Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

8.6/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
10.5"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5's screen is 10.5 inches with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.9GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa core 1.9 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7900mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 7900 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 9 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Tablet hardware impresses, but is let down by overbearing user interface.

- Carly Page , The Inquirer 

If you want the best Android slate, it should be near the top of your list.

- Matt Safford , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

8.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent display
  • Plenty of battery life
  • Light weight
  • Thin, comfortable to hold design
  • Multi-user mode with parental controls

What's bad  

  • 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.”

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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)


G Style Magazine

A ton of power baked into the hardware

from G Style Magazine

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

TabletPCReview

The best tablet on the market today

from TabletPCReview

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

Android and Me

Solid performance with functional and ergonomic design

from Android and Me
When it comes to the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, it performs nicely against the competition. Sure, there are a few things that I’d like to see refined, but in its current state, it’s one of the best tablets on the market. With that, we can highly recommend the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in the search for your next Android tablet... Full review
Digital Versus

Incredible battery life and amazing screen

from Digital Versus
In the burgeoning crowd of 10" tablets, to which Samsung has contributed significantly, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5" has shown itself to be the best overall performer, thanks largely to fantastic battery life and an excellent screen. The Korean manufacturer still needs to work on its Exynos Octa processor for Android and perhaps also to re-examine its power-hungry software, but these problems are relatively minor and are far outweighed by the other technical achievements of this tablet... Full review
Notebookcheck

Excellent display, impressive performance

from Notebookcheck

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

The Inquirer

High-end design, great screen, smooth performance

from The Inquirer
The Galaxy Tab S is undoubtedly Samsung's best tablet to date. It has a gorgeous design, a great battery life and a market-leading screen, not to mention the built-in fingerprint scanner and onboard microSD card slot.However, as is often the case with Samsung devices, the tablet is let down by its user interface software, which we found annoying and overbearing during our week with the tablet. Should Samsung have configured it with a more stripped-down, simplified user interface, it might have got Apple worried. .. Full review
Tech Advisor

Packed with technology

from Tech Advisor
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is one of the firm's best ever tablets with a thin and light design, although there is still too much plastic. Hardware is decent, namely that impressive display and great battery life making this a consumption machine. It's got pretty much everything you could want on a tablet, and it is priced competitively against its key rivals earning it a recommended award... Full review
Fone Arena

One of the best premium tablets

from Fone Arena

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

PC Pro

Stupendously good hardware, but lags

from PC Pro

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

Recombu

Awesome battery life and a sharp, colourful screen

from Recombu
The combination of vibrant, uber-crisp screen and battery life longer than Dirk Diggler’s portable pal makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S a worthy travel tablet. It’s not without its kinks, but it’s strong enough for both business and entertainment to make it worth your consideration. And like the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet before it, the Galaxy Tab S provides decent Android-based competition for the awesome iPad Air... Full review

Samsung Galaxy tab S: Realm of opportunities

This phone has a large and adaptive display screen that makes your experience of watching videos on your tab a fun filled one. . It is very slim and light and equipped side sync 3.0 that gives seamless performance while surfing online. For more detailed features you can refer Samsung India site. The... More
This phone has a large and adaptive display screen that makes your experience of watching videos on your tab a fun filled one. . It is very slim and light and equipped side sync 3.0 that gives seamless performance while surfing online. For more detailed features you can refer Samsung India site. The features are user friendly and you can get the best of your phone by customizing the features according to your ease and preference. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 27, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, India, Philippines
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa core 1.9 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 0.773 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 7900 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time 12 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 9 hours
3G Surfing Time 8 hours
4G Surfing Time 9 hours
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Dazzling White, Titanium Bronze
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.7 x 24.7 x 0.7 cm
(7 x 9.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 465 grams
(16.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel Density 287 pixels
Size 10.5 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 Yes
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
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
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
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, White balance, HDR, Dual camera feature, Sound & Shot, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
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, H.264 / AVC, 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
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube, Businessweek+, Dropbox, Evernote, Flipbook, Netflix, NYTimes)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-T800

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