The latest line of Galaxy Tab tablet from Samsung offers a slightly more compact design with a small boost in performance over its predecessor.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is a solid device for those looking to perform everyday tasks while on the go and have a separate means of photography. Photo Credit: Techmunchie.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is the smallest, most affordable, variant of the Tab 4 series of tablets released by the Korean tech giant earlier this month. It features a slightly more compact design with a small boost in performance over the Tab 3 series released last year.
Overall, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a solid device for those looking to perform everyday tasks while on the go and have a separate means of photography. We've been using this Tab 4 for about three weeks now, so here's what we think:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 stays true to the current evolution in the Galaxy line of devices, with a design that can be described as a cross between the Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 3. The tablet is constructed of thick plastic with a slightly more compact design over its predecessor. Weighing in at 276 grams, Samsungs latest 7-inch Tab is noticeably lighter than the Tab 3 and features a diminished side bezel, making it more portable, and more comfortable to use.
One nice feature about the Tab 4 is a new textured backing that replaced the traditional glossy plastic found on most Galaxy devices prior to the Note 3. While it's not quite as nice as the premium faux-leather found on the Note series, it does offer a nicer feel than the previous model.
Physical and capacitive buttons are fairly responsive and reside in their usual Samsung Galaxy locations, along with a micro SD slot on the lower right side. The speaker is located on the lower right rear, while the microphone is located above the lock button on the upper right side. Headphones get plugged in the top of the device, and USB on the bottom. An IR blaster located on the right side of the Tab 4 offers remote control capabilities. You will also find both the front and rear camera at their usual locations.
Samsung got it right this time when they upped the screen resolution on the Tab 4 to 1280 x 800 over the disappointing 1024 x 600 resolution found on the Tab 3 7.0. Given that each model of the Tab 4 features the same screen resolution, it is safe to say that the 7-inch Tab 4 has the best looking display out of the line with a pixel density of 216ppi. For the sake of comparison, the Tab 4 10.1 has a pixel density of 149 ppi, which is even lower than the density of 170 ppi found on the 7-inch Tab 3.
Initially, we weren't expecting much given the $199 price tag on the Tab 4, but we were pleased to find that icons and text looks pretty sharp, and the TFT LCD offers a decent amount of detail in images and HD video. You get fairly decent color contrast and the screen brightness that can be easily viewed in direct sunlight or brought down to an ultra-dim night mode which is great for using Android Daydream as a replacement for your bedside clock.
Each of the different Tab 4 variants runs on the same Quad-core 1.2GHz processor, which offers a nice boost in performance when compared to the dual-core processor found on the Tab 3. Samsung also gave the Tab 4 an extra half-gig of memory over its predecessor (bringing it to 1.5GB), which makes navigating through the TouchWiz interface fairly seamless with little lag. The Tab 4 can easily run multiple apps like playing music while using GPS navigation, but if serious mobile gaming is your thing, this tablet may not be a good fit for you.
Samsung decided not to offer any improvements in the camera department by offering the same crappy 3.15MP/1.3MP camera configuration found on the Tab 3 with limited photography options. You get 6 preset camera modes: Auto, Night, Sports, Panorama, Sound & Shot, and Beauty Face, along with the ability to choose change the metering and image resolution. There is no flash, no touch-focus, image quality is horrible unless you have a ton of ambient lighting, and the slightest movements will result in blurry photos.
It's pretty much the same deal with the front camera. Video calls look pretty bad, and image quality is basically what you would expect to find on a low-end device. Although tablets have never traditionally been intended for mobile photography, Samsung could have done a lot better in this department.
Shooting video on the Tab 4 7.0 is a bit more pleasant than taking photos. You can shoot 720p HD footage, but 32GB of maximum expandable storage puts a damper on things if you are trying to film for an extended period of time. Again, you need lots of good lighting to get any decent result.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 features a 4000mAH battery that offers outstanding performance. One full charge will easily last you all day, but you could stretch it by up to 3 or 4 days depending on how bright you keep your screen and other factors. Power saving mode can help you squeeze some extra juice out of the Tab 4 by limiting the maximum performance of the CPU and reducing the screen frame rate and brightness.
One nice thing about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is you get all the latest Android features out of the box with version 4.4.2 KitKat with the same interface found on the more expensive Galaxy Tab Pro. The ability to set up multiple user accounts and a kid's mode makes it a great all around device for the family. Multi-window paired along with the recent apps menu just a touch away makes multi-tasking a breeze. Bluetooth and an IR blaster make the Tab 4 great for VOIP calls and controlling your home theatre system. Smart stay keeps the screen on by using the front camera to detect when your eyes are focused on the screen.
Overall, Samsung did a pretty good job with the Galaxy Tab 4 lineup. The 7-inch model offers the best balance between portability and viewing experience in the series, making it a solid device for those looking to perform everyday tasks and have another means for photography.comments powered by Disqus