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Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S has been hailed as one of the best high-end, most productive and best display tablet on the market today.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review

Design:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S. weighs around one pound and measures approximately 0.26×9.74×6.98 inches.  Primarily available in white, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. is also available in black and bronze.  It is designed with the intention to be ultra-thin (0.26”) and lightweight so that it is comfortable to carry.  A power button, volume button, microSD card slot, IR port, microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, and dual stereo speakers are positioned around the sides of each tablet.

Screen:

This tablet is equipped with a 10.5” or 8.4” super AMOLED rotating touchscreen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review

Display:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S features 2560 x 1600 pixel screen resolution.  That is four times the pixels of an HDTV.  The screen features auto-adjusting brightness levels to achieve a clear view no matter the viewing situation.

Camera:

This tablet comes equipped with a 2.1 megapixel camera in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S Camera Reviewfront and an 8.0 megapixel camera in the back.  Both camera include a 4x zoom function.  It also includes video functioning at 1080 pixels.  The cameras on the Galaxy Tab S feature a multitude of functions, including auto focus, downloadable modes, and flash.  There is also the inclusion of multiple shot modes to choose from, such as auto, beauty, face, shot, panorama, HDR (high dynamic range), and dual camera.

Software:

The Galaxy Tab S runs off the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.  It also incorporates the use of the Hancom Office for Samsung Galaxy Tab S Software, Android, Appsproductivity.  Bluetooth and wifi capabilities are also both possible with this tablet.  There is an entire page of functional widgets such as Quick Briefing, Paper Garden, Here & Now, Video, and WatchON.  Setting the Galaxy S aside from the iPad is the multi-window mode capability and multi – user capability.  For additional security, Samsung has included the finger print scanner and the side sync software is intended to make synchronizing easy.

 

Specifications:

Category: Table
Carrier: U.S. Cellular
Form Factor: Touchscreen
Color: White/Bronze
Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
Weight: 1.03 pounds
Product Dimensions (inches) 10.5:  247.3 mm x 177.3 mm x 6.6 mm at 465 grams

8.4:  212.8 mm x 125.6 mm x 6.6 mm at 294 grams

Front Camera Resolution: 2.1 Megapixel
Rear Camera Resolution: 8.0 Megapixel with flash
Digital Zoom Optical: 4x Digital Zoom
Camera Features: Auto Focus, Downloadable Modes, Flash,
Camera Shot Modes: Auto, Beauty, Face, Shot & more, Panorama, HDR (high dynamic range), dual camera
Main Display Size 10.5 “
Business & Office: Hancom Office
Processor Brand: Specialty
Processor type: Exynos 5 Octa Processor
Processor Speed: 1.9 Ghz quadcore + 1.3 Ghz quadcore
System Ram: 3 GB
Screen Type: Capacitive Touchscreen
Battery type Lithium Ion
Network Connection: 802.11ac/a/b/g/n wireless LAN
Connector type: 1 x microusb 2.0
Internal Storage: 16 or 32 GB
External Storage: MicroSD up to 128 GB
RAM 3 GB

 

Pros:

  • High resolution super AMOLED display
  • Ultra –thin lightweight design
  • High quality construction and design
  • Micro SD expansion slot
  • Long Battery Life
  • Infared port to allow use as couch tablet
  • Multi – user support for family service
  • Side-sync offers phone functionality through tablet
  • Multi window software
  • Camera captures decent photos and videos

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Can lag if to many apps are running at one
  • Finger scanner doesn’t work well
  • Side-sync limited to a few Galaxy smart phones
  • Not enough tablet optimized apps
  • Confusing software features
  • Wifi and GPU performance can lag
  • Performance declines with processor intensive operations

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Pros and Cons

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S does not seem to differ very much depending on the size you get.  There are a few differences in the 8.4 and the 10.5 but not enough to really note.  The display and resolution on this tablet are superb, and the size and weight make it relatively comfortable to use.

It does have a multitude of apps that are not useful for everyone, but that seems to be the norm for tablets these days, so the apps included should be looked at in detail.  For the price, it is really a personal decision if you are getting your money’s worth out of this tablet or if you are going to spend hours deleting software and apps that you do not really even need.

The multi-user support is very efficient, especially if you have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S Should I buybig family, and the kid-friendly mode means you will not have to spend money on multiple tablets.  The multi- window software allows you to run multiple tasks at once, which is productive for those that optimize multi-tasking, but the fall back is opening to many windows at one time can cause the system to lag.

Lagging when using too much at once is a common problem across multiple electronic devices; however, so it really depends on what you would be running at the same time to see if that is an issue.

The inclusion of side-sync honestly seems like a wasted feature in this tablet, unless you have one of the very few phones that work with it, and the issues with the finger scanner really leave no point in using it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review

The extended battery life and high – quality construction and design could make up for some of the other areas that these tablets are lagging, allowing you to use the tablet for multiple hours before having to charge.  There is ample storage space included on this device, so space should not really be an issue.

If you do not own a digital camera or your phone does not have a very productive camera, then the camera capabilities on this tablet are decent enough to capture a ball game or birthday party.

The software features can tend to get confusing, but it depends on what software you intend to use to how confusing it actually gets.  The Android KitKat 4.4 is a good operating system, however, and the use of Galaxy gifts to try out apps allows you to try things before you buy it.

Final Thoughts

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review

This tablet is a good competitor to the iPad.  Like all products, it does have its pros and cons, but nothing in the world is perfect, not even technology.   The display on this tablet is amazing, almost making watching television on the tablet better than on an actual television set.  It does have a lot of useful software and apps, and the lightweight ultra-thin design makes it convenient and easily portable.  It is good to take to an appointment, to the office, or to class over a laptop or heavier tablet.

It is a bit pricey, however, and does include multiple software and apps that are virtually useless.  Not every app is going to be right for every person, however, just like not every tablet is going to fit every person.

This tablet seems to be aimed more at those who want to gain high productivity or are increasingly concerned with resolution.  If you are looking for an amazing display, multi-window capabilities, and a multitude of productivity apps, then you may want to consider buying this tablet.

With the price, people really need to carefully look through the apps and decide how many their actually going to use before they spending money on this tablet.  If you are only going to spend hours deleting apps and are not really concerned with having exceptional resolution, then there are cheaper tablets out there with the same operating system.  It is an amazing tablet; I am just not convinced it gives you the bang for your buck.