As you may have read before, our eldest daughter Marie has a bit of OCD when it comes to making space and clearing out what she perceives to be old unwanted and used items around the house and home, from sitting room, to kitchen to bedrooms if it has been there too long, at some point it has to go. The only real worry in all of this is that one day she may decide that it's time for ..... Well better not go there.....
On the other hand Ishbel and I, mainly me, never throws anything away, we even have stuff, including towels and and dishes that we got as wedding gifts for goodness sake and we have been married for 37 and a half years. Well A couple of months ago Marie decided it was time for a clear out and we ended up getting rid of tons of stuff either to charity shops, the local tip and to Free Cycle and it was a pretty cathartic experience.
While I still like to hang on to things I do now also look at much of it with a new perspective and think do I need to really hang on to it. Recently I looked at a bunch of electrical and other bits lying around and Ishbel had a couple of great wee MP3 players, pre apple and I had one or two computer drives and stand alone disks and bits and bobs and took them all along to Cash Converters which offers you money for goods or indeed you can pawn them and redeem them later.
As a result of that wee clear out I got just short of £90 GBP probably about $125-$130
As you know I have the iPad tablet and Ishbel has her beloved Samsung 10" but as she wanders about the South of England on Shank's pony, bus and train visiting the kids on her mid week off days I more than she waas often worried about her being mugged while sitting on the train on her own with her 'big' tablet so decided to 'upgrade' and 'downsize' to the smaller Galaxy tab 2 - 7".
This is a fantastic wee machine and the speed of it is pretty amazing. It only has a 3 mpix camera but the images are so clear and sharp and the sound system and watching movies on it are pretty sharp too. You get all the usual apps and connections and it really is a sweet little thing. According to the Samsung web site it comes with 8, 16 or 32 gb of memory but the only one we could get, as I wasn't prepared to wander around a half dozen shops, was a 8 gb one! but no matter as it comes with a memory slot so shelled out another £30 ($50) for a 32gb SD card giving tons of memory for all those game apps, photos and every cliff Richard song that has ever been recorded that Ishbel of otherwise impeccable taste, seems to adore!
THE ONLY PROBLEM IS, AS GOOD AS IT IS, SAMSUNG AND ANDROID ARE A BUNCH OF ARSEHOLES, COS GUESS WHAT, UNLIKE ON OTHER ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEMS WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD AN APP OR A GAME OR YOUR PHOTOS OR MOST ANYTHING, YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO TRANSFER THEM TO THE MICRO SD CARD BUT NOT WITH THIS WONDERFUL LITTLE TAB THAT SUDDENLY TURNS INTO A USELESS PIECE OF JUNK THAT SOON RUNS OUT OF MEMORY
So, my recommendation to you, if you are looking to upgrade, but downsize, DO NOT BUY A GALAXY TAB 2 OR ANY OTHER SAMSUNG TABLET THAT PROVIDES YOU WITH A MICRO SD SLOT BUT DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO UTILISE IT EASILY TO TRANSFER DATA THAT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON YOUR DEVICE.
CHECKING OUT THE MANY FORUMS ON THE WEB ON THIS, THERE ARE A LOT OF UNHAPPY PEOPLE OUT THERE BUT APPARENTLY SAMSUNG HAVE PUBLICLY STATED THAT THEY DO NOT INTEND TO FIX THIS 'CUSTOMER BUG'
SO, IF YOU WANT SOMETHING THAT WILL NOT RUN OUT OF SPACE PARTICULARLY YOU GAMERS, LIKE ISHBEL
DO NOT BUY THIS LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD, BUT OTHERWISE PIECE OF CRAP.