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

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

Summary: Samsung's latest tablet retains much of the same design as its siblings. But, it packs a powerful punch with new features and technologies. Here's what it looks like.


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  • Meet Samsung's flagship Android tablet of 2014

    Samsung's latest flagship tablet has a stunning and dazzling display, packed with new features -- including Android 4.4 "KitKat," and a bevy of enterprise-focused features that will not only wow the consumer but also the business customer.

    Some of the highlights include a light, thin design with a super-AMOLED display, sporting a 2560 x 1600 resolution. It's powered by a Exynos S Octa Processor (1.9 GHz quad + 1.3 GHz quad for the graphics), and has 3GB of RAM included.

    It also lands with a range of accessories, including a book cover, a simple cover, and a keyboard cover.

    It will be available for purchase in July.

    Image: CNET/CBS Interactive

  • Lighter and thinner than Apple's rival tablets

    The Galaxy Tab S is just a few milimeters in depth, about the thickness of five credit cards. It's also featherweight, with the smaller 8.4-inch version weighing just 10 ounces, so you can easily pick it up with your thumb and index finger.

    Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Samsung, Tablets

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  • Will never buy one or the other

    I personally never buy a device with a unique connector, iApple is first followed by Samsung and HP. Devices that use USB is always the right choice as it develops over time and the cables are reasonable. If this one follows Samsung from the past, its a pass.
    • Same here

      Except that I don't see an Android device coming in my hands soon.
    • er what?

      The Samsung is using micro USB. How is that not standard?
  • I didn't check all the pages of this article...

    Did I miss an reference to all the free apps that come with the device...ie. Bloatware?
    • some of the bloatware from Samsung is bloody awesome

      Like Sketchbook Pro?
      On NotePro, full Hancom Office suite is over $100 for all modules
      Also the Garmin Navigon offline GPS is about $50 to $90 depending which region.
      Sidesync is brilliant! (Remote desktop your phone/tablet)
      S translator, watchon infrared remote control.
      When I use my Nexus 7, I feel like someone broke into the house and robbed all the furniture!
  • A table for me needs to double as a TV around the house

    I have a Galaxy Note 2 and the U-verse app from ATT continually locks up, the same app on my iPad air works just fine, so good is the picture it caused me to upgrade my TV.

    My Note 2 is running 4.4.2 which I believe is the same version of Android this Tab S is running.

    Which means if Apple releases a iPhone6 with the rumored 5.5 screen it's good bye to Android for me.