I just put clear vinyl over the home button hole. We don’t need cellular service for these. All I can tell ya is that’s what i and many others have bought and they’ve worked great.Ok..... The more I dig, the more questions I uncover. If all of this has been covered before elsewhere, I offer my sincere apologies.
First, I bought a Tab A 10.1" from Best Buy last night, but frankly, it's just a bit too big for the confines of the Talon cockpit in my opinion. So, I'm likely going to return it under their 15-day return policy.
There are several different iterations of the Galaxy Tab A 8", including the 2015, 2017 and 2018 versions. Of course, you'd expect that you'd want to have the latest and greatest, and the version you've linked above, JTW, is the 2018 version. HOWEVER... there are actually a couple of different editions within that 2018 genre: 1) the wifi only version, which you've shown above, and 2) the cellular version, be it AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or whomever. There IS a physical difference between the two, as the wifi-only version incorporates a physical home/navigation button in the chassis, whereas the cellular versions are edge-to-edge glass, just like most phones have been for a few years now.
Does it matter? Perhaps no. BUT, maybe it does. It seems to me that the buttonless *glass* version would be a better alternative, as it eliminates the concern of dust/dirt ingress through a physical button. You follow?
Regarding GPS capability: I got them to load up the cellular version with GPS Test app, which identifies the GPS satellites that the unit is currently tagging, and sure enough, it works even with the tablet in Airplane Mode (no connectivity). Therefore, it appears that the cellular tablet is as capable as the wifi-only version where GPS is concerned.
Now, there are a few caveats (and there's always caveats, right?):
The workaround would be to buy the cellular version, pay for the first month ($10) and then cancel the line (my AT&T office assures me that no contract is required).
- You can only buy the all-glass version coupled with a cell plan, which would be an extra $10/month added to my AT&T account.
- The outright purchase price is about $20 more expensive than the wifi-only version ($219 vs $199).
- You'd have to spend more money for a microSD card if you wanted to increase the memory (and all microSD cards are NOT created equal BTW, but that's another story...)
If you've stuck with me this long, congratulations! I'd welcome your thoughts.
I just put clear vinyl over the home button hole. We don’t need cellular service for these. All I can tell ya is that’s what i and many others have bought and they’ve worked great.
I ordered both the 7” and 8” and the 8 blew the 7 out of the water.. I use mine for gps and Spotify. The only issue I’ve ran into is cold temps. Back in February in Mo on a ride my tablet came up with a too cold to operate notification and wouldn’t work. After it warmed up it was fine.. granted is was single digits. But otherwise, it’s been flawless.Agreed. I have no desire for cell service for this tablet, but would consider signing up for it and then cancelling it right away in order to get the non-button version. But, as you've stated, having the button there is probably no biggie (you've probably noticed I'm prone to overthinking things... )
Another question: Have you had any instances where you felt like the processor speed in the 8" was slow? Its clock speed is definitely below the 10.1" processor and all others in the echelons above the 8". I suspect that, since its really only performing GPS duties, clock speed is probably a non-issue too. Your experience?