Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review
|Review: July 2014|
In a nutshell: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is very close to being the perfect tablet. With a large 10 inch AMOLED screen, ultraslim design, octacore processor and plenty of memory, it has everything we need.
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Samsung has already released a range of tablets in 2014, but the Tab S is our tablet of choice. It takes all the power of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 and gives it the designer looks of the Galaxy S5. By using an AMOLED display, Samsung has shaved a millimetre or so off the thickness of the tablet, slimming it down to an almost impossible 6.6mm. It's quite shockingly thin and makes the device a delight to hold.
The AMOLED screen is stunning too, with an outrageously sharp 1600 x 2560 pixel resolution and the bright saturated colours that AMOLED screens are famous for.
The Tab S runs the latest version of Android - 4.4 (KitKat) plus Samsung's TouchWiz user interface with its magazine-style interface, similar in feel to Windows 8.0. You'll also find apps for conference calling, e-Meeting for sharing documents during meetings and RemotePC for accessing your PC view the web.
Like the TabPRO range, the Tab S uses a supremely powerful octacore processor. It's a "Big Core" 1.9GHz quadcore plus a "Little Core" 1.3GHz quadcore configuration, combining processing power with energy efficiency.
There's 3GB of RAM on board - plenty for power users - and the Tab S comes with a choice of 16GB or 32GB storage. There's also a microSD card slot allowing memory to be expanded by a further 128GB.
This makes the Tab S one of the most powerful tablets available.
8 megapixel camera
The 8 megapixel main camera is competent and can record full HD 1080p video, and there's a front-facing camera that can take selfies at 2 megapixel resolution or full HD 1080p video chat.
The battery isn't the largest on a tablet, but at 7900 mAh it's up to the job, especially given the low energy requirements of the AMOLED screen and the energy saving features of the Big core / Little core processor. It's enough to power the device for between 9 and 12 hours of continuous use.
Conclusion - Samsung's best
Of the many Samsung tablets launched in 2014, this is our favourite. It's not just about looks - the superslim design is practical too - and we love the huge AMOLED screen. Everything else we want is here too, and the price isn't crazy expensive. In fact it's cheaper than Sony's Z2 tablet and outperforms it in a number of ways.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features include:
- Operating system: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- Display: 10.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen with 2560 x 1600 pixels, 16 million colours
- 8 megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, 1080p HD video recording
- Secondary 2.1 megapixel camera for 1080p HD video calling
- Media player
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging (Google Talk), email
- Glonass, GPS, Beidou location technology
- Processor: Big Core 1.9GHz Quad + Little core 1.3GHz Quad
- Memory: 16GB/32GB plus microSD memory card slot (up to 128GB supported), 3GB RAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MIMO), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL, USB 2.0, ANT+, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Size: 177.3 x 247.3 x 6.6 mm
- Weight: 465g
- Battery: 7900 mAh
- Internet usage time (Wi-Fi): Up to 9 hours
- Video playback time: Up to 12 hours
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Average rating from 2 reviews:
Reviewed by Thelma
on 15th Jan 2015
I got one and I have to say I am quite delighted. I like that I can save my phones battery life while have something compact on which to listen to music and play music while at the same time with a big enough screen that I can read my books with no problem. I had an Ipad before this and I have sworn off apple after all the hustles and processes of acquiring one book or song. With my tab all Have to do is Bluetooth it from my phone or laptop. Its also quite sleek and fast and the resolution on videos is quite impressive for such a small thing, I actually thought I would miss Siri but nope, they've catered for that as well! Battery life is great. The camera isn't fantastic but it does an adequate job, I've seen tablets with worse.
Reviewed by Hassan
on 10th Oct 2014
I got this as a present for my birthday and it's my first proper Samsung device I've owned. The looks and design of this tablet are just stunning! It's so thin and light also! The screen is very rich, saturated, bright and sharp and it's great seeing content on such a big screen. I didn't even realise it had a fingerprint scanner until I explored the settings! Software is great and smooth but I use an app called Nova launcher so that it looks like stock android (highly recommend). The camera is actually good depending on where you are, time of day and lighting around you. Battery is very very good, not disappointed there. I was given the 16GB model but added a micro SD card of 16GB more which saved on money for the gift. Snappy and quick performance, haven't had any problems with it and I'm using it everyday for social media and games, along with browsing :)