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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, analysis and user experience

Already with the hangover of the presentations of IFA, we have seen how many brands have presented their products and, although watches and wearable devices have been the main protagonists, the true kings of the shed continue to be smartphones and tablets Samsung was one of the main claims of IFA, an event in which it presented its new Note 4, among other devices, but also remembered to mention its range of tablets, specifically, the last ones to arrive and that stand out for the high quality of your screen: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 inches.

Both were presented in New York at a dedicated event last June, something that really surprised us a bit, since only a few months ago, at the beginning of the year, the South Korean manufacturer announced its range of Tab Pro tablets, supposedly for have them as top of the range. So what is the main claims of the Tab S? Your panel display SuperAMOLED (among other news, of course). We have spent a few weeks with the largest one, the Tab S 10.5, and here goes our Deep analysis on which it is possibly, one of the best Android tablets that have been created to date.

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Review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

As always, we will begin by reviewing the components Of the device. The Tab S 10.5 has a high-end hardware, with which Samsung wants to win the position of best tablet of its kind. Starting with the most obvious, we have its huge 10.5 inch screen, it is a panel SuperAMOLED with WQXGA resolution 2560 × 1600 pixels, which gives a density of about 288ppi and looks spectacularly good.

Inside, in the version with WiFi connectivity only, the one that we have used, sends its own processor Exynos 5 Octa eight-core, divided into two quad-core at 1.9GHz and another four at 1.3GHz. In the case of the variant compatible with LTE networks, its processor becomes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 QuadCore at 2.5GHz. To complete the set and ensure a smooth experience, they accompany you 3GB of RAM

Features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 WiFi

  • SuperAMOLED screen 10.5 inches WQXGA 2560 × 1600 pixels
  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
  • GPU Mali-T628 MP6
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB of storage + micro SD card slot
  • 8MP rear camera + Flash / 2.1MP front
  • 16GB of storage + microSD card up to 128GB
  • WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac MIMO, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, IrLED
  • Android 4.4 KitKat + TouchWiz
  • 7900mAh battery
  • 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm
  • 465 grams

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As for the storage, we have two models of 16GB or 32GB, although both have a slot to insert a micro SD Up to 128GB in which we can store all kinds of multimedia content. For its part, the camera rear mounted an 8MP sensor and is accompanied by an LED flash, while the front is reduced to 2.1MP, more than enough to make videoconferences.

If we go to the drums, in the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 it has a capacity of 7900mAh, A step back if we see the Tab Pro 10.1 or Note 10.1, which exceed 8000mAh, but nevertheless give the size and we also have the ultra energy saving mode that debuted in the S5. By compare it with the competition, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 falls well below when mounting a 6000mAh battery.

If we look at the software, how could it be otherwise, The Tab S works under Android 4.4 KitKat, yes, customized by the new layer TouchWiz with the desks Magazine IU that, honestly I have not disgusted. Later we will enter them, as well as the other gifts that it brings.

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Design and construction

Samsung has taken great care in the design of the Tab S, although many of its elements are inherited from previous devices, mainly from the Galaxy S5 presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. When you see it for the first time it surprises its design, it shows samples of a quality tablet, with very tight edges and dimensions certainly contained, although it is still a 10.5-inch tablet.

What do we not just like? that doesn't stop being plastic. At first glance it looks great, but to take it in the hand is when we notice that those glossy finishes and frames with metallic appearance are still that, a finish. Eye, that does not mean that it is of poor quality, on the contrary, but since Samsung wants to beat the iPads with its Tab S, it would not hurt to do it also in the materials used.

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However, if there is a spectacular appearance in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, both 10.5 and 8.4, it is your thickness: 6.6 mm. The figure is spectacular, both in sight and when taking and transporting it. In addition, the weight accompanies, since with its 465 grams I have come to use it for hours "by weight" and the "lightness" is appreciated.

If we do an external review of its design, starting with the front the main protagonist is its 10.5-inch screen, under it is the physical button that characterizes the Samsung and is accompanied by the buttons capacitive Back and access to recent Apps. The physical button, by the way, houses the fingerprint reader, since these tablets are the first to incorporate it, and it works the same as in the S5, sliding on it, something that I just did not like and slows its use.

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On the screen we have the 2.1MP front camera and proximity and brightness sensors. The rear has the same microperforated finish of the S5, which I like more and more every time and I think it improves the grip and offers a good touch. That area is practically clean except for the rear camera and flash, centered on the top, and the two hitch points for the accessory case.

That sheath, by the way, we have also been able to prove it and it is of great quality. It is coupled by hooking the two rear points (you have to squeeze, without fear, although it impresses a little) and protects the tablet completely, leaving the holes for camera and microphones. In addition, it allows us to use it as a stand, being able to place it in 3 tilt positions. Very useful and well finished.