Samsung ATIV Tab Review
The Samsung ATIV Tab is equipped with a pair of cameras – a 5-megapixel one on the back, with auto-focus and an LED flash, and a 2MP front-facing cam for video chats and the occasional self portrait. As our samples demonstrate, the quality of the photos taken with the main snapper is quite okay – outdoor shots exhibit proper color balance and a decent amount of detail, which makes them good enough to display on the tablet's screen or share with the world on Facebook, although you probably should not be putting any of them in a frame. Indoor photos, however, are of mediocre quality even though the flash fills the frame well. Macros? Forget about it – all our close-ups turned out not in focus. Videos can be taken in up to 720p, but despite the HD resolution, they are somewhat low on detail.
Samsung ATIV Tab Sample images Fullscreen
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Samsung ATIV Tab Sample images
The interface itself is extremely limited and leaves a lot of room for improvement. Basically, the most advanced feature that you get is a timer, and the only setting available is adjusting the photo's resolution. Tapping anywhere on the screen takes a photo, and that is pretty much it. No tap to focus, no filters or effects, no panorama mode, no shooting scenes, literally nothing more.
Samsung ATIV Tab Sample Video:
Samsung ATIV Tab Indoor Sample Video:
Transferring files onto an Android tablet using a data cable is done by hooking the device up to a computer and putting it in “mass storage” mode. With the Samsung ATIV Tab, this process is a bit different as that mode is not available. Loading your digital music collection onto it requires a little technical know-how, although it is still a pretty straightforward process. We copied a few albums on a USB drive and then moved them to the tablet's Music folder, but alternatively, music and video can also be accessed over Wi-Fi in case you happen to have a media server running.
The default music player gets the job done, but using it just doesn't feel right. You see, it doubles as a store, allowing you to explore new content and purchase additional music for your library. That's cool and all, but we really wish there was a way to simply interact with locally stored audio only, instead of having to deal with an app that screams “Buy more music!” in your face.
There is no separate volume slider for media files and system notifications, just a single one that adjusts the volume across the system. When the music is playing in the background, playback controls are available at a push of the volume rocker. A feature that we are thankful for is the player's ability to retrieve music data, including album art, for music that isn't organized too well.
In a similar fashion, the video player allows users to rent or buy movies and TV shows. Due to the screen's size and aspect ratio, watching movies on the ATIV Tab is actually a very pleasant experience. Moreover, most of the video file formats that we tried loading were playable, with the exception of MKV files. For some reason, however, the audio in our 1080p samples was lagging behind the video, so we recommend sticking to 720p videos.
1. ajac09 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
With me using windows 8 on my desktop computer I've been seriously considering getting a windows RT tablet but I may just use that money get a touch screen screen and have the complete experience there lol
7. AnTuTu (Posts: 595; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Come on iPhonearena.
iPad mini which is still running on the same s**tty platform is getting 8.5 and this beast is running Windows RT, beautifully designed is getting 7.2?
Pleaseeee for God sake
9. rassouli5 (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
I can't agree with you more... iPad is s**t, iPhone is s**t, Android is s**t... But Microsoft, no words can define its beauty and class and many many many great things about it...
2. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Why have a 10 point scale if you can't round up or down? A 7.2? Not a 7? Or even a 7.5?? But a 7.2???
Outside of that, not knowing how fast the ecosystem will build is a legit concern. One can guess fairly fast as Windows developers should be able to port all apps to all devices, but it is a unknown factor. Also, not knowing what price it will be nearly defeats reviewing it at this point. If it is 100$ cheaper then the Surface or some other Tablets, this becomes a steal. 100$ more, it becomes a complete rip-off. But not knowing that truly makes it hard to gauge the value. Why not wait until all factors are known?
Samsung is excited for the tablets and laptops lines running Windows, and I would have no worries about grabbing one of the ATIV line up. How much they support WP is up in the air, but these tablets should be looked at as a huge cash producing opportunity for Sammy. Here is hoping they are priced to move.
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"...the ATIV Tab is close, but not as good as the Surface"
You said it Nick T.
Would definitely prefer the Surface...
I read somewhere (probably a Sammy fan) that the ATIV tab would kill the Surface. Well, whoever it is...you add the remaining 2.8 points if you will.
4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 612; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Both rubbish to be honest, with 10,000 apps this Windows RT is creating a space for itself, but honestly why? What is with these low end resolutions on windows tablets? Reading this review makes me wonder what the hell is MS doing? Microsoft Office works but it's awkward and works better with a mouse and keyboard attached...um the reason tablets were made was to lose the bloody mouse and keyboard. Surface comes with it's own cover keyboard thing, yet again what the hell. Learn to make touch interface better or just don't come at all. Heck use voice recognition typing instead. No idea where this stuff is aimed at, but people sure like to flock to things just because they love a particular brand.
If it weren't for the royalties issues, I can bet that Samsung wouldn't have even bothered with this Windows RT garbage. It's garbage because it doesn't even know what it supposed to be, how the hell is the end user supposed to figure it out? Still being a windows OS eating up HD space like no other 9GB out of 32GB, awesome and that's all OS no OEM bloat or anything.
5. Mihai_10 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
If I had money, I would still have bought it
6. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1042; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
When it comes to Windows tabs you cant go wrong with either Microsoft or Samsung
10. manoy (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
I want this one!
This may transform how we work and play and will rock with Office 2013 ?!