Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablet Review

Display

91

Camera

86

Battery life

87

Performance

85

Software & Features

75

Value for money

84

85

Samsung is upping its ante in the tablet market nowadays with the introduction of new tablets almost every month. Galaxy Tab S is a brand new tablet that hopes to bring Samsung on par with Apple in the huge tablet market dominated by Apple’s iPads. Let’s see what the new tablet has to offer: Design, Look and Feel Being a 10 inch tablet, the tablet is surprisingly very lightweight and compact. It seems like it is the thinnest 10 incher tablet but feels very solid. It has faux leather back and fake stitching that’s pretty common with the galaxy phones recently launched by Samsung. The bezels have ample space for a good hold. Though it can be very tedious to type holding the tablet in hands, though it will be easier for those with larger hands. Home button and the capacitive buttons are placed on the bottom bezel of the tablet. The slot for micro SD is on the left edge whereas the power button and the volume rocker are placed on the top edge of the tablet. Along with the headphone jack around the left corner, an IR blaster has been located in the center of the top edge. Dual-stereo speakers are located on the top left and right edges. Overall the tablet looks and feels premium in all respect, PERIOD.



Processor and Battery It possesses an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor having a Quad core 1.9 GHz Cortex A15 plus a 1.3 GHz Cortex A7. It may seem like a lot of power, but it isn’t. it would work really well, until there aren’t enough apps opened in the background. Performance of the octa core processor significantly lags when many apps are opened in the background. Though multi-window feature is one of the most useful features on the tablet. Though we aren’t very much impressed with the performance, it’s supposed to work like a charm with the new Samsung octa core but it doesn’t. It sports a large 8220 mAh battery which performs pretty well and would run for 11-12 hours continuously but under the condition that no high performance apps are running in the background. Overall the battery performance is pretty good and the battery life is on par with the new Apple iPad Air. Connectivity It comes in the options on WiFi only or the 4G option which is a decent pick. Along with that it has all other basic connectivity options like GPS with GLONASS, accelerometer, WiFi 801.22 a/b/g/n/ac etc.

Category

Specifications

Network

LTE : 800/ 900/ 1800/ 2600+850/ 2100 3G : 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100 2G : 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900

Processor

Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore ? 1.3 GHz Quadcore) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz Quadcore*

Display

10.5” 2560×1600(WQXGA) Super AMOLED

OS

Android Kitkat (4.4)

Camera / Flash

8MP w/ Flash LED + 2.1MP Full HD

Video

H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8 Recording : FHD(1920 x 1080) @ 30fps Playback: WQHD (2560×1440) @ 30fps

Audio

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC

Content Services / Applications

Papergarden, Professional pack, Multi-user mode, Sidesync 3.0, Gear & Gear fit manager

Free Downloadable apps

Group Play, S-Note, S Translator, Samsung Link, Scrapbook, Story Album, Video Editor

Gear Manager, Gear Fit Manager, Samsung Smart Switch, Samsung Level, E-meeting, Kids Mode, Kids Piano(Ding Dong Tap), S-Console, Hanshow, Hancell, Hanwrite

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube, Google+, Hangouts, Play books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Drive, Google setting, Photos

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth®4.0, IrLED

GPS

GPS, GLONASS, Beidou(not supported in USA, Canada)

Sensor

Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor

Memory

3GB (RAM) + 16/32GB internal memory microSD up to 128GB

Dimension / Weight

247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm , 465g(Wifi)/ 467g(LTE)

Battery

7,900mAh

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