My New eReader – Samsung Galaxy E Tab

In August 2012, I purchased my first eReader (PRS-350 5” silver) from WalMart for a grand total of $111, and it has served me well since then. Looking around recently for a protective cover for my eReader (so I could carry it outside my home safely), to my surprise I learned that I will need to pay $38 for a simple black protective cover.

To top that off, a few days ago I downloaded a PDF book and when I started to read it on my eReader, several words … and then lines in this book appeared to be missing. So, I went back to my desktop computer to view the original PDF (where I keep copies of ALL my ebooks) to see why the blanks, and discovered the text was only slightly blurred and NOT missing.

Given that I now need to use my reading glasses … and hold the 5 inch screen of my eReader close to my Sony eReader PRS-350face in order to read the text, I decided to buy a tablet.

Samsung has been my preferred brand for electronics, thus I visited my local Costco store with the intent to purchase the 8.0-IN Samsung Galaxy Tab A (my affiliate link). While in the store speaking with a salesman about this tablet, another nearby shopper suggested that I might find the next one up better; that he and his wife preferred the larger screen. Well, the next one up was the Samsung Galaxy E Tab (my affiliate link) 9.6-IN with 16GB storage… and, as the salesman pointed out, was on sale thus only costing a mere $20 more than the Galaxy Tab A, so I went for it. The total cost was $283.62 🙂

From home, I ordered a protective cover and glass screen for my new tablet from for $30. Huh, two items for LESS than the price of a protective cover for my Sony eReader.

You can guess that once loaded, I discovered the tablet views PDFs EXACTLY the same way my desktop computer does … no lines of text or words missing. Now I have a NEW eReader!

I have a little (but important) secret to share with other newbies of ANY Samsung tablet…

Once you have fully charged your new tablet, be sure to turn it ON and unlock it BEFORE trying to make your tablet connect with your regular computer. Whether your computer has an older operating system or not (providing you’re matching Windows with Windows that is), your computer WILL see the newer operating system that is installed on your tablet IF you turn the tablet ON first.

My new tablet came with a default Display timeout of 15 seconds. If yours is that shy, I recommend you go to Settings > Display > Screen timeout > and select a longer time.

This little “secret” was NOT offered ANYWHERE in the Samsung instructions that comes with the tablet, and this lesson cost me well over 2 hours discovering “my problem” … and another 3 hours were spent simply trying to figure out how to operate my new Galaxy E Tab.

Many “Thanks!” goes out to Samsung’s “chat” techie Arnold for his expertise.

Now… I LOVE my Samsung Galaxy E Tab (my affiliate link)!


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Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.

4 thoughts on “My New eReader – Samsung Galaxy E Tab”

  1. Hi Trish,

    Thanks for your review I have been promising myself a tablet for ages but keep putting it off as I haven’t had one before (I know I must be the only person not to have one!) Umming and ahing over whether to buy an ipad or get a cheaper alternative first – so maybe will try a Samsung!
    Best wishes

    • You’ll love the Samsung Jennifer, just be ready for a MAJOR change from the regular Windows operating systems like XP and 7 were. It truly does take some getting used to. 🙂


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