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My wife currently owns a Samsung SM-T210 which she knows little about regarding its operating capabilities but then neither do I in that I stick to my desktop computer. My wife returned from a visit to our daughter Saturday voicing praise for the Samsung 10-1 which our son-in-law had just bought for our daughter. I asked her on what basis my wife made her judgment a question to which she replied with abuse such as, "watch it mate or you will be getting your own dinner."
I suspect that her impressions were gained by just looking at the device which to be fair is attractive. I will come clean and own up to not even understanding the difference if difference there is between a "Tablet" and an "Android Tablet" so I thought I would ask that question here in an attempt to start accumulating sufficient knowledge to make a qualified judgement regarding a replacement for the Samsung SM-T210Tablet she now distains. I suspect that it may come down to screen size.
The primary reason my wife is interested in a replacement Tablet is because of her love for our new grandchildren and her wish to record them to show anyone who she can capture. She also uses it to text our children which I suspect just scratches the surface of a Table's capability.
Anyway, I would like to help her and if possible lead her in a direction where she can send Emails and do the normal tasks one does with a desktop computer such as clear the rubbish away. As you can see, I am very much lacking in the technical knowledge department and I would like to learn.
So to start my quest for information,
1. "What is the difference if difference there is between a "Tablet" and an "Android Tablet"
2. "How does the Samsung
If this is the wrong forum could someone please move it to where it should reside.

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I can answer your first question only, the second one seem unfinished.

A tablet (in this context) is a small computer with a big touch screen, a camera and a microphone built in that needs no keyboard or mouse to function. Or you can say that a tablet is big mobile phone, that can't phone or text, but can do everything else a smartphone like your wife's SM-210 can do, with a bigger screen.

Tablets come in three variants: with Windows as OS (there are very few of those), the iTab's from Apple with iOS as OS (big iPhones that can't phone) or with Android as OS (big smartphones that can't phone). So an Android tablet is the commonly used kind of tablet (more than 80% of them run Android, the remainder is an iPad).
Just like PC's come in 2 variants: with Windows or with Linux. And cars come in four variants: electric, hybrid, gas or diesel. But with PC's you can switch between those, and with tablets and phones and cars you can't.

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Many thanks for your information which I have to comment on as follows thereby exposing my absolute lack of understanding Tablet technology:
You stated,
1. “A tablet (in this context) is a small computer with a big touch screen, a camera and a microphone built in that needs no keyboard or mouse to function.”
2. “Or you can say that a tablet is big mobile phone, that can't phone or text, but can do everything else a smartphone like your wife's SM-210 can do, with a bigger screen.”

I am not trying to be a smart **** but if the Tablet has a microphone which can’t be used to phone or text what’s the point of it? I ask this question because my three sons and one daughter use what I would refer to as, “Smart phones” which allow them to Text, Phone, and Email, take Photographs or Videos, Surf the Internet and use any number of applications such as a GPS. In my ignorance I thought that a Tablet would also have those functions.

I know nothing of the devilish devices my children use because I spend enough time at my Desktop Computer and with to avoid being tempted to start using a smaller version of such technology on those occasions when I take my wife out. I use a simple “doro” which only allows me to text or telephone.

You are correct in that my second question was unfinished, a small matter of my fingers being faster than my brain. I meant to say, "How does the Samsung 10-1 rate against other Tablets?”

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You can use Skype to speak with someone else via Internet if your computer or tablet or phone has a microphone, without using it as a phone. That's a totally different technique. And you can record sounds when making movies on your tablet or phone.
Texting, of course, doesn't need a microphone.

A tablet indeed can email and take photographs and videos, surf the internet and use the same applications. But there is no "call" and "text" since it doesn't have a phone number.

To know more about a particular tablet, and compare it with other ones, read our reviews at https://www.cnet.com/topics/tablets/products/

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Many thanks for that information but I have to say that I find myself rather nonplussed at the attraction of what is obviously a complex device. By that I mean that a tablet appears to me to be a device which stops short of containing the two uses which I would want access to which is the ability to send and receive text's and telephone calls in the way a smart phone does. In fact I wonder why some manufacturer hasn't just developed a smart phone by expanding its size. With the thousands of Tablets that are sold they must obviously satisfy a lot of people. Maybe I have a blind spot that blocks out the view for me. I will have to ask my wife why she would like a Samsung 10-1. I know that she uses her current machine via a WIFI signal from my desktop computer to surf the Facebook World, to take photographs of the growing number of babies in the family, to send and receive Emails and look through a certain newspaper that my younger daughter in her ignorance downloaded for her. However, as I wrote above she still has to use the house telephone or her mobile to send and take telephone calls. I will be more that happy to be shown how to erase my Luddite Tablet attitude.

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