The Galaxy Tab S was introduced to our hands last month and finally we had a chance to experience the 8.4inch screen as well as review the item so you can have some information before getting it.
Judging be the speakers and the mic on the front, we can say that the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is just like a giant phone. We can also say that it is a bigger of the S5 since it has the Home button on the front featuring finger print scanner. The back is also made of polycarbonat and adorned by little sockets.
Having the size 212,8 x 125,6 x 6,6 mm, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is slim and we can feel as we get our hands on. Despite its thinness, the Tab S, with the weight 294 gram, give you a better feel and handling when compared to Samsung’s former products.
The edges of the device is made with the color of gold, bringing to the owner a whole new dirrecrent feel. The finish of the metal edges gives it a polished look, definitely a more beautiful one when compared with its competitors. Especially on the back, Samsung equips 2 buttons for flipcover making it easier to watch movies or videos.
However, Samsung did not make a wise choice when putting all the buttons on to one side while leabing the other one blank. In addtion, the camera on the back is designed in a vulnerable way. The back itself does not attract fingerprints but dust or ink instead, especially one of the white version.
Generally, the design of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is splendid and deserves to be one among the best.
The Super AMOLED screen with QHD definition (2560 x 1440 pixel) and 359 ppi is beyond compare making every detail looking at its best. The Galaxy Tab S is regarded to have the sharpest display. You can try different views and see that the contrast and the brightness stay the same.
Interface and Software
Running on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat and the colorful TouchWiz UI, The Tab S brings out a friendly and marvelous experience making it easier to use than ever. The icons are pleasantly illustrated as well as put on display making resulting in a perfect interface.
The fingerprint scan, which was featured in the Galaxy S5, obviously becomes a great tool in case using the device in 2 hands seems difficult. But remember to set your standard low or you’ll be disappointed by the performance as well as the setup of this feature.
Moreover, the tablet can receive calls clearly but talking to a huge tablet seems quite uncmfortable.
The Tab S also has SideSync 3.0, a preloaded app that can take calls and messages of your phone. SideSync 3.0 supports Galaxy S5, S4, Note 3 in a distance under 300 metres.
Other main features include Multi-Window and Magazine UI allowing you to update new and events. The icons on the notifications bar have a quick respond as well.
And of course, the tablet has some must-have connections like Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0,…
Samsung decided to equip this tablet with a camera having 8 Mpx with flash. The camera itself suports several functions like HDR, continuous shooting, face detection and more. After several tests, we came to the conclusion that photos taken appear pretty sharp in daylight and not quite good in lowlight condition.
Capturing videos in 1080p and at 30 fps, the rear camera appears to be acceptable.
The front 2.1 Mpx camera is also enough for selfies.
Performance and Battery
The Exynos octa-core processor containing 4 1.9 GHz cores and 4 1,3 GHz, with 3GB of RAM gives you a wide range of selections. Running apps like Asphal 8 or Dead Trigger is nothing heavy for a device like this.
Every touch and slide seems very smooth and slick.
AnTuTu Benchmark gives the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 a score of 32388, higher than nowadays tablets. The LG G Pad 8.3 scores only 25255.
The Li-Po 4900 mAh battery, alongside the battery saving function, gives you 7 hours watching HD videos (50-60% brightness), multitasking continuously for 4 hours without activating battery saving function and 2-3 hours when activated. Charging takes 188 minutes, 206 lesser than the iPad mini 2.
- Perfect design
- Oustanding screen
- Control your phone on the tablet
- Several good features
- Strong processor
- Great battery life
- Faulty fingerprint scanner
- Unremovable apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has the screen, the hardware and the design that make it one of the best on the market.