Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: Everything You Need in One Tablet

06 Jul 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab at Cellcom Communications

While all of us love summer vacations, we also love to stay in touch. If you’re a techy like us you’ll want to have something that provides all the services of a laptop with the portability of a mobile phone. When you combine all that with quality and an affordable price you get the  Galaxy Tab S 8.4. To give you the full review on what this super tablet entails we’ve examined the design and screen, performance, networking, camera and more!

Design and Screen

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5, but manages to look sleeker and classier one might argue. This tablet got rid of that ridged, chrome bezel around the edge in exchange for a more subtle band. It's stunningly thin and effortlessly light—at 8.38 by 4.24 by 0.26 inches, it's thinner and lighter, Samsung would have you know, than the iPad mini 3. (10.3 ounces vs. 11.6 ounces.)

The back is slightly textured, soft-touch plastic, with the same stipple effect you see on the S5; there are also two circles that Samsung's line of cases snap on to. Stereo speakers on the top and bottom edges suggest that you watch video on landscape mode. It’s also amazing to note that Samsung got a microSD card slot into something this thin.

Nevertheless, the screen, is why you paid your money. It's a 2,560-by-1,600 panel. The AMOLED screen sips, rather than gulps, power. This combined with the 4,900mAh battery yields terrific battery life.

Networking and Performance

The Galaxy Tab S uses a custom Samsung processor, an "octo-core" Exynos with four 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz cores that it switches to when it wants to save energy. Samsung's dual-paned multitasking mode really amps up productivity. Samsung's software sits a little more lightly on the S tablets than it did before.

The only LTE model available is with AT&T, and it costs $529. The AT&T model supports all of that carrier's LTE bands, including the new band 29 for enhanced downloads. In theory, it'll work decently on T-Mobile's network and with very limited success on Verizon's, but it's locked to AT&T.

Camera and Multimedia

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 comes with 16GB of storage, of which 11.5GB is user-accessible; you'll fill that up pretty quickly with media, so it's good that the tablet supports microSD memory cards.

The 8-megapixel main camera and 1-megapixel front camera are impressively, for tablet cameras. Outdoor shots are quite sharp, and the LED flash lit up a dark room. The UI and special modes match the Galaxy S5. The dual stereo speakers are loud enough to fill a room. Headphones and Bluetooth speakers also work well.

Enjoy any vacation or holiday while staying in touch with the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Pick one up at your local Cellcom store today.