Daily Archives: September 5, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Nook Edition: Screens

Anyone who wants to get a better idea of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 by being able to actually hold it should stop in a Barnes & Noble. Their tablets aren’t clamped down as they are at Best Buy.

But be prepared for a frustrating run-in with the same damned Samsung Retail apps that clog up the tablet and end test sessions as at Best Buy. I was doing this post there, had it in progress, when the Retail app killed my session and I lost the entire post. I was never even able to successfully re-connect with WordPress!

Now the screens…

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Snapdragon 615 Hatred

IFA 2015: Lenovo PHAB Plus might be huge but it fits me like a glove

In the post:

Another concern I have is the Snapdragon 615 chipset, I hate this processor with a passion. It is the single reason why I don’t use the Xiamoi Mi4i and part of the reason my Vivo X5 Pro is sitting at the bottom of a draw (or lake, I don’t remember which).

And then in the Comments:

The processor is bad in the phones I have. I have the Xiaomi Mi4i and the Vivo X5Pro and they both use the 615 and it is junk. The LeTV Le 1 with Mediatek is better, in fact any MT6752 phone is better than a SD615.

This is the first I’ve read of the 615 being, um, sub-optimal.

Here’s a list of phones that use the 615. Among them is the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, which hasn’t gotten terrible reviews. But then there’s the Samsung Galaxy A8, which has.

Perhaps this is why Sony and others have gone with MediaTek chips?


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Internet Test: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

I had all of these tabs open at the same time:


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