To begin, I know the Tab 3 has been released so the Tab 2 isn't the newest version, but it's still a great tablet without having to spend $500-600 or more. The only tablet I had used before was a very old 1st generation iPad that my employer provided when they upgraded many years ago. After a few years it wasn't good for much except checking my email, playing solitaire, and surfing the web, though once it wasn't receiving updates that was the end and I was without a tablet for several years. I had been looking and didn't have much $ to spend, plus I wanted one with at least a 9" screen. Everything I was finding had less than 2GB of memory and 8-16GB of storage. Tablets with more started at $400 and up. Then last year Best Buy had an early Black Friday sale with their Galaxy Tab S2 9.7" 32GB with 3GB of memory on sale for $280, which originally had been $499. It was more than I initially wanted to spend, but was too good a deal, so I bit the bullet and I haven't regretted it for a second. It's incredibly thin and light and since I have a Samsung smart tv, it will connect to that if I want to. I have a 2 year old LG phone through AT&T which is on a monthly plan, and I can connect them to allow the tablet access to my phone's data if no WiFi is available. A number of the apps on my phone transferred over and the calendars sync, which is great, though not all of the shared apps will. It comes with the basic Microsoft programs, which is so helpful when creating documents and saving them to Dropbox so that I can access them on my phone, which doesn't have Microsoft products. Of course it has some negatives that I've found so far. Don't count on the camera as your main camera. The pictures aren't great, though it does have both front and rear facing cameras. It doesn't come with a stylus, which would be nice. It comes preloaded with apps that most people won't want, but they can be disabled. My biggest issue is that the screen is not very sensitive to touch - it takes a firm tap when selecting an icon or typing for it to respond, so you have to really watch when you type that it's entering every letter you hit and there is no way to adjust this in the settings. Oddly, though, other areas on the screen are very sensitive, so you have to be careful not to touch anywhere else on the screen or you may lose everything that you have entered. The touch issue may just be my tablet, though. Overall, even though it's not the newest version, it's still a great tablet for the money.