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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  • Up close, the resolution is stunning

    Especially when watching high-definition video, the quality, responsiveness, and sharpness of the display is unparalleled to anything else on the market -- at least yet. It's extremely crisp and can run high-definition video content flawlessly.

    Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

  • The picture and video quality is astounding

    In some cases, it's like watching something in real life. The retina struggles at times to differentiate between the real-life scene because of the high pixel density.

    Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

  • A "selfie-compatible" front-facing camera

    The front-facing camera is 2.1 megapixels, allowing for sharp video calling and strong (compared to rivals) selfie-mode. It also lands with Android 4.4 "KitKat," which has the latest features and software, including Knox for the enterprise.

    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.