Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 features a sleek design which fits perfectly in the palms and provides maximum portability. Its specifications ticks almost all the right check-boxes when it comes to hardware. And at a price less than Rs 15k, it is worthy of being referred to as a 'value for money' Tab. But is this Tab a good buy? Well, let's try to find out this in our review.
But before we move on, let's have a blink at some of the additional features which this Tab is embedded with. Galaxy Tab 4 comes with a leather-feel back cover which adds a luxurious and classic look. This tab is very thin and light weight and features soft rounding finish on the back cover which makes it easy to hold and carry, no matter where your nonstop journeys take you, allowing for comfortable use for a long time. Samsung's Multi Window system maximizes multi-tasking experience and hence enables you to watch a movie, check your e-mail, shop online, and chat with your friends altogether. Samsung's Group Play allows the users to share their favorite media with their family and friends. Moreover, you can share screens by connecting your devices and play games or view photos together in a single place.
Now, let's have a look at Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 features and specifications:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231: Salient Features
Display & Camera
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 features a 7 inch multi-touch LCD display which supports resolution of up to 1280 x 800 pixels. The games and movies which I ran in this tab look pretty good. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 uses every inch of its display pixels to make videos, images and games look brilliant in this wonderful tab. The Galaxy Tab 4 T231 ensures life like video clarity to provide you an unstoppable and amazing viewing experience. And of course 1080p HD videos play effortlessly on this tab. Regarding the camera, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 comes with a crystal clear 3 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front camera to deliver awesome selfies. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 comes with some excellent business features like H Write (Word), H Cell (Excel), H Show (PowerPoint), Document Editor (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and it also supports PDF viewer.
Processor & RAM
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 comes with 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and performs well with every graphic demanding game. With such a powerful processor, you would never face any lag and hence it also allows you to multi task. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 is powered by 1.5 GB RAM and makes gaming a brilliant experience. In order to check its graphic performance, I ran some graphic demanding games like Asphalt 7, Six Guns, Contract Killer and Amazing Spider-man 2. And to my surprise, they all ran with good graphics and playable FPS. Moreover, you can play games online and surf the internet without facing any lags. So, I must say that Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 is a fancy pick for gamers and movie geeks.
Storage & battery
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 comes with 8 GB internal storage. However, available user memory of the device may be lower than the stated memory due to default pre-installed apps and device OS. But you can install microSD card to expand its storage and it supports microSD cards of up to 32 GB and never lags when you install some heavy apps. However, I recommend you not to install more than 10 heavy apps (around 100 MB each) as users have limited storage for app installation. Regarding battery and backup, it comes with 4000 mAh Lithium - Polymer battery which gives talk time of nearly 10 hours and standby time of 200 hours. When the device is exploited continuously with heavy games and browsing, the battery may last up to 8 hours.
Pros and Cons
Galaxy Tab 4 T231 features a very trendy premium look which easily attracts the attention of many tech enthusiasts. It is very light weight and weighs just 281 gm. Tab 4 features good touch screen and gives a brilliant response to the gestures. Moreover, user interface is also good and easy to handle. This tablet is well optimized for regular non-hardcore gaming and perfectly runs all the mid end games like Contract Killer, Asphalt 7 and Counter Strike. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 is intelligently built to support almost all types of video formats. The built-in document viewer is very good and easy to use. This tab is fast enough for regular usage such as chat, mail and of course YouTube streaming. Moreover, battery life is quite good and lasts nearly for 10 - 12 hours for medium usage. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 comes with Android Kitkat and the sound quality for phone calls is quite good.
Galaxy Tab 4 T231 does not features dual speakers as we have seen in Tab 3 and hence it totally relies on just one speaker which is present at the back side. So, some users may find the volume to be low considering its price range. The headphone's output is very good and the equalizers work perfectly when the headphones are connected. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 T231 is a moderate gaming tablet which sometimes hangs when some high end games like Modern Combat 4 or Call of Duty Strike Team are played with this tab. But overall this tab is good for normal usage and performs really well in most of the situations.
Operating System Android 4.4 (KitKat) Business Features H Write (Word), H Cell (Excel), H Show (PowerPoint), Document Editor (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) Downloadable for Free on Samsung Apps, Supports PDF Viewer Voice call Supported Wi-Fi Supported 3G Supported Video formats supported FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI Audio formats supported 3GA, AWB, FLAC, MID, MXMF, OGA, OTA, RTX, RTTTL, XMF, AAC, AMR, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA Battery Type 4000mAh, Lithium-Polymer Battery
I have self tested all features of this amazing Tab to provide you an unbiased and the most decent review. It took a lot of hard research and examination to carefully list all these features. But still there may be some more good or bad points apart from the above mentioned ones. If you find any of them, I will be glad to include it in this article. However, apart from all this, what I found is that this tab is a must buy in its price range which provides really good features with a powerful battery backup for enhanced and non-stop video playbacks.
This is really nice Tab. The beauty of this smart device is voice calling feature. You have mentioned only 3G support available in this device. Is this device supports 2G network also?