While we wouldn't often find ourselves snapping photos on a 10.5in device, if the urge did take us, the camera on the Galaxy Tab S is better than those on most rival tablets.
Taken on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S
On the rear of the tablet there's an 8MP camera complete with autofocus and LED flash, and we found that the snapper was capable of taking detailed images in natural lighting. The tablet struggled somewhat in darker surroundings, but thanks to the addition of a flash, it performed better than the iPad Air.
There's also a 2.1MP camera on the front of the Galaxy Tab S for those who will use it for video calling, a camera that is better than most found on Android tablets.
Battery and storage
The Galaxy Tab S certainly gives the iPad a run for its money when it comes to battery life. The tablet has a 7,900mAh non-removable battery, which we found held out for 10 hours of constant video playback with the screen set to full brightness. This means that those using the tablet more casually likely will get two to three days usage out of the device.
The Galaxy Tab S is available in 16GB and 32GB internal storage models. While some might bemoan the lack of a 64GB version, the tablet does come with a built-in microSD card slot, allowing the minimal amount of onboard storage to be expanded by an additional 128GB.
The Galaxy Tab S is undoubtedly Samsung's best tablet to date. It has a gorgeous design, a great battery life and a market-leading screen, not to mention the built-in fingerprint scanner and onboard microSD card slot.
However, as is often the case with Samsung devices, the tablet is let down by its user interface software, which we found annoying and overbearing during our week with the tablet. Should Samsung have configured it with a more stripped-down, simplified user interface, it might have got Apple worried. µ
High-end design, great screen, smooth performance, excellent battery life, microSD card slot.
Magazine UX user interface is overbearing.
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