1. Notefan161's Avatar
    Kind of want the tab to go with my new S10 plus you think it’s worth buying one now or can we expect to see a tab S5 soon?
    03-10-2019 08:07 AM
  2. ClintRo's Avatar
    The Tab S5E is already announced and launching soon.... It is a budget version. I purchased the S4 on Swappa just a few weeks back. It runs perfect.
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    03-10-2019 10:30 AM
  3. SpookDroid's Avatar
    If you want an S-Pen, yeah. If you don't, then I'd wait for the 'budget' tablet announced before for this year.
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    03-10-2019 10:31 AM
  4. Brew Swayne's Avatar
    Kind of want the tab to go with my new S10 plus you think it’s worth buying one now or can we expect to see a tab S5 soon?
    I'd expect to see a Tab S5 sometime this year, but Sammy is all over the map when it comes to releasing tablets (Tab S4 was Aug 2018, Tab S3 in Apr 2017), so it's hard to guess when they will roll out the next one.

    As for whether or not it's worth buying, that's all dependent on what your needs are. I just bought one a few days ago and am trying it out as a chromebook replacement. The early results are promising but I've still got about 11 days to decide.
    03-10-2019 10:39 AM
  5. ClintRo's Avatar
    I agree with the two comments above... If I didn't want the S-pen I would have waited. Only other concern is the budget processor on the S5e
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    03-10-2019 10:50 AM
  6. Notefan161's Avatar
    Yeah s pen is a must for me

    Seeing as there is an s5e would think there would be a regular s5
    03-10-2019 01:20 PM
  7. ClintRo's Avatar
    I am sure there will be... Just who knows when. If it was soon you would have thought the would have announced it with the S5e
    03-10-2019 02:16 PM
  8. Brew Swayne's Avatar
    The Tab S4 is barely 8 mo old and there isn't a really high demand for premium Android tablets, so I think it's probably safe to think that there would be 18-24 months between generational releases. So in that regard, if you're considering the Tab S4, I don't think you need to worry about a Tab S5 hitting the market in the short term future.

    The S3 to S4 was pretty much 18 months on the nose. But like I said in my previous post, there isn't much historical data to go on in order to try and pinpoint exactly when Sammy will put out a new tablet, so this is all pure speculation on my part. The Tab S5e could just signify the elimination of the Tab A line and might be a step towards streamlining all of their tablets into a single Tab S product line, rather than being some sort of precursor to an upcoming Tab S5 release. Again, I'm just speculating.
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    03-10-2019 02:24 PM
  9. Notefan161's Avatar
    True thanks for your input

    Any idea when it's due to get samsung UI? Heard April?
    03-10-2019 02:31 PM
  10. Brew Swayne's Avatar
    No idea. But I don't keep my ear to the ground for most things because there's just far too much going on in the tech world. Unless there happens to be something that I'm particularly interested in, I just go about my business and when I'm prompted to update, I update. I've only had my Tab S4 for a couple of days now, so I'm still focused on getting familiar with what it currently has. I won't worry about what it doesn't have or what it might get in the future once I decide if I'm going to keep it.
    03-10-2019 03:43 PM
  11. SpookDroid's Avatar
    True thanks for your input

    Any idea when it's due to get samsung UI? Heard April?
    April is the 'latest' that's mentioned on roadmaps, but that hasn't been confirmed (although not entirely misinformed either). With staged rollouts and everything, I'd say mid-year at the latest. I don't care much for the One UI (most of the 'useful' features were already on the Tab S4 as it is) as I always end up using Nova, but it's always nice to be updated and as up to date as possible when it comes to security patches.
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    03-10-2019 03:56 PM
  12. Notefan161's Avatar
    Decided to get one, hopefully won't be updated anytime soon yet
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    03-13-2019 03:00 PM
  13. ClintRo's Avatar
    I am pretty sure you will be good for a while... The S4 is still a great device, pretty much handles everything and battery for days.
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    03-13-2019 03:12 PM
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    03-13-2019 08:29 PM
  15. srgonu's Avatar
    I have respect for snapdragon 835 after my note 8. I hope this tablet holds as good and long as note 8. Purchased one and will arrive tomorrow.
    03-14-2019 10:06 AM
  16. Brew Swayne's Avatar
    I have respect for snapdragon 835 after my note 8. I hope this tablet holds as good and long as note 8. Purchased one and will arrive tomorrow.
    I've only had mine for about a week now, but I think this might suit my needs perfectly. I've got a USB C hub with passthrough charging on order right now, so I want to see how well this thing performs with an external hard drive connected, but if that goes well then I'll be over the top happy with this thing.
    03-14-2019 12:09 PM
  17. Notefan161's Avatar
    Liking it so far and glad it transfered everything over from my S10 plus
    03-14-2019 12:29 PM
  18. srgonu's Avatar
    I've only had mine for about a week now, but I think this might suit my needs perfectly. I've got a USB C hub with passthrough charging on order right now, so I want to see how well this thing performs with an external hard drive connected, but if that goes well then I'll be over the top happy with this thing.
    Have you tried DeX mode? If so, how are you liking it?
    03-14-2019 02:44 PM
  19. Brew Swayne's Avatar
    Have you tried DeX mode? If so, how are you liking it?
    DeX mode seems decent, but to be honest I've mostly been running in Android mode.

    I bought the tablet and the Sammy keyboard case. I also connect my Apple trackpad to it via bluetooth. The trackpad works in both DeX and Android modes.

    Since buying the tablet, I'd say that about 95% of my usage has been with the keyboard connected and using Android in landscape mode. The connected trackpad lets me fully navigate with the same swipe and tap gestures as if I were touching the screen. I did test a regular mouse as well, and it works on Android mode, but anything that requires a swiping motion is awkward with a mouse, so I won't be using it again.

    I can see DeX being highly functional when you need to quickly navigate back and forth through multiple apps. That's not something I necessarily need on a regular basis since this tablet is 100% for personal use, but I can definitely see how it would be a highly desirable function for people using it for business.

    My overall (brief) impression of it is that it's smooth and fluid, though it will take a little getting used to because DeX doesn't support most of the swipe gestures we're all accustomed to. There is no swiping down from the top of the screen for notifications nor is there a multi-page homescreen like Android. You'd think that would be a no brainer and non-issue, but even in DeX mode, my brain still thinks "This a tablet, I should be able to swipe around to see the things I want." So there's probably a slight adjustment period for that.

    The downside to DeX is that the app drawer is EXTREMELY cluttered. Every single Android app you've installed is in the app drawer. On the Android side, I hide all the apps I don't use (like icon packs or a clock/weather widget) because I hate clutter and I only want to see the apps that I actually use.

    Well, every single app is in the app drawer on the DeX side and they can't be hidden (yet - fingers crossed that gets addressed in a future update). There's also plenty of apps that I don't necessarily need or want to use on DeX, such as games or shopping apps or Netflix. To me, DeX is the "work side" and Android is the "play side" so any app that isn't used for productivity has little value to me on DeX. Not to mention that most of these apps haven't been optimized for DeX so they don't even display properly. You can still create folders in the drawer, so I took everything that I don't think I'll ever use and put them in a single folder to eliminate clutter, but I'm borderline OCD with stuff like this and I'd really just like to hide them and not see them at all. Lol.

    All in all though it seems like a really good feature to have, especially if you're looking for a way to remain productive on the go without needing to lug a laptop around with you. I could see someone using it on a plane and writing up a business proposal on the DeX side and then taking a 10 min break and going to the Android side to play quick game of Tetris or something before getting back to work.
    03-14-2019 03:25 PM
  20. Notefan161's Avatar
    I had no idea the tab s4 could do other profiles for family members. Great bonus
    03-14-2019 04:44 PM
  21. Brew Swayne's Avatar
    I had no idea the tab s4 could do other profiles for family members. Great bonus
    Something tells me this was an available feature on the Tab A 8" I bought like 2 years ago. I got rid of it a while back so I can't confirm it, but I know I've seen that function on one of my other devices. It's not a big selling point for me because I don't share my tech with anyone, but I guess it's useful for someone who plays well with others.
    03-14-2019 06:30 PM
  22. srgonu's Avatar
    Awesome information. Thanks a lot. I am moving from iPad 9.7 inch 2018 to Tab S4. The only worry I have moving from iPad is the battery life, but all the reviews (Amazon) about battery life were great. I am also looking for desktop mode which can help me with my office work (which iPad cannot absolutely) and hope DeX mode will be helpful.
    03-14-2019 08:46 PM
  23. Brew Swayne's Avatar
    Battery life so far has been fantastic. I've practically been living on this thing for the last week because I really want to test it well while the window to return it is still open. I'm getting about 9 hours of screen on time with it so far from a full charge. Email, web browsing, social media, youtube, mild gaming, light Netflix, and a little bit of simple photo/video editing. And this is all while the tablet is connected to the keyboard, so it's providing constant power to that as well, but apparently not enough to cause any significant battery drain.

    I'm spoiled rotten from the fast charging capabilities on my Note phone....I got from 15% to 100% in maybe 90 min. It takes roughly 3 hours to gain a full charge on the Tab S4, but I need to remember that I'm dealing with a much bigger battery.

    I'll also throw my 2 cents out there regarding the keyboard. I saw a lot of critical reviews of the keyboard before buying, but so far I've been largely impressed by it. It's definitely a bit on the cramped side, but I'm adjusting quickly. I'm a decent size guy....5'11" with large-ish hands and I don't have much issue navigating the keyboard. Anyone with smaller hands should find it comfortable to use right from the start. I do find that when I'm trying to type out a couple of numbers or special characters, I sometimes might incidentally hit the onscreen home or back button with a stray finger. This could easily be rectified by hiding that bar completely, but I'm learning to adjust the way I hold my fingers. (Side note: I'm generally not this wordy in these forums, but this is giving me great practice with the keyboard. lol)

    There's a Language button on the keyboard that for some reason I manage to keep catching with my right thumb whenever I go for the space bar. It's pretty pointless and I wish there was a way to do some key remapping on this thing because I would gladly disable that button completely along with the button that brings up an on screen keyboard. Not sure why I would need an on screen keyboard with I'm using the physical keyboard, but Sammy decided to put it there anyay. There's also an app drawer button just like the one found on Chromebooks. When you're on the Android side, that button wakes up the Google Assistant, but when you're on the DeX side it actually opens the app drawer. This is another one I'd like to remap if it were available. I can wake up the assistant with voice commands when I'm on the Android side so I'm not sure why I need a key to wake it up just so I can then give it verbal commands. Would much rather be able to remap it to open the app drawer in Android mode as well. Maybe someday...

    Overall it's definitely not the worst mobile keyboard I've ever used. I've tried maybe a half dozen or so over the last 10 years and I'd actually say this one is the nicest so far. $150 is a steep price to pay though. Luckily I noticed Amazon was selling them yesterday for $102, so I went back to Best Buy and they price matched it and gave me a $48 credit back on my acct.
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    03-14-2019 09:25 PM
  24. srgonu's Avatar
    Am really excited to receive my Tab S4 tomorrow. I too ordered keyboard with it. I started with note 2 and never could stay with any other phone without Spen for more than 24 hours. I am sure multitasking (split screen)is also far better experience on Tab s4 than iPad.
    quadtronix likes this.
    03-14-2019 10:56 PM
  25. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Tab S2 was 2015 and the S3 didn't come until 2016 a good 18 months later.

    There is no guarantee an S5 will come this year, personally I don't base purchase decisions on unannounced hardware. If I were in the market for a tablet now, I would get one now.
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    03-15-2019 01:14 AM
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