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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review
Introduction


Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 tablets come fresh from the oven, and the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is the smallest and cheapest in this year's trio. It features a 7-inch display, a quad-core CPU, a gig and a half of RAM, and it runs Android KitKat topped off Samsung's latest tablet UI – all at the reasonable price point of $199. This tablet sounds like it has lots of potential, but does it fare so well in reality? Let's find out.

Design

An uninspired look, but the build quality is flawless.

The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is boring to look at, but this isn't of much importance. Once again, plastic is Samsung's material of choice. However, the Tab 4 looks and feels very sturdy. It is a sleek, solid, well-built tablet. There are no creaks, shallow spots, or misaligned elements to distract from the Tab 4's simple, functional look. The tablet has a unibody design with a metal binding around the outer edges that holds the construction tightly together. The only weak spot is the slightly wobbly Home button, but this is nit-picking.

Measuring 7.36 x 4.25 x 0.35 inches (186.9 x 107.9 x 9 mm) at a weight of 9.74 oz (276 g), it is a whole inch narrower than the Kindle Fire HDX 7, and decidedly smaller than the Nexus 7 (2013). It is also slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. The Tab 3 and Tab 4 do share common design traits, but instead of overly smooth plastic, the Tab 4's back features a rugged texture, providing a better grip.

In terms of ergonomics, the Galaxy Tab 4 is quite comfortable to hold in one hand. Holding it in Portrait orientation with two hands is a possibility as well, although there is little real estate for your thumbs to rest on. That's the trade-off for the slim bezels.


Display

A pleasant view, but it doesn't "pop" like a Samsung display.

Although the resolution of 1280 x 800 is middling, and the pixel density of 216 ppi doesn't sound impressive, the Tab 4's display looks just fine in practice. Small text (including Asian characters) and little details remain readable. There's no visible pixelation, although there's a hint of fuzziness to icons and images with lots of fine detail.

In terms of color reproduction, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 fares well, but not without flaws. The display's color temperature (7055 Kelvins) is close to the reference 6500K, but the colors aren't true – in fact, they are rather undersaturated (especially red). Hence, the display doesn't "pop" like you would expect from a Samsung panel - it actually comes across as subdued.

Still, the display we have on Samsung's new 7-incher is pleasant to look at, unless you happen to be under direct sunlight. That's the moment when the overly reflective glass becomes a true hindrance, and the panel's maximum brightness of 374 nits is not enough to alleviate the problem. Thankfully, the screen's viewing angles are great, and the image is always consistent.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 382
(Average)
4
(Excellent)
1:866
(Average)
7049
(Good)
2.12
10.04
(Poor)
6.21
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 374
(Average)
5
(Excellent)
1:768
(Average)
7055
(Good)
2.26
8.61
(Poor)
4.37
(Average)
Alcatel OneTouch POP 7 363
(Average)
68
(Poor)
1:724
(Poor)
16334
(Poor)
2.17
10.77
(Poor)
13.12
(Poor)
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posted on 06 Jun 2014, 08:37 2

1. Planterz (Posts: 749; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Disappointing.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 13:49 1

8. sgodsell (Posts: 1194; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


These are not bad tablets. They even give you an IR blaster (universal remote), and expandable storage (up to 64gb). Quad core CPU and a 1280x800 display. All the other Tab 7.0 before were 1024x600 and dual core. I got a few for the kids, and they love them. I just wish I would have got these HD versions instead of the previous version. That $199 will drop quick enough. I got the tab 3 7.0 last year on sale for $149. Trust me kids love them.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 08:38 2

2. Ashoaib (Posts: 1909; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Huawei mediapad x1 is 1200x1900 ltps display with 5000mah battery... better than this one

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 08:49

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 11013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Looks like the mini.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 08:51 2

4. leonmbj (Posts: 12; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


they have a PHONE with almost same specs and same size

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 10:06 1

5. refillable (Posts: 630; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


My brother's 2011 Galaxy 7.7 still stands strong then.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 10:45 1

6. antonioli (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Crap.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 11:09

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 1533; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Cant win them all

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 13:51 2

9. robocopvn (Posts: 179; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


Am I the only one who see the Galaxy Tab series get worse and worse year after year ?

1st series - high-end specs
2nd series - very good hardware at that time
3rd series - even worse hardware than 2nd
4th series - nothing compare to other competitor's at the price tag

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 21:13

12. refillable (Posts: 630; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


They're not taking this series seriously, despite success in 2011.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 14:48

10. redmd (Posts: 882; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


If you want high end, then better get the TabPro 8,4 LTE or wait for the Tab S series to come out. You get what you pay for.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 15:25

11. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


How can you call it "boring to look at"????
It looks just like a HUUUUUGE white iPhone; iThink iWant it!!

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 22:48

13. HoPhonTab (Posts: 34; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


Me tooooo I also want this but I'm waiting for LG G PAD 7.0 hope this new lg tablet
Is much better than this with lower or same price :-)

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 18:18 1

14. salaal (Posts: 93; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


If it was priced at 130-150$ i might've gotten one but since samsung likes to overprice there products.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:59

15. bobmrik (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Is this 7" Tab 4 (rated 6) really worse than the 7" Tab 2 (rated 8)?

My 2 year old 7" Tab 2 seems a bit long in the tooth and the battery life seems half what it was originally so I wanted to upgrade to this - now on sale just about everywhere for $169 - for the following reasons:

Kit Kat 4.4 vs 4.2.2 (Samsung update w/ no multiuser account settings)
quad core vs dual core
1200x800 HD screen res vs old 1024x600
1.5GB RAM vs 1GB

This review overall is not too good, but I like $169 as a price point better than last years 7" Nexus or 7" Fire HDX for $229. And to be honest I like the look of this one better as well.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:44

16. andreasconstantinides (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2014)


I don't agree with you all but with some of you. Samsung not best effort in the tablet world but nvidia did something unbelievably better than this one. The nvidia shield tablet. Have a look at it.

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Display7.0 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels (216 ppi) LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Marvell PXA1088, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1536 MB RAM
Size7.36 x 4.25 x 0.35 inches
(186.9 x 107.9 x 9 mm)
9.74 oz  (276 g)

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