• Stunning Super AMOLED screen
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Thinner and lighter than the iPad Air
  • MicoSD expansion slot
  • 3GB of RAM


  • Screen feels almost too bright and vivid
  • No black model available
  • Isnt dust/water-resistant like GS5
  • Fingerprint Scanner isnt ideal for tablet use
  • Sonys Xperia Z2 tablet is a little thinner and lighter

Keeping Samsung’s line of tablets straight is not a simple employment. There are the Note and Note Pro lines, the Tab Pro, Tab 3, the lower-end Tab 3 Lite, and the Galaxy Tab 4, the greater part of which are accessible in numerous screen sizes. We do this as a profession, and composing that last sentence felt like it took a large portion of a-day of mental aptitude.

One thing we can say with assurance, however, is that the new Galaxy Tab S (accessible in 8.4 and 10.5 inch assortments) is Samsung’s present purchaser leader tablet?in any event it was starting late June, 2014 when we kept in touch with this.

The Tab S is pressed with elements, similar to a unique mark scanner, intense internals (counting 3GB of RAM), and an outline tasteful that gets vigorously from the organization’s present cell phone champion, the Galaxy S5.

Cost is likewise straight up there with the best tablets, similar to Apple’s iPad Air and Sony’s Xperia Z2, with Wi-Fi-just models of the Tab S 8.4 beginning at $400 and the Tab S 10.5, which we’re taking a gander at here, beginning at $500.

The primary offering purpose of these tablets are their screens. Both sizes don the same 2,560 x 1,600 determination, so you’ll be unable to detect a pixel without breaking out a goldsmith’s loupe.

Also, interestingly since 2012’s Galaxy Tab 7.7, Samsung has broke out its Super AMOLED tech, already consigned to their littler screened telephones, for its extra large screen tablets. The outcome is a tablet with a genuinely shocking 10.5-inch show, with profound blacks and phenomenal difference. Be that as it may, the hues are so distinctive and oversaturated, the screen can be practically stunning to take a gander at upon first look.

Furthermore, in the same class as the screen of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 looks, when we put it alongside the Samsung Tab Pro 12.2, we didn’t see a noteworthy distinction. So we wouldn’t consider the tablet’s show a noteworthy offering point unless you’re a genuine screen pretender.

A supersized Galaxy S5

With its dimpled plastic posterior, metal edges, and well known oval Home catch (which additionally serves as a unique finger impression peruser), the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 resembles a surveyed variant of the Galaxy S5. It feels more strong and considerable than the S5, however its plastic back still doesn’t feel as premium or tough as Apple’s aluminum-supported iPads.

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Port and catch format is the thing that you’d expect, with the tight power and volume catches on the upper left (in picture introduction) beside the Infrared emitter, which gives you a chance to utilize the tablet as a huge widespread remote. The earphone jack sits in the upper left corner, while the MicroSD extension opening and the Micro USB charging port live on the right side (or on the base in picture introduction).

Primary concern: If you’ve utilized a Galaxy telephone or tablet in the most recent couple of years, you’ll feel comfortable.

The pair of speakers housed on either edge, close to the top corners, create clear stable, yet don’t get uproarious, as they fire out to the sides, as opposed to up toward your ears.

Samsung merits a considerable measure of credit for making the tablet little and light, however. At 6.6mm thick and 465 grams (16.4 ounces), Samsung’s tablet is somewhat lighter and more slender than the iPad Air (7.4 mm thick 469 grams), despite the fact that the iPad has a littler 9.7-inch screen. Still, Sony’s Xperia Z2 is the victor on both fronts. It’s 6.4mm thick and weighs 439 grams.

Every one of the three are astonishingly svelte, yet in this 10-inch tablet space where your wrist can get drained amid long stretches perusing on a drive or in bed, we’d give the edge to the Sony tablet.

Fingerprint perusers work better on phones

The unique finger impression scanner, which likewise serves as the tablet’s home catch, in fact functions admirably. Subsequent to enrolling our thumb and setting the lock screen, the scanner effectively perceived our thumb swipe 19 out of 20 times. The issue is, for the peruser to work you have to swipe straight down. That implies you’ll have to swipe precisely, and in case you’re holding the tablet in picture introduction, you’ll need to hold your hand sideways and swipe to one side, which feels clumsy.

The best utilization of the tablet’s unique finger impression peruser is the way it works with different records on the tablet. When clients have signed in with their records and enlisted their fingerprints, a snappy swipe of the peruser switches between clients effortlessly. This is a helpful component for homes with a solitary tablet, whether you have different children, or only a mate or accomplice.


You can likewise utilize the unique mark peruser to approve PayPal installments, which is helpful. Furthermore, Samsung offers a product engineer unit for the unique mark scanner, so it’s probable we’ll see different applications supporting it later on.

Still, the entire unique mark filtering process just feels more qualified to cell phones. On account of their littler size, your finger or thumb is constantly near the sensor, and telephones are utilized all the more regularly as a part of representation mode, at any rate until you open them and dispatch an amusement or a video, which makes for less demanding swiping.

TouchWiz, in addition to a couple extras

Samsung’s TouchWiz skin sits on the most recent Android 4.4 (KitKat). As ever, TouchWiz is splendid, a little cartoony, and feels more jumbled than stock Android. In any case, the bigger screen gives Samsung’s element loaded programming more space to move around, making it feel (excessively us, in any event), more agreeable to use than on a cell phone. In the event that you don’t care for TouchWiz, you can simply conceal it by introducing an alternate launcher.

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Samsung is additionally pushing its own “Paper Garden” magazine application on the Tab S, which showcases high-determination content. Be that as it may, with set up magazine stores like Amazon’s Kindle, Zinio, and Barnes & Noble, Paper Garden doesn’t appear to be liable to increase much footing?at any rate in the US.

The SideSync 3.0 application likewise gives you a chance to match the table with your cell phone and utilize the tablet to send instant messages and accept and make calls. In any case, as is frequently the case with Samsung’s snazzier components, this exclusive works with Samsung’s most recent leader telephone, the Galaxy S5?until further notice.

Powerhouse specs

Similarly as with past tablets, the specs of the Tab S change somewhat amongst locales, and regardless of whether you settle on a Wi-Fi-just model or one with a cell radio. All displays will send with a plentiful 3GB of RAM, which is likely needless excess for most clients, however could prove to be useful on the off chance that you run different applications on the screen on the double (an element Samsung has offered on a number of its cell phones and tablets for over a year now).

For capacity, the Tab S has a MicroSD card opening, and ships with 16 or 32GB of interior stockpiling, with the more roomy model costing $50 more. We’d like to see 32GB come standard at this cost, yet at any rate the SD card opening gives you a chance to stack up bunches of records without highly included cost (32GB cards can be found for about $15).

The Wi-Fi model Tab S is controlled by a Samsung Exynos 5 8-center processor running at either 1.9 or 1.3GHz, contingent upon which centers are dynamic. Combined with a plentiful 3GB of RAM, the chip took care of each application and diversion we tossed at it effortlessly, and never backed off.

We don’t put a great deal of stock in tablet benchmarks, however to give you some feeling of correlation, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 scored 19,900 in Quadrant, which puts it in front of the Sony Xperia Z2’s score of 18,100, yet behind the Galaxy S5 cell phone’s appearing of 23,000 on the same test.

With regards to illustrations execution, the Tab S scored 13,350 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test, which puts it essentially behind the Xperia Z2 (18,900) and the Galaxy S5 (18,500). The Tab S’s 2560 x 1600 pixel screen determination likely adds to its lower score here (the other two gadgets have 1080p screens). In any case, once more, the Tab S had no inconveniences playing representation escalated diversions like Anomaly 2 and Archangel.

Super AMOLED is delightful, however unnecessary

As we noted before, the Tab S’s 2560 x 1600 pixel Super AMOLED show looks truly pleasant. Hues are splendid, blacks are inky, and the screen gets very brilliant. Be that as it may, putting the Tab S one next to the other by-side with the Tab Pro 12.2 (which brandishes the same determination, yet isn’t AMOLED), and a year ago’s Nexus 7 tablet (with its 1080p IPS show), we didn’t see real contrasts?in any event looking straight on.

We stacked up the same brilliant picture (a photograph of organic product taken from the Tab S itself), and took a gander at all three screens by each other. The lower-end Nexus 7’s screen doesn’t get as brilliant, and the shades of the Tab S “pop” more than on the other two tablets, however the Tab Pro 12.2 runs a nearby second, again in case you’re looking straight from the front.


Yet, when survey from an edge, even one that is not great, the clear hues on the bigger Tab Pro 12.2 tumble off and get to be pale. Not so with the Tab S. Notwithstanding when taking a gander at the more up to date tablet from over the room while it sits level on a work area, the hues look just as energetic as they do when you’re holding it a foot from your eyes.

Note, however, that the shine of the Tab S’s screen can be turned down to a great degree low, which can bring about issues. We dropped it to the base splendor when perusing in bed oblivious, then lifted it up the following morning when heading out to snatch some breakfast. Exchanging the screen on while sitting by a window, we thought at first the battery was dead. Actually, the screen was dim to the point that we couldn’t see it by any means, so couldn’t discover the setting to wrench the splendor move down. It wasn’t until we got back home, far from any windows, before we could turn up the brilliance and utilize the tablet once more.

A adequate camera, yet nothing special

At 8 megapixels, the camera in the Galaxy Tab S doesn’t catch as much detail as, say, the 16-megapixel sensor in the Galaxy S5 cell phone, or the 20-megapixel shooter in Sony’s Xperia Z1S. Be that as it may, for taking the intermittent photograph when you don’t have your cell phone or advanced camera convenient, it functions admirably enough. A 2.1-megapixel front-confronting camera is additionally there for video talks and selfies.

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Shots brought outside with the back camera amid the day look fresh and clear (if you don’t zoom into take a gander at subtle element), and indoor shots look OK, insofar as there’s a good measure of light. Pictures in low light get grainy, and take longer than we’d like to catch, yet there is a LED blaze, which Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Apple’s iPads need.

Battery Life

Samsung claims up to 12 hours of video playback or 9 hours of Internet perusing on the Tab S 10.5. What’s more, the tablet’s 7,900mAh battery is bigger than the 6,000mAh battery in Sony’s Xperia Z2. Be that as it may, the Z2 has less pixels to push.

In our testing, the Tab S did sensibly well, holding up more than three days of irregular utilize, downloading and introducing applications, running benchmarks, checking email and Facebook, taking photographs, and playing a couple diversions. It ought to effortlessly get you during a time of substantial use, or a couple days in the event that you just utilize it for a couple of hours a day.

Note, however, that on the off chance that you utilize the screen in brilliant daylight, which you can do with the splendor turned as far as possible up, battery life will be much shorter?more like 5 hours than 10.


From an equipment stance, the Galaxy Tab S is the best tablet Samsung has ever constructed. It joins the best components of its late cell phones, similar to the unique finger impression peruser from the Galaxy S5 and the striking Super AMOLED screen.

Keeping in mind it’s generally plastic form doesn’t feel as premium as the aluminum-clad iPads, the Tab S feels strong. Furthermore, both the 10.5 and 8.4-inch models are more slender and lighter than Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini, separately, which is noteworthy.

However, as decent as the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 seems to be, the unique mark scanner is more unwieldy and constrained than Apple’s Touch ID sensor, at any rate for the present. What’s more, noteworthy as the Super AMOLED screen may be, it’s splendid, oversaturated hues can really be a bit of jolting, in any event until you get used to them. Also, set one next to the other with other top of the line tablet screens, the Tab S’s presentation genuinely doesn’t emerge that much.

Still, Samsung merits acclaim (as does Sony for their Xperia Z2) for delivering a decent Android tablet that looks and feels comparable to Apple’s iPads. On the off chance that you need the best Android slate, the Tab S ought to be at the highest priority on your rundown.

Yet, in the event that you’re debating amongst Android and iPad and you think about having the best applications, and particularly the best applications to begin with, iOS still wins on that front. More applications make the excursion from iOS to Android nowadays, yet most prominent and brilliant applications (especially recreations) hit Apple gadgets first. What’s more, it can be months or now and again years before they discover their approach to Android?in the event that they ever do by any stretch of the imagination.

That is not Samsung’s flaw, or even Google’s, truly (despite the fact that Android makes it simpler to privateer applications). IOS has quite recently generally been a more lucrative stage to produce for. Ideally the new influx of appealing tablet equipment, similar to the Tab S, will pull in more clients, who thusly will purchase more Android applications, and that will begin to change.