The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is definitely one of the best tablets you can buy right now. It’s incredibly thin with the smallest bezel I’ve ever seen on a tablet. The TouchWiz launcher interface for tablets is fantastic and the screen is absolutely the best tablet screen ever, Super AMOLED! At QHD resolution 8.4” the S 8.4 is perfect for reading books, manuals, textbooks, comic books, magazines—even for someone with bad eyesight like me. Great battery life too.
Let me discuss some features about the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 that swept me away.
Catch Up on The Hunger Games
You can view your movies and games with dark shadows, vibrant colors and stunning contrast. The Hunger Games Movie app allows for Galaxy Tab S 8.4 owners to download the first two Hunger Games films from Google Play for free. Users will also receive exclusive content that is available in the app.
In addition to watching your movies and games in a mix of dark shadows, vibrant colors and stunning contrast, the Tab S has an 8.4” display screen with twice the amount of pixels of an HDTV. The screen uses auto-adjust to adjust levels of brightness and keep the screen clear based on what you are viewing and where you are.
When it comes to the display, there’s not much I can say besides that Samsung really killed it. The screen has 2,560 x 1,600 resolution translating to a pixel density of 287 ppi. Either way, the screen is the sharpest I’ve seen.
Fine, now that we’ve let that out of our system, let’s put the measuring tape away and pull up our pants. Even putting aside the specs, it has a stunning display. The Super AMOLED panel is definitely something worth talking about, and while it may not sound revolutionary to anyone who’s used any of Samsung’s latest phones, it’s pretty something uncommon for a tablet.
Lighter Than 1lb
A comfortable design and with an ultra-thin build makes this tab difficult to put down. Since it’s a lightweight device, it is perfect for traveling and it connects flawlessly with other Galaxy gadgets for you to easily share videos and photos from just about anywhere.
The Multi User Mode makes it possible for everyone in the family to create a personalized and private tablet experience which can be made secure through the fingerprint scanner. Those interested in keeping your young ones entertained, the Kids Mode allows you to customize apps and playtime with parental control.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 uses an up-to-date Android 4.4.2 Kitkat software that comes pre-installed with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz interface. The interface emulates that of the Galaxy S5 alongside the company’s own drop down notifications, icons, widgets and so on.
The TouchWiz interface does have some drawbacks, but these will normally come down to personal preference and how you want to use the device.
I like the ability to simultaneously run two apps, and this you can do by swiping from the right of the screen to easily access your apps anytime. There’s also the recent modification of the apps menu popping up from the bottom of the screen without taking much of the screen display—something I personally found unnecessary for tablets. The standard recent apps display would have been far better.
It certainly wouldn’t be worth concluding my review without dwelling a bit on the camera. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash as well as a 2.1 MP front camera. The setup is pretty much like on the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
So it happened that I took some snap shots in auto mode, seeing that most consumers will do it this way but there also several specialty modes to choose from, including, panorama, dual camera, HDR and “Beauty face.” In addition, you can adjust the metering modes, ISO, flash and face detections from the menu.
Low Battery? Not An Issue
The Ultra Power Saving Mode allows you to remain connected even with a critically low battery. This mode works by turning off non-essential apps and turning the screen to black and white, so you can still use the device when you need it the most.
Magazines Brought to Life
With Papergarden, you can peruse through your favorite news magazines, fashion news and sports illustrations. You can easily navigate through your loved reads and view everything at a resolution that’s specifically designed for your Galaxy Tab screen. Photographs will appear stunning and texts will be easy to read.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is very good. A lengthy battery life, thin and light design and a stunning screen display makes this one of my favorite Android tablets. The main issue I have is the performance which I feel isn’t as brisk as it should. The LTE edition however uses a different chip, increasing the potential for faster processing. It however sounds unreasonable to make someone pay more for that kind of performance they should have got from the Wi-Fi models. The finger print scanner isa much appreciated addition, but it can be temperamental at times—such that I’ve more than once locked myself out of my tablet.
I’ve used a lot of tablets and nothing comes close … the design, the amazing display, and finally the price (street) is so much lower than other Android or Apple tablets in its range.
It simply outperforms everything else in its class. Better colors, contrast, resolution, design, and while it’s list price of $399 is near-identical to Nexus 9 and iPad Mini – it’s street price is about $100 cheaper than those.
Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White
Android™ 4.4, KitKat (Lollipop coming)
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS (INCHES)8.37″ x 4.94″ x 0.26″
CAMERA RESOLUTION (FRONT)
CAMERA RESOLUTION (REAR)8.0MP
DIGITAL OPTICAL ZOOM
4x Digital Zoom
Shot Modes: Auto, Beauty Face, Panorama, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Shot & More
MAIN CAMERA – FLASH
MAIN CAMERA – AUTO FOCUS
BATTERY TYPE AND SIZE
3.8 Volt, Lithium Ion, 4900 mAh
MUSIC PLAY TIMEUp to 80 Hours*
VIDEO PLAY TIMEUp to 12 Hours*
INTERNET USE TIMEUp to 10 Hours*
INTERNAL MEMORY3GB RAM; 16GB ROM**
EXTERNAL MEMORY/MICROSD™ CAPACITYmicroSD™ (Up to 128GB)
SDHC/SHD SD CARD
Wi-FiWi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, (2.4Ghz + 5.0 Ghz)
HSP, A2DP, AVRCP, OPP, HID, PAN(PANU Only), DI, HOGP
PROCESSOR SPEED, TYPE
Exynos™ 5 Octa (1.9Ghz Quadcore + 1.3 Ghz Quadcore)
MAIN DISPLAY RESOLUTION
1600 x 2560 Pixel
MAIN DISPLAY SIZE
MAIN DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
WQXGA Super AMOLED™
Samsung Traditional UI; Smart Pause™; TouchWiz®; Widgets
Music Player; MP3/MP4/Music Tones; Audio Streaming
AUDIO PLAYING FORMAT
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Video Player; Video Streaming
VIDEO PLAYING FORMAT
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Fun & Entertainment
Downloadable Content, IR Remote Control, S Voice™, Samsung Widget Gallery, Live Wallpapers, WatchON™
Business & Office
Enterprise-Ready; Corporate E-mail/Calendar/Contacts; Microsoft® Office-compatible; Mobile Device Management; On-Device Encryption (ODE); SAFE™; SAFE with KNOX; Virtual Private Network
Accelerometer; Fingerprint Sensor; Gyro Sensor; Geomagnetic Sensor; Hall Sensor; RGB Sensor