Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review, Top Shelf Android

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In June, Samsung announced a new flagship line of tablets known as the Galaxy Tab S. Available in 8.4- and 10.5-inch versions, the Galaxy Tab S is geared towards media consumption, with hardware specifications that are designed to deliver an outstanding media experience. Not only does the Galaxy Tab S have killer hardware, but Samsung also managed to pack these features into the company’s thinnest and lightest tablet design yet.

To deliver the best possible visual experience, the high-resolution Super AMOLED display found in the Galaxy Tab S supports a resolution of 2560x1600 and boasts of a 73% wider color gamut than conventional LCD displays. The display also offers deeper blacks and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio.

The Galaxy Tab S features Adaptive Display tech which can optimize the brightness, contrast, and color settings to best suit your environment. This functionality works in seven built-in apps: Gallery, Camera, Internet, Video, e-Book, VT Call, and UI.

Before we dive into the hands-on review, let’s look at the specifications of the Galaxy Tab S and give you a quick hands-on demo of this new Android KitKat-powered slate...



Wi-Fi-Only Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Specifications & Features

Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore + 1.3 GHz QuadCore) 
8.4-inch WQXGA (2560x1600) Super AMOLED, 360ppi 
3GB RAM, 16GB Internal Memory, microSD (Up to 128GB)
Android 4.4 (KitKat) 
Camera / Flash
- Rear: 8.0 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash 
- Front: 2.1 Megapixel 
- Playback: 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps, 1440p WQHD video @ 30fps 
- 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker 
Content Services / Applications
Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Dropbox, Email, Evernote, Flipboard, Gallery, Hancom Viewer, Help, Internet, Kids Mode, Music, My Files, New York Times, Papergarden, Remote PC, S-Voice, Samsung Apps, Settings, SideSync 3.0, Video, WatchON, WebEX 
Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Photos, Play Books, Play Games, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Newsstand, Play Store, Search, Voice Search, YouTube 
Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO
Bluetooth v4.0
USB 2.0 
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Light, Infrared
212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6mm
4,900mAh Li-ion
$399.99 on Amazon, White and Titanium Bronze
Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White

Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S boasts of all of the high-end features you’d expect from Samsung’s latest flagship including an Exynos 5 Octa core processor, Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. You’ll also find a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera that supports Full HD along with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash.

To further add to the functionality available through the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung includes a number of software features including Multi Window, SideSync 3.0, Samsung Knox, and others that we’ll explore more in the coming pages. For added security, the Galaxy Tab S features a fingerprint sensor that is built in to the Home button.

Today, we are going to take a look at the 8.4-inch Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab S. Later this year, Samsung plans to offer LTE versions of the Galaxy Tab S through major carriers in the U.S.

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ThomasTaege 4 months ago

That display sounds pretty incredible. I bet it's gorgeous.

ThaBusDriv3r 4 months ago

Can't really tell if the Galaxy Tab series tablets are looking more and more like phones. This almost looks identical to my S4 but way bigger. For tablet specific Samsungs, I prefer the Notes because they look nothing like the phones and they have better features. However, this Galaxy Tab S like it says in the article has some really great hardware specs and none of the thrown in crap *cough* S5 *cough*. Hopefully the Galaxy Tab trend stays the same way of boasting the specs and not adding random features, and the Samsung S series phones matches that trend with the S6.

SunnySingh 2 months ago

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manile 8 days ago

Yeah the display really stands out, the amount of colors on the screen is really something else. really hope santa will be nice this year.

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