Another Galaxy Tab?! Here's how to pick the Samsung tablet that's best for you

Another Galaxy Tab?! Here's how to pick the Samsung tablet that's best for you

Summary: With the just announced Galaxy Tab S, Samsung now offers at least ten Android tablets. Which is right for you? Our buyer's guide can help.

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  • Choosing a Samsung Android tablet can be a daunting task

    Yesterday Samsung announced two more new Android tablets and I asked myself if I was living out the movie Groundhog Day since it seems like Samsung announces new Android tablets with colorful displays every month. To help myself and the readers, I decided to put together this gallery and post that details ten current Samsung tablets.

    With Apple, it is easy to remember there is the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display. They still have a couple older models squeezed in there to round out pricing. With Samsung we now find Note and Tab models in various display sizes. However, as you can see below, there is more than just display size that sets each of these apart.

    The key differentiator between the Note and Tab series is the use of the S Pen on the Note series. The physical designs are very similar, but the intent of the Note series is for users to use them a replacement for paper when taking notes, drawings, and more.

    Let's start with the oldest and walk through their current lineup. You will also likely find last year's models still being sold by carriers and retailers, but I will just stick with the 2014 models.

    Starting from September 2013 until yesterday, we have the following Samsung tablets available to purchase.

    Announcement date Model name
    September 2013 Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    February 2014 Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
    February 2014 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2
    February 2014 Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
    February 2014 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
    April 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
    April 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 8.0
    April 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
    June 2014 Galaxy Tab S 8.4
    June 2014 Galaxy Tab S 10.5

    While there are a lot of Samsung tablets available to the consumer, especially when you consider there are Wi-Fi and cellular models, I am not as overwhelmed after listing them all out and taking a closer look at what is available.

    My first Android tablet was an original Samsung Tab and if I was to purchase one today, I would likely pickup the Galaxy Tab S and may take a look at one from T-Mobile when it is released later this year.

    Further ZDNet Samsung tablet coverage

    *Samsung Galaxy Tab S unveiled: Fingerprint reader, dazzling display, and enterprise ready

    *Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Tab S (pictures)

    *Samsung Galaxy Tab S: Can it bring some colour back to the tablet market?

    *Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 review: Excellent tablet, but no notebook replacement

    *Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, First Take: Compact and impressive, but expensive

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was actually released in September 2013, but is one of the most actively promoted tablets on US wireless carriers. This model was the first to adopt the design features of the smaller Note smartphone with the textured and stitched back cover.

    The focus of this tablet is on the S Pen with all the great new S Pen features like Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbooker, S Finder, S Note, and more. There is even a S Pen optimized Twitter application. You will also find up to $600 in bundled content and perks for buyers.

    Specifications for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition includes a Samsung Exynos quad-core 2.3 GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display, microSD card slot.

    Wi-Fi models are available in white and black with 16GB and 32GB models, priced at $549.99 and $599.99 respectively. There is a $70 off deal good until 21 June on the Samsung website. The 32GB cellular version is available for about $600.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Samsung, Tablets

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  • Too many tabs

    I am still trying to figure out what the difference is between the Tab Pro and the Tab S. They sell a Tab Pro and Tab S in 8.4", why?
    Low_tech
  • Choices - Choices

    So many to chose from...which one...ok, I made my choice...I will take the Surface Pro 3.
    Sean Foley
  • Note 10.1

    The 2.3ghz quad core version is Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, not Exynos.
    warboat
  • Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

    So, I actually own the 10.1" Galaxy Tab 4. It's a great, inexpensive device. Bought it to replace my Asus Transformer Tf300, which left me very disappointed from a performance perspective. One thing I'll say for Samsung: when you buy a Samsung you know you're getting a device that's going to perform as it should. I've had no issues with the Tab 4. It's one of those devices that "just works." Screen resolution isn't great, but it does get the job done. I'm not a fan of physical buttons and I wish Samsung had stuck with the standard Android soft buttons, but it's a fairly minor quibble. All in all, if you want a device to surf the Web and do some casual gaming from time to time you could do worse and spend a lot more than the Tab 4.
    dsf3g
    • Samsung should have offered a togge for the soft buttons

      For cases when the physical button is inconvenient like when using upside down orientation.
      If you really must have it, you can root and just add the following line to build.prop in system

      folderqemu.hw.mainkeys=0
      warboat
    • Agreed about the soft buttons

      I appreciate the physical button on the phones, but just find them out of place on the tablets (especially the 10" ones).

      I no think they have gone a bit too far with their variety of tablets. The Tab and Note ranges were clear in the middle and high end purposes.

      The distinction between the Tab Pro 10" and the Tab S 10" less so. Just seems like they released the pro range, then got the SAMOLED screen sorted and jumped out with it straight away.
      Boothy_p
  • Best way to pick one

    By picking other OEM products like Asus or LG even iPad is better then Samesung.
    Teco222
    • watch this video and then try and say that again

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV0Gb9_zMH4
      warboat
  • WHY?

    As Yet I have not found a reason to upgrade my Mk1 Galaxy Tab 7" with 3G.

    I have had it ages it works fine does everything I ask of it, it is my Mobile Phone (I have hands like shovels with Arthritis and cannot use small phones) it is my Sat Nav in the Car with Sygic which works great (Tomtom was not available for Android when I got it their loss) and with it's surfing and email capability's WHY do I need to change it PLUS Samsung have by their own design made it very awkward and costly, the mount for the car when I bought it was close to £100 its in working faultlessly but it wont take the later 7" versions (note as yet no 7" version of the new one) and has anyone notice the SEVERE LACK of 3 / 4G versions of the newer version? and the vast increase in price if you do manage to find one. Plus the decrease in Memory or capability on the newer versions? my "Old beast" has 16 Gb on board and a 16Gb card makes the newer ones look very slack.

    Closing point Samsung should make mounts compatible as newer versions are released (Oh I have two keyboard docks that wont take newer versions either) and newer faster CPU's do not mean people want less memory. and Tablets should have a 3/4G connection available as standard without a massive price increase if that want to get people to upgrade and the various mounts should not cost a fortune.
    The BarnOwl