For the longest time possible, the Cupertino-based giant Apple has ruled the tablet market. In fact Apple sits at the top when it comes to the tablet market share across the world. There is a perception that no one can really comes close to Apple in producing the finest tablet computers. However, Samsung, for a change, has come forward to give Apple a tough battle in the tablet market. South Korean giant Samsung has launched its most talked about premium tablet series, the Galaxy Tab S, in India.
To be made available in the 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch display sizes, the Galaxy Tab S series has been making waves globally for their high-resolution Super AMOLED displays, besides powerful hardware under the hood. Each tablet model comes in two different color sizes: Dazzling white and Titanium bronze. At the launch event, GizBot spent some quality time with the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S. Here are our hands-on impressions and first look.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 - Form Factor, Display and Operating System
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has been stylized in a similar way as the Galaxy S5. Although the high-end tablet mimics the same design language as seen in Samsung's recently announced devices, still it's a nice attempt nonethless. When we held the tablet for the first time, it felt really awesome to hold.
At 6.6mm thick (467g), the tablet is thinner than the Apple iPad Air, iPhone 5S and Sony Xperia Tablet Z2. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is encased in a metallic frame and with rounded edges that goes hand-in-hand. There are MicroSD and SIM card slots on the side, and the top of the tablet has an IR emitter. The build quality seemed to be improved compared to the Galaxy S5. However, we doubt if Samsung will ever consider producing a metal ducked tablet device. The back side of the tablet features a dimpled faux-leather, just like the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Now here is a differentiator that truly makes the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 the most alluring tablet ever made. Yes, you heard that right! The front side of the tablet comes with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED WQVGA display having a resolution of 2560 x 1600-pixels. You can find a physical home button, alongside the traditional capacitive keys underneath the display. It also integrates the fingerprint sensor.
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Samsung claims that screen resolution of the Tab S 10.5 is higher than the Apple iPad Air. Yes, we do support Samsung's claim. The display panel looks vivid and spectacular. Moreover, it appears to produce enough brightness in direct light. All in all, the Tab S 10.5's screen can easily beat the iPad Air, at least, in the display resolution department.
The Galaxy Tab 10.5 runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat with Samsung's native TouchWiz UI slapped on top. The custom user interface (UI) has been modified for a large screen tablet. Other than the modified UI, Samsung has packed some additional goodies, so as to differentiate from the Apple iPad. For instance, SideSync 3.0 is a very useful software feature, that let you make and receive calls through the tablet user interface.
When paired with the Samsung Galaxy S5 over Wi-Fi. Additionally, there is a multi-user mode that enables up to 8 users to create their own personal profile. Also there is a Kids mode built-in with its own dedicated user interface and apps designed for little champs.