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Summary

Hands-on – The tablet that wants to be a TV

Samsung's made a big tablet with a handle. By big I mean 18.4-inches, which is huge. Most laptops have 13 and 15-inch screens, so the Galaxy View is in a different league of big.

The reason is straightforward: it's a TV. Well, it's a tablet – it runs Android and does all those Androidy things. But Samsung's pitch is that's it's the perfect tablet for watching TV in bed, on the sofa, in the kitchen and anywhere else you fancy watching TV.

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To that end, Samsung's included a kind of video service hub that's designed for the huge screen. It's nothing special, though, just a big set of tiles that launches various video services.

More interesting is the design of the Galaxy View. It has a built-in '2-way' stand with a handle for toting it about the home.

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The best way I can describe the stand is that it's like those laptop stands you can buy – the ones that stop your laptop from burning your thighs. It tilts back and forth depending on how you want to use it, and it's designed to sit comfortably in your lap.

I can't speak to that point as I didn't get the chance to sit down with the Galaxy View, but I had plenty of time to admire it's bigness.

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So much so, I really struggle to understand why it's quite as big as it is. I can kind of see, within reason, the appeal of a big tablet for TV – I watch Netflix on my iPad at home all the time.

But the difference between a 10-inch tablet and this is astronomical. I can't help thinking it could feel clumsy – will it fit where I want it in my kitchen, for example?

I only hesitate in dismissing it because I remember dismissing the original Galaxy Note because it was too big, and we all know how that worked out.

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Beyond size, the specs of the Galaxy View seem unremarkable enough. Its screen is only a Full HD LCD, but that's somewhat understandable – a higher resolution screen would be prohibitively expensive at this size.

It uses Samsung's Octo-core 1.6GHz processor, so it'll be more than fast enough, and Samsung claims it will last 8.5 hours of video playback. There's 32GB of built-in storage and somehow Samsung has found space for a microSD slot as well – an amazing feat.

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But, aside from its size, the Galaxy View is an unremarkable thing. It's plastic, it's black – it doesn't look especially memorable, but that's not a problem.

Does the world need an 18-inch tablet? Probably not, but I could be wrong. Let us know your first impressions on the comments.

Bugblatter

October 29, 2015, 6:28 pm

A+ - I didn't notice any grammatical errors. Well done!

I didn't get the point of this product until I saw they're pitching it as a portable TV. However to make that fly they need to include some sort of Slingbox-like facility.

toboev

October 29, 2015, 6:43 pm

Well, almost:
"I had plenty of time to admire it's bigness"

But kudos to the author for learning from the Note experience and keeping an open mind. It is surprisingly difficult to appraise something which breaks the prevailing norms. Yes, it might tank, but honestly I think the only way to be sure is to launch it and see what people make of it.

I could see it mounted in the kitchen as a recipe book/tutor, shopping list accumulator etc.

Bugblatter

October 29, 2015, 7:37 pm

Ahh true, hadn't noticed that, however most of the apostrophes were correct so I won't dock a grade.

Shame he missed a golden opportunity to use the 'word' embiggens though ;o)

Kulti Vator

October 30, 2015, 8:46 am

Take it there's no video input (e.g. HDMI / DP) into this thing? Might have had uses for a device like this if usable as a mobile display for other devices.

andyvan

October 30, 2015, 10:23 am

Correct, no inputs. Good idea, though.

Kulti Vator

October 30, 2015, 10:29 am

Shame - a smart device that can double up as a dumb display when needed would be handy, albeit a bit niche.

But would be a cheaper alternative to using a Cintiq 13HD in this manner ;-)

Pg

October 30, 2015, 3:03 pm

"..a higher resolution screen would be prohibitively expensive at this size." Can anyone explain this to me? If you can have 5 inch(ish) phones with a 4k screen that will probably cost less than this will, why is making tech bigger more expensive? Hell, why can't this screen match the dpi of any 5 inch phone with a HD screen?
Everything I've known is that the smaller it is, that harder it is to manufacture and the more expensive it is.

To me, it sounds like screen manufactures are making loads of money off screens for phones and they don't want to cannibalise this profile stream. I understand there is some cost associated with extra materials due to screen size, but it doesn't make sense to me.

Matthew Bunton

October 31, 2015, 4:15 pm

At last we are begining to see tablets that will be good for surfing the web without the need to constantly pinch and zoom.

I have been wanting something like this for a long time.10" tablets are just far too small to replace a laptop. 15" plus was what I was eventually hoping for, if they get the pricing right this could be a huge seller.

Matthew Bunton

November 1, 2015, 2:20 pm

There is probably some mirroring software available within it, that seems to be the main direction that most devices are taking now.

Fin Guz

November 20, 2015, 12:05 pm

If this isn't ridiculously expensive, I'll be buying one immediately. My eyesight is not improving with age, and this is just what I need.

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