Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Review
Product Name: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Product Description: The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 might be the latest flagship from Samsung but what it offers is not something new to the market. It lacks style, premium features, and high-end performance, but it is a middle-class tablet that could satisfy the needs of those who are not willing to spend thousands. This tablet might not have the wow-factor that we are looking for, but it still manages to shine in certain areas.
Price: 229 - 399
- Build Quality
- Screen Quality
- Easy to Use
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 is a very good tablet offering great value for money. Considering its low price compared to other tablets in the market, you get a good screen, a solid build quality, and a powerful processor that provides surprisingly good performance. It is running Android 9 Pie and should get updates for at least two years. Sadly, the base model features 2GB of RAM so we would highly recommend getting the higher specs model. The tablet will be more than enough for most people, especially if you are already in the Android ecosystem.
Android Pie operating system
Vibrant, sharp, and attractive screen display
Excellent battery life
Limited storage and graphics power
Not fast charging
Minor system lag
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Review
A Solid Mid-Range Tablet
Android tablets often do not get their chance to show off what they got while some just don’t make the cut. Even with cutting-edge features like Samsung’s foldable smartphone, it doesn’t change the fact that Android is far behind its competitors. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 might be the latest flagship from Samsung but what it offers is not something new to the market. It lacks style, premium features, and high-end performance, but it is a middle-class tablet that could satisfy the needs of those who are not willing to spend thousands. This tablet might not have the wow-factor that we are looking for, but it still manages to shine in certain areas. Read on our The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 review as we go down the rabbit hole and find out more about this amazing tablet.
It has been two years since Samsung introduced the 10.1-inch entry-level Galaxy Tab A in the market. An important update made way to the newest version of Tab A 10.1 that works fine in terms of gaming, watching videos, or browsing the net. Also, it is a great alternative for the iPad’s cheapest tablet and also way more attractive than a cheap plastic device like the Amazon Fire HD tablet.
- Android 9.0 Pie operating system
- 10.1-inch LCD screen display
- 1920 x 1200 screen resolution
- Exynos 7904 octa-core ARM LTE processor
- 8 MP rear camera
- 5 Mp front-facing camera
- 32 GB storage
- 6,150-mAh battery
- 245.2 x 149.4 x 7.5 mm dimensions
- 469 g weight
It wouldn’t be fair if in this Galaxy Tab A 10.1 review we don’t pay special attention to the display screen. The 10.1-inch Tab A gives sufficient brightness with great colors and precise contrast. Its 16:10 aspect ratio produces a longer and thinner view which makes it satisfying for web pages browsing or word documentation. And with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, it is more than enough to display movies in full glory looking sharp and bright.
The S Pen
One great feature of Samsung tablets is its very own version of the Apple Pencil known as the S Pen. You need to invest in a stylus to get to enjoy the experience of handwritten notes, drawing, or editing pictures with a digital pencil. And unlike iPads, Samsung allotted a special slot inside their tablets for this touch-sensitive stylus.
Samsung’s Exynos 7904 LTE octa-core processors consist of two 1.8 GHz and six 16 GHz cores which boost up the speed when multitasking. But with a 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, you might need to use a micro SD card to expand the storage capacity and make room for more apps. And since the tablet runs on the latest version Android 9.0 Pie on top of Samsung’s One user interface, running multiple apps is smooth and fast.
As with the majority of tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is far from having a great camera. With phones having such high-resolution cameras, who is going to be holding a large 10inch screen up and take photos when you can do the same even better with a small smartphone? However, the 8MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras can take decent photos with Live Focus mode. And with flash built-in, the tablet works best for taking selfies at night or dark rooms or for video call where the extra screen size does come alive over the smaller phone screens.
Placing both speakers on one side at the bottom of the tablet is a bit odd. Most tablets have their speakers at different ends for a better audio experience. The good thing that it is still loud enough, even when it is 3 to 4 feet away or in a bit noisy surroundings. It won’t be the feature that you will remember the tablet by, but at least the sound is of good quality and decent volume.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has a micro-UBS 2.0 port that carries through high-speed data and charging capabilities making it an all-in-one connector. Using the same port, you can attach an external keyboard, USB mouse, and a flash drive. You can add a USB hub to expand on the number of ports and enhance connectivity.
Overall, the new Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a well-built tablet that is thinner at 7.5mm and made of a mostly-metal body frame with a premium finish-feel and expensive look. There is also a physical Home button underneath the screen while the power button, volume control, and micro SD slot are located on the right side. And the good news is that it has a headphone jack on top of the tablet, something that is often missing these days with new tablets.
It is very rare to get a very stylish and sleek design in most middle-range tablets. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 feels fresh and when you consider its price tag. It is not going to be groundbreaking but at least you will look good with it.
No Galaxy Tab A 10.1 review would be complete without a proper benchmark test. On the Geekbench 4 processor testing, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 scores 3241 which means performance-wise, it is a good tablet. There are no major issues running several apps, watching YouTube videos, or browsing through Chrome. We also tried playing games in a higher resolution and it works really well.
If there is one thing that needs improvement is the tablet’s low memory. With just 2GB of RAM, sometimes, multitasking results in the system lagging a bit. Although most devices often experience such issues, it would be better to have a bigger memory that can handle all functions 4G minimum but 6GB or 8GB would be ideal.
On the other hand, with a 6,150-mAh battery, you can easily manage a whole day while web browsing, playing some games or videos, and reading documents. We tested the battery by watching HD movies in a medium brightness setting and it stayed on for more than 10 hours. With normal use, it takes 2 to 3 days before you need to charge the tablet which is great as you don’t need to carry a charger everywhere you go. That was a big plus for us and a massive thumbs up.
There are a lot of better, bigger, and stronger Android tablets out there but the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a solid tablet at an affordable price. While some manufacturers focus on creating high-end or entry-level tablets, Samsung has created, with the Galaxy Tab A 10.1, a tablet that fits in the middle. With a classic design, long battery life, and decent OS performance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is the best mid-range tablet in today’s market.
If you are someone who needs a tablet for entertainment, for home browsing and nothing heavy duty this is a great tablet. You will also save a small fortune compared to the higher-end models. On top of that, if you already own an android phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 or similar, then the integration will be great and it is a no brainer.
If however, this tablet is not what you are looking for and want something different, maybe a little more oomph, why don’t you check out other tablet reviews in our Tablets Reviews section? We’re sure that there is something for you in there.