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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  • Expandable memory, micro-USB port for connectivity

    Both the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch version arrive with micro-USB connectivity. And, if 16GB internal storage isn't enough, the expandable micro-SD slot allows for up to 128GB removable storage.

    Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

  • Two colors available

    There are two colors available: Titanium Bronze and Dazzling White. Dubbed as its flagship tablet of the year, the smaller 8.4-inch tablet will cost $399 and the 10.5-inch tablet will cost $499.

    Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

  • Super AMOLED display

    The 2560 x 1600 resolution display is the flagship feature of this tablet. Sporting enough pixels to double the high-definition standard, it has up to 100,000-1 contrast ratio, allowing for deep black levels and richer colors than standard definition displays.

    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.