Having recently won a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet in a contest online, I decided to go ahead and “review” it. At first glance I notice the wifi only limitation. For my purpose it should actually not be much of a constraint, between phones and mobile hotspots it’s almost a relief to not be paying for another line of service.
It has expandable storage via sd card but otherwise comes with 8Gb storage space (50% of which is in use after only 3 added applications) however it comes with plenty of free cloud storage via dropbox.
The plastic case is accented nicely with silver trim and the embellishments are minimal. It’s using a quadcore snapdragon processor and 1.5 Gb ram, which is ideal for Skype or YouTube/Netflix.
It’s a 7″ tablet making nearly identical in size to my Kindle Fire but the OS is one of the newest androids. The functions that aren’t immediately visible include the Wiz-Touch functions and a built in IR controller for televisions etc.
Google Chrome is very fast on this device. I haven’t experienced any noticeably slow applications as of yet, though truthfully I haven’t put it through it’s paces on harder apps.
The battery lasts about 10 hours on a charge, and on hibernate/suspend doesn’t spend much energy at all.
Speed comparison with HTC one, Laptop, Desktop, and Kindle Fire yielded an expected average 2 second load time on nearby servers and 2.3 – 2.7 seconds on mid distance connections. The HTC was nearly identical but strangely loaded video somewhat quicker. While the Desktop and Laptop loaded the same videos at approximately the same speed the laptop loaded the video somewhat slower (3.2 seconds.)
Google Play store, and Samsung galaxy store work well to bring a wide variety of new features and the builtin apps work great. I’m still examining back end features but the sidebar, the improved task manager, and the menus all look much nicer than they did on 4.4.
The cameras are adequate for a tablet but the screenside camera is a bit low resolution compared to my smartphone from several years before. Not surprisingly this is still much better than some of the currently available cameras and isn’t a deal breaker.
The asking price on this Tablet ranges from $149.99 to $200.00 USD and is certainly worth a look.
An all around decent tablet with enough features to keep most users quite satisfied. It could use a few minor improvements and the menu to display developer tools etc is hidden. The hardware is adequate the software is great and the battery life is wonderful.
4.5 out of possible 5 stars