Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
This slick, lightweight tablet with a brilliant screen is the most compelling argument for Android tablets...
Out of the many tablets available today, none create a bigger splash than the iPad. Even Samsung's own range has fallen a bit short of impressive when pitted against the iPad. But with the Tab S, it seems that Samsung have finally brought their A-game.
The Tab S creates a great first impression. It's quite familiar to the S5, actually. It has the same dimpled back, which seems to be Samsung's design theme for this generation. But looks aside, the thing that grabs you is the feel of the Tab S. It's super-light at 295g, and thinner than even the iPad mini at 6.6mm. It instantly feels like a device that will not inconvenience you with its size, even though it does have a 10.4-inch display. And that's another thing - the display is simply outstanding. We have been spoiled over the years with gorgeous high-density display, but this one still manages to make an impression. The 2560x1600 pixel, 359ppi screen makes anything you see on it looks great, especially if you have a full HD or 4K video loaded on. Even the pre-loaded clips looked good enough for us to actually sit through them.
The Tab S is no chump, when it comes to performance either. The octa-core Exynos 5 processor held up very well in our benchmarks and real-world tests. The 3GB RAM provided is a pretty generous helping as well, so even multi-tasking, on the Tab S' already heavy loaded interface was mostly hiccup-free. Speaking of interface, the device runs on Android 4.4 topped up with Samsung's TouchWiz UI, which honesty seems to be getting better and more usable with each iteration. Sure, the Samsung apps still bloat up the system storage, but the apps are quite unique and useful. It works really well using Dropbox as its cloud storage solution of choice and rewards you by giving you free 50GB of cloud storage space for a year, on the house. You do feel rewarded at the end of it for using the Tab S.
Though the big-screen phones are definitely eating into the tablet market, it's the lower-end tablets that are at a bigger risk of going the netbook way. There will always be a demand for quality and tablets that justify their existence beyond being a glorified phone. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is one of those tablets. It utilises its big screen well, by diving you the right resolution and image quality, while packing enough juice on the inside to make you put down your phone and enjoy the grander experience.
At a glance:
Display: Super AMOLED, 2560x1600 pixels, 10.5-inches, 359ppi
Storage: 16 GB Internal, microSD, up to 128 GB
CPU: Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core
Camera: 8MP rear, 2.1MP front
Battery: Li-Ion 7900 mAh