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Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

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Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 Review
Battery life


The 4800mAh battery cell built into the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is rated for 10 hours of internet use time, 12 hours of video playback, or 127 hours of audio playback, according to the manufacturer, which are all typical figures for a tablet of this class and size. Our real-world experience with the device shows that even when used extensively, it should last through at least an entire workday. Therefore, it is safe to assume that if you're a moderate user, your Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 should need a recharge no more often than every other day.

Conclusion


With a starting price of $400 (in the US), the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is among the most expensive tablets of this caliber. It costs as much as a 2-gen iPad mini and $100 more than an LG G Pad 8.3, for that matter. But is this rather steep price tag justified? You betcha!

Samsung's smallest PRO tablet offers more bang for the buck than any other slate of around this size. It is slim, light, and highly portable, but also very powerful and rich in features. And when we throw its gorgeous, high-res display and capable camera into account, we end up with a slate we'd totally recommend to anyone who doesn't mind its cost.

Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 leaves room for improvement. It isn't a badly-made tablet by any means, but we are still wondering when we might finally see a Samsung slate made of something more premium than plastic. To those who like the looks and feel of fancier build materials, we'd recommend giving the equally-priced iPad mini with Retina Display a try.

If you find $400 too much to spend on a tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3 would be an ideal alternative to the Tab PRO 8.4. LG's 8.3-inch offering is fast, well-built, and graced by a beautiful display, all the while retailing for just $300 online. And to those who don't mind settling with a screen of just 7 inches, then the 2013-edition Google Nexus 7 tablet, with its high-resolution display and pure Gooogle experience, would be an excellent choice.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.4.2, Build: KOT49H.T320XXU0AML7


Pros

  • Gorgeous, high-res display
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Powerful hardware
  • Main camera takes good photos
  • Built-in IR blaster lets us control TVs and set-top boxes
  • Comes with the newest Android release
  • Nice Magazine UX optimized for tablet use

Cons

  • Speakers positioning isn't optimal for multimedia use
  • Magazine UX can't be turned off
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display8.4 inches, 1600 x 2560 pixels (359 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
2 GB RAM
Size8.62 x 5.06 x 0.28 inches
(219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm)
11.82 oz  (335 g)

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