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Update September 8, 2014:

About 6 weeks ago I started having issues charging the Samsung tablet. A red x appeared over the battery symbol and the tablet appeared to be charging but very slowly. This red x means that the tablet is plugged into a computer and exchanging data but in reality it was plugged into the Samsung AC wall charger using their cable.

I tried another Micro USB charging cable and it worked fine but not every time. I was worried that the charging port on the tablet was going bad. I take excellent care of my smart devices and I wanted to find out what the issue was. I contacted Samsung support using the on line message support system. It took about an hour to convince Samsung that the cable was bad and perhaps the AC wall charger.

They shipped me a new AC wall charger and the cable. I tried only the cable by itself first and it has worked perfectly every time I haved plugged it in for three weeks. I wanted to post this update in case any other user of this tablet is having a similar problem. Good luck with Samsung support as the person I dealt with was stubborn about recognizing that one of their products was defective.


I own a lot of different tablets but this is my first Samsung and let me say that I am impressed. I went to the store to buy a 7 inch unit but quickly decided to upgrade to the 8 inch version. There were several features that I was concerned about and the 8 inch unit just fit my needs better.

* Larger screen size for reading
* More basic internal memory at 16 GIG versus 8 GIG for the 7 inch unit
* The ability to upgrade to a 64 GIG SD card instead of just 32 GIG

Just remember that in my experience your need for more memory grows as you use your tablet more and if you buy a smaller memory upgrade capability you may regret it. The price difference on launch day was only $40 more. I already own 8 tablets in my family so my experience has proven this need for more memory. As you add more books and more apps the memory slowly gets eaten up. I went ahead and also purchased a Samsung 64 GIG Micro SD memory card and I got a Class 10 Pro series at a cost of $55. It reads at 70 MB/s and a write speed of 20 MB/s. For under $300 you will have a powerful tablet that has more memory (80 GIG) than a 64 GIG iPad Mini for a much lower price.

Here is the link to the Samsung Memory that I purchased:

Samsung 64GB MicroSD XC Pro Class 10 UHS-1 Read Speed 70mb/s Write Speed 20mb/s MB-MGCGB Ultra Fast Speed Memory Card with SoCal Trade, Inc. Memory Card Reader

Some other key features are:

* A powerful Qualcomm quad core CPU operating at 1.2 GHZ ( You can see the speed in using the tablet)
* 1280 by 800 pixel display
* A 3 MP rear facing camera
* A 1.3 MP front facing camera
* It weighs in at 11 ¼ ounces per my scales
* Bluetooth 4.0
* Internal 16 GIG of flash memory and it goes to 80 GIG using a 64 GIG Micro SD card (Use a high quality Class 10 Micro SD card)
* 1.5 GIG of internal RAM
* A 4450 mAh internal battery pack
* Android 4.4 operating system Kit Kat
* 1080P playback and recording
* A built in IR blaster to control your TV and other infra-red devices and an App called WatchON the help you control your TV and see what is playing on your cable service.
* The tablet comes with a 31 inch charging and data cable that is a Micro USB on one end and a USB on the other.
* It comes with an AC wall charger that outputs 5 VDC at 1 Amp and it will operate on 100 to 240 VAC and 50/60 HZ.
* It features a power multitasking function that lets you see and use two apps simultaneously which is something that an Apple iPad cannot do. Very nice feature!
* You can set up multiple users and limit the apps that they can see and use.
* You can set up a child friendly and protected user interface.
* You get $300 worth of free content

I found this tablet to be extremely versatile and very fast. The quad core processor is very impressive and browsing the internet was fast and easy. Adding my Gmail account to the tablet literally took a minute. I put together a video to show you the locations for the controls and what the tablet looks like. It is a bit long and I couldn't even talk about all of the items that I wanted to include. I apologize for the length of the video but I get excited over good technology. Overall the tablet is impressive and it is well worth the money based on the quality and performance that I have seen. I rate it as a 5 star item.

You can register your device with Samsung Galaxy Perks and get more free items:

* A $10 credit on the Google Play Store
* 3 months free of Hulu plus
* 1 year free of Boingo WIFI
* 50 GIG of free Drop Box cloud storage for 2 years
* Sirius 3 months free
* 3 free audible books for new members
* 3 digital magazines free on Zinio for 2 months
* A free Polaris Office

Update May 2, 2014:

Last night I installed the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle reading app. I down loaded over 950 books and I was blown away by the speed of the downloads. The CPU and strong WIFI connection really shines with its speed. I was using a strong 2.4 GHz WIFI and I downloaded the speedtest app from Google Play and I could download data at 13.36 Mbps and upload data at 2.09 Mbps. Since I am on ATT Uverse that is a reasonable result. The tablet can use either a 2.4 GHz or a 5 GHz WIFI channel. On the 5GHz frequency I got 17.71 Mbps download and 2.24 Mbps upload.

I used the Amazon AppStore as I own over 1000 apps and it was fast and easy to download many of them. I could transfer them to the SD card to conserve my internal memory. I had to do this manually on some of the apps and others went to the SD card automatically.

The sound of the speaker is pretty loud for its size. I paired the tablet with a Bluetooth speaker and the process is fast and easy. I use Bluetooth a lot and I was glad to see it work so well and Bluetooth 4.0 is the low power version to help reduce battery consumption.

Over three hours of continuous work the battery dropped from 98% to 62% which is pretty good considering I downloaded over 950 books and 35 apps. I love the fact that I can use my Amazon books and apps so easily and still have access to the Google Play Store to download utilities and apps that are not available on Amazon. It is like having the best of both worlds.

Photographs are easy to take and edit. I even shot some videos. I wanted to include some in my online video but there was not enough space and time remaining to do so.

Using an app called Hangouts I was able to do face to face video calls and text messaging with my wife using our gmail account emails. The quality was as good as Facetime and the connection worked very well. I had to install the app Hangouts on my wife's iPhone 5S and the app is free on iTunes. The app was already installed on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

I continue to be impressed with the performance and capability of this tablet.

I did want to add that the case is slippery and a little wide to hold so I suggest that you get a case to improve your ability to grip the tablet and hold it.
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on May 8, 2014
I already have a Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 but curiosity was killing me; I had to see what the differences were between the two model years. I think the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is a great tablet! I am a Galaxy Tab fan from the beginning. I still have and use a Sprint Galaxy Tab sph-p100 which is now several years old, but has been tweaked in nearly every way. I have watched the Galaxy Tab line evolve from the beginning. The GT4 8.0 is an evolutionary change from the 3.

The introductory price was lowered by $30 on the first day of its release and it is currently $60 less than the introductory price of the GT 3 8.0. To keep the price down other than the processor and the newer operating system there are no other notable improvements and some compromises were made. The speakers and cameras were downgraded and the data/power cable was shortened. The cable that was used to output an HDMI signal from the GT 3 8.0 no longer works with the 4. I find this very disturbing. Even my original Galaxy Tab has HDMI output through an adapter. In most ways this was less of a performance upgrade than a response to current market conditions. Because of the competition in 8" tablets... at the current price point consumers expect a more modern quad-core processor. That is what we got.

My first impressions...

To me the GT4 8.0 seemed slightly zippier than the GT3 8.0. However when I ran the applications that I actually use on a tablet most of the time (web browsers, book readers, video and music players) with the two tablets side by side there were no appreciable differences. So I have to admit that my first impression may have been psychological... knowing that the newer unit has a quad core processor vs a dual core in the GT3 8.0 gives the expectation that the GT4 8.0 would be faster. I ran approximately 20 benchmark programs on the two tablets side by side. The GT 4 8.0 was faster by most but not all measures.

The Gtab4 8.0 has the same processor as the Motorola Moto G. In nearly every benchmark I ran the scores were almost the same as the Moto G. Since the Moto G has been out longer... if you want to know how the GT4 8.0 is going to perform using a certain benchmark just look at how the Moto G performed; you will most likely be within a very few percentage points.

Most notably on the initial runs using the Antutu Benchmark program... the GT4 8.0 earned a score of 17281 and the GT3 8.0 received a score of 15263. On the Antutu 3DRating Benchmark the 4 got a score of 2765 and the 3 just 1870. Neither is a speed demon compared to many other Android Devices. Neither tablet is meant to be a maximum performance gaming device. Overall however both tablets have a lot of features for entry level tablets as noted in other reviews and both are very good, well rounded devices.

Compared to the GT3 8.0, the GT4 8.0 shines running applications which take full advantage of its 4 processors and on chip Graphics Processor Unit. There are benchmarks where the GT3 8.0 outperforms the 4 due to its faster clock speed and the design of its processors and gpu. Overall, however one must reasonably conclude that the new processor in the 4... future proofs it more as compared to the GT3 8.0. It will be interesting to find out what type of overclocking potential the processors and GPU have. Whether either unit has any practical real world advantages for the a particular user depends entirely on the applications being used. A budding tablet gamer would be better off with the 4.

My guess is that most users who do not run 3D games, photo or video editing apps would not be able to tell much if any difference using typical applications. Unless there are applications that you want to use that you know are CPU intensive and are going to run better on the quad core tablet it would not be a worthwhile upgrade for most. If however you are making a decision about which tablet to purchase... I would be willing to spend a little more on the GT4 8.0 than the GT3 8.0.

Some advantages of the 3 are:
1. It has been out for a while and has a lot of community support. It is easy to root; there are many custom ROMS and setups that one can take advantage of without having to reinvent the wheel.
2 .The 3 has loads of cheap accessories available through eBay, Amazon and numerous retailers.
3. The 3 has better speakers and cameras.

Some advantages of the 4 are:
1. It has a newer quad-core processor that out performs the 3 in many benchmarks.
2. The Kitkat Operating System... as annoying as it is to have to learn new features... it is an upgrade. There probably already are custom ROMs to upgrade the GT3 8.0, but there are advantages to having a factory supported OEM version with the latest OS.
3. The back of the 4's case has a faux leather finish that is not a fingerprint magnet like the shiny 3's is. Personally I never take the 3 out of its gel case because you can't pick it up without getting nasty looking fingerprints all over it's beautiful shiny white exterior.
4. {{{edit 5-18-14}}} After using the 4 for over two weeks I can report that in its stock configuration plus a couple dozen of my favorite apps, that it seems to have exceptional battery life. I normally charge most devices that I depend on such as my phone every night. I haven't charged the Galaxy Tab 4 for several days and have used it regularly, often with the screen at full brightness and the battery is still indicator still shows that it has 64% left. If you leave it in standby mode and don't use it... I can now report that it doesn't seem to lose more than a couple of percentage points of battery life in a day. I am pleased enough that I raised my rating from 4 to 5 stars. Kudos to Samsung for not putting a bunch of battery eating fluff in the stock configuration!

Some disadvantages of the 3 are:
1. Older Operating System.
2. Dual Core vs Quad Core processor... albeit running at 1.5ghz as opposed to 1.2ghz
3. The shiny case attracts fingerprints.

Some disadvantages of the 4 are:
1. Lower quality speaker and cameras. The speaker is in the back so if you cover it or lay it down flat it will be muffled. The 3 has great speakers and goes louder to begin with. The 4 doesn't sound bad but it is not as good as the GT3 8.0.
2. The case has different dimensions than 3 so there are very few custom molded gel cases currently available. This of course should improve within a month or two.
3. It is so new that currently there is very little support in the tablet community... you will probably have to wait a while to run your favorite applications that require rooting.

I took many pictures and videos of the two units running side by side. When I get the chance I will try to post those in updates to this review.

{{{Update 10-11-14}}} We have had the Tab 4 since May and it has served us well. I am disappointed that Samsung still hasn't released a firmware update that would allow one to attach an HDMI adapter to this device and display content on a High Definition Television. It seems ridiculous considering that all of our Android phones, a $75 Chinese tablet, and our 4 year old sph-p100 Sprint Galaxy Tab 7 all have working HDMI adapters. As far as I am concerned Samsung has really dropped the ball on this. Samsung, why has this still not been corrected after nearly 6 months?

{{{Update 12-02-14}}} One thing that I forgot to mention in my review that has been used a lot by my family is the IR Blaster. This is a feature on both the Tab 3 and the Tab 4 that allows you to use them as a universal remote control. I have found that with a $6 App from the Play Store that this is an incredibly useful feature and there is no limit to the number of remotes that you can emulate. The App that I am using has half a million remotes already in its database. These can all be customized easily. It can also learn commands from the IR signal if you have a remote not in the database. I have got a whole lot of supposedly universal remotes but none seem to work as well or as easily as this feature on the Galaxy Tab.

So, in conclusion... if you already have a Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 the GT 4 8.0 is most likely not enough of an upgrade to justify purchasing the 4 unless you have a family member who could use a hand me down or any other excuse that you can make up. If you are looking for a new tablet I would recommend either the 3 or the 4 because of the features they both provide features that have been well covered in other reviews. I would be willing to pay a little more for the 3 than the 4 but not more than around $30 at this time. Basically, if you plan to use the tablet for processor intensive applications such as editing photos or playing the latest 3D games you would probably be better off with the 4. If you want to take pictures with your tablet and like to listen to the built in speakers I would lean towards the 3. As far as browsing the internet, staying connected, watching videos or looking at pictures I doubt whether you will be able to tell the difference. Both are good values as far as I am concerned.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 1, 2014
Samsung has done it again. They are releasing tablets at very periodic intervals. Samsung's fourth generation of Galaxy Tab series is as expected and for this price point phenomenal. I have been using Galaxy Tab 2 and 3 and I am very much impressed with Galaxy line of devices. First, if you have not had any tablets before and can afford over 7”, Get THIS! Yes, Get this 8". It is ideal for reading books and emails. I had used a 8" Tablet to read epub books (Aldiko) and it was a very pleasant experience. If you are a bit experienced and can afford it, I highly recommend the 8". In my opinion 8" is the maximum value for the money and features and hence I gave 8" a 5 star. I also gave 7" a 5 star due to best pixel density among all of Galaxy 4 series.

Samsung has introduced 7", 8" and 10.1" of the Tab 4 series. This year the space has become crowded as Samsung also has 8.4”, 10.1” and 12.2” Tab Pro Series. They are pricier, but if you can afford I very STRONGLY suggest you get the PRO series just for one thing - RESOLUTION. I was really hoping the Tab series will go to a larger resolution. But again price/performance is a factor that drives Samsung to make devices at all ranges.

Let's start off with salient points of all of the Galaxy Tab 4 series. I will later compare with the previous Tab 3 models. I have also listed brief specs of current leading tablets at the very end if you would like to really compare and shop. If you have Tab 3, don’t upgrade. No need to. Those devices worked well a year back and still are. The photos look just as beautiful on them as they did a year ago!

Some of Tab 4 specs have certainly become better, but not in a revolutionary sense. The pixels per inch ppi is the best in 7” among all of Galaxy Tab 4 series. That is because all have same resolution and size is the variable.

Look at three specs that really interest you and nail down the tablet you need. Look at the big picture, what you want from a tablet now, a year from now, what your family needs out of this and make a decision.

7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablet: 1280x800, 216 ppi, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD card slot (up to 32 GB), Camera: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 9.74 oz. (276 grams). Android 4.4.2

8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablet: 1280x800, 189 ppi, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz Quad-Core, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD card slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 11.1 oz. (315 grams). Android 4.4.2

10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 model: 1280x800, Qualcomm Snapdragon, 149 ppi, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD card slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 17.3 oz. (490 grams). Android 4.4.2

Look at the salient points of all of the Galaxy Tab 3 series.

7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablet: 1024 x 600, Marvell dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD card slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 10.58 oz. (300 grams). Android 4.1.2

8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 model: 1280 x 800, Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB ram, 16GB of built-in storage (ROM), a microSD slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 5MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 10.9 oz. (309 grams) Android 4.2

10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 model: 1280 x 800, Intel Atom 1.6GHz Z2560 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 16GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD slot (up to 64 GB), Camera: 3.2MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 17.99 oz. (510 grams). Android 4.2

I am not going into other details like accelerometer etc. as they are all standard these days, Audio support - AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, WMA/ASF, 3GA/M4A, FLAC, WAV; MP3/MP4/Music Tones; Music Player; Ringtones, Polyphonic. Video support: AVI/DIVX, WMV/ASF, FLV, MKV, MP4/3GP, WEBM; Video Player; Video Streaming.

The 8" has a physical home button so are others in the series. Also has capacitive Back and Menu buttons. Camera is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for skype, and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. It is also equipped with an IR blaster so it will work as a universal remote on both your TV and cable box. Camera is only so and so, and I will not rely on it to produce outstanding photos. Weighs very lightweight. SD card capability is awesome! With prices plummeting for microSD GB cards, it is a great boon. Put all your music, books, photos on the SD card and you have a powerful computer in hand always! I personally use the 64 GB microSD card on my mobile devices. Get this mobileUltra (SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Class 6 Memory Card with SD Adapter - Retail Packaging.

This tablet has both bluetooth 4.0" and have USB Host capability. USB Host is one of the most under noticed features of Androids and is in my opinion one of the best features compared to iPad lines. What this means you get a USB Host cable also otherwise called OTG (On the Go) cables and plug in your USB thumb drive or other USB devices and the device recognizes it. I have used it with Alfa AWUS036H for a wireless project with Android PCAP Capture from reputable Kismet wireless. GPS was spot on and I tried multiple GPS apps. It was bright outdoors (had to crank the brightness all the way up). I personally use Navigon from Garmin and have downloaded several apps.

Finally, believe me, don't get mired in the spec game. I will say it all starts with what you can afford. If you really want a fabulous tablet experience, get the 12.2” Tab Pro. Otherwise start with 7” and move forward. 8” is thin, lightweight and is awesome. Samsung is creating markets for all form factors and I would consider this as an exploratory stage. Just like Ford or Toyota has cars in different shapes, sizes and price range, so are the tablet vendors now. Remember the laptop wars, 10", 12" 13", 15, 17 and even some 19" if I remember right few years ago. We used to debate endlessly which laptop sizes are better, which has better speakers and so on. The time has come to fight it out for tablets!

I tried following apps and they just worked awesome. A tablet is only as good as the apps you have and how productive it makes you. It's almost like the camera/lens analogy in the DSLR space. What good it is to have a great DSLR body if you have no good lens? Same with Tablet body and apps you have.

WolframAlpha (I can go on for hours praising this. This is a truly genius app powered by hundreds of supercomputers in the background. Wolfram is a computational genius).
Withings HealthMate. (another remarkable app great UI/UX). I am getting the Pulse device as soon as it hit stores.)
Aldiko Book Reader Premium (absolutely love it)
Amazon Mobile
Android Central app (great and must have for Android users)
Amazon App Store
Battery Monitor Widget Pro (a great app)
BeyondPod (excellent for podcasts, I haven't used Pocketcast, some friends say it is very good too)
Dictionary M-W Premium
NAVIGON (from Garmin - offline maps)
Google Navigation/Earth/Maps using a portable MiFi box
Google Currents (nice way to read News)
Google Keep/Keyboard/Drive/Search/Books/Voice/Hangouts
Google Music (Awesome, I have now upto 10,000 songs halfway through Google's 20K Limit)
Tapatalk HD (awesome forum browsing app)
Microsoft One Note (legacy docs, skydrive of 25 GB is good)
Subsonic Music Streamer
TweetCaster Pro for Android
RealCalc Plus (Awesome calculator app)
Tweetcaster Pro (again awesomeness)
Plenty of Widgets

Ask questions, the reviews cannot do full justice. I will be glad to answer any questions and usually answer within 24 hours to any query.

APPENDIX: Overview of other tablets in the market.

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4-Inch {B,W}, WQXGA 2560 x 1600, 359 ppi, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16/[32] GB Flash, microSD upto 64 GB, 8MP Rear + 2MP Front, 331 gm, Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS, 8.62 x 5.06 x 0.28 in, microUSB, GPS yes. 4800 mAh battery (best resolution on a tablet!)

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 {B, W}, WQXGA 2560x1600, 298 ppi, Exynos® 5 Octa (1.9GHz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore), 2 GB RAM, 16/[32] GB Flash, microSD upto 64 GB, 8MP Rear + 2MP Front, 469 gm, Android 4.4 KitKat, 9.57 x 6.75 x 0.29 in, microUSB, GPS: y, 8,200mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 {B, W}, WQXGA 2560x1600, 247 ppi, Exynos® 5 Octa (1.9GHz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore), 3 GB RAM, 32GB/64GB Flash, microSD upto 64 GB, 8MP Rear + 2MP Front, 732 gm, Android 4.4 KitKat, 11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 in, microUSB, GPS: y, 9500mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 {B, W}, WQXGA 2560x1600, 247 ppi, Exynos® 5 Octa (1.9GHz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore), 3 GB RAM, 32/64 GB Flash, microSD card slot up to 64GB, 8MP Rear + 2MP Front, 748 gm, Android 4.4 KitKat, 11.64 x 8.03 x 0.33 in, microUSB 3.0 port with backwards compatibility with microUSB 2.0, GPS - y, 9500mAh battery, S-Pen, NFC, Ethernet connectivity via adapter.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" model: 2560 x 1600, 339 ppi, Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz quad-core, 2 GB RAM, 16/32/64 Flash Memory, No microSD card, 8MP rear-facing camera, front-facing 720p HD camera, 374 grams, FireOS 3.0, 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.31 inches, microUSB, GPS:no [cellular versions have GPS]

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" 2014 Edition: 2560x1600, 299 ppi, 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5420 Quad-Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 16/32 GB Flash Memory, microSD slot:yes(upto 64 GB), 8MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing camera, 560 grams, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, 9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 inches, microUSB, GPS:yes. S-Pen (flagship),

iPAD Air 9.7" (2013): 2048 x 1536 resolution, 264 ppi, A7/M7/64 bit processor, Flash Memory: 16/32/64/128 GB, SD Card:no, 5 MP back, 1.2 MP front, 469 grams, iOS 7, 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 in, lightning port, GPS:no [cellular versions have GPS]

Google Nexus 10" model: 2560 x 1600, 300 ppi, CPU: Dual-core A15, 2GB RAM, 16/32 GB, SD:no, rear:5 MP, front:1.9 MP, 603g, 10.4" x 7" x 0.35", mcroUSB, GPS:yes

You should come up with three top three specs you want and should be able to nail it down with the above spec. If you have doubts shoot me a comment, I can help! I hope the key specs I have consolidated here of all the tablets will help you narrow down and help in buying the right tablet for your needs.
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Since I have owned tablets from the Samsung Tab line since the Tab 2, I can still say that in my opinion that Samsung makes a excellent and wonderful tablet with this Tab 4 Eight! It arrived with Kit Kat onboard, however as on now (September, 2015), it updated to Lollipop 5.1.1. If you are looking a high quality eight inch tablet, this may very well be the one for you! For me I found that this tablet has that WOW, WOW, WOW Factor. So below, I am listing the many Pros I personally have found while using this tablet:


+ Overall Speed And Performance and Android Kit Kat OS:
With the fast 1.2 GHz Quad processor, Since I owned the Samsung Tab 3 8.0 before, I have noticed faster loading, this tablet runs ultra smooth and very, very responsive! Love that this tablet has 16GB Internal memory.
If you have used a Samsung Galaxy device as S3, S4, S5, Note 3, or other Galaxy type, you will love the OS and the familiar Samsung Touch Wiz interface on this tablet. However, what if you have never used Android OS or even a Samsung device? No worries, as this tablet is easy to learn in my opinion.

+ SCREEN SIZE IS JUST RIGHT SIZE - VERY CLEAR/SHARP SCREEN FOR READING eBooks or VIEWING WEBPAGES. (Screen in my opinion is large and has superb clarity/clearness for reading eBooks and webpages as the print is so readable as I find it VERY CLEAR/VIVID. This is a great in-between size tablet to use. And I found that the screen was large enough to read webpages easily or watch videos. The screen has a PPI (pixels per inch) of 189, which renders a crisp and clear screen and I found that the colors are super vivid and very colorful.
Portability - Excellent as I use a combo MoKo stand-cover-case on it and it is easy to place into my purse or any bag as it is so easy to carry anywhere!

+ EXTERNAL SLOT FOR MICRO SD CARD - It is said that you can add a 64gb SD card for personal files. In my case, I have a 32GB SD card and still have plenty of room after my songs, files and photos are added. (A 64 GB card has different formatting and I have not used this size, just the 32GB) About SD Cards: Keep in mind where External SD cards are concerned: They are JUST for your personal files: music, videos, photos, and other files. When you install apps from the Playstore or other sources, they store either in INTERNAL SD Card area or the main internal area. This is the law of the land where Android is concerned and ALL newer Android devices (including Samsung) work this way where storing your downloaded apps are concerned.

+ WiFi Connecting/Speed of WiFi - Setting up WiFi and keeping a great signal and long distance WiFi strong signal is one superb feature on this tablet. So I compared the signal strength with the Tab 4 vs my regular Android phone. The Tab 4 had about 35% stronger signal then the phone. I believe it is because there is a very strong WiFi receiver in this tablet. At home or on the road, I am able to connect to many free WiFi hotspots very easily with great signal strength.
****Do you need to know how to get on the internet when you are out of a WiFi range? Ask me about this as I have written an article on how to do this using a MiFi type of service from different service providers (please ask in the comment section for more info).

+ Reading/Creating/Editing Word, Excel, Text Files and much more on this tablet: This comes with a OK app for reading Office documents, however, I prefer Kingsoft Office which is a free app from Playstore. It is the best I have ever tried and I am very picky about so called Office programs. It is very compatible with MS Office as it reads, edits and creates Office files and reads PDF files, and it has more features of any other Android Office program that I tried. This app is a MUST have for tablet owners in my opinion.

+ Home Videos - The stock video player is OK and plays MOST home videos, however, may I suggest QQ Player, this is a free App from Playstore and it plays every home video I tried). Also MX Video Player is very good, however, I prefer QQ Player.

+ Music Player/Sound Quality - Stock player has clear sound through the outside "speakers" are really OK. Better with good quality headphones or a BlueTooth Speaker. To sync easily with Windows Media Player may I suggest the Playstore app free called WinAmp for the tablet as it is very highly rated and the sound is SUPERB!

+ Battery Life- For me, I noticed that this model the Tab 4, has better battery life than my older Tab 3 eight! Excellent, so far, however, this is what I have found: When I am on WiFi, I go to the websites I need and then as soon as I am done (reasonable time), I exit the browser (or YouTube, etc) and TURN OFF WiFi. However, I run my brightness at 100%. So this seems to keep the battery going longer.

+ Kindle App - I installed the Kindle App and synced my Kindle books. Began to read a new book and was very impressed with how exceptional the book rendered using this Tab 4 8.0. Very impressed as the text was very crisp and clear.

+ OTG USB Compatible - You can add an optional OTG (On the Go Micro USB adapter cable to the Micro port for copying files to your flash drive and from your flash drive to the Tab 4). I already had one from my Samsung phone and it works great on the Tab. You can also plug in a mouse, I tried it and it worked. *Note that portable external hard drives and portable DVD/CD drives will not work using OTG in the Tab 4 as I discovered when I tried to read my hard disks via OTG in the Tab 4. However, it is still good to know that you can easily plug in your flash drive and copy files to the Tab 4 and from Tab 3 to PC--what a time-saver.

+ Bluetooth Speed and Performance - The Bluetooth paired quickly with several devices as well as Bluetooth keyboards, Bluetooth Stereo Headsets, Bluetooth speakers (all I tried) and copied files at a great rate of speed. SUPERB and FAST Bluetooth.

+ Screenshots: There is no ICON for screenshots, however, to take a quick screenshot, hold down home button and power button (at the same time), and then it will take a beautiful screenshot. You can find your screenshot in MyFiles, Internal Storage, Pictures, and Screenshots. I use this sometimes for a map on the internet it saves time and this way it is SAVED for later viewing when I am offline.

+ MICRO USB PORT - No more having to use the old type of (non standard) USB charger/cable that the Tab 2 line had. However, this tablet requires a 2 AMP USB Charger to charge the tablet so it will not charge on a standard 1 AMP (phone charger) as I tried and only the 2 AMP one will work. This tablet uses the same Micro 2 AMP type of chargers that the Galaxy Note 8 uses.

- Camera - The 3MP rear camera on this Tab 4 8.0 and it not as good of a camera as the older Tab 3 line. Also, there is no flash on the camera, yet there are several helpful modes (7 modes) to enhance your shots. For me, I use Auto mode. And I tried the camera and video and was happily surprised in the quality (that is for outdoor shots) - it is pretty good. However, I will continue to use my regular camera for serious picture taking and videos.
***Note when I take INSIDE pictures, I use the NIGHT MODE on the camera as I found that my pictures with this mode take are taken inside or in a dimly lit area come out BETTER and CLEARER, better detailing.
When I am outside, I use either the AUTO mode (takes pretty good pictures) or I use the Panorama mode.
When I want 9 seconds of SOUND included in my picture say at a special event, I use the Shot and Sound Mode. The sound comes out nice and it plays when you open the picture on the tablet.

- New Adobe Flash is not supported, however, I found that archived flash is rather old and not really suited for playback on ANY Android after OS 4.1. I did get a couple of videos to work in the Photon Flash Player and Browser however (sometimes).

* Bottom line/My Suggestions to You: Would I buy this WiFi only model over again? Yes because this Tab 4 8.0 is lightweight, easy to hold in ONE HAND, and it just as easy to hold as the Tab 4 7 inch, yet has so much more screen real-estate than the Tab 4 7 inch and clarity etc, for just a few dollars more, this is a MUCH BETTER BUY! And I have found because the screen is so crisp and clear, it reads internet pages CLEARER, Home Videos are larger and much clearer to see etc. And the 8 inch is so easy to pop into a briefcase, bag or purse etc than say a large 10 inch is...if you travel and want to go light, may I suggest this Tab 4 8.0 to you!
Since I am somewhat of a techie person, I will be glad to answer any questions that you may have. Just ask in the comment section and I will answer promptly.
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on June 2, 2014
After reading all the reviews, I ordered the Galaxy Tab 4, 8 inch and a SD card. I am very pleased with the performance and all of the apps and features that came with it. The Google play store goes on and on and you can find anything there. I am still downloading new apps daily, while deleting the ones that I am not happy with. I have synchronized all my email/calendar accounts, sent photos and other things from laptop to the tablet, and found some apps for all kinds of stuff I didn't even know I wanted...all saved to the SD card so I can leave the main storage free to update the apps that came with the tablet. This tablet sure has a lot of things all packed in it and arranged so I can find when I want. seems to know when I mess up and asks what do I want to do. I am surprised the battery lasts so long. I did download from the Samsung site the operation manual and saved to the SD card and can pull it up when I want to check on something. The operation is so easy, I really have not had to do a lot of reading of the manual. I found a free app for wifi phone that I can use in a fix. That was the most difficult thing so far in following Google's instructions to set up a free account but it works fine. I use the speaker instead of ear buds. Good quality, for calling through the internet. The keyboard is pretty good although I did order and install a combo bluetooth keyboard/case which is removable. If the keyboard gets in the way, I can just take it off. I did this so if on a trip, I have more options when doing a lot of email or notes. So far, can't say anything negative.
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on December 1, 2014
If you read some of the "professional" reviews they give this tablet just a O.K. review. In particular they say the screen is only so so.
Well I bought 2 of these at the same time, this model and the Tab 8.4 S and let me tell you there is nothing wrong with this screen. Those same professional reviews rate the Tab S as the best screen on the market right now. It is nice, but the only difference I can see is with some pictures and movies. But for navigating the screen they look virtually identical to me. The other thing is the screen brightness on the Tab 4 works like it should but I have to manually set the Tab S screen or it will be too dim. I have read others with the same issue, not sure if there is a fix for this or not. Also the Tab S is supposed to be much faster but I sure can't see that at all, least not yet. The Tab 4 is very smooth and I can't tell it has a weaker processor than the S. The Tab 4 is for my girlfriend and so far the *only* issue she has had is that chrome can come up with a black screen sometimes but this is a known issue with Chrome. I don't have this issue with the Tab S, but I have had Chrome freeze at times so it is not perfect either.

So why didn't I just buy 2 Tab 4's? The main reason is the S can have a physical hdmi connection and I wanted that. But both models have built in ways to do it wireless (screen mirroring) and both work just fine with my samsung smart tv. To be fair, with Amazon promotions, I got the Tab 4 for a song so this is probably going to bias my review somewhat. But regardless, it is still much better tablet than these Cnet type reviews would have you to believe. So much, in fact, that I am considering exchanging the S for another 4 but still up in the air on this.
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on January 14, 2015
Managed to snag this tablet (white) just before Xmas for $179. I had gift cards and points so this was a bargain and very little actual out of pocket, Xmas and b-day gift to myself all rolled into one nice brand spanking new package. I had been nerding out on the live floor displays at Staples and Sams Club for about 6 months with both the 7"and the 8" models. I ultimately decided on the 8" tab since it had twice the onboard memory and twice the MicroSD capacity. I'm glad I did.
I had previously had a Kindle Fire 1st gen and after really digging into it I ended up hating the OS, the fact that I couldn't get Google Play (all of my music, unless I tried to root it which I ultimately decided not to do- not worth it) and the measly 8g of memory (3 of which is taken up by system programs, leaving a paltry 5g for apps and storage).

This tablet is fantastic. Peppy, smooth graphics, excellent video playback. I can download whatever app I need since it has 16g onboard. Anything I need to store at any time with my 64g Microsd. The quad core is so much snappier than my 1st gen Kindle it was no contest.
Downloading is smooth, Facebook and Twitter run like champs and syncing my Google accounts to all three of my devices, my PC, Samsung GalaxyS3 phone and now my Tab 8 is so easy with Smart Switch Moblie app. It easily wirelessly prints on my printer as well.
Since Kindle app is a thing I can get my Kindle library and Samsung has tons of freebies as well with Play Books. Free storage with Dropbox too.
Battery life is a not as good as on a Kindle Fire, but only slightly less so. Surfing and movies drain both quickly. Reading ebooks is better on the battery. But since I use my tablet more like a tablet than an e reader only, I'm not going to be as picky about that.
Pro tip: Turn off the GPS/location setting. Most people clearly don't do this enough and they're usually the ones complaining about battery life. GPS/location is great for...GPS navigation (duh) and if you have your local transit schedules synced and need to check the arrival/departure...other than that why do you need it? You really don't.
Another plus: This puppy is light. My Kindle Fire was much heavier and an inch shorter. I know a lot of people equate weightiness with quality, but with me performance=quality. I carry a lot of crap in my bag and the lighter the better. I've carried an ipad 2 for work and it feels like a brick in my bag compared to this Tab. I also like the 8" version for ease of reading. I don't have to magnify the text with this size screen like I used to with my Kindle 7".
Camera quality could be better, especially the front facing camera. It's grainy and kinda slow but good enough for a Skype with my sister or mom. Transition between front and rear camera is smooth though so that's a plus. Just about a half second lag when it changes.
Charging cord is a little too short, this is a big con. My power strip is right next to my bed (1 foot from the floor to the top of my mattress) and I can't charge while using the tab while I'm laying in bed. I have to use my phone's power cable if I want to watch a movie with a low battery. Also a con when you want to stream your Google Play music, Pandora or Spotify for a nice 10-12 hour work shift. If you don't have a nearby outlet or prepared to bring a longer cord or the battery is going to crap out on you for the last couple of hours if you're not fully charged when you start work.
Charges fast. From a 10% battery to a complete charge in less than an hour.

A few general remarks:
Unless you by a "Built" brand neoprene case or search on Amazon for a custom snap in folding're not going to find anything readily available for the 8" Tab in store. Most stores stock 7" and 10" cases standardly. But 8" cases are not the norm yet so there's that.
It's also not a commonly stocked screen protector size either.
The alarm widget works just like my phone. Loud and an array snooze options, location alarm and alarm sounds. I have to commend Samsung on this really. I have had numerous other cell and tablet manufacturers and Samsung alarms are by far the best. I get up at 4:30am every day for the past 14 years for my job and I've never been let down once by a Samsung alarm.

Last of all, I usually get the white version. I have found that if you can get yourself to get used to it, you'll save yourself anywhere between $30 and sometimes $60 on Samsung products.
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on July 27, 2014
Absolutely perfect purchase...
As a Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, S5, and now Note 3 user for quite a few years, this was a no brainer for myself. However, this purchase was a gift for my wife (who btw has been an avid Kindle user/supporter for years, and swore she would never walk away from Kindle.)
While comparing and trying to convince her to let me buy her the Galaxy Tab over the Kindle, she fussed and argued that all she wanted was the newer Kindle Fire HD, she complained that she would "not like the Galaxy, she knows what she likes" etc. etc. Well, after a few days of discussion, and persuasion, I convinced her to TRY the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and if she didn't like it we would simply exchange it.
Not 2 hours after receiving it, her mind was blown away. She continuously thanks me for it, and the best part, she admitted that I was right!! (that's a first) LoL. She was shocked to see that I could easily download all of her previous Kindle purchases from Amazon through their app, she loves the Google Play Store, she loves the customizable features, including setting up different users so that when our son decides to pick it up and play, it's customized towards him. All in all, she just loves the freedom of choices this tablet gives her compared to the Kindle.
From both of our mouths, and our 6 year old son, this truly is an amazing tablet. The quality, speed, and overall swiftness of the this tablet is amazing. And I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone out there shopping around, or comparing different tablets.
Thank you Amazon for yet another speedy delivery of a perfect purchase. I hope this review will help someone in a similar situation that we were in.
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on May 8, 2014
I have the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and love them both, so when I read that Samsung was coming out with the Galaxy Tab 4 I just had to try it out. It arrived within 2 days of ordering it. I have to say that I am thrilled with it. Everything about it is fantastic. From the build quality to the performance it is great. I love the 8", it is the perfect size for me. The back has a very nice faux leather feel, much nicer than the shiny, slippery plastic back on the tab 3. The screen resolution is very clear and bright. It is lightning fast, the quad core is much faster than the dual core of the tab 3. It is just a bit heavier than the tab pro but not uncomfortably so. It is just a great tablet all around and at $239 it just can't be beat in my opinion. I own many tablets including the newest Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HDX and the Galaxy as I mentioned and I love the Samsung products. This Galaxy Tab 4 is a wonderful new addition to the Samsung line and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a tablet. And as usual Amazon shipped it very quickly and free shipping with Prime. A fantastic experience all around!! Forgot to mention that the battery life is incredible!! I have been using it for the past 2 days, emailing, surfing the web, reading and playing a couple of games and it still has 72% battery life left!!
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on February 21, 2015
We love this android device. Best out of the 5 we have tried. We have used Asus Transformer Prime (terrible), Nexus 7 (technically also Asus, and just OK), HTC One VX (great for a phone) and an older Samsung phone (S2, not so good). I love everything about the performance of this tablet. I have two issues that prevent me from going with 5 stars. First off, the volume buttons and the power button are right next to each other. Users are constantly turning off the system when trying to increase the volume. This is extra annoying as I have it password protected, so each time it happens the password needs to be entered again.

Issue number two I am assuming is more an issue with the OS than this product. If I were reviewing the OS, I would give it 1 star for this issue. I bought the tablet for my almost 5 year old. I bought it because the OS supposedly supports kid mode. Here is a quote from the product description:

"Kids Mode Offers a Child-Friendly Interface

Create a separate profile for your kids and switch to Kids Mode--a child-friendly interface that is fun and easy to control. Parents can track the time their kids spend and even set preferences to manage which features their children can access."

No amount of fiddling around has allowed kid mode to work. Because online access is automatically restricted on the kids profile, it is impossible to run any game purchased through the Amazon App Store as well as almost every game purchased through the Play Store. All of the apps run fine on my profile. In the end we gave up on a kid profile and my 5 year old just uses mine. He constantly ends up on the internet through in game links and I find him often browsing the play store. All of the games he plays are purchased apps, nothing with ads in them. We have passwords on the Play Store and the App Store so he can't actually buy anything, but I don't like him on the internet at all.

I don't like not having access to a promised feature simply because no one has bothered to make it work. I could accept not being able to run the Amazon store because it's technically side loaded, but the stuff purchased on the Play Store absolutely will not run other than some random fire truck game. Of course the system froze soon after I got that running, so maybe I shouldn't even count it. I couldn't really find any help on the internet and I tried everything I could think of, but nothing has worked so far. I did not call the company, so I have no idea if they would have been helpful or not. We are just living with it as it is for now.

So, other than the very disappointing issue with kid mode, this device is absolutely great. Fast, intuitive, beautiful, cheap, and compatible with almost all of our prior purchases. It was a great deal and I don't regret the purchase.
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