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Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0

from  $199.97+
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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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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 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.
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.

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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User Reviews

90
PanicUmbreon
I got this tablet for christmas 2014 and so far... read above.
80
franchise513
I recently bought this tablet after having the Galaxy Nexus 2nd Gen 2013 7''....read more
80
kstagg
I actually purchased this online for $239 mistakenly thinking I had purchased...read more
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Average user Score
 
90
PanicUmbreon
01.01.15
I got this tablet for christmas 2014 and so far... read above.
 
80
franchise513
12.01.14
I recently bought this tablet after having the Galaxy Nexus 2nd Gen 2013 7''. The Samsung has more features, but the galaxy had a better picture and was a lot more "snappy" and crisp with the touch screen. I loved my galaxy and had it a year and broke it. I had insurance and planned on getting another one but saw that Costco had the Tab 4 8.0 for $170! I saved $50-60 on this tablet. The 16 GB memory was initially a turn off but the expandable memory made it a no-brainer. I have noticed the Samsung can do somethings the nexus couldn't, and there was nothing that the Nexus could do that the Samsung could not. So for me it makes it worth it.
 
80
kstagg
07.14.14
I actually purchased this online for $239 mistakenly thinking I had purchased a refurb Galaxy Tab 4 Pro. Oh well. Having looked at what I had ordered, sure enough I didn't order the Pro. But to be honest? I still love the damned thing.I have a Nexus 7 which I had handed down to my wife because her tablet had broken (I'm quite the gentleman). So I was looking for something a little bigger, but didn't feel the need for a 10" tablet. I felt an 8" screen would work fine. This screen display is more than adequate. Is the resolution as sharp as the Galaxy 4 Tab Pro - no, of course not. The GT has a resolution of 800 x 1280 and 189 ppi whereas the GTP is 1600 x 2560 and 359 ppi. The screen on the GTP is also .4 inches (8.4") bigger. So you can see there is quite a difference. My understanding is that this Galaxy Tab has the same res as the original GT. But you know what? With the LCD display it still looks dang nice and I am not complaining. Reading web pages, watching movies - I am very happy. One of the coolest features of the Tab (compared to other non-Samsung) is the Floating Window option. For example, if you had a website open, and wanted to email someone information about that website, but didn't want to have to flip back and forth between screens? The Tab allows you to drag another window to the screen (like Windows 7), so both apps can be visible at the same time. Very slick. Anyway. I know it doesn't set the world on fire with specs. But I like it.
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