Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 6.75
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Reliable and solid performance
    • Great battery life
    • Solid stereo speakers
  • Cons

    • Low display resolution
    • Barely acceptable cameras
    • Slightly heavy

Quick Take

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is a solid choice for general family usage, internet browsing, watching a few movies, and replying to emails.

Samsung is offering the fourth-generation Galaxy Tab in three different sizes: 10.1, 8, and 7 inches. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has unimpressive specifications at first glance; however, they are sufficient for a relatively reasonable cost of $349.99.

This device offers what flagship tablets offered a year or two ago, but with up-to-date software. Apart from Android 4.4 KitKat enhanced with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface running on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, this model offers a 1280 x 800-pixel display, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 6800 mAh battery. It has a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera, while the tablet is available as WiFi-only or with 4G LTE.

Build and Design

Like all other Samsung mobile devices, no matter their price, much of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1’s casing is made of plastic. The front is entirely covered in glass, though. This is not Gorilla Glass, but it offers a very smooth feel, without any trace of annoying friction.

The tablet’s upper part has a very slim chromed edge, while the remaining edges and the back are carved out of a single piece of plastic, which is supposed to mimic leather. This has proved to be a successful feature on many Samsung tablets and phones, as it offers premium feel to the user. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 does not have fake stitches on back like other Samsung devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 ReviewThe tablet feels solid when held, and it does feel rather heavy, as it weighs 1.07 lb. (487 g). Still, it’s only 0.3 in. thick (8 millimeters) and offers pleasant dimensions for a 10.1-inch tablet: 9.6 x 6.9 inches (243 x 176 mm). The bezels around the display are slimmer on the left and right sides than at the top or the bottom, which looks natural.

Display

One thing on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1’s spec sheet that’s out of line with the times is the 10.1-inch display resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels, resulting in a humble pixel density of 149 ppi. In practice, this low resolution is obvious, as it’s possible to identify individual pixels on the screen at a glance, even from arm’s length. This compromises imaging sharpness, and certain slimmer fonts and sloped line animation looks spikey, while tone transitions within the same color on certain objects (especially if they are small, like app icons) appear pixelated.

Poor imaging is the only serious objection here. Color imaging is natural and precise, and the colors are just as vivid and bright as can be expected from a mid-range tablet. The same goes for the contrast; although this display does not offer the purest whites and darkest blacks, its range is wide enough that it does not amount to an actual shortcoming for the user during everyday use. Contrast sustainability is the display’s most positive attribute, and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1’s viewing angle is quite large. It’s also not necessary to manually crank up screen brightness when hit with glare from the sun.

Buttons and Ports

A Samsung logo rests on the front of the tablet, above the display, along with the 1.3-megapixel camera, while the Power button is situated below the screen. This also doubles as the “home” key. There are also “back” and “task” capacitive keys below the display. While this is an nontypical arrangement for Android devices (Google prefers that all control keys be on-screen as part of the user interface) Samsung deserves praise for this design. The buttons on the display border make this otherwise empty area useful, they can easily be reached, and do not waste valuable screen space.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Buttons and PortsThe location of rather large stereo speakers on the left and right sides is also praiseworthy, as users won’t inadvertently cover them with their hands, and the tablet’s appearance does not suffer. At the same time, the speakers provide quite a good sound for a mid-range tablet.

The left side of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 also includes the audio jack, while the right side only includes the aforementioned speaker.
The tablet’s bottom edge has a microUSB port and a microphone, while the upper one includes the additional power key, the volume rocker, and a microSD card slot. The LTE tablet version also has a microSIM card slot on the upper edge. The back of this tablet only includes the 3-megapixel camera.

We’re just getting started. Page 2 covers the performance of this Samsung tablet.



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  1. ScottV.

    This tablet is garbage for the price. Straight garbage.

    My “Chinese” tablet (an Onda V975m) cost half this and has the same “Retina” 1536p IPS display as the iPad, 2GHz quad-core A9 CPU, 8-core Mali-450 GPU, 2GB DDR3, aluminum shell, etc. Literally better in EVERY SINGLE WAY POSSIBLE! And not just BETTER but, like, severely better. Like, my tablet beats this one into the ground better. 32,000 Antutu! Oh, and mine has KitKat to boot!

    I don’t care if it’s from China or a lesser known company or not. Sure this tablet may have a better or easier warranty but that still doesn’t justify it’s outrageous price.

    I mean, screw my Chinese tablet for that matter, what about the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 or LG GPad or mostly any other tablet out there that’s faster AND cheaper.

    To me all this is is Samsung riding their “trusted” name. All this is made for is to dupe unknowingly buyers.

    There is no…and I mean NO(!!!) reason for a tablet with these specs to be $350. No reason WHAT-SO-EVER. Period.

  2. DavidFlores

    I bought one of these shortly after it was released. I think Best Buy had them for $320.00

    I’m very happy with mine. Screen resolution could be better, but other than that I have no complaints. The tablet is very thin, excellent build quality, and very reliable. Buying Samsung is like buying Apple, you know you’ll be getting something that “just works.” There’s great developer support (all the apps I’ve accumulated over the years run great on it) and performance is such that I have yet to see any slowdowns.

  3. titima86

    It’s a waste of money! I’ve never seen a tablet with 1 hour battery autonomy! I’m sadly regretting buying this tablet… 1 hour LOL

  4. Ed Hardy

    @titima86, in our tests we found that this tablet has a battery life 10 times longer than that. Either you have a defective unit and you should return it, or you have installed a flawed third-party app that is putting an inordinate drain on the battery.

  5. Ermias

    I orderd this tablet but if its battery life is as it is said 1hour lol thats really really a waste of money

  6. hudsonhawk2

    I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy tab 4 10.1 for a month and I don’t find anything wrong with it. I really enjoy using using the item. I don’t understand why people expect the display to be very bright. The battery lasts for a long time. What are you expecting the battery to last all day? Not all batteries last all day. There is going to be a time where you are going to have to charge the battery at some point during the day. Now as far as the display goes. Are you people expecting the display to be so bright that its going to hurt your eyes? I don’t understand what you people are expecting out of the tablet. Very bright display, longer lasting battery. What else are you people expecting out of the product? I just don’t understand how dumb you people are. You expect a lot out of the products that Samsung makes. Don’t be STUPID. Accept what you get from Samsung or any other product from any company.

  7. AlphaTym

    This is the worst product I ever bought for such a price. 400 bucks for this. Battery has to be recharged every single day, even when barely used. Graphic card shifty and problem with WiFi. I contacted at least 10 times samsung and I still dont have any solution to my issues. Worst product and worst customer experience ever.

  8. siamsabu

    Purchased one of these 2 weeks ago and have to strongly agree with a few comments here that the ridiculously short battery usage is completely unacceptable..I used mine for 1 hour tonight and the battery dropped from 100% down to 34%.I will be returning it shortly to have this checked !

  9. wendyanderson10

    One new Android tablet to launch this month that offers much better features and performance is the P98 Air, priced at $259… which offers an innovative octa-core processor, a retina-quality 2048×1536 display, a 13MP camera, 4K video output and 9 hours battery life — one of the first sources this new model is available through is — TabletMaxx

  10. oliverwllms

    Having problems with my Tab 4 10.1. Screen is always on, can’t go to sleep mode

  11. hairdo252000

    Just got my son a Samsung tab 4 yesterday. Why isn’t there a charger in the box? There is a two prong travel adapter that doesn’t fit in out 3 prong plug socket. Using the cable to charge via laptop or tv usb ports but charging is talking ages. He used it at 5pm yesterday for about 30mins and today for about an hour in and off. Some one please help. Can i buy an actual charger for this? So disappointed

    • Ed Hardy

      It sounds like you got a U.S. charger, which isn’t doing you much good in the U.K. Do you have a USB charger for a phone around the house? That will work for this tablet.

  12. hairdo252000

    Thanks for your reply Ed Hardy. I have a Samsung s3 neo which has a usb charger with plug attachment will that be ok to use?

    • Ed Hardy

      That should be fine. The advantage of USB is that the “U” in the name stands for Universal.

  13. dessie1984

    Hi i got the tab 4 for my mum and she loves it but does anyone know if you can get a wire to stream to tv since there is 1 port.Her wifi is bad so chromecast is no good and everyone online says it does not support it?

  14. unzonumb1

    What tv adaptor is used for the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 T530

  15. 1008mmm

    Everything is alright. But man the camera quality is so crap. It is literally so damn blurry and it doesnt even focus. I try taking a picture but it comes out looking so sh*t and fuzzy that features like eyes, etc. become just this blurred thing on the screen.Seriously this level of ‘quality’ for the camera is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable. Might as well just get rid of the camera altogether if its going to be so useless.