Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0

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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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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (KitKat [4.4])

Input

Keyboard
yes
Predictive text
no

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (3 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (16 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer])

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
1.5 GB
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