I'm extremely angry to find that I paid over $500 Cdn. for
a) something that needs to charge while being turned off and not used. Why, when I can charge & use, at the same time, my laptop and my phone? You can't tell me that there is that much difference.
First, you can charge and use the Tab at the same time using the ac adaptor. That is just like your lpatop, right? - you plug the laptop into the wal to charge and use it. Well, you plug the Tab into the wall and it is exactly the same.
b) a wall charger that worked just once.
You are entitled to get a new one, since it evidently broke under warranty. Again, if the AC adpator of the lpatop broke, you could not charge it at all. With the tab at least you can as a backup charge it from a USb port on your computer. It is slow because USB ports only deliver 1/2 amp; the AC adpator deivers 2 amps. That means the AC adaptor delivers 4X more power and so it charges 4X faster.
c) that the only way to charge it is to use a USB port in my old laptop (and wait 18 hours).
No, you can charge it using the AC adaptor. So just get it fixed and you can then charge it three ways; better than a laptop.
d) something that I would need to go for a 26 hour drive to use the car charger - riiight! with the price of gas! It takes me 26 hours to drive to Florida from Montreal.... guess I could use all the battery up sitting on the beach to read a book and answer some e-mails and then drive back home to recharge it.
I know you are upset, but now you are being silly.
What's worse is that I purposely chose Samsung, as so far, I've been very happy with my Galaxy Ace phone and thought that they would 'integrate' well together.
Another unhappy customer who will probably be nickled and dimed to death looking for a solution. I purchased a 20$ car charger for the phone and was thrilled to find an extra USB outlet on it WOW! now I will probably buy the Csquid Samsung Galaxy TAB plus microUSB charge & data sync cable for another 20$ because I read in one of the threads that it worked for them.- after that? who knows...
Just looking for suggestions and/or solutions...
Bottom line: fix your AC adaptor and you can do exatly what you want.