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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).

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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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90
Trey
02.11.19
I own the S4 and can tell you it works great. If you don't like DeX mode then you don't have to use it in DeX mode! The resolution and colors are amazing, as is the battery life. It's fast and the S Pen is included. I bought it a few days ago from Verizon because they have a Valentine's Day special for $200 off and thought I'd upgrade from the S3. The S4 is a very good upgrade in so many ways. I've owned 2 iPad in the past so I know a bit about the iPad. I compared the S4 to the iPad Pro 11". The iPad Pro is indeed an impressive device. However the price tag is out of sight. Starts at $800 for a comparable iPad Pro 11, plus another $100 for the pen so you're at $900 plus tax plus case. That's over $1,000 ..... Yikes! I paid $550 for the S4 and another $25 for a nice case. Another plus for S4 is it accepts micro SD cards. You can add 250Gb of storage for $70 if you want. I also like the form factor on the S4 more than the iPad Pro 11. It will display Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime video in true wide screen form factor. The Wifi range and speed on the S4 is fantastic, as is mobile data option for Verizon. If I had to guess I would say the iPad Pro is better for true artists. There's specific apps on the iPad Pro that are optimized for artists (there are apps for Android too but my guess is they are optimized for the iPad Pro screen size). However, the S4 may be better for overall productivity though. Office apps work flawlessly and you can plug external SSD drives directly into the USB-C port (can't do that on the iPad Pro). The S4 also charges quickly - a full charge in about 2.5 hours. DeX mode is tempting but I have not used it yet (I haven't found the need). The battery life on the S4 is a huge upgrade from the S3. The screen is also brighter than the iPad Pro 11 (although the iPad Pro 11 is plenty bright enough). Don't give credibility to this bias review. The S4 is a great device and a bargain compared to the iPad Pro 11 if you can get it $550 as I did.
 
50
SCi-Fi
08.21.18
Its a 2017 chipset with a 2015 camera, it hasn't enough memory to multitask properly mixed in a free pen that you really wouldn't use much and they want the todays top price. Here is what i think of their price and dodgy tablet, they can sod right off... I wanted a proper 4k tablet with plenty of memory and upto date chipset, not last years knock off. An dont get me started with the android ver they fobbed us off with, not even the latest ver. I can imagine that it doesnt work well with last years chipset or the even older camera!! To think about it I've not even talked about the sound. Tbh I think I will wait for the Tab S4 to come out an buy the S3 at a cheaper price, unfortunately for me the very thought on buying an Apple product gives me nightmares.