Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

I love birthdays, and my own was on the 30th of September! I wanted to do something extra special this year, and seeing as I won’t be able to invite all our readers to a fabulous birthday party, I thought I would do an Editor’s Birthday Competition, and give away a fantastic present.

Samsung (the awesome people!) are giving us a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 as the prize – I’ve spent some time working with one of these, and they are brilliant!

Being a bit of a tech-junkie, I love watching the latest innovations in technology evolve. I also love seeing how these innovations make peoples’ lives easier. So it was with great delight that I received a neat box containing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on a Friday morning, ready for me to put to the test.

Setup was simple, and once I had inserted my sim card, the prompts got me started in no time. Coming from the 2.8-inch screen of my mobile, the large 10.1-inch screen of the tablet opened up a new world of internet browsing, navigation, work and photography.

Work on the go

As a mobile work hub, the Galaxy is efficient and fast. I deal with a lot of emails in a day, and with my type of work, am out of the office often. It was brilliant to be able to read and answer my emails on the go – and read the entire mail on screen before sending it.

While out and about, I visit new venues and clients all the time, so was very interested in the navigation tool on the tablet. I was well pleased by the precision of the mapping service, which operates through Google Maps, and the spoken directions – which solved the problem of the tablet not having a cradle in my car. And for fun, you get a nice photograph of your destination on arrival.

Being able to see layouts of pages to be printed in the next-edition magazine while out of the office was invaluable – the quality of images and PDFs was fantastic – something I can not do efficiently on a mobile phone.

Space out with the Galaxy

As you can imagine, being a writer at the core, I visited the Reader Hub very quickly. Downloading books and newspapers is a breeze; they are stored in your own “bookshelf”; and when you have finished your leisure reading, your page is bookmarked for the next session. You also have automatic access to Zinio – where you can get your digital copy of SA Home Owner!

I got hooked onto Samsung Play, and spent hours trawling through living wallpapers and educational games for my two-year-old. All the apps that you could need or want, can be downloaded quickly while you browse for the next one – from news to games, weather to traffic.

And sit back and enjoy your favourite album in the music player, with great sound coming from this slim device.

Walkie talkie

I am a great supporter of the multi-functional device, and like the idea of one device doing everything for me. So having the tablet double up as my mobile phone was great in this respect. My tablet didn’t come with a Bluetooth earpiece, so conversations were either public or had to be taken behind closed doors. Luckily I had a little earpiece at home, so hooked the two up, which solved that problem. I also drive with Bluetooth in my car, so kudos to the Galaxy for picking up when I entered my car and swapping pairings – then vice versa when I climbed out! Same applied from wireless internet connection at home to 3G on the move. Clever thing.

Stars in my eyes

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 quickly became my mobile PA, my social media channel, my leisure corner, and my work hub. Slim and neat, the best part of all – I could fit all of this into my handbag!

Ed says: Get one! But make sure to pop a Bluetooth earpiece in your shopping basket as well.

How to enter:

Now that you’ve read my review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tell us about your best experience with a Samsung product. We will then select our favourite story, and the writer of that story will win the Editor’s Birthday Competition and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1!

Ts&Cs: Only stories submitted online in the comments section of the Editor’s review will be accepted. Samsung reserves the right to use any story submissions for marketing purposes (submittor names may be used to legitimise stories). Prize consists of one Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 only: sim card and network connectivity are not included. Prize may not be exchanged for cash. Other Ts&Cs may apply, and can be viewed here. Giveaway closes on 27 October 2012.