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Samsung ATIV Tab Review

Samsung ATIV Tab

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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.


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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.

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Build quality is so-so
  • Serious shortage of apps
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PhoneArena rating:
7.2Good
Display10.1 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (155 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
2 GB RAM
Size10.46 x 6.62 x 0.35 inches
(265.8 x 168.1 x 8.9 mm)
20.11 oz  (570 g)

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