The SM-T330NYKAXAR and SM-T330NZWAXAR are models which form the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Android tablet series. As the name suggests, they’re the fourth (and the latest) generation Galaxy Tabs and have an 8-inch display.
Color is the only difference between the Samsung SM-T330NYKAXAR and SM-T330NZWAXAR. The former is black, while the latter is white. On other fronts they are the same.
The screen resolution is 1280 x 800. The same resolution and very similar screen size as on the first generation iPad Mini. It’s not as good as on the Apple iPad Mini Retina with a 7.9″ 2048 x 1536 screen. That basically means the display on the Samsungs isn’t as sharp as on the Retina. However, the SM-T330NYKAXAR and SM-T330NZWAXAR are much cheaper. They cost about $240. The iPad Mini 1st Gen and Retina are $300 and $400 respectively.
While we’re at the screen, let’s mention that basically the same Galaxy Tabs are available with 7″ and 10″ displays. So, the 8.0 models sit somewhere in the middle between them. It’s priced accordingly. The 7-incher (8GB) is $200, while the bigger model is about $320.
These prices are for 16GB versions of both. In fact, 16GB is the only available data storage option on the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. That’s not a great amount, but its decent at the price point. At least, it isn’t 8GB like on some lower-end tablets. The good thing is that storage is expandable via a built-in microSD card slot. It supports cards with up to 64GB capacity. Regarding other internal components, Samsung has included some great parts. The first is the quad-core processor at 1.2GHz, which allows completely smooth operation. 1.5GB of RAM is there to help the CPU. That’s quite enough for any tablet-use scenario.
The main downfall of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 SM-T330NYKAXAR and SM-T330NZWAXAR are their cameras. The main camera located on the back is acutally downgraded in comparison to the older Tab 3 8.0 model. It’s now only a 3.5MP shooter without auto-focusing. It has no flash shooting in the dark. The previous model has a 5MP auto-focus cam. The front camera for video chats hasn’t been downgraded. It has a 1.3MP sensor, which isn’t great but it will suite video chat needs of the average user.
Other drawbacks are the built-in mono speaker instead of stereo speakers found on the last year’s model and there’s no light sensor which helps adapting screen brightness depending on light conditions in the environment.
In addition, some users might not like absence of video output port, such as micro HDMI. You can only stream to select Samsung TV models with AllShare Cast technology built-in. The slates have only a micro USB port and headphone jack. A nice perk included is the IR blaster. It enables remote control of many TV models and other equipment.
4G LTE or 3G mobile broadband Internet connectivity isn’t supported either. But, that’s a kind of expected for the budget tablets. They do have Wi-Fi wireless for going online and Bluetooth for connection to other compatible devices.
Regarding software, it’s important to note that the tablets run the latest Android version: 4.4 Kit Kat. The devices support multi-user modes, like on the full-blown Windows PCs. For instance, every member of a family can have its own home screen, settings, shortcuts and other stuff. Independent from other users of the same tablet. Only a separate Google Account is needed for that. Another similarity with Windows computers is ability to run apps in two windows simultaneously, side by side.
The design doesn’t stand out from the other Galaxy line tablets and phones. The main change over the previous Tabs is a little bit more anglular look. The black SM-T330NYKAXAR and white SM-T330NZWAXAR have faux leather texture on their lids. Some higher-end models by Samsung also have stitching on the edges, which gives them a premium look, but these two models don’t have it.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy 4 8.0 models are definitely hitting the right spot, balancing between affordability and features very well. Sure, for about $40 less you can get a 7-inch version. In our opinion, the 8-inchers add a great deal of screen real estate and also data storage size is doubled. If you’re concerned about the mentioned shortcomings of the SM-T330NYKAXAR and SM-T330NZWAXAR, you can always go for one of the Galaxy Tab Pro models. For instance, the Tab Pro 8.4″ has a better resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and a better camera as the main advantages. But, you’ll have to shell out $100 more for it.