BET­TER THAN BE­FORE

Sam­sung GALAXY Tab 4 10.1

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

The Sam­sung GALAXY Tab has long been the tablet line in which the Korean gi­ant man­u­fac­tured to make a name for them­selves back dur­ing their en­try into the world of smart de­vices. To­gether with the GALAXY S line of smart­phones, the GALAXY Tab tablets in their early days were made for con­sumers of all ranges. From the re­cently re­leased Tab S to the more pow­er­ful TabPro se­ries, we take at the lat­est tablet in­car­na­tion of its mid-range line, the GALAXY Tab 4 10.1.

As with the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion GALAXY Tabs, one cri­te­ria in which the Tab 4 fol­lows in the foot­steps of its pre­de­ces­sors is the avail­abil­ity of the sizes. They range from the easy-to-han­dle 7-inch form fac­tor, all the way to the easy-to-read 10.1-inch tablet. But there's one crit­i­cal cri­te­ria in which all these GALAXY Tab tablets fol­low, and that is the hard­ware and spec­i­fi­ca­tions are kept close to one another across the boards. In short, what you're ef­fec­tively pay­ing isn't its spec­i­fi­ca­tions, but the size of the tablet.

Now, while it's not the most flat­ter­ing fact about Sam­sung's GALAXY Tabs, the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions have had a warm re­cep­tions about hav­ing un­nec­es­sary com­po­nents, or even hard­ware that were ul­ti­mately rarely used. Sur­pris­ingly, we're glad to see that Sam­sung has ac­tu­ally learned its les­son with the Tab 4 10.1 and de­cided to be more sen­si­ble with its de­sign. Even the but­tons on the top of the tablet aren't no­tice­able, un­less you brush your fin­gers across them.

One other thing that we're glad to see Sam­sung do away with was the IR blaster, which ac­tu­ally came built in with the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion tablets. We ac­tu­ally com­mend the idea of be­ing able to con­trol another elec­tronic de­vice (your TV, for ex­am­ple), but the ab­sence of this fea­ture sug­gests to us that Sam­sung ac­tu­ally re­al­ized that the fea­ture may not have been as well re­ceived here in Malaysia, see­ing that the only way a con­sumer could take ad­van­tage of the func­tion was if they had a Sam­sung TV as well.

For­tu­nately, Sam­sung has also en­sured that the op­er­at­ing sys­tem for the Tab 4 10.1 is up to date, as it fea­tures the lat­est An­droid KitKat 4.4.

No­tably, one aes­thetic fac­tor which the Tab se­ries has al­ways con­formed to is

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