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Old October 4th, 2012, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Censored: Samsung refused to post my review

I don't normally write product reviews, but Samsung pestered me to review my recent purchase of a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. So, I wrote what I thought was a thoughtful review (I'd post it here, but Samsung didn't keep it for me to edit; just trashed it because it "did not meet [their] posting guidelines" and said I could log in and write a new one.)

I wondered why I was one of the few that gave it three stars while almost everyone was giving it five. Now I understand. My review was mostly positive, but I said the memory management, forcing program data into main memory instead of the external SD card was "dumb." I compared it, mostly favorably, to my BlackBerry Playbook, which I like a lot, but does not run the Android programs I rely on (yes, it runs many Android programs, just not two that I really need). I also complained about lack of HDMI support.

Apparently they only want product reviews that don't compare their product with others and don't point out dumb design issues. I've learned something about whether one can trust reviews on a manufacturer's web site.

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Old October 4th, 2012, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe they rejected it because these are Android issues, not really Samsungs fault.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Maybe they rejected it because these are Android issues, not really Samsungs fault.
The odd memory management is not an Android problem. At least it's not on my Motorola Android phone which has no problem storing applications in main memory and using the external card for data. Likewise, I'm pretty sure other Android tabs, like the original Tab 7, can do HDMI output, so I think these ARE Samsung's fault. No device is perfect, and generally I like my GTab2 7.0, but a review should point out both pros and cons.
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I am not an expert or even the best informed source but I have read that earlier versions of Android have allowed working apps to be on the external sd card but starting with ICS the capability was removed from the op system. I have not read if it reappeared on JB. While there may be technical issues, I can't help but think that there are marketing reasons (of the tablets) that make sense, i.e., why pay extra for the 16gb/32gb/etc versions if you as the consumer could get the same function of memory by adding an external card? Android is sold, I assume, to the tablet makers - it makes sense for Android to consider how they (tablet makers) market their products.
Just my WAG on the subject.
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The memory management is indeed a ice cream sandwich and up design choice. Yeah it sucks. I agree about the HDMI, my old Archos 43 has a HDMI port. Would have been nice if Samsung included one. I'm not too concerned with those issues, overall I am very pleased with my Samsung.

I was under the impression that android was open source since it's basically Linux.
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