The Tab S shares software DNA with the GS5, too. You get Samsung’s
usual Android 4.4 trimmings, including the tablet trick that lets
you put two apps side by side. (Samsung will also sell a $99
Bluetooth dock to turn the tablet into a laptop.) However, the
amount of preloaded third-party and Samsung apps littering the
homescreen is reaching unbearable levels. In fact, Samsung tells
me, there are even more preloaded apps on this device because of
the added promotional deals with LinkedIn, Marvel, etc.
Interesting to me that Samsung’s tablets continue to favor landscape as the default orientation.
But Samsung’s new SideSync 3.0 app seems worth keeping — at least
if you have a Galaxy S5 phone. When both devices are on the same
Wi-Fi network, you can remotely navigate the phone via the
tablet’s screen, transfer files between devices, access all your
phone apps, and even text and talk on the phone.
Watch Stern’s video to see how weird the interface for this feature is. When you invoke it, you get a virtual Galaxy S phone on the tablet screen. The idea is cool, but compared to the Continuity features Apple announced at WWDC last week, it seems clunky and narrowly focused.
★ Thursday, 12 June 2014