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Some serious issues for true Android users. For the kids only, and barely at that.
on March 16, 2014
Overall a nice form factor/size with pretty good responsiveness and battery life considering the cost. There are a number of nags though that make this an unlikeable tablet for me.
1. The latest supported android firmware is 4.1.2. At this point, pretty far behind 4.4. Missing two major releases from Google. KitKat still not out (though samsung says it's close).
2. No official cyanogenmod port, so you're basically stuck with 3-year old Android software with no 3rd party roms
3. In-built SD card is useless because 4.1.2 doesn't let you move apps from internal storage to SD card. So if you're planning on loading it up with lots of large games for the kids, you're limited to 8GB.
4, Permanant soft buttons and home button have no lighting whatsoever. Really sucks when you're using the tablet at night.
5. USB charging is crippled by default if you connect to an actual computer. You can overcome this by doing the insert-slowly-halfway trick with the usb cable, but seriously, not being able to charge a tablet from a PC? That's BS.
6. Lots of crapware preloaded. Some people may like this, but I personally like my tablets clean so I can install what I want, not what Samsung wants.
7. I have to agree to a bunch of samsung licensing and EULAs to use the tablet-- kind of BS considering Android is open source software.
I bought this tablet because the bezel is small and the form factor is nice, plus it came with the nice little case. But this is crippled compared to my phone because of the limitations, and I regret not having done some more research before I bought it. Should have stuck with the nexus tabs-- they're uglier, but at least they're functional and supported by the dev community...
Overall I think I'm going to sell this guy on ebay and buy something else. I'm not hopeful that kitkat will solve many of the issues and it may be years before we get a CM build. At the end of the day, there's better ways to spend your $200.