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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is a simple slate with stiff pricingThe comfy mid-size tablet performs smoothly, but it's a bit overpriced for a basic buy.
[MUSIC] The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, the simple smooth performing slate and like most Samsung tablets, it's packed with software features. But starting at $270 it's a bit overpriced. For c|net, I'm Xiomara Blanco and this is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. I really like the tablet's 8" size and design. The textured back is comfortable and gives it some grip support, but it's plastic build feels a bit cheap. The capacitive buttons on bottom bezel are easy to accidentally trigger, which can be frustrating if streaming a long video. But they're not as intrusive during gaming, browsing, or reading. The right edge houses the power button, volume rocker, IR blaster, and micro SD card slot. With the micro USB port on the bottom edge and headphone jack at the top. The single speaker is easy to block when holding the tablet, but it's sleek and tinny audio discourages its use. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 houses a quad-core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, and 16 gigabytes of internal storage. With the micro-SD card slot that's expandable up to 64 gigabytes. Its performance is impressively smooth, but not very fast. Large apps and games take a few seconds to launch, but they run smoothly once loaded. The split screen function is one of the highlights of the Tab 4, 8.0. Allowing you to easily multi-task but the apps available to use in the split screen mode are limited. And it's a super simple version of what you can do with the higher end premium slates. However, the tablet consistently performs smoothly while multi-tasking, but again, not the fastest. Both of the cameras on the tablet are unimpressive. There are no manual focus options, and photos are usually fuzzy at full resolution with the dull and washed out colors. The 1280x800 pixels resolution screen is a real weak spot for the Tab 4 8.0. HD video looks fine. But it's far from the super HD resolution from other tablet recordings. The TouchWhiz interface looks typically vibrant and colorful, but the screen's brightness is also on the bold side. The split screen function is useful and it's slow but steady performance matched with the comfy but the cheap feeling design is forgivable. However, at 279, it's still a little over priced. You can find a faster performing tablet with a sturdier build at a lower price point. Once again, I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNet and this has been the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. [MUSIC]