Samsung Galaxy Tab S Tablets: Quick Review Roundup

Posted by B. Johnson
January 20, 2015 | 0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab S Tablets: Quick Review RoundupHi guys, welcome back to this site!

This year, Samsung struck the tablet market with its revolutionary tablet series, released under the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro series, aimed at productive and professional users.

All of these tablets are all really impressive, both on hardware and software.

But amazingly, it is actually not the last tablet series that Samsung wants to release to the market this year. There is still one interesting tablet line that Samsung keeps under its sleeve.

And this one is Samsung Galaxy Tab S series.

Similar just like the “Pro” line, all of the tablets of this Samsung Galaxy Tab S series come packed with some identical quality specs – from the same super high-resolution screen, the same use of processors (Snapdragon 800 and Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420 processors), the same quality cameras and some other more.

Interestingly, on all of this new tablet series, Samsung made changes and overhaul on these models – like the increase of screen size 10.5-inches (as opposed to the 10.1-inch Tab Pro), the decrease of battery capacity and most prominently, the use of Samsung’s usual but more improved TouchWiz UX UI (as opposed to the Magazine UI on Tab Pro line).

Samsung actually made a great decision by bringing back the standard Android layout through the TouchWiz UI on these Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets, instead of Magazine UI – even though it still looks and works great plus professional -.

Besides, i believe most of tablet shoppers out there are more familiar and attracted to use TouchWiz UI than the Magazine UI on Tab Pro series, which obviously is aimed at professional and productive users.

Anyway guys, today i want to keep the engine going (engine going, really?), i mean momentum going by giving you more of my quick roundup of Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets.

This tablet series consists in varied different models, ranging from the smaller 8.4-inch variant (with or without LTE) to the largest 10.5-inch models (also with and without LTE).

So if you want to learn more about these tablets and especially, my take on their gaming performance, then here you go, my quick roundup reviews of Samsung Galaxy Tab S series.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Wifi

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4When making Samsung Galaxy Tab Tab Pro and Note Pro family, Samsung decides to use 2 different processors on 2 different models (WiFi-only and LTE-enabled models).

And it still continues the same exact thing on this Samsung Galaxy Tab S series.

On this WiFi model of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Samsung uses the same Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420 octa-core processor – which actually is not a real octa-core processor because it uses big.LITTLE architecture where the light-weight tasks are taken care by the less-power-hungry quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, while the big heavy loads are handled by more power-consuming quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 CPU.

However, in terms of performance, this tablet really screams, even for playing games.

So if you’re still on the search for a great gaming tablet, then Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 can be a perfect choice for you.

It handles almost all graphics intense games perfectly and (even the very latest) in buttery smooth performance, plus in full highest graphics – like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5 or GTA San Andreas.

But Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is not just about playing games.

This tablet is also perfect for many other things - like watching HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web, listening to music, taking photos, recording videos, editing documents or simply checking emails.

This tablet is no doubt amazing. I even find it really hard to not recommend this tablet to you, especially if you’re looking for a perfect media-consumption device.

In terms of specs, this tablet is really superior compared to other 8-inch rivals out there on the market, even the iPad mini with Retina Display.

First of all, on the screen department, it rocks the super high-resolution 2560x1600 pixels on its 8.4-inch Super AMOLED display.

And thanks to Samsung’s never-ending developments on this AMOLED display - especially its technology -, on this tablet, Samsung also develops this battery-saving technology on the screen of this tablet, providing much even longer battery life, despite using a lower battery capacity (compared to the 8.4-inch Tab Pro).

Meanwhile, on the sector of performance, it’s powered by an octa-core Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420 processor (not the real octa-core processor by the way, as explained above), accompanied with Mali T628 MP6 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat comes pre-installed on this device, not to mention microSD card is expandable for up to 128GB to support the 16/32GB of internal storage.

An 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash enables you to take some great quality shots in low-light condition especially, while the 2.1MP on the front allows you to do sharp looking selfies (like there’s no other things to do besides taking selfies, huh?).

4900mAh power battery energizes this tablet, promising for more than 1 day of battery life. And last but not least, the fingerprint sensor keeps this tablet secure from irresponsible individuals.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE

If you feel that the WiFi model above already looks impressive to you, then you probably should check out the LTE model as well.

Unlike the regular WiFi model, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE is powered by a more powerful Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz per core, accompanied by Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

So when it comes to gaming performance, it’s really obvious that this LTE variant is way more powerful in handling games, especially the very latest graphics intense titles like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5.

But even so, both the WiFi and LTE are actually pretty equal in gaming performance.

This LTE model is actually quite similar with the WiFI variant, in terms of overall specs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTEIt has the same 8.4-inch Super AMOLED display with the same exact 1600x2560 pixel resolution (even with the same energy management technology on its screen and software), the same 3GB of RAM, the same microSD card slot for up to 128GB, 16/32 internal storage, 4900mAh power battery, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2.1MP camera on the front and pretty much everything about this tablet is just the same with the WiFi variant.

So it’s just a matter of your own personal preference actually.

I mean, if you feel that LTE connectivity is really important when getting a tablet, then you probably should pick up this LTE variant.

But if you don’t think LTE is really important to you – especially if your country still lacks in 4G coverage areas -, then you definitely should get the regular WiFi model instead.

Both models are simply great – great for watching movies, taking photos, recording videos, reading books, listening to music, editing documents or even playing games (although the LTE model has more powerful gaming performance than the WiFI variant).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5The largest model of this series is “handled” by the 10.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

Similar just like the 8.4-inch variant, this largest model also consists in 2 different models – the WiFi-only and the 4G LTE models.

And these 2 models also use 2 different processors – with Snapdragon 800 taking care the LTE model, while Samsung Octa 5 Exynos 5420 handling the WiFi model.

But pretty much everything about these 2 tablets is actually quite similar with the 8.4-inch variants, in terms of specs.

They share the same 1600x2560 pixel resolution on their Super AMOLED display, the same 3GB of RAM, the same 8MP rear-facing camera, the same 2.1MP front-facing snapper, the same Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and some other similar elements.

But of course, there are also some benefits that Samsung has provided on this bigger model, compared to the 8.4-inch variant – like bigger 7900mAh battery for example.

However, this largest Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 obviously offers much larger screen real estate than the 8.4-inch variant.

So if you love watching movies, reading books/magazines, editing documents or browsing the web, then Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will be a lot better to use than the smaller model.

Not to mention, on this largest model, Samsung also offers a much better multitasking mode than on the 8.4-inch model, providing 4 multitasking windows on one screen, as opposed to the ‘only’ 2 multitasking windows on the 8.4-inch variant.

But apart from that, this tablet is still similar in many ways with the smaller model, especially in performance.

Similar just like the WiFi model of 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S, this largest 10.5-inch variant is also powered by the same Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor with the same big.LITTLE architecture.

And given the same TouchWiz UI and the same resolution screen, the overall performance of both Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFI) and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (WiFi) are pretty much the same.

It runs smoothly and fast, especially when handling basic daily tasks.

This tablet is obviously a great media-consumption device.

In fact, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is probably the best 10-inch tablet out there on the market right now, even better than the iPad Air, especially in terms of hardware specs, screen, software and features.

So if you’re looking for an iPad Air killer, look no further, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is the one you’re looking for. Besides, it also has the fingerprint scanner just like the iPad.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTESimilar to what happens on the LTE variant of smaller model, Samsung also decides to put Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and Adreno 330 GPU beneath this Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE – as opposed to the Samsung Octa 5 Exynos found inside the WiFi variant.

So when it comes to playing games, it’s pretty obvious that this LTE model will provide more powerful graphical performance than the WiFi model.

So you can expect to see this tablet perform smoothly when handling some graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 – which all of these games will run in buttery smooth performance and of course, in full highest graphics.

But basically, the WiFi and LTE models are both equally powerful in terms of gaming performance.

But apart from that stronger gaming performance, pretty much about this LTE model is actually quite similar with the WiFi variant.

They share the same 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display sporting the same super high-resolution 1600x2560 pixels, the same 3GB of RAM, the same 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 2.1MP front-facing snapper, the same 7900mAH power battery, the same TouchWiz UI and pretty much about these models are just identical one to another.

So again, this is just a matter of your own personal preference or needs.

If you want to buy a perfect media-consumption and gaming tablet with LTE connectivity on it, then this Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE is your best shot.

But if you don’t feel it’s necessary to have LTE connectivity (besides, your country still lacks in 4G coverage), then you probably should pick up the WiFi-only model instead.

But even so, both models are equally great.

Conclusion

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