- Carly Page , The Inquirer
Tablet hardware impresses, but is let down by overbearing user interface.
- Matt Safford , Digital Trends
If you want the best Android slate, it should be near the top of your list.
- Excellent display
- Plenty of battery life
- Light weight
- Thin, comfortable to hold design
- Multi-user mode with parental controls
- Finicky fingerprint scanner
- Simple Clicker case attachments are tricky
- Occasional performance delays
While there are plenty of budget Android tablets available, the premium market for Android has been a tough place for manufacturers to find success. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (and it’s 8.4-inch sibling) is the latest, and according to reviews, possibly most successful attempt at a high-tier Android tablet to date. Let’s see why reviews think this device is so hot.
If you’re familiar with the Galaxy S5, the S 10.5 is essentially an expanded version of the device, with a few subtle tweaks. Due to it’s size, the home key and ports are arranged for the tablet to be used comfortably in a landscape orientation. The plastic case features a grippy treatment and two “Simple Clicker” attachment points for upcoming accessories. If you’ve used a previous Samsung tablet, you’ll be pleased to know that CNet calls the new design “a definite improvement over the glossy, plastic feel of previous models.”
At 2560-by-1600 pixels, the screen on the tablet is one of the sharpest available. Samsung’s popular Super AMOLED technology helps boost colors and contrast as well. Reviews for the display were exceptional across the board. Engadget says, “the screen is clearly, indisputably the star of the show.” As more content pushes past 1080p toward the 4K barrier, the tablet should age well and provide an even better viewing experience. Forbes summed up reviews of the display well, stating that it “will blow you away.”
Battery life for the tablet received equally positive reviews. The Exynos 5 processor is designed to optimize power use. According to reviews, Samsung’s tinkering paid off. Spec listings quote 12 hours of use on a single charge, most reviews found that the tablet was capable of this and a little more. Advanced power savings features also allow you to take advantage of the AMOLED display to get significant boosts to standby times. TechRadar tested the battery and said, “You can get at least a working day out of it with pretty much constant use”
With the high-resolution display and long lasting battery, you might question performance. For most reviews, performance appears to be outstanding. From gaming and multitasking to checking email and watching your favorite videos, no one mentions any serious issues with performance. TechRadar states, “the Tab S was able to cope very well with everything I threw at it.” However, some reviews did note slight delays in launching new apps. Engadget points to the Exynos processors’ unique design and predicts this will be fixed in the future with software updates. However, even with the delays, Engadget says, “performance here isn't bad by any means; it's just not as brisk as I expected it to be.”
If there was a weak point to the Galaxy S 10.5, it would appear to be the camera. Though throughout the market tablets aren’t exactly known for powerful cameras. The tablet does feature a LED flash, a feature commonly omitted on other tablets. However, most reviews noted a lack of detail in general and poor performance in low lighting. TechRadar states, “The Tab S will cover the basics and very little else.”
By offering a powerful processor, plenty of RAM for multitasking and a high-resolution display, reviews contend that this could be the tablet to finally challenge Apple’s iPad series of tablets. If you’re looking for a tablet, but wanting to stick to Android, TechRadar says, “the Galaxy Tab S doesn't have much competition.”
Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)
A ton of power baked into the hardware
Using the Galaxy Tab S, I actually enjoyed it more than I expected. The display looks great, response time is nice and its battery life is impressive. Dual speakers on the sides make it more useful as a media consumption device. Adding optional cases also feels like you have to be cautious snapping them in and out too. For the pricing starting at $499.99 it would have been nice for them to add some more internal storage even though you can still expand it with microSD. If that’s too high you can always opt for the 8.4” version that’s about $100 less unless you need all the... Full review
The best tablet on the market today
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is not just a great tablet; it’s arguably the best tablet on the market today. Only the iPad Air and Samsung’s own Galaxy Notes come close, and even then the Tab S easily wins in screen quality and memory expansion.
The included memory is a little scanty, but with expansion available for up to 128 GB — and 64 GB cards available for less than $35 — that’s practically moot.
It’s price is comparable to similar high-end models, such as the iPad Air.
It’s hard to imagine anyone seriously regr... Full review
Solid performance with functional and ergonomic design
Incredible battery life and amazing screen
Excellent display, impressive performance
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is without any doubts an excellent piece of technology. Performance however shows slight flaws. The Exynos Prozessor cannot keep up entirely with the current Qualcomm bolides. Graphics performance also slightly falls behind an Adreno 330. Nevertheless, the tablet performs decently in combination with Google Android 4.4 KitKat. Besides, memory can be upgraded and fast LTE ensures mobile internet access.
Materials choice is limited to a lot of plastics and some glass. Here, the test device is not in the same street as the iPad. On the other hand, the... Full review
High-end design, great screen, smooth performance
Packed with technology
One of the best premium tablets
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a solid upgrade compared to earlier Samsung Tablets. The stylus and Wacom Digitizer for pressure sensitive input are dedicated to Samsung Note series, so you don’t find in this tablet, but the display is just brilliant. Again, India gets the Exynos 5420 SoC for 3G variant, compared to Snapdragon 800 in the LTE variant. The Exynos 5420 was first introduced in the Note 3, and there is nothing wrong with the processor since it offers smooth performance. Tablet-optimized apps on Android is still a concern since Apple is way ahead when it comes to number of... Full review
Stupendously good hardware, but lags
As with most of Samsung’s recent flagship mobile products, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is an excellent tablet that we’d be more than happy to own. It’s packed with useful features, the screen is beautiful, both battery life and performance are top-notch and the design is the very definition of svelte.
However, in a head-to-head against our current favourite Android 10in tablet, it just misses out on the win. The differences are small, but the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet’s better battery life, water-resistance and slightly faster performance mean that this Samsung - fa... Full review
Awesome battery life and a sharp, colourful screen
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