Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 review
|Review: February 2015|
In a nutshell: The 10-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 doesn't have a lot going for it, except for its low price. It's generally under-powered, but is probably sufficient for the less demanding user, and is certainly a bargain.
Design & looks
The Galaxy Tab 4 10 inch is a solidly built and attractively styled full-size tablet. The back of the tablet is made from a soft-feel plastic that's easy to hold, and is more subtle than some of the "fake leather" finishes seen on other Samsung products. It's quite slim too, at just under 8mm thick, and weighs a moderate 487g.
The 10 inch screen is a good size, suitable for all kinds of activities from games to videos to general office-type apps. It's a TFT display rather than Samsung's awesome high-end AMOLED screens, but bright enough for most purposes. However, the 1280 x 800 pixel resolution is the same as in the 7 inch version, and really isn't adequate for a 10 inch screen. There's pixellation in evidence, especially when viewing text.
The Tab 4 comes with a quadcore processor running at 1.2GHz, which is the kind of hardware we see in entry-level smartphones these days. It's acceptable for day-to-day activities, but isn't enough to power demanding games and apps on a 10 inch screen.
The built-in memory of 16GB will be sufficient for most users, especially since you can augment this by up to 64GB by adding a microSD card.
The rear and front cameras are under-performing compared with nearly other tablet. The rear camera in particular is very basic, with a 3 megapixel sensor and fixed focus. The front camera has a 1.3 megapixel sensor and can record HD video. If you're looking to use your tablet for any kind of photography, consider other options.
This is a Wi-Fi-only tablet, with no 4G or 3G mobile data. In addition to dual-band Wi-Fi, the tablet is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and a headphone jack. There's no support for DLNA or NFC.
The battery has a moderately heavy duty 6800mAh capacity, which is enough to give up to 10 hours of continuous usage. It's not what we'd call spectacular, but it allows for reasonable use.
Conclusion - cheap
You might have gathered from our comments so far that we dislike this tablet, but that's not entirely true. Although this is one of the lowest spec 10 inch tablets available - on a par with the Apple iPad 2 from 2011 - it's saved by it's price. At just £230, this is substantially cheaper than other full-size tablets, and so if you're after a real bargain, then the Tab 4 is a steal.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 features include:
- Operating system: Android
- Display: 10 inch TFT touchscreen with 1280 x 800 pixels
- Rear camera: 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera with HD video
- Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera
- Music player
- GPS + GLONASS positioning
- Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core
- Memory: 16GB plus microSD memory card slot (up to 64GB supported), 1.5GB RAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5 GHz support), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Size: 176.4 x 243.4 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 276g
- Battery: 6800 mAh
- Video playback time: 10 hours
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