Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 review
|Review: January 2015|
In a nutshell: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a compact tablet with a small 7 inch screen and entry-level performance. It's lightweight and sturdy, and suitable for use by young families, but it's expensive for what you get.
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A junior tablet
The 7 inch version of the 4th generation Galaxy Tab is slightly slimmer and lighter than the 3rd generation model. It's one of the very lightest and most compact of tablets, although at 9mm thick, it's certainly not the slimmest available. Compared with unbranded tablets, it feels very well constructed and solid.
The display is just 7 inches, which is starting to feel cramped nowadays, but is suitable for an entry-level tablet. It's a straightforward no-frills TFT display with a moderate 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Text is reaonably sharp, and the screen is fine for general use. It's certainly a lot better than some of the dirt-cheap tablets you find discounted on the High Street.
There's nothing to write home about when it comes to the performance of the tablet. The processor is a relatively slow 1.2GHz quad-core model, with a moderate 1.5GB of RAM. The processing power is sufficient for basic apps, but more demanding apps can take an age to load, and the tablet can lag even when performing some simple everyday tasks.
The built-in memory of just 8GB limits the scope for downloading and installing big games too. The tablet is best used for simple jobs such as email, web browsing and games for younger children.
The tablet is available with Wi-Fi only, with no 3G or 4G cellular connectivity. It supports fast Wi-Fi connections over 2.4GHz + 5 GHz. It can also connect to a smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth 4.0 and USB.
The 4,000mAh battery is the same as used on the Tab 3 and isn't a stellar performer. In fact, this is just about the smallest battery you'll find in any tablet. Nevertheless, the tablet will last for 10 hours of continuous use on a full charge. There's a standard 3.5mm jack for plugging in a headphone.
The 7-inch Tab 4 is positioned very much as an entry-level product. The specification is low, although there's no doubting the Samsung quality, as evidenced by the solid build and decent display. The problem we have is that the tablet costs nearly twice as much as the Tab 3, which can now be found for well under £100. If you're looking for a basic family tablet for not much money, the Tab 4 doesn't really tick that box. Competition in the tablet market is fierce, and the Tab 4 is beaten by rivals such as the Kindle Fire HDX.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 features include:
- Operating system: Android
- Display: 7 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: 8GB plus microSD memory card slot (up to 32GB 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: 187 x 108 x 9 mm
- Weight: 276g
- Battery: 4000 mAh Lithium Ion
- Video playback time: 10 hours
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