- Xiomara Blanco , Cnet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a smooth-performing midrange slate, but it's overpriced compared to similar tablets.
- MicroSD support
- Vibrant display
- IR blaster
- Mono speaker
- So-so battery life
- Poor camera
- Screen resolution
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 attempts to offer a budget-friendly way to enjoy the Samsung device experience. With a lower resolution display and pared back internals, it’s far from a flagship device. But is it a good value for its price range? Let’s check out the reviews!
With an 8-inch 1280-by-800 pixel display, the Tab 4 8.0 is the middle ground between the 7.0- and 10.1-inch models. Overall, reviews found the screen quality and build of the tablet are positive. Android Authority called the screen “rather enjoyable as color reproduction, viewing angles, and outdoor visibility are all quite good.” However, the resolution does impact the experience. PC Magazine points out that it “lacks the clarity you get with the full-HD displays.” As more devices gain full-HD and higher displays, the Tab 4 8.0 will show its age quickly.
A quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM powers the tablet. While this is far from bleeding-edge specs, the lower resolution screen helps to smooth out the experience. PC Magazine found that “performance is on par with entry-level Android smartphones.” Samsung’s split-view app support works well for basic tasks as well according to CNet who says that this “gives the Galaxy Tab 4 a performance edge in the midsize tablet category.”
All sizes of the Tab 4 include 16GB of internal storage. Should you need a little more room for your movies, music or other files, microSD support makes expanding storage space cheap and easy. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to snap pictures with your tablet, the 3MP flashless rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera are weak even by last year’s standards.
In all, reviews of the tablet were hit and miss. While the build quality is good and the experience isn’t bad, its price seems to be its biggest weakness. CNet called the Tab 4 a “glorified budget tablet” and also noted that it is “far from the best deal out there.” This was a recurring theme in many reviews. Many competitors offer a tablet with better resolution, faster specs or even larger screens at a similar price point with PC Advisor UK pointing out that “though the Tab 4 8.0 is cheaper than the Tab S and Tab Pro tablets, it’s expensive compared to its rivals.”
Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)
Aimed at the more price-conscious end of the market
Barely an upgrade from the Tab 3 and overpriced to boot
A Solid Mid-range Tablet
The Galaxy Tab 8.0 is a solid choice. It’s super thin and light, and yet it’s still durable enough (even for the kids). It’s running the latest version of Android, which is always a good sign. It has Samsung’s TouchWiz software, but it’s not too bloated, and it can handle the enhancements with ease. We never experienced much (if any) lag or sluggishness. We found the interface to be pretty user friendly and intuitive. First-time tablet or Android owners: fear not. The screen’s vibrance makes up for it’s lower-than-retina details.
Also, th... Full review
Feels like a mid-range tablet from last year
The Tab 4 8.0 comes with a better processor than its Tab 3 predecessor, and while that's nothing to scoff at, the differences basically end there.
Before you decide that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is right for you, I'd strongly recommend that you consider the competition. For only $34 more, you can buy the LG G Pad 8.3, which comes with more RAM, faster CPU, a larger and higher resolution display, bigger battery, and better build quality. It may lack some of the software on Samsung's offering, but as long as it's available at that price point, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 just doesn't... Full review
A simple slate with a stiff price
Continues Samsung's tradition of tablets that get the job done, but offer little in the form of innovation or even meaningful upgrades
Fortunately for Samsung, there isn't a ton of competition in the 8-inch Android tablet realm, and the price tag is low enough to compete with 7-inch tablets that might be too small for some. There's definitely no need to upgrade for Galaxy Tab 3 owners, but the Tab 4 8.0 is at least a reliable choice for the masses.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab line is a case study in "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Every year brings updated software and a mild hardware refresh, but little that distinguishes it from its predecessors or its peers. It'll suffice for most needs, but the Tab 4 8.0 is an upda... Full review
Bright and vivid display, hard to recommend
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is the middle child in Samsung’s latest iteration of the Galaxy Tab line up and is essentially the Tab 4 7.0 with a slightly larger display just in case 7 inches wasn’t big enough for you. The design is very typical Samsung fare with an all plastic construction and a fake leather texture on the back that we’ve seen since the Note 3.
The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface but it’s a much more slimmed down version compared to what you get on the Galaxy S5 or the PRO line of table... Full review
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