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89
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is good. Really good. With long battery life, a stunning screen and an especially thin and light design, it's a near-perfect product. Our main hang-up is that the performance doesn't always feel as brisk as it should (the forthcoming LTE edition uses a different chip, and has the potential to be faster, but it's unreasonable to ask someone to pay extra for the kind of performance they should have gotten on the WiFi-only models). In addition, the fingerprint scanner, though nice to have, can be temperamental -- so much so that we more than once locked ourselves out of the tablet. Finally, Samsung's Magazine UX feels a bit overbearing, mostly because you don't get the option of uninstalling it.

It doesn't look like that UI is going anywhere, but we do believe Samsung can address those minor performance issues via a software update. And even if it doesn't, this is still an excellent piece of kit. All told, we'd offer the same advice we would to prospective iPad buyers: Unless you want the extra screen real estate for watching movies, just buy the 8-inch version. It's cheaper, with a crisper screen, identical camera and just as much horsepower as the bigger model. Either way, you can't go wrong.
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User Reviews

90
jboogie555
Screen alone sells the tablet. Movies look great! Sidesync 3.0 is pretty cool....read more
80
falleninsea
1st and foremost the screen is awesome and more than likely you are buying this...read more
90
legendarypoet
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Screen size
1022
Model
8.4-inch WiFi

General

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

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

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
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun)

Hardware

Processor make
Samsung (Exynos 5)
RAM
3 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.4 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Screen type
OLED
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
8.4-inch LTE

General

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

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

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
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun)

Hardware

Processor make
Samsung (Exynos 5)
RAM
3 GB

Other features

Screen size
8.4 inches
Screen resolution
2560x1600
Screen type
OLED
Touchscreen
Yes
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