As recently reported, I had finally gotten the software on my tablet (a 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite) more or less playing well together, and suddenly I’m faced with a hardware problem. That problem being it had died. Deader than Elvis.
So the tl;dr version is that I was able to upgrade to an 8″ Samsung Galaxy Tab A.
Of course that is what the title is all about! What did you think I meant?
And anyway, if you’re a tl;dr kind of person, what in the world are you doing following me?
So here’s the rest of the story, complete with extra bonus goodness.
The Rest Of The Story
I came home Monday night after dropping my sweetie off at the airport and fired up my tablet. I checked my email, played a couple rounds of a silly game I like, and then noticed I had 2 software updates available. I installed the first one and started installing the second (that silly game I just mentioned). It got to 100% downloaded and hung there.
I wasn’t immediately concerned as the tablet is a bit long in the tooth and would often take a few moments to think before starting the install process. But when I checked it several minutes later it was still stuck there. It wouldn’t respond to any input. I ended up doing a hard shutdown. At which point it completely bricked. It not only wouldn’t start back up, it wouldn’t even recognize that it was plugged into a charger.
I had some money set aside (for other purposes) and didn’t want to dip into it, but I do almost all of my computer work on the tablet nowadays and didn’t want to go without my mobility (on things like this sort of post, for instance). I am actually getting nearly regular about such stuff and wanted to keep the trend going. But I wasn’t going to just go out and grab the first tablet that I had the cash for. I set up some minimums. It had to…
- have an 8″ screen. My eyes are getting no better.
- not be some sort of off-brand.
- be at least one step up in its Android version.
- have more on device storage.
- not cost too much more than I spent on the bricked one a couple years ago.
I had some other errands to run so I added three local places that carry tablets to do some price checking. The first one I visited had a tablet that fit all those parameters. It had all the features I required and, while the bricked tablet cost $159 plus tax, this one was on sale for only $10 more. I told the guy helping me, “sold!” and he said (whilst checking his little hand terminal) “let me go back and make sure we have that in stock.”
A few minutes later he’s back with a boxed unit, explaining to me how someone had raided it for its recharge cord, but he’s sure he can arrange a discount (from the already on sale price) if I still wanted it. A brief conversation with the manager later, and I’ve got 20% more taken off the price. The upshot being I spent just under $150 after tax.
But wait! That’s only the first bonus.
The Bonus Goodness
- two apps that used to take way longer to launch than they should have are now firing right up.
- the WordPress app is finally showing me my markup (bold, italic, etc.) in its preview screen.
- the previous bonuses give me hope that the problems I was experiencing with the video app I’ve downloaded (which I blogged about here) might have been due to the android version and not the app itself. Testing that is on today’s agenda. I haven’t checked it out yet from a combination of being too busy and, of course, fear. I really want the app to not disappoint me.
In any event, I’m back up and flying with my portable internet. This gives me a happy!