Editors' Note: This review, originally published on June 24, 2014, was revised because of changes in the competitive landscape. The rating remains the same, but the product now earns our Editors' Choice award for small-screen tablets.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and are extremely similar tablets, just with different-sized screens and a $100 variance in price, so much of this review will be the same as our review of the 10.5. We did test both tablets separately, however.
Physical Design and Screen
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has a design similar to the , but manages to look classy rather than chintzy. A big part of it is getting rid of that ridged, chrome bezel around the edge in exchange for a more subtle band. The 8.4 comes in Titanium Bronze, which is a dark gold color, and Dazzling White, which is white. It's stunningly thin and effortlessly light—at 8.38 by 4.24 by 0.26 inches (HWD), it's thinner and lighter, Samsung would have you know, than the . (10.3 ounces vs. 11.6 ounces.)
Now, German owners of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE are also seeing the update notification, but some who haven’t received the software yet can manually check for it by going to their devices’ Settings > About device > Software update.