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Battery

The battery capacity doesn’t match its goliath size.

The svelte profile of the tablet is deceiving because the kickstand somehow manages to mask the pronounced hump on its back. For something beyond grandiose in size, you’d think they would’ve somehow stuffed it with a capacity beyond 10,000 mAh, but that’s not the case. Endowed with a 5700 mAh battery cell instead, it’s an underwhelming size that just doesn’t really match its stature. Regardless of that, the Galaxy View delivers average battery life by providing us with all-day juice under normal usage. Alternatively, it achieves an on-screen time of 7 hours and 9 minutes in our custom benchmark test. That’s not exceptional by our standards, but nonetheless puts it in that ‘average’ category. Finally, its 213 minute recharge time isn’t particularly terrible when we factor in its beefier capacity over smartphones.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy View 7h 9 min (Average)
Apple iPad Pro 8h 8 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy View 213
Apple iPad Pro 297

Conclusion


From the office, to the home, we’re exposed to an assortment of mobile computing devices that cater to the occasion. The Samsung Galaxy View isn’t your conventional, mainstream tablet meant to bridge that smartphone and laptop experience into one – it just doesn’t, even though it works nicely as a productivity-centric device. It’s certainly a conversation piece that will surely get it noticed wherever it’s brought, but we struggle to believe it’s the most suitable thing.

Thankfully, though, the cost isn’t too grossly out of proportion, seeing that it can be picked with LTE connectivity through AT&T for $599.99 outright – or $499.99 with a 2-year agreement. Honestly, we’d go with the former just because the $100 in savings doesn’t seem like an ample discount for something you’ll have to lug around for 2 years. And the more we think about it, you’re paying mostly for its huge screen.

Few tablets ever eclipse the 10-inch mark, seeing that anything bigger prevents them from being as easily carried around. This one proves that point poignantly, but again, its sheer size is arguably its strongest asset in garnering attention. Sure, it’s advertised to deliver the ultimate mobile video experience, which it does, but only because of its larger-than-normal sized screen. As much as Sammy wants it to succeed in being the ultimate mobile viewing device, we just don’t feel there’s much of an incentive to choose it over other, more compact and discrete things.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 5.1
Build Number: LMY47X.T677AUCCU1A0JA
Kernel Version: 3.10.61-6071021




Pros

  • Great for watching videos
  • Rich audio quality

Cons

  • Unwieldy to carry around due to its sheer size
  • Boring, old-school Samsung design language
  • Kickstand can’t be rearranged so it’s flush
  • TouchWiz underutilizes the screen size
  • Sluggish processing performance

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

User Rating:

9.0
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