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Samsung - Galaxy Tab A - 10.1" - 16GB - Black

Model: SM-T580NZKAXARSKU: 5364800

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 6276 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet for college

    Posted
    christiang246

    Ever since the beginning of the Samsung franchise I have bought various of their products, ranging from phones to televisions. However, I have never purchased one of their highly rated and award-winning tablets. Various factors led me to purchasing the product of review, the Samsung Tab A. Three important factors were reviews, specs, and overall pricing of the product to be purchased. Overall rating and reviews was the top aspect that led to my purchase of the Samsung Tab A, since it took in account all final factors. Purchasing an item with a very low rating is no different than sticking your hand in fire and expecting not to get burned. The Samsung Tab A lacked in low ratings which led me to dig deeper in the specs and pricing of the product. Various reviews described the product as a “bang for your buck” and contained many great qualities that I was looking for in a tablet. Compared to other tablets I was considering, this tablet contained the most positive reviews and had very descriptive reviews as well. Since Samsung has a huge audience of customers, the reviews and ratings of Samsung tabs were plentiful. Not only was the rating an important factor in my purchase but the specs in the Samsung Tab A encouraged me even more. The Samsung Tab A has a high-resolution screen that will make you fall in love with your tablet. The high-resolution screen is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing specs. The fast processor beat out all my other electronics, encouraging me to use it above all the others when in a rush. The octa core processor was very responsive and the 16 GB was just as helpful. Many of the other tablets I was considering while shopping around contained only half of what the Samsung Tab A had to offer. The least of my worries was the camera quality, which like any other tablet, is not the high definition quality you would get from a smartphone. All these specs would be meaningless if the battery life was horrible, but surprisingly the 7300-milliamp battery would last days with moderate use. Are all these quality specs worth the price? The overall pricing of the Samsung Tab A compared to other tablets is exceptional and unbeatable. Specs and the way the tablet functions with moderate to heavy use makes you ask yourself, “Did Samsung underprice this phenomenal tablet?”. Many other tablets with lower quality specs were priced equally or sometimes higher than the Tab A. Obviously, if you want a professional tablet you need to pay a hefty price. Since I am a current college student, my wallet played a heavy role in my tablet choices. If you are lucky enough you could buy the Samsung Tab A with a special discount or in a bundle. The competitor of the Samsung Tab A is the S2, which in my opinion is a bit pricey for the quality it has to offer compared to the Tab A. My final thought on the pricing is you will not find another tablet out in the market that will be worth the amount paid. In conclusion, if you are someone looking for a tablet and have similar decisive factors this tablet will blow your mind. Specs on the Samsung Tab A are high-quality and the fast speed will surprise you. The specs and pricing led to the various positive reviews given by customers and tablet critiques. Overall reviews, specs, and pricing are phenomenal and will go unbeat unless something comes out after this review is posted. I give this product a 5/5 and recommend it to all college students looking for a bang for their buck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Blessings Are Counted

    Posted
    Heartman
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    So far I'm really not that excited about using the tablet. While it has many features and should be usable by anyone who uses a computer there are some things that anyone using it really needs to know. --A few major flaws this thing has is the Internal storage (capacity, system, default settings, default installed applications) I know it sounds odd putting it this way but stay with me here. When transferring files you may or may not have issues with this device connecting to something else (in my attempts it was windows 8.1). For the first attempt it worked fine. For latter attempts I would randomly get hang ups where the Tablet and computer didn't want to work together. I would trouble shoot this by disabling, and re-enable the transferring and it would sometimes fix the issue. Another time I'd have to disconnect them both and restart to get it to function properly. Next default apps, Samsung has a LOT of default apps that you can NOT uninstall, and these apps can not be transferred to an external memory card (MICRO SD). This also means while it might start with16 gb of space your only getting about 6-9 gigs worth of original space that is not managed well and that is space not already used by default junk. I have had constant issues trying to keep it clean and usable. This takes me to my next issue when trying to get everything shifted to SD cards. In order to do this you have to use an app manager, then click on one of the apps to see where it is stored (and see if it can be moved). IF it can be moved then you have to click on the location it is stored, then on another screen to tell it to be moved, then you have to back out of those screens to click on the next app and try again. (WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?!? KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!) EXTERNAL Memory issues- So part of saving internal memory space is the ability to send a lot of data to micro SD card. IF there is the option of making this the default location I have yet to find it. AND I don't think the tablet actually transfers the whole app to the SD card. This means while you might have 100 gb space in your SD card your internal memory will get chewed up and there is nothing you can do about it. I'm also not a big fan of the way the tablet transfers data or files. While it does work it is not what I'd call smooth in regards to function and form. I'm currently under the impression that companies are in such a hurry to put out the Next big sale, they are making products worse and worse. Leaving out better functioning, better programs, and longer lasting products. They are still stuck in the age of disposable consumerism that started with the baby boom. This Tablet also has a built in magnetic setting that shuts off the screen when you flip the case around and try to hold it like a tray. I hate that feature because I can't seem to change it. And I like to hold the tablet on something solid and work on it that way. But when it puts the tablet into an automatic sleep mode till I move the magnetic case it just feels like another bell or whistle that they never stopped to ask "does this item really need this function?". So some good things about this tablet A /with out pen. The screen resolution is really good and the brightness on the screen is so bright I constantly keep it on a very minimal setting and can still see the screen. The battery life is fantastic and can out live my computer. The speed is good and apps, and web pages can load quickly and comparable to a laptop or desktop. I really enjoy watching movies, or using the sound boards to create ambient music for running games. I can also have a few screens open on the back ground and shift between them but I have not found a case where the split screen was useful. I like having the whole 10 inch screen open.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeds Expectations

    Posted
    DonPhoenix
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    I was initially disappointed and hesitated to purchase the 2016 model of this tablet because I was hoping for the same or better screen resolution and quality, same or better processor, and as much internal memory as either of the 2015 S2 models. Some of the tech reviews were critical for this reason. But I wanted the same screen dimensions as my S7 cell phone, but with a bigger screen in a wi-fi device, so that I can get the most viewing ease out of android applications and videos that have a fixed dimension for use on cell phones (e.g. Periscope) without the wasted screen space as black bars. The S2's vertical orientation, as compared to the horizontal orientation of older tablet models, also doesn't make as much sense to me. I carefully compared applications and images on this model with the identical same on the S2 side-by-side in the store. There was no perceptible difference in performance despite the differences in processors. If anything, pictures seemed to load faster on the Tab "A," Both have the latest Android OS. The "A" had a brighter screen and the S2 model had slightly more rich color saturation and crispness. Emphasis on the word "slightly." I could not detect the very slight difference in screen resolution on identical sample pictures. When I got it home and loaded all of my own apps, I was totally impressed with the excellent screen resolution, color and richness of detail in the display of my videos and pictures. I was also initially concerned about the limited 16GB internal memory, as the OS and apps left just 7 GB of space for data. However fast micro SD cards are so much less expensive now that it's easy and typically more cost-effective to use them than to buy a device with more internal memory. You can add up to a whopping 200 GB of additional storage in a micro SD card (works great in my cell phone) - making this a non-issue for me. Samsung's S2 tablet has one of the best screens that you can buy and the Tab "A" display also seems much better than most of the competition to me. While this newer item is not discounted like some of the older and more expensive S2 models (newer S2s available later in the summer will not have the same discount), given the display dimensions I wanted and the almost imperceptible difference in performance, it seemed to be a much better value at this time to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Meets Expectations. Has a Few Design Flaws.

    Posted
    Mark
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    I bought this tablet to replace a 4-1/2 year old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that was becoming very slow. The newer Samsung tablet is faster (as should be expected), and the newer Android software has some cool features, like the ability to view multiple windows at once. There a few new usability annoyances, however: (1) The three "buttons" at one end of the tablet are not illuminated, so you have to remember where they are in order to operate them in the dark. (2) The buttons are too easy to activate inadvertently, particularly when using the tablet in landscape mode, because they are in the location where a user would naturally grip the tablet. (The buttons are closer to the edge than they were on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.) This is annoying because when actuated the buttons throw you out of whatever task you are doing at the time. (3) The two built in speakers are both at one end of the tablet, which is not conducive to watching videos or playing games in landscape mode, because all of the sound is on one side. My old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 had one speaker at each end. (4) When used in the landscape orientation (which is the primary orientation where sound is important), the volume rocker switch works backwards. Pressing the left side of the rocker increases volume, and moves the volume indicator in the notification pop-up to the right. Pressing the right side of the rocker decreases volume, and moves the volume indicator to the left. This is opposite from how my old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 worked. (5) The tablet sometimes asks me to enter my password in order to turn it off! I haven't been able to figure out yet why it does that. Usually consumer products become more user friendly with successive models, as the designers and engineers learn from past mistakes. Strangely, with Samsung tablets this trend sometimes seems to go in the opposite direction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tablet Sweep Spot for Display and Battery Life!!!

    Posted
    Sukihock
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    I'm giving this five stars because first and foremost it deserves it. Secondly, folks have issues initially and instead of getting it resolved first they post low ratings. I'm not a paid spokesperson for Samsung but I just think this is simply unfair. Anyway, I'm a tablet fan and I previously owned the Tab E. The biggest thing I didn't like about the Tab E was screen resolution. I like to read a lot on tablets and after a while I would begin to experience noticeable eye strain. So I decided I would budget more towards a 10 inch tablet. What then became frustrating was the total lack of full HD tablets in this size at the price point I was looking to spend. Just when I was about to give up and wait for the next batch of tablets to come out I stumbled upon this newly released Tab A 10.1. This is already going too long! Let me just say it checks off all my boxes for what I use a tablet for. 1). Full HD display. 2). Bluetooth 4.1. 3). 7,300 mAh battery. 4. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. What I've constantly read about regarding the Tab S2 series with the Amoled displays has been poor battery performance. This is why for me this hits a sweet spot by giving you just standard full HD paired with Android 6.0.1 marshmallow and the 7,300 mAh battery. I picked this up from Best Buy on Saturday afternoon, 7/23. After charging it fully from 63%, before turning it on, I've been on social media, have watched some YouTube videos and have done a boat load of browsing using Samsung's internet browser (great, fast browser). Well I'm writing this at about 11:00 AM EST on 7/25 and the device still has 30% battery life. Sorry for the long review!! But as you can tell I really like this tablet!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    Jeff
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bought this tablet 2 weeks ago and was hesitant to buy but i am glad i took the plunge as it was on sale when i bought it and 2 days it went on another sale and i got the difference with no hassle!! Now my first impressions when i took it out of the package was its very solid feeling and looked great and when i booted it up and logged in i was very surprised it did a immediate update to android 7.0 and it did it very fast :) . The screen is phenomenal with the 1920x1200 pixels and the colors are so clear pleasant and robust the touch screen is very responsive and has no lag or weird miss touch kinda feel or repeated taps to get something to launch .. The battery is amazing i have never owned any tablet that has the battery life this has and it lasts 3 days on normal usage and the charging wasnt too long it took about 3 hours shut off that is but if you keep using it while charging may take 4 to 5 hours FYI.. I bought a brand new micro sd card cause mine was very old and this took a Sandisk 32gb micro sd card with no issues and transfer files is very fast but FYI shut off the tablet to install card.. The software in this tablet was not overly bloated and i think this comes with 6 months of webroot antivirus but i had my own for devices so it was not needed . The speakers are not too bad and i figured they would suck but im happy with it now the button placement and the charge port and headphone jack are good and i was really surprised to see it had a flash on this for taking photos or using it as a flashlight :) I am very happy with this so far and now i will find out how good it is for longevity !! I DO RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Deal Before the Winter Holiday Season

    Posted
    John
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    The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a wonderful tablet, but it just isn't as good as the Tab S in every way. Here's what I like about it: It has an octa-core 1.6-gigahertz processor and a full HD screen (1920 X 1080 or 1200). I think it will be really good to use for school papers because of the large screen when using the Android version of Microsoft Word (downloaded from the Google Play Store). Because it has a more recent version of the Android operating system than many tablets, you can adjust the colors of the screen in the settings application. While it is not an extremely fast tablet, it is pretty good for doing a lot of things. Based on what I see from my export options, I am able to use the (paid) PowerDirector video editing application for Android from the Google Play Store and export video at 1080p, 60 frames per second. I feel I would not be able to export at this quality with the same video editing application using a device with a lower-quality processor. Unfortunately, it will not export at 4K quality with that paid PowerDirector application like a higher-quality device will, so this shows you that you are getting a mid-range device. How much power do you need? This is a great deal on sale! This does not lag on YouTube videos. If you are not used to a big, heavy device like this, be careful, because it can slip out of your hands. I don't want mine to get damaged. Even now I am trying to get used to its size, weight, and tendency to slip or fall around easily. I wish it had 32 GB of ROM, but 16 GB will have to do, and I will use other devices for some of my applications, splitting up the duty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tablet

    Posted
    JMark235
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    I have been using this tablet daily for about a week and highly recommend this tablet for any purpose. It has an excellent HD screen (1080P vs the 720P found on cheaper tablets), excellent battery life (about 25% more than most competitive tablets), appears to have good build quality, is very fast and has a minimum of manufacturer loaded junk apps. Everything works as it should. Although I'm an iPhone user I much prefer Android tablets rather than iPads because the Androids are a better value and a must have feature for me is screen cast or screen mirroring to a SmartTV which you can't do on an iPad (this function is very limited on an iPad, requires Apple TV and only a few apps will work). This tablet has Android 6 which I like much better than the 4.4 Kit Kat on my current tablet or Android 5 which I have limited experience with. The Samsung has a physical home button and the 'recent' and 'back' buttons are always in the same place on the screen so if you are using the tablet in portrait mode the controls are on the bottom but in landscape the buttons are on the right side. Also, when all of the controls are soft controls as on my previous tablet they are usually lighted (always backlit?) which makes them easier to use. In the dark when watching a video it can be a little difficult to hit the back or recent buttons. However, the button situation is minor and you can get used to it. Especially as I was able to get the tablet for $240 using the Best Buy price match offer I think that this was an excellent buy. Don't be led astray by a cheaper tablet which has a lower definition screen, slower processor and/or less internal RAM (different from storage).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice Tablet but lacking storage.

    Posted
    ChillyOne
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    The tablet is light, speedy and the screen looks pretty. The Samsung interface that they bolted on top of android is both eye pleasing and annoying all at the same time. If you're not going to be doing a lot with this tablet, then this is the right thing for you. If you're hoping to install lots of apps, then get the one with more storage or a different model. Why? Out of box, the tablet is already half-full. Annnnd... The SD card expansion is useless for anything but storing data files. Even though this version of Android can support turning the SDCard into an extension of the internal storage, Samsung has crippled this ability. I assume it's to charge us another $50-100 for the 16GB memory chip that costs them less than $10. So, while you CAN technically move apps to the SDCard, they will be shifted back to internal storage by Android as soon as they're updated, meaning at every update cycle, you get to go through your apps and re-move them to the SDCard. Every stinking time. So, while the hardware is nice and works well, it is hobbled by an almost crippling lack of storage, unless all you do is browse and use just a few apps. To be honest, I knew going in it was short on storage, but I thought I could make up for it with an SDCard. I didn't know going in that Samsung had hamstrung the SDCard capability. Live and learn I guess.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Replaced the Lenovo tablet

    Posted
    EllipticalGuy

    I seldom review so soon (purchased yesterday). I am going to start off with the bad, the factory default is 30 seconds of no movement detected. It made going through setup a very miserable experience. I don't think it is Samsung who did this to me, it was some bureaucrat moron who forced these ridiculous power saving time-outs to be made as factory default. Once I had turned the tablet on for the 30th time, I had finally jumped through enough hoops to finally have access to the power settings. I went to the Max: 30 minutes (no option for NEVER). And then found another annoyance, the screen would dim (you guessed it) in 30 seconds. I turned off "Auto Adjust Lighting" and it magically went away. Now for the good stuff. This tablet will live for only one purpose, to sync my elliptical workouts with "Live Workout" with Ifit. The screen resolution was fantastic. The Wifi card inside the tablet is excellent (the Lenovo tablet, hated my duel band 2.4/5 G network). Hence, the little boy next door is now it's proud owner. This tablet does not have GPS, but since it is mounted on a stationary object, who cares. I like the buttons on the bottom, big improvement ... touch screen is very responsive as well. This tablet is fast. I thought it was normal for the "Live Workout" to lag the workout on the elliptical display ... guess what, not any more. The time to fully charge the tablet was around 5 hours and I was able to turn it on, while charging it. OK, time will tell.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Recall Samsung Tab A 10.1

    Posted
    Msopinon

    Why is this product not recalled there are many complaints with this model. Best buy is getting a bad name for continuing to sell these things. I got mine in Feb 2017 and by June of 2017 the thing would not come on. I went back to the same best buy that it was purchased at and was told without a receipt they could not help. It was a gift from my cousin who lives in a different state so there is no way she can come to prove the purchase with her credit card. My question is if they know they will not help without a receipt why is this not provided for every tablet bought. when we bought these dam things the cashier gave out one receipt. It is important for all tabs to get a receipt since they will not help without it right. I just can't believe that knowing that the defective device was purchased less than 6 months prior, that best buy has no solution for this. Disgraceful for a billion dollar company I will never purchase anything from this company again Best buy nor Samsung. Both companies know that there is a problem but refuse to do anything about it. I can't believe the reviews here on this site because if you search Samsung complaints on the Tab A you will find many people having the same issue with this defective device. Best buy should really do something about this since they are selling something they know will not work within 6 months to a year if it makes it the entire year.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MsSamsung

      Hello Msopinon, we understand your frustration with this tablet. If you are still having issues, please feel free to fill out this form and our Social Media department would be more than happy to assist you. http://smsn.us/SamsungSupportUSA ^Michelle MsSamsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best tablet for the money hands down.

    Posted
    Tomh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I purchased this to replace my trusted surface pro 3 which I dropped from a height of 4" which cracked the screen only to find out it costs $400 to repair. I figured that since 99% of what I did with the surface could be done with an android tablet, I would purchase an android tablet. In searching for the right tablet, there where several options. I prefer the Samsung tablets and as far as they go there are 4 options in the 10" category. There is the tab A and tab S2 both with last year's and this year's models. Last year, the Tab A was the budget version of the S2 with a less powerfully chip and lower resolution. This year's Tab A (the 10.1), has the same chip as the s2 with the same resolution as last year's s2. The speed on this tablet is perfect and I can honestly say, I can't imagine needing anything more for the types of things I use my tablet for (email, surfing, playing games). That's quite a bit comming fom someone used to a surface pro 3. Oh, another thing is that I use this tablet all the time and only have to charge it every 3 or 4 days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best so far.

    Posted
    DaveT1081

    OK, this is my 3rd tablet, having gone the way of a small, cheap store brand, then a small cheaper Samsung. All those were garbage in speed and processor capacity, too easily bogged down, locking up, and needing rebooting frequently during a single session. Like child's toys, really. Glad I spent the extra money a year ago on this proper tablet. Octa-core processor makes a HUGE difference and I can now power through all manner of streaming video, YouTube, Hulu, browser with lots of tabs open, Google maps/Earth, street view, 6 email accounts etc. It's my home-theater companion at my side to consult the IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Ebert or other websites as I watch television and movies. I take it on plane trips with movies, shows, and music and multiple 32 or 64GB SD cards (cheap & easily interchangeable thru side slot) and everything works perfectly, though I do reboot about once a week just to clear the cache and ensure smooth running. Beautiful BRIGHT full HD display, and great like-new battery life even after recharging 3X a week for over a year. Says it comes with Android Marshmallow, but mine auto upgraded to Nougat when I initially set it up. No more cheap tablets for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Tablet - One Great Buy - No Regrets

    Posted
    voshekhinah
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    I found the Samsung Tab A by chance after returning a Kindle. This tablet is quick, no problems connecting to Wifi, Bluetooth, Wifi Printing, etc. 2 step processes in most cases, I click the button the tablet does the rest. O my, what a beautiful screen, one reason I chose this tablet opposed to viewing the others. 1920*1200 ICD is more than what I would get in Ipad mini. I was looking for a tablet causing less strain on my eye because I read a lot. This Tablet is the answer, I rarely have to use my reading glasses, no glare and the backlighting works great for me. Haven't tried the nightlight yet, no need really, No more tired eyes. I knew I had made the right choice. I bought a small Bluetooth keyboard, one I could carry in my purse, to assist me, as I type a lot on either my laptop or desktop. With the use of the keyboard, I really have become accustomed to using this Galaxy Tab A just as much now as I do the other devices. This is not a tablet that sit on the shelf or to use occasionally, I carry everywhere, especially when I am teaching......so convenient, so smart, so quick, so smooth, Word, Excell, Pdf, all work well so I am well pleased with my purchase. I have had the Tablet for about 1 month and found the 7300mAh battery life to be amazing...haven't tried the camera yet, because I am busy reading, typing, emailing, browsing, etc with this great tablet. Fonts crystal clear, I am glad I purchased this device. This one is a Winner!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Tab A Needs Improvement

    Posted
    Bam1

    I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab A as replacement for my aging Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. I loved my old Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, but it was finally dieing and I had to put it to rest. Unfortunately I made a bad decision buying this Tablet. Here are the Pros and Cons. Pros: 1. Good Screen Image 2. Long Battery Life and Fast Recharge 3. Fast Processor 4. Easy to Use Cons: 1. Slippery Case (Hard to Hold) > (Dropped it One Time Within a Week) 2. Bad Control Button Plasement (Vertical Design) > (Plasement Should be for Landscape Use) 3. Speakers Placement (Speakers Vertical Use) > (Placement Should be for Landscape Use) 4. Sound Quality Could be Improved > (More Base) 5. Navigation Buttons Don't Light Up (Inconvenient for Low Light Use) 6. Tablet Gets Very HOT > (Charging wile Using Extremely HOT) > (Palms Get Red from Using) 7. Bloatware Takes Up Large Amount of 16gb Storage > (Wish That Tablet Manufacturers Would offer a Way of Uninstalling Unused Apps) 8. Can't Move Apps to SD Card to Free Up Internal Storage. 9. Only 2gbs Memory (Sometimes I had to Clean Memory When I Was Using It) > (Gets Unstable Using 2gbs Memory Should Have 3gbs)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Junk!! Junk!! Junk!!

    Posted
    JohnJohn
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" screen over a week ago. I had it only a day and a half. It randomly & unpredictably shut off on me 12 different times. I returned it to Best Buy to exchange it for a new one. All the Best Buy stores in my area were out of stock. So they ordered me one and I paid for it in the store and had it shipped to my house. No big deal. Well, the second one acted up doing the same thing. It kept randomly shutting off!! I checked all the basics; made sure the latest software update was installed, checked for malware, cleared the cache, etc. The final straw was yesterday (Sunday) I went to use it and it shut off 6 times in succession after turning it on. Then it "froze up" several times. I had to do a hard reset (holding down the power button and the volume down buttons at the same time for 7 seconds) to restart the tablet. Finally after restarting I got a message on the screen "unable to restart factory reset required." I finally said I'm done. I took it back to Best Buy today (Monday 3/27/2017.) I had the 1st tablet one day and a half. It shut off randomly 12 times. The 2nd tablet I had for 4 days and it shut off randomly over 25 times and "froze up" up 6 times, requiring a hard reset. My advice: BUYER BEWARE!!! I have usually had good luck with Samsung products in the past but this thing is GARBAGE!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mixed - Good for the money

    Posted
    Capshroud
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    There's a lot good about this tablet. It has a lot for the price such as a beautiful high-rez screen, a fast processor, really good battery life, and it comes with Android 6 Marshmallow (more about that). A minor irritation is that the hardware navigation buttons are not illuminated. In a low light situation, you have to just know where they are. The biggest weakness is that it only comes with 16 GB of internal memory. It does support SD cards up to 200 GB. However, I found that Samsung has chosen to NOT support adopted memory in their version of Marshmallow. This is true for all Sammy devices. This means you don't have the option of expanding that paltry 16 GB ... half of which is used by the system and Samsung's baked in apps and overlay. The bottom line is that this is a fine home or kid's tablet, but you shouldn't confuse it with a real working tablet. Perhaps they just didn't want to steal too much thunder from their $400-500 offerings. I'd almost give this 4 stars and would recommend it with the limitations mentioned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Tablet for the Basics

    Posted
    chemstory01
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    I got this tablet to replace my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 8.7 which was discontinued by Samsung. I have owned this tablet for 4 months now and I have to say that, the tablet works with no issues: the screen is bright and I like the blue light filter (images are not as sharp as the Tab Pro); and the camera works and the photo quality is okay. It can be sluggish at times if you are multitasking or heavily gaming. It does not have an IR blaster like the Tab Pro but most mobile devices have gotten rid of this feature. 16 GB of memory is not enough these days as apps tend to save directly on the device and there is a ton of bloatware (which is usual Samsung); I have had mixed results of adopting an SD card as internal memory from various devices that had Marshmallow and up, so I do not want to risk frying another SD card and losing all my data again. I have been able to update the tablet to Nougat which was a pleasant surprise coming from my experience with my previous Tab Pro; it is uncertain whether or not there will be future Android updates as Samsung tends to focus on their higher end products (or so I have learned from owning various Samsung devices). I highly recommend getting the version with the S-Pen or the Tab S3 if you plan on drawing and photo editing on the Tab A. If you are looking for something that simply streams YouTube and casual online surfing, this one does the job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great iPad Replacement

    Posted
    JGoral
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    I have now gone thru 3 iPads from the very beginning, and after the 3rd and looking at the cost, I decided to move to a Samsung Tab. While the iPad is more intuitive for a new user, in my case this provided more features, access to a great number of useful apps, does not require that everything go through iTunes, and with the removable storage and USB provides much more functionality. I opted for the Tab A 10.1 as it features a 16:9 display, ideal for watching movies. The added battery life helps as well. Image quality is great, and with built-in business apps, this tablet provides more functionality than an iPad for work and at a considerably lower cost. Note that the price of the high end Samsung Tab is the same as the lowest end iPad. Bottom line, this is a better value, especially for an experienced user. My only complaint is that since this is new, there are not a lot of covers available yet for this model. I found a conventional size, but with the adjustable corners to hold it in place. Other than that, I give this 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    NOT SO GREAT

    Posted
    SOCMAN

    My impressions of this tablet are as follows: Speed - not very good, my four year old Asus is faster...much faster WiFi Connection - the tablet dropped the connection continuously...urrgghh Style - The shape is a bit odd, very wide...short on the vertical - weird Build - Surprising heavy for size, well-built Screen - Nice enough - a bit fuzzy at times Operational Buttons - hard to see in darkened room - not lit Sound - weird placement, not so great, but what tablet really is? This unit is going back to Best Buy today. For $300.00, frankly, I expected to be somewhat pleased with performance, but this thing is sluggish and the dropping of the WiFi is a great distraction and a major pain if you are even a slightly impatient person. Not a single piece of my technology drops my high speed network signal - just this tablet. Anything good worth reporting? Not really. I think it's back to shopping for a new tablet. I wish that my Asus was not starting to get a bit whacky...that unit has been dependable for years. Perhaps it is time to bite the bullet and go with an iPad Air2 or even an iPad Pro. I am just tired of trying to locate a really decent tablet without breaking the piggy bank!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend