The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active is not a boring enterprise device. It’s an enterprise device disguised as a ruggedized variant of the Galaxy Tab 4. Its relatively high price and moderate specs are reflective of the b2b market, where enterprise-level services and support are at a premium.
Excluding that, the functional additions of the ruggedized design, physical buttons, and removable battery make it an appealing tablet, and not just to business users. A better camera, brighter display, and a full-sized USB would be wonderful additions. But it’s likely battery life and price concerns caused Samsung to make some tradeoffs. These aren’t deal breakers.
Its versatility is also appealing. Sure it’s thick and heavy by 2015 standards, but it’s still fine for personal use. With permission, users wouldn’t think twice about taking it home from work to use as an everyday tablet.
- Decent real-world performance
- Ruggedized ports, not port covers
- Removable battery
- Ships with case and stylus
- Screen glare an occasional issue
- Only has one microUSB port
- Camera takes lousy pictures
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active is an enterprise device with features many consumers will find appealing. It fits the bill as a top-notch, stylish, and ruggedized Android tablet.