Samsung ATIV Tab 5
Samsung's ATIV Smart PC holds promise as a Windows 8 hybrid, but the AT&T version is buggy and expensive with fewer features.
- Fast LTE speeds
- Buggy performanceExpensive, even on contractNo pen support in the AT&T versionAT&T isn't selling the keyboard dock yetRelatively heavy, unwieldy
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T walks the line between ultrabook-level laptop and tablet, but doesn’t truly excel at either
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Samsung ATIV Tab 5
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- 70AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE5 ReviewsCNET70An ultrabook that pops its topThe Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T walks the line between ultrabook-level laptop and tablet, but doesn’t truly excel at either.PC World60Samsung ATIV Smart PC review: Samsung hits the CloThe touch experience is excellent, but the overall size seems to be just a bit too large for comfortable use as a tablet. The ATIV performs well as a tablet, however, and the touchscreen is responsive and gorgeous. But the overall awkwardness because of the size makes it less than optimal.Engadget60Samsung ATIV Smart PC review (AT&T LTE)We're not sure whether Samsung or AT&T is to blame, but we're sure of one thing: the LTE version of the ATIV Smart PC is a deeply troubled product. Even if you can excuse its unwieldy shape or cheap build quality, it's simply too buggy to really be useful as either a tablet or a laptop.SlashGear80Samsung ATIV Smart PC ReviewHere with the ATIV Smart PC you’ve got Samsung taking a media-ready swing at Windows 8 with a tablet form-factor that’s perfectly legitimate for the average Windows 8 lover.TechRadar80Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro reviewYou won't draw the same kind of attention as you do when you're carrying a Surface Pro, but if the kickstand isn't for you and you can stand the trackpad, Samsung has a compromise that doesn't make too many concessions.
- 86AVERAGE USER SCORE5 ReviewsEngadget Reader80June 16, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have been an early tablet adopter; iPad 1, 2, the new iPad a.k.a iPad 3. And I am a major proponent of the "paperless office". I used my MacBook Air as my main computer and the iPad became my day-to-day companion as I dispensed with all paper-based communication methods. Only one problem remained; The iPad was no good at handwritten notes and sketches, doodles, and concept drawings.Various people will disagree, but none of the styluses did the trick, and I've tried a few. The issue is two-fold. 1, the touch field of sensitivity is calibrated for a finger, which is why the styluses all end in a nub rather than a point, and 2, as already developed adult humans we have spent many years being trained to write and draw with implements and we subconsciously pay close attention to where the tip of the implement touches the medium.With the nubs one has to write in letters much larger than they'd be used to in order to have legible notes or zoom in for finer lines in drawings. This is because the nub obscures the contact point. Drawing a capital A that fits within notepad lines with the prevailing three-stoke action produces varied results.Samsung attempted to solve this problem with the Galaxy Note, and considering the 10" version as a potential replacement for the iPad I tried one out at a local electronics chain. The Galaxy's CPU was not up to the task. If I wrote at my natural speed it would skip and drop lines, when I slowed down it was doing a decent job. I ain't slowing down for any tech, it's technologies job to keep up with us.Then Samsung released the update to its Slate PC concept in the form of the ATiV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro convertible tablet/ultrabook which I like to call a tabletbook. I tested, it impressed, I liked, I bought. I went with the i5 driven Smart PC Pro 700T with the 1080p screen, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD.This Machiavellian device has now replaced the work of a MacBook Pro and an iPad. It has all the grunt needed to run all my day-to-day work applications, and I can take it into meetings sans keyboard and take notes with the onscreen keyboard or with the digitizer stylus. And best of all, I can sketch out concept drawings and other ideas as if I were using a pencil on paper.Battery life of around 5 hours is good but I would have liked to have seen it go for 7-8 hours. The included power pack is small and it charges the unit fairly quickly. The Australian market did not get the WLAN option so on-the-go access is accommodated with a pocket Wi-Fi or smartphone tethering, not a major inconvenience.Samsung did not make the tablet mode very useful as there was no included way to have the tablet inclined like with a smart-cover or kick-stand. It took a while but eventually a few 3rd party covers were available to increase the tablet mode usefulness.All in all I am very satisfied with the Samsung ATiV Smart PC Pro, the only thing that would make me more satisfied is if I could get hackintosh on it.Engadget Reader80February 5, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!the Pro version is nice compared with the Atom version. the i5 CPU makes a huge difference, as does 4gb of ram. would be nice if it was upgradeable, but max is 4gb. concerned that the keyboard connectors may not last. already on the second one because the 1st one was loose causing windows to think it was disconnecting, and it seems like a weak point. overall the ability to use this as either a laptop or a tablet is great. the touchscreen seems to work well, and is a bonus to have in a Windows 8 laptop. don't upgrade the BIOS until they fix a glitch which makes you have to push the Vol-Up button part way thru the boot process in order to boot in low light situations.pros:battery life is pretty good...6-8 hours normal usage. slightly less watching movies etcdecent performance - graphics goodfull windows 8 - runs all windows programs + microsoft storenice screen - full 1080 makes a difference. movies look greatcons:keyboard connector seems weak, returned it once to replace alreadya little on the heavy side, especially for a tablet. also large for a tablet.usb port covers that are hard to open and seem like they might not lastcan't expand RAM beyond 4GBEngadget Reader100December 8, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Wonderful device. It does (or will be able to do) everything an iPad does, but it's a fully-functional PC. Windows 8 had a sharp learning curve, but I got it within a day. I can't believe that they stuffed an entire PC into this light, thin device. Yes, it has a fan, but you barely notice. The only thing I would say is that most desktop programs are not finger-friendly yet. I bought this thing to use with a stylus, and it works very well. I do wish the included stylus were better. I actually bought a separate one, which works quite well.Engadget Reader80November 25, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!1st this is not a desktop or even a laptop replacement. I would say itâ€™s better than the old netbooks and better than a standard Android or iOS Tablets when trying to be productive in the work place. Now what I mean by this is that you can run the full office suite on this machine and since this is not an RT machine you are running the full version of Windows 8 but the 32 bit version not the 64.I have to say that I was surprised how responsive it is. Its running the new Atom processor from Intel and itâ€™s not like the old atom in netbooks this one feels rather solid. Itâ€™s a dual core processor running 1.8 GHZ and the machine also has 2 GB of RAM.The tablet itself have a micro SD card slot, a USB 2 port, micro HDMI, NFC, a rear facing 8 MP HD camera and a front facing 2 MP HD camera. As it only comes with 64GB of onboard storage you are going to want to a micro SD card. The Camera is pretty good. Itâ€™s good for taking pictures of white boards. The USB port though is on the top of the tablet which I find is an odd place for it also especially if you are using any accessories that cables. I bought the model that came with the keyboard and it has 2 USB ports but no additional battery power but it does have a pace to plug in the power which I found odd since there is no battery but also nice as it let me leave the keyboard plugged in and just pull the tablet when I wanted to use as a tablet and not a netbook.This model also has the Wacom digitizer that Samsungâ€™s market as the S Pen. I have to admit that I found using the desktop a lot easier when I used the S Pen. A lot of the applications like office have small touch target that I find hard to hit when just using your fingers. The S Pen helps a lot in hitting those targets. When in Metro your fingers work fine as these icons are larger and geared more toward using touch then the desktop is.Performance wise as I mentioned I was surprised at how responsive the device it. Itâ€™s not something you are going to be doing some serious multitasking but having Outlook, Lync, and excel running I didnâ€™t notice any major lags but you are using them more as individual application I think then true multi-tasking. What I mean is that you are going to be working in one application at a time for the most part. You can have 2 open and taking up the screen at the same time but even then it doesnâ€™t feel like true multi-tasking when on a normal PC.Battery like has been good but not great. When just running it as a tablet Iâ€™m getting about 6 hours of battery and this is running the basic office suite in the back ground and using the docking station about 3/4ths the time. Samsung claims you get up to 9 hours.The ATIV smart PC is a good tablet and when docked a good netbook alternative but it is not a PC replacement. It just doesnâ€™t have the horse power to do that. As a secondary device especially in the office itâ€™s a great option especially if you are in a Microsoft rich environment. You can use it as a tablet or as a netbook when docked, the S Pen comes in very handy and works well (after the last software update) and touch screen is responsive. As this is a Win 8 tablet you also have access to the Microsoft App Store or you can load your own software either by download or you can even use a USB DVD drive to install from there. I would recommend that you buy the version that comes with the keyboard as it save you about $100 as it sells for about $150 as an accessory and the tablet by itself is about $700.00 but when bundled its only about $750.Is this something I would recommend to family and friends? Thatâ€™s turning out to be a tougher question to answer then then you would image. I like the ATIV; I think itâ€™s a good tablet/netbook. But at $700 thatâ€™s a lot of money especially since you can buy other tablets for less. You can also buy a full low end laptop for less. But for some one that wants a true windows tablet that runs the full office suite it is a good device and something I would recommend but for most people I would point them to either a dedicated tablet or a dedicated laptop instead. So I guess my answer would be â€œnoâ€ itâ€™s not something I would recommend to family and friends.Engadget Reader90November 24, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!PROS: As a first Samsung netbook-tablet with Windows 8, multi-touch capability, detchable keyboard, S-Pen and S-Note features, ATIV Smart PC flawlessly be a great netbook compare to the other competitor who offer the same tablet and netbook at the same price and performance. The Intel Atom Z Processor, 2GB RAM and 64 GB iNAND Flash Drive, quite good to perform many task on word processing, spreadsheet jobs, presentation editing and photo editing. The applications that includes on the package either from Microsoft, Samsung Apps, and Norton 60 days trial Security Apps, make an additional advantage for this netbook package. 8 MP and 2 MP dual-side camera, have a great quality to capture some photos and images, and done well on video conferencing with Skype. The connection and sync to Microsoft account and Xbox Live, made this netbook-tablet hybrid quite good for managing Microsoft's ecosystem and Xbox games. The 3G broadband wireless connection is a plus, just plug your 3G SimCard, done a little settings and you'll easily connected to the Internet, checking your email, social media connection and stuffs.CONS: The Intel Integrated Graphics is not quite enough to do the 3D graphics and games. For a sample, the 3D character on Xbox Live Profile is not rendered correctly on the textures and stuffs. But average games mostly runs well.SUMM: This portable Hybrid Netbook-Tablet is very nice Windows 8 device on performing average office and mulimedia task, and the Samsung S-Pen and S-Note apps are make all this tasks easily on mobile. Doing multimedia stuff like playing music, video and games, taking pictures and videos, all performing well on this device. Very good for portable multimedia player, mobile office and social media tasks.
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