Camera

A strong performer when lighting is abundant, its quality softens tremendously under low light.

Taking into account that the TouchWiz experience here mirrors that of previous Samsung efforts, the camera app doesn’t see any new changes to its presentation or functionality – so it’s the same exact one we’ve been exposed to. All of the typical stuff are present here again, as it lays claim to some noteworthy shooting modes and manual controls. We should note, however, that its video recording quality taps out at 1080p.

In looking at our samples, it seems as though Sammy incorporated the same camera module into both models in its Galaxy Tab S line. Smacked with an 8-megapixel auto-focus snapper in the rear, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 manages to produce good looking photos – albeit, the majority of them come from sunny outdoor situations. Details are crisp, allowing us some flexibility to crop photos afterwards with minimal loss to quality. On top of that, colors tend to come out life-like. For all of its glory with outdoor sunny shot, it strains to produce any decent low lighting photos.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 3.2
3.7
472
270
Apple iPad Air 2.9
3.3
685
No data
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 3.2
4.5
491
No data

Sure to please video enthusiasts too, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 captures some sharp looking 1080p videos. Again, details are plentiful, as well as natural looking colors, but we really appreciate that continuous auto-focus is snappy, and that audio recording is audible. 


Multimedia

A fine feast for multimedia content, this is the area where the tablet entices and amazes.

Sorry folks, it’s the same old TouchWiz music player here, so there’s nothing more to see here that we haven’t seen before. Donning two speakers, which are placed on opposite sides when the tablet is held in landscape, they produce a fair amount of volume (71.9 dB) with a subtle hint of bass accompanying the quality.

Be prepared to be wowed on a totally new level, since the tablet’s gorgeous looking Super AMOLED display shows its full glory when it comes to watching videos. Captivating us with its rich detail and vibrant color reproduction, it’s without question the ultimate display to wow and amaze anyone who happens to love watching movies for long periods of time.
Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 0.65
Apple iPad Air 0.98
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 71.9
Apple iPad Air 77
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 70


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