Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, 10.5″

Last updated date: August 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 75 expert reviews, the Samsung Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, 10.5" placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 29, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
8.9
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
1,438 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
DeX is great for multitasking.
- The Verge
August 8, 2018 | Full review
The Tab S4 has more powerful hardware than many of our comparison devices though and so scores comparatively highly in CPU benchmarks.
- Notebook Check
November 2, 2018 | Full review
The other selling point here is the built-in Dex software, which mimics a desktop interface and has second-screen capabilities.
- Tech Radar
February 5, 2019 | Full review
There are issues with the keyboard forgetting which apps you want to input text into, and refusing to do anything. You also can’t use Screen-off Memo in Dex or any of the handy S-Pen tools that are normally available. The iris scanner, too, is less reliable in Dex.
- Trusted Reviews
April 3, 2019 | Full review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 raises the bar on its predecessor with a bigger display, better performance and the addition of Samsung DeX, which gives it a PC-like interface.
- CNET
August 8, 2018 | Full review
The 13MP camera takes incredible shots.
- BestReviews
Samsung includes the S Pen stylus for precise, pressure-sensitive input on the Tab S4’s screen. The stylus is great for taking notes, drawing, and annotating documents.
- New York Times Wirecutter
February 25, 2019 | Full review
It’s got your standard grid of icons, drop down notification shade, and a very familiar and finger-friendly UI.
- Gizmodo
August 8, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Samsung DeX makes the Tab S4 truly special, but the lack of optimized apps for Android and DeX modes means your software choices are quite limited.
- The Verge
August 8, 2018 | Full review
DeX does not work with multiple user accounts, while the S Pen is only of limited use. We could take notes with the pen and use it for inputs, but the physical shortcut menu button does not work in DeX mode.
- Notebook Check
November 2, 2018 | Full review
This user interface isn’t as touch-friendly, and there’s no track pad on the optional Tab S4 keyboard cover that we found most problematic. You need to bring a Bluetooth mouse and your own keyboard to get any work done.
- Tech Radar
February 5, 2019 | Full review
My biggest concern is the glass rear. Not only do I fear that it will become damaged every time I put the device into my bag uncovered, but it’s super-slippery, even after only a few minutes of holding it. Any oily residue on your hands will instantly transfer onto the glass, leaving the device a smudge-covered mess.
- Trusted Reviews
April 3, 2019 | Full review
Galaxy Tab S4 is pricey and that's without a keyboard (another $150).
- CNET
August 8, 2018 | Full review
It's pricey, so while the S4 is one of the fastest out there, it's definitely not the best value.
- BestReviews
The quality of the Samsung Experience software has varied over the years, and it’s still not as smooth or easy to use as Google’s version of Android.
- New York Times Wirecutter
February 25, 2019 | Full review
Lack of a fingerprint sensor.
- Gizmodo
August 8, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Explore, work and watch your favorite shows on a clear and stunningly brilliant screen. Transform your Galaxy Tab S4 into a PC experience with the taskbar you're used to with the revolutionary DeX*. Create a PowerPoint presentation and revise budgets in Excel at your favorite cafe. Then edit, sketch and capture inspiration with the included S Pen. And using far-field mics, you can even control your Tab S4 from a distance with Google Assistant. *DeX can be activated via Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 keyboard cover (SKU: EJ-FT830UBEGUJ) sold separately.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″; 16 GB Wifi Tablet
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, 10.5″
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6″; 16 GB Wi-Fi Tablet
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7″; 8 GB Wifi Tablet
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Samsung Tablets

Buying a tablet these days isn’t like buying a suit. You only need a suit to do one thing, and that’s fit well. A tablet? You can use it as a workstation, a communications hub or to get your daily news. You can use it for video gaming, as a jukebox or Netflix viewer — or whatever else will keep your kids quiet in the back seat on long car rides. Clearly, one size does not fit all.

That’s just the beginning of its applications, but Samsung Galaxy tablets have been around since 2010 for a reason.  Even their budget models can do quite a bit without breaking the bank, thanks to their versatile Android operating system and open-door policy when it comes to apps.

Among those budget models, Samsung’s Galaxy type A and E tabs are a good example of what you can expect for the low end of their pricing scale. The Tab E series was first released in 2015 as a no-frills tablet that allowed users to customize as they wish from the Google Play stores a vast array of apps.

The Tab A series, released the same year, has gone through a few different updates and size configurations. It’s a mid-range model, but it does come with one big, distinctive perk: free, built-in versions of the Microsoft Office suite, including useful software like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. If you’re looking for a work tablet, that asset alone makes the Tab A pretty tempting.

No matter which model you get, there are certain handy features you can expect. In the Galaxy versus iPad debate, the Samsung Galaxy’s expandable memory often comes up as an advantage, and it’s a big one if you plan on storing lots of media or playing a lot of technologically demanding games. While some iPads may have bigger internal memory (especially in the more recent generations), they’re largely limited to the cap you see on the box. With most Galaxy tablets, you have the option to add up to to 128 GB of storage on a microSD card. Mind you, the SD cards are typically not included, but it’s good to have the option if you need it.

Another big difference between tablets on the Android OS (such as Galaxy) and Apple products is the marketplace for apps. On your Galaxy tablet, you’ll be shopping for apps on Google Play, as opposed to Apple’s App Store. And while you’ll find a lot of the same apps on both of them, there’s a somewhat wider variety on the Google Play. You might not care about or even notice the difference, unless you happen to be a former iPad user. Certain apps are not usable across different operating systems, and one big example is their primary media player. Movies bought on Google Play can be used on iPhone if you have that app, but the same can’t be said in reverse for movies bought on Apple’s iTunes store. Without some serious hacking, you won’t be able to view iTunes content on your Galaxy tablet.

Galaxy tablets do sport some other nice proprietary features, depending on the model, like their multi-user mode that saves different log-ins for different people, along with their particular set of apps and documents — a big plus for larger families. Some also have a multi-window option that lets you open two compatible apps side by side, which gives the tablet a smidgen of laptop-lite capability.

In general, though, you can count on Samsung’s tablets to be highly customizable. The more tweaking you put into it, the more productivity you’re likely to get out.

DYWM Fun Fact

Still got an old tablet hanging around? There’s no need to go through the trouble of selling it cheap. Even offline, an old tablet can be a workhorse around the house.

You can set it on a nightstand and use it as a digital photo frame. Or, download the right apps for your TV or audio equipment, and turn it into a universal remote for your home entertainment system. Finally, you can also use it as a dedicated (and interactive) desk calendar, complete with alerts for important events.

The Samsung Tablet Buying Guide

  • Half the point of having a tablet is portability. You want to be able to use it anywhere, so make sure to check that your Samsung Galaxy has connectivity that fits with your lifestyle. Most models are able to go online via Wi-Fi or mobile networks, but some Tab E tablets are strictly Wi-Fi. That may work fine if you’re planning to fire it up at home or in large urban areas, but be prepared to settle for offline usage on road trips or remote locations.
  • The first things you’ll probably want to do after getting your settings right is download some apps for your tablet. Thanks to the Google Play store’s wide variety, you’ll find no shortage of widgets, from the big ones like Facebook and Twitter to innovative indie games for you and the kids. But buyer beware! Google Play tends to be a bit more unregulated, and while you won’t have much to worry about from big name apps, there is some pirated, buggy or just plain malicious material out there in the far reaches of the marketplace. Be sure to check the ratings — especially on apps intended for children — and report any defective content. If you’re squeamish about purchasing an unknown app, check the terms. Many reputable ones offer a grace period where you can cancel your purchase in a few days and avoid the charge.
  • Planning on taking lots of pictures? Samsung Galaxy tablets come with front and rear facing cameras, and the space to play around with photo editing apps makes them great for home video. But if you’re picky about the resolution, check the specs for both the front and rear cameras. The most modern Galaxy tabs can get up to 13 megapixels on the rear cam, and while the 5-8 MP on the Tab A and E models may be nothing to sneeze at, it’s not likely to beat what you can already take with your smartphone.
  • Buying your tablet for a youngster? Samsung has a Kids Mode available on most older models, and it’s a great way to keep kids both entertained and in check. The app not only has dedicated games and activities, but you can monitor your child’s usage and set time limits for how long they can play. You can also move other approved apps under the Kids Mode umbrella and have them protected by a password. And while Kids Mode is free, there is one other investment that you should definitely make for younger tykes: a childproof tablet case.