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Audio: A high point at this price point
It seems like every name brand game android tablet these days touts some type of audio certification or partnership that validates their speakers. In the Tab 4’s case, it’s Dolby Atmos. Whatever the marketing, the Tab 4’s speakers sound great.
Audio is clear at maximum volume, although it doesn't get as loud as some other tablets. There's also minimal bass so the sound is a bit flat, but this is to be expected from tablet speakers. Otherwise, there’s really nothing lớn complain about from the sound system, which easily keeps pace with & often exceeds what you can expect from the display.
At the vị trí cao nhất of the device is a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a rarity these days. After plugging in a good pair of Razer headphones, we again noted that the sound was nice và clear, but the maximum volume was a bit low. If you’re looking for really high listening levels, you just won’t find it here.
Network: Workmanlike performance
With no cellular data (LTE) support on the Tab 4, we focused on testing its Wi-Fi capabilities. Using the Speedtest by Ookla app, we ran a series of three trials from the same location pitting the Tab 4 against the Huawei MediaPad M5 tablet and the iphone Xs Max.
Running solely off the battery, the best tải về speed of the Tab 4 was just 41.7 Mbps, versus 181 Mbps on the MediaPad M5 và 438 Mbps on the iPhone Xs Max. The best upload speed was far more competitive, with the Tab 4 at 21.1 Mbps, the MediaPad M5 at 22.1 Mbps, và the iPhone Xs Max at 22.0 Mbps.
Of course, benchmarks are all well and good, but the Tab 4 can still keep up with most needs in practice, particularly since you won’t be streaming anything more demanding than 720p video anyway. You may have khổng lồ wait a bit longer to tải về some content, but we’re talking about a difference of seconds rather than minutes. In short, the Tab 4 maintains a stable connection regardless of distance from the router or satellite & does what it needs khổng lồ in terms of network performance.
Camera: Just the basics
If you’re trying khổng lồ buy a budget-range tablet lớn take pictures, you probably shouldn’t bother. Your phone likely takes far better pictures. With that said, it’s always nice to have another option to cover a quick photo op or selfie.
The rear camera tops out at 5MP in a 4:3 or 16:10 aspect ratio. For videos, you have a choice of capturing 720p or 1080p. The front facing camera tops out at only 2MP in a 4:3 aspect ratio.
During our testing, the cameras performed well both outside and inside as long as there was enough natural light. Although the images were missing some fine details because of their lower resolution, the picture quality was pretty good overall. When taking videos, the microphone didn’t vì chưng a great job of picking up sound & we had to lớn stay really still to get a good moving image since there are no stabilization features.
Battery: Epic run time
The Tab 4 has such modest specifications that its 4850mAh battery gets stellar longevity. Lenovo claims đôi mươi hours & we certainly seemed lớn be hitting close lớn that mark with our mixed-usage testing, including website browsing, streaming videos, gaming, photo and video clip capture, and general ứng dụng testing.
Unfortunately, there is one downside. As with most android tablets, the Tab 4 doesn’t vị a great job of handling nguồn management in standby mode. After leaving it alone for four days, we came back khổng lồ a dead battery.
Placing this tablet on the charger every few days is recommende—the indicator light turns green when fully charged, with the screen flashing the battery percentage after removing the charging cable.
Software: An old version of Android
There’s no way around it: the Tab 4 runs an old version of Android. At the time of this writing, it runs android Nougat 7.1, which was released all the way back on August 22, 2016.
While the Tab 4 runs the updated 7.1.1 version, which was released back on December 5, 2016, it still hasn’t been updated to 7.1.2, which was released on December 5, 2017. As a point of reference, apk Pie 9.0 was released on August 6, 2018.
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The question is, does having a newer version of app android really matter on a budget tablet like this? From a security standpoint, it very well could in another year or two.
The Tab 4’s last app android security patch màn chơi was on July 5, 2018. Of course, as of this writing, just over 19% of apk devices still run some version of Nougat, so that could certainly provide an incentive for additional security updates. However, if you place a premium on security and want an app android device, it’s best khổng lồ get a tablet with the newest version of the operating system you can afford.
Price: You get what you pay for
Outside of its multi-user features & sound system, there’s not a lot else that stands out about this tablet. Retailing for $129.99, the Tab 4 is reasonably priced but perhaps not the best value when compared lớn the competition, particularly if some of their standout features are more compelling for your particular use cases.