The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 comes in two flavors: small and large. The small Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 sports a 7.0″ inch screen which is typical for Samsung’s small end tablets. The large flavor has a 10.1″ display which I think is a good size versus some of the larger sized displays I have seen lately from the likes of Samsung. Both tablets feature a real nice 1280 x 780 display and have the ability to run two applications simultaneously.
The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is a typical tablet in this midsize range as far as size is concerned. Without a case or skin, the tablet measures 7.36 x 4.25 x 0.35 The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is your typical large size tablet coming in at 9.58 x 6.94 x 0.31 inches. The mounts we recommend will fit your tablet without a case or skin for sure. Most have some extra room so unless your case is super large, you should be ok using the recommended mounts even with a case or skin.
Speaking of a case or skin, get one. I can tell you all kinds of stories about how these break ranging from a drop on ceramic tile to a 3-year old standing on it. They break easily. You spent a lot of money on your tablet so spend a little extra for a good protective case.
So let’s look at some good mounts for these tablets.
A popular place to mount your tablet in a car or truck is the windshield. A tablet is a large device so you need a mount that not only has the right cradle size, but also comes with a mount that has an arm that is long enough to clear a sloped car windshield. The Arkon Extendable Midsize Tablet Mount is an excellent choice for the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The cradle is spring-loaded and expands up to 7.5 inches which is nearly an inch longer than the tablet so there’s some room if you add a case or skin. The mount itself has a metal arm that can extend from 14.5 to 18.5 inches. The cradle rotates 360 degrees so your tablet can be in portrait or landscape mode. Lots of room between the tablet and windshield. The suction cup has a vacuum lock to maintain a secure connection. The metal arm will keep the tablet very steady in normal environments. Be sure that you can use your windshield as a mounting point as a few states including California do not allow this.
A similar mount but with a larger cradle is the Arkon Extendable Large Tablet Mount This mount uses the same extension arm type of mount as the previous one. The cradle is much larger and will fit your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 with or without a case or skin. There are eight different size arms that come with the cradle. For this larger tablet, the longest arms will be deployed. The cradle is spring-loaded and takes two hands to operate. it’s a heavy duty cradle that’s been deployed to fleets as well as passenger vehicles.
Mounting either of these tablets to your windshield takes up some real estate so for those that would prefer a different location, a spare cup holder makes a great place to mount your tablet. If your cup holder is smaller than a 7-Eleven Big Gulp, most cup holder bases will fit fine. The iKross Tablet and Cell Phone Cup Holder Mount is an excellent choice for your cup holder. There are a few nice advantages with this mount. It comes with two cradles. One to fit either size tablet and a smaller cradle to fit your phone. The tablet mount expands from 7 to 10.2 inches. That means that if you do not have a case or skin, the cradle will fit the longer dimension (portrait). If a case or skin is present then you will use the arms on the shorter dimension (landscape). The cradle can swivel 360 degrees into either orientation. The mount has a 10-inch arm that can be adjusted at the base and tip. These fit cup holders to 3.75 inches.
The CTA Digital Floor Stand for Tablets is an adjustable mount for using your tablet at home. A hands-free home mount is useful if using your tablet in the kitchen for recipes, living room for video conferencing or bedroom for watching videos. This beats laying down with the tablet sitting upright on your chest. This stand includes an adjustable cradle that opens large enough to hold the larger Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. The cradle can rotate so you can use it in landscape or portrait mode. The overall height is adjustable from approximately 3.5 to 4.6 feet with a flexible 15 inch steel gooseneck.