Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – A Review

When I was growing up, if you were getting a tablet, you were getting paper. Computers weren’t in practically every household, and phones had cords.  There were only VHS videos, and if you missed a TV show, tough. The difference between then and now is mind-boggling. We just got our new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 from You can do more with this sleek little tablet than you could with my first computer – actually, my first two or three computers, lol. Commodore 64 ring a bell? 





These days, more people than not are tech-savvy, so some of the things I’ll address here might be pretty basic to you. But let’s assume that we have some novice gadget-users reading this (um, kinda like me) and take it from there. Powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, this tablet has a seven-inch display, making it plenty big enough for reading, viewing, or whatever else you might want to do on it—and with a flick of your fingers, you can zoom in or out if you want to adjust the size of what you’re displaying.The images and media are bright and sharp. Ours is the 8 GB model, but it also comes in 4 GB and 16 GB, with additional memory available through the microSD card slot.  Its picture-taking capabilities are better than my old camera. Not brilliant, but very adequate. It has a front-facing camera for video chat and a rear-facing camera for taking regular pictures and video.


Here is a picture of a picture of Lucy taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

Here is a picture of a picture of Lucy taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.


The back of the tablet. Rear Facing camera is on upper left.

The back of the tablet. Rear Facing camera is on upper left.



You can also use voice commands using the built-in microphone, and there is a video tutorial to show you how to set it up. Also, the speaker volume is pretty good for such a compact device. Of course, you can always plug in some headphones or speakers if you want.

A lot of touchscreens are imprecise and either too sensitive or not sensitive enough—you can spend five minutes just trying to click that one little button onscreen. Not so with this one; it has just the right amount of sensitivity. 


The personalization options are really nice. You can change the size and type of the font, you can choose how long it takes for the screensaver to kick on, you can choose whether or not you want the screen to flip automatically when you turn it on its side or upside down—you can adjust pretty much anything, any way you like it.


So hub is browsing the Samsung Apps. And there are over 450,000 to choose from! It looks like we have Sonic CD Lite, about 20 ebooks, an expense planner, a mini piano and who knows what else so far. This is like shopping via remote control for hubs. “Hey, this looks cool.” Tap. “Got it.”  “Hey, this looks cool.” Tap. “Got it.”  And on and on it goes.


And ironically enough, with the  Smart Remote app you can turn your Galaxy Tab 2 into a universal remote control. So you can control all of your stuff – your TV, cable box,  Blu-ray and DVR, whatever – from your SGT2. Hub also informs me that the Smart Remote will learn about what you like and you’ll get personalized recommendations. Find a show, click  “watch”  and never see your husband again  it switches automatically.


Another husband stealer (are we seeing a theme here??) is AllShare, with  IR blaster built right in, which is Samsung’s content-sharing service. With it you can wirelessly stream multimedia content from your tablet to your TV (or another DLNA-enabled device)  Don’t worry if you have to leave the room, because Smart View allows you to wireless stream what’s on your Samsung Smart TV to your Galaxy Tab 2.


Misc observations, 4 days in. 

 With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, you can connect up just about any standard Bluetooth keyboard, which is great b/c I don’t love on-screen typing.  Wi-fi seems to be working great everywhere in our house with no dead spots- even laying in bed with it propped against my pillow – yeah, I could be watching the tv or using my laptop, but the small profile doesn’t light up the room and disturb hub like those do. I’m not sure what will happen when I take it somewhere- we’ll have to wait and see. I’ve read conflicting reports about battery life. We are pretty okay- about 8+ hours of  pretty heavy use takes us down to about 8% to 10%  battery life and then it drops fast. But it charges pretty quickly; we just plug it in at night. Not too bad, IMHO. The memory space is good for most things, but it can fill up pretty fast. An SD card for storage is pretty much mandatory if you’re planning on taking lots of pics or video.

After playing games, reading books, watching movies, browsing the web, trying out apps, and taking pictures of the dogs’ noses and dead spiders, the whole family loves this tablet. So much bang for your buck. There is great value for the money in this – at only $249.00, I don’t see how you can go wrong. Do I have any cons? Just one. Sometimes, depending on how you hold the GST2, you can inadvertently muffle the sound, but I’m not sure where else/how else they could have done the speakers so that’s really just nit-pickiness on my part. But yeah, it bugs me. Oh, and I have noticed that running more than 2 or 3 things (apps) at a time can cause a skip/lag. Irritating, but not a deal breaker. So, I guess that’s 2 things. On a scale from 1 to 10, I give this a 9 – based on the way we are using it, it’s great. We  have come a long way since floppy discs, people. 


For those of you who want techy type specs:

Dual-core processor, Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

Internal 8GB; External MicroSD card slot supports up to 32GB

Resolution 1024 x 600

Display Type: TFT (provides the best LCD flat panel display)

Wireless Internet WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct

Camera: 3MP rear-facing, VGA front-facing

Bluetooth V3.0

Business or Office: Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access, Polaris® Office, Video Chat, Cisco WebEx, EAS IT Policy, HW Encryption, Sybase Afaria


Video: 1080p Playback @ 30fps

Stereo Speakers

USB 2.0 Host

Battery Type: Li-Polymer, Battery Capacity: 4,000mAh

Dimensions: 7.6″ H x 4.8″ W x .41″ D; .76 lbs

1 year limited warranty

 A very big thank you to for sending me the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 to review!

Gift Baskets: The Perfect Gift for Any Occasion

Have you ever been at a loss when it came to choosing a gift for someone? Or maybe you just wanted to get someone a “just because” gift but you weren’t exactly sure what. Gift Baskets can be the perfect gift for any occasion. Gifts a Go Go has the ultimate gift basket selection with over 20 different categories to choose from, you are sure to find what you are looking for. They have themed gift baskets for everything from baby to sports, gourmet foods and spa gift baskets. They also have baskets for each holiday season. I received their Golden Delights Gift Basket, a gorgeous woven basket full of goodies.

gifts a go go gift basket

My Gift Basket included:
>>Cheese Straws
>>Apricot Chocolate Biscotti Bar
>>Honey pretzels
>>Chocolate Truffle Hot Cocoa Mixes
>>Cheese Spread
>>Water Crackers
>>Napa Valley Mustard
>>Honey Cinnamon Almonds
>>Bruschetta Toast
>>Cheese Spreader
>>Woven Gift Basket

gift basket

This is a great snack basket but it doesn’t come with just your average everyday snacks, these are gourmet items. The basket is simply beautiful. And I love that even a cheese spreader was included for the cheese and crackers.


My personal favorite items from this particular basket were the cashews, honey cinnamon almonds and the honey pretzels. Between myself and my family we devoured those 3 items within 2 days!

Buy it: This basket can be purchased at $69.95 on the Gifts a Go Go website. Gift certificates are also available if you have a hard time choosing just one, like I did.

Win in: From October 10-17 you can enter to win the Golden Delights Gift Basket.

Click here to be taken to the giveaway entry form.

*Please note that the items sent in my basket differ slightly from the usual items as my basket was sent during the hot summer months so the chocolates were replaced with items that would not melt. Visit the giveaway for a list of items that will be included in the giveaway basket.


Women's Friendship Month: Gifts For My Girlfriends Giveaway

September is Women’s Friendship Month, so we’ve decided to celebrate our girlfriends with the Gifts For My Girlfriends Giveaway Hop hosted by BloggerPR!   In honor of these friendships, we have put together an event to highlight some of the best gift giving ideas for our girlfriends! This event will END on September 27th, which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list below! Each blogger is giving away prizes valued $20 or more, so you don’t want to miss out! Good luck and have fun!

Our prize pack includes a purse and purse organizer, total value of $36. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Emma Rose Plaid Ruffle Purse – for info and details read our review

Joey Junior Purse Organizer – for more information read our review

This giveaway is open to US residents only, enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Everyone


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