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Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0

from  $199.97+
70
Global
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Engadget Summary

With so many options available to customers looking for a Samsung tablet -- from the stylus-equipped Galaxy Note 8.0 to the simply stellar Galaxy Tab S -- it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. The Galaxy Tab4 8.0 is a serviceable slate, but lacks the pizzazz to justify a purchase in lieu of one of its flashier relatives.

While CNET liked the "nice, compact size" of the Tab4, they found the plastic construction "a bit cheap," and PC Advisor noted it "lacks a premium finish." However, CNET says it offers a textured finish that is both "simultaneously smooth and grippy," and HotHardware thinks it's "an improvement" over the glossy casing of the Galaxy Tab 3. The screen is also a bit of a mixed bag -- not quite bad, but also not very flashy. HotHardware says it offers "decent color and viewing angles" but in the end it's only "passable" given that many competing tablets offer higher resolution displays at the same price.

On the inside ChipChick says it can "do pretty much anything your standard smartphone can do," and even PC Mag enjoyed features like the split-screen multitasking. One thing they didn't enjoy was the battery life, with the Tab4 clocking in at around six hours -- a "disappointing" result given the Tab4's lower end specs. But ultimately battery life depends on the user, and ChipChick found the slate lasted two weeks.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0 is a nice tablet, but not much more than that. For a few more dollars you could snag yourself a Galaxy Note 8.0, which has a ton more features, even if you never use the S-Pen.

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User Reviews

80
kstagg
I actually purchased this online for $239 mistakenly thinking I had purchased...read more
80
franchise513
I recently bought this tablet after having the Galaxy Nexus 2nd Gen 2013 7''....read more
90
PanicUmbreon
I got this tablet for christmas 2014 and so far... read above.
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72
Average Critic Score

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Features

80
 

Storage capacity

80
 

Design and form factor

68
 

Ease of use

80
 

Battery life

67
 

Durability

70
 

Display

64
 

How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

88
 

User

83
 

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82

Engadget

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Critic

80
 

User

90
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

74
 

User

81
 
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How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

88
 

User

83
 

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82

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Critic

80
 

User

90
 
74

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74
 

Critic

74
 

User

81
 
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