The superb Samsung Galaxy Tab series of tablets offers Samsung Geeks a wide variety of different Android based tablet computers to choose from, ensuring that all tastes and budgets are catered for, from the penny pincher to the cash splasher.
In this extended article, we set out to answer a pressing question that Samsung Geeks often ask, namely, “Which Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet should I get?” To do so, we will take an in-depth look at five devices in the Samsung Galaxy Tab series of tablets, namely; the Tab A, Tab S, Tab 4, Tab 3 and TabPRO.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a high quality tablet designed to compete with the likes of Apple’s iPad at the premium end of the market. Indeed, it seems to be competing reasonably well too, since a recent survey suggested that 70% of people polled prefer the Samsung Galaxy Tab S to the Apple iPad Air 2.
Samsung’s flagship tablet for 2014, the Tab S boasts an excellent slim, light and energy efficient design and an exceptional 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED screen that makes for an arguably unbeatable viewing experience. Available in 8.4” and 10.5” sizes, the Tab S can also keep on performing to a high standard throughout the day as it has an impressive 12 hour battery life.
As well as possessing remarkable technical specifications, the Tab S also allows users to do a whole host of cool things, which only boosts its appeal as a top of the range tablet.
Multi Window means that you can perform multiple tasks, such as surfing the internet, watching videos and checking emails, at the same time on a single screen. SideSync 3.0 synchronises your smartphone screen and the Tab S screen so you can make and receive calls on your tablet, while, in a similar vein, Remote PC synchronises your PC with the Tab S to allow you to get work done anywhere. Busy professionals will also benefit from the six month free trial of the Cisco WebEx feature, which facilities video conferencing and instant document sharing.
Also, Automatic Display automatically adjusts the colour gamut, contrast and sharpness of the screen in order for it to be optimized for the content that you are viewing. Finally, the Finger Scanner feature greatly increases security, is simple to use and far less temperamental than other similar security features on competing devices.
Perhaps the only downside to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is the price, which clearly reflects the fact that it is a tablet targeting the premium end of the market. The cheapest Tab S available is the 8.4” WiFi only model, which has an RRP of £319, while the 10.5” 4G version will set Samsung Geeks back a hefty £479.
However, if you are searching for a top of the range tablet with all of the best specs and latest features then you should be willing to spend a little more to secure the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, which is without doubt one of the finest tablets available on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Samsung markets their Galaxy Tab A as the tablet made for “everything, every day and everyone”. Evidently the South Korean electronics company intends the Tab A to be the tablet that encompasses as large a share of the mid-range market as possible, as reflected in the fact that prices start as low as £229, which is markedly less than the premium quality Tab S.
The Tab A is also aimed at families, as it includes a Kids mode with simplified applications and a focus on visual stimulation to help children make the most of the great gaming content available on the Tab A. Importantly, parental control features, such as activity reports and playtime limitations, guarantee that parents remain in charge.
Not just for kids, however, the Tab A has plenty to offer adults as well. Its 4:3 aspect ratio screen makes reading books or magazines or surfing the web easy and enjoyable, while a natural pen-like experience of writing and drawing is available to those who purchase the version that comes with Samsung’s superb S Pen.
Available in Sandy White or Smoky Titanium, the Tab A has a slim and sleek style and comes in two screen sizes, 8” and 9.7”. With regard to connectivity, versions of the Tab A with WiFi and 4G, as well as just WiFi, are available. The former has a memory capacity of 2GB (RAM) +`16GB and can take a microSD up to 128 GB. Unless you get the Tab A with an S Pen too, the WiFi only version has 0.5GB (RAM) less than the 4G version, although this is the only difference between the two in terms of memory capacity.
All told, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a decent, reasonably priced tablet that may well appeal primarily to Samsung Geeks with children and on a more limited budget.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
In addition to the Tab A, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is another tablet in the mid-range market designed for those that maybe cannot afford the considerably more expensive Tab S. Like the Tab A, the Tab 4, which is available in 7”, 8” and 10.1” sizes, sets out to appeal to those with families. One of its main features is the multi-user mode, which allows up to eight users to personalise their own home screens with their favourite apps and wallpapers. This should be more than enough users for the average family size.
Furthermore, other features of the Tab 4 resemble features of the Tab S, although obviously not to the same standard as Samsung’s flagship premium product in the Tab series. For example, users can enjoy a rich multimedia experience on the Tab 4 too, since it shares the Multi Window feature of the Tab S, albeit with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor rather than a 1.3GHz one.
Moreover, although you cannot make and receive calls like you can with the SideSync 3.0 on the Tab S, you can view your phone screen, transfer data and copy and paste text with the standard SideSync function on the Tab 4.
Users can also share content across all their devices through Samsung Link and view Microsoft documents on the move with Hancom Viewer, with the ability to edit documents available to those who simply download the Hancom Editing Tool from Samsung Apps. These features might not be as impressive as their counterparts on the Tab S, namely the Remote PC and Cisco WebEx features, but they are largely acceptable and fairly close substitutes for consumers on a tighter budget.
With a stylish and practical design to maximise portability (particularly in the case of the 7” version), expandable memory, good battery life, and prices starting as low as £159 RRP, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is well worth consumers in the mid-range of the market considering seriously when deciding which Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet to get.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
There are a wide variety of different versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 available on the market, handily giving consumers the ability to choose one ideally suited to their needs.
Three screen sizes, seven colours and three connectivity capabilities are on offer. The 7” screen is designed to be extremely portable, the 10.1” screen provides a better viewing experience, while the 8” screen is aimed at those looking to balance the benefits of portability and an improved viewing experience.
Colours available include the standard Pearl White and Midnight Black, as well as Garnet Red and Gold Brown. Meanwhile, the Kids version comes in bright yellow and the Lite version can be bought in blue or pink. In terms of connectivity, most models come with just WiFi, although a couple offer 3G and 4G too.
Naturally, of course, for all the variety on offer, there are a few features that all models of the Tab 3 have in common. One of those is the ability to do two things, such as take a photo while video chatting, simultaneously, while a whole host of entertainment, including music, movies, books and games, are available on the Tab 3 through Samsung Hub. In addition, the Tab 3 comes with 50GB of free Dropbox storage for two years.
In contrast to the Tab A, which incorporates Kids mode, and the Tab 4, which caters to families with children through multi-user mode, there is an entirely separate version of the Tab 3 designed just for kids.
Packed with preloaded kids’ content, the Tab 3 Kids version has a specialised user interface that is intuitively easy for children to use and includes both big and colourful card style applications and various fun characters to grab and hold their attention. Safe usage is also ensured through the Parental Control function, which has similar features to Kids mode on the Tab A.
Perhaps the only downside to having a separate version of the Tab 3 just for children is that, in all likelihood, parents will be forced to shell out for their own version of the Tab 3 too. There is the ability to experience normal tablet mode through Standard Mode, but the dynamics of the Kids version of the Tab 3 are fairly obviously different to those of the Tab A; the Tab A is an adult’s device that kids can occasionally use, whereas the Tab 3 Kids version is a child’s device that adults can occasionally use.
As well as a Kids version of the Tab 3, there is also a lighter version called the Tab Lite, which is the tablet in Samsung’s Tab series most clearly targeted at the cash strapped consumer. With an RRP of a mere £89, the Tab Lite is essentially a stripped down, lighter version of the Tab 3 for bargain hunters. As a result, performance is far from perfect and noticeably inferior to the more expensive models, but, nonetheless, the Tab 3 Lite will undoubtedly still appeal to some sections of the tablet market.
In terms of the price for regular Tab 3s, depending on what version you opt for, you could be paying anywhere from £149 to £369, which puts it firmly in the mid-range of the market. Primarily due to the range of options on offer, perhaps the different varieties of the Tab 3 should be explored before considering the Tab 4 when looking for the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet that is right for you.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO
The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO is the tablet with the largest screen sizes in the Tab series. The smallest screen is still 8.4”, while the largest screen is a noteworthy 12.2”. There is also a version of the TabPRO with a 10.1” screen size.
The 12.2” version is the premium powerhouse TabPRO tablet, with a brilliant four million pixel display for high resolution viewing. Retailing at roughly £549, it comes at a cost, but it arguably rivals the Tab S in terms of performance, function and features. The 12.2” TabPRO is powered by an eight-core processor running 1.9GHz Quad and 1.3GHz Quad cores. As a result, its many features run incredibly smoothly. Those features include e-Meeting, a personal organiser with helpful sharing capabilities, and enhanced Multi Window, which allows you to view four different screens at the same time.
The smaller screen versions of the TabPRO may not be as awe-inspiring as the 12.2” version, but, importantly, they share the four million pixel display and are also unquestionably high quality products in their own right.
The 8.4” version lacks Multi Window while the 10.1” version only allows users to view two different screens, but they both compensate for that with the inclusion of Remote PC and Cisco WebEX, which are both featured on the Tab S. Priced at approximately £349, the smaller screen size versions of the TabPRO represent better value for money too, although they are still more expensive than others on offer in the Tab series.
Conclusion: Which Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet should I get?
So, to conclude, we return to the question that we set out to answer at the very start, namely; “Which Samsung Galaxy tab tablet should I get?”
The answer, of course, depends entirely on your budget and what you are looking for from a tablet. If money is no object and a high quality tablet is what you are after then you should choose between the Tab S and the 12.2” TabPRO, both of which have terrific specifications and include innumerable awesome features suitable for both work and leisure purposes. You will not go too far wrong with either the Tab S or the TabPRO, although the former is the Tab series’ flagship product and also has a few more useful features.
Meanwhile, the Tab series also caters sufficiently for the mid-range of the market with the Tab A, the Tab 4 and the Tab 3. It would perhaps be wise, however, to start your exploration for a suitable tablet by analysing your options in terms of the Tab 3, since its range of devices includes so many different screen sizes, colours and connectivity capabilities, as well as encompassing a Kids version and a significantly cheaper Lite version of the Tab 3. On the other hand, however the Tab 4 shares similar features with the Tab S but at a cheaper price, while Kids Mode is just one of the many attractions of the Tab A.
At the end of the day, it is reasonable to conclude that, just like with virtually every other technological device, Samsung offers the best range and quality of tablets available through its superb Tab series. Take your pick from one of the above and, whatever way you look at it, you will be purchasing another excellent Samsung device to add to your collection.
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