Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 ReviewSamsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 9
Good news! The Galaxy Tab PRO takes great daytime photos with its 8MP camera. Even night photos are not bad.
Surprise, surprise! It turns out that the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is one of the few tablets boasting a really good main snapper. On the back of the device we find an 8MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash. What makes things even better, the camera app is rich in modes and settings – lots of the fancy stuff a Galaxy S4 can do with its camera, the Tab PRO 8.4 can do as well. Think features like erasing moving objects from the frame, or shooting a burst of photos and then picking the best one. There's also HDR, Panorama, time-lapse videos, and so on. Support for 4K or slow-mo video recording isn't present, but we weren't expecting to see these perks on a tablet anyway.
Daytime photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 are sharp and detailed even when viewed at full size. What's more, the high resolution of the produced images gives you plenty of freedom to crop them to your liking. Colors are life-like and neutral in appearance, just like they're supposed to be. Even panorama and HDR photos turn out splendid. Photos taken at night, or in any case when light is scarce, are much less detailed, but they're still perfectly usable when viewed at a smaller size. The LED light, however, sometimes disrupts the color balance when it is used.
In broad daylight, the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 can take decent (for a tablet) 1080p videos. Low-light videos are much noisier, as expected, but they don't look terrible either. The only thing we're really disappointed by is the microphone, which captures low-quality sound at a low volume level.
The beautiful screen make this a great tablet for watching photos or video, and the IR blaster is a welcome feature. Speakers, however, could have been better.
There's nothing new about Samsung's Gallery application as it is identical to the one found on other recent Samsung devices. We don't mind, however, as the app is pretty good the way it is. It lists the folders containing images on the left, while the images in the highlighted folder are listed on the right, each with its own, resizeable thumbnail. Images can be grouped chronologically, or by location, if that's your cup of tea. The mandatory image editing tools come built into the software, allowing us to crop or rotate the picture, as well as to add stickers or effects to it.
The Music player has a rather simple interface. It isn't beautiful, but it is straightforward to use and has any core feature that a music player needs, and then some. Music is organized in tabs, with album art displayed next to each item. Effects come built into the app, along with a 7-band equalizer and an intelligent volume normalizer. When the app is in the background, music playback can be controlled from the home screen widget, from the notifications panel, and even from the lock screen. Furthermore, Samsung has implemented its Adapt Sound feature, which can fine-tune sound reproduction in a way that matches the user's headphones and hearing.
Speaking of music reproduction, the sound coming out of the tablet's built-in speakers is of decent volume and quality. There's even an audible hint of bass. We're just not happy with the speakers' placement on the narrow side of the device as there's no stereo effect while watching videos.
The IR blaster on the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 lets the device act as a remote control for your TV or set-top box, and that's a very welcome feature. In fact, in select countries, the WatchON feature will turn your tablet into a full-fledged TV guide, showing what's playing on each channel. Tap on your show of choice and the tablet will automatically switch to the channel it is on. Neat, huh?
With its gorgeous, widescreen display, the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is ideal for watching videos and even full-length movies. Just be aware of its lack of DivX codec support – something that has to be rectified by downloading a third-party video player. All other popular video file formats, however, are playable with the tablet's stock Video app and run flawlessly at 1080p resolution. The app comes with support for Samsung's Popup Play feature for watching videos in windowed mode.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 Review - Camera and Multimedia