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The ultra-thin Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 blows the competition out of the water

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CNET reviewed Samsung's Galaxy Tab S today and gave this verdict - The Samsung Galaxy Tab S, sporting a vividly colorful, razor-sharp screen and exclusive software perks in an ultra-thin and lightweight design is the best tablet to date, and a top Android choice for entertainment.

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The Tab S 10.5 is not the only tablet with a spectacular display - the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Apple iPad are two of the most notable - but the Tab S takes the cake. Its super-AMOLED screen boasts richly saturated colors and deep contrast levels, resulting in a user experience and HD content that looks better than real-life.

Design

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is one of the thinnest and lightest tablets available today. Its 0.26-inch (6.6mm) thickness is the same as its smaller 8.4-inch counterpart. Weighing at 0.65 pounds (295g) it is also the lightest in the 10-inch and larger tablet category.

The Tab S comes in "dazzling white" and "titanium bronze" with a light golden brown trim and plastic dimpled back, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The top edge houses the power button, volume rocker, and IR blaster. The dual speakers are located on the top left and right edges. The microSD card slot and micro-USB port are on the right edge and the headphone jack sits on the left edge.

Features

TouchWiz UI
The Galaxy Tab S runs on Android 4.4 with Samsung's TouchWiz UI, which is easy to learn.

Fingerprint Scanner
The Galaxy Tab S offers a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device and for paying with PayPal and X.

IR Blaster
The IR blaster on the top edge allows the gadget to work as a remote control. The WatchOn app makes the setup easy.

Ultra-Power Saving Mode
The ultra-power saving mode changes the screen to grayscale, turns off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and limits available apps.

Screen

The bright and colorful Super AMOLED screen of the Tab S is its biggest selling point. The 10.4-inch display boasts a 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution and 359 pixels per inch, providing lifelike sharpness. The 10.4-inch model has a wide viewing angle and its impressive color range - 94 percent of the RGB color gamut - is visibly apparent.

Conclusion

The Super AMOLED screen and sleek design are the biggest selling points of the Galaxy Tab S. However, the exclusive software goodies are what give the Tab S a high-end edge over the competition, and make its lofty $500/£450 starting price easier to bear.

The magazine and music content services and free exclusive apps offer more for your money, along with the thinner, lighter design and sharper, more colorful screen. If you want a tablet built for watching TV shows, taking your favorite movies on the road, and enjoying the entertaining aspects of owning a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is the best buy to date.

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