Galaxy Tab S review roundup: amazing screen, design, battery-life; poor software & performance

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We recently gave you an early hands-on video look at Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S announced earlier this month and due to go on sale on 27th June from $400. With the reviews now in, we thought we’d give you a round-up of the verdicts …

Engadget loved the screen, the battery-life and portability, but criticized the performance, ‘temperamental’ fingerprint scanner and fiddliness of the optional case connection.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is good. Really good. With long battery life, a stunning screen and an especially thin and light design, it’s a near-perfect product. My main hang-up is that the performance doesn’t always feel as brisk as it should [...]

In addition, the fingerprint scanner, though nice to have, can be temperamental — so much so that I’ve more than once locked myself out of my own tablet. That said, I believe Samsung can address these two minor performance issues via a software update. And even if it doesn’t, this is still an excellent piece of kit …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 WiFi models arrive May 1 in US, preorders tomorrow, LTE this summer

Samsung announced today that its WiFi-only models of the new Galaxy Tab 4 lineup will arrive in the U.S. on May 1. That includes the 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch models in both black and white with preorders starting tomorrow through a handful of major retailers. As for the LTE models of the tablets, Samsung says this summer AT&T is getting the Tab 4, Sprint is getting the Tab 4 7.0, Verizon is getting the Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1, and T-Mobile is getting the 8.0.

All of the tablets pack in a 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, 1.5GB RAM, and a 1280×800 WXGA display. Preorders officially kick off tomorrow starting at $199.99, $269.99 and $349.99 for the 7, 8, 10.1-inch models through Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct.  Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2 shipping March 9th

Samsung already launched the Galaxy Note 12.2 tablets it announced at CES earlier this year, and today the company has announced the availability date for the Galaxy Tab 12.2 version. Starting March 9th, customers can purchase the 12.2″ Android tablet starting at $649 in black or white versions with 32GB and 64GB configurations through Samsung.com, Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers. Read more

Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro tablets hitting the US from 13th Feb, but wifi-only for now

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If you liked the look of the four new tablets Samsung announced at CES back in January, you don’t have long to wait until they go on sale – but for now, only the wifi models will be available, and the Tab Pro 12.2 won’t ship until next month, reports re/code.

You can preorder the Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Tab Pro 10.1 or Tab Pro 8.4 now from various retailers, including Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon. But the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 isn’t expected to ship till March …  Read more