Saturday, June 30, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0- New Toy!!!

I have been on the tablet market forever now.  Forever because I am quite indecisive and there is always something newer coming out.  I finally decided to get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.  I'll consider this my "entry-level-let-me-see-how-I-like-tablets" tablet.  I wanted something small and relatively inexpensive so it was between the Kindle Fire and the Galaxy Tab.

(my boring homescreen,
xda-developers here I come)

I went with the Samsung for several reasons.   First, because it is a completely open Android based tablet.  The Kindle is Android however is "locked down" so to speak. It limits you to the Amazon app offerings.  Additionally, the Samsung has front and rear facing cameras.  Both tablets are 8 GB however a nice feature of the Samsung is the the ability to expand you storage with a microSD card.  You will need it because even though it is advertised as 8 GB when you get the tablet before installing anything Samsung has taken up a little over 3 GB.  When I saw ~4 GB of storage available that was a major turn off.  How are you going to advertise this as 8 GB when almost 50% is already full!!  Once I got past that I started downloading all the apps I use and started pounding this thing to see if I liked it enough to keep.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
(nice size, no problem with one hand,
excuse the fingerprints)
At first I knew this thing was going back.  It seemed unresponsive and sluggish and this was only a few days in.  After restarting it I haven't experienced anymore of that so I don't know what was going on.  I have beat it up downloading apps, taking pictures, draining the battery, using email, amd doing most of what I do on my laptop and I love it now.  Absolutely love it.  It's a keeper!!!  I think I just had to bond with my new toy.

What I like:
Size- can throw it in my purse and not take up to much space
Android based- tons of free apps
Front and rear facing cameras- skype
Expandable storage- you'll need it
Bluetooth/GPS/IR (it can be a remote control!!)
Decent Price
Battery like seems fine for my use

What I don't like:
8 GB that is really more like 4 GB and some change
Keyboard- I keep hitting the caps lock key.  I can get a new keyboard though
Short charging cable

Of course now the Google Nexus is about to come out!!!!!  I can't keep up,  Technology moves so fast.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I Need To Make Something

I am dying to sit down at the sewing machine.  Seriously I looked through my patterns today and think I have one two that I am going to give a go.  It has been ages since I have sewed anything.  I have 2 UFOs sitting in bins that I think I am just going to toss and start fresh.

View D of this  New Look pattern has 3 pieces . Three!!!!  And to top it off I think there are only like 6 steps.  I think I can do this.  I may even cut the pattern pieces out tonight.  Stay tuned.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bello Machre Every Step Counts

We got to be cheerleaders for the day!!!  Bello Machre held an awesome Bike-A-Thon/Walk-A-Thon on June 9th to raise money.  An wonderful group of people helping people with developmental disabilities.  My daughters and I got to cheer people on as they walked and rode by.  A lot of high fives, thank yous, and good jobs.  It was nice to be out doing volunteer work and I was really proud of my girls for waking up so early and getting out there with me.  We had a great time.  There was lots of food, music, games, a moon bounce AND a rock climbing wall.

Yep there's me on the wall.  My arms gave out part way up so I didn't get the top.  It was fun just to try it again though.  I used to be in much better shape :-(  I guess I need to work on that.

Bello Machre Every Step Counts 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Music Motivation

A little something to get back in workout mode.  Now I have to get an awesome playlist together. Any suggestions?

iPod Nano