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Camera

There’s only a front-facing camera here, which is suitable for video chats.

Understandably, the Samsung Galaxy View only features a front-facing 2.1-megapixel snapper that’s largely relegated for video chat sessions – or for selfies, if you dare. The task of lifting it up to capture a selfie is challenging on its own, so we’re hardly inclined to believe it’ll be used a lot for that.


Honestly, there’s not much else to say about the camera aside for its practical use with video chatting. Fine details are non-existent, but we’re certain that’s the least of our worries when video chatting with someone.


Multimedia

Video watching is its prime directive.

Okay, it’s not meant to be a laptop replacement. It’s not even meant to replace a traditional tablet either. So what’s exactly the Samsung Galaxy View’s intent? Well, as its name so happens to imply, it’s a beast of a multimedia viewing device – thanks to its kickstand and incredibly large screen. The tandem, naturally, makes it practical for watching all sorts of video, which it does in an effortless manner. The multi-tasking aspect is there of course to ensure you won’t skip a beat in responding to a message or something else, while watching something simultaneously.

The AT&T bound version of the tablet, in fact, comes preloaded with the DirectTV app, which allows subscribers to stream content. Even with its focus on video consumption, we struggle to believe that it’s the best solution because it competes against other items that might be more ideal. At home, we have television sets for that purpose – while on the road, smaller sized tablets are more suitable. It’s unlikely that we’ll carry this into to a café just to watch a video, so it’s extremely tough deciding if it’s more appropriate to use for the occasion.

Complementing the video watching experience, its pair of speakers, which are fashioned onto the rear sides of the tablet, ensure that the audio never goes unnoticed. Rivaling the iPad Pro’s performance, the Galaxy View’s speakers deliver superb tones that impress with their richness and veracity. There’s no shortage of volume either, thanks to its peak output of 79.5 dB.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy View 0.77
Apple iPad Pro 1.033
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy View 79.5
Apple iPad Pro 75


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