Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is now available at AT&T in the US, but be prepared to pay $269.99 for the tablet with a two-year contract ($369.99 off-contract or with a monthly plan). The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE model still costs $100 more than the Galaxy Tab 4 Wi-Fi model (around $200), but it’s ideal for the consumer who’s got mobile data to burn and wants to make good on their 4GB or 6GB monthly data plan. You can also place the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE model on AT&T’s Next plan for $18.50 a month with $0 down (comparable to Verizon’s EDGE plan).
The AT&T Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE has the same specs and features as the Wi-Fi model: it’s an 8-inch tablet with a 1280 x 720p screen resolution (HD). Needless to say, the Tab 4’s HD resolution won’t impress. If you’ve been the victim of the 2012 Nexus 7’s washed out screen resolution, the Tab 4 won’t impress. At the same time, for those who don’t care about the LG G3’s crisp, Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440p) screen resolution, the Tab 4 may fit your budget comfortably.
The Tab 4 8.0 LTE runs on a 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 16GB of internal memory storage (plus an additional microSD card slot for expandable memory up to 64GB), 1.5GB of random access memory (RAM), and a 4,450mAh battery. A 3MP rear-facing camera won’t impress either, but it’s a budget offering for the budget customer.
Alongside of Samsung’s hardware, you’ll get cool features such as WatchON, Samsung’s TV app that allows you to use your Tab 4 to turn on your television and change channels. Multi-Window Mode returns in the Tab 4 experience, allowing you to multitask by viewing multiple operations (e.g., email and YouTube) simultaneously. According to AT&T’s announcement, the Tab 4 will allow you to watch movies and play games simultaneously.
The Tab 4’s 4,450mAh is decent enough, but it may give you quite the battery life when you consider that the HD screen resolution won’t deplete your battery too quickly. We’re not sure how the Snapdragon 400 will hold up with the multitasking situation, but again, it doesn’t seem as if the budget-friendly customer will care about how fast the Tab 4’s processor operates.
As an added “bonus” (if that’s what you wanna call it), AT&T’s throwing in an additional $50 off the Tab 4 – with a catch. In order to get the additional $50 discount, you must purchase the Tab 4 8.0 LTE with a smartphone. In the end, you save $50 but pay a $199 price tag for a new smartphone, plus add an additional monthly bill to your plan. AT&T doesn’t offer too many deals, but you won’t be able to complain about your network and service. The offer only lasts for a limited time, from now until September 11, 2014.
At this point, we here at Inferse would recommend that you skip out on the Tab 4 8.0 and go with Samsung’s newest offering, the Galaxy Tab S. The Tab S was just announced last month and sales started in the US this month. For $399, you can get Samsung’s thinnest, lightest, and quickest tablet with 16GB of memory storage and Samsung’s signature microSD card slot for an additional 128GB. The Tab S also has a faster processor, better cameras, and Netflix will provide a 1080p viewing experience (better than the 720p) for your Tab S. The 32GB Tab S will cost $499, the same price as Apple’s 16GB iPad Air. This, not to mention a ton of Samsung freebies such as a free year of Marvel Comics, free cloud storage subscriptions, and other deals, make the Tab S the better offering here.
You don’t have to take our word for it, but why pay $399 for a tablet that costs more on-contract than it does off-contract? In the end, if you’ve got $400 or $500 to spend, we offer up the Galaxy Tab S as the more formidable tablet worth your hard-earned cash. After all, you’ve worked hard to earn your cash; why spend it on something that isn’t worth it?
Still, if you know someone who would be interested in this offering, take them to AT&T’s Tab 4 8.0 LTE announcement for more information.