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A fresh design

Stand up...

Or lay down

Easy angles

Hapless hinges

Stereo speakers

Video-centric homescreen

Kick back with the kickstand

HD screen

Few ports

Curvy back

Ready for travel, kinda

Decent gaming

Buttons

A unique tablet for specific needs

If you've ever wished for small TV that doubled as a big Android tablet, Samsung is here to make your dreams a reality -- but it'll cost you.

Click through the slideshow for a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy View tablet and read the full review for all the details.

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The Samsung Galaxy View sports a unique look. It has an additional back panel that doubles as a kickstand and handle.

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In one configuration, the tablet can be set at an upright position.

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The only other option you have is to lay the tablet down at a propped up angle.

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The reclined position makes it easy to type on the big screen.

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Connected by stiff plastic hinges, you have to really press hard on the stand to switch its position.

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There's a pair of stereo speakers on the back, but audio quality is pretty bad. Pack some headphones.

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Instead of a homescreen full of widgets and app shortcuts, the Galaxy View has a Roku like menu full of streaming video options.

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The kickstand allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies.

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The 18.4-inch tablet features a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution screen. That's full HD, but I was hoping to see a sharper, more vivid screen, like on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

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Don't get it twisted; the Galaxy View is no smart TV. It doesn't have HDMI or Ethernet ports. Its simple offerings consist of a headphone jack, a DC power adapter port and a micro-USB port.

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Since the kickstand is curved, you can't lay the tablet flat -- unless its screen is faced down.

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The handle makes it portable, but its big size doesn't exactly beg to be taken on vacation.

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It's not the best for gaming, considering its awkward design, but gameplay was fairly smooth on the Galaxy View.

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The small power button and volume rocker are located on the top left edge. They're so tiny they're barely noticeable.

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If you live in a dorm or a similar small space, or you like the idea of having a portable TV-like device in your house, the Galaxy View offers that unique functionality. Starting at $600, it doesn't come cheap, though.

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