Battery

Battery life is pretty much ordinary with this one, as it produces at least a day of juice with normal usage.

Although it’s not the beefiest battery we’ve seen attached to a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5’s 7900 mAh battery is powerful enough to last us an easy one day of normal usage. However, we do realize that its battery isn’t enough to allow power users to get consecutive days of usage without recharging. Therefore, it’s battery life comes out to be nothing more than average.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
7h 2 min (Average)
Apple iPad Air
8h 38 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
6h 54 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
363
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
342

Conclusion


Directly going head-to-head with several notable full-sized tablets, due to the starting price of $500 for the base Wi-Fi model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is an inviting addition to Sammy’s long portfolio of tablets. Essentially, it proves to be versatile and an all-around performer that won’t disappoint. Sure, we would’ve liked to see an updated premium design to match its premium status, but nevertheless, we can’t complain about its skinny frame and lightweight feel.

At the end of the day, is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 perfect? Needless to say, it’s difficult to bestow that kind of expectation to anything, but it manages to appease us in more ways than none.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.4.2
Kernel Version: 3.4.39-1933795
Build Number: KOT49H.T800XXU1ANF6



Pros

  • Large 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display is dazzling
  • Thin and light construction
  • SideSync 3.0 offers phone functionality through the tablet
  • Camera captures some decent photos and videos
  • Very accurate display colors in “basic” mode

Cons

  • SideSync 3.0 supported is limited to a few Galaxy smartphones
  • Performance dips with processor intensive operations
  • Plastic body

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

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