Questions & Answers
QuestionIs Microsoft Office a trialIt says it comes with Microsoft Office yet Samsung/Best Buy is offering $20 off MS Office. Is Office a trial and you have to purchase it to keep using it?
- Answer The software on my tablet was NOT a trial. Made sure of that before purchasing as I checked all software and apps.
QuestionIs there anything special in the HW of this tablet that enables the S-Pen to work?I'm interested in the large Tab A and to see its available with a stylus might be a really good plus. I can't seem to find out if it's simply the same exact 9.7 that normally comes without the pen. OR... is it somewhat different hardware, software, or an added app in the OS that allows the S-Pen/stylus to work with the tablet. If this specific model number (which comes packaged with the s-pen) is unavailable, is it possible to create one by just buying the normal 9.7 Tab A and S-Pen separately, and just combining the 2 to create this version? Would that s-pen work on any Tab A, or does it need to be specially configured to work together?
- Answer The model with the S Pen is different hardware. The pen requires the specific digitizer in this tablet to work, the regular 9.7 model will not recognize the pen. This model also has 2GB of RAM while the regular 9.7 Tab A has 1.5 GB.
Questions-pen functiondoes the s-pen in tab A has the same function of recognizing the hand writing and converting it to text like samsung note ?
- Answer Yes, it works just like the note. I purchased this to replace my old note 10.1 and its been great. Everything works the same.
QuestionCan you add a micro sd card to increase power and storageif so, up to how many gigabytes can I add, and where to insert card with the Samsung Galaxy A 9.7" 16 GB wifi
- Answer On the Tab A, you can add a MicroSD card - I added 64GB, and it's wonderful. I'm not sure if it increases power at all, but it absolutely increases storage!
QuestionAble to take notes?I want to be able to take notes on the tab and need to know if resting my hand on the tab wil mess up writing with the S pen. I tried it on a Note phone and my hand could rest on the screen without ruining what I was writing. Will the same apply to this tablet?
- Answer This is the sole reason I bought this device. The palm rejection is EXCELLENT! No, it will not mess up your writing at all.
QuestionThe viewing size of characters in relation to screen sizeDo the larger screens have larger characters or is there just more of them?
- Answer Yes this has larger text and a bigger easier to use keyboard. I have problems with my fat fingers, with small keyboards. This one suits me fine.
QuestionA couple of questionsCan you tell me what is the advantage of the pen? At the store on the models it seemed primarily for use as a finger. Note taking did not seem easy. And next, will the microsoft apps connect withother brands of pc and laptop besides Samsung? And last, how easy is the 9.4 size to use for casual use in your lap? I'm used to a 7" model. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!
- Answer The s-pen is better than a finger or other stylus. It's thinner and in the s-notes program you can change the thickness and color of the pen. It also has other features when hovering above the screen, and when you depress the button on the side a menu of quick tasks opens up. Note taking is easy in the s-notes program and writing with the s-pen is useful in other programs like calendar, tasks, etc. S-notes converts writing to text pretty easily. There are a few quirks to it but it is very intuitive. The MS apps that are pre-loaded are read only, you have to pay to upgrade to write/edit functionality. They will work with other PC/Mac MS products but there may be some inconsistencies across platforms. The 9.7 vs 7 inch screen is a personal choice but I purchased the 9.7 for going to college and I'm glad I did. It's perfect for taking notes, writing equations, and sketching.
QuestionReading e-books?Would this tablet work well for e-reading and watching movies, or would the Samsung Galaxy S be better in terms of speed and quality?
- Answer E-reading, absolutely most any tablet will do for that for sure. Watching movies is no problem for this tablet either. HOWEVER, if you're looking for a viewing experience much like you would expect from a nice Samsung HDTV This is NOT that tablet. Two reasons, the aspect ratio of this tablet is 4:3 much like an old Tube TV while all televisions made today are HD 16:9 ratio. Second the screen resolution on this tablet, tho fine for casual watching, an avid movie watcher may see this as sub par. so, If you're looking for a good tablet for reading and productivity I would recommend this tablet. The aspect ratio is more true to paper and with Office mobile Preloaded this guy shines. If youre looking to have a mini HDTV in your hands go for the Tab S. Its lightweight, power packed, and the display is INCREDIBLE!
Questionhow similar is this tablet to samsung galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition ?i was about to buy samsung galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition , but this one is way cheaper ! how close is tab A to tab note 10.1 2014 ? will i miss lots of features if i get this one ? i was very interested in note taking , split screens and multitasking in note 10.1 , what about this one? Can i import pdf files to S note to write notes on them ? this is very imp to me as I am a medical student.
- Answer Pretty close in size. Main difference is screen resolution is better on the 10.1 hence why the lower price point. The Tab A is pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop while the Note 10.1 is on Android 4.4 KitKat and need to be updated to Android 5.0. That being said, the Tab A may get an update to Android 6 while the Note 10.1 more than likely won't. Seems to have the same S Pen functionality as the Note 10.1. Split screen is limited to certain apps just as they are in the Note 10.1, and same in terms of multitasking. Yes, you can import PDF files into S Note and write on them and export out to PDF after. Overall the only negative is the screen resolution for the Tab A, but other than that, has most of the same features you are looking for in the Note 10.1 at a lower price and still be upgradable.
- Answer Yes, the Samsung Galaxy tab does have an audio 3.5mm headphone jack.
QuestionWHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TABLET AND A LAP TOPWHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TABLE AND A LAP TOP
- Answer It's a little complicated to explain, but the simple answer is; that a laptop is very simliar to a PC while a tablet is simliar to a cell phone. A laptop can perform the basic functions of standatd PC but it cannot make phone calls or download apps like a cell phone...Hope this helps...
- Answer Bluetooth keyboard yes, I can't imagine why you would want to use a mouse on this tablet. It is a touchscreen.
Questionhow works office program in this tablet?In specification of this tablet says: office program....
- Answer The Tab A came with Microsoft Word and Excel already loaded onto it (I think it's the general Office suite, but I have only used Word and Excel). It works great! I also have Bluetooth keyboard, so that I can use the tablet like a notebook computer when I'm on business travel.
QuestionAmazon e bookscan you review and order books direct from amazon and download them to a tab a
- Answer Yes. Download the kindle app on the tablet. Log in to Amazon.com and buy a kindle edition book. Send it to "your kindle" not a specific device. This saves it in the kindle cloud. From there open the kindle app, login, go to your cloud, and download the desired book from the cloud.
QuestionWhat is the difference besides size with Samsung tab 4 and this Tab A 9.7? Im debating which to get for my parents, 2 tab 4's or (1) 9.7 tab...
- Answer Not much difference in the two, but the Tab 4 is older and the Tab A is newer and will be able to be updated much more further than what the Tab 4 will be. Out of the box the Tab 4's will need to be updated from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop and may not be updated further than that. With the Lollipop update the available storage space is reduced on the already limited 8GB internal storage. The Tab A out of the box comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop so it doesn't need to be updated yet (not until the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for it comes out). So getting 2 older Tab 4's (that is already limited)) or a newer Tab A (which should see more longevity) seems to be an easy decision.