Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro (LTE, SM-T545) Tablet Review: Outdoor expert with exchangeable battery

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After opening the box of the Galaxy Tab Active Pro, you might be reminded of an assembly kit, as you need to put at least two of the three components together for the device to work. The tablet also is surprisingly light when you first lift it out of its box, which is because the battery is not yet inserted. This can be done very quickly as you can remove the back cover without the need for tools.

While inserting the battery, you might want to insert the microSD card and, if you have the LTE version, the Nano-SIM card. Both slots are positioned below the cover rather than on the side of the tablet. The removable back cover connects to the case in 22 points, which prevents water and dust from entering. To close it properly, all you need to do is press the cover down along the edges, which causes the points of contact to audibly click into place.

The third tablet component is the protective cover, made of hard plastic, which is easy to put on and take off again. The cover is certified according to the US military standard MIL-STD-810G, which means it protects the tablet from falls from up to 1.2 meters.

Once all three components have been put together, the 10.1-inch tablet weighs a considerable 635 grams, which can no longer be considered lightweight. Nonetheless, it is comfortable to hold and also the lined pattern on the back of the cover also provides a good grip.

As one might expect from a rugged tablet, the design of the Galaxy Tab Active Pro is functional. Its case is made to be robust and it has display bezels of 1.2 cm (short sides) and 1.7 cm (long sides), which gives it an even more stable look. The fact that the bezel has turned out so wide is also connected to the three Android buttons being positioned on it (long side). 

Its IP68 certification means that the Galaxy Tab Active Pro can remain under water for up to 30 minutes and to a depth of up to 1.5 meters without being damaged. This means it will easily survive a rainy bike tour.

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