- Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS
- Octa Core Processor
- 3GB RAM
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 2.1MP Front Camera
- 7900mAH Battery
- 16GB Internal Memory
This is the new line of Android devices called Galaxy S series. This is the first time Samsung has introduced a device with 10.5 inches screen. And this is in direct competition with iPad Air. This device offers Wi-Fi only connection, so this is Tablet in the purest form. This comes in 2 colors: Dazzling White and Titanium Bronze. It has a smaller variant, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
The most talked about feature of this device is its WQXGA Super AMOLED screen with 2K resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels resulting in a pixel density of ~288ppi. This display brings the picture alive in the device with vivid colours, dark shadows and stunning contrast. This has twice the resolution of an HDTV, and in 10.5 inches screen, this is bound to give the best picture quality. The screen senses the surrounding and has auto-adjusting brightness level which helps in maintaining the brightness level depending upon the lighting condition you are in and the content you are viewing. The screen supports Multi touch too.
The other most talked of feature is Fingerprint reader. Just swipe your finger to unlock the Tab and keep it secure by only allowing the device to unlock by your Fingerprint. This enhances the security level.
Then comes Multi Window feature. While watching a video, you can give a blow-by-blow detail to your friend at WhatsApp, make notes, presentation and more. And then you worry about battery when it is low. The Ultra Power Saving mode keeps the device alive by turning it into black and white and shutting off unnecessary apps.
This also comes with Multi User mode which helps in personalizing the Tab as per the number of users. So, this is a good device to have at home and keep the individual data safe. And good news for parents is that this device has Kids Mode which lets you customize what contents or apps you want your kids to view and use.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 comes with 8MP Autofocus rear camera. It has LED flash light. The picture quality is very good and it can record Full HD videos. For video calling and selfies, you get 2.1 MP HD camera, though front camera has no flash.
The body is made of plastic and it can be a bit disappointing. However, the device is very sleek and stylish. The dimensions are 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm and it weighs 465 g, it is one of the thinnest in the market. And light weight too. Now, if you were worried of your tablet not able to handle many apps simultaneously or you are wondering whether this would trouble you while you are playing the best game available at Google Play Store, you can definitely stop worrying. This device is designed keeping all these points in mind. And that is possible with the configuration it comes with. The Tablet is powered by the Octa-core Processor (1.9GHz Quad-core Cortex-A15 + 1.3GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7) and chipset used is Samsung Exynos 5420. For a complete gaming experience, this device has MALI T628. And it has a 3 GB RAM. This tablet is powered by Non-removable Li-ion 7900 mAh battery which can last up to Nine hours and this device also has Ultra Power Saving mode, that means it can last more than nine hours. Moreover, with ambient light sensors, there can be more power saving too.
Storage and Operating System and more:
When comes to storage, this is going to be winner for a long time to come. Though the inbuilt memory is pretty standard – 16 GB, the expandable memory via microSD card slot is 128 GB. Even Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition has expandable memory of only 64 GB. So get this device and start putting files and files and files and this is going to take a while to fill it up completely.
The device runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which is a plus point as we are waiting for an update for Note series. So you get the best of the Android apps and games since it is running the latest of the versions. So go to Google Play Store, download and enjoy! Though it comes with a lot of pre-installed apps from Samsung and Google like ChatON, S Suggest, S Voice, S Translator, S Planner, WatchON, Smart Stay, Multi-Window, Group Play, All Share Play, Samsung Magazine, Professional pack, Multi-user mode, SideSync 3.0, and Gear/Gear Fit manager.
Some extra features that this device has and which require special mention are: MilkMusic which is an ad-free radio service exclusive to Galaxy owners and powered by Slacker; Papergarden which helps you access magazines and newspapers; WatchON, which upon entering your postal code and cable network provider gives you a the list of tv shows and recommendations based on your viewing history.
For Business purposes, this device is equipped with Enterprise-Ready, Corporate Email/Calendar/Contacts, Microsoft Office-compatible, Mobile Device Management, On-Device Encryption (ODE), SAFE, SAFE with KNOX, Virtual Private Network, e-Meeting, WebEx and Remote PC. This provides a complete package for business purposes.
Multimedia And Connectivity:
The device is capable of playing following format of media files: for Audio, MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA; for Video, MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM. The range is always wonderful in Samsung devices and this is no exception to it.
The only thing that this device is lacking is a SIM Card slot. This is a Wi-Fi only device. Other features like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP and microUSB v2.0 are also present in the Device
If you are looking for a Wi-Fi only, complete entertaining device, which can be used for home and business purposes and you are not ready to compromise on the quality, this is the go to device. Priced around Rs 45,000, this is worthy opponent for iPad Air. The user reviews, so far has been very positive.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Rivals:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Apple iPad Air Cellular 64GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Dell Venue 8 7000