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Samsung Galaxy View Review

Samsung Galaxy View

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Samsung Galaxy View Review

Samsung Galaxy View Review
Samsung Galaxy View Review
Samsung Galaxy View Review
Samsung Galaxy View Review
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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy View 441
Apple iPad Pro 379
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posted on 11 Dec 2015, 05:17 8

1. Pbrush (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 05:57 2

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1526; Member since: 04 Jun 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?

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:51 8

14. maherk (Posts: 4854; Member since: 10 Feb 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.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 14:01

24. xdza1979 (Posts: 296; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 16:58 3

25. sipha (Posts: 439; Member since: 12 May 2012)

The first note and note edge were great devices!

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 03:07

39. MartinR (Posts: 55; Member since: 26 Jul 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??

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 20:32 1

29. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 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.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 09:08 1

20. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 05:41 1

5. Zack_2014 (Posts: 515; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Is this a joke

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:49 3

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 05:46 1

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:10 4

8. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:16 3

9. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 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.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 20:36 1

30. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 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.

posted on 13 Dec 2015, 06:45 1

35. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 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 ;)

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:21 1

10. Odeira (Posts: 275; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Where's your God now, haters of this site?

No, seriosuly. Buy an ACTUAL small FHD TV than this thing.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 10:42 2

22. UglyFrank (Posts: 1940; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 20:37 1

31. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 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?"

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 10:42 2

23. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:39 3

11. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 20:38 1

32. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 13 Dec 2015, 06:45

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

No its expensive and limited for media consumption

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:47 4

12. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 06:52 7

15. maherk (Posts: 4854; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 10:41 4

21. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 07:29

16. Marathrone (Posts: 14; Member since: 20 Jan 2015)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 07:55 1

17. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 08:20 1

18. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 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.

posted on 13 Dec 2015, 06:46

37. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

The Note 5 price says no

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 17:05 1

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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PhoneArena rating:
Display18.4 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels (120 ppi) TFT
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size17.79 x 10.86 x 0.47 inches
(451.8 x 275.8 x 11.9 mm)
93.48 oz  (2650 g)
Battery5700 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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