If you randomly asked me to name all the tablets that Samsung has produced in the past couple of years, I would really struggle to name them verbatim. In fact anybody would, given the large number of devices that have come out. One of the more recent additions to the lineup have been the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1. We recently got the two devices for review and have played with it for about a couple of hours to jot down our initial impressions of it:
Now, before we write about the tablets, we will treat both the tablets as one cause other than the screen size, most of the rest here in terms of software features and hardware constructions is the same. We will differentiate wherever the need be. The Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1 are already competing against the likes of the iPad mini and iPad Air. Samsung claims that the displays on the two devices are really vibrant and high res with 1280×800 resolution. This gives the 10.1 and 8 inch tablets a PPI of 149 and 189 respectively. While this makes for decent reading experience, the display is certainly no match to what Apple has out there or even the likes of the newer Nexus 7 tablets. They deliver a pretty choppy experience when viewing true HD videos and pixelation is fairly evident.
Both the tablets are reasonably light and think. At 8 mm thickness, the tablets are sleek and despite not being paper thin, we felt they were safe in our hands. The build of the two tablets is largely plastic with a faux leather like back and while it is not our favourite construction material, it does make the tablet light and ergonomic. You have a metallic rim that runs around the two tablets adding to the overall looks. Internally the tablet is powered by a Quad Core 1.2 GHz SoC with the manufacturer’s details not given. There is a 1.5 GB of RAM that in our time with the device made sure most of the day to day operations were decently smooth. Opening apps in split screen mode was pretty much the only place where we felt a substantial lag. The device has 8 or 16 GB of internal space based on your choice so you will need to be careful of how much media you bring to the device, though you can add in a micro SD slot to help you solve the issue of low internal memory.
TouchWiz in our time with the device behaved well, in fact marginally better than the older Galaxy tabs that we have used before, but we would have still liked had Samsung taken some of the bloat out. Scrolling around the device and everyday tasks like browsing the internet and very basic gaming was not an issue. We loved the viewing angles on the tablet. The speakers without blowing your mind are adequate and produce a decent experience. It is worth pointing that the unit in ebony black variant is the Tab S 8.4 while the white unit is Tab S 10.5. The tab S 8.4 is meant to be used in the portrait mode while the Tab S 10.5 has the physical and capacitive buttons in a more landscape orientation. Keep both the devices in portrait position and you have the power button followed by volume rocker micro SD and SIM slot. The Tab S 10.5 does have surround speakers on sides when the tablet is in landscape mode.
The two tablets have a 4,450mAh and 6,800mAh battery on board as well as an 3.15 MP camera and while the images were average for a tablet, we just cannot foresee us ever using tablet to click a picture. For general Skype or Hangouts call, things were great. We will only comment on the battery once we have used the tablet for a little while longer. The 16 GB 8.0 inch tablet is retailing at Rs 22,900 while the 10.1 inch unit costs Rs 28,900. Needless to say, neither of these tablets are in the VOM category and we would certainly recommend picking up an old iPad 4 or a new iPad Air Retina Mini over them given the Apple Eco-System with tablets is far superior. We have the two units with us for the next two weeks, post which we will publish our review about them. If you have any questions regarding them, do fire them away. The detailed photo gallery of the two tablets follows this post.