One of Samsung's goals with its latest Galaxy Tab 4 tablets was to create a family of products that offered good value and versatility to a wide range of potential consumers. The new Galaxy Tab 4 family is available in three sizes: 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inches and the tablets feature lightweight materials, thin bezels, and HD displays.
In March, we took a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. If the flagship Pro series is too much for you in terms of features or price, the Galaxy Tab 4 series may be a better option. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 which is available in black or white with an MSRP of $269.99. LTE versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 are also available through wireless carriers in the US.
As the latest member of the Galaxy Tab family, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is a refreshed version of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 features the latest version of Android (version 4.4 KitKat) along with a mild hardware refresh. You’ll still find the same 1280 x 800 pixel display on this tablet as we’ve seen on previous versions, but the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 features a 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor (compared to the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0’s 1.5 GHz dual core processor).
The Galaxy Tab 4 also features Multi User Mode which makes it easy for you to set up customizable profiles for each user. Kids Mode takes this a step further, letting parents set limits for their children by restricting apps and managing time spent on the tablet. Business users will appreciate the VPN capabilities, corporate email, on-device encryption and scalable mobile device management found on the Galaxy Tab 4. Samsung also included its Multi Window functionality for multitasking on the Galaxy Tab 4, giving you the ability to view two apps on-screen at the same time.
||Android 4.4, KitKat with TouchWiz
||8 inch WXGA TFT, 1280 x 800 Pixel (188ppi)
||1.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Up to 64 GB microSD
||4.88 x 8.27 x 0.31 inches
||1.3 Megapixel Front Camera
3 Megapixel Rear Camera
||4450mAh 3.8 Volt Lithium-Ion
Up to 141 hours music play time
Up to 10 hours video play time
Up to 12 hours internet use time
||Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
||IR Remote Control
On-Device Encryption (ODE)
SAFE; SAFE with KNOX
||Black or white
$239.99 at Amazon
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (left), an updated version of the previous generation Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (right).
Before we dive into the hands-on review, take a look at the full specifications above. We'll dive into all of the specifics and performance on the pages ahead...