Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4 review

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We're putting two new tablets to the test - the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the smaller Tab 8.4 version of the device
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4 review

Samsung has made two of the best tablets we’ve seen with the Tab S range. When we turned them on, it was all about the screens. They’re phenomenal. And these tablets even have fingerprint scanners!

DESIGN

Both tablets share the styling of the popular Samsung Galaxy S5. Simple, smooth, light and thin, they’re portable and easy to use. The back covers are pimpled, which adds grip. There are also two button-like clips on the back. They’re not actually buttons though, they’re for attaching specially designed cases.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is slightly larger with a 10.5” screen and bigger body and battery. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a little smaller with an 8.4” display. Otherwise they’re the same.

CAMERA

The Tab S 10.5 and Tab S 8.4 both use an 8MP camera. It’s pretty good for a tablet, and with the fantastic screen, colours look very impressive.

ENTERTAINMENT

We may have mentioned the screens on these tablets before, but that’s because they are instantly eye catching. Both have very high resolutions, giving superb details. It’s the colours though that really grabbed us. We haven’t seen screens as impressive as these before. Both Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets come with lots of free content too, from books and magazines to apps.

PRODUCTIVITY

The large screens make the keyboards very practical to use for typing. What’s really good for business use though is all the free content. Bloomberg Businessweek+, Evernote Premium and LinkedIn Premium are all free for 12 months. Cisco WebEX Meetings, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal are all free for 6 months. And it comes Hancom Office for opening documents.

BATTERY

Battery life was very good with both tablets, so with normal use you’ll only be charging these up a couple of times a week. They come with the excellent Ultra Power Saving Mode from the Galaxy S5 too, which is one of the best features for saving battery power out right now.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The app called SideSync 3.0 is excellent. When it’s installed on your Samsung smartphone as well you’ll be able to make calls, send texts and use the apps on your smartphone from your tablet. It makes this possible by putting a digital, life size version of your phone on the screen of your tablet. It’s like magic.

Both tablets also have fingerprint scanners on the front. These make the tablets very secure. It’s practical too, just swipe your finger down to unlock them. Sensitive documents can also be password protected with your fingerprint.

By Alan Thomas

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