Verizon users will soon have the option of buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 that's compatible with the carrier's XLTE network. Oh, this isn't just any tablet, though. It's "The Family Tablet," which sounds to me like it should be a terrible ABC Family channel sitcom about a tablet that comes to life and solves a family's problems, or some such nonsense [cue laugh track]. But no, Verizon is simply choosing to stress Android's multi-user mode for some reason.


The Tab 4 8.0 is Samsung's entry-level tablet offering, so the specs won't really blow you away. It has an 8-inch 1280x800 LCD, 16GB of storage plus a microSD slot, 1.5GB of RAM, a 4450mAh battery, and it runs Android 4.4. This is the same basic tablet you can get already without LTE, although Verizon didn't list the processor. The WiFi version uses a 1.2GHz quad-core Exynos, but LTE variants sometime switch to Snapdragons.

Pricing is set at $379.99, which is about $100 more than the WiFi version. A 2-year data agreement drops the price to $279.99. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to start writing season 1 of "The Family Tablet." You'll never believe the hijinks.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

    Of all the Tab 4s, I think the 8.0 gives you the best hardware:dollar ratio. Of course, most people will be fine with the WiFi-only version, but for those of us who want LTE tablets, this actually isn't an awful deal, even at $379.

    • someone755

      Since when does AP recommend Verizon.
      Wait, scratch that, since when does anyone recommend Verizon!?
      I expected more from you, Dalek. You should be one going into their HQ and use your Dalek gun on them! D:

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        I'm not recommending Verizon per se. I'm saying that $379 isn't an awful price for a Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 with LTE. The carrier is irrelevant. Where in that comment did I recommend Verizon?

        • someone755

          Carrier, irrelevant?
          A few days ago the entire AP staff were complaining how much of a jerk Verizon is to not only developers but also normal users.
          Plus, the tablet is a mess for the price, especially the screen. Meanwhile, an LTE N7 costs $350 (off contract iirc), and Verizon is offering the G Pad 8.3 LTE for 200-300 dollars.
          So yes, it is an awful price, especially seeing that both these cheaper tablets can beat it in every single aspect.

  • ProductFRED

    Worth stating this would work on T-Mobile LTE, because XLTE is just AWS LTE.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Not necessarily. The software or modem firmware may not support T-Mobile. Band support ≠ carrier support.

      • ProductFRED

        The Galaxy S4 and onwards (with exceptions for devices that haven't had XLTE enabled through a modem update) support AWS LTE on Verizon ("XLTE"). If you go through YouTube and other sites, you'll see people are getting LTE on T-Mobile with those Verizon devices.

  • GoonieGooGoo4

    Is this a better choice than the LG Goad 8.3 or Galaxy Nexus 7?

    • someone755

      What is a Goad? And when did Samsung make a 7" Nexus?

  • taz89

    Lol verizon, why would you by this 2012 spec device for almost $400 when you could get a super 2014 spec galaxy tab s for the same price.

  • KristinM

    Does anyone know where to access the developer's area to turn on/off debugging on the tab4?