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#191952 22-Feb-2016 15:31
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After doing some research, it seems that my wife and I could buy a used Tab S without breaking our (limited) bank.

 

But we're unfamiliar with these gadgets and need to know if it would do what we want. Please excuse the dumb questions :-)

 

1) Its main purpose would be to sit on the ledge of a gym treadmill while I watch movies (avi, mkv, mp4). So the first question is -will it do this? The movies would be preloaded onto an SD or micro SD card, and I'd use either Bluetooth or regular headphones, whichever is best.

 

2) This also assumes that its battery would last for at least 1 -2 hours. Is this likely with a 2014 (?) device? Or do their batteries get tired with age as do laptops?

 

3) Lastly, we'd probably use the Tab as a backup device for accessing the internet in the evenings from a lounge chair. We both have laptops but I'm thinking we'd probably tend to pick up the Tab in preference, being smaller and lighter. So, would it patch into our (regular-type) broadband network?

 

Thanks for reading :-)

 

 





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  #1497051 22-Feb-2016 15:34
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It sure would, pending the prior wear and tear on the battery


 
 
 

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  #1497078 22-Feb-2016 16:06
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Um..it sure would what?





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  #1497084 22-Feb-2016 16:16
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http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-1253129/review

 

 

 

Here is a review I came accross. Seems to be quite good





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  #1497092 22-Feb-2016 16:34
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geekIT:

 

Um..it sure would what?

 

 

 

 

You asked 3 questions, and that is the answer to all 3

 

 


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  #1497174 22-Feb-2016 18:08
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The ballpark for battery life for a high end tablet (iPad or Tab S or similar) is about 10 hours when playing movies.

 

It would have to be pretty badly abused to not last even 1-2 hours. Even the crappy budget tablets should do what you're expecting.


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  #1497557 23-Feb-2016 09:01
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Great tips, guys. Thanks for the review link, psychrn - it's quite fulsome.

 

The only thing that I couldn't find much info about was the Tab's Bluetooth capability. This could be useful as I'm finding it a pain to use wired headphones at the gym.

 

Anyone know if Bluetooth is included on all 10.5" models or just some?

 

Further to that, how good are Bluetooth cans? Are some makes better than others?

 

I'd only be using the headphones at less than a meter so distance isn't important. 

 

 





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  #1497562 23-Feb-2016 09:11
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Hey,

 

I can answer all your questions. I have a Galaxy Tab S 10.5". To answer your questions:

 

1. All models have bluetooth.

 

2. SD card makes it easy to put movies onto the device. Plug the tab into your PC with a USB cable and drag the movies to either the device or the SD card (they come up as two seperate USB devices in Windows explorer)

 

3. Battery life is excellent. Our tablet gets thrashed every day (probably 2 hours screen time on) and needs charging every other day.

 

4. I use the headphones below with the tablet and they work great. More than 1 m of range, up to 10 m easily.

 

5. It has wifi so will connect to your wifi router.

 

Ax610Headphones

 

Cheers, Matt.





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I'm using a tablet 3 years older, the Samsung Tab 7.7 for all the things you mentioned and it works sweet as, battery life is still decent, lasted to Hawaii on a flight there last year. I use it for media consumption on the treadmill also, I have a 64 Gig micro sd card in there, and then sometimes out and about/meetings, I'll take advantage of the 3G capability. All your questions appear to be answered, but I thought I'd throw in my experience with an older Samsung Tablet.


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  #1497880 23-Feb-2016 14:54
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Hairy1: Thanks, Matt, that's exactly the sort of info I was looking for. All we need now is to find a Tab S 10.5" in good nick. Cheers :-)

 

Edit: Matt, Thanks for the link to the cans. Did you get yours from Aliexpress in China? I assume they're chargeable with the included lead?

 

 

 

NzBeagle: Thanks for your contribution, but I think the 10.5" will be better for movie viewing.

 

 





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  #1497887 23-Feb-2016 15:09
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Yes. I got mine from Aliexpress. I normally run on the road with mine. They are good as I can still hear what's going on around me.

They include a USB cable and will charge from any USB port.

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