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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Review
Introduction


Samsung just can’t get enough of itself it seems. First, it was the humble Galaxy Tab line that brought them into the tablet segment, then soon after that, the Galaxy Note family came screaming onto the scene with a healthy productivity element. Very recently, we saw an even more enhanced productivity line of tablets in the Galaxy Tab/Note Pro family. Are you confused yet? Well, hold onto your frazzled brains because there Samsung introduced yet another line on top of all that – the Galaxy Tab S. 

Whereas the 8.4-inch version of the Galaxy Tab S aims to contend with the likes of the more compact-sized 8-inch segment of tablets, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is setting its sights on those fuller-sized offerings – like the iPad Air. Previously, the only other tablet to feature a Super AMOLED display was the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2010. After a long absence, Samsung is bringing back the display technology in a large scale with this tablet. However, can that be enough to offset the competition?

The package contains:
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Get Started Guides

Design

Not surprisingly, it borrows some of the Galaxy S5’s design language.

Looking at it from the front, we’re even hard pressed to notice any major differences between this and the design of Sammy’s last effort in the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Technically speaking, it’s longer and wider, but they’ve managed to reduce its thinness and weight to an impressive 0.26 inches (6.6 mm) and 16.47 ounces (467 grams) respectively. To tell you the truth, though, it’s pretty unnoticeable that the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a larger overall footprint, seeing that it easily matches the confines of many 10-inch sized tablets.The design language of the tablet doesn’t surprise us in the smallest bit, since it borrows many of the Galaxy S5’s design characteristics – like the dimpled patterned design of its casing. Yes, it’s still comprised mostly out of plastic, accented by a metal-like trim bezel, so the design isn’t a fresh or evolutionary one. Rather, for a tablet aimed to be a “premium” offering, it’s still lacking the necessary housing materials and solid foundation to elevate its construction to the same level of the iPad Air or Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet for example.

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, which is designed for operating in portrait mode, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is obviously meant to be used mostly in landscape – so two-handed operation is ideal. In typical fashion, its sides are adorned by the usual suspect of ports and buttons, which are the IR blaster, power button, volume controls, two speakers, microSD slot, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB 2.0 port.

Better yet, it also receives the same biometric finger print sensor found with the Galaxy S5 – adding yet another security measure into the mix. Naturally, its implementation isn’t as seamless or accurate as Apple’s Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 5s, seeing that we constantly find ourselves having to slowly swipe over the home button for it to properly register. Despite that, we appreciate that it’s here nonetheless.

Lastly, there’s an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash placed in the rear of the tablet.


Display

To date, this is the largest sized Super AMOLED panel commercially used by a mainstream tablet. And boy it doesn’t disappoint!


Previous to the announcement of Sammy’s new Galaxy Tab S line, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011 featured the largest Super AMOLED panel in a tablet. Well people, the record is now being smashed by the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, seeing that it packs a beautiful 10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED display. Indeed, the resolution is outstanding by itself, but we can’t forget that it was achieved by Sammy’s own Galaxy Pro line of tablets. Nevertheless, the details are sharp, clear, and plentiful!

Circling back to the focal point of the tablet, its gorgeous Super AMOLED display, our eyes instantly become wide open the moment its piercing iridescence comes into view. This time around, Sammy provides three viewing modes with the display – AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo, and basic, resulting in really different color reproduction. We have to say we are pleasantly surprised by the “basic” display mode, which enables the screen to produce almost spot-on accurate colors – something that no AMOLED screen has done to date, including those of the Note 3 and Galaxy S5, whose color reproduction remains far off from the accurate visuals found with the Basic mode of the Tab S series. Both color temperature (7050 K) and Delta E values (3.06 in grayscale and 2.38 in rgbcmy) are very close to their reference levels. Good job, Sammy! Meanwhile, the adaptive display option is supposed to optimize the screen’s color range, saturation, and sharpness to deliver more eye-catchy visuals, depending on the content that's being displayed. Moreover, the display continues to astound us with its very wide viewing angles, strong brightness output (395 nits), and overall great clarity. Don’t worry, the saturated goodness is a pleasant thing to admire!

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
Apple iPad Air 426
(Good)
6
(Good)
1:1069
(Good)
6844
(Excellent)
2.23
4.15
(Average)
1.64
(Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 417
(Good)
13
(Poor)
1:1200
(Good)
6664
(Excellent)
2.82
6.01
(Average)
4.4
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 395
(Average)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7042
(Good)
2.08
2.39
(Good)
3.06
(Good)
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posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:10

1. gaara6775 (Posts: 192; Member since: 20 May 2014)


This looks better than tab s 8.4

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:11 1

2. aayupanday (Posts: 458; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


They wont beat the benchmarks set up by the iPad in the Battery Department.
The iPad Air is still in the league of its own...

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:48 12

3. tech2 (Posts: 1787; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Despite your apparent hate you're still almost the first one to post your comment on both the articles.

Forming an opinion without results is a sign of denial. No need to be so insecure for your iPad.

Just like the undertaker iPad Air will also loose ;)

P.S.: I wouldn't mind charging my tablet 30 minutes earlier if I get a chance to watch movies on an amoled display.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 02:31

9. aayupanday (Posts: 458; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I don't think so...

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 16:06

11. rd_nest (Posts: 684; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


What you think is none of his concern.

If you don't want this tablet, what are you doing here?? trolling much?

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:53

4. karamelakimo (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 May 2014)


I want to see a comparison between this and ipad air
And later with ipad air 2
This will be like clash of titans

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:02

5. karamelakimo (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 May 2014)


Aftef reading I think xperia tablet z2 still best Android tablet
It's faster.. It have live color led and triluminons display which I love more oled .. It have better design and material and it's enough to see sony logo on it
May be if it had a better 2k resolution it would be almost perfect tablet ever
But to me only the screen display resolution with oversaturated oled is the best thing in samsung s tablet right now

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 16:10

12. rd_nest (Posts: 684; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


You say *oversaturated* when a typical LCD screen can only display 30% of colors found in colour space. That sRGB gamut doesn't mean that it's the entire colour range of the nature. It's just a primitive 'standard' started by HP and MS back in mid-90s. Why do you think Adobe RGB came into picture?

OLED is not oversaturated, as there is a scope for showing more colours. LCD is definitely under-saturated. Because what you see in LCD, there is actually a colour loss from what the original content was.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:24 2

6. UglyFrank (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The sidesync feature shouldn't be a con, which other tablet has that feature..
They can't expect it to work with all phones, it is much better than not having it at all.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 11:55 1

7. ThePython (Posts: 208; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I must say this actually looks pretty appealing...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 11:09

10. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 May 2014)


I'm surprised PA gave that such a high rating

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 11:38

13. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 159; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


i,m wait for htc and google tablet

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