Galaxy Tab S 8.4by Samsung

  • Galaxy Tab S 8.4
  • Galaxy Tab S 8.4
  • Galaxy Tab S 8.4
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 looks gorgeous and makes movie-watching a pleasure. The portrait orientation and high-resolution, 8.4-inch screen is great for reading.
  • Battery life on the Tab S 8.4 is good, and it can go several days on standby.
  • An additional 128GB of storage can be had with a microSD card. That's more storage than any iPad Mini, ever.

CONS

  • Performance is good in most circumstances, but the interface can be laggy at times.
  • Wireless benchmarks showed that the Tab S 8.4's range was on par with the iPad Mini, but it fell behind in speed.
  • Like the Galaxy S5 and Tab S 10.5, the fingerprint scanner on the 8.4 is frustrating to use and unreliable. It often requires contorting your finger in order to register.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is the smaller sibling of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Its 8.4-inch super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels. The 8.4 is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa processor and comes with 3GB of RAM. Like the 10.5, it’s available in 16 and 32GB storage versions and can be upgraded with a microSD card (up to 128GB). Wireless features include Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band AC Wi-Fi. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is available in dazzling white and titanium bronze.
NameGalaxy Tab S 8.4iPad Mini 4Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0ZenPad S 8.0Fire HD 8
ManufacturerSamsungAppleHuaweiAsusAmazon
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The built-in speakers on the Tab S 8.4 sound good, although they lack the well-rounded bass we'd have liked to hear.

The built-in speakers on the Tab S 8.4 sound good, although they lack the well-rounded bass we'd have liked to hear.

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I'm amazed that Samsung got a microSD card slot into something this thin, but there it is.

I'm amazed that Samsung got a microSD card slot into something this thin, but there it is.

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Kindle for Samsung is a customized app for the Tab S, and not only brings you the massive ebook store from Amazon, but also one free ebook a…

Kindle for Samsung is a customized app for the Tab S, and not only brings you the massive ebook store from Amazon, but also one free ebook a month via Samsung Book Deals.

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If you’re Samsung phone owner as well, one feature that makes the Tab S more attractive is SideSync 3.0.

If you’re Samsung phone owner as well, one feature that makes the Tab S more attractive is SideSync 3.0.

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Elegant and mesmerizing, the 8.4-inch 1600 x 2560 Super AMOLED display shines ever so beautifully to capture our attention both near and far…

Elegant and mesmerizing, the 8.4-inch 1600 x 2560 Super AMOLED display shines ever so beautifully to capture our attention both near and far.

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In terms of video playback, you'll get a decent performance of around or nine hours on average (mainly depending on screen brightness).

In terms of video playback, you'll get a decent performance of around or nine hours on average (mainly depending on screen brightness).

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In my own use, I found the tablet was able to slumber in standby overnight without dropping much power and could idle for several days and s…

In my own use, I found the tablet was able to slumber in standby overnight without dropping much power and could idle for several days and still have a bit of charge left.

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Samsung takes a lot of criticism for its use of plastic materials in tablets and phones, but our bronze Galaxy Tab S 8.4 looked every bit li…

Samsung takes a lot of criticism for its use of plastic materials in tablets and phones, but our bronze Galaxy Tab S 8.4 looked every bit like a high-end product.

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When taxed with Asphalt 8 or less intensive games such as Blek though, the Tab S 8.4 is dreamy.

When taxed with Asphalt 8 or less intensive games such as Blek though, the Tab S 8.4 is dreamy.

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Some won’t think it’s as classy as the iPad, but I doubt anyone could call it ugly.

Some won’t think it’s as classy as the iPad, but I doubt anyone could call it ugly.

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The only weak point of Samsung’s software is the relative lag in the user interface.

The only weak point of Samsung’s software is the relative lag in the user interface.

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This is Samsung’s best skin by a long shot, and pretty much looks and acts like it’s Android, and not some grotesque Samsung experiment.

This is Samsung’s best skin by a long shot, and pretty much looks and acts like it’s Android, and not some grotesque Samsung experiment.

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