10 Features That Make Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 a High-End Tablet

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-07-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samsung has been working hard to make its mark in the tablet market. As of this writing, Apple's iPad still holds a majority share of the tablet market, according to the latest research, with Samsung and Amazon following behind. Even so, Samsung has been doing an outstanding job of delivering products that in one way or another are catching the attention of tablet buyers. Even enterprise customers are showing an interest in Samsung products because of the company's Knox mobile security platform. As a result, Samsung is delivering tablets that appeal to a wide range of users. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The device, which was announced in June, is part of a broader lineup of tablets available this month. The "S" line is Samsung's ultra-high-end collection of tablets that the company believes can take on Apple's highest-end iPads. This slide show highlights the features of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 that place it among the top large-sized tablets on the market.

 
 
 
  • 10 Features That Make Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 a High-End Tablet

    By Don Reisinger
    10 Features That Make Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 a High-End Tablet
  • It Comes With an Unusually Large Screen

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S comes in two fairly unusual sizes—8.4 and 10.5 inches. That makes the 10.5-inch model slightly larger than the iPad's 9.7-inch screen and adds a little more dimension to the 10.1-inch displays typically found in larger tablets. According to Samsung, the bigger size makes for a better app and video experience.
    It Comes With an Unusually Large Screen
  • It Will Ship with KitKat Before the Android L OS Is Available

    Although Google already announced Android L, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 comes with Android 4.4 (KitKat). While Samsung has said that the update to Android L won't take long to make its way to the device, KitKat shouldn't be ignored. Google has worked the kinks out of the operating system, and it is working well these days. It's a nice option for customers.
    It Will Ship with KitKat Before the Android L OS Is Available
  • It Supports the Latest WiFi Standard for Fast Access to the Web

    Since the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is designed for WiFi users, it should be noted that the device comes with the latest wireless technology. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 comes with 802.11n and 802.11ac. Although AC-based devices have been slow to hit the market, they're increasingly taking hold, and it shouldn't be long before more routers support it, and the Galaxy Tab S will take advantage of its virtues.
    It Supports the Latest WiFi Standard for Fast Access to the Web
  • A Super-High-End Processor Delivers Power for Gaming

    The processor in the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is impressive. The CPU is an Exynos 5 Octa, which means it includes both a 1.9GHz quad-core chip and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The dual processors act as a powerhouse for gaming and handling higher-end apps, and should play a crucial role for power users looking to do more than just play Threes.
    A Super-High-End Processor Delivers Power for Gaming
  • Bring On the Super AMOLED Display

    Samsung has brought its Super AMOLED display to the Galaxy Tab S. According to the company, the screen's resolution is 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, featuring 287 pixels per inch. Samsung claims the device's screen has four times the pixels of an HDTV. Not bad.
    Bring On the Super AMOLED Display
  • Samsung's TouchWiz Experience Is Added On

    Samsung's TouchWiz platform will be running on the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. That means that customers who own Samsung devices already will find a familiar experience working their way around the operating system. That also means that the operating system will come with Samsung's widgets and apps for enhanced usability.
    Samsung's TouchWiz Experience Is Added On
  • Enterprise Essentials Have Made Their Presence Felt

    Enterprise features have made an appearance in the Galaxy Tab S. The device includes support for corporate email, calendar and contacts, and has mobile device management built-in. There's also On-Device Encryption and full integration with Samsung's enterprise security suite Knox. The device even supports WebEx.
    Enterprise Essentials Have Made Their Presence Felt
  • Samsung Didn't Stint on the Sensors

    Can there ever be enough sensors in a device? Samsung doesn't think so. The company has built in several sensors into the Galaxy Tab S, including a light sensor and a fingerprint sensor for additional security. There's also an accelerometer and gyroscope to monitor and record movement.
    Samsung Didn't Stint on the Sensors
  • It's Competitively Priced

    There's really no surprise on the pricing of the Galaxy Tab S. Samsung's 10.5-inch tablet starts at $500 for 16GB WiFi-only models. That puts the tablet in direct competition with Apple's own 16GB iPad Air, which also starts at the $500 mark. Getting a high-end experience will cost some cash.
    It's Competitively Priced
  • There Are Plenty of Colors to Choose From

    Samsung, like several companies nowadays, is getting all color happy with the Galaxy Tab S. The Titanium Bronze color features a darker front that, not surprisingly, looks rather bronzed. The Dazzling White Model comes with a white face and a gold side and back. Either way, the devices look great and are nice additions to the Samsung product line.
    There Are Plenty of Colors to Choose From
 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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