Samsung galaxy tab a 10


The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a real alternative khổng lồ an ipad tablet, with a sharp & colourful screen và a kiến thiết very cthảm bại khổng lồ that of £400 tablets. All in all, it"s the best budget Android tablet around if you don"t like the restrictive approach of the Amazon Fire HD 10.

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Great priceSolid, sharp screenLooks và feels a lot lượt thích a more expensive sầu tabletGood battery life

Key Specifications

review Price: £14910.1-inch 19đôi mươi x 1200 LCD screenSamsung Exynos 7904 CPU2GB RAMAndroid 9 with One UI32GB storage8/5MP camerasMetal casingUSB-C charging6150mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is the most important tablet Samsung has released in ages for deal-hunting buyers. It’s far cheaper than the cheapest ipad, unlike the great Galaxy Tab S5e, but it still has a sharp screen.

After what feels like years of shelves filled with pixellated “HD Ready” budget tablets, there’s finally something lớn recommkết thúc instead of the Amazon Fire HD 10.

But is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A better? It has a smaller footprint, metal rear, better cameras and, most important of all, full access lớn Google Play và the Google ứng dụng suite. The Fire HD 10 doesn’t have that.

Power is the only major problem here. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s graphics chipset is fairly weak. As is so often the case, big gaming fans should consider an máy tính bảng ipad instead. But at this price it only grazes this bargain tablet’s appeal.


It’s the best-looking tablet you’ll find at the price

Design – The best-looking tablet you’ll find at the price

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is the best-looking tablet you’ll find at the price from one of the big names in tech. There are two versions, an 8-incher & this 10.1-inch version.

It has a mostly-aluminium baông xã, for a feel not too dissimilar to an Máy tính bảng iPad. There’s an inch-deep strip of plastic at the top that cheapens the thiết kế a little, but at this price I just don’t care. Plastic is used here lớn aid the wireless antennas’ transmission, và it almost certainly makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab A significantly cheaper to produce.

Fancy phones and tablets use little 2milimet strips of plastic to bởi vì the same job.


At a glance, the rear of the Tab A is not too dissimilar khổng lồ that of an iPad

Samsung has also brought the design into the present by trimming down the screen borders significantly since the last version of this tablet, released in năm 2016. The borders are even thinner than a 10.2-inch iPad tablet 7’s, and its footprint smaller. When the thickness is also a super-slyên 7.5milimet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s design is real 5-star stuff for a budget tablet.

It has a 3.5mm tai nghe jaông chồng too, unlượt thích the Tab S5e & Tab S6.


For a budget tablet, the Tab A is super-sllặng – measuring in at just 7.5mm

All the right choices have been made here, & I have sầu not missed some of the obvious missing parts. There’s no fingerprint scanner, which is no huge loss in a tablet. Some may disagree. There is no water resistance either, as expected.

Storage and speaker chất lượng are the parts that vày feel the price squeeze a little more keenly. You get 32GB storage, so may well want to buy a microSD card. There’s space for one in the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, sadly you don’t seem to lớn be able to lớn integrate it with system storage.

Its speakers aren’t close lớn the brilliant stereo mix of the Tab S5e’s either. You get a pair, arranged on the bottom. They have reasonable bulk for such a cheap tablet, but you don’t get that all-important stereo effect when holding the Samsung Galaxy Tab A out in front of you to watch a film or YouTube Clip.


Audio unique from the two speakers is just ok, but lacks an stereo effect

Screen – An excellent screen for the price

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A has a 10.1-inch 19trăng tròn x 1200 px screen, one whose shape is a little longer than an iPad’s.

Size aside, display tech is the big difference between this tablet and the higher-end Samsungs. You get LCD here, not the OLED style of which Samsung is so fond. This kind of screen has a backlight, which means the blaông xã parts of an image won’t look perfectly dark if you watch a movie in a darker room. The consistency of the brightness isn’t at the màn chơi of a very high-kết thúc LCD screen either. However, most will only notice this on an all-trắng or all-black screen.


It might not be OLED, but it’s a great screen for the price

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A still has an excellent screen at the price, though. It’s sharp, plenty bright enough for indoors use và colour is not obviously weak or undersaturated.

Much lượt thích the plastic part on the baông chồng, you can point out issues with this screen. But, again, for the price it is hard khổng lồ fault. It also beats the Amazon Fire HD 10 in one respect. Smaller borders mean you get more screen inches per square inch of tablet. The two displays are otherwise pretty similar, though.

Software – Very familiar

Software is where we see the most important difference between the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Amazon Fire HD 10, its star rival. Both are based on Android, but here you get the same interface used in Samsung phones, not the more restrictive sầu ground-up reworking of Android Amazon uses.

Google apps are the biggest difference, and Google Play the most important. It gives the Samsung Galaxy Tab A access lớn just about every phầm mềm và game on Android, compatibility exceptions aside. The array on the Fire’s Amazon Appstore is much more limited.

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A fuller Android experience means the Tab A beats it’s main rival – the Fire 10 HD – when it comes khổng lồ software

This, more than the fancier thiết kế, is perhaps the main reason lớn buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab A instead of an Amazon tablet.

The software is likely khổng lồ seem more familiar too, with a layout similar lớn any number of Android phones and tablets. There are standard home page screens và a page-based apps menu. While there are some preinstalled apps, the experience is completely different to Amazon’s, which tries khổng lồ ram Amazon services down your throat. It gets old if you don’t even subscribe to Prime.


The internals mean it just about gets by, but it’s clear this isn’t a tablet built for pushing hard

The big “but” is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s processor. It has an Exynos 7904 CPU with Mali-G71 MP2 GPU and 2GB RAM. This team just scrapes by in every respect. There’s the occasional bit of system lag, apps take a little while to load and you can clearly see the limit of the graphics power when you play some higher-over games.

In casual games you may see some lag when the screen fills with objects. Demanding 3 chiều titles will often only run smoothly if you lower the graphics setting a bit. This usually means lower resolutions, basic textures, worse draw distance, or a phối of these.

Want more context? Minecraft runs just fine unless you increase the draw distance, which reduces the frame rate a little too much for comfort. PUBG runs well at the “Balanced” setting. You can also use “HD”, but there are regular, distracting frame rate dips. You can’t run Fortnite at all. It’s not supported, & likely will never be as 4GB RAM is listed as the minimum spec. Asphalt 9 plays surprisingly well with no alterations lớn graphics, likely down lớn Gameloft’s clever scaling of the game khổng lồ run on just about any hardware. It still looks fab.


Most games will run fine, including Minecraft

This is not a bad gaming tablet. You can play almost all of Android’s best high-protệp tin games just fine, but those who notice less than smooth frame rates may want to lớn think about spending more. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 has a much more powerful CPU and GPU, but I don’t think it’s the perfect solution as you can’t install anywhere near as many key titles. The more techy ahy vọng you can try side-loading, but this introduces security issues và often just won’t work.

Camera – Surprisingly solid

Given the basic core specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A has surprisingly solid cameras for a cheap tablet. There’s a flash-free 8-megapixel camera on the baông xã and a 5-megapixel one up front.

These are far better than the Amazon Fire HD 10’s cameras, & the rear one can take surprisingly solid images. As ever, most of you will be better off using your phone, but better cameras are still a benefit for apps & games that use the cameras.


The 8-megapx camera on the rear will take surprisingly impressive photos

The rear camera has autofocus too, far from a given in a cheap tablet. Autofocus lets you take close-up shots.

Selfies predictably look quite soft in indoors lighting, & aren’t great in any conditions. But both of these cameras are frankly significantly better than I expected. I wouldn’t Hotline them “good”, though, as they are slow to lớn use. The camera tiện ích takes a long time to load up và the ứng dụng feels a little laggy.

I’d trade what meagre skills these cameras have for some more storage or a better GPU in a heartbeat. But I vì chưng have to lớn acknowledge that not everyone uses a tablet as I do. I have sầu no need for tablet cameras, others seem khổng lồ love sầu them.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A can shoot 1080p đoạn Clip with either camera, & the extra fidelity is a good feature if you want a tablet for Clip chat.

Battery life – USB-C and good endurance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A has a 6250mAh battery, & uses a USB-C connector to charge. Samsung says the battery will last up lớn 13 hours, and that clayên ổn is fairly cchiến bại to lớn my experience.

When streaming đoạn phim from YouTube for three hours, the drop in battery is consistent with battery life of just under 13 hours. We’re well within the golden zone for tablets, & it seems khổng lồ outlast both my 2018 iPad tablet 9.7 and the Amazon Fire HD 10. There are zero stamimãng cầu worries here, and it will last for a generous handful of hours of processor-stressing games too.

Charging speed is also quicker than the Amazon Fire HD 10’s.


On average you’ll get 13 hours of battery life from the Galaxy Tab A

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab A?

Picky techies are the only people who should be put off the Galaxy Tab A compromises. It doesn’t have sầu the most powerful GPU, the storage is limited và this particular Reviews sample doesn’t have sầu a 100% consistent screen, but it is otherwise a stellar bargain.

Those who are put off by the shortcomings already have sầu another obvious choice khổng lồ hvà, too, the Samsung Galaxy S5e. I’ve been waiting for an up-to-date tablet to lớn go head-to-head with the Amazon Fire range for what feels lượt thích forever, và Samsung has finally made it.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a real alternative sầu khổng lồ an máy tính bảng iPad for basics, with a sharp và colourful screen và a thiết kế very cthua thảm to that of £400 tablets. All in all, it’s the best budget Android tablet around if you don’t lượt thích the restrictive approach of the Amazon Fire HD 10.

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