impressed by the tablet.
Windows 8.1 works flawlessly (this is a Windows Flawless, not a Linux Flawless aka perfection), and I can hook the tab up to my network printers. I can also use the full sized USB slot for a full sized keyboard. I found a dock for the device (easier said than done), and I like the way it charges quickly on the dock. Windows 8.1 on a touch sensitive surface works really well. And I like the concessions made for people who grew very used to Windows XP. I like being able to use familiar programs like Calibre.
All in all, I think this is a great replacement for the Samsung tab. I like getting something top of the line, even though it is an older model. This one is working well for me, would anyone like to buy a lightly used Samsung galaxy Tab 2 10.1"?