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Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 Review

0. phoneArena 20 Feb 2014, 04:34 posted on

The Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is shaping as quite the beast. Its mid-size form factor and lightweight design makes Samsung's 8.4-inch highly portable, yet its specs sheet can easily make a geek drool. And it can already be bought for as low as $400, which is a high, yet a presumably justified price tag for such a high-end product. So without further ado, let's get this review started!...

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posted on 20 Feb 2014, 04:37 7

1. Väliaikainen (unregistered)


I just somehow don't like Magazine UX. It's somehow disturbing to my eyes. They just tell me to look away from it lol... I really hope the S5 will have a more mature UI

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 19:00 1

16. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Cant expect that from Samsung bro --'

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 20:25 1

17. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Ever heard of the term launcher?

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 22:49 1

18. Taters (Posts: 3433; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Aren't you just a hater?

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 03:50 1

20. Väliaikainen (unregistered)


If I was a hater I would hope Samsung to keep making ugly UI on their products

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 21:11

26. JohnZimmerman (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)


To expand on Nexus4lifes response, you can quickly and easily remove the Magazine UX by installing a "launcher" (basically, an app that gives you a home screen, dock, and app drawer). Nova is a popular choice.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 04:41 1

2. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


Looks like an enlarged Note 3. A stylus would probably give this an extra .5 in the final score.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 04:41 16

3. tech2 (Posts: 2308; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


If there's one thing that the display on the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 lacks, that would be drawbacks. - Nick T.

You sir, deserve a cookie !

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:08 1

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Tablets just grown up. Thin and light like they should be, but laptop-like functions and multitasking. Although I do miss the pen here, and I'm among those who's say what the hell, go for the 12", waiting for that review.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:23 1

5. hboy857 (Posts: 228; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Best tablet Samsung ever created, congrats but it is disappointing to hear that their tablet still occasionally lags and stutters. Hopefully next time they will optimize their Magazine UX properly (or they could use more powerful intel bay trail processor) and bring us a new design for tablet.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:03 7

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Movies always had a stroboscopic effect cause frames get lit, go dark and roll on, 24 times a second, and you can condition yourself to see the flickering 99.9% doesn't realize.

But may I ask what's the point?

Cause the geek world effectively conditioned itself to spot the lag I can confirm NONE of my non-geek relatives recognize or care about, cause they are busy using the phone and not hunting occasional stutters that happen on every OS and every device.

I bet you can spot something ugly on your girlfriend, but should you really focus on those things?

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:26 1

9. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


The point is, that's what geeks do and I see no problem with that.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 07:04 2

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Well they see a problem where there isn't really one, films have stroboscopic effect yes, gadgets have input lag & occasional stutter yes, but it's only there if you spend time nitpicking instead of using the product for... you know, productivity.

Stop ruining your own experience.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:30

21. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Considering you can purchase other $400 tablets (and even tablets at half that price) that exhibit little to no lag...

Yes, focusing on the negatives is pretty important, especially if you're paying a price premium for an inferior product.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:52 7

6. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


Phonearena Not sure why you are saying its expensive? Its guide.price is the same $400 as apples latest ipad mini retina. The differance here though is that this has micro sd port meaning extra 64gb card for only like $40. That extra space will cost you upwards of $600 for 64gb ipad. Bear in mind also that this tablet will no dount drop to around $350 after a month or so. In my view its one of the best tablets to date, better then the competition

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:02 3

7. Nabil2511 (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


loving the magazine UX..

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 07:04 1

11. amozhi (Posts: 102; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Magazine UX exactly looks like Metro tiles. I hate metro and therefore magazine UX. It is a deal breaker. I don't buy this device. Better I would buy Chrome book for the same price

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 09:05 1

12. Sakeem (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I had a chance to play around with a demo unit at Best Buy last night. I must say this is a well-built beast of a tablet. I think its the right size for me. Might be a birthday gift from me to me next month. Just waiting on the rumors of the Nexus 8 and refreshed Nexus 10 to see if anythng materializes with those.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 09:31 1

13. jove39 (Posts: 1314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


"we still see lags and choppy transitions every once in a while, which is disappointing"

Samsung just can't make a smooth UI...with all the power from adreno 330...it still stutters!

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 10:44

14. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


Haha finally Samsung catching up to the tiles of WP8. :D

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 15:14

15. galanoth (Posts: 330; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Why are people saying this is a copy of WP8?
IIRC, Magazine UX is flipboard.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 22:53

19. Taters (Posts: 3433; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Samsung used metal on the tab 7.7 but materials are overrated. It honestly made no difference at all in terms of quality feel compared to the plastic tabs. They are all well made unlike the stuff from HTC that has gaps everywhere and screens that easily allow dust in.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:45

24. networkdood (Posts: 6297; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ohhh, but, it has to have the PREMIUM build, sooo, it needs such metals....jk...just making fun of iphone users and those who throw around the word PREMIUM....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:34

22. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is larger than the Tab Pro 8.4, has the same 2560x1600 resolution, has a Snapdragon 800, and only costs $379.

You can easily sideload Android apps onto the Kindle, and if you're brave enough you can install a custom ROM if you want access to the Google Play Store directly.

The Tab Pro 8.4 is several months late to the party in my opinion. It offers nothing new that I haven't seen before.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:44

23. networkdood (Posts: 6297; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, this looks a lot like the phablet I ordered - the Coolpad 9976A - its dimensions are 185X104X7.6mm - 7.28346 X 4.09 X 0.30 in - 7.1 inch screen ...maybe P.A. does a VS review on the two?

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 01:43

25. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Best Tablet on the market. Loving my Black Tab Pro 8.4

posted on 08 May 2014, 08:44

27. ron15 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 May 2014)


Hey I really like this tablet but before buying I just want to ask if it will be able to do these things.

1. Use excel full functionality and snappy.?
2. Connect to a projector via VGA.
3. Use presenter view for powerpoint presentations.

Assuming this is "Pro" I think it has these features.. but maybe not... so anyone can you please help me?

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