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The Pros, Cons and Oks for Samsung's Tab S5e (HR).
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019
- Super slim and super light. You can blindfold yourself and you wouldn’t know if you were holding an iPad pro or this tablet. No plastic, just metal, and glass.
- Round corners, no sharp edges, making it more as an IPad Pro feel. Overall, high-quality look and feel are defiantly showing.
- 10.5” AMOLED screen is a 2560x1600 resolution that shows where your money is going to. You can’t really explain it unless you see it.
- Took it outside on a clear sunny day and the image quality is still superb in direct sunlight. The Ambient light sensors do their job in adapting to a sunny day to a dark room.
- The deep blacks are excellent, and I love that you can tweak the saturation and white balance. You’ll be surprised that many Android tablets will not allow you to do that.
- Touch response shows not glitches, delay, or hiccups.
- The speakers are the best so far that I’ve heard from a Samsung tablet in a long. I would have to compare it to the 2018 IPad Pro. Extremely loud, great base, and an overall shock on how good they are as you can see the vibration coming out of the tablet (might be a Con but you’re never going to put it up that loud.)
- Any day performance will 100% work. Web browsing, movies, etc. A quick and snappy performance
- Was really impress of the wireless performance and in range. I never got below 100Mbps at my location (2 story house, one wireless router- no extensions).
- Surprisingly I found the desktop mode very productive. Running multiple apps in windows it made multitasking very effective. I’m not a fan of multitasking on a tablet but if you Bluetooth a keyboard and a mouse, you have a pretty decent laptop. This feature I believe is called the DeX mode.
- Playing Netflix for one hour I lost around 7% of battery life. It was playing at 1080p and on 80% brightness.
- Overall battery life is really good. I got two days, close to 11 hours of web, tablet gaming (medium power consumption) and Netflix. This is a pretty good steal given that some higher tablets need to be charged by the end of the day.
- A wise decision that they made the power button and the Fingerprint reader the same. Yes, the scan is fast, no complaints.
- Type-C USB 3.1 Gen1. This means it’s fast charging.
- Found no difficulty in holding the tablet as my hand position never covered the speaker grills.
- The Bixby assistant feature is just like a Suri. Had it in a loud/crowded room and Bixby picked up my voice. The field microphone will make this tablet become a google home in theory. I think this feature will be great if your hand are full.
- A minimalist design that follows the saying “less is more.”
Cons and Oks:__________
- It’s thin. I love this but without a case, this tablet will bend. I wouldn’t even trust it in my backpack without a case. You will be on high alert if you sit on it so you need a case of some sort.
- No HDR support which makes no sense since the display supports HDR.
- No headphone jack. This is not a phone, it’s a tablet and the best sound quality comes from wired headphones.
- This is an issue when you start doing “major” multitasking. The result is that the tablet slows down. You should always need maybe 2GB of free space but sadly the additional 4GB will not cut for deep multitasking (Get the upgraded RAM, if possible, if you’re playing to use multitasking beyond the average person). This will apply to those who want to make this tablet their main form of a laptop, which I'm strongly against this idea.
- No S-Pen support. This doesn’t make sense.
- Face unlocking is still in the testing phase in my eyes. You can use it, but the finger scan is still the way.
- Yes, there is bloatware. You can never get away from it.
- The camera is nothing to brag about. I don’t even use it as any phone within the past two years can provide similar quality.
- Android software overall has limited apps that support a tablet design. I hope this changes in the future but expect a lot of apps opening up as if it was a phone app, but just expanded. You will get some pretty big black borders.
- 0-100 I got a 2.30-time frame.
- Pretty cool that the back camera doesn’t stick out that much.
- I playing ultra-high games (60fps) will make the tablet shutdown. I played Legends on ultra-high and this issued occurred. Put the graphics on medium and it was fine. Just an FYI.
- Wish that added more screen as there is still a considerable amount more needless black border. It’s still an improvement from last year.
- I was told that Samsung will offer a $130. Kinda high in price for a keyboard case.
Samsung took a book out of Apple and followed the design method “less is better.” It’s slim, light, and beautiful in image quality. The battery life is great and for the price, it beats paying an arm and a leg for an Apple tablet. I will say that of all the tablets out there, this one considers the closest of a laptop replacement (But not there yet). Apple’s 2018 IPad comes close, but some unique software options to make this a unique experience. Some hiccups are on this product but the pros out powers the cons here.
Overall: First impressions, a premium experience without the ridiculous price tag. Still not a laptop replacement but an excellent tablet.
Hope I was a help to you.