The Verge have recently published their review on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4, a device that’s trying to embody the practicality of a laptop device in a tablet form factor. There’s something I disliked about their piece and I think it’s worth calling out. (It’s not the first time I’ve seen it done either).
But turning an Android tablet into a hybrid doesn’t come cheap — at least not by usual Android tablet standards. Pricing for the Wi-Fi version of the Tab S4 starts at $649, which includes the S Pen. However, the keyboard is an additional $149. That makes a complete setup $800, which is $10 less than a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Keyboard (minus the Apple Pencil).
If you’re going to compare apples to apples then don’t put the price of the Tab S4, S Pen and keyboard up against the iPad’s cost without one of those key items. They should have included the Apple Pencil’s full retail price, thus making the S4 $110 less expensive. That’s considerably more than a measly $10. It matters.