Last Updated: July 3rd, 2014

There's no denying that Samsung's current tablet lineup is a convoluted, confusing mess for anyone outside of the tech circle – just in the current run we have the Galaxy Tab 4 7, 8, 10.1; Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1/12.2, and now the newest member of the family, the Galaxy Tab S. Deep down, I still wish they would've named it the Galaxy S Tab, just so we could call it the Galaxy Stab.

But I digress. The point is that Samsung has a lot of tablets out in its current lineup, and they keep pumping them out. I'm generally in the camp of "less is more," and would like to see Sammy unify its experiences and perhaps release fewer devices in a single fiscal year, but once I got my hands on the Galaxy Tab S, it just made sense. I just understand why this tablet exists, perhaps more than any other Samsung device I've ever reviewed.

After spending some time with both the 10.5 and 8.4-inch Tab S models, I can honestly say that this is some of the best hardware Samsung has ever released. While Tab S may not be perfect, it's easily the best tablet of 2014 up until this point.


Unless otherwise stated, everything in this review pertains to both the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch models of Tab S since they're essentially the same in every aspect aside from size.

10.5 Specs
  • Display: 10.5 2560x1600 Super AMOLED Panel
  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz + 1.3GHz) / Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Models will also be available (LTE)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Cameras: 8MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front
  • Ports: microUSB (USB 2.0), microSD
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO,Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, IrLED
  • Battery: 7900mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Dimensions/Weight: 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm, 465g (Wi-Fi)/467g (LTE)
  • Price: 16GB – $499; 32GB – $549
8.4 Specs
  • Display: 8.4-inch 2560x1600 Super AMOLED Panel
  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz + 1.3GHz) / Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Models will also be available (LTE)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Cameras: 8MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front
  • Ports: microUSB (USB 2.0), microSD
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, IrLED
  • Battery: 4900mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Dimensions/Weight: 125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6mm, 294g (Wi-Fi)/298g (LTE)
  • Price: 16GB – $399; 32GB – (not yet announced)

  • Insanely light and thin. Both devices are easily the thinnest tablets I've ever used. They're also very light, which makes for good one-handed use, even on the larger model.
  • The display. 4,096,000 gorgeous Super AMOLED pixels. Everything pops, but nothing is oversaturated. One of the most balanced SAMOLED displays I've ever seen, but it still retains all the things that makes SAMOLED great. This is the best tablet display I've ever seen.
  • Samsung's Keyboard. It's incredibly easy to type on, and equally as accurate. Samsung devices are the only ones I don't feel the need to immediately install SwiftKey on.
  • Design. Both devices are very S5-esque, but there are a few touches that are just really cool, like the Simple Clickers that allow cases/covers to be directly attached to the tablet.

  • Bloat. While the Tab S has less bloat than other Samsung devices I've used, there's still a lot going on. All the time. At least it has 3GB of RAM to keep things purring along.
  • Can be slightly choppy when things are happening in the background. Like installing apps, syncing files, or the like. It's not unbearable, but you can definitely tell the processor is taking on a full load.
  • Single notification shade. I just can't get used to this. It seems so much more effective to have two different shades (like stock Android): one for notifications, one for toggles and such. Cramming them both into one fullscreen panel just doesn't make sense to me.
  • It's easy to cover the speakers on the 8.4-inch model. Depending on which way you rotate the device to enter landscape mode (I always rotate to the left – I like to have the navigation buttons under my right thumb), it can put the speakers on the bottom of the device, which is exactly where your hands are. Rotating to the right obviously doesn't have the same issue, but it's hard to change old habits.


Build Quality and Design

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The Tab S's overall design is basically like that of an oversized Galaxy S 5. It features almost all of the same design elements as its phone counterpart, including the doesn't-at-all-look-like-a-bandaid-to-me dimpled back. In fact, the soft-touch back is one of my favorite aspects of the Tab S, as it just feels so nice. Much better than the faux leather found on the Note 10.1 2014 and Note/Tab Pro devices.

While we're talking about the back, let's discuss the "simple clickers." These are button-like indentions that allow Tab S-specific cases to be easily attached to the device. It's an implementation that I've never seen before, but it actually works really well. It enabled cases and book-style covers to be attached to the unit while adding as little bulk/thickness to the overall size as possible. And if you're not the type to use a case, the clickers stay out of the way and basically blend in with the back of the unit (by feel, not sight).

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Otherwise, we're looking at a pretty standard layout. On the 8.4-inch model, power, volume, IR blaster, and microSD are on the right, 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB port on the bottom, and nothing on the left or top. The speakers actually flank the top and bottom when in portrait mode (which I feel is the most common way to use a tablet of this size), but are placed appropriately when the display is flipped into landscape; makes perfect sense for watching videos and whatnot. As noted above, the one downside is for those of us who flip left for landscape mode: it puts the speakers at the bottom, putting them directly in the area where most people grip the device. On the other hand, if you flip right, it puts the volume rockers on the bottom. There's just no winning.

The 10.5 is very similar, though it's designed for landscape use most of the time: microSD slot and microUSB port are on the right, headphone jack on the left, and power, volume, and the IR blaster are all on the top. The speakers, of course, are found on either side, close to the top.

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While both devices have pretty narrow bezels, they're remarkably so on the 8.4-inch model. This leads to the feeling of holding a much larger display packed into a smaller form factor – it's basically all display.

Build quality on this duo is fantastic. Samsung has caught a lot of crap in recent months because of its "all plastic, all the time" build motto, but the Tab S feels super solid. Everything is quite tight and feels really well constructed, something that I assume has to be done this way since the device is so thin. There's absolutely no room for creaky plastic or bulky seams on the Tab S, and the overall construction proves that. It feels really, really nice. Probably Samsung's best-built tablets to date.



This is the crown jewel of the Tab S experience, and hands down the best display I've ever seen on a tablet. Seriously – you have to see it to believe it. The 2560x1600 resolution keeps everything extremely sharp and crisp (especially on the 8.4-inch model), and the Super AMOLED panel keeps colors bright and vibrant. Samsung clearly put a lot of work into display tweaks, too, because it has that traditional SAMOLED look without the "I feel like my eyes are being sliced open by tiny pixel razors" feel that SAMOLED displays often have. It's very well balanced.

This is in large part due to the "Adaptive Display" settings, which automatically detects the type of content on the screen (for some applications), as well as the ambient lighting in the room, and adjusts the color output appropriately. It's immediately noticeable for reading apps like Play Books, where it slightly dampens the whites for a softer look. You can literally see the display change before your eyes when exiting the app, which is nice. For most other apps, however, it's far more subtle. It also tweaks the colors for other applications, like the Gallery, Videos, Camera, and "Internet," which is Samsung's fairly crap-tastic browser. While Adaptive Display's usage may seem very narrow, I feel like it easily affects how the display reacts across the entire OS, especially when comparing it to the other settings modes: AMOELD Cinema, AMOELD photo, and Basic.

When it comes to brightness, the Tab S is following the S5's lead – it gets bright. I can't say for certain if it matches the S5's 700 nit claim, but it's definitely packing some heat in the panel, and is always readable even in bright sunlight.

In short, after looking at the Tab S display, all my other tablets just look lackluster and unsatisfying. If you're interested in every possible detail about the Tab S display, Display Mate has an incredible write-up on it.



Tablet speakers are important primarily for one reason: watching movies and videos. And since the Tab S has such a beautiful display, that's something you'll likely be doing more of, which makes the speakers even more important.

While fairly small and out of the way, the Tab S's speakers get the job done. They're not overly powerful or loud, but they maintain crisp audio that perfectly suits catching a flick or streaming a quick YouTube video.

Unfortunately, the placement of the speakers on the 8.4-inch model is questionable. As I pointed out in the Design section above, if the device is rotated to the left (which I honestly feel like is the most common way to rotate a tablet) it puts the speakers at the bottom. If you flip right to put the speakers at the top, the volume rocker ends up on the bottom. *sigh*



In short, it's a tablet camera. It's not the best I've ever seen, but I supposed it'd get the job done in a pinch. Colors appear to be washed out when outdoors, and the indoor (low light) quality is basically abysmal. But you're not really buying a tablet for the camera, are you? That's what your phone, or maybe even an actual camera is for. If you must take pics with a tablet, however, I'm sure you can get usable images with enough tinkering.

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Both Tab S models have 16GB of storage on the lowest end, though 32GB options are also available if you want to spend the moneydollars. Storage is pretty limited on the 16GB model, because (naturally) Samsung's UI and add-ons takes up quite a bit of space.

Right out of the box, the Tab S only has about 9GB of storage, which really isn't much when you start throwing some heavy games on it. That's kind of a shame, too, because gaming on that beautiful screen is amazing.

Fortunately, it also has a microSD card slot, which will at least help keep files like movies, music, and pictures off of the tablet's primary storage.

Battery Life


Fun fact: Super AMOLED displays don't require backlighting, so they're both thinner and more energy efficient. That means devices (like the Tab S) can be thinner and lighter thanks to smaller batteries, but still get a good amount of battery life.

During my testing, I tried to use both devices as equally as possible (though I am biased towards the 8.4 as my favorite), and ended up with about seven hours of screen-on time (per device) doing various activities: web surfing, Play Books, Play Magazines, YouTube, Netflix, and lots of time checking things in Settings and tweaking the homescreens.

It's not the 12 hours that Samsung claims (or Engadget got in its tests), but I wouldn't say it's awful, either. If you don't mind a little stutter, you could throw it into Power Saving mode and probably increase the time by a couple hours (maybe more). But like with all other devices, how long it lasts depends on how you use it – I'd say my usage is on the shorter side of the spectrum.


Launcher, Interface, and SideSync

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When it comes to the primary interface of its devices, Samsung has always walked to the beat of a different drum, and the most recent tablets started bringing actual content to the launcher. With the Note 10.1 2014, Samsung introduced what it then called My Magazine, a Flipboard-powered news aggregator of sorts. With the Note/Tab Pro series, the magazine interface became more integrated, and Samsung changed the name of its launcher to Magazine UX. The Tab S launcher is very similar to that: it has the traditional launcher pages with widgets, icons, and whatnot, then to the left is the Magazine UX interface with a seemingly random assortment of content. One more swipe to the right pulls up a Chameleon-like interface with quick access to social network streams, calendar, and the like. I'm honestly not sure how many people will use the features, but they're available nonetheless.


Look, I can surf the web while surfing the web

Like with the Note/Tab Pro tablets, the notification bar is hidden in the magazine UI, which is pretty annoying. The same goes for the Settings menu. And My Files, Hancom Office, Milk Music, and basically every other Samsung app. Guys, we like the notification bar. In fact, it's an integral part of Android. Not every app needs to be fullscreen!

Like with basically all Samsung devices since the original Note tablet, Multi-window is present on the Tab S, though instead of offering up to four running apps at once (like the Note/Tab Pro 12.2), it only allows for a much more usable two. At this point, it works as it has on past devices: slightly clunky but still pretty usable. I just wish there were a way to use any app in dual-screen mode. I need to be able to watch Netflix and Youtube at the same time for maximum content exposure.

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Samsung included a bunch of its apps along for the ride, but the most notable on the Tab S is SideSync. This basically lets users control their Samsung phone from the tablet over Wi-Fi direct. That includes making calls, replying to text messages, or just generally navigating the OS. I found that it worked surprisingly well over both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, though sometimes the phone interface overlay glitched up. Also, when using SideSync in fullscreen mode, the home, back, and recent apps buttons disappear...which is a silly oversight on Samsung's part.

When making a call over SideSync, it essentially puts the call in speakerphone mode, so it plays through the tablet's speakers and uses the onboard microphone for voice. Again, it worked surprisingly well.

I'm not entirely sure how often something like this would be useful (aside from while the phone is charging in another room), but I still think it's cool that Samsung included it.


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Update: After a few more weeks of use, I started to notice a lot more lag on the Tab S. It became more hesitant to wake, and slowed to a crawl while background tasks were running. After a while it perked back up to its normal spunky little self, but it's still worth mentioning. Pretty typical of Exynos processors past, something I thought Samsung had fixed. Guess I was wrong.

I generally like to judge how fast a device is going to be by how quickly it switches orientation, and most of the time, these tablets absolutely fly. That doesn't come as much of a surprise to me, since the Tab S has the same processor as the Note/Tab Pro tablets, both of which performed extremely well.

The only time I encountered any hesitation at all is when apps were updating in the background and FolderSync was doing its initial sync to Dropbox. Even then it wasn't bad, just noticeably more hesitant than normal.

Samsung has also included a couple of power saving modes on the Tab S, one of which basically just restricts the device's octa-core Exynos 5 processor, presumably to the lower-powered cores. For those who may not be familiar with the Exynos 5, it's essentially two quad-core chips mashed together: one high-powered 1.9GHz, and one low-power 1.3GHz. I assume Power Saving mode uses only the 1.3GHz cores. It also reduces the display frame rate, lowers brightness, and disables the capacitive buttons' backlighting. The device becomes noticeably more choppy in this mode, though it's probably fine for light surfing, reading, or the like.

Then there's Ultra Power Saving Mode. Sounds intense, no? It is...for the battery. It basically sucks for the user. This mode essentially turns off all colors on the display (so it's grayscale), and limits usage to a select group of apps, like the calendar, Facebook, G+, calculator, clock, and Samsung's browser. It disables nearly all other functionality, including screenshot capabilities. It's a strange and scary place, and I can't see myself ever using it...especially without support for Play Books.


These are not only the best tablets that Samsung has ever released, but they're easily better than any other tablet on the market right now. I personally prefer the 8.4-inch model and highly recommend it, but if you're a larger tablet kind of person, the 10.5 is equally as fantastic.

The Tab S display is in a league of its own at this point, and will become the benchmark for all tablet displays moving forward. It's insanely vivid and crisp, bright enough to read in direct sunlight, and efficient enough to allow the device to clock in at a crazy-thin 6.6mm. At $399 and $499 respectively, the 8.4 and 10.5 are clearly gunning for the iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air, and they're doing a damn good job of it.

The bar has been raised, tablet makers. Time to step up to the plate.

Buy:  Amazon, Best Buy

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • guest

    Aside from the bloatware the main disadvantage is hardware keys instead of software keys. On a tablet, physical buttons just doesn't work!

    • Sean Lumly

      I would gladly take a physical button on my Nexus 10 over the screen-stealing navigation bar.

      • nvllsvm

        Have you looked into pie controls? I love it on my Nexus 7.

        • Sean Lumly

          I'll definitely check it out! Thanks!

    • mustbepbs

      iPad says differently. I also use a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, and the physical buttons bother me less than my old Nexus 10's on screen buttons. I find I hit them less because they don't move with the device orientation.

      • Coollead

        Except the iPad has excellent gesture support, which means I haven't actually used the home button in years. It's the one thing that really annoys me on my Nexus 7.

        • mustbepbs

          Yeah because wiping your sausage fingers all over the screen to get to the home screen is "excellent gesture support". Since when did people become so lazy that they'd rather wipe their hands on a screen rather than press a little button?

          • tintin.92

            It's not a question of being lazy. If you're web browsing or playing a game, at least one of your hands is already on the screen, it is extremely convenient to just use a gesture without moving your hand to a button.

    • Kurama91

      wrong. most Samsung users prefer that home button. it's awesome and works perfect

  • Ben Said

    Better than the iPad? If so, Samsung should cut out all the other crap tablets and focusing on these more. They seem to be more than on the right track with these two products. Imagine what they could do if they focused their attention solely on them instead pumping out different tablets every 3 months.

    • Sean Lumly

      I'm pretty sure Samsung's current strategy is working.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Yes. I love my iPad Mini, but the display on the Tab S blows it out of the water. It's incredible.

      • Ben Said

        Interesting, I'm guessing it's easier to grip onto?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          That, and it just feels better. Metal is cold and harsh.

          • someone755

            Huh. I love cold and harsh.

      • Eric Hope

        That is precisely why I went for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 instead of the iPad Mini 2 when it came time for me to buy a tablet (YESTERDAY!!!). It may sound strange to some (since everyone seems to rave about Apple's aluminum), but I don't agree with Apple's choice of materials. Aluminum is sexy & sophisticated-LOOKING but it's not very sensible, as it's SO slippery! Whenever I handle an iPad , I'm always a bit nervous, as I always feel like it's going to slip out of my hands, and go crashing to the floor! An iPad absolutely NECESSITATES a case, for protection as well as grip. The Samsung I can use just as it is, as it's just more tactile. That, and I prefer the physical shape of the Tab S 8.4 to the iPad Mini 2. The Mini is a bit squat & square, and combined with its build materials, it's really not as easy to hold.

        All that said, I still think iPads are great. It's just these niggles that led me in a different direction. iOS does have a larger app ecosystem, runs smoother, and is more polished all around than Android. Ipads are very seductive because they're just SO user-friendly. But for MY purposes, the Samsung is more appropriate, so that's what I chose. Nice device.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Samsung is slowly building the necessary brand cachet to compete with Apple directly in the tablet space (as opposed to outpricing them), and I think these devices are signs of that growing confidence. Plus, AMOLED gives them a visible advantage in showroom situations (oooh, the colors).

      I still don't think they'll sell particularly well, at least here in the US. Apple has such a huge lead in the premium tablet space right now. We'll have to see what Apple does this fall with the iPad, but I wouldn't be surprised if these lose some of their appeal when that happens.

      • Ben Said

        Agreed. It will be really hard to change the public's mind on tablets. The iPad has absolutely dominated the industry for years now. High end Android tablets are still lagging far behind the iPad in terms of sales and apps. For tech people like you and me it might be quite easy to convince us to change to a newer, better tablet. For the average joe however...

  • Will P

    Seriously considering the 8.4 depending on what Google shows off at I/O today. I would use my tablet more if it weren't so big and heavy.

  • supremekizzle

    What is this the 11th line off tablets Samsung has released this year? Personally I'd be too scared to buy any tablets from them because I'd be worried they'd replace them in a month and fail to update older models.

    • StevieY

      They haven't so far. All their flagship tablets are on KitKat

      • someone755

        Yeah but they probably won't be getting a single update.

  • Matthew Gardner

    Tablet manufacturers, use front facing speakers please. It seems like a small thing, but it can make all the difference when it comes to a personal device you hold at close range.

    • Coollead

      The Xperia Tablet Z2 has front facing speakers.

    • mikemike

      i really can't understand why anyone would want to use the built in speakers and not headphones -- the speaker on my 10.5 is just good for keyboard clacks -- i can't imagine using the speakers for listening to some talking blog head talking about whatever, much less a podcast of a haydn string quartet -- something you'd really want to hear all of or not at all.

      headphone amps to fit devices are out there. good headphones cost sort-of lots of money, but so does one of these 10.5's.

  • jeabus

    SAMSUNG is King !!!! I would sell my kids into slavery, just to smell the seat, the Samsung CEO farted on years ago !!

    • Major Suave

      hehe. I will see what I can do.. How many children does that make?

    • someone755

      I wish your wife saw this.

  • jpelgrom

    What has happened to the Settings app...? Those categories don't seem logical AT ALL.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      They're not and it's super annoying. I hate the settings menu on the S5, it is truly abominable.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        I still think the S5 menu is better than the Tab S's. I got so used to it during testing I forgot how stupid it really is.

  • shamatuu

    i would buy if it was at least 299 for the 8.4 one.

    • Major Suave

      same here. I buy 8.4 at 399

  • catiremedina

    The Tab pro lineup also comes in 8.4 flavor not just 10.1/12.2

    "There's no denying that Samsung's current tablet lineup is a convoluted, confusing mess for anyone outside of the tech circle – just in the current run we have the Galaxy Tab 4 7, 8, 10.1; Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1/12.2, and now the newest member of the family, the Galaxy Tab S. Deep down, I still wish they would've named it the Galaxy S Tab, just so we could call it the Galaxy Stab."

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Well shit. I knew I was likely going to miss one in there. :P

      • catiremedina

        Heh I only know because I bought one like a day before the S versions came out

        • JD_26


          • catiremedina

            Can't bought it used from a seller on amazon and its currently waiting to be shipped to my country :P

  • wge

    I know little of Samsung's tablet features, so I apologize if this is an obvious question, but is remoting into a PC easy with these? Does it work well?

    • Major Suave

      As good as any other Android device would be my best guess.

  • Andrew

    hahaha galaxy stab. that's awesome.

  • nvllsvm

    If only Samsung would release pure AOSP versions of their devices...

  • Damien

    Would love the 8.4 model but only in 32gb. 9gb of free space is ridiculous in 2014 especially considering this is a media focused tablet.

  • TheLastAngel

    The back of the 8.4 looks like the surface of an ocean with all those waves. Build quality like that is simply unacceptable.

    The Verges unit had the same issue...

    • namesib

      ? Looks more like fingerprints are the cause of the colour differences.

  • Caitlin Wolford

    Your article says there's a 32gb version of the 8.4. Where is it? Neither Amazon nor Best Buy in your links have it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It's not available yet.

      • Kostas

        Hey Cameron... Any new input on the Tab S 8.4 about performance and/or durability? Any news about a 32GB version?

        Great review as always

  • Mystery Man

    Where do I get the 8.4 LTE version? You've sold me

  • Coollead

    Better than the Tablet Z2?

    Oh wait, this is Android Police, an incredibly biased site that likes to pretend Sony doesn't exist.

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    • Kurama91

      yeah, it's better than Z2

    • parag

      I don't know much about androidpolice being biased or not , but Tab S 8.4 is the Single Best android Tablet (10.5 inch model is useless )

  • gacl

    I would never buy the 16GB version. SD storage is great, but many apps need core storage. Will this support CyanogenMod? Unlocked?

  • namesib

    Dat old Exynos processor tho...

    Urgh, it's the only thing holding me back from buying this tablet. :/ Whhhhhyyy Samsung?!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    The gold trim around the body REALLY kills the design, it's absolutely ugly

    Also, where did you guys get the homepage button in Chrome? Is that beta?

  • wekebu

    Great article. Detailed, thanks. This tablet was the only one that tempted me from waiting for the Nexus 8.9. But thanks to you, I'll be at BestBuy tomorrow.

  • Marcis Buhholcs

    Waiting for Nexus 8, sick of Samsung bloat. Too much is too much.

  • http://brainchamber.com/ Michael Hannigan

    Great review. I agree on the display. In less than a single day, it was sort of hard to look at anything else.

  • disqust101

    Meh. I picked up the Tab S and am in my trial run. Screen and speakers are nice, but nothing to rave about. The tablet looks a bit cheesy with the metal band around the edge. The back is plastic and is relatively slippery - at least compared to the Sony Experia Z (very nice, non slip rubberized texture). It's 0.4 oz lighter than the Experia but it feels heavier because of the aspect ratio making it narrower and a bit taller. Asus makes a better looking tablet and had better screen 18 months ago. Overall, I don't see any major must have improvements that will get me to stop using my Experia's very nice/easy to hold tablet. Pity, as I am a Samsung fan.

    The stock keyboard is annoying. Took me a while to figure out how to change it as they changed method from previous versions. And this is a guy who's used Android for years.

    Overall, I can't say anything really negative about it - and that's the first time I can say that about any of the 6 Android (and two Apple) tablets I've owned. Which is a victory I guess. But it's not worth shelliing out another $500 for a tablet that is only marginally better. Most people will do just fine with older versions and I'll be returning mine. For those looking for initial tablet purchase, this would be well worth the investment

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    So I love this page, a lot. But some of these articles can be a tad fan-boy-ish.

    I've used this device, and it's NOT the best Android tab. Prettiest? Yes. But day to day use? No. I returned this 3 days in.

    I can't wait for Googles ecosystem to catch up to Apples. I really can't. Until then, I'll chill with my Nexus 5 + iPad. Cross-System <3

  • orphis

    Do you think there will be a similar device (8.4 inch) but simply as a note-device including a s-pen?

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  • asianrage

    3GB of RAM and still stutters...



  • circleio

    16GB is so 2013

  • cameraboy

    can I feed video into a Galaxy Tab and use as a viewfinder/monitor?

  • Gladys

    Wow I bought a Samsung Galaxy S 10.5". I want to change the background from black with white writing to white with black. It seems I am stuck. Can I change it and how?

  • bob

    so im asuming nobody has problems with things crashing on their samsung tab s well i do and i just bought thi s piece of shit 2 days ago, also contacted samsung support but they dont give a sh it of course ..so guys buy an Ipad u cant even play a game on the tab s it simple craashess ..sad

  • tabshop88

    hi! my back and menu soft keys on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 don't light up. any suggestions?

  • Kris Krajewski

    Don't buy 16 GB - internal memory version .
    - It's a waste of money . 32GB is the absolute minimum !

  • jastonas

    Just bought this tablet. I have missed so much the TouchWiz lag. It's amazing how much it lags, when you are used to a Nexus 5, or a OnePlus One...... or even G2 and Note 3. Amazing. Samsung managed to make a premium tablet lag once again. Thank you samsung.

    I feel sorry for not buying the WiFi model where I could flash CM12. Unfortunately the LTE model is not so popular with developers.

    On the other hand, I have a beast, a Xiaomi Mi Pad sitting there, because it just doesn't have google apps.

    I need a Nexus 7 (or 8) 2014.

  • hector

    I just bought galaxy tab s cuz i am fed up with apple
    ...plz if someone knkws that,,,,,,,,
    does my table has led notification lights??????
    i cant find anything in the store designed for tablets

  • hector878

    Overall a solid tablet but speakers are awful. Max output is laughable. Unless room is silent, don't expect to hear a thing. Can't even hear over mild ambient noises like a ceiling fan, clothes dryer 2 rooms away or even someone talking in the room next door. Very disappointing considering the price tag.

  • Kris Krajewski

    Samsung Galaxy Tab s 8.4 LTE - 32 GB - internal memory !!! Where to buy ?!!!! - Anyone ?!!!

  • Tejasv

    Galaxy Tab S 8.4 32 GB is not available .. I wonder if androidpolice actually got hands on one for review. Samsung has turned into a monopolistic company over the last years that does not listen to its consumers .. First it was the confusing Geo Location restricted devices which though claimed samsung customer support also could not unlock .. now releasing just a 16GB version of a device which would mandate an upgrade few months down the line... Evident Results are Samsung losing its Once Established Market Leader Status (4rth Postion in China for Q4 2014) .. And Samsung Offering Flat 100 Euro Cashback on Galaxy Tab S devices in Germany (purchases between 2015-01-28 bis 2015-02-15) .. Would be better if they would listen to consumers rather than resorting to desperate measures later... TN