Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch Tablet (White) – (ARM Exynos 5 Octa-Core 1.9GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB Storage, Wi-Fi, Android 4.4)

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  1. Crookedmouth ":-/" says:
    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Keep taking the tablets: Tab S 8.4″, 16GB with wifi, 21 July 2014
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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch Tablet (White) – (ARM Exynos 5 Octa-Core 1.9GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB Storage, Wi-Fi, Android 4.4) (Personal Computers)

    Introduction
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    Having bought well and truly in to the Samsung experience and having owned a Tab 2 10″ and Tab 3 8″, I realise that the Tab 3 was a poor reflection of the excellent Nexus 7″, largely because of it’s (i.e. the Tab’s) rubbish screen resolution. That never worried me much – for a period I ran a Nexus in parallel to the Tab 3 and I /still/ prefer the Tab. I don’t really know why. I liked the SD card and 3G/4G capability of the Tab as well as the larger screen size. It also /feels/ nicer than the Nexus and the Samsung Android screen just looks better.

    Anyway, I will hang on to my Nexus as a back-up to my shiny new Tab S. Whoop!

    Please see the photos uploaded to the product’s gallery, which illustrate some of the points I’m making here.

    The box and what’s in it
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    A quick word on the packaging. The whole thing comes packaged in a rather nice, and surprisingly small wood-grain-print box. Gone are the acres of tacky film that used to be wrapped around the tablet to keep it scratch free in the box. The bezel itself is filmed but the screen is not and the tablet is protected by a spiffy paper envelope. Much more convenient, in my humble.

    Contents include the Tab (well, you’d darn well hope so wouldn’t you?), a charger and cable and… nothing else. The quick start guide basically tells you to charge it first and get the proper guide off the internet and not much more else.

    See photos uploaded.

    First Impressions
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    Initial impressions are of comforting familiarity. The S looks and feels much like the Tab 3 as you take it out of its box. But small differences do then make themselves felt. The bezel is a rather fetching brass colour and the back of the case is a faintly textured and lightly dimpled pearlescent plastic, giving the whole thing a slightly more opulent look and feel than was the case in earlier models. You quickly become aware of the weight (or lack of it) and thickness (ditto) of the device. How Samsung manage to cram so much into something that isn’t thick enough to wedge under my kitchen table-leg to stop it wobbling is beyond me.

    See photos uploaded.

    Set Up
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    Set up is a breeze. Previously, I have found myself faced with a start-up screen in Pinyin (or Mandarin… who can say?) and that first, mystified button-press was a heartstopping experience: was that Pinyin for “Self-Destruct” or “Next”? Now, at least, the first screen is in a familiar language and script and, so long as you can connect to wifi, the Tab will rush you through the welcome screens and log you into your Google account, ready to start configuring and customising the device within a few brief, pain-free minutes. If you’ve operated a tablet before and backed it up onto Google’s cloud the Tab S will immediately start restoring itself, downloading all your apps and other stuff, even to the extent of remembering your old wifi access codes. I THINK that’s a good thing, but it does raise questions about s e c u rity.

    Using it
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    Well, what can you say? In many respects, it is much like using any other Android tablet. The layout and operation is broadly similar, with a few notable exceptions. It is wonderfully light. I would say that it is easy to hold by virtue of its lightness but the screen takes up every square nanometre of the front so you are forced to grip the tablet by the bevel or risk touching the screen inadvertently. Nevertheless, I’ve not found THAT too much of a problem.

    The touchscreen is nicely responsive and the hard button layout follows Samsung’s familiar geographical convention. The “Home” hard button does have a rather nasty “sharp” feel to it though.

    Apps
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    You are presented with two types of home screen; a “Content” HS and a “Classic” HS. The former is a grid which allows you to install a small handful of large format bespoke widgets – a planner window, an email window, a news window etc. This is, as far as I can tell, rubbish. The selection of widgets is mediocre and I far prefer the off-the-peg ones that come with the apps you get from Google Play and can install onto the “Classic” HS. There is no way to delete the Content HS -possibly the biggest disappointment in the tablet so far for anyone who’s grown up with older versions of Android.

    See photos uploaded.

    The Classic HS is much more like the “normal”…

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  2. al2608 says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great tablet, but comes from Hong Kong., 4 Sep 2014
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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch Tablet (White) – (ARM Exynos 5 Octa-Core 1.9GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB Storage, Wi-Fi, Android 4.4) (Personal Computers)
    Just be aware that this item is shipped from Hong Kong – this isn’t mentioned on Amazon’s website. However, delivery only took 6 days. When first switched on, it defaults to Chinese, but this is easily changed to English on the first screen. I’m not sure how the warranty would work if needed, as this version is obviously intended for the Far East market – I would have to trust Amazon to sort that out. It does come with a UK style charger. Other than that, the tablet itself is excellent, with a superb screen and fast response. Only negative thing I can think of is that although I have big hands, it is slightly too large to hold comfortably with one hand.

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