T-Mobile will expand its existing tablet range by one next week, adding the awesome Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to select store shelves and its online inventory.
The tablet, which retails for $649.99 will be offered $0 down on a 24-month payment plan, which works out to be $27.08 per month. This is roughly the same amount you’ll currently pay for an Apple iPad Air 2 16GB.
T-Mobile already offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (8.0) and plans to range the new Google Nexus 9 soon. For something a bit cheaper, there is also the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 which sells for $168.
As with all T-Mobile tablets,you’ll be able to add the Tab S as a line to an existing plan, or as part of a new T-Mobile contract. In addition to the device repayments, customers will need to add $10 for a SIM starter kit and choose a data level on a Simple Choice data-only Plan.
Data starts at $20 per month for 1GB at 4G LTE speeds and goes up to $70 for 11GB. T-Mobile’s data-only plan rates are reasonably competitive, with the sweet spot being 5GB for $40 per month.
As it is with all Simple Choice Plans, you can cancel this service at any time, buy you’ll need to pay out the balance of the tablet when you terminate the contract.
Oh, you mean the iPad killer
If you’ve read our review of the Tab S, then you’ll know we like it a fair bit, especially the 10.5-inch model. Samsung hasn’t had much success with tablets before now, but the Tab S is the slate to set the record straight.
Primarily, we like the Tab S because of its design. It’s slim, lightweight and very comfortable to hold — not things you could say about all previous Samsung tablets.
Samsung has also packed in a super-sharp 2560 x 1600 pixel screen in here, which we found is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand you have a truly brilliant image to look at all day long, but on the other, this screen is a major battery hog.
If you want more detail, head over to our full review of the Galaxy Tab S.