Galaxy Tab S 10.5by Samsung

  • Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  • Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  • Galaxy Tab S 10.5
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Galaxy Tab S 10.5's super AMOLED display is gorgeous and bright enough to use in sunlight. Watching videos on this screen is a delight.
  • Battery life is solid; two working days from a single charge isn't out of the question.
  • It's remarkably thin and lightweight. Compared to the iPad Air, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is thinner and about the same weight.

CONS

  • Performance is generally good, but the Galaxy Tab S lags in spots. It happens sometimes in apps and sometimes when navigating through TouchWiz.
  • The fingerprint scanner is just as frustrating to use as on the Galaxy S5. The consensus seems to be that it fails more often than not.
  • Sound quality from the stereo speakers is poor and sounds "tinny" according to one reviewer. The speakers aren't loud, so you're best off sticking with headphones.
Samsung’s latest flagship Android tablet is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa processor and comes with 3GB of RAM. Its 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported along with dual-band AC Wi-Fi. The rear-facing camera is 8 MP and a fingerprint sensor is built in to the home button. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is available with 16 or 32GB of storage and can be upgraded up to an additional 128GB through its microSD card slot. The Tab S comes in two colors: dazzling white and titanium bronze.
NameGalaxy Tab S 10.5iPad Air 2Nexus 9Venue 10 7000Fire HD 10
ManufacturerSamsungAppleGoogleDellAmazon
Techwalla Score
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List Price$400$499$399$499$230
100%

Put simply, the Galaxy Tab S' 10.5in screen is absolutely stunning. So stunning in fact, that it was passed around the Stuff office, ogled b…

Put simply, the Galaxy Tab S' 10.5in screen is absolutely stunning. So stunning in fact, that it was passed around the Stuff office, ogled by eyeballs and met with genuine oohs and ahhs.

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90%

The screen on the Tab S is bright, vibrant, rich and crisp, perfect for photos and high-definition video clips. Stick Netflix on and you can…

The screen on the Tab S is bright, vibrant, rich and crisp, perfect for photos and high-definition video clips. Stick Netflix on and you can't fail to be impressed.

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90%

We ran the same, high-quality BBC iPlayer video on loop as we did on the Tab S 8.4. It lasted a good 10 hours, but the Tab S 10.5 went on fo…

We ran the same, high-quality BBC iPlayer video on loop as we did on the Tab S 8.4. It lasted a good 10 hours, but the Tab S 10.5 went on for an outstanding 14.2 hours.

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90%

Both tablets are thinner and lighter than the iPad Air and iPad Mini, though the difference is negligible.

Both tablets are thinner and lighter than the iPad Air and iPad Mini, though the difference is negligible.

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90%

The Galaxy Tab S is thin, thin, thin, too. Both the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch Galaxy S tablets measure just 6.6mm thick, or 0.26 inch.

The Galaxy Tab S is thin, thin, thin, too. Both the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch Galaxy S tablets measure just 6.6mm thick, or 0.26 inch.

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89%

...it's frustrating that you can't remove Magazine UX from the homescreen. If it's any consolation, Magazine UX now lives on the left-most s…

...it's frustrating that you can't remove Magazine UX from the homescreen. If it's any consolation, Magazine UX now lives on the left-most screen, where it's more out of the way.

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80%

Wi-Fi performance was competitive with the iPad Air on distance, but not on speed.

Wi-Fi performance was competitive with the iPad Air on distance, but not on speed.

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80%

The light 0.65 pounds (295g) is also the lightest in the 10-inch and larger tablet category, but despite its wafer-thin build, it didn't fee…

The light 0.65 pounds (295g) is also the lightest in the 10-inch and larger tablet category, but despite its wafer-thin build, it didn't feel cheap or flimsy.

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80%

True to OLED’s core strengths, they’re tack-sharp, vivid, and bright enough to view in sunlight.

True to OLED’s core strengths, they’re tack-sharp, vivid, and bright enough to view in sunlight.

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80%

All this horsepower, plus 3GB of RAM, added up to swift performance in various benchmarks, though lag crept in at times during everyday use.

All this horsepower, plus 3GB of RAM, added up to swift performance in various benchmarks, though lag crept in at times during everyday use.

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78%

That includes the home button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor that works only if you're very careful with the angle and speed of your…

That includes the home button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor that works only if you're very careful with the angle and speed of your finger swipe.

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In benchmark tests, the Galaxy Tab S proves to yield almost the same battery stamina as the iPad Air.

In benchmark tests, the Galaxy Tab S proves to yield almost the same battery stamina as the iPad Air.

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Charge time isn’t particularly fast on any of the devices, but the 10.5-inch model in particular takes a while to make it to a full charge.

Charge time isn’t particularly fast on any of the devices, but the 10.5-inch model in particular takes a while to make it to a full charge.

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Tap on a photo in the Flickr app, for example, and you could wait as long as 20 seconds before it appears in its full-res glory.

Tap on a photo in the Flickr app, for example, and you could wait as long as 20 seconds before it appears in its full-res glory.

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The twin speakers don't get blocked as easily as they did on older versions, but the audio quality leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn't pu…

The twin speakers don't get blocked as easily as they did on older versions, but the audio quality leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn't pump out that much volume (I could barely hear the dialogue in Gravity despite being in a very quiet room), and the sound it produces is thin and tinny.

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25% Said they'd buy it again. Would You?
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Negative Reviews
2
don't do it!
Never again. I bought this tablet trying to save some money. At the end I became frustrated because the apps keep on crashing, apps hang, and now my screen locks unexpected. I learned my lesson and had to buy an iPad because I never had any problems.

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