Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch version is currently the world’s second thinnest tablet next to the 6.4mm thin Sony Xperia Z2. Weight wise it’s similar to the iPad Air at just 1 pound. Overall the build is still been solid despite being very thin, there’s no flux in such a small thin device. Samsung has offered it in new rich color- titanium bronze which looks ultra-rich and fancy in my opinion. The tablet has the same backing as of Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone.
It has 2-megapixel camera on the front with 8-megapixel camera on the rear with an LED flash. The photos are very clear and very sharp, somehow very good results for a tablet. Low-light performance is pretty impressive as well with some noise present though, but better than most tablets in the market today. We might see 4k video recording feature in next Samsung’s tablet. The best feature of Samsung Tab S is 10.5″ WQXGA Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels which in turn works out to be a gorgeous display that’s the best that I’ve seen on any tablet. It’s just simply gorgeous and has rich colors, not too saturated and when you are watching movies skin tones looks normal with everything out on the screen.
On the top left it has power and volume rocker buttons while in the middle have infrared blaster that let you control your TV and access to a TV Guide right on the tablet. On the right it has micro SD card slot so you can expand the amount of memory up to 128GB, more than a 64GB which was spattered on previous generations and last is the micro USB port for the supply wall charger. Now to the left it has your 3.5mm headphone port and on both sides this tablet has stereo speakers which perform very well for stereo channels and personal listening. At last on the bottom it has a very discreet microphone and basically nothing else while on the front of the tablet includes the standard home and back button and newly introduced fingerprint scanner which after setting up surprisingly works repeatedly in very well. Samsung has made this fingerprint scanner to unlock the tablet, verify your Samsung account before making purchases and set up entering in your password each time and also using Pay Pal while more than one fingerprint can be registered and saved in the tablet.
Moving on to the internal performance, Samsung TAB S 10 uses Samsung’s latest processors- Octa-Core Exynos 5800, 4-cores runs at 1.9GHz while other 4-cores run at 1.3GHz with 3GB of RAM on board, 16 or 32GB Solid State HD and Android KitKat 4.4.2 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Wireless connections including Wireless A-B-G-N while the latest in new technology being adopted right now is Wireless A/C Bluetooth 4.0 returns but still no NFC also known as near future communication which is in my opinion not an issue but would be nice to have.
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Multi-window returns again which is becoming a standard feature now on all of their tablets. You are allowed to use two apps at the same time on the screen. I was hoping for four screens similar to the new Lenovo yoga tablet but still it’s better to have two than nothing. This feature is always convenient when you want to browse the internet at the same time and watching YouTube or looking up an address using Google Maps. Another cool feature from Samsung is Sidesync 3.0 with which you can view your phone’s screen on your tablet allowing you to transfer data, copy/paste text easily and you can even send and receive voice calls from Samsung Tab S paired with Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Note 3 with more devices coming soon. It’s proprietary that it seems all the Samsung phones will be compatible. Another great feature is Remote PC allowing you to access your PC from anywhere and anytime from Tab S. You can remotely use it to control your Windows or Apple computer. Now using this to move files and folders and viewing documents is ideal but gaming and other more the manifest doesn’t appear to work too well.
Samsung device has stuttering issues before on certain actions and applications but now they’re mostly gone; minor stuttering occurs once downloading an app from the Google Play Store or moving files on the tablet at the same time but overall usage has improved moderately. For the average consumer like myself the tablet is still a very enjoyable experience, every high-end tablet today can run Netflix or surf the web and run practically any game from the Google Play Store with no issues. Samsung claims on their website up to 9-hours battery life from full charge and from my test, watching two movies, surfing the internet, playing some games and casually testing the product it lasted just over 10 hours which is impressive indeed.