04-27-2012 05:42 PM
[...] What I found when I started looking for an outside "tablet" was the Galaxy Player 5.0. Samsung doesn't even market it as a tablet, but it has bluetooth, wi-fi access, GPS, front and rear cameras, a microsd storage slot, and it actually works fairly well as a reader. The best part is that it fits easily into a pocket so I can carry it with me. A little pricey at about $220, but it is perfect for my needs. And, even if Samsung doesn't think so, it's a 5" tablet.
I'm starting to see Android in sub-$100, and even sub-$70 range touch screen media players. They're not nice capacitive screens, but they're certainly comparable to a lot of the media players I paid much more for not long ago. A few can be coerced into running additional Android apps.
With Android on my TV, my phone, my reader and next, I suspect, in my car dash, it's possible to stay within one ecosystem, which sure makes thing simple!
04-29-2012 01:13 PM - edited 04-29-2012 01:23 PM
I really like the Samsung 5, it's my go-to device. I don't find myself reading books on it much, but I have newsrob pro on it (nice RSS reader; syncs to a google reader account and downloads the whole article, not just the lede) and b-folders, my offline contact database.
The GPS more-or-less works, and when I'm out of town it's been a very nice nav device.
Battery life is pretty good, and paired with a bluetooth speaker it sounds very good. On its own, it sounds OK (especially for tune in and local radio - the radio tuner is a great added feature!)
The small display running at 800 x 480 means the CPU doesn't bog down much that I've noticed - there may be an overclock for it by now, but I haven't felt a need to look for one.
When I'm home I'm usually on the laptop or one of the nook devices, but I always know where the media player is - I think I've left my ID at home more often than I've left it behind - and since my ID is required to get into the computer room at the office, that's saying something
The camera is surprisingly good, and does include an LED flash. I've shot short video clips with it that look just fine, and the photos are decent even at night. (though at night you do need a steady hand!)
There's also tactile feedback on games, which is kinda fun.
This is a photo I took of a salamander walking across the patio at night. The illumination comes from the LED flash and other than cropping, I haven't fiddled with it. This is a good-sized salamander, probably 3" from nose to hindquarters - but still, for a little thing I carry around, it's a decent close-in picture.
04-29-2012 05:18 PM
exactly - look at the thread - the new samsung is what the nook should have been at the same price point - the nook lacks access to quality apps and has focused on trinket games, not quality or productivity. to get close to what i want i now need to have a n2a or the likes making it a $300 total investment - i have never had a smart phne or anything with apps so i was not 100% aware of what the options were and when my wife bough this it was getting great reviews - it is a great product with a bad OS -
05-19-2012 08:18 PM
But now Nook Tablet is very cheaper price than Samsung.....
brand new US149 only.....
I wann buy it.....
05-20-2012 03:47 PM
I actually have both and was using the Galaxy Tab 7.0 before I got my NT for Mother's Day. After I made a CM7 card for my NT, I gave the Galaxy Tab back to my husband. I will wait for ICS for the NT, but truly I'm just as happy with Gingerbread, snappier anyway on the NT. I love the screen on the NT way too much, much better than the Galaxy Tab.
Nook Tablet 16GB (with CM10 microSD card for added fun)
Nook Simple Touch with Stella light