I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus even after an office-full of peers are telling me to buy an iPad. What’s with all the fad? The fuss? The pressure?
It took me three months to think and weigh my options and I have five reasons to share why an Android tablet is better for me (Note: Based on a typical lower, middle-class, Filipino, urban professional, family man like me) :
Very handy/Security – iPad’s 10-inch screen is just too big for me to grasp. Add the aluminum body and that makes it more difficult for me to secure it with one hand. Buy a casing for it? An iPad case would probably cost me about Php2,500.00 (US$50 = Php43-US$1). Note: A 7-inch Galaxy Tab or MediaPad, however, would fit my belt bag fine. A case would cost me Php1,800 if I want one. Otherwise, my hand could easily grip it)
It’s Google/Android – What can I say? Google is Android is Google, which means I have this security that all my addresses will sync with my Gmail contacts. Yes, Apple can connect with Google but not as automatic when you own an Android. Peace of mind, I tell yah. By the way, did I mention compatibility with Google Documents too? (Note: With a large community of Android users, more apps and more ideas can crop up that can make user-experience better!)
Price – Why spend Php27,000 (US$629) when today’s gadget gets antiquated after two years? I’m more comfortable shelling out Php23,000 (or lower at times!) without having to worry if it gets old in three years. I’ll be more than happy it will reach more than three years before I buy a new tablet.
Features – All of Samsung’s and Huawei’s 7-inch ‘pads are 3G-ready, SD Card-ready, and has this killer function called, “Swype” that Apple is trying to replicate. Yes, iPhone 4s has Siri but if you don’t have a western accent then Siri doesn’t know you. Sad.
Variety – so many brands to choose from: Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Acer’s Iconia, Asus’ Eee, and a lot more others.
Bottomline: Practically speaking, if your ending salary (net of your monthly commitments and bills) is thirty grand (US$700), buy an iPad (4G version). Me? I need not look further. I checked my loved ones, I checked my wallet, and I checked out my pride. If my reason is to just get on the bandwagon, then I should ask what else I can do with my Php27,000? Heck, I could probably wait for a little longer and get myself to the fifty thousand mark. By then it wouldn’t hurt to get a gadget with that price without denting my savings that much.
I chose not to ride the bandwagon. I checked my lifestyle and realized if a tablet is for me because a Notebook, a Laptop, or even a startup Smartphone would do just fine – for now.
Just when I thought I got the best tablet in town when Huawei just dropped in – albeit a week later after I bought my 7″ plus Samsung Galaxy tab – to launch its best 7-inch tablet to challenge Samsung Galaxy’s 7.0 Plus tablet. This is not the touted iPad challenger but at only Php19,990 a pop, this device is touted to give Samsung a lot of challenge. It’s body is 10.5mm thick only but it brandishes an aluminum unibody (back cover) that only a much more expensive 7.7” Samsung tablet can achieve. It runs fast with a Dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a 1 Gb RAM. It’s camera is a good 5 megapixel size while Samsung’s resolution comes up to 3.2 megapixel.
But wait…what’s Huawei? Who’s Huawei? Huawei is a Chinese company that’s made its mark in the recently held Mobile World Congress in Madrid, Spain. It’s new products, the Mediapad 10 FHD (Full High Definition) and Huawei Ascend D Quad made a debut in that event that pundits said will give The New iPad a run for its money because of its form, function, and processor speed. It’s Smartphone products are now making waves in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
This 7-inch Huawei device is only available at flagship MemoXpress stores in SM North EDSA and Megamall. It’s price is not a promo fit (does not expire) but as soon as stocks are available only. The device is so good, I’m willing to trade off my Php23,990 Samsung for Php20,000 just to be able to buy this new device (That’s almost Php4,000 discount).
I bought my device March 27 only and it’s in solid condition.
If you’re a Samsung-lover, then grab the chance and get my new toy for that much discount. By the way, did I say that the price comes with a Php3,000-value Capdase screen protector and leather case? So I don’t know what you should be waiting for. Drop me a comment and I’ll get in touch with you. First come, first served basis!
And so my problem was solved as soon as I replaced our Wireless G router with the (new) Wireless N router to connect our Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to our home network. I bought the D-Link brand (DI-600) that replaced our old D-Link (DI-524) Wireless G router. The difference between the two, I was told, aside from the “N” and “D” labelings is the “N’s” stronger frequency signal (*and some other good stuff only nerder geeks would know – by the way, that’s a compliment).
How did I figure it out? It’s not simple but I finally put steps in my analyses:
Samsung Service Center’s (SM Megamall) Arnel said that they’ve never experienced the problem I was experiencing. He gave the most radical/uncommon answer (in Filipino), “Ser, try ninyong bumili ng Wireless N router. Baka hindi kaya ng Wireless G router yung problema sa tablet nyo (Sir, try buying a Wireless N router. The connection problem with your tablet is probably with your Wireless G perhaps).”
I am also guessing that malls and shops I was able to connect my Samsung Tab to were probably using Wireless N routers. Remember, you need a more powerful router to connect wireless devices to the internet.
It was nerve-wracking to spend about US$40 for a router we do not need but it’s the only “answer” I have. After buying the router at a nearby Silicon Valley store, I was able to finally connect our two Samsung Galaxy Tabs, our iMac, and our Toshiba Windows 7 notebook without a hitch.
So there goes your “un-techie” answer to those who are having home network connection problems with their newly bought Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus device. The problem is with the router – not with your Galaxy Tab.
Could a Wireless N router fix all my connection problems my Galaxy Tab (v. 7.0 Plus) is experiencing? It seems weird but that’s what technicians at the Samsung Service Center in SM Megamall are pointing to.
Here’s my home Setup while experiencing this problem:
– (2008) D-Link Wireless G router
– My setting: WPA-PSK mode
All my wireless devices are connecting with this setup (iMac, Toshiba Notebook (Windows 7.0), MacBook Pro, MacBook, Huawei Ideos, etc) except for my Samsung Galaxy Tab.
WHAT’S MORE WEIRD
I was able to connect only when I tinkered with my router and used a WEP setting. What’s up with that?