Google Books PDF Death Match: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:

– Part One: Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
– Part Two: iPad Mini
– Part Three: iPad 4 with Retina Display
– Part Four: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Supplemental/Additional:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPad Air
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPhone 5s
Google Books PDF Death Match: Retina iPad Mini
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Pro
Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3

A trip into Manhattan today with a side stop at Best Buy finally brought me into the presence of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

Did it live up to all the hype?

See the answer after the break.

The high-res screen:

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What I noticed right away is how small the text is for each icon.

It’s seriously thin:

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And the back:

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This latest iteration of the fake leather feels better than the past versions.

Let’s get busy with AnTuTu X!

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While it ran, I could see evidence of what was to come during the final graphics test:

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And BAM!here it is:

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A close-up of the hardware scores for those who want to compare with others:

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Here’s the video, which I messed up doing by keeping the camera rotated. Still, it’s useful:

The performance with Google Books PDF did not match my expectations after that AnTuTu X score. I think what’s going on is that the Retina-class screen really subtracts from the speed that would otherwise be there with a lower-res screen. You can have speed or resolution right now — but not both! Outside of the Google Books test, the Tab Pro 8.4 felt as snappy as the Galaxy Note 8.0. With the Google Books PDF test, measurably less so.

The Tab Pro 8.4 is a gorgeous hunk of tablet. I’m just not sure yet if it’s the tablet for me.

1 Comment

Filed under Android, Google Books PDFs, Video

One response to “Google Books PDF Death Match: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

  1. E.T.

    See also a review by Walt Mossberg at http://recode.net/2014/02/25/new-samsung-tablet-takes-on-the-ipad-mini.
    His conclusion: “Samsung has done a nice job, but not a great job, on this product. Some impressive hardware engineering has been offset by weak battery life and a limited selection of tablet-optimized software.”

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