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Samsung Galaxy Tab S: One big blemish mars great Android tablet

Galen Gruman | July 16, 2014
A great screen and an elegant casing are sullied by a fingerprint sensor that barely works

The best Android tablet yet

I tested the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, its "small tablet" size. That model costs $400 — the same as an iPad Mini — and comes with 16GB of RAM and Wi-Fi connectivity, in your choice of white or bronze bezels. The full-size Galaxy Tab S 10.5 costs $100 more. If you want to add storage capacity, you can insert an SD card into the Galaxy Tab S. If you want a cellular model, you're out of luck: Samsung doesn't offer a Galaxy Tab S with this capability yet, though it says it will in the future.

All in all, the Galaxy Tab S is the best Android tablet you can get. From a hardware design perspective, it holds up nicely against the iPad while making other Android tablets look cheap. Too bad the fingerprint sensor doesn't really work.


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