The Samsung Galaxy S4 Tab Gets Very Little Done as A Workstation

You might be thinking: Who on earth still buys an Android tablet? Samsung believes that people who want a fantastic canvas for multimedia along with the multitasking dexterity of a laptop without the additional heft will still be interested in a tablet. The Galaxy S4 was developed to be a workhorse as it features a desktop-like mode, known as DeX that’s essentially built on top of Android.

The DeX mode is supposed to offer a more convenient interface for productivity while still maintaining the incredible entertainment experience that the premium slates from Samsung are known for. The tablet also comes equipped with an S Pen to sketch caricatures or make notes on the go. But in reality, the primary purpose of the Galaxy S4 is to assist you with getting work done. The only problem is, this is one area that you just can’t rely on.

DeX Mode

In theory, a tablet with DeX mode is a promising idea. It was initially introduced as a dock accessory on the Galaxy S8, transforming the Android phone into a monster PC-like machine. You could easily hook up a monitor, mouse, and keyboard and utilise it as a full-desktop experience. However, on the Galaxy S4 tab, DeX is merely a software mode that can be activated in the quick-settings panel or through the taskbar. This makes a lot more sense as you don’t have to connect an additional screen to multitask.

DeX mode basically places a desktop-like interface on the Galaxy S4 tab, complete with a dedicated home screen, systems-indicator tray, and taskbar. You can run up to 20 windows simultaneously. You can also launch any Android app in the environment, but not all of them have been optimised for DeX mode, and therefore the execution is rather lacking.

The Galaxy S4 Tab In Use

There’s a lot of redeeming qualities on the Galaxy S4 tab, especially when you use it to make money online. The addition of a more-rounded S Pen enables various tools like Screen Write, Translate, and Air Command you’ll find on the Note phones. There’s even the Live Message feature included on the tablet. The stylus is fine-nibbed and very responsive.

You will also enjoy the 10.5-inch screen which is bright and sharp enough to work under direct sunlight. The tablet utilises a Snapdragon 835 CPU at its core along with 4GB of RAM. You can also enjoy up to 12 hours of battery life thanks to a bigger 7,300mAh battery. However, for a tablet with a price tag of $650, we expected something far better.

Summary

The new Galaxy S4 could have been a marvellous Android tablet if the company didn’t try to achieve too much with it. Samsung hoped to offer a desktop-like interface by including DeX software integration to essentially boost productivity, but it ended up with an extremely finicky interface that is downright unreliable. If the Galaxy S4 was simply an Android tablet with a lower price tag, it would have been incredible. However, it’s just too problematic for what you are paying.