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Best Tablet 2014: Which tablet should you buy?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Originally reviewed by 09 July 2014

Best 8-inch Android Tablet

Key features: 8.4-inch Super AMOLED screen,16GB storage, MicroSD slot

The good:
  • Really bright and sharp screen
  • Thin, light - great on the move
  • Good battery life
The bad:
  • Magazine UI isn't great
  • Unreliable fingerprint scanner
Currently the best of the Android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has one of the best screens we've seen.  It also comes with impressive battery life and a slim, portable design. The Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor and 3GB RAM provide plenty of performance for power hungry apps and games.

There's only 16GB of on board storage to put all your favourite media on, but a MicroSD card slot means you can add more if required.

Samsung's approach to Android is cleaner than it is on previous tablets. The new Magazine UX is touch-friendly, but we're not massive fans of it because of the way it handles some apps.

The Tab S also comes with the same fingerprint scanner included on the Galaxy S5. It's not quite as useful as it is on the phone, and is fiddly to use. Regardless these are minor quibbles for what is overall a great tablet.

Price: £319/$399

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