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This review is from: Lenovo TAB 2 A10 10.1" FHD 2 GB Memory 16 GB Storage Tablet Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Pros: This tablet was the best one that I found for the price. It works great and I haven't encountered any issues with this tablet.
Cons: None so far!
Other Thoughts: I was told I needed to write a book about this issue, well here is a "chapter".
This concerns children and electronics.
I purchased a "house tablet". This tablet is for the household. I purchased it for the kids to use. But I put rules into place to prevent arguing, fighting, whining, crowding, etc. over the electronic device.
#1. A chore has to be done in order to use the tablet from 30min to 1 hr, depending on the chore completed.
#2. Only one person can use the tablet at a time. (no sharing or bothering the person using the tablet, i.e. telling the person to go to "game" or "click on video"). The person using the tablet worked to use it, so leave them alone.
#3. No storing up minutes. This is not a Verizon plan with rollover minutes. The child cannot do 5 chores and then use the tablet for 2.5-5 hrs. 1 chore = 1 "time slot". Period.
#4. 2 or more children cannot work on the same chore to "share" the turn. Refer back to rule #2.
#5. The tablet is locked. Only the parent has the code and this code is protected like the debit card PIN number. This prevents the child "sneaking a turn".
#6. The screen as a timer. Mine is set to 5 min before the screen times out and is relocked. Children have a short attention span and if they want to use the tablet and watch TV, that's fine, they have earned it. But if the tablet locks due to inattentiveness, then another chore will be required to unlock the tablet again. The turn is forfeit at this point.
#7. The tablet is to be returned to a parent when the turn is completed. If the tablet is found on the ground, on a shelf, in the bathroom, etc. The tablet is forfeit for 1 week from everyone. Chores are still expected to be completed.
#8. The tablet is to be taken care of while in the care of the user. Period. Abuse of the tablet will result in forfeit of that user for as long as the parent sees fit. (i.e. the kid is grounded from the tablet).
#9. No trading or doing someone else's work for them. They want the tablet then they can do the work.
I put these rules into place to make the kids have to work alone. The kids have problems with trying to pawn off work onto their siblings and not have to work. This eliminates this issue. They have to do the work in order to be able to use the tablet.
They have a short task, then they receive a short goal.
The way I selected these rules is because I thought about loopholes, then I eliminated the loophole.
So far it has been a month and all of the kids (13, 9, 9, and 4) take care of the tablet, do chores more often than before without it turning it an argument, and it's a bit more pleasant electronic use.
These rules can be changed as the parents see fit, these rules are tailored to my children. Who, like me, are rule "benders".
The tablet that I purchased I did research on and it's a great tablet. The battery lasts about 5-6+ hours from games, Netflix, Youtube.
Pros: It was awesome while it lasted. Worked for 6 months and then died. Then the Customer Service from HE(double hockey stick) happened.
(Update 3/16/16 - I have been using this refurbished motherboard for about 2 years and no other issues have arose. This company is an excellent company, if you make enough noise. I had to go through the Better Business Bureau for a month, multiple calls, multiple emails, arguing with upper management, for either a call with the tech that had my motherboard or a new motherboard. I got the phone call)
Cons: It has been 12 weeks since this died in late Oct 2014. ASUS's customer service has given me the run around for 12 weeks. Don't expect an easy fix with them.
The problem with the motherboard is that it verifies POST and then locks up on the TUFF BIOS screen. They say it's one of my components, if that's true then this motherboard is broken because POST is saying the components are okay.
Other Thoughts: Long story short, 12 weeks, 2 motherboards, 3 shipments to ASUS repair facility (a joke, they have no idea what they are doing, I picture monkeys in lab coats looking at my motherboard), and countless hours on the phone and emails.
They are a billion dollar corporation and they for some reason cannot send me a $179, new in the box, motherboard. They want us consumers to just give up instead of being helpful in anyway shape or form. They are a horrible company with horrible policies.
Update: After 2 years, 2 mother boards (Yes I bought the same one because it runs well with the 8-core processor I have), and a bunch of time I will leave you with 2 things.
1. Check all.....ALL components. The problem ended up being a USB dongle for my wireless keyboard and mouse. I did remove them during diagnosis on the first motherboard. There was something wrong with it so they sent me a refurbished motherboard. When the same problem happened to the new one, I failed to remove all of the USB components the second time around, assuming it was a faulty motherboard due to the same issue. Don't assume.
This process helped me learn a bit about hardware and customer service. There are 3 tiers in customer service. Level 1 are the people that can be anyone from the street, reading from a screen. These guys mostly don't know a lot about tech. Level 2 are the people that do know more than level 2 but not as much as level 3. These guys can answer most questions but don't have the "lab" to run tests. Level 3 guys are the ones that know the most and it takes awhile to get to these guys.
I gave this 3 more eggs because of the level 3 guy I talked to on the phone. I specifically asked them to call me and walk me through what they were doing so that we could recreate my problem I was having in my rig. This was my refirbished motherboard. He said nothing was wrong on his end. It boots fine. I had them send it back and that's when I found out it was my USB Dongle. I removed the USB dongle and my computer booted just fine. Needless to say I was extremely upset at myself.
So bought motherboard, motherboard died, something was wrong, received refurbished motherboard, still didn't work (USB Dongle), sent back in, sent back with "nothing wrong", sent back in, BBB contacted, emails, phone calls, finally received tech call, sent back, found out it was the USB dongle.
2. Check all components.
I didn't give them 5 eggs because I shouldn't have had to go through 2+ months of red tape to talk to a tech, even though the first time was their product failing and the second (with the same problem) time was mine.
This review is from: NVIDIA Gift - ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG
Pros: It was free with something that I bought when I built my computer.
Cons: I gave it 3 eggs because it isn't on Steam. You are required to download another type of "Steam" called Uplay. So this is based on "how to get the game" vs "gameplay".
Other Thoughts: I don't want 10 different loaders for a bunch of different games. Personal preference. I will stick with Steam. So 3 eggs for it being free. No more because it has a different game loader. And Uplay sucks so. There's that.READ FULL REVIEW