5 Stars By Melissa M. Futrell on 2014-07-04
I bought this tablet at my local Target store on the 30th of June and let me say, this is the best tablet I ever had. It's super light and easy to use. The front and back camera are great to take selfies and pictures and it's great for taking videos. The Skype is great as well. I am a teenager myself and I am using it for school and personal stuff. I use the Google Chrome for web browsing and it's really fast. Downloading apps is fast as well as opening and running them. I have downloaded the CM Security from the Google Play Store for free and I run it once a day and it always says it's safe. I also downloaded the CleanMaster app and clean it after I'm done using it and it helps deletes the junk files and makes the device run even faster.
A couple of my relatives have both the iPad and the iPad Mini, but when I tried both of them myself, nothing compares to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The iPad Mini is a little bigger than this and a little lighter, but from what I experienced, the Samsung is better and it saved me $200-400.
The reading is great and I mostly download my books straight from Google Play Books and the AlumiGogo Kindle Store. The Wattpad app (YouTube for E-books) is an awesome app for downloading free books written by teens and tranditional/self-published authors. The keyboard is great when it comes to commenting on the works and also typing my own stories.
The battery lasts much longer, too. I had mine at 100% charged and it lasted for about twelve hours of playing time (with the brightness turned to low). I have the Netflix app and I can watch the videos perfectly. It's crystal clear.
Listening to music is much more clear and easier when you put some ear buds on. The speaker is on the back of the device.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a perfection! You should buy it!
1 Stars By JENNIFER STABLER on 2016-04-17
I bought this item in October of 2015 from a marketplace seller. The sale itself was wonderful, tablet arrived quickly, and I have no issue with that. Fast forward six months, and I've noticed that has never been a firmware update. It's on 4.4.2 of KitKat. Lollipop is available and so is Marshmallow (you have to love Android's firmware names, seriously). After much research, Samsung is NOT upgrading the Tab 4, model SM-T230NU. Apparently it is focusing on 8.0 tablets and higher. Does that mean the tablet doesn't work? Of course not. But you'll never get firmware upgrades and that is already causing me issues re: storage on the SD card, game updates, etc. Buyer should absolutely be aware of this before purchasing. I wish I had been because I would have gone another route.
2 Stars By Eric Schuster on 2017-06-24
Will never have an Anroid update, beware
Nothing against the seller at all in regards to this, device only. The Tab 4 7.0 Wifi (SMT230NU) model is obsolete when you buy it and will stay that way. Samsung usually pushes out updates to new OS as they can, but this comes with Android KitKat and will have it forever. Over two years ago they released the 5.1 (Lollipop) update for the LTE version of the tablet. Us with the WIFI model are screwed. So basically if you ever want to update to newer Android firmware versions, DO NOT get this tablet, you will be left with KitKat for its life. This isnt to say KitKat is bad, but some apps require the newer versions and its sad that it was almost a waste as newer versions release and this becomes less and less supported.
1 Stars By TTurley on 2015-02-28
Constantly freezing up!!!
It's a good device, I love Samsung products... but this freezes up on me multiple times a day!!! Extremely frustrating, especially when my mother has the Tab 3 and she has Never had a problem with hers. And the Tab 4 is supposed to be better all around! Not very happy with my purchase.
1 Stars By E kim on 2017-01-01
8gb memory with preinstalled 4gb of crap
I am a huge, and I mean huge Samsung fan but I have to say these are an epic fail. I understand it's an 8 gb but it comes with almost 4gb worth of stuff already usin it up! And the fact that apps need to be downloaded to the internal memory and not the extra SD card, it is absolutely useless. My kids have maybe a total of 8 games which two can never update cause there's not enough space. I mean come on, either make it so the SD card can be mainly used or don't gunk up the device with all that crap.
4 Stars By Cjh on 2015-12-03
Nice little tablet for the price as long as you keep it simple
First, let me say the obvious; for $100 this isn't cutting edge electronics so temper your expectations accordingly. Having said that, this is a nice little tablet for the price as long as you keep it simple.
Crisp display and at 7" a nice viewing area. Steams movies well with very minimal issues.
Comes with quite a few bells and whistles (so-so camera, assortment of apps, and some nice features such as weather updates and news)
Great for reading newspapers, books, and surfing non-graphic intensive web pages.
Virtually no storage area, buying an expansion card is almost a must
Not powerful enough to play any graphic intensive apps. Tried playing a simple app like Simpsons Tapped Out and it's very choppy and stutters.
Not a fan of the button placement but getting used to it.
Overall I'm happy with it. I got it as a handy tablet to look up information quickly without going upstairs and starting my desktop computer. Yes, it has it's limitations but I didn't spend $500 either.
By Jim B
on 2016-06-05 Great Kids Tablet
Just a great kids tablet.
We decided that it was time for our kids to have their own tablets. When I was looking for kids tablets, I wanted something that was cheap enough that them destroying it wasn't going to give me ulcers. So that ruled out most up to date tablets and almost all iPads. I ended up going with an older Nexus at first and it was horrible. It was incredibly slow and the battery life was atrocious. That made me realize that I needed to find something that was built within the last year or so. The AlumiGogo Fire Kids looked appealing, but I have a ton of Android kids apps that I bought and installed on my phone. That pushed me toward Android tablets. Then I found refurb Tab 4's.
My kids are 2 and 5 and this tablet is perfectly sized for them. They can easily hold it in their hands and still have plenty of screen to work with. My kids mostly use YouTube Kids, but they do play some games. This tablet easily has enough power to do either of those things with ease. There is no delay that causes them to press everything on the screen 17 times. The two major selling points of this tablet are, the built-in Kids mode and the Home button.
Samsung Kids Mode is the greatest kids mode I have used. I have purchased a number of kids mode apps and none of them can do what this built-in app can. First, it is very visually appealing. It has a fun beach theme that is colorful and it changes color with the time of day. The main screen that it opens with is where all of the apps are located as well as access to the settings and the exit button. You will create a pin number and that will be used to enter the settings area as well as exit the kids mode. Swiping left from the main screen will give you an interactive area with a crocodile that the kids can play with. He will say things and make noises on his own and they can change his color and clothes. There is also some other various things like a clock and a hot air balloon that will interact with you. The settings area is where this app really shines. You can setup a daily playtime limit, you can choose which apps you want your kid to have access to, you can allow your kid to access downloaded media such as videos, music, and photos, and there is even a link to the kids store that you can download additional kids apps. I load up SD cards with their movies and they can access them through the kids mode media app. You have to give them access to the videos, but once that is complete it is very easy for them to play the videos. Pressing the Home button in kids mode will bring the screen back to the main Kids Mode screen and does not try to exit the app. There are couple of minor annoyances with Kids Mode. The first annoyance is with installed SD cards. If the tablet is powered off and then on again, you need to allow the Kids Mode to access the SD card again. So in my case, none of their movies will show up in the media player app until I allow access again. It is just a matter of entering a pin code and clicking on a few things, but can be annoying if you are driving and they want their movies. The second annoyance is with the Netflix app. I can't seem to get the app to show up on the Kids Mode. it doesn't even show up as an option under the applications list.
Installing the Kids Mode was a bit tricky. You have to use the Kids Mode Widget to set it up, rather than just clicking on an app. To install the widget you hold your finger on an empty spot on the Tab 4s main home screen, a white box will popup and then you can click on "Apps and Widgets", a new screen will popup and it will have two tabs "Apps" and "Widgets". Click on the Widgets tab and then scroll right (alphabetical order) until you see a small 1x1 yellow square with a crocodile on it, it will say "Kids Mode" above it. Hold your finger on that until it vibrates and displays the home screen. Now you can position the Widget wherever you want on the screen. Once that is dropped on the screen you can then press it and it will walk you through the setup.
Having a physical Home button is almost a necessity with a kid. If they want to get out of an app or just get themselves back home, they can press a physical button. Having the soft buttons is nice, but my youngest doesn't quite understand yet.
The physical layout of the Tab 4 is almost identical to my Note 5. It has the oval home button on the bottom center, to the right of the home button is the back soft key, and to the left of the home button is the recent applications soft key. On the right side of the tablet is the volume buttons, but unlike my Note 5, it also has the lock/unlock/power button. Also opposite of the Note 5 is the headphone port, which is located at the top of the Tab 4. The charging/micro USB port is at the bottom center. On the right side of the tablet there is a little door that opens for you to install a microSD card. There is a selfie camera on the front and another camera on the back. There is a metal edge around the front of the tablet and the back is some type of textured vinyl type material. There is a single speaker on the back bottom left and it seems more than loud enough for my kids.
Battery life is OK on the tablets, but my kids are always streaming through wifi and that isn't exactly battery friendly. They can get two to three days out of the battery under occasional use. I would definitely have a charger in the car if you are doing an extended road trip.
These are kind of loaded up with the typical Samsung junk. I deleted everything I could and disabled the rest. You still lose about half of the 8GB internal storage. I highly recommend an SD card.
Durability seems as expected, but I would never give this to a kid without added protection. we purchased a kids case and tempered protector. So far there isn't a mark on either kid's tablet. Here are the items we use.NEWSTYLE Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Kids Shock Proof Case - Light Weight Super Protective Stand Foam Back Case Convertible Handle Cover for Samsung Tab 4 7" 7 Inch SM-T230 / T231 / T235 Tablet - OrangeRerii Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Tablet 2014 SM-T231 Tempered Glass Screen Protector,High Definition,9H Hardness,0.3mm Thickness,Shatterproof,Delicate Touch Oleophobic Coating,Real GlassSamsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter (MB-MP32DA/AM)
I love Samsung products and this tablet does not disappoint. If you are looking for a kids tablet, I can't recommend this enough.
5 Stars By Kindle Customer on 2015-11-15
Great tablet for the price
I've bought 3 of these tablets replacing my sons Samsung galaxy tab 3's. The first thing you'll notice is there isn't the lag that the tab 3 had. Picture looks great and most games will run with no problems many of which weren't compatible with the tab 3. For an affordable android tablet look no further. They hold up to constant gameplay without any of the glitches the tab 3 had. All of them are still holding strong in the hands of my kids which says a lot. Is it comparable to a high end tablet? No, but you are definitely getting your moneys worth. For playing most app games, browsing the net, fb, and whatever else they want to do with them it is an affordable option. Not going to complain about the camera or other small things since what it comes with is more then acceptable for the tablet cost. If you want a top of the line tablet get one. But for the money and features offered without any of the tab 3 issues like charging problems, random shutting down and not turning on, easy to break screen. The tab 4 has none of those issues and makes a nice entry level tablet affordable.
4 Stars By Q on 2015-01-05
Decent for the money
I ordered this tablet after some bad luck with other tablets. I had the Fire HDX and absolutely loved it but it would constantly restart and I just got too frustrated dealing with that so traded it in. The next tablet I tried was the Acer Iconia 8 and that had a touch screen that was not at all responsive. By the time I got my Galaxy I was over the whole tablet issue! When I got this tablet though I was immediately pleased. I should disclose that I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 already so I loved the fact that the Galaxy Tab was so similar. I immediately had all of the settings, etc exactly how I'm used to them. I was a little disappointed in the display. Going from an HDX to the lower resolution Tab was a bit disappointing, but really for what I use it for it's fine. The speed is pretty good, I did upgrade my storage immediately with an SD card (love that this is option) so I basically tripled my storage for $15. The camera is pretty mediocre. I'd rather take pictures with my phone, but I didn't buy the tablet to take photos. I use my tablet for web browsing, reading on the Kindle App and answering e-mails and texts. For this purpose it's perfect and for the money it's an unbelievable deal. Not to mention you get all of the access that Google Play and Samsung provide. I recommend.
5 Stars By Indiana DIY on 2014-09-19
Great Tablet at a Great Price!!
Very Good Tablet, One of My first Android tablets besides Kindle Fire. I like this way better than the Kindle Fire HDX as well. It very fast and have allot of functionality. I also I used a Samsung Pro SD Micro card in it and made it faster on load times for software and files.
The Screen is easy,clean and neat. It has a very Nice display and I don't have to adjust the brightness it s has a good brightness from factory spec, Plus all the settings and updates function properly. The Samsung Brand has a great overall reputation with there tablets and I can see why. The tablet also has some extras that are free gift for buying the tablet, also has that ability to use multiple accounts for email and Storage on the device. Plus a One major thing I wan to add is that it is 2.4 and 5ghz Wifi Compatible with Good cloud print and many other features and services available.