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Samsung introduces the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition

Josh Smith

New clothes? Check.

Textbooks? Check.

Renewed sense of finishing projects ahead of time, preparing yourself for each class by reading the syllabus, and focusing on paying attention during class that will probably only last a week? Check.

New Back to School Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 paired with additional benefits to help get you through a semester that will undoubtedly be more difficult than you anticipated? Che..

Wait, what?

That’s right, this year as millions of students gleefully dive headlong into another school year, Samsung is making it easier for students to experience it with hardware (and partnered software) to help nearly every step of the way. The Student Edition Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 features the 10.1” tablet, running Android 4.1 (Jellybean) on a dual-core 1gHz processor, boasting 16GB of internal memory, and 1080p HD video playback, all basic with the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 as it is. What makes it special and grants the moniker of “Student Edition” is the amenities included.

First, the hardware coupled with the tablet allows for the user to feel as if they have a laptop without having to pony-up $800.00 to $1,000.00. The Bluetooth keyboard, offered in white to accompany the tablet — a first time offering in North America — is very light, large enough for those of us with fat fingers to still type quickly and accurately, and runs on two AAA batteries for an impressive length of time before they need replacing. With the keyboard also comes a desktop dock which allows you to prop the tablet up, charge it, and even includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, for when you’re pouring over hundreds of hours of educational material. Although it also works for entertainment. If that’s your thing, that is.

Finally, all the hardware in the world is useless without the right software — a point that software developers often announce, regardless of whether they were asked in the first place. It’s a fact that Samsung knows as well, which is why they’re bundling in two unique programs for students. First Dropbox, the popular cloud-based storage option will deliver 50GB of storage for users, a far cry from the 2GB most new users receive. Use the storage for homework or backing up data on your tablet, because the internal 16GB of memory is helpful, but easily filled. Second, Samsung also recognizes that you can’t spend all your time studying, regardless of what your parents expect. With that in mind, those enjoying the Student Edition Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will also experience three months of Hulu Plus at no expense.

Available at Amazon, Wal-mart, Best Buy, and other retailers, this Student Edition bundle will cost you $349.99 and is available now! Hauling a laptop around can be annoying at best and at worst introduces a risk of damage. With the size and weight of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 plus the keyboard, students will easily be able to carry it freely, in a messenger bag or backpack, or even slip it into a purse, cutting down on the amount of weight you have to haul to class because, let’s face it, some of your textbooks are massive.

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