Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0:
I stopped in Barnes & Noble for another fondle of the Nook Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0.
That screen is very, very glossy. It’s also harsh for reading. Despite the different screen modes and brightness settings I tried.
B&N has really locked down the two demo units I previously tried after I published this post. That’s not coincidental. Someone panicked. Now I can’t use the button for splitscreen or multitasking and I can’t upload screensnaps to this blog or even email! They also locked down the Notifications swipe-down gesture!
However, they didn’t cut off Install Unknown Sources. So I got evil and downloaded Google Play Books and the Kindle app. Both were a pain to get. The Kindle app came from Samsung’s app store. The Google app from the Play Store — somehow (I had to do some contortions I don’t recall now).
Neither of them would run as-is. Both wanted me to sign into my Amazon and Google accounts before I could try anything. No. I deleted both apps before I left B&N.
See the annoying video — with other benchmarks too — after the break.
By now, iOS 9 should be on all demo devices at all Apple Stores. A quick way of knowing is to quickly double-press the Home button to call up the Card View. If it looks more like a carousel than a set of separated cards, then it’s iOS 9.
My first encounter with iOS 9 (click any image to enlarge):
“Peek” view, where the leftmost app (Safari, here) becomes inactive.
I’m in a state of shock.
Not only did it download the PDF that iOS 8.x couldn’t, it opened in iBooks and worked as above.
The video is short because the nearby Mini I used ran out of capacity for the video(!).
I will now go wander the bitter streets of Manhattan in a daze.
More maybe later…
Google Books PDFs category
I’m looking forward to this phone. Well, all the reviews and user reports. No matter how tempting, never buy first.
Filed under Android, Video
Picard with orange PADD [Source]
In my time holding the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook Edition at Barnes & Noble, I realized that I’d be holding one of these tablets for a lonnnng time while reading.
So I thought I’d investigate weight.
See three videos after the break.
See it and weep after the break.