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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Challenging the Establishment

July 23, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Samsung has recently announced the launching of a high-end tablet series, the first ones that wear the “S” fingerprint, which was previously used only for marking their high-end smartphone division. The Koreans are aiming to the top of the tablet world (read iPad Air) and they have some big chances for gaining a lot of interest from the area of consumers, as their tablets feature some top notch features and are really powerful and impressive, not only due to their great features, but also thanks to their beautiful appearances.
The devices I’m talking about are in a number of two and come in two sizes: we have a small one which features an 8.4 inches display, while its bigger sibling holds a 10.5 inches one. In the following review, I’m going to be saying some words about the second one , known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, so keep reading if you’re feeling interested.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 comes accompanied by a charger and a microUSB cable used for re-charging the device and making data connections. Unfortunately, you won’t be getting a pair of headphones.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 measures 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm and has a weight of 465 grams. Having these measurements, the tablet is the thinnest around (besides its smaller sibling) and thus offers an extremely elegant appearance, being very easy to hold and manage. Its design is very much alike some other high-end Samsung devices, having a perforated faux leather back cover that offers a great hand grip and keeps fingerprints away from sticking to your device. The body seems pretty solid and is nicely put together, but that was already expected from a top-notch device like this one so there’s nothing surprising here.

The tablet holds a beautiful 10.5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and has a pixel density of 288 ppi. The image quality is one of the best offered by a tablet, having some punchy and vibrant colors, a great contrast, very wide viewing angles and also a great sunlight legibility. If you’re searching for a tablet with a top-notch display, this one won’t leave you disappointed.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will greet you with the latest Android version (KitKat v4.4.2) which has been embellished with Samsung’s own customizations. The TouchWiz interface isn’t alone here, being accompanied by the Magazine interface for customizing the homescreens. The user experience is more than enjoyable due to the very friendly and intuitive interface. Browsing through it is nice and smooth and that’s also thanks to its powerful hardware.
The tablet comes packed with an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset, holding a quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 processor and a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-T628 MP6 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The tablet is available in two versions, with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 128 GB.

At the connectivity area, the Galaxy Tablet S 10.5 features support for dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP, microUSB 2.0. There’s also an InfraRed port for allowing you to use the tablet as a remote control and manage your TV or other appliances. The tablet comes in two flavors which both support the aforementioned features, yet one of them holds LTE Cat4 support with quad-band GSM and 3G, while the other one is a Wi-Fi only device.

For web surfing, the Galaxy Tablet S 10.5 offers two browsers, the standard Android one and Google Chrome. Both of them feature some nice and friendly interfaces which are loaded with a lot of options and settings, offering a great user experience.

The tablet comes packed with an 8 megapixels primary camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and relies on a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The image quality is very good, with plenty of resolved detail, accurate colors and a good contrast.
The camera is also able to produce some good looking 1080p videos @ 30 fps.
A secondary 2.1 MP camera is on board for making video calls or taking “selfies”.

In its basket full of goodies, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 holds some capable media players, a GPS receiver with GLONASS support, the Hancom Office suite for handling document files, the  Samsung WatchOn app for linking you with your TV, Cisco WebEx for conferences, a file manager and much more.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a 7,900 mAh battery tucked inside and will stay alive for 8 and a half hours of web browsing or 12 of video playback.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in the hands

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