Appearance, materials, controls, assembly
Tablet design is made in the best traditions of devices from Samsung – rounded edges, silver bezel and a row of buttons below the screen.
Most of the front side holds a 10.1-inch screen, and beneath it are touch buttons “Recent Apps” and “Back”, as well as a physical button “Home”.Above the screen you can see the eye of the front camera.
The back cover is made of plastic, stylized skin. The same material is used in the Galaxy Note 3. He quite practical and non-staining. This is an important improvement over the previous generation.
- Cable connection to a PC (also part of the charging device)
On the top are the power button and volume rocker, as well as slots for memory cards and SIM-card (in the version with 3G). The buttons have a short stroke, and they almost completely recessed into the body, they grope blindly problematic.
Left and right stereo speakers are (also located on the left 3.5 mm jack for headphones) – their location very well, even while holding the tablet with two hands, you will not close their hands. Speaker volume abundantly enough for a quiet room.
And finally, the bottom hid microUSB connector for charging and connecting to a PC.
As for the assembly, the only claim to it are quiet creaks under strong compression of the rear cover.
As you can see from the table below, in generation after generation Samsung gradually reduce the weight and thickness of the device, that’s 4 Tab 10.1 got a bit lighter than their predecessors and other competitors.
|Width (mm)||Length (mm)||Thickness (mm)||Weight (grams)|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4||243||176||8||487|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3||243||176||8||512|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1||256||175||9.7||588|
|Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10||262||180||8||603|
|Asus MemoPad FHD10||264||182||10||580|
By the way, if judged only by their own impressions, it seemed to me that the tablet is slightly heavier than the Tab 10.1 3, although the figures say otherwise.
As for the rest, we have the usual ten-size tablet, it is easy to hold with two hands while watching videos or surfing the web, but for one-hand it will not work.
Display size – 10.1 inches, resolution – 1280×800 pixels, type of matrix – TFT-PLS, screen covered with protective glass, oleophobic coating is present, but there is no light sensor. Display in the sun fades, but the information remains readable.
As for the screen, he has good viewing angles (rejecting picture fades a bit), high brightness and natural color reproduction (color “softer” than IPS-matrix). On personal impressions, the display has become a little better on the part of the brightness in comparison with 3 Tab 10.1
And now the bad news. In the yard in 2014, and Samsung are still using the HD-resolution on a ten plates, and 4 would be okay Tab 10.1 cost 7-8 thousand. But with a price tag of 15,000 rubles to see HD-resolution of this tablet, to put it mildly, strange. All competitors have a much better displays at the same price, but this issue we will return in the relevant section.
Worse display copes with small fonts, they look dull and smeared, it is the fault of low resolution.
Tablet running Android 4.4.2 with TouchWiz installed shell over it. Eldar Murtazin has prepared a comprehensive overview of this version of TouchWiz, you can view it on the link below, I’m not going to once again describe this shell. Separately, I note that in contrast to the line Pro, Tab 4 in 10.1 no corporate Magazine UI.
Responsible for the performance Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with a quad 400 MSM8226 processor running at 1.2 GHz, Adreno 305 graphics accelerator (there is support for OpenGL ES 3.0), RAM 1.5 GB of internal storage capacity – 16 GB (11 available to the user, 92 GB), has a memory card slot (supports cards up to 64 GB).
In comparison with 3 Tab 10.1 tablet that runs more smoothly, apparently, use Qualcomm chipsets impact on performance.
Enough power chipset for smooth playback of any, even very “heavy” video and all the latest games. As for paging desktops, it became a lot smoother, but still far from ideal.
In the tablet has a removable lithium-ion battery capacity of 6800 mAh.
While reading (10% brightness mode “flight” is included) tablet is dead for 15 hours.
In video mode, the device charge enough for 7 hours (maximum brightness mode “flight” is included).
With daily use, you can count on 4-5 days of battery life, depending on usage.
In the tablet has two cameras – a 3 MP main and a front facing 1.3 MP. The main camera is here obviously for show, as it shoots very mediocre, but the front is perfect for video calls on Skype.
Mobile network – version with 3G-module works over cellular networks 2G (GSM / GPRS / EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz).In addition to the data, and you can also make calls from the tablet.
Wi-Fi (b / g / n) – in the settings you can turn on “hand” mobile Internet via Wi-Fi, as well as take advantage of transferring files via Wi-Fi Direct.Of the nice features – support for dual-band Wi-Fi.
Bluetooth 4.0 – supports all popular profiles including A2DP.
GPS – cold start took only 6 seconds, this is an excellent performance, however, it is not surprising, because it uses a chipset Qualcomm.
Infrared – to use the tablet as a remote control for appliances, the device is already pre-installed software to work with an infrared port.
Suggested retail price of the tablet is 15 000 for the version with Wi-Fi, and a version of Wi-Fi +3 G will cost you 19 000 rubles. For the money you get a thin and light tablet with good battery life and support for multiple video formats, but a mediocre display, the main drawback of which is low resolution.
Honestly, not much has changed in the tablet compared with the same 3 Tab 10.1, so part of the competition, I will take out the last review, the benefit of it is relevant for 4 Tab 10.1
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10. At a reasonable price, this tablet offers a much better screen. In fact, higher quality display – its main advantage. In addition, the 3G version is used more productive Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 chipset with support for Russian frequencies LTE.
Apple iPad 4. During the same 15 000 you can buy iPad 4 – device completely different level by many parameters (screen quality games, an increasing number of applications optimized for tablets), but with their specific constraints.
During the time of the first Galaxy Tab 10.1 HD-resolution seemed logical and relevant, Tab 2 10.1, it was still relevant in 3 Tab 10.1 is slightly hit it, but use the same resolution in the Tab 10.1 4 at a price of 15,000 rubles? Though even iPad 4 (and we all know how Apple likes to cheat price) is worth the same amount of money, but offers a completely different level screen.
I absolutely do not understand the pricing Samsung, as well as the decision not to increase the display resolution with this horse’s price tag. I have long noticed that the Korean giant unreasonably expensive plates in the middle segment, and the Tab 10.1 4 – is no exception. The main drawbacks of this tablet – a low resolution and a high price, because of them I can not recommend it for purchase. On the background Tab 10.1 3 it looks much better, but the competition is frankly weak solution characteristics.
If you like the Samsung tablet and you want to take just a device of this brand, it is better to pay extra 7000 rubles and buy Tab S 10.5 – device completely different level.