Samsung - SPH-D710
Re: Marine needs help playing videos from a tablet
I know for my phone you need a special adapter to make the usb port work the other way. When I say the other way, usually those usb ports are for hooking up to a PC and seeing the directories/folders of the phone on your pc computer.
It is not usually meant for hooking up a flash drive or external hard drive and seeing that from the tablet (android).
They do make a special cable that actually reverses the direction so you can hook up a hard drive or flash drive.
Remember, on your regular PC the USB port is supplying power to the device you hook up (example a keyboard), the power comes from your PC's AC power supply.
In a tablet, it's a battery operated item and hence, doesn't really have the power to power a usb device. So many manufactures don't allow it.
But I think there are some tablets that do allow it, but your probably need that special cable.
I ordered one for my Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch on Sprint, but the Android software has that feature turned off in the US. In Europe the Galaxy S II has it turned on, so the adapter I got would work on those phones.
If you need the model number of the adapter I purchase I can let you know if you want it.
Oh, I found the box, this is what I got from Samsung, you can probably get it cheaper from Monoprice.
The model number is: GH69-14041A.
The UPC code is: 6 35753 49554 6
I know from reading in a few other threads that some people talked about the Asus Transformer Tablet, with the keyboard dock is able to hook up an external drive. But if you add the keyboard dock, then you have a laptop... the lid would be in the way again.
With my Samsung phone, it has an external microSD card. I have a 32GB external card installed.
I take that card out of the phone and put it in my PC, then I copy about 10 full sized movies over the the microSD card, and then put the card back in my phone and what the movies with the a video player. In my case, I use MX Player Pro for my movies. It supports subtitles and works great but there are other media players that are good too, all available in Android's Play (was called Market place).
Maybe your son could get the movies copied to the memory card (or you can mail him a microSD card with movies on it for him) and then just pop the memory card in the tablet he received. Just make sure whatever you purchase supports external memory cards.
I'm just trying to give you several options.
Another option is to just stream the movies to his tablet, using a product that I use called 'Playon'. Play on is a plugin that gets installed on your PC and it can stream any video media to the tablet or phone. So whatever you have on your PC (all the movies) can be played on the tablet or phone, using their app that you also install on the tablet or phone.
Works great too!
But Playon would require at least a WiFi connection to be good. If you try it over a regular cellular carrier (such as Verizon, or ATT) then if you don't get a good speed it wouldn't work that good. But I think they have WiFi.
I'm sorry, I'm giving you several suggestions to your question.
I noticed that on body answered your question and I thought I'm comment until someone can add some more or better info.
PS I also use Netflix on my phone as well. Anyway tablet (even Apple's iPad) can do Netflix now.
I just ran across this, this could be another very good solution:
Check it out, it's a wireless external hard drive!