Your home network PC and smartphone can both have wireless capability by using a router and will provide good performance and security by including password protection and firmware updates.

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Go Wireless With a Router

Linksys 802.11ac router

Many of you already have a router for your home or office network. And some of you use your router for wireless connectivity with the Internet, and of course many of you do both. Routers can be a mystery to many people so I’ve tried to bring down the cobwebs of this device so it can be seen more clearly.

Before routers entered the home arena, they primarily were the backbone of network interconnectivity throughout the Internet. In order for a message to get sent from one location, perhaps on the east coast, to another location 3000 miles away on the west coast, that message would have to travel through several routers. Routers are the interface between networks. It is the traffic cop that “knows” which is the best network to route that message to as our message continues its 3000 mile trek toward its destination. And this process continues until the message finds its destination. Using that technology has been very beneficial for the home user, whether the need is for a personal home network or an office network, at a cost that most people can afford.

Perhaps one of the best investments you can make is purchasing a router, sometimes they’re also called a WAP (wireless access point). For around $80 you can buy a decent router and it will definitely add capabilities to your PC and smartphone that you did not possess before. The latest wireless standard is 802.11ac, which is about three times faster than the previous standard, 802.11n. 802.11ac is backwards compatible, meaning it can be used for older PCs that do not have the 802.11ac yet. If you need to purchase a router, you can buy the 802.11ac one, but it will cost more money. You actually would do fine getting a 802.11n version since benefiting from this speed increase will only occur if your PC also has a network card at the 802.11ac standard. More new PCs have it, but only a small number of PCs industry-wide actually have it installed.

Routers are multi-functional. They can be used for:

  • Home/office network
  • Wireless connectivity for your home/office PC
  • Wireless connectivity for your smartphone

As far as which companies make the best routers, that is really a judgement call, but some of the more popular routers are made Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, and Belkin.

Home/Office Network

One of the big advantages of having a router is being able to connect multiple PCs together, whether they are desktops or laptops. And if one of your PCs is a laptop, you can have it wirelessly connected to the Internet and surf the Web from anywhere in your home or office. Routers add a strong convenience factor and flexibility to your computing environment. You can have your home or office network wired together with Cat-5 cabling and/or you can set it up for wireless connectivity. This is great for sharing files between the PCs on your network or if you have a printer, you can have each PC share that networked printer.

To wire your network, you’ll need a few Cat-5 cables that you should be able to purchase where you purchased the router. Plug one end of a Cat-5 cable to your cable modem and the other end of that cable  into the router jack labled, “Internet”, located on the back of the router. The various PCs you will have on the network plug into one of the Ethernet jacks labled on the back of the router as well. When you first configure the router, you’ll plug it into one of these Ethernet jacks. Each router has an interface program which has all of the options/choices for operation, and many also have a quick start guide which will allow you to leave several of the options at their preset default values, so you’ll really only need to select a few choices to get it up and running in just a few minutes.

Wireless PC Connectivity

Let’s look at it first in terms of using it for wireless usage. Many of you know that you can use a public wireless (WiFi) hot spot (Starbuck’s or any Internet Café) to connect your laptop to the Internet. If you desire to connect to the Internet using wireless connectivity while you’re at home, purchasing a router is the way to go. Once you have your router set up for wireless operation, it is simply a matter of selecting your router amongst the list of routers you will see listed, and connecting to it.

Wireless Smartphone Connectivity

Not only can you use it for a wireless connection to the Internet for your PC, you can also use it as a wireless connection for your smartphone. Many people like this feature if they live in an area where there isn’t any cell phone tower coverage. On your phone you simply go into the settings menu and configure the phone for wireless operation. On a voice call, the wireless  part of the call if from your phone to your router. Since the router is wired to your cable modem, the voice call continues from the router to the cable modem and out through your cable line onto the Internet. It’s simple to do and just about all phones now have wireless capability. Most phones with wireless capability will also keep track of how many wireless minutes you have used as well. And if you’re consuming a lot of voice minutes through your cell phone carrier’s cellular network, by using the router to go wireless, you just might lower enough of your voice call minutes to drop down to a lower priced carrier plan, thus saving you money.

Avoid Router hijacking-Use Password Protection

You could be a victim of neighborhood bandwidth hijacking. It is quite common for nearby users in one’s neighborhood to tap into your router’s signal and connect to the Internet using your router’s bandwidth. Other people using your router not only causes your wireless performance to suffer, you are in essence giving them free Internet access. The way to combat this is to put password protection on your router. You can set up the password protection by going into the router settings as well as choosing the best type of encryption method.

Wireless Encryption

Data encryption discussed here is for the wireless portion of the data path. Once the data enters a wired path, the data is decrypted before traveling further. There are two methods for encrypting your data; WPA and WEP. WPA is a much stronger encryption method and thus much more secure. You would be better off selecting WPA as your encryption choice since the encryption key is changing regularly versus WEP, where the encryption key never changes, and is much easier to hack.

Improve your performance by experimenting

Play around with the router’s external antenna, if it has one. Move the antenna to various angles (45 degrees, 90 degrees, etc)and observe what it does to your performance. Some performance improvements as high as 20 percent are possible by these adjustments.

Relocate your router to various locations in the house, if possible. If you have more than one location for the cable outlet, that will make it easy. You can also get a splitter and split the cable into a Y configuration and run additional cabling to various locations throughout the house. If you have several PCs throughout the house, try to visualize a location that is central to all of them and establish that is the router location. That is much better than having all of your PCs on one floor and having the router down in the basement. Distance and obstructions can affect the signal.

Get Firmware Upgrades for Better Performance

If you purchased your own router for your Internet usage, check the router manufacturer web site for firmware updates since these updates often results in performance improvements. Check if one is available for your model by locating the model# printed on the underside of the unit. Enter the model# and see if there are any upgrades to the firmware. If there are, download and install the upgrade and you will more than likely experience some performance improvement. If your cable (high-speed broadband) provider is also providing a router for your usage, contact them and see if a firmware upgrade is available. Sometimes, rather than issue a firmware upgrade, your cable provider may simply swap your unit with a newer version, which often results in a performance increase.

Buying a router is one of the best investments you’ll make for your home computing environment. Compared to the various advantages, the cost is minimal and once it’s set up and running, you’ll be very glad you did. If you’ll be using it with several PCs and various users, purchase the most expensive router you can since the more expensive ones usually handle the additional bandwidth drain better than low-end routers. If you have an older PC that does not have a wireless network adapter card, you can usually find them at the same stores that sell routers. Many of the newer ones are very small and easy to install: just plug it into a USB slot on your PC. Once you begin experiencing wireless operation and the flexibility of using your laptop in any location of your household, you’ll wonder how you did without it for all these years!


Android Cell Phone Tips

Android phones constitute well over 50% of the cell phone market so I assume that many of you have an Android phone. I thought about some key things on using an Android phone that I believe will help you get more out of the phone while enjoying maximum security and communication efficiency.

I've made a list of six things that include security, organizing your data, improving communications, as well as preventing unnecessary data fees. Let's begin with security.

Set Up a Pin Code for Top Data Security

One of the best things you can do to secure your phone is to set-up a pin code so that if you lose your phone, nobody can access your data, or even worse, be a victim of identify theft. To set-up a pin code, go into Settings, then select Security, and Screen Lock. From there it's just a matter of setting up the Pin. 

Installing Anti-Virus Software Can Protect Your Lost Phone

Not only does a good anti-virus program for your Android phone protect it from the usual virus problems, it will also warn you when you’re about to click on a possible dangerous link or inform you about spyware snooping on you.  In some cases, the anti-virus program will even end a process for optimum performance. AVG has an excellent anti-virus app for Android phones that is free and it does a great job in performing the above mentioned duties.  Besides this protection, if you lose the phone, it will lock it down, track the location through the GPS, and can even wipe your data if you feel  there’s no hope in retrieving the phone and you don’t want your phone data compromised. To install AVG you can download from the app store. AVG is also an excellent anti-virus program for your PC, and the download and virus definition updates are free.

Back-up Your Data and Settings 

You can lose data and your settings on your cell phone just like you can lose them on your PC. It makes sense to back-up your data to the Google servers so you can do a restore if you have a problem down the road. To back-up your data, go to Settings, and select Backup & reset.  A new window will open; select the choice, “Back up my data.” To fine tune this process, select the choice Backup account.  The “Set backup account” window will open with a list of any google accounts you’re using. There will also be a choice for adding another account.  If you select that choice, it will ask you if you want to use an existing account or create a new one.  If you select existing account, you will then be asked to login with your username/password. After a successful login, you will see a window, “Account sign-in successful,” along with all of the accounts that are synched. Your specific phone may not have these exact words, but the process will be very similar.

You can also back-up other data such as music, pictures, and videos using 3rd-party software.  One popular program is AirSync from Doubletwist. It costs five dollars but does a great job backing up your data and synching your data with your PC.  You can also use Google Music and Piccasa, which will do a good job backing up your data and it’s free.

Use Folders to Organize Your Apps

I have a lot of apps on my smartphone. I'm sure you have quite a few as well. I got frustrated one evening when I could not locate an app due to the sheer number of them listed on the screen. It was from that experience that I decided to create a few folders and organize my data.

To create a folder, on some phones just simply go into Settings and select folders. However, on many Android smartphones, you don't have a menu for that choice. You create the folder by laying one app on top of another. If you drag an app icon over to another app icon and drop it on top of it, the phone will automatically show both apps in a box with "unnamed folder" below. Just click on the unnamed folder to name it whatever folder title you want and then depress the Done button. 

Clear the App Cache When it Misbehaves

One of the frustrating things with phones is an app that is out of control. It seems to raise havoc with the phone, and crashes frequently. Rather than going to the extreme to uninstall it, first see if clearing the cache corrects the problem. Much of the time, it will. To clear the cache, go to Settings, then Applications, followed by Manage Applications, followed by selecting the misbehaving app. Clearing the cache will not have any effect on your settings so you can do this procedure with confidence. 

Avoid Paying Extra for Exceeding Data Limit

If you’re on a limited data plan, it’s important to know how much data you’ve used. To view your data usage, go to Settings, then select Data Usage. You will see a list of all of your apps that consume data with the amount used thus far. You can also view each app settings but the important item is the choice to limit the app’s usage. Check the box, “Limit mobile data usage.” You can also specify what is the cutoff point. If you only want to focus on limiting one specific app, since each app is listed, select the app and a new window will open for designating what data limit you want to assisgn.  Just check the box, “Restrict background data.” Doing this restricts your mobile network data usage but will allow you to use WiFi if it’s available. Remember, using WFfi does not count toward your minutes or data usage. 

It really only takes a few minutes to implement the above tips. Keep in mind that some Android menus will be worded slightly differently, depending on the manufacturer. I'll provide more Android cell phone tips in future posts.



Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Tablet


The third generation of the Amazon Kindle tablet family has been added to the mix with the Kindle Fire HDX 7.  It’s got a new look, for the better, although some of the changes are questionable. For example having the power switch and volume control on the back necessitates having to pick up the unit to adjust the volume or turn it off and on. Overall though the look of this new generation of Kindle from Amazon is attractive and it does have some improvements. Let’s look at the HDX 7 more closely.

Physical Features

  • The physical specifications are 7.32 x 5.04 x 0.35 inches and the weight is .66 lbs, which puts it at exactly the same weight as the Nexus 7 tablet.  There is a micro USB port on the left side of the unit and a headphone jack on the right side. We don’t know the specifics on the front-camera, but it does function at about average quality for taking photos or videos of oneself. There is no back camera; apparently the cameras are not a priority for this design. 
  • The screen has a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution, which puts the pixel density at 323 pixels per inch, which is very good, beating out the iPad Mini. The screen color is adequate, although there have been reports of some units having a yellowish cast to white colors. The backlight bleeding that characterized the HD model has been corrected although the brilliance of the screen is a little on the dark side.

Easy Navigation

  • Navigating through the HDX is exciting. Put plainly, this Kindle model goes through its paces very nicely and you will appreciate it when playing games. The quad-core Snapdragon processor with a 2.2GHz (compared to the speeds of the 1GHz iPad Mini and the 1.5GHz Nexus 7) speed outpaces most of the HDX’s competitors. This is one area where the HDX shines; it is truly a zippy tablet. As mentioned already, along with the Snapdragon processor, the HDX has an Adreno 330 graphics processor, along with 16GB SSD with 2GB of RAM. There is no microSD card slot so you’ll have to make due with the 16GB storage, although there are 32 and 64GB versions available also. If you are one for storage, they might meet your needs somewhat better. 
  • The sensors include the standard accelerometer, gyroscope, light, voice command, and voice recording sensors. WiFi contains dual-band support using 802.11 a, b, g, n. Ports include USB 2.0 with a microUSB connector for data and charging purposes. The battery life for the HDX is decent at 10 hours although Amazon claims the battery will go 11 hours; it’s another case of reality versus drama.

Impressive Benchmark Tests

  • GFX bench tests results included using the HDX native resolution and 1080p. The only tablet that beat the HDX was the NVIDIA Tegra, which boasted a 39/24 score versus the HDX’s 22/23 score. However, the HDX clearly beat the Google Nexus 7 at 15/16, the iPad 4 at 12/17, as well as the iPad Mini at 7/4.
  • The UI interface for the HDX is clearly designed for Amazon fans, and if you’re an Amazon Prime Member, you will be very pleased. Much of the screen is geared for it including the Amazon store (not the Google store as app support is spotty), streaming video, video downloads, and borrowing books, all Prime Member features that Amazon offers. If you’re a dedicated Android app fan, you will be disappointed due to the practically non-existent choices available and would be better served going with another Android tablet. 

Mayday for Customer Service

  • An Amazon customer support feature that was very nice was the integrated feature known as Mayday. To select chose Mayday from the menu and select Connect. Within seconds an Amazon customer support person will assist you. They can see your screen and other graphic operations but if you want to end the session, you can cancel the connection at any time. In theory, Amazon’s customer service goal is a 15-second connection time from the time you selected Mayday. 
  • Because of the well-organized interface, selecting programs from the screen or trying to locate something is very easy to do on the HDX. Everything is listed where it should be and the frustration of having to go through several nested menus to locate your item of choice is not the case with this machine. In fact, newbie PC and tablet users will find the HDX interface one of the easiest they will ever use.

At an MSRP of $229.00, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a great value and cheaper than the Nexus 7. If you don’t mind the shortage of Android apps, you will have a great time with this tablet. You will appreciate its snappy performance and ease of interface. And if you’re an Amazon Prime Member, you will very much appeciate the strong Amazon accent. Amazon definitely is a company with more than just books to offer.


Apple iPad 4 Tablet


It’s going to be a little while to have enough reliable and substantial information regarding the soon to be released iPad 5 for a blog post, so I’ve included the iPad 4 for this review with the other tablets I’ve recently posted. The iPad 4 is undoubtedly the best version of this famous tablet, and Apple did not disappoint although the changing of the 30-pin to Lightning connector has upset a few customers, although it truly was an improvement for a few reasons. Regardless, the changes have been positive and in keeping with generational improvements; they just keep getting better, which is the way it should be.

Physically, the iPad 4 and the iPad 3 are identical in size. The iPad 4 dimensions are 7.31”W x .37”D x 9.5”H, with a 1.44 lbs weight. The screen is a 9.7” (diagonal) inch LED backlight multitouch display with IPS technology, with a 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. The screen has a fingerprint resistant coating which improves readability as well. 

It is almost identical to the third generation iPad on the outside except for the power/data connector on the bottom. The Home button is still in the same location, with the volume rocker switch and the silent screen/rotation lock located next to it, on the right edge of the body. At the top you have the microphone on one side and the 3.5mm headphone mini-jack on the other side. 

The important major changes occurred inside the device, significantly increasing the performance. Three major changes showcase the fourth generation iPad including faster performance, replacement of the 30-pin dock connector with a new Lightning connector, and improved camera performance.

Faster Overall Performance

The iPad 4 received a new A6X processor, at 1.4GHz, (along with a quad-core graphics processor) a 40% improvement over the previous model’s A5X 1GHz processor. The benchmark tests reflect a marked improvement in performance. Geekbench Benchmark results indicate an iPad 4 score of 1764 versus the iPad 3 759. The GL Benchmark Egypt Offscreen results indicate an iPad 4 score of 183 versus the iPad 3 126. Basically, the tablet performed admirably with any application used with it, including some high-performance gaming apps; overall, a good solid performance machine.

The iPad 4 supports Bluetooth version 4.0 and WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n and Apple claims the WiFi has been improved with Channel Bonding, which utilizes two adjacent Wi-Fi channels simultaneously to double the bandwidth. Although sound in theory, in the real world, some interference occurs which has a negative effect and substantial reduction in bandwidth as a result. On the LTE version of the iPad 4, the LTE chip has been improved, with additional frequencies added for better worldwide support. There are two iPad models; one model is for Verizon and Sprint, and the other model is for AT&T, with each model using different LTE frequencies. The upgraded LTE chip also has improved GPS and GLONASS (Russian satellite location finding system used with GPS for improved accuracy).

Lightning Connector Replacement

The old 30-pin dock connector located on the bottom edge, which has been used for Apple products for eight years was replaced with a new, much slimmer but stronger connector that Apple calls Lightning. The new Lightning connector actually is now the standard connector on the latest version of all of Apple’s mobile devices. There were reasons for the change. First of all, the previous 30-pin connector was rather fragile and tended to break easily. The new Lightning connector is much slimmer and a much better connection is now the result with improved resiliency. You could only insert the older connector one-way, which at times would result in bent pins from users trying to force it in the wrong way. The new Lightning connector can be inserted either way with no problems. And of course, this new Lightning connector has now become the standard on all of Apple’s latest mobile devices. There is an adapter you can get which converts from 30-pin to Lightning for those using the older accessories.

Improved Cameras

Both the front and rear cameras have been improved over the previous iPad model, although the megapixel size is the same, 1.2 megapixel for the front camera and 5 megapixel for the rear camera. However, both cameras have been improved and the unit also has a new image signal processor for better image stabilization. Although the quality of the images are not at the standard of the iPhone 5, there was definitely improvement in overall quality from the previous model when comparison shots were performed. The rear 5 megapixel camera retained the same capabilities including:

  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • For video recording important features were retained including:
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Backside illumination

The important thing to note about the front-facing camera is that it now supports a 720p video conference capability. Tests were performed using FaceTime and there was a substantial improvement in quality.

The iPad 4 did perform adequately on the power check test. The battery is a 42.5 watt-hour lithium type and in comparison tests, it did not do quite as well as last year’s model, registering a session life of 9 ½ hours versus the iPad 3’s 10 hour span.

Choices include colors black and white, as well as a WiFi or WiFi + Cellular. Prices start at $499 for the 16GB version, up to 64GB for $699.

My overall opinion of the iPad 4 is that it’s a great tablet with some solid performance improvements over the previous iPad 3. With the iPad 5 release pending, Apple will no doubt be cutting prices and you could get a sweet deal on the 4 with some great features to boot. It all boils down to your pocketbook: enjoy the savings reduction due to the new release or go for the new technology and its additional features with the iPad 5. That is always the dilema with choosing a cutting-edge device, features or money. For many long-time Apple customers it’s almost always the features and the newer device usually wins.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet


Where the Nexus 7 tablet does everything moderately well, givingit a good all-around usage repuation, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 seemsto have found more of a specific niche with its unique interface.That niche is note taking, but it is a sophisticated note-taking ability, withsome excellent customization options.  Along with checking email andsurfing the Web, this combination enhances productivity and you can be verycreative with its cut and paste capabilities. The 2013 version has someconsiderable improvements over last year's version. It has slimmed down abit. 

The physical dimensions comparison tells the story:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) weight: 1.18 lbs
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2012) weight: 1.32 lbs
  • width 9.62 height 6.75 depth .31"

The 2013 Note update now has Jelly Bean 4.3 as the Android OS.There's a lot to like about the new Note 10.1.

  • Much higher screen and camera resolution, faster CPU
  • Micro-USB charging
  • Android 4.3
  • Air Command task shortcuts
  • Overhauled S Note note-taking app
  • Multitasking enhancements

Let's look at the various features, beginning with thescreen. One of the biggest improvements is of course the screen and it hasbeen significantly improved.


  • The display got upgraded nicely and has more pixels thanthe previous model, at 2,560 x 1,600-pixel resolution. The bezel is smallergiving it a thinner look, and the rear case has a leather look which comes inblack or white. The graphics benchmark test (3D Mark app) scored well. It was13,677, which was lower than the ASUS but higher than the iPad 4 and the Nexus10.
  • The inside of the Note 10.1 has a Exynos 5420 quad-coreprocessor, 3GB RAM, and microSD card slot that's expandable up to 64GB. Thereare speakers on the left and right bezel and the top bezel has a 1.9 megapixelcamera, along with a light sensor. The backside camera is 5 megapixels, whichhas increased from the 3 megapixel variety in the previous Tab models. WiFiincludes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. There are also ports for USB 2.0, and it comes withBluetooth version 4.0. You've now got a Micro-USB charging port instead of theproprietary charger that came with last year's Note 10.

The S-Pen Writing Interface

Jumping right into the note-taking capabilities which is thebiggest selling point and strength to this model, is the S-Pen, which issmaller than a regular writing instrument. It does take a little gettingused to in your hand to feel comfortable, but it does perform the writingfunction nicely and it feels smooth when gliding across the Note's screen. 

For basic screen operations the S-pen does all of the work foryou. To launch the S-Note app, press the button on the S Pen and double tap anyscreen. If you want to capture and annotate any screen, press the button on theS Pen, then press and hold the pen on any screen. The screen is captured andready for you to write notes on it. To go back to a previous screen, just pressthe button on the S Pen and drag it to the left. To display the menu screen,press the button on the S Pen and drag the pen up.

The S-Note App

S-Note is the magic to using the S-pen and sketching. Start itby clicking the S Note icon on the home screen or menu. Click the + icon tomake a new note and you have seven different note templates to use. You alsocan change the way the notes look by using four different pen settings and canchange the colors to your particular taste. The Productivity tool option allowsyou to convert any of your notes to regular typed text as well. Want to do asearch? You can write the keyword you're looking for with a question mark andit does the rest. This is part of the new Quick Command feature; it's a featurethat activates applications you use most often and allows you to write out thecommand shortuct using customized S Pen movements.

Creating with the S-Pen and Customized Templates

One of the great things is creating your own notebook. You canpersonalize how it looks. You can change the way the cover looks by selectingfrom several options. You can also change the way the background looks by usingtwelve different images. There's a Birds-Eye view option where it shows you allof the notebook contents so you can edit whatever you want.

What's really cool is the various templates you can use withit. 

  • The Note template allows you to keep memorable events record orsimply make a daily list.
  • Idea Note template can be used to record and share any ideas youhave. 
  • Meeting Note is great if you're in a meeting and want to takenotes and share them later. You can time-tag them by writing in the date-timeor select from a menu and assign it. You can handwrite the attendees from thatmeeting or select them from your contact list. 
  • The Magazine template is for creating personalized magazines byincluding media photos, images, or videos. It's perfect for creating a personalgreeting card. 
  • The Diary template is obvious; use it to record your dailyissues or thoughts and inspirations. It will record the date and time-tagit. 
  • The Recipe template is perfect for recording recipes andinserting photos of different incredients or showing the finishedproduct. 
  • The Travel template is great for keeping a record of all of theplaces you've visited or perhaps a special vacation. 

Multitasking With the Screen

Some other great features of the Note 10.1 includeimproved screen capabilities, especially when multitasking. Dual View,Cascade View, and Air View are great for screen operations and give you a lotof lattitude on how to display and manipulate the screen contents.

  • With Dual View you can have two apps open side by side performingtheir individual task at the same time. If you need to put information from oneapp into the other, you simply cut and paste the info.
  • Cascade View allows you to open several apps and place them in acascade fashion, one on top of the other. If you're doing several things atonce, which is often the case for many, this allows you to move data from oneapp to the other easily. You can also pin one of the apps so it stays on topduring the entire process.
  • Air View enables you to access what's in an app without havingto open the app. Think of it as a preview of what's to come. One area wherethis really shines is moving through the various scenes of a video. If you havea lot of photos in an album, you can hold the S Pen over the album and it willpreview all of the photos in that album. If you need to scroll through manyphotos simply hold the S Pen over the edge and it will automatically scroll.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in the 16GB model, and $599.99for the 32GB model. That's quite a steep price if you are not the type whowould appreciate note taking. This tablet would do well for a business person,student who takes a lot of notes, and more creative type people, who appreciateit's editing capabilities which are useful when using the various templates. Ifyou do not fall into the above categories, I would strongly suggest you goanother route. Even the iPad which is not inexpensive by any stretch of theword would be a better match for you. As the old saying goes, "Realizeyour strengths, and run with them" would be my advice for choosing thetablet that is right for you.



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