BETTER THAN BEFORE
Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 10.1
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