Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab4 T230/T231

Samsung’s new flagship range of tablets might be mighty impressive but that doesn’t mean that the previous headliners, the Galaxy Tab lineup, are being left in the dark. Take the 7-inch version of the new Galaxy Tab4, which packs a whole lot of features into a slim, stylish package at a price that is hard to  beat.

The 7-inch, 1280 x 800 display is surrounded by plastic on all sides, with the tablet as a whole being a thin affair that just about tucks into a jacket pocket without you even noticing that it’s there. But it’s all Samsung when you look at the design, that home button, the side-mounted volume rocker and power button are going to be very familiar to long-time Samsung users.

The company hasn’t skimped on the internal hardware though, there’s a 1.2GHz quad-core chip inside running the show, with 1.5GB of RAM giving it a helping hand. There are a couple of storage options available, an 8GB starter and then there’s the 16GB version available from Mustek which also supports up to 32GB of microSD storage if you’re feeling lost without ALL you files on hand.

All of this is being run on Android 4.4, though as usual Samsung have given it their own spin with the TouchWhiz UI which is a bit cleaner than usual for the company. The upside? It’s easier to use than ever. The downside? Er… none, really.

There’s a 3MP rear camera, which takes decent snaps (but won’t worry a real camera), as well as a 1.3MP front-facer which can be used for video chat.

Samsung have included 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi support, there’s Bluetooth 4.0 LE to look forward to and the power pack for this brilliant yet affordable little 7-inch tablet is a 4000mAh lithium-ion affair – more than enough for all-day casual to several hours of solid heavy use. Chalk up another winner for Samsung.

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