By Melanie Lieberman
June 26, 2014

Last week, Samsung debuted the Galaxy Tab S—its latest attempt to overthrow Apple in the cutthroat tablet market. The ultra-thin device (no thicker than five stacked credit cards) has standout new features—and a few improvements to old Tab capabilities we already loved.

The Super AMOLED display was the major talking point at the tablet’s global premiere: The powerful screen can display 20 percent more of the color spectrum than comparable LCD screens, while also capturing true black (creating 100 times more contrast than tablets currently on the market).

Adaptive Display technologies allow the tablet to simultaneously adjust to external light changes, while intelligently considering the selected content. (For example, enhancing black text when displaying the July issue of Travel + Leisure in the new digital magazine service, Papergarden). Users may also find the screen significantly less reflective, further improving the viewing quality outdoors.

For Samsung-dedicated users, improved multi-device connectivity with SideSync is a clear response to Apple’s recently announced Continuity. You can simultaneously share documents, begin work on one device and finish it on another, and access mobile apps from your desktop.

Long-haul fliers will be glad to know that all these bells and whistles won’t keep them from watching an entire, non-stop season of Orange Is The New Black. The greatest accomplishment of the Galaxy Tab S may very well be its 11-hour battery life.

Find the Wi-Fi capable tablet in US stores as early as next month.

Melanie Lieberman is the Editorial Projects Assistant and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.