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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Review: More Nightmare than Dream

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Review: More Nightmare than Dream

Posted   08.08.18
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67 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
67

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Tab S4 would be an excellent Android tablet if Samsung hadn’t tried to do too much with it. By adding DeX software integration, the company hoped to provide a desktop-like interface to boost productivity, but ended up with an finicky interface that’s ultimately unreliable. If the Tab S4 was a pure Android tablet and cost hundreds less it would be great. Alas, it’s too problematic for the price.

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Pros
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Bright and vivid display
  • S Pen is included for free
Cons
  • DeX mode is finicky and unpredictable
  • Keyboard accessory and software are awful
67 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
67

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

67
 

User Reviews

90
Trey
I own the S4 and can tell you it works great. If you don't like DeX mode then...read more
50
SCi-Fi
Its a 2017 chipset with a 2015 camera, it hasn't enough memory to multitask...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
69
Average Critic Score
 
70
Gizmodo
In a lot of ways, Samsung made a really faithful Android counterpart to Apple’s iPad Pro. The problem is that because the Tab S4’s lives outside of Apple’s restrictive ecosystem, it has to fend off much tougher and less pricey competition. It’s a sort of a tragedy because while the Tab S4 showed me there’s still very much a place for a premium multi-purpose tablets, but when you take price and productivity into consideration, it’s not my first choice for the one I’d buy.
 
50
Android Police
If you want a great tablet, buy an iPad. If you want a tablet designed for "real work," buy a Surface Go or Pro. And if you want a lightweight platform for web productivity, buy a Chromebook. There's really no reason to even consider the Tab S4.
 
80
PC Mag
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the best Android tablet we've seen to date, but it still can't beat Windows-powered 2-in-1s for productivity.
 
80
Mashable
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 successfully juggles play and productivity with its special DeX mode, but the cost for the convenience is steep.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
The Galaxy Tab S4 pushes Android tablets toward with its productivity-focused DeX mode, but it has a few flaws.
 
70
TechCrunch
I liked the keyboard more than I thought I would, as well, though it’s a bit cramped and using a keyboard without a trackpad feels like relying on a phantom limb. The DeX desktop, meanwhile, is an interesting addition to the tightening convertible tablet race, though it’s got a ways to go before it feels as fully fleshed out Windows 10.
 
80
CNET
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is an excellent premium Android tablet that can also help your productivity in a pinch.
 
50
Android Authority
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 won’t replace your laptop. While the new Dex mode offers a great experience, in theory, it feels extremely half-baked — you’ll be consistently frustrated while using it. ... Unless you really, really want an Android tablet, you should not buy the Galaxy Tab S4. Go buy a laptop instead. Or an iPad. Just don’t buy this.