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      I purchased the The Samsung UN24H4000 24-Inch TV to serve as test TV for trying out streaming media devices before cutting the cable tv cord, and installing a streaming media device like the Amazon Fire TV Stick on the main residence tv.
      When researching potential tvs to purchase, my two primary requirements were: I wanted it to be relatively inexpensive, and  have the connections necessary for streaming media.
      The Samsung UN24H4000 satisfied those requirements, so, in late 2017, I  purchased the Samsung UN24H4000 24-Inch 720p LED TV (2014 Model) along with the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player from Amazon.com.
      When the tv arrived, after attaching the stand and turning on the tv, I left all of the tv picture settings at the default settings and inserted the Amazon Fire TV Stick in one of the two HDMI inputs, and followed the setup instructions.
      The Amazon Fire TV Stick worked fine, and for reasons that I will detail in an upcoming post, I also purchased a Roku Streaming Stick shortly thereafter that now occupies the  second HDMI input.
      I've now had the Samsung UN24H4000 24-Inch TV for 3 months and I have no complaints.  I think the picture quality is great, and other than experimenting with the different picture and tv settings via the remote, I've made no permanent changes to the default settings.
      One minor thing I would note is, when you turn the tv on, a small box briefly appears in upper left-hand corner with the time and screen dimensions.  It only appears for maybe a half second, but I have not been able to locate the setting to stop it.  Then again, it hasn't bothered me enough to spend much time looking. If I find out how to disable it, I will address it in the post discussion.
      My impression so far is that I would not hesitate to purchase this tv again!






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      In early 2017, the Google Nexus 7 that came with my Google Fiber installation started having battery charging problems.  Though I had read that the problems could have been a caused by a lollipop related bug, I decided to it was time to retire the Nexus 7, as it had served me well for about 4.5 years.
      After doing some online research, I decided to replace it with a certified refurbished Galaxy Tab 8 from Amazon.com (Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0" 16GB (Wi-Fi), Smoky Titanium (Certified Refurbished)).
      I have been using the The Samsung Galaxy Tab A for nearly a year now, and I am very pleased with the tablet.  As a replacement for the Nexus 7, the Galaxy Tab 8 does not fit in my hand as comfortably as the Nexus 7, but that has been the only minor disadvantage, and I have gotten used to it over time.  I also purchased a small stand for it from Amazon.com
      As I wrote in "The Google Nexus 7: A Matter of Convenience", I still primarily use the tablet for streaming video, and the Galaxy Tab A has been great for that purpose.  I also use it for surfing the net and e-mail notifications from my websites, so I am by no means a power user.
      What I appreciate most about the Galaxy Tab A is the quality and feel.  As with the Google Nexus 7, It feels like a durable finished product.
      For example, later in 2017, I bought another tablet from Amazon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 inch, primarily to use for photo editing and posting photos to Instagram.
      While the Galaxy Tab S2 S2 9.7" is larger, it does not have the same quality feel as the Galaxy Tab A. While some may appreciate the thinner design, it has a cheaper, more delicate feel to me.
      One example of this would be that the Galaxy Tab A has a labeled latch covering the microSD slot, while the Galaxy Tab S2 just has a small hole to insert a tool, paper clip, etc, to access the microSD slot area.
      So, even though the Galaxy Tab S2 S2 9.7" is larger and more powerful, I still prefer the Galaxy Tab A as my go to tablet for everyday use.
      Everyone has a different reason for purchasing a tablet, so my goal in this post is not to go into the tablet technical specifications, but rather share my overall impression of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0" after a year of use as a Nexus 7 replacement.
      I am very satisfied!
       

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