Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Samsung had a very productive summer when it came to tablets.
The company released two new devices, one in June and one in July. Both tablets are extremely light, slim and offer a variety of features. Between those two, which one is the better choice? We break it down for you.
Design and Display
Thin and light, the Tab S is a larger version of the Galaxy S5 smartphone. The company has incorporated same design principles into the tablet, which are, a plastic back, mix rounded corners and cut sides. Dimensions of 213x126x6.6 and weight of 294 grams make the device easy to hold and comfortable in the hand. The fingerprint sensor is located on the home button. But the main selling point here is the display, which is simply a gorgeous screen. The device features a Super AMOLED display with resolution of 1600x2560pixels. Do the math, and the 8.4 inch screen display delivers density of 359ppi. The fourth generation of Galaxy Tab is one of the best tablets. Samsung has made the 10.1 inches device lightweight, thin and very comfortable to use. The design is stylish, fashionable and rounded edges provide the illusion of the device being even thicker. Dimensions of the device are 233x176x8. We mentioned that weight is one of the strengths of the Tab 4, and it is set at 487 grams, which is low for tablets with that size.
Hardware and Operating System
The Tab 4 10.1 offers good performances, but when multi tasking, the device tends to lag a bit. Powered by a quad core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and with 1.5GB RAM, the Tab 4 is decent enough. The on board memory is capped at 16GB, but the device supports external memory up to an additional 64GB. The Tab S 8.4 delivers top notch performances, opposed to its counterpart. Featuring the Exynos 5 Octa processor, with 3GB RAM and 16/32GB memory space, the Tab S feels more like a device designed for pros than the Tab 10.1. The octa core processor is composed from a quad core clocked at 1.9GHz and another quad core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Both devices run on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The advantage of the Tab 4 10.1 is in the Magazine UX, a separate home screen that looks like the UI of the Windows 8. The Magazine UX provides users with quick access to email and frequently used applications.
The Tab S 8.4 is blessed with a camera usually found in smartphones. The 8-MP sensor on the back comes with LED flash, delivering photos up to 3264x2448pixels and records 1080p videos at 30fps. On the front, the device is equipped with a 2.1-MP camera. On the other side, you have the Tab 4 10.1, with a poor 3.15-MP shooter on the back and a 1.3-MP sensor on the front of the device.
Users have started complaining about the battery found in the Tab 4 10.1. Even though Samsung promises that the 6800 mAh battery delivers 10 hours of multimedia, users on forums and reviews claim their device lasts only about 3-4 hours, and it takes twice the time to fully charge. The Tab S, on the other hand, is blessed with a 4900 mAh long lasting battery, that delivers up to 11 hours of multimedia usage and 80 hours of music play.
The Tab 4 10.1 delivers everything a casual tablet user would want and need from a tablet. Sadly, the price looks like the tablet is made in another dimension. With a price tag of $499, it is hard to see many people opting for the Tab 4, especially given the price of competitor’s device. Even Samsung’s own Tab S offers more value for a price of $400.