The Galaxy S5 (and Samsung’s newly launched flagship phone, the Galaxy S6) may be Samsung’s premier products, packing in everything a top-end phone should, but if its screen just doesn’t cut it for your email and web needs, perhaps you should have a look at the Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
This 8.4-inch tablet packs in a super high-resolution display, an eight-core processor and comes with the latest Android software. It is clearly a product of the same team behind the Galaxy S5, as it’s easy to spot similarities between the two. Most notably is the back of the tablet, which has the same soft-touch, rubberised feel as the phone. The unit feels good to hold and is a definite improvement over the glossy, plastic exterior of previous models.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an extremely slender bit of kit, measuring only 6.6mm thick – that’s slimmer than even the iPad Mini. Tucked into the tablet’s edges are the volume and power buttons, the headphone jack, Micro-USB port and microSD card slot. The back panel has a couple of little buttons that push in to allow one of Samsung’s proprietary covers to attach. The device comes in a choice of bronze or white colours, which stand out nicely from other tablets, most of which tend to just come in various shades of silver.
With the ever increasing number of Android apps available, this is a superb business tool. It won’t replace your laptop but if you need internet access, email and a few tools on the go, it really ticks all the boxes. The only minor negative is that it comes with so much bundled software (from Samsung and third parties) that it may be confusing for first-time Android users.
As a business tool, with its slim design, fantastic screen and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini. The Wi-Fi only model with 16GB of storage can be purchased directly from Samsung for £319. The 4G version costs £349 and it is definitely worth the extra cash in order to benefit from high speed data access no matter where you are.