If you’re in the market for a 7- or 8-inch tablet, there are a number of great options to consider, including the 2013 Nexus 7 and Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, which are priced similarly to the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 has a few key benefits over either of these competitive tablets, however, including a microSD card slot for expansion as well as a very long-lasting battery. The screen found on the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is larger at 8-inches but both the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX have higher resolution 1920x1200 displays.
In comparison to the previous generation Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the new Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 offers several improvements including a faster processor and the latest version of Android. Many of the benchmark scores show an improvement compared to the previous generation of this tablet, as well. Even though overall benchmark scores were generally on the low end of the charts, everyday real-world performance was smooth and we had no complains during normal use.
In our opinion, one of features that hold the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 back is its display. Although the 1280 x 800 pixel display on this tablet is passable, we’ve come to expect a greater pixel density since competitors are offering higher resolution displays for a similar cost.
We appreciated some of the software extras that Samsung included with the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, especially Multi User Mode and Kids Mode. In many families, a tablet is a shared device. With Multi User mode, it’s easy to create separate user accounts. For greater control, parents will appreciate Kids Mode since it helps to ensure little users don’t accidentally delete their parents' email or photos while trying to access games. We also like Samsung’s Multi Window functionality which makes it easy to multitask on the tablet.
All in all, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 has a lot of good things going for it and is worthy of consideration at its price point. As is the case with many tablets, there are tradeoffs to consider and users will have to decide which features are most valuable, but all in all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is a good value for the money.