Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


744 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 263


Topic # 191952 22-Feb-2016 15:31
Send private message

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 :-)

 

 


Create new topic
1583 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 317

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1497051 22-Feb-2016 15:34
Send private message

It sure would, pending the prior wear and tear on the battery




744 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 263


  Reply # 1497078 22-Feb-2016 16:06
Send private message

Um..it sure would what?


1247 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 37

Trusted

  Reply # 1497084 22-Feb-2016 16:16
Send private message

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





GZMCC. Nokia Lumia 1020,Galaxy Note 8, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i5 4Gb Ram,128gb, Cam Am Spyder F3 LTD.  GoPro 5 Black, Samsung Gear 3


1583 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 317

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1497092 22-Feb-2016 16:34
Send private message

geekIT:

 

Um..it sure would what?

 

 

 

 

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

 

 


1396 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 366


  Reply # 1497174 22-Feb-2016 18:08
Send private message

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.




744 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 263


  Reply # 1497557 23-Feb-2016 09:01
Send private message

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. 

 

 


2698 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 349

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1497562 23-Feb-2016 09:11
Send private message

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.





My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.

787 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 75

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1497703 23-Feb-2016 11:32
Send private message

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.




744 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 263


  Reply # 1497880 23-Feb-2016 14:54
Send private message

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.

 

 


2698 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 349

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1497887 23-Feb-2016 15:09
Send private message

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.

Cheers, Matt





My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03


The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56


Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47


Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23


Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47


Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38


Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00


Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01


DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08


Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55


Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44


Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38


KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32


FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57


New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.