Samsung has many tablets out there right now, all in different price points as well. The Galaxy Tab 4 line of tablets are their "low end" tablets, but they really aren't low end. I've been using the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for the past couple of weeks. This is a $350 10-inch tablet, running KitKat. There's really no other competitors in this space for the price and size and running the latest version of Android. So how well does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 stack up? Or should you just buy the newly announced Galaxy Tab S? Let's find out in the full review.
The hardware on the Galaxy Tab 4 is about what you'd expect from Samsung. It has the faux leather back and sides, with the glossy front and faux metal trim. It actually looks and feels really nice. I greatly prefer the faux leather over the dimpled back of the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Tab S. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1-inch is sporting a 10.1-inch 1280x800 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, along with a 3.15MP camera on the back and a 1.3MP front-facing shooter. It also has an IR Blaster up top so you can control the TV as well. Not bad specs, when you consider the price, although the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is currently $399, so for $50 more you're getting quite the jump in specs.
Lately, I've been using devices like the LG G3 and the Galaxy S5. Which both have much more high-res displays than the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. But I honestly didn't have any issues with this display. Despite being a 1280x800 resolution display, it still looked great to me. Of course I'd want more pixels (err moar pixels?), but for the price it's not bad at all. In some apps you can see the pixels, mostly with white backgrounds and such, but it wasn't a huge deal to me.
Keep in mind, the Galaxy Tab 4 has a Snapdragon 400 inside, so it's definitely not the beast that we all know from the Galaxy Note 3 or even the Galaxy Tab and Note PRO tablets. But for a mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 400 is quite good. was able to play Asphalt 8 on it with no issues at all. Of course, it'd work better on a higher resolution display, but that's not the processors fault. Now onto the RAM, we've got 1.5GB in this model. Normally I would say we need at least 2GB minimum for tablets and smartphones, but on the Galaxy Tab 4, 1.5GB of RAM is plenty. Remember unused RAM is wasted RAM.
There's not much to say about the software here as it's identical to the Galaxy Tab and Note PRO tablets' software. However, it does not use the magazine UX, so we're stuck with just the new Touchwiz, which I do like, and most importantly the settings are actually easy to find on the Galaxy Tab 4. The home screen and app drawer are exactly as you'd expect. With plenty of Samsung apps and kids apps as well. It also has blocking mode, Kids Mode and Knox 2.0. With day-to-day usage on the Galaxy Tab 4, I did not notice any lag, like I found on the Galaxy Tab PRO and the Galaxy Note 10.1 earlier this year. Which is great.
The Settings app is basically what you'd expect on a Samsung tablet. there's four tabs (that you still can't swipe between, I have no idea why you can't). There's Connections, Device, Controls, and General. Of course under connections you've got all your WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Data usage, Locations and other Network settings. Jumping over to device, you'll find the display, sound, lock screen, wallpaper, font, and various other settings. Under control you've got the Language & Input, Palm Motion and Smart screen. Under General is everything else, literally.
I think the version of Touchwiz on the Galaxy Tab 4 is tasteful. It doesn't seem overdone, like on some other tablets and devices that Samsung sells. There's not a ton of extra stuff that you will probably never use, which people always seem to complain about. The Galaxy Tab 4 doesn't have all the bells and whistles, and that's noted in the price.
Just like most tablets, this will get you through watching a couple of HD movies. Standby is amazing. I charged it up, and left it on my desk for 2 days and didn't touch it, it had about 95% left when I came back. Now that's the type of standby I like. Judging by that, you could get about 40 days of standby time, not bad considering it was still connected to WiFi and Bluetooth to the Gear 2 Neo.
As much as we hate seeing people use tablets for cameras, they are there for a reason. While the Galaxy Tab 4 does have a 3MP camera on the back and a 1.3MP camera on the front, I wouldn't expect anything amazing from it, but here are a few images taken with the device down below.
Would I recommend the Galaxy Tab 4? Yes. But not to everyone. I'd recommend it to people that don't need, nor want the highest end of a tablet. But something that they can sit on the couch and browse the web, or check their email, Facebook, etc on. The Galaxy Tab 4 does that perfectly. If you want a tablet for games or watching HD content, then you may want to check out the new Galaxy Tab S tablet that Samsung announced this week. All in all, great tablet from Samsung. Especially for it being a mid-range tablet. It'll be coming to AT&T soon with LTE!