Samsung Galaxy View Review


Samsung’s tablet line has always been a diversified one catering to an assortment of consumers. Recently, however, they’ve scaled back the amount of models they manufacture, focusing instead on a select few that are more meaningful. Still, it shouldn’t by any surprise to see them experimenting every once in a while – and this latest one surely proves that!

The Samsung Galaxy View is just that, a ginormous tablet that never goes unnoticed anywhere it’s brought because of its larger-than-life 18.4-inch display. Considering that many people associate tablets for being portable alternatives to consumer-grade laptops, it begs the question of what’s the intent of this one.

The package contains:

  • Samsung Galaxy View
  • Proprietary Wall Charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Get start guide
  • Warranty Information


Big, boring, and old-school Samsung design.

Instead of following the newer, more premium design language of its current Galaxy Tab S2 line, the Galaxy View resorts to employing Sammy’s older design principles. Its chassis is pretty much comprised out of plastic, giving the entire package the boring and dull look that for the longest of time gave Samsung the stigma of a company incapable of good designs. Despite the subdued approach, its size is what undoubtedly makes it a standout wherever we bring it – the kind of thing that generates buzz from curious strangers.

This isn’t easy to carry around, that’s for sure! Not only is it large and heavy for a tablet, but it’s nearly impossible to shove into a backpack due to the way the kickstand articulates and how it can’t be collapsed to make it flush. Rather, moving it around is achieved by just holding onto the handle on the kickstand. It’s obviously not convenient, but it’s the best way of traveling around with it.

Speaking of the kickstand, there are basically two ways of positioning it – one that allows it to stand freely by itself, and another that tilts it slightly for better use on a flat surface or on our lap. Unfortunately, the kickstand doesn’t articulate any more than that.


Plenty of real-estate, but don’t look at it too closely.

In matching its Herculean size, the Galaxy View isn’t shy about showing off its 18.4-inch 1920 x 1080 TFT display. Needless to say, it’s vast beyond the majority of Android tablets in circulation, so that in itself is something that procures curious glances from people. Even though 1080p resolution is sufficient for smaller sized screens, it’s simply not effective here because it makes the entire thing appear pixelated. Sure, while we have no major issues in reading passages of text on a web site, it clearly doesn’t achieve the same sharpness we find in smaller sized screens.

Aside from its generous real estate, there’s really nothing that profoundly stands out with the display. For starters, it’s a bit cold with its 7168K color temperature. However, we will certainly attest that it’s visible outdoors, partly due to its potent 441 nit luminance. All told, the display mainly generates interest from its sheer size.



1. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

This is just like the ipad pro except it has more features.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Seriously?? Anyone? A 6? I mean I don't own this device! Is this actually that bad or is there any other better reviews from sites like GSMarena? It's just that I couldn't possibly believe that it's that a bad device. Or may be it is?

14. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I actually agree with the rating, because you expect a better product from Samsung. Let's start with the screen. The resolution is terribe for a 2015 product, and them not going with an amoled panel is a bummer. The back stand is a welcome addition, but it could ve had a better implementation if they gave us the option to remove it. No rear camera, yet you only drop a 2.1mp front camera? A tablet this big, should have a front firing stereo speakers. And let's not mention the DC charger and the 5700mah battery. Why not a 10,000mah battery and enable quick charging? I am so disappointed by this product, and it is no where as close to the iPad Pro, nor does it deserve it's proce tag. Watch it's price drop to the $300 mark in less than 2 months.

24. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Its a Test device, just like first Note, Note Edge...etc

25. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

The first note and note edge were great devices!

39. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Seriously, It is a Movable Display. You 50 inch FHD LED screen at home is good aswell. It is not a tablet it is for media consumption only. And PhoneArena why do you remover my comments??

29. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's a low res for 18.4" tablet, and it's a lagfest, 1080p and lag, really? yeah agree it's a test device, an experimental device, just like what Samsung often do. i don't even think it's deserve a 6 Rating, it comes with a half-baked software too, far from Galaxy S and Note level.

20. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ths would be a good shield to defend the haters with. Samsung the Apple Republic.

5. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Is this a joke

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Now the joke is on Samsung! PA review standards will forever be a mystery to us mere mortal. Maybe, they could have sub-zero to review it. A scale of -20 to 20. That's way we will know for sure which is good and which is bad.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Damn Evan Samsung Devices Aren't Safe From Pa The Tyrant. That Soc Is Horrid Tho.

8. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

The size alone warrants a 6. Stupid device is stupid.

9. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

A lot of your negative points don't make sense. The thing is meant for watching movies and tv shows (which samsung make clear). 1080p and the processor are perfectly fine for that. Also, you slate the screen but from what I can see it beats the iPad pro in pretty much all areas on your screen charts. Did that get a grim review for the screen? This would be perfect for me to take to work on my weekends away to catch up on shows and watch movies and I'm glad somebody released a large tablet like the this.......Just hope it is priced right.

30. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

wow, if it's Samsung, 1080p screen is better than 2048 x 2732 screen. and if it's Apple, 1080p is so old, so lame, yawn. if you really want to watch movies and tv shows, you could get a MUCH better monitor with that price or lower. it's your point of view that doesn't make sense, sir.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Samsung loves people like you...oh look 500+ to watch Netflix...ROFL. You can get the same size screen and a REAL PC for less. But screw that..bahh baaaahhh ;)

10. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Where's your God now, haters of this site? No, seriosuly. Buy an ACTUAL small FHD TV than this thing.

22. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This has way more features than a small TV.....

31. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

yeah man goodluck carrying this thing around. pop this up in a cafe, and "hey guys, look at my gigantic ass tablet, isn't it awesome?"

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

To watch it from various locations from the house as well as using it in the kitchen?

11. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

I think you missed the point if you thought this would be carried around outside of the house. i still it's a perfect device for media consumption

32. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i'd get a 42" 4K monitor for that price if you really don't plan to carry around outside the house.

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No its expensive and limited for media consumption

12. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

deserving review. i would have given it a 5. i guess sammy is Trying to chase the ipad pro with this repeat of yet another tablet

15. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Chase the iPad Pro? You do know that there is a 12.2" Note Pro tablet? Yup, try again.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

When apple does it, they're the first. When someone else does it, it's a gimmick

16. Marathrone

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

It's a smart TV, as smart a TV without a remote control can be.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's the exact same rating the inferior toyPad XL should get, but f*ck honesty, this is iphonearena...everything with that rotten fruit logo gets 2 free points.

18. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The score was mostly warranted. It had the chance of being a great multimedia device with a smaller screen (QHD+ AMOLED or better Quantum Dot LCD), Exynos 7420, better accustomed UI and a FRIGGING STYLUS. And it would probably still be cheaper than an iPad Pro or Surface Pro 4.

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The Note 5 price says no

26. Shocky unregistered

It's an interesting device, clearly it's not meant for intensive tasks or use in the same way as a typical tablet. Reviewing it as a tablet in that respect is a little unfair. Based on some of the comments the reviewer seemed to dislike Samsung anyway, so it begs the question why give somebody a Samsung device to review when they're biased to start with?

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Galaxy View
  • Display 18.4" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5700 mAh(8h talk time)

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