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Samsung - Galaxy Tab S4 - 10.5" - 64GB - Black

Model: SM-T830NZKAXARSKU: 6267302

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 799 reviews

96%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay device, not my cup of tea

    Posted
    meli
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    It's a tablet so it's basically a massive smart phone. I chose this tablet because I'm able to use google chrome but I'm not a fan of its functionality. A lot of the apps are faulty some can't be used on a keyboard mode. The battery is also not great and the charger doesn't work very well the tablet died on me multiple times.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good and bad

    Posted
    Gdub520
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    I purchased Galaxy Tab S4 10.3 to replace my slow again Tab E 9.6. While this S4 is really fast, itseems to have connectivity problems. Also many of my apps freeze, or need to restart. Had it about a month now, some of these issues I thought would work themselves out, but now its getting frustrating

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Almost versatile.. Almost

    Posted
    farmernard
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    It was all good. To be a tablet that is fast, so nice display and can turn into a laptop mode which is the Samsung Dex Mode. However, pre-built apps crashed on me with the Microsoft apps like OneDrive and glitched multiple times. I barely even have apps and files when I purchased this so that disappointed me and triggered to return the tablet. If only this was about 6GB to 8GB RAM at least it may handle overall the apps and multi tasking apps plus the apps and tasks by android running in the background could make this very smooth and consistent. But for 4GB of RAM only? It will not hold up nor last and will make you buy another table in 6 to 12 months, So I think it's a bad investment. Just improve the RAM capacity and should be good I think.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loved this, but...

    Posted
    JasonM
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    This is an excellent tablet, and I absolutely loved it. . Except that it didn't work well with Litchi, the app I use to control my DJI drone. For that reason, I had to return this and purchase an Ipad Pro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Jack of All Trades, Master of None

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    TechGuy
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    Pros: - S Pen comes included (which works really well compared to other stylus) - Expandable storage with micro-SD card - Uses USB-C to charge, no proprietary charging cable needed - Fast charge time - Great battery life - Facial recognition and iris scanner technology to unlock tablet (Works with glasses too) - Great for watching videos and movies - Great for light office work (emails, presentations, documents) - Thinner bezels than the Tab S3 - Premium, glass build. Feels solid in your hands - 3.5mm headphone jack included Cons: - Book keyboard cover is not included which you will want if you plan on using this for work or school (also recommend getting a mouse) - As with all Samsung products, there is some bloatware (Samsung apps that you cannot remove) - Feels kind of heavy for its size. - Thicker than the Tab S3 - Samsung Dex apps still lack behind Apple iOS apps. Dex overall is still in its infancy. It is a little clunky at times. Dex is the software that Samsung has created and targeted to productivity users. It makes the tablet look more like a traditional PC with a desktop-feel with a taskbar, windows, icon tiles, etc. - No fingerprint scanner - Not water resistant Note: There is no physical home or back button on the tablet, could be a pro or con depending on use preference I don't think this is a huge leap from the previous generation, but this is a solid upgrade if have a tablet that is 2+ years old and you are looking to upgrade to an Android model that can do a little bit of everything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dont buy the ipad hype Get the tab s4

    Posted
    rooster
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    Purchased the tab s4 a few day ago and I am still amazed at the samoled screen! The processor is more than powerful enough for any app/game in the google play store. Dont buy the ipad hype ove better apps and better pen support - google apps work great as well as the s-pen. I simply love samsung products. Yes, ipad gets a better geekbench score but so what? They can open netflix .5 seconds faster but they have to put up with all of apples "way of life" attitude and price gouging. The pen comes with it so add 130 dollars to the comparable ipad. Dex mode is pretty cool as well and is only going to improve. The sound is great, games look great and work fast. id buy again and was well worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Android Tablet Available

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    Louie
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    I got the Galaxy Tab S4 to replace my Galaxy Tab S2. The first thing I noticed is that the speakers on the Tab S4 were alot better than my Tab S2. The Tab S4 has quad speakers vs the Tab S2 duel speakers that are on the bottom. However, the speakers don't sound as good as my friend's iPad Pro 10.5, which also has quad speakers. The 2nd thing I noticed was that the retina/facial scanner worked alot better than I expected. It is able to detect my face and unlock pretty quickly. The Tab S4 is running Android 8.1 Oreo, and is pretty snappy. The only thing I wish that it had was more RAM. The Tab S4 is only running 4GB of RAM, and being Samsung's flapship tablet, it really could use more RAM, especially if you want to run Samsung Dex, which turns the Android table into a desktop-like experience. I don't use Dex that often, but just using the tablet in normal Android mode, running a few apps, the tablet has a little less than 1GB of RAM free. Overall, this is the best Android tablet you can get. I was able to get this tablet on sale. I don't think it competes as well as the iPad at it's full retail price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Android ruined great device

    Posted
    XRayAdams
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    If you are die hard android fan then this tablet might work for you. If you are not, then avoid it. This table hardware wise is great! Screen is brilliant! Overall quality high class! But software! :( Google still does not care about tablet experience so a lot of app looks awful. It is understandable that developers do not put much efforts to support tablet devices on android since they are no that popular, but this is Google's fault more rather than developers. 19:10 display is not great for video and not great for regular use. Dex is promissing, but without full support from third-party developers it will not success. Speakers not good even with the AKG tuned label. Battery life is not super, but acceptable. Of course you have to manage deveice and apps if you want to squeeze maximum out of the battery. I have used Samsung Galaxy phones and can tell that Android on those phones are much better optimized

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Media Consumption Device

    Posted
    DoctorHoo
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    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is an ideal tablet for those that want a zippy tablet for activities such as surfing the internet, reading and writing email, watching videos, and reading comic books. The first thing you notice when you hold it in your hands is the excellent build quality. It has a solid and substantial feel yet is comfortable and light enough to hold for long periods of time. Comics and videos look gorgeous on the 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED screen. I've always wanted a HDR HDTV with an OLED screen and now I've one that fits in my backpack! I also have an HP Chromebook X2 for reading comic books but it's a little bit too big and heavy to read comfortably for long periods of time. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is smaller, lighter and has a higher resolution screen and is now my favorite device for reading comics. Performance wise, it's very snappy which makes it ideal for times when you want to do something quickly on the web and not have to wait for the computer to boot up. I like to browse Best Buy's weekly ad and a lot of my budget tablets struggle with this task. Not so with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4! Viewing the weekly ad feels about the same as on my desktop. It has a very thin bezel which is great for giving us more screen real estate but the thin bezel meant it was easy for my fingers to be touching the screen just by holding it. There were times when it didn't seem to respond to my finger presses. It turned out that the fingers on the hand holding the tablet was touching the edge of the screen in a way that prevented the tablet from responding to the finger presses from my free hand (I think sensing another finger wide apart on the screen made it misinterpret my gestures). Overall, I found the tablet to be very responsive to my gestures as long as I'm careful with the way I held the tablet in my hands. The battery life is fantastic. It typically lasts about 5 days with light use every night (about 2 or more hours surfing the web and watching YouTube) before needing to recharge. It comes with the best camera I've ever used on a tablet with great low light performance. It also comes with an S-Pen that can allow you to have some creative fun. One nice thing about the pen is that it does not require any batteries or charging. The S-Pen for the Galaxy Note 8 is supposed to support 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity but the S-Pen that came with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 didn't seem to be pressure sensitive when I played around with it in the PENUP app. I'm hoping that it really does support pressure sensitivity but I need to do more investigations on this. I didn't get to play around with DeX mode much. In fact, it's kind of a hidden feature and I only found out about it from other reviewers. DeX mode is enabled by going into Settings/Advanced Features and turning Samsung DeX on. To get back into tablet mode, you just go back to Settings/Advanced Features and turn Samsung DeX off. DeX mode is Samsung's answer to having Android OS be able to offer a desktop like experience. In DeX mode, you can have multiple Android apps each running in a separate resizable window. This works similarly to how newer Chrome OS laptops are able to run Android apps in a window. In my brief experience, it seems to work okay. I paired the tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard and I was able to get multiple Android apps such as the the Best Buy app and Google Docs (which I used to write this review! @@@@@@@ running in a window as if I were on my Windows desktop. You don't need to use a Bluetooth keyboard with DeX mode but using one makes it feel more like using a desktop. I've heard that some Android apps don't work well in DeX mode but the few that I've tried seem to work well. I'm not sure which approach (Android/DeX or Chrome OS running Android apps) will be the eventual solution to bridging the mobile and the desktop worlds. Both approaches currently have rough edges. For example, Chrome OS has the limitation where Android apps don't have access to the SD card. With the current status of DeX, I think it can be useful as an emergency light duty laptop when you don't have access to your main computer but I don't think it's at a state where it can be a full replacement. But as a media consumption device, I think the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the king of them all and there isn't anything better out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great screen and battery life, a little expensive

    Posted
    Alex
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    This is a good tablet, a nice step up for the galaxy line. This tab still has some quirks though. Whats in the box: The tab, S-pen, charger and charging cable. Design: While this tablet looks nice, it does have a cheap feel to it. I honestly thought the glass on the back was a plastic protective cover, after I spent some time trying to peel it off, I realized that it was, in fact, the back glass. It just doesn't have a super solid feel to it. Features: Sound, the sound is great. multiple speakers allow for good sound no matter how you're holding it. S-pen: I like the S-pen. No need to charge the pen, at all. The pen does though, feel a bit cheap and rattles a bit. I don't have much use for the pen. Some of the features are nice, such as hovering over the right hand part of the tab and having a pen specific menu pop up automatically. facial recognition and iris scanning unlock: needs work. A lot of work. This hardly works. I wear glasses, and you have to be very specific if you're wearing them or not. Even so, it works maybe 1/4 of the time. I find myself getting frustrated and tapping on the screen until it lets me type in my code. This alone is very frustrating Screen: gorgeous. colors and brightness are great, very clear and a nice size. Touch responsive is good. Nothing magical, but good. Samsung "DeX" mode: This is one of the main features of this tablet, that I just don't see the use for, even if it worked well. This just seems like a feature they wanted to have, so they patched it together to work. When you're in this mode, it is supposed to act like a desktop, which I just don't get. I'm not going to lug around a bluetooth mouse to use with this. You don't HAVE to use a mouse, but without one whats the point of making all the icons tiny and hard to touch? Also, this thing gets laggy when in this mode. It takes multiple touches to close windows, and even some of the basic android apps pre-installed on the device aren't designed for DeX mode. I've used this mode just a couple times, and couldn't figure out why it even existed. This is one of the main touted features, and it just doesn't deliver. Apps tend to crash a lot. Now, some of this will be able to be fixed with software updates, but as of now, it is just "half baked" Overall: It is nice, but not worth the price. I would recommend another tablet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can truly function like a PC in DeX mode. Love it!

    Posted
    MarilynB
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    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 came well packed in a sturdy box with a form-fitting insert for placing the tablet so that it wouldn't move around during shipping. Included with the tablet were the S Pen stylus, a quick start guide, a pin to remove the micro SD card holder, 5 extra stylus tips along with a special tweezers to help you remove the current stylus when you need to change to a new one, a "fast-charger" wall plug with a USB port, and a Type-C USB power cord. Key Specs: Dimensions: 9.81 x 6.47 x 0.28 inches Weight: 1.06 pounds Display: 10.5-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 287 ppi, 16M colors CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Memory: 4GB RAM Storage: 64/256GB, expandable via micro SD card slot up to 400gb Speakers: Surround sound with Dolby Atmos Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo Main Camera Single: 13mp f/1.9 with autofocus and flash Main Camera Video: 4K resolution HDR video (2160 p) at 30fps. Features: LED flash, HDR, and panorama Front Camera: 8mp f/1.9. Video: 1080p@30fps Battery: 7,300 mAh lasting up to 16 hours of video playback Ports and buttons: In landscape position, docking contacts for the keyboard are on the bottom bevel, on the right bevel there are a USB-C port and a 3.5 mm audio port. On top, there are the power button, the volume + and - toggle button, and the micro SD card slot. An S Pen is included with the tablet. When you bring the pen close to the tablet, you will be able to use the S Pen software that comes pre-loaded on the tablet such as Air Command, Screen-off Memos, Translate, and Live Message. The pen doesn't require charging and has a slim design which is comfortable to hold and use. I love the size of the pen point and the feature that lets you write on your tablet (even when it is off. @@@@@@@ If you purchase the book cover keyboard case, there is a place on the case to store the pen when not in use. The Tab S4 has 4 speakers by AKG which support Dolby Atmos Sound giving a surprisingly good sound experience for a tablet. The volume + and - toggle switch is on the top bevel if you are holding your device in landscape orientation. The battery is a powerhouse at 7,300 mAh and will last up to 16 hours of video playback. The battery can be quickly charged using the USB-C port thanks to Samsung's Fast Charging capability. Samsung didn't scrimp on the camera. The 13mp rear camera produces good quality photos. The front camera has 8mp which is plenty for arms-length selfies! My testing of the video had good results. I watched as the camera worked to quickly refocus as I scanned the room with the tablet's camera moving from close-up objects to far-away objects. After installing my apps quickly using Smart Switch to copy my apps from my old device, I tried out the Samsung DeX interface using the book cover keyboard case that I purchased separately from Best Buy and a Bluetooth mouse. I like DeX so much that I keep it in that mode most of the time. The keyboard is smaller but I quickly adjusted to the size and I'm able to type on it with both hands. The keyboard case doubles as a protective case for the tablet and has a holder for the S Pen. Usually when I travel, I have to take my laptop because I have some regular computer duties that I must attend to that cannot be done on my phone or old tablet due to the fact that some features that I use on the desktop version are simply not included on the mobile app version. Taking the laptop is never convenient because of the weight and size. Now that is solved with the DeX interface. Now instead of lugging a heavy laptop on trips, I can tuck the tablet into my carry-on or personal item. When you are in the DeX interface the Android Navigation bar becomes a real taskbar at the bottom of the screen. You can add or remove shortcuts from your desktop screen just like you'd on a PC. There is an Apps button in the lower left corner of the screen where you'd normally find the Start button on a PC. Tap or click it to reveal the apps screen. To add an app to the Home Screen, long click (or press) the app icon and drag to the top of the screen. On the home screen, you can have up to 20 windows open at once and you can resize them like you'd PC windows (See my note about Samsung Labs below. @@@@@@@ The windows you have opened are lined up in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen like you'd see on a PC. Also, with a Bluetooth mouse, you will have right-click option boxes. In fact, you will be able to use your keyboard and mouse to make your tablet function almost exactly like a PC. There are some limitations, for example, using "My Files" I was unable to drag and drop files from one folder to another, but I could right-click and choose move from one folder and then choose paste in another folder (without having to right-click on the second folder. @@@@@@@ Since the Samsung documentation says you can drag and drop files, I may need to try this with a different app, but my work-around was so easy, it will suffice for me. The DeX Interface can be activated by connecting the Samsung Tab S4 into the book cover keyboard case, but I turned this feature off in "Settings" so that I could also use the keyboard and mouse in the Android interface too. Disconnecting the tablet from the keyboard doesn't put it back into Android mode; you have to manually switch back to Android mode by clicking the Quick Settings button in the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen and clicking on the Samsung DeX icon. I became adept at this in no time and could quickly switch back and forth. I had to do this a few times because Smart Switch feature only works in Android mode and not in DeX mode, but I preferred working on the tablet in DeX mode. I was able to use Smart Switch to copy my contact list and specific files that I chose from my old tablet to the Tab S4. DeX mode also works without the keyboard if you don't wish to purchase it. You can use a digital pop-up keyboard instead. If you are in Android mode, the Quick Settings button is on the top left part of the screen, or you can just use the Settings icon on the home screen to get there. Samsung Labs: Several of my apps were not compatible with DeX, but I got a pop-up that asked me if I wanted to turn on the Samsung Labs function. It explained that "Samsung DeX Labs is experimental and isn't officially supported" and that it "may cause errors." I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. I turned on the "Force apps to resize" option but left the "Auto open last app" option turned off. I have not had any errors and can easily resize any windows that I have open in DeX mode. If you don't get the pop-up, you can find Samsung Labs in Settings under the Samsung DeX section. I had a negative experience when trying to set up this device. I had gotten past setting up a 4 digit PIN for security, and setting up my Google account when I had to leave the set up task for a couple of minutes to take a phone call. When I got back the screen was black. I couldn't sign back in without using my PIN, but since I didn't complete the set up, it wouldn't take my PIN. I called Samsung and they couldn't help me but said since I had gotten past the Google account screen, I should call Google. Luckily Google was able to help me reset the tablet to factory defaults. So just remember to not let your screen time out and go black during the set up process. The default time out is set to only 30 seconds, so be careful. Or you could choose to not set up security during the set up process, then finish the set up and go back later to set up your security sign-in. Bottom line: Despite the set-up glitch, I'm extremely pleased with the tablet. That being said, however, I don't think it is worth the price unless you get the keyboard and Bluetooth mouse. If you want a tablet that can function like a PC when you need it to and then go back to being a tablet whenever you wish, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 would be perfect for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Android Tab on the Market

    Posted
    Titan5178
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    Pros: Thin bezels No home button so can be used in either orientation Better face detection technology (iris scanner) Larger battery S-Pen included Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos support 64GB Internal Storage (expandable up to 400Gb) Samsung DEX OS Cons: Not a huge spec upgrade from Tab S3 Keyboard Cover not included No Wireless Charging For reference, I've owned almost every flagship Samsung Android Tab since 2014 starting with the Tab Pro, then the Tab S 10.5, and the Tab S2 9.7 back in 2015. My favorite of all time was the original Tab S which came out in the summer of 2014. What I loved about it was that it was landscape oriented with an AMOLED 16:10 display with rich colors that made watching movies or reading comic books an absolute joy. Unfortunately, it became outdated and at some point I upgraded to a Tab S2, which with it's 9.7in screen in 4:3 aspect ratio seemed a bit like a downgrade. Last year I upgraded to the S3 which was mostly the same... But... Fast forward to 2018 and the new Galaxy Tab S4 goes back to the 16:10 aspect ratio with an even better AMOLED screen with HDR support. The thin bezels and lack of home buton makes the latest Galaxy Tab entry the best one yet. Now, you can use the device in any orientation without the physical buttons being in an awkward position. So far I've not had an issue with face detection, which also works in both orientations. It seems to work in a similar way as Windows Hello on newer laptops that support it. The home, back, and recents buttons now sit down at the bottom of the screenas virtual buttons no matter the orientation. In fact, without physical buttons or a Samsung logo, it's hard to determine which physical position the tablet actually is in. The camera, like the Tab S3 sits flush with the back of the unit. It's sleek for sure. When using an app, the on-screen buttons disappear but can be found again with a simple swipe up from the bottom. The same swipe from the home screen brings up the applications menu. To me, these gestures feel so much more natural and fluid than pressing a physical button. Performance wise the tablet is actually not much difference than the Tab S3. It has a bit newer and faster Snapdragon CPU on a 10nm die, twice the storage space, the same camera, same quad speakers tuned by AKG, and the same 4GB of RAM. The Tab S4 supports Bluetooth 5.0 and the selfie camera is actually 8MP now instead of 5MP. Both support microSD expansion. . but the Tab S4 allows you to go to 400GB. Oh and in case you were wondering, yes it still has the ol' trusty 3.5 headphone jack. Unforunately, there's no wireless charging. In my testing performance was solid, I didn't see a hiccup, even when using Dex. The OLED screen of course is vibrant and the sound quality superb for a tablet. Other than that, there's DeX. Samsung's DeX take's a newer feature of Android, called multi-window support and enhances it to give you a true desktop experience. In reality, it actually works fairly well. You can open apps in windowed mode, resize them, drag them to different positions on the screen, or click the full-size icon to expand them to full screen, just like a desktop. Most apps work really well in this mode. Chrome is so good for example, that I forget I'm using the mobile version of Chrome and not the one on my PC. There are some apps that don't work at all, such as Lastpass, and Netflix launched but I had only sound, no video. DeX will work either on the tablet screen itself or you can hook up an external monitor (both HDMI and DisplayPort worked for me) to get a truer desktop experience. The S4 also supports bluetooth keyboard and mice. you can also pair a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. But, one of the coolest features I found was the fact that you can use the tablet itself as a large glass trackpad. This worked really well, and felt completely natural. Overall, is it worth it to upgrade from the Tab S3, probably not, unless you just can't stand larger bezels or the home button/fingerprint reader. However, if you're upgrading from the Tab S, Tab S2 or one of the cheaper Samsung Tabs then the Tab S4 could be a great buy. If you're looking at the S4 as a replacement to a laptop then things get a little muddier. Sure, DeX is a nifty feature, but it's not anything new. Windows has had both a tablet and full desktop experience mode for years now. DeX only works on one tablet right now. The other thing to consider is that if you want to use this a as a laptop you will probably want the keyboard attachment which is going to add a $150 to your total cost. At which point you're well past the price of very capable and affordable traditional laptops. In the end though, it's the software that makes the difference, and that is largely in Google and the Android community's hands. On the hardware front this is a very solid and easily the best Android tablet you can buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend