A couple of days ago, we covered the Samsung Galaxy Tab E, a few days before that, it was the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s turn today and we’re going to discuss its specifications, features, and price.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is another mid-range tablet released by Samsung. Like the Galaxy Tab S2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes in two variants; the first is a bigger 9.7-inch variant, and the second is an 8-inch variant. Both have the same specifications with a couple of differences. For instance, the 9.7-inch variant has a bigger display and a larger battery (a 6000mAh battery compared to the smaller tablet’s 4200mAh battery).
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is made out of plastic, which isn’t surprising since this is a budget tablet. The plastic has a silky texture to it which makes it look rather chic. At the back of the device is a 5-megapixel camera without a LED flash. You already know what this means; no great pictures will be taken in the dark.
You’ll find the microphone, the power button and the volume rocker on the right side of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, along with a microSD slot for expanding the 16/32GB in-built memory to up to 128GB.
At the bottom of the tablet, you’ll find a USB charging port, a headphone jack, and speakers. The 9.7 variant has a dual speaker, and the smaller variant features a single speaker.
The bigger variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A features a TFT capacitive display with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels, placing pixel density at 132 pixels per inch. The smaller variant features the same display and resolution, but has a higher pixel density (160 pixels per inch), this is a result of its smaller screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is not great for watching videos. A 16:10 aspect ratio, just like the Galaxy Tab E’s, would have been perfect.
At the top of the display is a 2-megapixel camera standing beside an ambient light sensor. And at the bottom is the home button with a capacitive menu button and a back button, that aren’t backlit.
At the back of the tablet is a 5-megapixel camera, on the far right of which you’ll find two circles called ‘simple clickers’. Its purpose is to attach optional cases to the tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A runs on Android Lollipop with TouchWiz on top. There are also cool features embedded in the tablet; for instance, you only need to swipe across the display to take a screen shot, rather than pressing a combination of buttons; there’s a multi-window feature that allows you to use apps side-by-side; a multi-user mode allows you to switch your tablet to guest mode when handing it to another user, that way, your private data is safe from their prying eyes.
The Samsung keyboard includes a handwriting feature for when you are tired of typing. To take full advantage of this feature, you have to buy the version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A that comes with an S Pen. If you can’t though, you will have to make do with your fingers, which works pretty well. You can also split your keyboard in two for easier typing.
Other than the pre-installed Samsung apps, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes with Microsoft apps such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Skype pre-installed; pretty cool if you intend on using your tablet for work.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A costs N73,000 for the 9.7-inch variant with an S Pen, and about N62,000 for the 8.0 variant with an S Pen.