The Winning Tablet Is…

Galaxy Tab S4 vs Nexus 7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

I actually didn’t intend to go out and purchase this weekend, but I wanted to get my hands on my options so I could see how the size differences felt. When we went to the store, it was supposed to be only so that I could look and get a better idea of what I wanted. Turns out I could get this at a crazy discounted price with a bonus discount included, dropping the overall price much lower than the tablet I was drooling over. The one I got wasn’t even on my radar as it was a couple of steps too expensive for what I was looking to spend. The difference? This one is actually the newer/better version of the tablet I really wanted.

The one downside is the size. This is much larger than I wanted at 10.5 inches and was the other reason it wasn’t on my radar. When you compare it to my Nexus (see image), there is a significant difference. It is going to take a whole lot of getting used to for that difference alone. My reading app feels exceptionally large, holding what feels like 2 or 3 pages worth of text on a single screen. I’m also going to need a case to make it a bit easier to carry around.

This does have the option of adding a keyboard (sold separately), but I really didn’t want or need it as I just want this as a tablet. It is kind of nice to know I have that option for later if it ever comes up, though. It also has some killer speakers for a tablet, which is saying something because I’m a snob about good sounding speakers for music. I rarely do anything with sound on my tablet so this really didn’t make a huge difference to me. I can see how it would be pretty amazing for anyone that plays games or watches shows and movies, though.

It took forever to get everything set up and the apps I use downloaded along with all my books, but I was so excited that I have something that isn’t going to crash on a regular basis. No more spending as much time resetting everything as I do reading. No more worrying that my tablet is going to give up the ghost at the most intense scene in the middle of a book making me wait who knows how long before I can find another way to finish it.

Sadly, or maybe not so sadly depending on how you look at it, I may just spend as much time playing with the frickin’ off the charts cool drawing features I get to play with because this comes with the S Pen (that piece that made me drool in the first place). Saying I was doing a happy dance and squealing like a toddler at Christmas is maybe a tiny bit of an understatement (kind of like that sentence). Especially when I discovered I can work directly on a photo. The number of possibilities this has opened for me is immense. Do you have any clue how many killer drawing apps are out there?

Reading. Drawing. Playing with photos. The only thing that would make this better was if it did my laundry, too.

 

Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

2 thoughts on “The Winning Tablet Is…”

  1. I used to like Samsung. We had some incredibly horrible service from appliance people at Samsung that has turned us off the brand. However, I will admit I did not dislike my Samsung phone.

    Large tablets are not a mistake. Age will affect your eye sight at some point… 😉

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    1. I’ve had a variety of Samsung gadgets and only one appliance and haven’t needed service on any of them. That part has been one of the things I love about the brand, that I don’t need it. It would suck if I needed it and the service sucked, though. I really hope that won’t be an issue with my tablet.

      I’ve always just thought I’d increase the font size, so the tablet size was more about comfort of carrying. Now that I do need reading glasses to see super close in detail work for things like jewelry, I can see how this may be an issue for me sooner rather than later, though I still don’t need them to actually read yet. *fingers and toes crossed* I’m more worried about being able to continue taking photos that are in focus when it comes to my eyesight. THAT scares the crap out of me!

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