Samsung Galaxy View Review36
Interface and Functionality
TouchWiz undersells itself and misses an opportunity to become desktop-like.
Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is known to be incredibly powerful in contrast to other custom Android experiences, so it’s no shock that the Galaxy View taps into it. Power users will especially like the multi-tasking element in play with the interface, since the tablet’s screen size makes it more effective to enjoy two apps running side-by-side to one another – it’s far more enjoyable than doing it with a Galaxy smartphone. However, we feel that the interface isn’t fully utilizing tablet’s potential.
Nowadays, we have these bridge devices, like the Apple iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which offer desktop-like experiences in a tablet form factor. Taking its size into consideration, we would think that the Galaxy View would follow the same route. However, that’s unfortunately not the case because the interface is selling itself short by underutilizing the screen’s vast real estate. Many of the native apps are optimized to take advantage of the extra real-estate, but many third party ones just scale up from what we’re used to getting from a smartphone.
To that degree, there’s just too much dead space in many of the apps. It’s even maddening when it comes to surfing the web, mainly because neither Chrome nor Samsung’s browser pulls up desktop sites first – choosing instead to load mobile versions first. Even crazier, there’s not an option to always load desktop versions of sites from the onset.
Choppiness and delays make it a test of patience.
Compared to the rest of the field, the Galaxy View’s processing performance in several synthetic benchmarks are worse than some tablets from a year ago. That’s a shame, considering that its octa-core 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM sounds good on paper. In reality, though, it doesn’t achieve the same level of zippiness we get out of Samsung’s prized devices. Sure, it’s effective at handling basic tasks, but it’s marred by some slower responses and delays when things become too intense. Worst yet, it crumbles under the pressure when it comes to casual gameplay.