Samsung Galaxy View ReviewSamsung Galaxy View 6
Samsung’s tablet line has always been a diversified one catering to an assortment of consumers. Recently, however, they’ve scaled back the amount of models they manufacture, focusing instead on a select few that are more meaningful. Still, it shouldn’t by any surprise to see them experimenting every once in a while – and this latest one surely proves that!
The Samsung Galaxy View is just that, a ginormous tablet that never goes unnoticed anywhere it’s brought because of its larger-than-life 18.4-inch display. Considering that many people associate tablets for being portable alternatives to consumer-grade laptops, it begs the question of what’s the intent of this one.
The package contains:
- Samsung Galaxy View
- Proprietary Wall Charger
- microUSB cable
- Get start guide
- Warranty Information
Big, boring, and old-school Samsung design.
Instead of following the newer, more premium design language of its current Galaxy Tab S2 line, the Galaxy View resorts to employing Sammy’s older design principles. Its chassis is pretty much comprised out of plastic, giving the entire package the boring and dull look that for the longest of time gave Samsung the stigma of a company incapable of good designs. Despite the subdued approach, its size is what undoubtedly makes it a standout wherever we bring it – the kind of thing that generates buzz from curious strangers.
This isn’t easy to carry around, that’s for sure! Not only is it large and heavy for a tablet, but it’s nearly impossible to shove into a backpack due to the way the kickstand articulates and how it can’t be collapsed to make it flush. Rather, moving it around is achieved by just holding onto the handle on the kickstand. It’s obviously not convenient, but it’s the best way of traveling around with it.
Speaking of the kickstand, there are basically two ways of positioning it – one that allows it to stand freely by itself, and another that tilts it slightly for better use on a flat surface or on our lap. Unfortunately, the kickstand doesn’t articulate any more than that.
Plenty of real-estate, but don’t look at it too closely.
In matching its Herculean size, the Galaxy View isn’t shy about showing off its 18.4-inch 1920 x 1080 TFT display. Needless to say, it’s vast beyond the majority of Android tablets in circulation, so that in itself is something that procures curious glances from people. Even though 1080p resolution is sufficient for smaller sized screens, it’s simply not effective here because it makes the entire thing appear pixelated. Sure, while we have no major issues in reading passages of text on a web site, it clearly doesn’t achieve the same sharpness we find in smaller sized screens.
Aside from its generous real estate, there’s really nothing that profoundly stands out with the display. For starters, it’s a bit cold with its 7168K color temperature. However, we will certainly attest that it’s visible outdoors, partly due to its potent 441 nit luminance. All told, the display mainly generates interest from its sheer size.
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|
|Samsung Galaxy View||441
|Apple iPad Pro||379
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy View||71.7%
|Apple iPad Pro||79.2%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. Pbrush (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)
This is just like the ipad pro except it has more features.
7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Seriously?? Anyone? A 6? I mean I don't own this device! Is this actually that bad or is there any other better reviews from sites like GSMarena? It's just that I couldn't possibly believe that it's that a bad device. Or may be it is?
14. maherk (Posts: 3721; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I actually agree with the rating, because you expect a better product from Samsung.
Let's start with the screen. The resolution is terribe for a 2015 product, and them not going with an amoled panel is a bummer.
The back stand is a welcome addition, but it could ve had a better implementation if they gave us the option to remove it.
No rear camera, yet you only drop a 2.1mp front camera?
A tablet this big, should have a front firing stereo speakers.
And let's not mention the DC charger and the 5700mah battery. Why not a 10,000mah battery and enable quick charging?
I am so disappointed by this product, and it is no where as close to the iPad Pro, nor does it deserve it's proce tag. Watch it's price drop to the $300 mark in less than 2 months.
24. xdza1979 (Posts: 279; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)
Its a Test device, just like first Note, Note Edge...etc
25. sipha (Posts: 434; Member since: 12 May 2012)
The first note and note edge were great devices!
39. MartinR (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
Seriously, It is a Movable Display. You 50 inch FHD LED screen at home is good aswell.
It is not a tablet it is for media consumption only.
And PhoneArena why do you remover my comments??
29. nodes (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
it's a low res for 18.4" tablet, and it's a lagfest, 1080p and lag, really?
yeah agree it's a test device, an experimental device, just like what Samsung often do.
i don't even think it's deserve a 6 Rating, it comes with a half-baked software too, far from Galaxy S and Note level.
20. zeeBomb (Posts: 2088; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)
Ths would be a good shield to defend the haters with. Samsung the Apple Republic.
13. joey_sfb (Posts: 5740; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Now the joke is on Samsung! PA review standards will forever be a mystery to us mere mortal.
Maybe, they could have sub-zero to review it. A scale of -20 to 20. That's way we will know for sure which is good and which is bad.
6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2461; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)
Damn Evan Samsung Devices Aren't Safe From Pa The Tyrant. That Soc Is Horrid Tho.
8. ThePython (Posts: 887; Member since: 08 May 2013)
The size alone warrants a 6. Stupid device is stupid.
9. wando77 (Posts: 838; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
A lot of your negative points don't make sense. The thing is meant for watching movies and tv shows (which samsung make clear).
1080p and the processor are perfectly fine for that.
Also, you slate the screen but from what I can see it beats the iPad pro in pretty much all areas on your screen charts. Did that get a grim review for the screen?
This would be perfect for me to take to work on my weekends away to catch up on shows and watch movies and I'm glad somebody released a large tablet like the this.......Just hope it is priced right.
30. nodes (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
wow, if it's Samsung, 1080p screen is better than 2048 x 2732 screen.
and if it's Apple, 1080p is so old, so lame, yawn.
if you really want to watch movies and tv shows, you could get a MUCH better monitor with that price or lower.
it's your point of view that doesn't make sense, sir.
35. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Samsung loves people like you...oh look 500+ to watch Netflix...ROFL.
You can get the same size screen and a REAL PC for less. But screw that..bahh baaaahhh ;)
10. Odeira (Posts: 242; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
Where's your God now, haters of this site?
No, seriosuly. Buy an ACTUAL small FHD TV than this thing.
22. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
This has way more features than a small TV.....
31. nodes (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
yeah man goodluck carrying this thing around.
pop this up in a cafe, and "hey guys, look at my gigantic ass tablet, isn't it awesome?"
23. ph00ny (Posts: 1233; Member since: 26 May 2011)
To watch it from various locations from the house as well as using it in the kitchen?
11. ph00ny (Posts: 1233; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I think you missed the point if you thought this would be carried around outside of the house.
i still it's a perfect device for media consumption
32. nodes (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
i'd get a 42" 4K monitor for that price if you really don't plan to carry around outside the house.
36. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
No its expensive and limited for media consumption
12. bubbadoes (Posts: 956; Member since: 03 May 2012)
deserving review. i would have given it a 5. i guess sammy is Trying to chase the ipad pro with this repeat of yet another tablet
15. maherk (Posts: 3721; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Chase the iPad Pro?
You do know that there is a 12.2" Note Pro tablet?
Yup, try again.
21. ph00ny (Posts: 1233; Member since: 26 May 2011)
When apple does it, they're the first.
When someone else does it, it's a gimmick
16. Marathrone (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Jan 2015)
It's a smart TV, as smart a TV without a remote control can be.
17. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2928; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)
That's the exact same rating the inferior toyPad XL should get, but f*ck honesty, this is iphonearena...everything with that rotten fruit logo gets 2 free points.
18. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
The score was mostly warranted. It had the chance of being a great multimedia device with a smaller screen (QHD+ AMOLED or better Quantum Dot LCD), Exynos 7420, better accustomed UI and a FRIGGING STYLUS. And it would probably still be cheaper than an iPad Pro or Surface Pro 4.
26. Shocky (unregistered)
It's an interesting device, clearly it's not meant for intensive tasks or use in the same way as a typical tablet.
Reviewing it as a tablet in that respect is a little unfair.
Based on some of the comments the reviewer seemed to dislike Samsung anyway, so it begs the question why give somebody a Samsung device to review when they're biased to start with?
27. drifter77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)
Samsung has missed the mark on this one. Too big for portability, 1080p is not so great on this size. Plus the battery at 5700 mAh is just a joke. There are 5.5" phones close to that capacity.
28. JamesDiman (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jun 2015)
The way that I would use this, is to hang it on the wall in my bar room and game room. With the new app of using your phone as a remote,you have more accessibility to use it while it is hanging on the wall. You could use it for video content, keeping scores on games, look up drink recipes, play You Tube videos, all kinds of things.
While at the car dealership today, getting service done, I was thinking this would be perfect to have on a table at the showroom or waiting room, so buyers could look at dealers inventory, options on the cars, and prices without the hassle of the dealer. Then with that no pressure, maybe the person will find something interesting and then get a dealer to test drive and possible purchase.
I agree this is limited on versatility cause of its size, and is not for everyone, but if it works for your situations, then perfect.
38. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
First post to make sense....however I would direct business users to cheaper full pcs that will do the same tasks
33. HTC_ONE_MAX (Posts: 150; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)
Eww~~~ it just like holding a “briefcase” on your hand.
40. alphonse68 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Feb 2015)
A very large screen and a lot of small-minded people.
1. Boring, old-school Samsung design language
2. The size alone warrants a 6
"This would be perfect for me to take to work on my weekends away to catch up on shows and watch movies" to which two dimwits replied:
3. "if you really want to watch movies and tv shows, you could get a MUCH better monitor with that price or lower"
and yet another dimwit added:
4. "You can get the same size screen and a REAL PC for less".
I call them both dimwits because of their obviously low reading comprehension, therefore, not getting the meaning of "take to work on my weekends away"
5. Good luck carrying this thing around... pop this up in a cafe, and "hey guys, look at my gigantic ass tablet..."
1. They made cars out of aluminum for years... no one bitched. They made them plastic for years... no one bitched. Make a phone with the same backing a couple or a few years in a row and the end of the world for some people!
2. If you drive a compact car, what do you say, that vans deserve a rating of 6 due to their size? If you drive a large car, do you say that compact cars deserve a 6 due to their size? Pfft!!
3 & 4. Yeah, I can just see that person carrying a monitor and no PC, or a full PC when he goes away on WORK weekends.
5. Do you not understand that it was designed to NOT have that type or portability? Do you buy phones or tablets just so you can take them out [to a cafe] and show people how awesome your devices are?
All in all, you can move it around here and there in the house... I don't see the hassle in that, unless you have tied to a cork on a string and the cork is up your butt. Or you can toss it in the car and take it to where ever.
And it seems that no matter what use someone might find or suggest for this device, someone had to come and try to destroy it. Who the F made you all rulers over everyone else's lives? What makes you think that you have the say as to what someone else might want to do? There are people who drive Prius and there are others who drive SUVs... so what??
First, learn to READ. Next, learn to respect other people's opinions and choices. Give your opinion as to what you would use a specific device or not, but you cannot tell people they are wrong for wanting to do something by their own personal choice.
|Display||18.4 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels (120 ppi) TFT|
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
2 GB RAM
|Size||17.79 x 10.86 x 0.47 inches|
(451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9 mm)
93.48 oz (2650 g)
|Battery||5700 mAh, 8 hours talk time|