But the 10 inch is what we had, so we reviewed that.
It’s been a little over six months since we reviewed Samsung’s latest attempt to take the i Pad Air on, a product that arrived with a fair amount of fanfare and the expectation that someone had finally matched Apple’s i Pad Air, with a sleek look, svelte design, and a screen that could bring excitement simply due to how bright and high resolution it was.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S did bring a lot of interest to Android tablets, at least the high end ones, not just because it was a new take on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range, but because it provided solid competition for not just Apple’s tablet, but one from Sony which sported a slim body and water-resistant design, the Xperia Tablet Z2.
Samsung’s Tab S was a different beast altogether, though, bringing a look that matched luxurious furniture, with a dimpled textured back, gold trim, and enough bells and whistles to make you realise that yes, you were buying another of Samsung’s high-end machines.
For starters, there was the screen, packing in a particularly impressive 10.6 inch Super AMOLED display sporting the resolution of 2560×1600.
With these numbers put together, Samsung was essentially offering a tablet with 300 pixels per inch, higher quality than even Apple’s i Pad Air, which carries a 2048×1536 resolution on a 9.7 inch screen, with the numbers coming out to 264 pixels per inch there.
Most of these are just numbers, and the real proof was in the use of the device, but Samsung did pretty well here, too.As such, the screen was bright, clear, and very crisp, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t like what they saw.We were even more intrigued by the 8.4 inch model, which we’ve only briefly seen, and yet packed in the same resolution, essentially offering even more pixels per inch, hitting 360, one of the highest we’ve heard of on a tablet.The design is also nice, and while we normally prefer metal bodies, the textured plastic back is easy to hold, even if we never quite got our hands on the specialty cases Samsung made for these tablets.We’re still not huge fans of the fingerprint scanner, and are looking forward to seeing an updated version of the technology that works just as well as Apple’s — perhaps the version on the upcoming Galaxy S6 will be made for a new generation of Samsung tablets in the near future — but the inclusion of it is, at the very least, useful for some.But one thing has us stumped, and that’s Samsung’s Magazine UX.