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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Google Nexus 7

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Google Nexus 7
Introduction


Almost a full year after its release, the 2013 made Google Nexus 7 has proven time after time that it’s a contender in the compact tablet segment. With its $229 starting cost, it has shown us that owning a good performing tablet can be snagged without forking over a huge investment. Sporting newer specs and a larger footprint, the just released Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has propelled Sammy into the limelight of late once again in the tablet space. Knowing that, it’s intriguing to find out exactly how its newest tablet can compare and possibly sway people to choosing it over the Google Nexus 7.

Design


When you're the cheaper of the two, it makes perfect sense to have a conventional design that's straight to the point – without any elaborate or ornate characteristics to up the cost. Indeed, the Nexus 7 lacks the construction improvements and sophistication we see evident in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, but nonetheless, its design is certainly a sufficient one that we regard as a timeless look. It has solid build, but its minimalistic look is rather bland when put next to the flashier Samsung tab.Some folks will appreciate the narrower body of the Nexus 7, as it is more comfortable to hold with one hand over the wider waist of Sammy's toy. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4, however, is much slimmer (6.6 mm vs 8.65 mm) and has identical weight, although packing significantly larger screen.


Display


Quite frankly, the 8.4-inch 1600 x 2560 Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Tab S is more stunning than the Nexus 7's smaller sized 7-inch 1200 x 1900 IPS-LCD panel. And why's that?

Well, it's partly due to the sheer luminance and polarizing glow of the display. For a Super AMOLED screen, it's one of the best in terms of brightness, viewing angles, and overall wow factor. Don't believe us? Checking the two out in the dark instantly reminds us why the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is superior over the Nexus 7, there’s just no comparison. AMOLED screens are known for the inaccurate color reproduction, but the S 8.4 can deliver very accurate color reproduction if you select the basic color profile. Despite being outmatched, the Nexus 7’s display is still usable for many occasions.

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
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 591
(Excellent)
11
(Average)
1:1269
(Excellent)
6913
(Excellent)
2.11
5.45
(Average)
3.11
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 419
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6747
(Excellent)
2.06
2.58
(Good)
2.74
(Good)
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posted on 02 Jul 2014, 04:09

1. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


What we know is one is probably going to be twice as expensive as the other :).

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 04:40

2. GreekGeek (Posts: 397; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I don't get the fascination behind Amoled screens

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:04

6. hung2900 (Posts: 771; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Galaxy S screen?
Not all amoled panels are the same.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:19 6

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7416; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They're the best thing to watch movies and videos on imo.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:48 4

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


And games with those juicy visuals :)

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:07 4

12. jellmoo (Posts: 631; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


True blacks and vivid punchy colours are great. It's a personal preference really. I like images to "pop" out at me more than I am concerned about colour accuracy.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 04:45 3

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Completely different price brackets, just no comparison though. Not a fair duel to be honest, PA.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 05:03

4. naittosan (Posts: 37; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Well one thing that is better about the Nexus 7, I always get updates first.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 05:39 1

5. Anshulonweb (Posts: 285; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Samsung tab s8.4 price india is $600 and nexus cost $300...... there is no comparison and btw tab s 8.4 cost a little more than ipad air here..... ipad air vs s8.4 would be fair comparison.... expect America, i don't think this tablet would cost less than $500 to buy....

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:06

7. hung2900 (Posts: 771; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


The $600 price is the MSRP only. It will be abt $500 in the following weeks

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:20

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7416; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Tab S > Nexus because of that AMOLED screen. Simply beautiful.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:54

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Tab S- $600
Nexus 7- $250. Fair comparison would be those cheap Tab 4 tablets
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_4_7_0-6251.php
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_4_8_0_3g-6248.php
Nexus 7 really blows these two tablets out of water.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 09:32

13. jellmoo (Posts: 631; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


$600? The Tab S 8.4 is $420 here in Canada, so I assume it's about $400 in the US.

Still a valid point about pricing though, as it isn't really comparable to the Nexus 7. At all.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 16:28

14. yuepc000 (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is available as WiFi only. That's the biggest shortcoming.

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