Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review

Introduction


Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 tablets come fresh from the oven, and the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is the smallest and cheapest in this year's trio. It features a 7-inch display, a quad-core CPU, a gig and a half of RAM, and it runs Android KitKat topped off Samsung's latest tablet UI – all at the reasonable price point of $199. This tablet sounds like it has lots of potential, but does it fare so well in reality? Let's find out.

Design

An uninspired look, but the build quality is flawless.

The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is boring to look at, but this isn't of much importance. Once again, plastic is Samsung's material of choice. However, the Tab 4 looks and feels very sturdy. It is a sleek, solid, well-built tablet. There are no creaks, shallow spots, or misaligned elements to distract from the Tab 4's simple, functional look. The tablet has a unibody design with a metal binding around the outer edges that holds the construction tightly together. The only weak spot is the slightly wobbly Home button, but this is nit-picking.

Measuring 7.36 x 4.25 x 0.35 inches (186.9 x 107.9 x 9 mm) at a weight of 9.74 oz (276 g), it is a whole inch narrower than the Kindle Fire HDX 7, and decidedly smaller than the Nexus 7 (2013). It is also slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. The Tab 3 and Tab 4 do share common design traits, but instead of overly smooth plastic, the Tab 4's back features a rugged texture, providing a better grip.

In terms of ergonomics, the Galaxy Tab 4 is quite comfortable to hold in one hand. Holding it in Portrait orientation with two hands is a possibility as well, although there is little real estate for your thumbs to rest on. That's the trade-off for the slim bezels.


Display

A pleasant view, but it doesn't "pop" like a Samsung display.

Although the resolution of 1280 x 800 is middling, and the pixel density of 216 ppi doesn't sound impressive, the Tab 4's display looks just fine in practice. Small text (including Asian characters) and little details remain readable. There's no visible pixelation, although there's a hint of fuzziness to icons and images with lots of fine detail.

In terms of color reproduction, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 fares well, but not without flaws. The display's color temperature (7055 Kelvins) is close to the reference 6500K, but the colors aren't true – in fact, they are rather undersaturated (especially red). Hence, the display doesn't "pop" like you would expect from a Samsung panel - it actually comes across as subdued.

Still, the display we have on Samsung's new 7-incher is pleasant to look at, unless you happen to be under direct sunlight. That's the moment when the overly reflective glass becomes a true hindrance, and the panel's maximum brightness of 374 nits is not enough to alleviate the problem. Thankfully, the screen's viewing angles are great, and the image is always consistent.



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19 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Disappointing.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

These are not bad tablets. They even give you an IR blaster (universal remote), and expandable storage (up to 64gb). Quad core CPU and a 1280x800 display. All the other Tab 7.0 before were 1024x600 and dual core. I got a few for the kids, and they love them. I just wish I would have got these HD versions instead of the previous version. That $199 will drop quick enough. I got the tab 3 7.0 last year on sale for $149. Trust me kids love them.

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Huawei mediapad x1 is 1200x1900 ltps display with 5000mah battery... better than this one

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks like the mini.

4. leonmbj

Posts: 45; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

they have a PHONE with almost same specs and same size

5. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

My brother's 2011 Galaxy 7.7 still stands strong then.

6. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Crap.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Cant win them all

9. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Am I the only one who see the Galaxy Tab series get worse and worse year after year ? 1st series - high-end specs 2nd series - very good hardware at that time 3rd series - even worse hardware than 2nd 4th series - nothing compare to other competitor's at the price tag

12. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

They're not taking this series seriously, despite success in 2011.

10. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

If you want high end, then better get the TabPro 8,4 LTE or wait for the Tab S series to come out. You get what you pay for.

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

How can you call it "boring to look at"???? It looks just like a HUUUUUGE white iPhone; iThink iWant it!!

13. HoPhonTab

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Me tooooo I also want this but I'm waiting for LG G PAD 7.0 hope this new lg tablet Is much better than this with lower or same price :-)

14. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

If it was priced at 130-150$ i might've gotten one but since samsung likes to overprice there products.

15. bobmrik

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Is this 7" Tab 4 (rated 6) really worse than the 7" Tab 2 (rated 8)? My 2 year old 7" Tab 2 seems a bit long in the tooth and the battery life seems half what it was originally so I wanted to upgrade to this - now on sale just about everywhere for $169 - for the following reasons: Kit Kat 4.4 vs 4.2.2 (Samsung update w/ no multiuser account settings) quad core vs dual core 1200x800 HD screen res vs old 1024x600 1.5GB RAM vs 1GB This review overall is not too good, but I like $169 as a price point better than last years 7" Nexus or 7" Fire HDX for $229. And to be honest I like the look of this one better as well.

16. andreasconstantinides

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

I don't agree with you all but with some of you. Samsung not best effort in the tablet world but nvidia did something unbelievably better than this one. The nvidia shield tablet. Have a look at it.

17. Baxter

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

This tablet isn't as bad as the review makes it out to be. Performance is good overall in every area except gaming. Just doesn't have the power for some of the better games. I haven't noticed any sluggishness as the reviewer claims. Pretty much every Kindle Fire is crap anyways.

18. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

bought this one on Aliekspress:http://goo.gl/a08Q1Т very good phone

19. Craig747

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

I can get an LG G Pad 8 for the same price in my country.
Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
  • Display 7.0" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Marvell PXA1088, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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