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Samsung ATIV Tab Review

Samsung ATIV Tab 7.2

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Samsung ATIV Tab Review
There is a 8,200mAh battery inside the Samsung ATIV Tab, but we don't have any official numbers as to how long it should last on a single charge. Still, we were able to get about 10 hours of continuous usage during our testing.


We have to admit that we quite enjoyed spending some time with the Samsung ATIV Tab. Using a tablet that is neither an iPad nor an Android device feels refreshing in its own way, reminding us that there is always more than one way to skin a cat. Sure, getting comfortable with the device requires time and patience, especially since it runs an operating system that users aren't truly familiar with yet, but based on our experience, we can reassure you that the learning curve evens out relatively fast.

However, the lack of applications available for Windows RT is a disadvantage that will likely be a deal breaker for some early adopters. In fact, that is a problem that all tablets running Windows RT will be facing for quite some time, including Microsoft's very own Surface tablet. Of course, that will be rectified over time as more and more developers port their software to the new platform but how fast of a process that is going to be remains unclear.

Another important factor you have to consider is pricing. In our opinion, the ATIV Tab is close, but not as good as the Surface – it offers identical performance and features, but in a cheaper plastic shell. That is why unless Samsung's Windows RT tablet is more affordable than Microsoft's offering, we don't really see it as a worthy pick.

But as a whole, we welcome the arrival of the Samsung ATIV Tab and Windows RT as the tablet market is in need of alternatives to Android and the iPad. The device is not likely to disappoint, as long as you are willing to give it a chance. Of course, it will be a pretty wise idea checking out the Microsoft Surface as well before dropping any cash on the table.

Samsung ATIV Tab Video Review:


  • Full-sized USB port
  • Very light for a 10-inch tablet


  • Build quality is so-so
  • Serious shortage of apps
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7.2 Good
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posted on 05 Nov 2012, 09:25 2

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

With me using windows 8 on my desktop computer I've been seriously considering getting a windows RT tablet but I may just use that money get a touch screen screen and have the complete experience there lol

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 14:12 6

7. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Come on iPhonearena.

iPad mini which is still running on the same s**tty platform is getting 8.5 and this beast is running Windows RT, beautifully designed is getting 7.2?
Pleaseeee for God sake

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 16:27

9. rassouli5 (Posts: 51; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

I can't agree with you more... iPad is s**t, iPhone is s**t, Android is s**t... But Microsoft, no words can define its beauty and class and many many many great things about it...

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 09:34 1

2. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Why have a 10 point scale if you can't round up or down? A 7.2? Not a 7? Or even a 7.5?? But a 7.2???

Outside of that, not knowing how fast the ecosystem will build is a legit concern. One can guess fairly fast as Windows developers should be able to port all apps to all devices, but it is a unknown factor. Also, not knowing what price it will be nearly defeats reviewing it at this point. If it is 100$ cheaper then the Surface or some other Tablets, this becomes a steal. 100$ more, it becomes a complete rip-off. But not knowing that truly makes it hard to gauge the value. Why not wait until all factors are known?

Samsung is excited for the tablets and laptops lines running Windows, and I would have no worries about grabbing one of the ATIV line up. How much they support WP is up in the air, but these tablets should be looked at as a huge cash producing opportunity for Sammy. Here is hoping they are priced to move.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:05 2

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

"...the ATIV Tab is close, but not as good as the Surface"
You said it Nick T.
Would definitely prefer the Surface...
I read somewhere (probably a Sammy fan) that the ATIV tab would kill the Surface. Well, whoever it is...you add the remaining 2.8 points if you will.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:42 1

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Both rubbish to be honest, with 10,000 apps this Windows RT is creating a space for itself, but honestly why? What is with these low end resolutions on windows tablets? Reading this review makes me wonder what the hell is MS doing? Microsoft Office works but it's awkward and works better with a mouse and keyboard attached...um the reason tablets were made was to lose the bloody mouse and keyboard. Surface comes with it's own cover keyboard thing, yet again what the hell. Learn to make touch interface better or just don't come at all. Heck use voice recognition typing instead. No idea where this stuff is aimed at, but people sure like to flock to things just because they love a particular brand.

If it weren't for the royalties issues, I can bet that Samsung wouldn't have even bothered with this Windows RT garbage. It's garbage because it doesn't even know what it supposed to be, how the hell is the end user supposed to figure it out? Still being a windows OS eating up HD space like no other 9GB out of 32GB, awesome and that's all OS no OEM bloat or anything.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 11:14 1

5. Mihai_10 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)

If I had money, I would still have bought it

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 11:18 1

6. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

When it comes to Windows tabs you cant go wrong with either Microsoft or Samsung

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 01:11

10. manoy (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

I want this one!
This may transform how we work and play and will rock with Office 2013 ?!

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