Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 Review
The 4800mAh battery cell built into the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is rated for 10 hours of internet use time, 12 hours of video playback, or 127 hours of audio playback, according to the manufacturer, which are all typical figures for a tablet of this class and size. Our real-world experience with the device shows that even when used extensively, it should last through at least an entire workday. Therefore, it is safe to assume that if you're a moderate user, your Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 should need a recharge no more often than every other day.
With a starting price of $400 (in the US), the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is among the most expensive tablets of this caliber. It costs as much as a 2-gen iPad mini and $100 more than an LG G Pad 8.3, for that matter. But is this rather steep price tag justified? You betcha!
Samsung's smallest PRO tablet offers more bang for the buck than any other slate of around this size. It is slim, light, and highly portable, but also very powerful and rich in features. And when we throw its gorgeous, high-res display and capable camera into account, we end up with a slate we'd totally recommend to anyone who doesn't mind its cost.
Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 leaves room for improvement. It isn't a badly-made tablet by any means, but we are still wondering when we might finally see a Samsung slate made of something more premium than plastic. To those who like the looks and feel of fancier build materials, we'd recommend giving the equally-priced iPad mini with Retina Display a try.
If you find $400 too much to spend on a tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3 would be an ideal alternative to the Tab PRO 8.4. LG's 8.3-inch offering is fast, well-built, and graced by a beautiful display, all the while retailing for just $300 online. And to those who don't mind settling with a screen of just 7 inches, then the 2013-edition Google Nexus 7 tablet, with its high-resolution display and pure Gooogle experience, would be an excellent choice.
Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.4.2, Build: KOT49H.T320XXU0AML7
- Gorgeous, high-res display
- Thin and lightweight
- Powerful hardware
- Main camera takes good photos
- Built-in IR blaster lets us control TVs and set-top boxes
- Comes with the newest Android release
- Nice Magazine UX optimized for tablet use
- Speakers positioning isn't optimal for multimedia use
- Magazine UX can't be turned off
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
20. Väliaikainen (unregistered)
If I was a hater I would hope Samsung to keep making ugly UI on their products
26. JohnZimmerman (Posts: 10; 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.
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.
3. tech2 (Posts: 1919; 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 !
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2110; 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.
5. hboy857 (Posts: 158; 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.
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2110; 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?
9. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
The point is, that's what geeks do and I see no problem with that.
10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2110; 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.
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.
6. geordie8t1 (Posts: 89; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)
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
11. amozhi (Posts: 96; 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
12. Sakeem (Posts: 131; 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.
13. jove39 (Posts: 1265; 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!
14. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Haha finally Samsung catching up to the tiles of WP8. :D
15. galanoth (Posts: 307; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
Why are people saying this is a copy of WP8?
IIRC, Magazine UX is flipboard.
19. Taters (Posts: 2683; 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.
24. networkdood (Posts: 6263; 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....
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.
23. networkdood (Posts: 6263; 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?
25. DerryAhmad (Posts: 242; Member since: 05 May 2012)
Best Tablet on the market. Loving my Black Tab Pro 8.4
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?
|Display||8.4 inches, 1600 x 2560 pixels (359 ppi) Super Clear LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
2048 MB RAM
|Size||8.62 x 5.06 x 0.28 inches|
(219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm)
11.82 oz (335 g)