Samsung ATIV Tab

4.7/10 AVG.
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4.7/10
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The Samsung ATIV Tab currently has an Informr score of 4.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Samsung ATIV Tab has decent features under the hood and an attractive design that makes it an adept alternative to Microsoft's $499 Surface RT. The ATIV Tab though doesn't stand out against the market-leading iPad, as well as other Windows RT tablets.

Resembling the Android-running Galaxy tablet with a Windows logo underneath the screen, the ATIV Tab has a classy build quality. It has a 9mm-thick brushed metal body, subtle curves, and is among the lightest Windows 8 tablets weighing in at only 1.2 pounds.

The tablet has decent hardware, which include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an SD card for additional storage, front and rear cameras, NFC for contact-less payments and data transfers, Bluetooth and a full-sized USB port to connect to accessories. It has no 3G or 4G connectivity, thus will connect to the Internet only via Wi-Fi.

The 10.1-inch screen on the ATIV has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which gives a pixel density of about 155ppi. Although the resolution is miles away from the 264 ppi Retina display of the fourth generation iPad, its still a bright, crisp and clear display at normal viewing distances.

While pre-installed with a trial version of Microsoft Office 2013, the ATIV Tab, like the Surface RT, is unable to run legacy software or desktop programs available for Windows 8 or previous versions. Only apps designed for the new "Metro" interface, which so far only total 10,000 in Microsoft's own Marketplace, can be downloaded to the device.

For Windows fans looking for an entry level tablet, the ATIV Tab should be a decent choice. But users who want a device that's able to run their desktop apps or want cellular connectivity should instead opt for the full-blown Windows 8-running and the cellular-ready Ativ Smart PC or the Ativ Smart PC Pro.

Need to know: Samsung ATIV Tab

1. Slim and light-weight design. (The Good)

2. Bright, crisp and clear display. (The Good)

3. Other than the NFC and full-sized USB not found in the iPad, the ATIV Tab offers basic functionality. (The Bad)

4. Windows RT devices have yet to gain ground in the tablet market and have limited apps available for download. (The Bad)


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


SamMobile

In terms of design and hardware the ATIV Tab is a not a revolutionary product but the software is new and even in this stage with some issues it’s still delivers a good user experience. The gestures based navigation is easy and natural to use. We liked the split view option were you can open 2...

- admin, SamMobile
Engadget

- Daniel Cooper, Engadget
Tom's Hardware

Does the ATIV Tab deliver a better experience in Windows RT than its competition? Not really. The same limitations we ran into on the Surface apply here as well. Samsung's device does wield faster hardware, but IE10 still stutters if you ask too much of it. Moreover, in a multi-monitor configuration...

- Andrew Ku, Tom's Hardware
TechRadar

The Samsung Ativ Tab is a solid, even premium device, with generally good specs, a good build quality and a great battery life

- James Rogerson, TechRadar
Notebookcheck

The Samsung ATIV Tab is the company's first tablet running the ARM-optimised Windows RT operating system. The plastic case is of very good quality. The latest wireless technologies, the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC, and the positioning of the speakers are all convincing advanta...

- Felix Sold, Notebookcheck


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Samsung ATIV Tab's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows RT operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
8200mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 8200 mAh battery.

ATIV Tab Specs

Overview
Release date November 9, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows RT

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Secondary OS No
Processor Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type S-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 8200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.8 x 26.6 x 0.9 cm (6.6 x 10.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 570 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Pixel density 155 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Windows Live
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


SamMobile

A very good tablet which scores high with an easy to use operating system

from SamMobile

In terms of design and hardware the ATIV Tab is a not a revolutionary product but the software is new and even in this stage with some issues it’s still delivers a good user experience. The gestures based navigation is easy and natural to use. We liked the split view option were you can ope...More

In terms of design and hardware the ATIV Tab is a not a revolutionary product but the software is new and even in this stage with some issues it’s still delivers a good user experience. The gestures based navigation is easy and natural to use. We liked the split view option were you can open 2 apps, one app will take ¼ of the screen and the other app will take ¾ of the screen, but we hope that in the feature it will be possible to simply split the screen in ½, because if an app is only using ¼ of the screen everything is very small and can be difficult to actually use the app.

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Engadget

Amazing battery life, solid hardware, fantastic for productivity

from Engadget

Samsung's ATIV Tab is thinner, lighter and more comfortable to hold than the Surface, its most obvious rival. It also offers staggering battery life and capable internals that keep everything running smoothly. Its display holds its own in darkened rooms and as soon as you pair it with a mouse, th...More

Samsung's ATIV Tab is thinner, lighter and more comfortable to hold than the Surface, its most obvious rival. It also offers staggering battery life and capable internals that keep everything running smoothly. Its display holds its own in darkened rooms and as soon as you pair it with a mouse, the device becomes a very good work machine. In fact, its ability to help us get work done (better than some laptops we've encountered recently) is one of the strongest reasons we'd recommend this, and we'd hope its productivity case should be strengthened when the dock finally meanders its way onto the market.

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Tom's Hardware

It's too fiddly, too slow, and too low-quality

from Tom's Hardware

Does the ATIV Tab deliver a better experience in Windows RT than its competition? Not really. The same limitations we ran into on the Surface apply here as well. Samsung's device does wield faster hardware, but IE10 still stutters if you ask too much of it. Moreover, in a multi-monitor configuration, simply moving your mouse around causes skipping if you're watching video on YouTube....

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Does the ATIV Tab deliver a better experience in Windows RT than its competition? Not really. The same limitations we ran into on the Surface apply here as well. Samsung's device does wield faster hardware, but IE10 still stutters if you ask too much of it. Moreover, in a multi-monitor configuration, simply moving your mouse around causes skipping if you're watching video on YouTube.

Of course, given confirmation that Samsung isn't releasing the ATIV Tab in North America just yet, it'd seem the company came to the same conclusion as us, just a little sooner. Nothing prevents Samsung from revisiting our market later in 2013 though, particularly if its concerns about Windows RT are addressed.

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TechRadar

The Samsung Ativ Tab is a solid, even premium device

from TechRadar

Honestly, we're really struggling to get past the price tag. With both its nearest competitor (the Microsoft Surface) and pretty much everything in the Apple and Android camps coming in at less money, we'd expect something really special from the Samsung Ativ Tab.

Sadly we just didn't get...More

Honestly, we're really struggling to get past the price tag. With both its nearest competitor (the Microsoft Surface) and pretty much everything in the Apple and Android camps coming in at less money, we'd expect something really special from the Samsung Ativ Tab.

Sadly we just didn't get it. The Samsung Ativ Tab is a solid, even premium device, with generally good specs, a good build quality and a great battery life, but then so is the Microsoft Surface, and that runs the same operating system and is a whole lot cheaper.

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Notebookcheck

It is a good tablet with convincing advantages, but also very few disappointing weaknesses

from Notebookcheck

The Samsung ATIV Tab is the company's first tablet running the ARM-optimised Windows RT operating system. The plastic case is of very good quality. The latest wireless technologies, the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC, and the positioning of the speakers are all convincing advantages. The Samsung 10.1-inch display surprised us with its values, but the resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels seems somewhat antiquated....

More

The Samsung ATIV Tab is the company's first tablet running the ARM-optimised Windows RT operating system. The plastic case is of very good quality. The latest wireless technologies, the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC, and the positioning of the speakers are all convincing advantages. The Samsung 10.1-inch display surprised us with its values, but the resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels seems somewhat antiquated.

Unfortunately there are no UMTS modules and other memory options. Speaking of memory: after the initial installation, only 14.1 GB out of the advertised 32 GB were available. In this case, every 16 GB Android or iOS device has just as much free memory. Other weaknesses include the lack of apps in the Windows Store and the austere camera application, which offers basic functions only after the installation of an additional tool.

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IT PRO

This just isn't suitable for business use

from IT PRO

In terms of design and performance we can't really fault the Ativ tab. The 5-megapixel camera on the rear also performs very well indeed on par with snapper the Nexus 10, and battery life is something of a highpoint on the Samsung Ativ Tab. Still the good looks, shiny screen and decent battery ca...More

In terms of design and performance we can't really fault the Ativ tab. The 5-megapixel camera on the rear also performs very well indeed on par with snapper the Nexus 10, and battery life is something of a highpoint on the Samsung Ativ Tab. Still the good looks, shiny screen and decent battery can’t save the Ativ Tab from what’s at the heart of it – Windows RT. This just isn't suitable for business use, and isn't worth the inflated price tag.

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AnandTech

The ATIV Tab itself feels fairly well executed

from AnandTech

Although I like the ATIV Tab, I still feel like Windows RT/8 and the first generation of tablets need another iteration before they're truly ready for duty. I'd love to see the Surface team's industrial design paired with a faster SoC, a lighter chassis and a more cohesive OS. Windows RT/8 still...More

Although I like the ATIV Tab, I still feel like Windows RT/8 and the first generation of tablets need another iteration before they're truly ready for duty. I'd love to see the Surface team's industrial design paired with a faster SoC, a lighter chassis and a more cohesive OS. Windows RT/8 still feel rushed to me, let's hope that Windows Blue ships on time this year and delivers a more polished and complete experience.

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Know Your Mobile

If it wasn’t so expensive, we would have found it easier to recommend

from Know Your Mobile

What you end up with in the Samsung Ativ Tab is a well designed, skinny slate with ample power under the hood, great connectivity options and a very competent web browser.

What you don’t end up with is a desktop replacement, a netbook replacement or, if you’re into apps and games, an Android tablet or iPad replacement....

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What you end up with in the Samsung Ativ Tab is a well designed, skinny slate with ample power under the hood, great connectivity options and a very competent web browser.

What you don’t end up with is a desktop replacement, a netbook replacement or, if you’re into apps and games, an Android tablet or iPad replacement.

Windows RT is still a confused OS. A restricted desktop UI and immature Start menu UI don’t marry well together unless you plan on using your tab exclusively for movies, music and a handful of start menu based applications.

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PhoneArena

Very light for a 10-inch tablet but build quality is so-so and it has serious shortage of apps

from PhoneArena

We have to admit that we quite enjoyed spending some time with the Samsung ATIV Tab. Using a tablet that is neither an iPad nor an Android device feels refreshing in its own way, reminding us that there is always more than one way to skin a cat. Sure, getting comfortable with the device requires time and patience, especially since it runs an operating system that users aren't truly familiar with yet, but based on our experience, we can reassure you that the learning curve evens out relatively fast....

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We have to admit that we quite enjoyed spending some time with the Samsung ATIV Tab. Using a tablet that is neither an iPad nor an Android device feels refreshing in its own way, reminding us that there is always more than one way to skin a cat. Sure, getting comfortable with the device requires time and patience, especially since it runs an operating system that users aren't truly familiar with yet, but based on our experience, we can reassure you that the learning curve evens out relatively fast.

However, the lack of applications available for Windows RT is a disadvantage that will likely be a deal breaker for some early adopters. In fact, that is a problem that all tablets running Windows RT will be facing for quite some time, including Microsoft's very own Surface tablet. Of course, that will be rectified over time as more and more developers port their software to the new platform but how fast of a process that is going to be remains unclear.

Another important factor you have to consider is pricing. In our opinion, the ATIV Tab is close, but not as good as the Surface – it offers identical performance and features, but in a cheaper plastic shell. That is why unless Samsung's Windows RT tablet is more affordable than Microsoft's offering, we don't really see it as a worthy pick.

But as a whole, we welcome the arrival of the Samsung ATIV Tab and Windows RT as the tablet market is in need of alternatives to Android and the iPad. The device is not likely to disappoint, as long as you are willing to give it a chance. Of course, it will be a pretty wise idea checking out the Microsoft Surface as well before dropping any cash on the table.

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