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19-08-2014


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE tablet: review and testing

It's not a secret that today's mobile technology gradually and irrevocably intrudes on the lives of every person without exception. And this, in our opinion is a very positive occurrence. Try to figure it out for yourself, it’s not bad to have at own disposal a device with a good performance and a relatively large screen and at the same time in a rather small and lightweight case. Well typing and editing the text, watch videos, play your favorite games and at the same time you don’t need to screw up own eyes to the small screen of the smartphone or carry a heavy laptop. Recently, these features were combined in one device named tablet. Totally "have killed" the laptop market, it has become an integral part of the modern person. And it is worth to note that one of the leading roles in this situation played a Korean company Samsung. The range of devices from this manufacturer is expanding every year, constantly introducing advanced technology and giving users new opportunities.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Confirmation of the above said is Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE which came to us for testing. This 8-inch device is a bright representative of fourth generation tablet from the Korean manufacturer. The gadget has a good hardware platform provided by the tandem of quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and graphics accelerator Qualcomm Adreno 305, which are running under the latest operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat. But the main highlight of the new product  in our view is the support of a new generation of mobile networks - 4G LTE.

The specs:

Producer

Samsung

Model

Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

CPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400: four cores ARM Cortex-A7, L2 cache is 1 МB, technology process – 28-nm LP, frequency – up to 1200 MHz

Graphics adapter

Qualcomm Adreno 305: clock speed - 450 MHz, support of OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.2 и DirectX 9.0c 

Display

8", TFT PLS, 1280 x 800 p (188 ppi), touch, Multi-touch up to 10 touches  

RAM

1,5 GB

Drives

16 GB

Memory card support

microSD, up to 64 GB

Socket for SIM-card

Yes

Interfaces

1 x micro-USB

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

1 х Micro-SIM

Multimedia

Speaker system

Mono

Microphone

Stereo

FM-radio

Camera

Main

3 Мp, autofocus, video recording in format 720p

Front

1,3 Мp, video recording in format 480p

Communication

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n (2,4 / 5 GHz)

Bluetooth

4.0

DLNA

+

IrLED

GPS/GLONASS

+/+

GSM/3G

+/+

4G LTE

+

Sensors

accelerometer, gyroscope

Capacity of storage battery

lithium-ion cell, 4450 mА·h

SPU

Input: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V DC, 2 А

Dimensions

210 x 124 x 7,9 mm

Weigh

325 g

Color

White, Black

OS

Android 4.4.2 KitKat with proprietary shell TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0

Warranty

12 month

Producer website

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Packaging and content

We got Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE without packaging and any accessories. But taking into account the previous experience of the use of devices from the Korean manufacturer and analyzing the information available from the official site, it is possible to make some useful conclusions. Traditionally, the company Samsung, which takes care of the nature supplies own products in the dense gray packaging with recycled cardboard. Usually, the front side has the picture of devices, and on the sides and at the rear you can find all necessary information about the package. Inside the potential buyer is likely to observe:

  • charging device;
  • USB-cable;
  • User’s manual.

In short, we have an example of a traditional oriental minimalism sample with all its pros and cons. Also it is important to note additionally you purchase quite comfortable branded case-cover.

Design and elements layout

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 4G LTE 4 has a classic corporate style. Curiously enough, despite the rather bored design the device looks quite interesting and enjoyable. We could even say that the item has a rather stylish and very practical look, especially in white color. Also black version of the new item is available.

Despite the use of an 8-inch display, the tablet is quite compact and easy to use. Also, this is accompanied by a slight thickness and light weight only 7.9 mm and 325 g respectively. It is convenient to work even holding the device in one hand. With such modest size tablet is easy to transport: it can be easily placed in a small bag or coat pocket.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 4G LTE 4 is made of a good and soft-touch plastic. Build quality raises no objections: at moderate attempts the deformations and creaking do not arise. However, under strong pressure on the glass, the display shows interferences. Structural elements of the device are fit well. There are only minor gaps between case and chrome edging of the display. Other complaints are not observed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Right side of the tablet is almost covered with protective glass. It has a rather weak oleophobic coating, so the screen is easily covered with fingerprints, which are clearly visible. But do not give it much importance as fingerprints and other dirt is easily removed using ordinary microfibre.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Along the contour display includes chrome plastic edging, which is slightly raised above the glass. In addition to the beautiful decor element, it serves to protect it when dropped and allows easy to place the tablet on a flat surface face down.

Frames around the display are quite small: 17.5 mm at the top and bottom, as well as 7 mm on each side.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

On top of the display the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 4G LTE 4 has: front-facing camera and speaker. Other familiar to us sensors or indicators were not found.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

At the bottom under the screen there are three standard buttons: one mechanical and two touch-sensitive. It should be noted that since the release of Samsung Galaxy S5, the "Menu" button in the original shell has changed its former purpose. Now, the default action is to call the "Manager of running applications". And to activate familiar context menu, you need to hold the active button.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

On the top side of the device is only 3.5mm audio jack for a headset.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Most of the elements are focused on the right side of the tablet. Here are: the button "on", the volume rocker, a slot for the SIM-card and connector for memory cards microSD.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

The left side is completely free of any elements.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

On the bottom of the tablet there are micro-USB port and the microphone hole.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

The entire back side of the device is made of textured plastic. It looks good and leaves a good impression. But we would like to see a tablet of such well-known manufacturer equipped with coating soft-touch level.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

At the top of rear case part there is the main camera lens. Unfortunately, there are no signs of the LED flash. In the center you can find a logo of the manufacturer Samsung. In the lower right corner is a speaker grille. And at the bottom the standard technical information is available.

In general, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 4G LTE 4 has a fairly good design and is fairly easy to use device.

Display

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Novelty is equipped with a very good 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Pixel density is at the level of 188 ppi, which is pretty average value. In general, this is quite enough for everyday use and display different information. The display provides enough good pictures even taking into account that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 4G LTE 4 is positioned as a low-cost device within the lineup of tablets Samsung Galaxy.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

The tablet is equipped with TFT-matrix (in our opinion there is a usage of a version of TFT-PLS), which has high contrast and has excellent viewing angles without color distortion. Any claims to the detail in the image are absent. Everything is at a good level. Color rendering also has high level. It is distinguished by colorful and saturated colors, but at the same time has pretty soft shades that have a positive impact on the perception of images in general.


Also it is necessary to say a few words about the display's backlight. It has a good range of adjustment and has a high, uniform brightness that allows you to work even outdoors on a sunny day. Despite the weak anti-glare filter, the picture is detailed well, and the text is readable. However, the backlight adjustment is carried out only in the manual mode, since the ambient light sensor is missed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G LTE

Screen Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 4G LTE 4 has a decent built-in sensor with a support of technology Multi-touch, which handles up to ten simultaneous touches. The display can be characterized as sufficiently sensitive, with good response time. Screen quickly responds to touch and a finger sliding on the protective glass is quite nice and does not cause discomfort.


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