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Samsung on Thursday unveiled the Galaxy Tab S lineup, which comes in 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch flavors, boasts 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution Super AMOLED displays, supports fingerprint recognition and integrates Galaxy-only inter-device sharing software.


Samsung's 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S. | Source: Sammobile


Introduced at a special press event in New York called "Tab Into Color," the Galaxy Tab S series represents Samsung's latest assault on Apple and the iPad. According to Samsung, the new hardware outshines any tablet on the market with its high-resolution display and top-shelf components.

Apparently the Korean company is so confident in the Tab S that it went so far as to put the tablet next to an iPad Air in the press demo room.

Specifications are similar to the Galaxy S5 smartphone, with an octo-core Exynos SoC, fingerprint scanner, 8-megapixel rear shooter and 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera on board. Samsung is offering both models in white and muted bronze colors.

The star of the show is the 2,560-by-1,600 pixel Super AMOLED display Samsung managed to squeeze into the slim chassis, which comes in at around 0.25 inches or 6.6 millimeters thin. The company claims the screen produces deeper blacks and more vibrant colors than the LCDs used in previous Galaxy tablets.

A fingerprint scanner is also included, though it appears the component is similar or identical to the unit used in the Galaxy S5. Also similar is a plastic rear shell, though the material choice reportedly cuts down on in-the-hand weight.


Samsung's 8.5-inch Galaxy Tab S.


On the software side, Samsung introduced a new feature called SideSync that lets users pair with and navigate their Galaxy S5 on the tablet's screen. SideSync supports file transfers, app access and even phone calls; much like the new OS X and iOS continuity features presented by Apple at WWDC. The feature requires a Galaxy S5 to work and both devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

In addition, the new Papergarden service grants access to digital versions of print magazines. It is not clear what titles will be available at launch and for now the feature is limited to customers in Brazil, Korea, the UK and the U.S.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S goes on sale in July and starts at $399 for the 8.4-inch version and $499 for the 10.5-inch model.
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Notice that they put it next to a Retina Mini, which does not have an IGZO display and suffers a bit in color accuracy. They didn't have the guts to put it next to the Air.

 

I had to laugh at the Engadget comments on this, one of the most popular was "Is anyone confused by all the tablets Samsung has announced?"

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I see the media has a collective boner over the fact these tablets are slightly thinner and lighter than the iPads. So I guess thinner and lighter only matters when anyone not named Apple does it? Because every time Apple comes out with a thinner and lighter device the media tells us it's not innovation and is just boring, incremental updates.
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The "fragmented" colour background on the screen seems appropriate

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And they're still not thinner than the Xperia Tablet Z2, so what's the point? I could care less about thin, it's about the feel. Every single person who I've let hold my Air is stunned when they see how light it is, and how easy it is to hold. It's the perfect size.

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It doesn't really matter what the hardware is like in my opinion, because as we all know, it still runs Android, and the great majority of sensible people choose iOS, because Android is just a mess. Only a tiny minority of Android users are even on the newest OS. This is in stark contrast to iOS, where the overwhelming majority is on the latest OS, and often within a day or two after the initial release. That is just not possible with Android, and never will be. Android is truly a ghetto operating system.

 

And who really cares about any Samsung tablet announcements in June, when Apple is going to be releasing their new iPad line up in the not so distant future most likely? That is going to kick so much ass, and you know it too, unless you happen to be a writer for Business Insider or a deranged Fandroid.

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I see the media has a collective boner over the fact these tablets are slightly thinner and lighter than the iPads. So I guess thinner and lighter only matters when anyone not named Apple does it? Because every time Apple comes out with a thinner and lighter device the media tells us it's not innovation and is just boring, incremental updates.

Eh, it goes both ways.
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It doesn't really matter what the hardware is like in my opinion, because as we all know, it still runs Android, and the great majority of sensible people choose iOS, because Android is just a mess. Only a tiny minority of Android users are even on the newest OS. This is in stark contrast to iOS, where the overwhelming majority is on the latest OS, and often within a day or two after the initial release. That is just not possible with Android, and never will be. Android is truly a ghetto operating system.

 

And who really cares about any Samsung tablet announcements in June, when Apple is going to be releasing their new iPad line up in the not so distant future most likely? That is going to kick so much ass, and you know it too, unless you happen to be a writer for Business Insider or a deranged Fandroid.


I made the mistake of getting Sony's Xperia Tablet S. Came with 4.0...I got updated to 4.1.2 and that was it, they didn't go past that. Sold that thing after eight months of ownership. Heck, it had only really been on the market for nine due to the stop sale and recall. Made a slight error in going with a Surface 2 next (though I still think MS has great ideas and tablets), but I corrected it with an Air in the end.

 

Parents have Galaxy Tab 2 10.1's, or whatever the mouthful is. They're on 4.2 now IIRC (it uses TI processors so they're out of luck) and every successive update has made them hate the things even more. For some reason Samsung felt the need to completely redo the UI with every update, reset all their apps, etc. Now they both use their iPhones all the time and the tablets gather dust. Trying to get them to go with iPads here soon.

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Trying to get them to go with iPads here soon.

 

Good luck with that!

 

I gave my mom my old iPad 2 a couple of years ago, and she's still using it every day and likes it a lot, and she's one of the most computer illiterate people that you'll ever meet. 

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Good luck with that!

 

I gave my mom my old iPad 2 a couple of years ago, and she's still using it every day and likes it a lot, and she's one of the most computer illiterate people that you'll ever meet. 


I pointed out to my mother that the first gen Mini is $200 this week at Target. It's a little old, sure, but I'm sure she'll be fine with it being slower. It's not like she's using heavy games, and I imagine it has a few years left of software support. She just likes the idea of it being small and light.

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I pointed out to my mother that the first gen Mini is $200 this week at Target. It's a little old, sure, but I'm sure she'll be fine with it being slower. It's not like she's using heavy games, and I imagine it has a few years left of software support. She just likes the idea of it being small and light.

And the original Mini (non retina) will be compatible with iOS 8 when it comes out.

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Why is does the 10.5 have a home button/fingerprint reader at the edge of the bezel that would be the "bottom" when viewed in landscape mode, similar to the MS Surface tablet PC? The placement of the Samsung logo and camera would indicate the landscape orientation is "natural" for the big Tab, but not on the smaller one. Why is that? Aren't they both stretched-out Android cell phones?

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The "fragmented" colour background on the screen seems appropriate
Like the wallpaper that comes with iPads?

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Let's see.. that Octacore processor has 8, what... 32-bit cores? Laughable. Android can make use of what, maybe two of those cores?  The camera may have megapixels, but probably has terrible quality, slow focus and more. We already know the terrible quality of that fingerprint scanner.

 

But, alas... some people will be fooled into thinking this is some how better than the iPad Air or iPad Mini with Retina, go get one and then sit it on a shelf when they find the 300 apps that are built for tablets on Android really don't change their lives.

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Let's see.. that Octacore processor has 8, what... 32-bit cores? Laughable. Android can make use of what, maybe two of those cores?

Their primary job is to impress your friends--the ones who are easily impressed by specs.

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Like the wallpaper that comes with iPads?



No, I'm afraid they're different.

Samsung's: Chaotic, disorganized.
Apple's: Clear, ordered, systematic.
There's a clear difference in the successful graphic quality of the two when it comes to color choice and subtlety. Perhaps this is merely subjective, and depends on who you're talking too. Nonetheless, I'm willing to bet that most would recognize the quality that's more evident in the iPad's wallpaper.

As mentioned previously, seems appropriate.

And there's 1 for Team GadgetCanada.
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No, I'm afraid they're different.

Samsung's: Chaotic, disorganized.
Apple's: Clear, ordered, systematic.
There's a clear difference in the successful graphic quality of the two when it comes to color choice and subtlety. Perhaps this is merely subjective, and depends on who you're talking too. Nonetheless, I'm willing to bet that most would recognize the quality that's more evident in the iPad's wallpaper.

As mentioned previously, seems appropriate.

And there's 1 for Team GadgetCanada.

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No, I'm afraid they're different.

Samsung's: Chaotic, disorganized.
Apple's: Clear, ordered, systematic.
There's a clear difference in the successful graphic quality of the two when it comes to color choice and subtlety. Perhaps this is merely subjective, and depends on who you're talking too. Nonetheless, I'm willing to bet that most would recognize the quality that's more evident in the iPad's wallpaper.

As mentioned previously, seems appropriate.

And there's 1 for Team GadgetCanada.
personally I think they're both fulgly.
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Introduced at a special press event in New York called "Tab Into Color,"  ...

 

More like "Tub of Cheese."

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Good luck with that!

I gave my mom my old iPad 2 a couple of years ago, and she's still using it every day and likes it a lot, and she's one of the most computer illiterate people that you'll ever meet. 

Lol! Me too! I am so proud of her, really. One can say it changed her life. She was always bored and never did anything. Her PC desktop was gathering dust because the load-up and Windows was always a pain for her to use, so she never did. Got her an iPad 2 a couple of Christmases ago and since then she has incorporated it into her high school classroom teachings, joined several online groups of individuals within her age group and shared interests who meet up and do cool stuff together, and from that social experience finally met the love of her life and is happy with her personal identity for once. All due in no small part to the ease of use, comfortably and portability of Apple' a iPads.
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Ooooh, Sammy got a fingerprint scanner on a tablet before Apple did!  

(Nevermind if it works, and nevermind that you are stuck with android.)  

 

Apple is doom!  /s.

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Samsung should start selling softer products too ... they hurt wiping my a$$ with whatever that has samsung / android names on them .... :smokey: 

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personally I think they're both fulgly.

I can totally understand someone not liking either wallpaper very much. Personally I'm not a huge fan myself. Regardless, for someone to lob a bomb at Apple saying their wallpaper is fragmented just like Samsung's lame, sugary-sweet, disorganized diamond graphic is ridiculous. It has stereotypical, cliche Photoshop layer effects that are overused, worn-out, and just don't have the same substance, care and thought as Apple's usually do.

Again, as GadgetCanada rightfully stated in the first place, it's the same issue that separates Apple and Samsung in nearly everything they do. There are clear differences at the core of them as companies.
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I see the media has a collective boner over the fact these tablets are slightly thinner and lighter than the iPads. So I guess thinner and lighter only matters when anyone not named Apple does it? Because every time Apple comes out with a thinner and lighter device the media tells us it's not innovation and is just boring, incremental updates.

 

Or "obsession with thinness."

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Like the wallpaper that comes with iPads?

So that's where sammy and gang came up with their new background, eh?!!

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Never mind the fisher-price quality and software, just look at that. Just look at that picture at the top... Go ahead, I'll wait...

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It's like an inebriate describing what an iPad probably looks like to a 5 years old over a really blurry fax. I am staggered after thinking that Samsung probably had a meeting and saw this (whatever it is) and said, "Yes, job done. Let's put it to sale so people can buy it with real money".

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OK Samsung's version of continuity is weird. It basically projects the phone display on to the tablet and that's how you take calls, share files, etc. I much prefer something like AirDrop. Or how Apple demoed continuity.
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Or "obsession with thinness."
exactly. And yet the media is having a Samsung orgy because their devices are slightly thinner than the iPad.
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Super Amoled screen = PenTile.

Well whatever.....
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Samsung is going to move away from Android and everyone knows it. The UI they put over Android clearly shows they are just using Android now until they decide to move to their own OS. HTC has put out far better products than Samsung yet they get killed because Samsung just runs over LG and HTC. 

 

Samsung has a far better UI then any other Android device. It looks like they are going to drop the "Pro" model with a 12.2 inch display. A tablet that big is just really uncomfortable and hard to manage. 

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I wonder if the fingerprint reader will be complete shit like on the S5?

If course it will be. Samsung doesn't give a shit, neither do its customers apparently. Neither does the media. The important part is the bullet point, whether it works or not is irrelevant.
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Like the wallpaper that comes with iPads?

 

You don't understand.

 

This is not the default wallpaper that the iPads come with.

 

There is a purpose for this wallpaper. When a Samsung Tab User decides to choose a better life and get an iPad, he has to slowly be lowered into the new world. You can't just dump him there. He'll be like a fish out of water.

 

In order to ease that transition, Apple has a wallpaper which acts as a familiar blanket for him...

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I wonder if the fingerprint reader will be complete shit like on the S5?

If course it will be. Samsung doesn't give a shit, neither do its customers apparently. Neither does the media. The important part is the bullet point, whether it works or not is irrelevant.[/quote
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I wonder if the fingerprint reader will be complete shit like on the S5?

If course it will be. Samsung doesn't give a shit, neither do its customers apparently. Neither does the media. The important part is the bullet point, whether it works or not is irrelevant.

Ha ha.......Well said.
Funny because it's true.
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Samsung releasing more junk to go sit in people's closets? Come on, we all know that people regret after they get 1 of these things because hardware only is good on paper and the mix of there OS and android causes you to be forced to buy a Sd card, at that point Sd card useless and people use it "only when neccesary".
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I pointed out to my mother that the first gen Mini is $200 this week at Target. It's a little old, sure, but I'm sure she'll be fine with it being slower. It's not like she's using heavy games, and I imagine it has a few years left of software support. She just likes the idea of it being small and light.


I don't want to discourage you buying the first generation mini, I have one myself and it's awesome. But it terms of software support, iOS8 is likely it's last update, because it runs with that A5 chip also found in the iPad 2.

 

There was a dramatic speed difference with the iOS6 to iOS7 upgrade, it still performs ok, but not quite as smooth as I would of expected from a one year old device. I can only imagine iOS8 will reduce it's speed again.

 

But who knows. Apple is great for looking after it's older devices, like with the iPhone 4 and iOS7.

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Samsung releasing more junk to go sit in people's closets? Come on, we all know that people regret after they get 1 of these things because hardware only is good on paper and the mix of there OS and android causes you to be forced to buy a Sd card, at that point Sd card useless and people use it "only when neccesary".

Honestly the SD card thing is a misdirection. an iPad or iPhone would be better served with an SDcard if it was meant to be a companion device to a photo/video camera, or operate primarily as one. It isn't. So instead you get the must-be-faster-but-soldered-to-the-PCB solid state storage. Android Tablets/Phones are having trouble deciding if they are a computer or a toy. A toy is something you play with until you lose interest. I'd love to have a SDXC card support in an iPhone/iPad, but it would likely never be used except to backup the device itself (which is mostly solved with cloud storage) or take very long videos. No mobile device is a good camera, let alone a good camcorder. None. It's not the storage though that kills it, it's the teeny-weeny-poor-light-performance-CMOS sensors they are all using instead of larger better CCD's that don't have the rolling shutter problem. Still for an all-in-one device an iPad/iPhone can take several-minute videos and it will be passable on youtube.
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Samsung is going to move away from Android and everyone knows it. The UI they put over Android clearly shows they are just using Android now until they decide to move to their own OS. HTC has put out far better products than Samsung yet they get killed because Samsung just runs over LG and HTC. 

Samsung has a far better UI then any other Android device. It looks like they are going to drop the "Pro" model with a 12.2 inch display. A tablet that big is just really uncomfortable and hard to manage. 

Sounds like wishful thinking. There's too much for Samsung to lose leaving Android. They license a free OS with the only R&D being their quirky features and Touchwiz skin. They waste no time or expense courting app developers to their platform, and Google supplies the security updates and fixes. Way too much of a good thing.

As far as interfaces go it's pretty subjective. Stock Android with always be the cleanest, fastest and typically more stable.

As my opinion goes with these tablets, Samsung is clearly carpet bombing the competition, and confusing customers in the process. The specs are nice though.
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In the context of these forums, starting a paragraph with: "Honestly" is a strong smell that increases the likelihood that the rest of the paragraph contains either some dishonestly, or is entirely rhetoric that attempts to persuade.

Not always true, but a frequent tactic used in these forums.

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So after their criminally bad fingerprint sensor that got blasted in reviews for being completely useless, instead of taking the time to go back to the drawing board and re-engineer it, they just go ahead and slap it on their tablets too. This is Samsung's DNA, which shows you the level of absolute contempt they have towards their users. 

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