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Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4: My review after one week of use
I have used several tablets in the past trying to find the perfect size and screen. I believe the Tab Pro 8.4 may be it. The 2013 Nexus 7 was (and is) a great tablet. Really good screen and very portable. However, when trying to read magazines, articles, or watch movies, the screen felt cramped and the type was a little small (my eyes are not as young as they used to be) and I didn't like how it looked to increase the font size on some apps. The Nexus 10 was a great size for reading magazines and watching movies but like many reviews said, the colors are very cool and can appear washed out at times. Not to mention that is a very big tablet to hold in portrait mode when reading. The Galaxy Note 8.0 was the sweet spot I thought but when comparing the screen resolution to the two Nexus tablets, I could tell the difference.
Then the Tab Pro 8.4 came along...
The size is perfect and it's very light weight. Very, very easy to hold. The screen resolution and colors are AMAZING! Reading and watching movies are a joy (Just wish Amazon instant video would release for Android). The 16gb of storage is an irritation but learning how to get as much stuff over to the SD card minimizes that somewhat.
I know people have trashed Samsung for their love of plastic parts, but this tablet does feel well put together and not at all "cheap". Apps load very quickly and I have noticed very little lag, although moving around in the Google Play store shows noticeable lag (weird). The speakers have a decent sound and it pairs well with bluetooth headphones for even better sound. I haven't tried the camera yet but phone arena has their review up with several samples of pictures and videos. I'm sure Android Central will have some very soon. So far, everyone has been impressed with the camera.
The biggest question people have (as did I) is the value of this tablet for the mony. 399.99 is a lot to pay for a tablet. I have to say that I have found it to be well worth the price. I use it daily and will watch movies, read, and play games for a few hours each night. I traded in my Nexus 7 and do not regret the decision. Battery life appers to be holding at about a day's worth of use, but If you used it constantly I would get you could get about 6 hours or so out of it.
I've been impressed with this product and think this is what the original Note 8.0 should have been. However, it's here now and I'm very glad I made the purchase. I do believe it's worth the money. It is a beautiful product that delivers all it promises and then some.