Samsung Galaxy Tab Active

7.5/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active's screen is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm APQ 8026 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4450 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 12 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

It fits the bill as a top-notch, stylish, and ruggedized Android tablet.

- Jamison Cush , TabletPCReview 

Reviews summary

Based on 4 reviews

What's good  

  • Enterprise ready with Knox, SAP and Citrix certifications
  • Extended 3-year warranty
  • Rugged design
  • IP67 rating
  • Removable battery
  • Expandable storage

What's bad  

  • Heavy design
  • Mediocre resolution
  • Poor camera
  • Lack of cellular data support

With all the smartphone makers putting out waterproof and dustproof phones, it was only a matter of time before more started appear in the tablet market as well. While there have been a few, most run well more than the cost of traditional flagship tablets. Samsung is looking to change that with the Galaxy Active. Combining one of the lowest prices of a ruggedized tablet with the hardware prowess of Samsung, it has generated plenty of hype. But does it live up to it? Let’s check out some reviews!

The first thing you’ll noticed about the tablet is that its far from sleek. But this bulked up design, with reinforced corners and a thicker chassis, is rated for drop protection from three feet. Add the included Protective Cover+ and Samsung claims it will survive multiple falls from a distance of four feet. PC Magazine put these claims to the test, noting, “I have dropped it a number of times without any problems, and felt more comfortable doing that than I would with consumer tablets.”

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Other notable design features include physical buttons for navigation and a flapless IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating. Multiple reviews submerged their tablet and while it doesn’t appear to be very usable underwater, it works just fine once back in the dry air.

Sitting on the front of the tablet, you’ll find an 8-inch 800-by-1280 pixel TFT display. While its far from cutting edge, reviews note that it is a decent screen. Many reviewers were suprised at how good the viewing angles on the older screen technology are. While you might notice a lack of fine detail and text can get a little fuzzy, Tech Radar Pro summed it up well, stating that it was “OK, not great”

The processor is equally mid-tier. With a 1.2GHZ quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, it should have plenty of chops for standard web browsing and productivity work, but don’t expect stellar performance with cutting edge games or heavy multitasking. Notebook Check put it through its paces and declared, “System performance is decent, but minor stutters will be noticed occasionally.”

If you’re planning to use the tablet for movies or games, you might have some issues with the 16GB of internal storage. Fortunately, microSD card support allows you to tack on an additional 64GB of storage space at an affordable price.

Tablet cameras have never offered particularly strong performance. Unfortunately, the cameras on the Galaxy Tab Active are even weaker than most. With a scant 3MP rear camera with flash and 1.2MP front-facing camera, reviews were decidedly negative in almost all aspects. Low-light performance, detail and color reproduction were all lacking. Unless you’re looking to take the occasional picture of a receipt or snapshot to file in Evernote, reviews indicate you shouldn’t expect much from the camera. Tablet PC Review called it, “Poor by any standard.”

One stand out feature of the tablet, apart from its durability, is its 4,450mAh removable battery. Reviewers found it averaged nearly 12 hours on a single charge with mixed usage and media consumption. Even at max brightness and pushing the processor to its limits, it pulls more than six hours from a single charge. Combine this with a nearly unheard of removable battery and you have a tablet with unparalleled battery life. Add in support for both POGO chargers and microUSB and you have a tablet that is flexible and ready to go the distance.

While you have to make a trade-off for the rugged design in performance and weight, reviews on the tablet are mostly positive. PC Magazine calls it, “A much better fit in the outdoor and industrial markets than almost anything else I've carried.” Tablet PC Review praised it, stating, “The functional additions of the ruggedized design, physical buttons, and removable battery make it an appealing tablet, and not just to business users.” However, it is still priced considerably above non-ruggedized tablets, so unless that is a key feature for you, you might be better served elsewhere.

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)

Laptop Magazine

Durable enough to withstand almost any job site

from Laptop Magazine

The Galaxy Tab Active delivers on its promised ruggedness, surviving the kinds of mayhem you're likely to encounter when you take a tablet away from the relative safety of a desk job. Coupled with the enterprise class support built into the Tab Active, the device would be just about ideal for an on-the-go worker -- if the device had the ability to add cellular connectivity.

At $699, the Tab Active costs nearly twice as much as tablets that easily out-perform it. However, that higher price gets you a more durable tablet that's built to last with impressively long battery life. It'... Full review


An enterprise device with features many consumers will find appealing

from TabletPCReview

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active is not a boring enterprise device. It’s an enterprise device disguised as a ruggedized variant of the Galaxy Tab 4. Its relatively high price and moderate specs are reflective of the b2b market, where enterprise-level services and support are at a premium.

Excluding that, the functional additions of the ruggedized design, physical buttons, and removable battery make it an appealing tablet, and not just to business users. A better camera, brighter display, and a full-sized USB would be wonderful additions. But it’s likely battery life and... Full review


Great battery life and survives natural elements

from TechRadar

At the $699.99 (about £437 and AU$800) entry price, Samsung bills the Tab Active as a cure to poor build quality. Unfortunately, the machine suffers from lackluster internals that really put all the burden of purchase on the ruggedization. Had that experience been closer to flawless than it was, I could have seen this review being a lot more positive.

If your office has been a place where devices are constantly breaking, I could see the need for this device. A need that would make more sense especially if team members would not need the tablet to receive a signal if they ev... Full review


Despite its robust qualities, the tablet has a compact exterior

from Notebookcheck

Samsung has created a robust tablet with a great battery life and LTE. It could have gladly been a bit more for the business sector, though. We miss the touted Care Package and product-specific accessories for the Galaxy Tab Active here. The option of scanning NFC barcodes is a nice feature, but the device completely lacks the option of connecting a full-fledged barcode scanner.

The stylus is also a compromise that is to tide over the lack of programmable buttons since the tablet cannot be used with gloves. The touchscreen's sensitivity is not lowered in rain, which could lead to... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date November 12, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
No cellular data
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm APQ 8026 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 0.704 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4450 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 11 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 12 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Titanium Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.3 x 12.6 x 1.0 cm
(8.4 x 5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 393 grams
(13.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design Yes
IP Rating IP 67
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Sound & Shot
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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