Well before IFA came along, Samsung was already a tablet juggernaut this year. We saw the launches of multiple Galaxy Tab 4, TabPRO, and most recently Tab S models, so it wouldn’t be crazy to assume that Samsung would take a little tablet break, focusing more on its new handsets and wearables. Then again, this is Samsung we’re talking about, a company that can’t seem to go a week without launching a new product, so when we saw it go ahead and introduce the Galaxy Tab Active earlier this week, it’s not like we could act surprised. We took a couple minutes at IFA 2014 to go hands-on with this guy and see what makes it tick.
The hardware that powers the Tab Active isn’t too exciting, much closer to a Tab 4 than a Tab S, but that’s not why anyone’s going to be buying this thing; they’re here for the rugged design. That protects the tablet against drops and environmental damage, while features like its stylus (even if it is a capacitive one) and support for quick charging cradles help expand its usefulness out in the field.
As a business-focused tablet, the Tab Active may not be a model you’ll consider buying, but if you’re as curious about new tablets as we are, that doesn’t mean this slate isn’t worth at least taking a look at. Check out the video to see what we found.