Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1: Performance

June 24, 2014 by Dragan Petric Reads (675,518)
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

The Samsung Exynos 1.2 GHz quad-core processor based on Cortex A9 architecture is the optimal choice for a tablet like this. It offers a performance suitable for everyday use, at least for the sort of tasks intended for a mid-tier tablet; functions like browsing web sites, watching videos, or playing games.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1The fact that this is not the most up-to-date chipset is evident only upon starting certain tasks — some games take longer to load, heavier web sites take a second longer to render, for example. These are not serious problems, but users should be cautious about their apps, especially if a number of them perform functions in the background, as there is not a lot of capacity for a heavy processor load.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 scored 8743 on Quadrant benchmark, further confirming that this is a mid-range tablet. For comparison, the high-end Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 scored about 17,000 on this same test, while last year’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 got a 5,800.

The Android 4.2.2 (the latest version of Google’s mobile OS), was well as a low display resolution, help reduce demand on the processor.

Software

Those who aren’t fans of Samsung’s TouchWiz IU will be glad to hear that it has never been less intrusive, nor has it offered fewer modifications compared to the classic Android OS interface. While Samsung flagship tablets like the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 introduced entirely different concepts for the homescreen, the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 offers the kind of experience similar to other Android tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 HomescreenIt is possible to set up widgets on the homescreen, including widgets for weather forecasts, time, or Google searching, as well as icons for individual applications. Remaining homescreens can be personalized the same way, which is common for tablets with standard version of Google’s operating system.

The apps drawer is accessed via a special icon located along the lower right edge of the screen, while it is possible to access many settings more quickly through the notifications panel.

Camera

Photographs taken with the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1’s rear-facing 3-megapixel camera turn out well only under decent lighting conditions, and a lot of noise is evident on images taken inside – even if it’s daytime. These images are also grainy and lack details. Imaging exposure is good, but the same cannot be said for color imaging, which is not realistic, and the colors incline to colder tones.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Rear ViewThis goes for the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera as well, and it’s obvious that Samsung included both cameras only because they are something that people have come to expect on tablets.

Battery

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1’s 6800 mAh battery offers plenty of time to enjoy the tablet, without the need to recharge it very often. This is a 10 to 12 hour battery, which is quite good.
Keep going. Page 3 has TabletPCReview‘s conclusions on this model.


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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.