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Samsung Galaxy Tab S: Ultimate weisure weapon!

The movie-friendly features don't stop with the best screen in tablets:  It  pauses when you  look  away!

By Anand Parthasarathy



July 21 2014: The tablet tends to be a jack-of-all-trades, designed to please  customers who  look for  a weisure companion -- a device that   combines a lot of leisure features, with just  a work-friendly  app or two to soothe one's conscience. Sometimes the makers can't help revealing where their  collective heart lies. In the case of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S  which has just reached India, I   have a suspicion the designers  are  all   movie addicts:  they seem to have answered everything on the avid cinema fan's wish list -- and some more. Consider:

The  Super AMOLED* display is the best I have ever encountered in a tablet -- the resolution of 2560 by 1600  makes  it  twice as sharp as the best High Definition screen. The default display mode is called "Adaptive" which adjusts the colours automatically   depending on what you are doing on the tablet --  warmer for photos,  more contrast  when you are reading an e-book. In fact I was able to read a printed page quite easily, even while out in bright sunshine.  But you can reset it for  a Cinema mode  which brings  the  full gamut of colours into play. There are two cameras -- an 8 megapixel with flash and a 2 megapixel which can shoot video at full HD.   

The  front facing 2 MP camera    plays a double role in true cinematic style:  You can make it   work in a mode called Smart  Pause -- so that it looks   at you as you watch a movie and  if you  move your  head away to do something  else, it pauses   the video till you it has your full attention again!

Not many tablets allow you to multi-task -- the Galaxy Tab S  lets you open two active windows  at  same time -- you can work with one, checking your email -- and play with the other.  Doing this is easy -- just drag and drop a browser, say into your active window.  Another  security feature that few tablets provide is  the ability to scan and store your finger print so that you alone can open  the machine.

 Parents can    set up  a Kids Mode so that  they can safely hand over their tab for children to play games while  surfing is disabled. Another  feature that I  have not seen on a tablet so far:  the ability to synchronise it to one's home or office desktop or  laptop so that the tablet can work as a remote terminal accessing everything on your main machine.

Connectivity-wise, I found the Tab S  very  fast in latching on to my home WiFi network; but if you plan to use it for direct connections, you can install a 3G microSIM.  While 3GB of RAM is adequate,  I thought 16 GB of internal storage was on the low side -- but you can add another 128 GB in the microSD slot. The tablets  runs the  latest 4.4 version of Android on a combo of two quad core processors.

Keeping in mind  its   soft spot for movie buffs, Samsung is  bundling a lot of  filmi  goodies  in India --  100 free HD movies from MyPlex;  3 months subscription to a 15,000 strong library of Marvel comics and the like.  Those who like me watch movies on a tablet while  in bed will  be no strangers  to a  frozen shoulder after a couple of hours of holding it up. The Galaxy Tab S somewhat lessens the agony -- it is among  thinnest  tablets around ( 6.6 mm)  and at   467 grams for the 10.5 inch model ( Rs 44,800) and  298 g for the 8.5 inch model ( Rs 32700) it is also one of the lightest.  Prices on Internet retail sites are around Rs 5000 cheaper than these prices.  More info here



*Tech Note: AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) is a display technology for use in mobile devices and televisions. OLED describes a specific type of thin-film-display technology in which organic compounds form the electroluminescent material, and active matrix refers to the technology behind the addressing of pixels.An AMOLED display consists of an active matrix of OLED pixels that generate light (luminescence) upon electrical activation that have been deposited or integrated onto a thin-film-transistor (TFT) array, which functions as a series of switches to control the current flowing to each individual pixel.

Manufacturers have developed in-cell touch panels, integrating the production of capacitive sensor arrays in the AMOLED module fabrication process. In-cell sensor AMOLED fabricators include AU Optronics and Samsung. Samsung has marketed their version of this technology as "Super AMOLED" -- 
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