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Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A7 (Rs. 23,990) in India, a premium mid-range device that sets itself apart from other mid-rangers from the company by offering a subtle design refresh, a triple camera setup and a uniquely placed fingerprint scanner. The device packs in an Exynos 7885 SoC, coupled with 4/6GB of RAM and its performance is exactly in accordance with other premium mid-rangers available at this price point. If you’re in the market for a mid-range device and have been pondering over the Galaxy A7’s performance then allow us to help you make a well informed decision. Here’s our performance and gaming review of the all-new Galaxy A7:

Samsung Galaxy A7 Performance and Gaming Review

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy A7 packs in an Exynos 7885 SoC which, for the unaware, falls somewhere between the mid-range Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 processors from Qualcomm. In order to get a fair reading of the processor’s performance, we first ran the usual slew of benchmarks on the device, including AnTuTu, Geekbench 4 and 3DMark.

Galaxy A7 Benchmarks

So, in order to check the benchmark results we installed AnTuTu, Geekbench 4 and 3DMark on the Galaxy A7 as soon as we pullet it out of the box which gave us a clear idea of how the device performs at its best. The scores delivered by the Galaxy A7 are quite in line with what you’d expect from a device of this calibre. The Galaxy A7 managed to score 122609 on AnTuTu, lagging behind the Snapdragon 660 powered Vivo V11 Pro which scored 128304, but managing to stay well ahead of Snapdragon 636 powered devices like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Nokia 6.1 plus, ZenFone Max Pro and the Motorola One Power.

Galaxy A7 Gaming Performance

Taking into account the synthetic benchmark results we just mentioned, you’d expect the Galaxy A7 to be terrible when it comes to gaming, but that isn’t the case. While the device doesn’t necessarily perform as well as the Vivo V11 Pro in graphically intensive games like PUBG Mobile, it is capable enough to handle most Android games with relative ease. In order to test the device’s gaming performance, we played PUBG Mobile, Mortal Kombat X and Shadowgun Legends and here’s what we found:

Compared to the Vivo V11 Pro, which managed to breeze through the most graphically demanding games with ease (at medium setting, of course), the Galaxy A7 didn’t fare quite as well. In PUBG Mobile, the device automatically picked up the medium graphical preset, but I experienced stuttering and frame drops right from the get go. The biggest issue I faced while PUBG Mobile at default settings was that the device dropped frames every time I panned the camera from left to right or top to bottom, which made aiming really difficult.

On top of that, due to the 4GB RAM, the device took far too long to load artifacts around the map, which meant that jumping out of the plane I could only see misshapen blobs of different colors on the ground right until I landed. The RAM constraints were also visible while multitasking as the device took some time to switch between heavy apps and wasn’t able to keep more than two heavy games in memory at the same time.

Since the Galaxy A7 features a notchless display, I faced absolutely no issues with games being cropped at weird places. But for some reason Mortal Kombat X on the device wasn’t properly optimized and left large empty spaces on both the top and bottom which added on to the top and bottom bezels, making the experience rather unpleasant.

Overall, the gaming performance of the Samsung Galaxy A7 wasn’t as good as I’d expected it to be and I wouldn’t recommend the device to people who wish to play games on their smartphones. If you’re one of those people, then you can opt for the Poco F1 or the Vivo V11 Pro, both of which are great for gaming.

Samsung Galaxy A7 Performance and Gaming Review: Not the Best Choice for Gaming

Priced at Rs. 23,990, the Galaxy A7 doesn’t offer the absolute best performance that you can get from a smartphone in this price range. It doesn’t even offer decent performance in graphically intensive titles like PUBG Mobile, unless you’re okay with turning down the graphics to low. However, I faced absolutely no issues with the device while playing lighter titles or in my day to day use, which means that the device isn’t all that bad.

So, in case your workload comprises of playing graphically intensive games all the time, then you should probably skip the Galaxy A7 and opt for the Poco F1 instead. But, if you’re not one who plays too many games on their smartphone then you can definitely go for the Galaxy A7.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Octa Core Review, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Samsung Galaxy S4 Quick Specs

Box Contents

The S4 box is made up of recycled paper which is a nice move from samsung – the box has Handset, 2600 mAh battery, screen protector preinstalled on the display, nice build quality in ear headphones, extra ear caps, MicroUSB to USB 2.0 cable and a 2 AMP charger.

Quick Hands on Review [Video]

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor Display, Memory and Battery Backup

The display on the phone is  5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi which is really one of the crisp and clear display we have seen, you will not notice any issues on the display as far as viewing angles are concerned, the outdoor visibility of the display is good if not the best which we have seen. The in built memory is 16Gb but only half of that around 8 Gb is available and out of which after preinstalled data and apps around 6 Gb you get for storing pictures, videos and other data like apps, but you also have memory card slot to expand the storage and you cannot install apps on SD card but move some apps from phone memory to SD card. The battery backup is quite good for one day moderate usage, the talktime you get it around 4-5 hours on the device with moderate usage which is quite good.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software UI running on top of android on this phone is Nature UX UI which is the latest version of Touch Wiz UI which is quite ok and good to use but you can see the phone runs faster on stock UI however you can’t do that unless you root the phone.

Benchmark Scores for Canvas 3D

Quadrant Standard Edition: 13077

Antutu Benchmark: 28030

Nenamark2:  59.8 fps

Multi Touch:  10 point

Benchmarks and Gaming Review [Video]

13 MP AF Rear and 2MP Front Camera

Camera Samples

Sound, Video and Navigation

The quality of sound from the loudspeaker is pretty loud and through the earphones it quite clear with good bass levels. It can play HD videos at both 720p and 1080p without any lag and it can also be used for navigation the device, but the device may become little hot while using it for navigation.

Unboxing and Full Review [Video]

Samsung Galaxy S4 Photo Gallery

Samsung Galaxy S4 Full In Depth Review [Video]

Conclusion and Price

Samsung Galaxy S4 is no doubt of the best smartphone available as if now with the some unique features like Air View, Air Gesture, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and Smart Stay which may not be available in other smartphones. It has a plastic feel but on the other hand it does give nice durability over time as compared to the cheap android phones out there, performance and gaming is as good as it can be on this phone. It comes for an MRP of Rs. 41,500 INR but you can get it at a lesser price and in case you have a problem with the price you can buy it with EMI on 0% interest as well.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Review: Perfect Fitness Companion For A Samsung Phone

Probably the best smartwatch if you use a Samsung smartphone, but not otherwise.

Ever since the 17th century, watches have become synonymous with luxury and class despite offering a very basic function of time-keeping. Not only essential, wristwatches especially have been linked to a person’s high work efficiency, ethics, class, and some other social identifiers.

But without getting lost in the nostalgia lane, let’s get started with what the Samsung Galaxy Watch has to offer. Samsung Galaxy Watch, which was announced alongside the Note 9, is one such fine example of craftsmanship and technology which can be carried anywhere without you needing a smartphone.

It not only commands admiration for being a device to enhance your productivity (and discipline in certain cases), but simply for its captivating looks – although I must admit, it is partly because until the contents on the screen change, most people mistake it for an analog wristwatch. The Galaxy Watch is equal parts utility and luxury, and does what it promises fairly well.

From keeping a track of your vital stats, to reminding you to perform armchair stretches, to facilitating phone calls, letting you watch YouTube videos, or even playing games, Samsung’s wrist computer is very useful – and it also shows you the time – but do all of the smart features shoved into this small puck justify the price of Rs 29,990? We’ll be taking a look in the review below.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Specifications

The Galaxy Watch is available in both – 42mm and 46mm sizes – allowing you to choose the size that fits your wrist the best. Let’s take a look at the specifications of the Galaxy Watch.

Display1.3-inch/ 1.4-inch AMOLED Display

Water-resistance1.5 meters for 50 meters, swimming-ready

ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, LTE in select markets

SensorsGPS + GLONASS, heart rate sensor, triaxial acceleration sensor, geomagnetic sensor, barometric pressure sensor, ambient light sensor

ProcessorExynos 9110 1.15GHz Dual-Core

RAM 768MB (1.5GB for LTE variant)

Weight~63g (without strap)

Battery472mAh (46mm) and 270mAh (42mm)

Pricestarts at Rs. 24,990

It is not very surprising to see the same specifications crammed into the Samsung Galaxy Watch as available on any leading smartphone a little short of ten years ago, until you actually sit and ponder over it. I hope that my detailed review of the Galaxy Watch will help you make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

Let’s find out if this lives up to the expectation in terms of performance, but first, let me run you through what the watch comes with inside the box.

Box Contents

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung wireless charger

Micro USB cable

Charging brick

Design and Build

From my very first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Watch struck me differently than any other alternative. This is because of brushed stainless steel chassis and slight heft make it resemble a premium watch – it might almost strike you as a watch from a luxury brand at first glance. The body alternates between areas with chrome and matte finishes, and the smooth round housing adds to the sense of symmetry.

The watch features a rotating dial which is very useful while scrolling. The tiny gear-like teeth along the perimeter of the dial make it easy to find the rotating surface even without looking directly at it. This is especially useful for activating the watch and seeing your incoming notifications.

On the right side of the watch lie two buttons with dedicated functions. The upper button is useful for going a step back in the interface – and sadly is the only way to do so. I wish that swiping from left to right worked as a way to go back, as it does in some of the cheaper smartwatches. The lower button serves the function of a Home button and takes you back to the main watch face from whichever screen you are in. When you’re already on the watchface, the Home button can be used to open the list of apps. 

These buttons, as well as the rotating dial, feel extremely tactile and easy to operate – although I feel that this button placement almost pressurizes you to wear it on the left wrist. This is because wearing it on the right one might put these buttons beyond the reach of your left hand. But that is the case with most smartphones using a rotating knob or crown, including the Apple Watch.

However, you get the liberty to use any standard 22mm watch strap or band with the Samsung Galaxy Watch, which is useful.

On the back is the heart-rate sensor, sitting square in the middle. Further on the left and right edges are the inbuilt speaker and the mic, respectively, which come in handy while playing music or taking calls. We will look at the quality of this almost hands-free setup below.


The 46mm version of the Galaxy Watch comes with a 1.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×360 pixels. The smaller variant uses a 1.2-inch display with the same resolution, so it might be a tad bit sharper but I have had no problem with the readability or sharpness of the bigger display whatsoever.

The display, to begin with, is very vibrant and responsive and it feels like it has been cut straight out of smartphone display. The rich vibrancy is what has inspired me to try a variety of watch faces with several animated elements. Moreover, the display gets significantly bright to ensure that a roaring sun does not hamper the Galaxy Watch’s usability.


If I had a limited set of words to introduce Galaxy Watch to Samsung fans, it can be described as a crossbreed between the Gear Fit and the Gear Sport, and designed on the lines of Samsung’s Gear S chúng tôi Galaxy Watch is a successor to the Gear S3, but it follows the same design as the latter, something which is also seen in Samsung smartphones.

This section dissects the various utilities of the Galaxy Watch, including its performance as a watch, as a fitness tracker, as a smart gadget with a touchscreen interface, and also as a device which can connect to other devices.

1. User Experience

To start with, let us first take a look at the smart capabilities of the watch. It currently runs on Tizen 4.0.0, and I got that update a few hours after unboxing the Galaxy Watch. For those of you who might not know, Tizen is an open-source operating system with Samsung as one of the backers, and the biggest of its customers too.

The OS, although initially adopted for all many different forms of smart devices including smartphones and tablets, Tizen now seems to be limited mostly to devices like car instrument cluster panels, smart washing machines and refrigerators, and almost all Samsung smartwatches.

Being backed by Samsung, the interface is very refined and free from any bugs – as long as you’re not using a third party application on the watch. I am especially a fan of the striking, vivid, and neon colors. The interface is designed to suit the circular dial with most of the elements abiding by the rounded design language, thus, preserving the uniformity and harmony of the interface.

From the default screen i.e. the watch face, you can swipe left to open the list of notifications, swipe right to see widget screens, and swipe down to see a quick settings toggle which hosts options like volume, GPS, airplane mode, DND, battery saver, settings and you also get the ability to customize these options.

You can add a variety of favorites, ranging from favorite modes of workout to favorite apps, to favorite contacts to be able to save your time. Additionally, you can take screenshots on the Galaxy Watch, store music on the watch, or even control music-related apps using the watch itself.

One caveat of Tizen OS, however, is that you are limited in terms of the availability of apps. The support community is considerably big but app ecosystem falls short of Wear OS. The Galaxy Store does have some leading apps such as Soundcloud and Spotify, but these must be paid for.

Like most other smartwatches, you get a host of watch faces to choose for the Samsung Watch. Further, you can also customize certain faces made by Samsung. The watch also shows notifications which you can reply to from the watch without even picking up the phone. Lastly, you also get the option to set a lock pattern or code and the watch’s display locks instantly after the watch is taken off the user’s wrist.

The screen is tiny enough to not be able to accommodate a full-sized QWERTY keyboard but you do get a T9 setup for typing in text in apps which support text input. You also get a numpad and a tray dedicated to emojis, so that you can light your conversations up.

2. Fitness and Sleep Tracking

If you’re committed to getting fitter or maintaining your health regime, visible progress can not only keep you engaged but also motivate you to hit the gym even when you’re still sore from the previous day’s workout. This is where a smartwatch like Galaxy Wear works wonders.

The smartwatch is capable of tracking as many as 39 different styles of workouts – like running, cycling, rowing, skiing, sports like volleyball, archery, golf, yoga, a blend of exercises using weights, and much more. The watch is also capable of automatically detecting activities like climbing stairs, the number of floors climbed, and general fitness activities.

However, when it comes to automatic tracking, I’m not entirely convinced about the Galaxy Watch’s abilities. During my use in the last 10 days or so, the automatic workout detection did not turn on even once. I even tried resetting the watch twice in the hopes of getting the feature to work but all these efforts have been futile.

Every time I needed to track my activities in the gym, I had to toggle workout tracking on. I don’t have a problem doing so – I do it manually on the Mi Band 3 too, but it is easy to lose track of your workout, if you’re as forgetful as I am.

Besides that, the Galaxy Watch is also capable of identifying sleep cycles and I like it for the fact that it also takes note of rejuvenating naps during the day. The sleep information is broken down into light sleep, deep sleep, movement or activity during slumber, and REM sleep. I really appreciate Samsung’s effort to include REM sleep.

In the end, I must talk about the feature that I really like – and rely upon. It is the Galaxy Watch’s ability to identify your stress levels and assist you with a deep breathing exercise.

It can also detect that you’re not moving and will recommend you to perform some armchair exercises such as torso twist, for which you need not move out of your chair.

Overall, if you can forgive the Galaxy Watch for not being very good at automatically tracking when you start or stop working out, it can be a very handy companion in your journey towards a fitter self.

3. Ready to Swim

There is no limitation on the duration for which this smartwatch can withstand being under water, meaning that even if you don’t go out for swimming, you can very well wear this while lazing on the side of a pool or a jacuzzi for hours.

Notably, there is no SWOLF – the technique of using GPS data to track your the length of swimming activity and using arm movements to track strokes to determine efficiency  – but you can manually choose swimming as your way of burning those extra calories.

4. Music Controls

If you prefer to carry your phone along, you can also control the music playback on your phone, and streaming services such as Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Airtel Wynk music are supported. In certain apps, you can even browse through the entire queue of tracks and jump directly to your favorite songs without having to go through the pain of individually forwarding each track. Sadly, when you’re playing music from your phone, you lose the ability to seek tracks and are limited to switching tracks and controlling the volume.

5. YouTube, Games, and Much More

The Galaxy Watch also has some interesting games including a Flappy Birds inspiration, a circular version of the legendary Snake with the reptile moving spirals, a sniper shooter in which you zoom using the dial, a paid version of Fruit Ninja, and many more. Just like in other places in the UI, the dial comes in handy for playing games too. While these games admittedly look like early era mobile touch games, they are good enough for some occasional time-killing.


I’m sure after look at the bundle of features, you must curious about the battery’s backup in different use cases and scenarios. Mostly, from actively using the watch to look at my notifications, interacting with it for music, games, tracking my health etc., I have been able to reap a battery life of more than 30 hours per charge. This is with GPS turned off and the Always-On display active.

In terms of recharging, the Galaxy Watch takes around two hours to get fully charged. For this, it must be placed on top of the proprietary wireless charger which in turn draws power from a Micro USB connection.

Unlike the older generations of Samsung Gear smartwatches, this one won’t charge with just any Qi-compliant wireless charger, so you must always have the charger with you if you’re traveling. Fortunately, the charger works even with power banks and I even tested it with the carrying case of Noise Shots X5 which my colleague Anmol recently reviewed.

Anyone who’s owned a smartwatch will accept that a battery life of just over a day is good enough. So no complaints there. However, since I have not been able to test the smaller 42mm version with a 270mAh battery, I will refrain from making any claims about its backup.


The watch keeps connected to Bluetooth for a distance of almost 10 meters and notifies you every time it disconnects from the phone. Further, the app uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Galaxy Store, but it requires the connected smartphone to facilitate the link, download essential elements, and install updates. One would think the Wi-Fi connection helps sync Samsung Health data to your phone, but that does not happen.

I would not recommend you use the watch for calling, especially while driving because the low volume forces you to keep your wrist held close to the ear, which is a disaster waiting to happen when driving.

In terms of consistency, I found the Samsung wearable app is most useful when connected with a Samsung phone. I tried using the watch with a OnePlus 6 and faced frequent interruptions. Every time I opened the Samsung Wearable app, it would reconnect to sync the data. Further, this also obstructed the flow of notification and despite the Galaxy Watch’s ability to notify your for calls, I would miss calls.

The experience with a Samsung phone is clearly better with no hiccups in connectivity and seamless push notifications. This might make the Samsung Galaxy Watch a slightly less desirable gear (pun intended) than other Wear OS counterparts.

The only concern I have is about security. The Galaxy Watch does not prompt you to unlock your phone even when you have a pincode or pattern lock. So if someone else is trying on your watch, they might be able to reply to your messages or see incoming messages quite easily.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Pros and Cons Pros:

Rotating ring eases navigation

Tactile buttons

Beautiful and very bright AMOLED display

Interactive and bug-free UI

Elaborate fitness sleep tracking


Great battery

Stress monitoring

Spotify and Soundcloud support

Can be used for calling

iPhone support


Limited app support compared to Wear OS

Automatic fitness tracking is sketchy

Limited 4GB onboard storage

No microSD support

Requires proprietary wireless charger

No dedicated sensors for blood oxygen level or swimming

SEE ALSO: Amazfit Stratos Review: Affordable, but Cutting Corners

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Should You Buy It?

I’ve come to really admire the Galaxy Watch or its minimal and user-friendly UI. It performs fairly well when it comes to tracking your vital stats while exercising or sleeping, except at times when it fails to track sleep data or turn on activity tracking automatically.

One thing is certain: You’ll be in a much better place with a Samsung smartphone, which will ensure an unhindered connection. If you do own one, I would strongly recommend buying the Galaxy Watch over any other smartwatch, unless you want to experiment with a large variety of apps.

Nonetheless, the solid battery life, rotating dial, and the impressive AMOLED display are what should compel a Samsung smartphone user to check this watch out. The 42mm variant comes slightly affordable at Rs 5,000 lesser but beside the smaller form factor, you also get a much smaller battery, which might impair the kind of impressive battery we’ve noticed in our review.

Samsung’s decision to launch the Galaxy Watch alongside Galaxy Note 9 is commendable and the seamless experience should attract Note users who wish to accomplish even more on the move.

I have been using the Galaxy Watch with the Galaxy A9 aka the quad-camera sensation from Samsung, which launched in India last week, and have faced no hindrance at all. While you can already read my first impressions (watch on YouTube) about the device, you’ll be able to check out our full review very soon, so stay tuned!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2023) Review: Not Worth “Picking Up The Tab”!

Android for tablets is pretty much a declining market, and while there are a couple of options out there in the market, none of them really seem appealing. Samsung, which is one of the leading names in the tablet market, thinks it can change that, with its latest offering, the Galaxy Tab A (2023) (Rs. 29,990). While it does not pack in the great hardware like the company’s successful Galaxy Tab S4, it does come in a premium design and much more. But is the Galaxy Tab actually good enough to attract consumers to its way, or will it just be another usual tablet from Samsung? Let’s find out, as we review the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2023):

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2023 Specifications

Before we take a deep dive inside the brand new Galaxy Tab, let’s get the on-paper stuff out of the way. The new, Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s technical specifications are as follows:

Display10.5-inch (1920x1200p) Display

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 450



Primary Camera8MP

Secondary Camera5MP


Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI 9

SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Compass, RGB Light, Hall Sensor

ConnectivityWi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth, VoLTE

PriceRs. 29,990

What’s in the Box

The Galaxy Tab A comes in a bright yellow colored box, that certainly looks distinguished. However, opening the box is quite a task, since there is just a lot of friction between the top lid and the box, and Samsung hasn’t provided a string or something to better facilitate things. Anyway, inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab A box, you’ll find:

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2023)

Travel Adaptor

USB Type-C Cable

SIM Ejector Pin

User Manual

Design and Build Quality

The design of the Galaxy Tab A is pretty standard, especially when you talk about the previous tablets that the company has produced. And I mean it in the positive sense. It’s simple, easy to get accustomed to, and even a tad bit elegant.

While the front of the device looks pretty similar to all the other tabs in the market, the back side is where things get a bit interesting. The Galaxy Tab A houses a single camera at the back, accompanied by an LED flash below it. The Samsung branding is in the middle with a subtle touch, and the overall texture of the tablet feels smooth and polished.


Displays have usually been Samsung’s strong point, however, the same cannot be said for this one. The Galaxy Tab A houses a 10.5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels. That makes up for a pixel density of 215ppi, which is decent enough for a tablet.

There are a lot of things to like about the display on the Galaxy Tab A, like the fact that it gets decently bright and there’s a High Brightness mode too, which really amps up the brightness, so using the display in the brightest of scenarios shouldn’t really be an issue.

Plus, I also like the fact that the screen is responsive, and multitasking on this display with split screen mode is just amazing. However, personally, I felt that the content looked smudgy or pixelated at certain points. It’s not a dealbreaker but it’s something I felt in my usage.

User Interface

Apart from all that, there’s also a Kid’s mode, should you want to keep the interface locked down for your kids.

Overall, the Experience UI on the Galaxy Tab A is decent, that is, if you are a fine of custom skins. I’m more of a stock Android guy, and I don’t really fancy the Experience UI here. However, apart from the personal preferences, the real question is how does the Snapdragon 450 handle Experience UI?


When it comes to benchmarks, the scores on this thing are a joke, with the Galaxy Tab A managing to scrounge a score of 66,445 in Antutu Benchmark and 3525 in GeekBench’s multi-core performance testing.

But benchmarks are just one side of the story. What about real life performance? Well, there is lag pretty much everywhere, apps take seconds to launch, and the animations are too darn slow. The story continues in the gaming world as well, with the device barely managing to play PUBG Mobile. Even on the lowest of settings, the game was lagging, and the performance is just plain bad!


If anything, it’s like a basic camera sensor with a flavor of Samsung to it. If you don’t really know what that means, have a look at these samples:




As you can see, the images captured by the Galaxy Tab A are pretty standard, lack the clarity, and have a definite amount of graininess in them. However, the signature Samsung touch is still there, which means that the images have a saturated color tone. All in all, the camera performance is pretty bland, and apart from using it to capture the occasional image for note taking and stuff, the camera won’t really back you up.




Apart from using it for video calls, it is hard for me to imagine why someone would want to use this front camera. Overall, the camera performance on the Galaxy Tab A is ordinary, which was expected really.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A packs in a huge 7300mAh battery, which should hold up enough for most users, but would strongly depend upon the use case. For instance, under medium load which included using the tablet for slight note taking, watching some YouTube videos, or browsing the internet and my social media platforms, the tablet easily lasted a day and a half, with still 21% to spare.

However, turn things up a notch, and if you use this device for proper entertainment purposes, it’d die in about 9 to 10 hours. Again, that is pretty good, since that 9 to 10-hour claim is based on the fact that I was continuously watching Netflix on this tablet or playing PUBG Mobile, and the entire time, the screen was on.

As for charging, the Galaxy Tab A takes about 3 hours to completely charge up, which seems decent, for a battery capacity of its size. Truth be told, there wasn’t much to complain about the battery life on this device, thanks to the huge capacity and a power efficient Snapdragon 450 processor.


If you’re planning to use the Galaxy Tab A for your entertainment purposes, the display is decent enough, but the speakers are quite amazing. There are a total of 4 speakers on the device, 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom, providing you with a stereo-like sound atmosphere.

The speakers can get pretty loud too, so watching movies or TV-series shouldn’t be an issue. I was watching Gotham on the Tab A, and while the display was a slight turn-off, the sound certainly was great, and even the hushest of dialogues were easily audible.


It also has a port for connecting a keyboard dock on the left side of the device, however, I did not get one in the box. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that Samsung has taken extra care to ensure maximum compatibility with its peripherals. There’s also the USB Type-C port at the bottom along with a 3.5mm jack on the top, so you get the best of both worlds.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2023): Overpriced and Underpowered

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A looks good, and well, that’s pretty much it. There isn’t a lot to talk about the tablet apart from the fact that it is overpriced. I mean, Snapdragon 450 + 3GB of RAM setup on a tablet that is priced at Rs. 29,990. To be honest, it just does not make sense.


Good Design and Build Quality

Decent Battery Life

Loud Speakers


Sluggish Performance

Poor Value for Money

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2023): Rs. 29,990

SEE ALSO: 6th-Gen iPad (2023) Review: iPad Pro on a Budget

Galaxy Tab A: A Disappointing Affair!

Well, that was our review of the Galaxy Tab A 10., which is another Android tablet that does not nothing to change the state of Android tablets. A better processor could have made the Galaxy Tab A a way better device than what it’s right now. However, that wasn’t to be, so yes, the Galaxy Tab A is a tablet that is not recommended.

Review Del Samsung Galaxy A52 5G


Excelente pantalla AMOLED de 120 Hz

Cámara decente con OIS

Clasificación IP67


Relación calidad-precio

Sensor de huellas mejorable

Diseño con partes de plástico

Nuestro veredicto

El Galaxy A52 se centra en los pequeños detalles, con una sorprendente pantalla AMOLED de 120 Hz, una clasificación IP67, cámara con estabilización de imagen OIS y la promesa de 4 años en actualizaciones de seguridad.

Durante años, Samsung ha sido el dominador claro de los fabricantes de smartphones más premium que corren con Android OS. Su prestigiosa serie Galaxy S ha sido la gran triunfadora durante mucho tiempo, algo que pronto se trasladó a la gama media de terminales. 

Dentro de esta gama de precios nos llega para analizar el Galaxy A52 5G, una de las últimas apuestas de la firma con las que pretende satisfacer la demanda de usuarios que reclaman calidad a precio competitivo sin que esto suponga acabar con sus ahorros. 

Con una pantalla rápida y vibrante, una cámara principal decente y una calidad de construcción sólida, el Samsung Galaxy A52 5G se comporta francamente bien dentro de la mayoría de las funciones básicas. Veamos el análisis a fondo.

Diseño y calidad

El Galaxy A52 5G no destaca por presentar un diseño sobresaliente, pero aún así, se aprecian ciertos matices heredados de la gama Galaxy de Samsung, como es la disposición de las lentes de sus cámaras traseras, que mantienen la línea más novedosa de este 2023. 

El frontal con protección Gorilla Glass 5 se combina con un marco de metal brillante que contrasta con el acabado mate del panel trasero, dejando atrás el uso de materiales con efecto de vidrio, esos en los que las huellas dactilares resultan tan llamativas. 

El teléfono se siente sólido en la mano sin llegar a ser de los más ligeros del mercado, ya que su peso asciende a los 189 gramos. Es interesante ver una clasificación IP67 de protección al polvo y a líquidos, uno de los primeros aspectos que suele desaparecer al reducir el precio. 

Sorprendentemente, también contamos con un conector para auriculares de 3,5 mm en la parte inferior del teléfono, junto al puerto USB-C y frente a uno de los dos altavoces estéreo integrados. 


El Samsung Galaxy A52 5G no es un teléfono que destaque en diversos apartados. Sin embargo, si tuviera que nombrar uno, está claro que sin duda alguna sería su espectacular pantalla.

Incorpora el tipo de panel Super AMOLED vibrante de 6,5 pulgadas con el que Samsung se ha fraguado una gran reputación, junto con una resolución Full HD+, un brillo máximo de 800 nits y una frecuencia de actualización de 120 Hz que destaca en esta gama de precios. 

Pero hay una consideración que conviene tener en cuenta, como es la falta de soporte de transmisión en HDR. A pesar de esta omisión, el contenido de vídeo se ve francamente bien sobre un panel tan vibrante.

El cristal del panel ahora es totalmente plano frente a lo que Samsung nos tenía acostumbrados en el pasado, lo cual no le sienta nada mal ya que la ausencia de bordes convierten al teléfono en un modelo más manejable en el día a día. 

Con una relación de pantalla-cuerpo del 84,1 %, los biseles del Galaxy A52 5G no son los más delgados que encontrarás dentro de los móviles de gama media, pero son lo suficientemente delgados como para no distraer la visualización de contenido. 

Con respecto al anillo que tiene la cámara frontal perforada en la pantalla, cabe destacar que podría ser menos llamativa y de menor tamaño. Es un punto a mejorar y que ya hemos visto en otros modelos como el Poco F3.

El sensor de huellas dactilares tampoco destaca por garantizar una alta eficiencia, con procesos de desbloqueo algo lentos y poco fiables para nuestro gusto frente a lo que puedes encontrar en otros modelos de móviles de nueva generación. 

Especificaciones y rendimiento

Samsung ha mejorado con éxito las especificaciones del nuevo A52 al incluir en su último teléfono de gama media un procesador más potente que en ocasiones anteriores. Como uso generalizado, el terminal se desenvuelve francamente bien. 

En su interior, el chips Snapdragon 750G como mejora frente al uso del Exynos 9611 del Galaxy A51, aunque todavía sin llegar a impresionar. De hecho, se queda atrás en rendimiento frente a lo que ofrecen otros de precio similar. 

Por citar un ejemplo, el OnePlus Nord corre con un Snapdragon 765G con el que conseguimos registrar entre un 20 y un 30 % más de velocidad de fotogramas en nuestro grupo de pruebas basadas en GFXBench. 

Por su parte, un dispositivo como el Poco F3 que corre con un Snapdragon 870 todavía más rápido, obtuvo una puntuación dos o tres veces más alta en estas mismas pruebas. 

Como verás en las gráficas de rendimiento, Genshin Impact en el A52 5G se establece por defecto en configuraciones bajas desde el principio. Puedes forzar esos ajustes a ‘Alto y 60 fps’, pero el resultado es extremadamente lento y entrecortado. 

El Poco F3, en comparación, está predeterminado en ‘Medio’ y se puede subir a ‘Alto / 60 fps’ con resultados perfectamente asumibles en gráficos. Y en términos de rendimiento puro de la CPU, una puntuación de 1886 multinúcleo de Geekbench 5 coloca al A52 5G ligeramente por detrás del OnePlus Nord y del Poco F3.

La mayoría de las personas no compararán el rendimiento del Galaxy A52 5G de manera tan directa, por supuesto, y en el uso general, funciona bien. La pantalla de 120 Hz de Samsung se siente fluida al desplazarte por los menús como ninguna otra de su categoría. 

También obtienes con su configuración valores de RAM de 6 u 8 GB, por lo que cambiar entre aplicaciones abiertas, en multitarea o ejecutadas en segundo plano, tampoco son un problema para el Galaxy A52 5G. 

Solo aquellos usuarios que hayan usado previamente teléfonos más premium, podrán notar la diferencia. Pero para la mayoría de las personas, y en la mayoría de los escenarios, esto no será un problema 

Al fin y al cabo, no estamos comprando todo un modelo buque insignia. Pero el Poco F3 obtiene un rendimiento notablemente mejor de una versión mejorada del chip líder del año pasado, y lo hace por unos 70 € menos que el Galaxy A52 5G.


Hoy en día, el apartado de fotografía es algo que puedes abordar con cualquier teléfono móvil inteligente en mejor o peor medida. Sin embargo, los resultados que obtienes con los modelos buque insignia no son comparables con la gama media, a menos que tengas un modelo Google Pixel. 

Sin embargo, aunque la cámara del Samsung Galaxy A52 5G no coincide con el aplomo de apuntar y disparar del Google Pixel 4a, sí da buena cuenta de los resultados decentes que puedes conseguir.

En particular, su sensor principal de 64 MP captura tomas brillantes y razonablemente detalladas con la gama de colores ligeramente potenciada que ya forma parte de la marca Samsung. Te guste o no, el Galaxy A52 los representa bien.

En comparación con otros como el Poco F3, que usamos uno al lado del otro durante nuestras pruebas, las tomas del Galaxy A52 5G son mucho más brillantes y, en general, mejores ofreciendo detalles finos. 

Samsung a menudo también logra rescatar más detalles en situaciones de HDR, aunque la compensación puede ser la extraña escena hiperreal o sobreexpuesta. En ciertos escenarios, la cámara del Galaxy A52 5G va demasiado lejos con un procesamiento contundente. 

Por ejemplo, cuando retratamos una pizza recién salida del horno, el móvil de Samsung hizo que toda la escena se viera especialmente amarilla alejándose del aspecto real, mientras que el modelo Poco F3 la capturó en todo su esplendor. 

Ya mencionamos que el Galaxy A52 5G incluye algunos detalles pequeños pero significativos, y uno de ellos es la inclusión de OIS. Esta tecnología de estabilización de fotos todavía no es un hecho en los teléfonos de gama media. 

Ni el Poco F3 ni el OnePlus 9 más caro la tienen, por ejemplo, aunque el OnePlus Nord sí. En cualquier caso, felicitaciones a Samsung por incluirlo en esta gama de precios, ya que es un extra bastante interesante de cara a conseguir mejores resultados. 

Gracias en parte a este OIS, el Galaxy A52 5G captura tomas nocturnas relativamente brillantes y claras. Ciertamente son más brillantes que las del Poco F3, con más detalles visibles en la oscuridad, aunque a cambio sufrirás de ciertos niveles de grano más obvios.

Del mismo modo, no son comparables los resultados del sensor ultra ancho de 12 MP del Galaxy A52 5G con un equivalente de buque insignia, pero las tomas que produce son decentes por el dinero que pagas. 

Para compararlo nuevamente con el Poco F3, las tomas ultra anchas del Galaxy A52 5G salieron mucho mejor, con detalles y exposición superiores, mucha menos suavidad hacia los bordes y una perspectiva considerablemente más amplia de 123 grados.

El Galaxy A52 5G captura bien los retratos, con un sujeto claramente delineado y un bokeh suave. Sin embargo, Samsung todavía necesita trabajar un poco en sus tonos de piel, ya que no se ven tan naturales como algunos de sus rivales.

Las selfies con la cámara frontal de 32 MP del teléfono también se ven bien, aunque los resultados son más borrosos que con la cámara principal. Ser capaz de tomar selfies más amplios también es bueno en teoría, pero la diferencia de perspectiva no es tan pronunciada.

Es una pena que Samsung cediera a las tendencias actuales de mejora de estadísticas y equipara su teléfono con un par de sensores superfluos de 5 MP, uno para asistir en la profundidad, y otro para tomas macro. 

Preferiríamos haberlo visto dedicar todo su esfuerzo y recursos considerables a esas dos cámaras principales, pero esa parece ser la tendencia del mercado actual. 

Lamentablemente, no hay un sensor de telefoto en el Galaxy A52 5G, pero el sensor principal de 64 MP de densidad de píxeles permite tomas 2x aceptables a través del recorte. Sin embargo, no recomendamos abusar del mismo.

Añade a todo este plantel grabaciones de vídeo en 4K / 30fps o 1080p / 60fps, y tendrás una cámara sólida pero poco espectacular. Una vez más, Samsung ha optado por la coherencia por encima de la calidad sobresaliente, lo cual parece ser una elección inteligente. 

Autonomía y carga rápida

La capacidad de la batería del A52 5G es de 4.500 mAh, y aunque no es un valor destacable frente a competidores que apuestas por las de 5.000 mAh, cabe decir que el terminal se comportó de manera eficiente.

Parece no afectarle para nada el hecho de que tenga que operar con un panel Super AMOLED cuya frecuencia de actualización escala a los 120 Hz, lo cual siempre representa un consumo extra. 

Es evidente que rara vez podrás superar los dos días de uso del mismo, salvo que uno de ellos hayas sido muy conservador con su uso, pero superarás el día completo sin problema alguno. 

Nuestra prueba de batería con PC Mark nos dio como resultado una puntuación de 11 horas y 3 minutos, colocando al al Galaxy A52 5G entre el Galaxy S21 (8:04) y el Galaxy S20 FE (12:35).

Ya con nuestras pruebas habituales logramos pasar de las 15 horas y media que se convierte en un día y medio de uso, con cuatro horas de pantalla a tiempo antes de que se activara el estado de bajo consumo del 15 %. Esto con la pantalla funcionando a 120 Hz. 

La carga rápida del A52 5G no es de las mejores dentro de su categoría, ya que la provisión de Samsung alcanza los 15 W, lejos de lo que ofrece la competencia que aquí aprieta con 30 W fácilmente superados por Xiaomi, Oppo o Realme. 

Esto nos deja unos tiempos de carga de un 31 % para una carga de media hora, lo cual no es nada especial para tratarse de un móvil de 2023, donde vemos como muchos teléfonos alcanzan su carga completa en poco más de una hora. 

Tampoco disponemos de opción de carga inalámbrica, algo que no suele ser habitual en modelos cuyo precio se encuentra por debajo de los 500 €, salvo que optes por el iPhone SE donde Apple lo clava en este apartado. 


El A52 5G viene con la capa de personalización One UI 3.1 de Samsung sobre Android 11.

El software de Samsung ha mejorado considerablemente desde tiempos atrás de TouchWiz, que en ocasiones se parecía a una especie de aplicación de ‘mi primer teléfono inteligente’ que podría usar para distraer a un niño pequeño. 

La compañía ahora muestra un toque considerablemente más ligero con sus esfuerzos de personalización, incluso en comparación con versiones anteriores de One UI, y efectos y animaciones mucho más modernas por las que recibe un alto grado de reconocimiento. 

Samsung Daily ha sido cambiado de su posición de la izquierda de la pantalla en favor de incluir Google Feed, que es un cambio para mejor. Sin embargo, no te equivoques, ya que One UI todavía presenta un frente ocupado. 

El asistente de Bixby todavía permanece ahí, listo para ser descubierto con una pulsación prolongada del botón de encendido, ya sin botón físico dedicado.

Constantemente me topé con una notificación que no se podía deslizar tratando de vincular nuestras cuentas de Samsung y Microsoft, lo cual era molesto. Las notificaciones también demostraron ser un poco inestables en el A52 5G.

Mientras tanto, obtienes una serie de aplicaciones preinstaladas que puede que desees o no, incluso aparte de la extensa lista de instalaciones opcionales. Eso incluye la aplicación de noticias Samsung Free, TikTok, Netflix y Microsoft OneDrive. 

No obstante, es mucho menos atroz que otras marcas. Incluso con su provisión de software, Samsung se las arregla para hacer un esfuerzo adicional. Cuatro años de actualizaciones de seguridad es una promesa que nadie debe ignorar.

Con todo, One UI es una interfaz rápida, fluida y manejable, la cual ofrece un amplio potencial de personalización.

Precio y disponibilidad

El Samsung Galaxy A52 5G se encuentra a la venta a un precio recomendado de 429 € para la configuración más básica siempre que sea 5G, ya que Samsung ofrece la posibilidad de adquirirlo sin 5G a un precio inferior de 349 €.

Esto lo coloca en el mercado de gama media, al doble del precio del Poco X3 NFC y a la mitad del precio del OnePlus 9 Pro. Los más contemporáneos puede que barajen otros modelos como el OnePlus Nord a 369 €, el Poco F3 a 329 €, el Google Pixel 4a a 389 € o el iPhone SE a 489 €.

En términos de lo que obtienes por lo que pagas, los dos últimos teléfonos no vienen con la conectividad 5G del Galaxy A52 5G. Por su parte, solo el Poco F3 coincide con la pantalla AMOLED de 120 Hz de Samsung. 

Pero todos esos teléfonos, excepto el Pixel 4a, te brindarán un rendimiento superior, y el teléfono de Google te brinda una mejor cámara. Con todo, el nuevo Galaxy A52 5G es una buena opción si estás pensando en consumir contenido en su pantalla. 


El Samsung Galaxy A52 5G ofrece un conjunto de características muy a la altura de un teléfono de gama media equilibrado y bien considerado. Su componente más destacado es la excelente pantalla Super AMOLED de 120Hz. 

Sin embargo, la impresión predominante es la de un teléfono que cubre todas las bases y presta atención a los detalles más pequeños. 

Aspectos como como una clasificación IP67, OIS para la cámara, un conector para auriculares de 3,5 mm y cuatro años de actualizaciones de seguridad pueden no ser tan atractivos como un cuerpo de vidrio y metal, pero suman para tener una configuración equilibrada. 

El rendimiento podría y quizás debería ser mejor, el sensor de huellas dactilares es curiosamente más inestable que la media, y este no es un diseño clásico de Samsung de todos los tiempos.

No obstante, la gente confía en Samsung por razones de peso y si cuentas con algo más de 400 € para gastarte en tu próximo teléfono móvil, la inclusión de 5G te garantizará el soporte de conectividad para beneficiarte de todo lo que está por llegar. 


Android 11 con una interfaz de usuario 3.1

Pantalla Super AMOLED de 6,5 pulgadas y FHD + 

Frecuencia de 120Hz con cristal plano

Sensor de huellas dactilares en pantalla

Gorilla Glass 5 (frontal)

Marco de plástico

Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G

RAM LPDDR4 de 6/8 GB

Almacenamiento de 128 / 256GB, ranura microSDXC


Principal de 64 MP, f / 1.8, 1 / 1.7X “con OIS

Ultra ancha de 12 MP, f / 2.2

Macro de 5 MP, f / 2.4

Profundidad de 5 MP, f / 2.4

Cámara frontal de 32 MP, f / 2.2

Vídeo de hasta 4K a 30 fps

Altavoces estéreo, Doble SIM

5G, wifi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac y Bluetooth 5.0

Batería de 4500 mAh y carga de 15 W

Dimensiones de 159,9 x 75,1 x 8,4 mm

Peso de 189 gramos

Colores: Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Review

Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best Android tablets we’ve ever reviewed. In terms of hardware it’s the best you can buy right now and has a superbly thin and light design. There’s very little to dislike here aside from some elements of the TouchWiz software and the higher price compared to Android rivals (the iPad mini 2 is the obvious alternative if you’re not set on Android). If you would rather save money and aren’t so bothered about top-notch spec and additional features like the fingerprint scanner and IR blaster, check out the Nexus 7 and LG G Pad 8.3.

Samsung has launched two new Android tablets so here’s our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Also see: The best tablets of 2014.

The new Galaxy Tab S range consists of the 8in model and a larger 10in model. The former uses an 8.4in screen size and will have to compete with devices like the iPad mini 2, Nexus 7 and LG G Pad 8.3. Check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 hands-on review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: UK price

At first, Samsung announced the 8.4in model of the Galaxy Tab S series would cost £349, a fairly hefty price for a smaller tablet. However, the firm realised this was a little over the odds, got its marker pen out and changed the price tag to £319.

That means it matched the Apple iPad mini with Retina display (coincidence we think not) but it’s worth bearing in mind that some devices on the market are a lot cheaper. The Nexus 7 can be yours for £199 while the LG G Pad 8.3 can be bought for the same price now after entering the market at £249.

The £319 model comes with Wi-Fi only so if you want 4G connectivity as well, you’ll be looking at £399.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Design and build

The Galaxy Tab S models will in two colours: ‘Dazzling White’ and ‘Titanium Bronze’. The former has a white rear cover and front bezel while the latter is grey/silver in those places. Both have a copper/gold colours edge and details like the logos.

Somewhat more interesting than the colour is how thin and light this new tablet is. It’s just 6.6mm thick according to Samsung which is thinner than the iPad mini 2 and Nexus 7. For its size, it’s also staggeringly light; just 294g which makes it really easy to hold one-handed.

Those two odd looking circles on the back are for attaching a case – Samsung has gone for this method instead of magnets or a simple clip over. The Samsung Book Cover is available in different colours and, although it’s a little tricky to use, won’t come off easily. It protects the screen during travel and also allows you to tilt the tablet into various different viewing positions. The downside is that it costs a whopping £45.

Also see our  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Apple iPad Air comparison review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Hardware

Samsung touting viewing as the headline features of the Galaxy Tab S range and as such, the 8.4in has the same resolution as the 10in model and 16:10 aspect ratio. A whopping 2560 x 1600 ((WQVGA) on an 8.4in screen means an impressively high pixel density of 359ppi making it the highest we’ve seen on a tablet. As you might expect, the display is amazingly crisp and clear. Samsung says the range has the ‘world’s greatest screen’ for a tablet.

It’s hard to argue with that although Samsung’s AMOLED technology isn’t to everyone’s taste. The punchy colours can be a little over the top making things look oversaturated and in your face so it’s understandable if you would prefer a more natural, laid back display.  

Fortunately, you can adjust the screen mode. By default it’s on adaptive display which adjusts the display’s gamma, saturation and sharpness depending on the content, but there’s also AMOLED cinema, AMOLED phot and basic. The latter provides a more muted look and feel.

Since the tablet is all about the viewing experience, it’s refreshing to see stereo speakers – although they are side mounted rather than forward facing. They pack a reasonable punch but quality deteriorates at higher volume levels. Think YouTube videos rather than feature length film use.

Although you’ll have to pay more for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 compared to its Android-powered rivals, you do get technology which you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Samsung has borrowed the IR blaster and fingerprint scanner from the Galaxy S5 (but not the heart rate monitor if you care).

It is a little strange, we think, that the IR blaster is on the side of the tablet so you’ll need to turn it round into landscape mode to make use of it which isn’t the device’s natural orientation.

Storage is a fairly standard 16- or 32GB internally (although we can’t find the higher capacity on sale yet) and Samsung, as usual, offers a microSD card slot which can accept up to 128GB cards.

There’s no downgrade when it comes to other internal hardware compared to the 10.5in model. The tablet has a very healthy 3GB of RAM which is partnered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa-core processor – it has four 1.9GHz cores and four 1.3GHz cores.

With the same core line-up as the larger model, we didn’t need to hold the front page as benchmark results were identical or only a few points off. We recorded 2765 in GeekBench 3, 14fps in the GFXBench T-Rex test, 3fps in the harder Manhattan test and 1089ms in SunSpider.

From a user perspective, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 provides smooth performance. However, perhaps not quite as good as the spec sheet suggests. We have found, like with the Tab S 10.5, occasional lag – sometimes just switching the screen on, or opening an app. Luckily, these lulls of speed were pretty rare so we can safely say that overall the performance is satisfactory.  

As we mentioned earlier, if you want mobile internet, a 4G LTE model is available for an extra £80. This device doesn’t have NFC but does have other wireless tech which you’d expect from a decent tablet including 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Photographers will be pleased to hear that the the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has an 8Mp rear facing camera with an LED flash and a 2.1Mp front facing camera. Both camera are of decent quality, if you should like taking photos and video from a tablet and you can see a sample below.

Included camera modes are auto, beauty face, shot & more, panorama, HDR and dual camera but you can download more.

See also:  Best Android tablets: here’s where we bring to you the 22 best Android tablets in the UK right now.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Software

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is running up-to-date software so it has Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz interface pre-installed. The interface mirrors that of the Galaxy S5 with the firm’s own icons, widgets and drop down notification bar etc.

There are good and bad things about TouchWiz although these will somewhat come down to personal taste and how you use the device.

We like the ability to run two apps side-by-side on the tablet and you can access this feature (Multi-window) by swiping in from the right side of the screen so it’s easily accessible at any time. There’s also the way the recent apps menu pops up from the bottom of the screen without using the entire display, which on tablets is pretty unnecessary.

The notification bar is also packed with helpful elements including quick settings for lots of, er, settings and sliders for both screen brightness and volume. SideSync 3.0 is also handy for controlling a smartphone (calls and texts etc) from the tablet but it has to be a compatible Samsung handset.

Our main quibble is with Magazine UX which sits to the left of the main homescreen panel. It works a bit like HTC’s BlinkFeed providing content tailored to what you’re interested in. It also has a section for organisation such as a calendar and email but these only provide info if you use the built-in apps, not Google’s.

That’s fine if you use that kind of feature but Samsung doesn’t allow the interface to be removed, one panel must remain so at best, you’ll have to ignore it exists.

New additions include Papergarden, Samsung’s latest digital magazine service, and Kick – a football app which provides in-depth data and stats on players and teams. It also features the latest scores and information while games are in progress. It’s a shame that the tablet won’t be on sale until half way through the World Cup then.  

There is a load of free content up for grabs if you do buy a Galaxy Tab S thanks to Galaxy Gifts. By submitting a proof of purchase form online, Samsung will let you download some apps for nothing including RunKeeper and Cut the Rope 2. Even better is free three- and six month subscriptions to Sky’s Now TV service and Deezer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Battery life

With a smaller battery than the 10in model (unsurprising), you won’t be shocked to discover that the device doesn’t last as well. Perhaps it would with less demanding hardware than it’s bigger brother but as we’ve pointed out the resolution of the screen remains at 2560 x 1600.

The 4900mAh non-removable battery holds its charge well when not being used (on standby/sleep), as we found with the Galaxy Tab S 10. In terms of video playback, you’ll get a decent performance of around or nine hours on average (mainly depending on screen brightness). Samsung claims 12 hours of video and 10 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi.

With varied use – we’re talking occasional web browsing, gaming, social networks, videos etc – you’ll find the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will comfortably last a few days before you need to charge it.

Specs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: Specs

Android OS 4.4.2 (KitKat)

18.4in Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 359 ppi

Exynos Octa-core processor (1.9GHz & 1.3GHz)

microSD, up to 128 GB

16/32 GB internal storage



802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, DLNA

Bluetooth 4.0 LE with A2DP

IR Blaster

Fingerprint scanner


microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2.1)

stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

8 Mp, 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1080p@30fps

2.1 Mp front camera

Non-removable Li-Po 7900 mAh battery

126 x 213 x 6.6 mm

294 g

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