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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome tablet to replace laptop

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    Mike
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    I got this tablet as a (late) Christmas present. I hate my laptop that I have (keyboard sucks, and despite decent specs runs too slow for normal/light tasks). This tablet was bought to replace my laptop, and it works great. This tablet with a keyboard case replaces a laptop with no issues. It can play games with no issues (maybe nothing as serious as CoD or other console/PC games), but can play decent to good looking titles from the playstore no problem. With the pen, you don't need a mouse and is only a small adjustment to get used to using the pen instead. The writing/drawing is amazing, and that comes from someone who has horrible chicken scratch and can't hardly draw anything. It even has pretty good pressure sensitivity, and Samsung even spent the time to program in some light pencil and pen sounds that come through the speakers as you write/doodle. I use this for my notes during the day now, no longer carrying around pens/paper, this is clean and sleak for a nice professional look (have even used during recent interviews). Overall, this is a great tablet and I would highly recommend. It does come with a dismal 16 gigs of storage, which is mostly eaten up with OS and apps that can't go to SD card, so I highly recommend getting an SD card with it. I tried a SanDisk from Amazon, and it didn't work correctly in 2 of these tablets, and I ended up getting a Samsung 128gig class 10 card (80MB read and 20 write). That worked flawlessley, and with all the apps that can move stored on the card I still only have about 3-4 gigs free on the device storage. Hopefully some day Samsung/Microsoft/Google will allow their applications to move over to the SD card as well (or be removed), as those are taking up a good chunk of the storage. Overall, this is a great tablet for a wordprocessor/internet/arcade game machine. It even supports split screen on the apps (snap, I will attach a screenshot where I have 4 applications open on the screen at one time), and I use it to remote into my laptop as a media hub and the remote desktop app on this 10.1 inch screen is great! Very happy with the purchase, and with the support of Best Buy. All in all, with the keyboard case, tablet, SD card, and screenprotector, I am probably only about $400 tops (including tax) into the device, and you won't find a new 8-core laptop or PC for that price. You might be able to get one used, or try to build a low-spec desktop, but for the mobility of the tablet, 8-cores for the processor and the performance of this device, I haven't seen any laptop on the market that would compete with that price point. I got this on sale for $100 off, so no laptop is going to beat a $266 price point and be worth anything. Case-in-point, I got a 1 day return open-box Toshiba at home with 4-6 gigs of ram and a quad core processor clocked at 2.3 ghz, and bought this tablet to replace it. 2-3 years ago, that open box laptop still cost about $250-$300, and it doesn't hold a candle to this tablet, and is MUCH heavier and less mobile. Also the battery life on this tablet is 2-3 times as long as I typically get on any laptop. I allow the tablet to adjust brightness as needed, and play apps/games on it, get on the internet, and watch videos for a good portion of days on the weekend, and this tablet still typically still lasts about 2-2.5 days with that usage. Most laptops I've tried with that level of usage or less, with the screen completely dim, still only get me about 6-10 hours best, maybe upwards of 12 if you shut off the NIC, but at best I've never seen anywhere close to 1 day let alone 2.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very useful for my needs

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    Buffy
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    Be warned, this is a long review, but I'm trying to be specific. This tablet is not going to replace a laptop, but it has done exactly what I wanted it to do. I teach literature and writing, and I was excited by the s-pen feature on this tablet. The pen allows the TAB A to be for me, a cheaper compromise than buying a new laptop with Microsoft Ink or a compatible pen-interface. It's also extremely portable, light, and has a long-lasting battery. The android system is capable of running an app for the learning module my university uses, which means that I can grade papers and assignments with the tablet using the s-pen. This functionally allows me to have electronic submissions and yet grade the old-fashioned way, with pen in hand, which is MUCH MUCH faster for me than grading through the learning system on a computer. Doing that requires constant back and forth from a mouse or trackpad and the keyboard. I can do everything with the s-pen, including write comments that are then converted to text whenever the samsung touch keyboard would otherwise pop up on the screen. I can also use similar features in Microsoft Word's app, which the tablet can run and in which, by signing up with MS, you can access "pen" functions and drawing capabilities. It doesn't seem to have the same inkspace capabilities that the new MS Ink-compatible laptops have, but it has so far proved a great tool for commenting and editing on work as well. If you pay MS for a 365 subscription, or fully install one from your work or school, you can probably access a greater suite of compatible products. What has really impressed me is how well the pen works, and how good the samsung keyboard is at converting writing to text. I have terrible handwriting, but I am able to use the interface relatively easily. I can compose an email in longhand, and it will be easily converted to text. I also really like the note spaces available, which means I can sit in a meeting or at a talk and take notes in longhand on the tablet and save them, eliminating having to carry the laptop to meetings or talks, and allowing me to have organized electronic note files. Limitations: There are limitations, the first of which is that this is only built with 16GB of onboard memory. That is really really too bad. The expandable memory is huge, and SD cards are now pretty cheap, so it's workable, but 32 GB or 64GB would make this thing an i-pad killer, in my opinion. To get the apple pencil, you need an I pad pro, and you have to spend about 3x what this gadget costs. Since i got this on a great sale, it's even more crazy to me. Another limitation is the chip, which is ok, but not the speediest thing in the world. A surface or an I-pad is going to run faster and probably be able to do more complicated things or hold open more web windows. Finally, Android. Android can make me a little crazy, because it's just a mess. There is a settings menu that allows you to see the file organization on here easily, but I still have trouble making sure things are actually saving where I want them and finding things that I save. I don't know if this is just because I'm too used to real operating systems, but I don't find android efficient or navigable, and it's harder to search for files that are missing. "Saving" is also mysterious in certain apps, and I don't feel like I have control over my content in the way I do on a real operating system. That said, as a supplement and a tool, this thing is perfect. I haven't been watching video on it, because I didn't get it for that, but it has a beautiful screen and is nice and thin. We have a kindle fire, and this thing is bigger and nicer. The kindle does other great things, and is a wonderful tool in its own way, but it can't do what the TAB can do. The camera also works well, and with a few drawing apps I've been able to do some art projects that would have been a total pain on a standard computer. I should also be able to cast from this device to my TV, but I haven't even tried that yet so I can't say how well it works. To be clear, I would not have bought this if it didn't have the pen. The pen is absolutely what I wanted, and this tool gives me the capability I wanted at the best price. I may eventually upgrade to a new MS laptop with the compatible Inkspace and pen, but the Tab A has made me very happy and saved me a lot of time already.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A GREAT SUBSTITUTE FOR THE NOTE TAB

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    WickedWitch
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    I've been using the 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet since it was released (I also had the original Note 10.1 tablet.). I absolutely love this tab. Unfortunately it can no longer be updated. It's gone as far as it can go. So I waited for the release of a newer version. Obviously, nothing happened. When I saw this A tablet, I figured it could be a good substitute for the Note since it has the one item that separates the Note from all other tablets.... the S Pen. I wouldn't think of buying a tab without it. I read everything I could find about this new tablet. I did a comparison of both tabs, the Note & A. The only thing I had trouble finding info on was the features of the new S Pen. Did it do more than the original? This was important. I read tons of reviews without any mention of the Pen. Why spend the extra money if you weren't interested in the Pen? Even Samsung's site made no mention of the uses. I decided to buy one anyway since I wanted the latest OS and more speed. Well I'm very glad I did. Even though the A doesn't have the same screen quality as the Note, it still has great clarity. You get amazing colors & details when watching videos and playing games. And the 10" screen is just right for watching whatever while it sits on your lap. It runs extremely fast, especially if you have high speed Internet which I have. Searching is awesome! It's instantaneous. Storage capacity is only 16GB, but you can install a MicroSD card up to 256GB. And only 3 gigs of ram, but I've opened many tabs at once without any problems. You can open 2 apps side-by-side. Even though this isn't a new feature, more apps are available. I do miss the side panel that's on the Note. It seems easier to get to other apps from there. The S Pen is my favorite feature. One new thing It does is translations. I was reading a review written in French. I touched the Translate option and, voila! It immediately went to English after choosing the language. I've done many things with the S Pen which is why I love these devices. I've 'clipped' articles and then emailed or added them to my scrapbook. I've played games in newspapers writing answers on the screen. I've copied complete articles that are on different pages and shared or printed them. There is so much you can do with the S Pen. I did have to get used to the home, back & open apps buttons being on the side (I use tab in landscape mode) instead of the bottom. I thought I wouldn't like this, but I actually like it better since the tablet is usually on my lap. Now these buttons are on the side making them more accessible. Also I found that the open apps button is no longer used as a Menu key which I've been accustomed to. But the best thing about this tablet is its battery. I live on my tablet for most of the day & night. So it takes me through this time and partially through the next morning without having to charge it. Its battery saving ability is awesome! And this is without putting it in either powersaving mode while using it. I do put it in ultra powersaving mode when I'm done with it for the day. It uses little to no juice while in sleep or powersaving mode. I've never had any device run for a day without charging. I was dumbfounded when I realized how long this tablet lasted me. All-in-all, the Tab A 10.1 is a great device. I also bought one without the S Pen for my husband since he's not into using a stylus. It does take some getting used to with a couple of features that are different. But I would totally recommend either one if you're looking for a new, user friendly, inexpensive tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 ROCKS!!

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    Amann
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    I've been in Information Technology for over 35 years, so did quite a bit of research before purchasing this. Also demo'd in-store before the purchase. My conclusion up front is that this product ROCKS!! I have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone which has the same Android OS version as this Tab ("Marshmallow"), so that makes them similar in function and able to "play well" together. One thing I love about the Androids vs. "iThings" is that they function much like a Windows PC and don't require special software (e.g., iTunes) in order to transfer files, etc. This Tab accepts a micro-SD card up to 256Gb, which gives it nearly the storage capability of a laptop computer! Not only can you store office-type documents, music, audio recordings, pictures, etc. ... but you can configure most of the apps to automatically store their data on the SD card also. This more than offsets the LIMITED 16Gb internal memory. ONE IMPORTANT CAUTION HOWEVER: I initially purchased a SanDisk Micro SC card (one of their top models -- an "Ultra PLUS"). After much trial and consternation, I found that it was NOT COMPATIBLE with this particular Galaxy model. Although I use SanDisk cards almost exclusively in my pro cameras and other applications (they're tops on the market), I was disappointed to find that this particular card didn't work in the Tab A. SO ... I returned the SanDisk card and installed a Samsung EVO micro SD card and it worked perfectly! MORAL: purchase Samsung add-on card for this device and you'll live happily ever after! After getting through the aforementioned challenge, I am totally in love with my Galaxy Tab and would HIGHLY recommend it to others! ONE ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL NOTE: Besides other obvious uses, I utilize this Tab a lot for playing music. I'm a picky audiophile and wanted to get out of it all that it would produce. Again, after much research, I ended up with PowerAmp Pro music player app coupled with the Sennheiser PX 100-II portable headphones. WOW! This baby has an awesome sound processor, and coupled with the aforementioned app & phones, rivals the sound of my 1000w home audiophile system coupled with headphones costing 10 times as much. Just sayin ...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but ...

    Posted
    Mouse
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    I got the Tab A with S-Pen to replace my Note 10.1 that I have had since Nov 2012. The old one decided to die on me after 5 years of faithful service. I have had the Tab A for just over a month. In general, I like it, but it does have some cons. Some of the cons are moving from Android 4.2, but others are the Tab A. First initial setup. I got the Tab A while traveling for Christmas, so I was in a hotel room on New Years Day when I was doing the initial setup. 1. The charging cord is way to short. I had to use an extension cord on the charger to be able to sit on the bed to use it. 2. Setup would hang testing the internet connection. Since the hotel required you to signon, and setup just assumed it was on an open network. I finally connected it to my travelling puck and it finished setup. 3. I was presently surprised how much of my former environment was automatically restored to the new tablet. However, once all the Apps were installed, available storage was under 2 gig. Such bloat ware, and you can’t delete it. Strangely, after about 2-3 weeks, I noticed the available storage jumped up to about 6 gig. I could not find anything missing or changed. I assume some App update shrank the size of some App to a more reasonable size. 4. To hold it in portrait mode, while the charging cord is connected, the buttons are on the bottom. Sitting on my chest, they get buried in my sweater. 5. The s-pen that comes with the Tab-A is very slim and takes a while to get used to. I found I could use the S-Pen from the old 2012 Note 10.1 which my fingers were used to, but I had to keep it in my pocket when not in use. Of coarse after a month I have managed to lose both my old S-Pens. (I also found I had to tweak the settings to let me use another S-Pen while the original was in its slot). 6. Every time Google tries to open something in Chrome, you get a 20-30 second hang followed by a popup saying Chrome is not responding. About the time the popup arrives everything frees up. Google / Chrome / Tablet? 7. I used the 64gig microSD card from the old Note 10.1 with no problems for a month. Now the Tab A says it’s corrupted. Windows Laptop reads it fine, and a Tab 7.0 has no problem with it. Searching online shows I’m not the only one with this problem. 8. I ordered the Official Samsung Hard Cover for the tablet. The bare tablet is too slippery to work with and the hard cover is not any better. I’m waiting on a MoKo Leather cover now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for students

    Posted
    LEOlovingstudent
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    Tablet works great and looks nice! I'm able to do everything I need to for school except watch lecture presentations for my online class because whatever plugin that's required is not supported. I wanted it mainly to be able to take notes on power point lectures during class. It is great for that, and I'm happy with that aspect. Downside and why I didn't give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐: While in the store, I asked if there was one on display that I could try out (an open box special is what drew my attention to this product). There was. But, it was only the tablet; not the S pen which is the component I was most interested in. So, I asked if there was an S pen on display with another product. There was. I loved it! Perfect size, shape, performance. EXACTLY what I was looking for. Instead of the open box special, I opted to just buy a brand new one. I was SO excited to try it out that I opened it up in the car on the way home. Open the box ✔. Find the tablet ✔. Find S pen ❎. Remove all packaging to find S pen ❎. WHAT??! WHERE IS MY S PEN??? Come to find out, it slides into the corner of the tablet. It is NOT the same pen I was shown in the store. It is TEENY TINY, has almost NO weight to it, and my wrist hurts after using it for an entire class. What's worse? The S pen I tried out in the store won't work with this tablet, so I can't just buy that one and use it! This very uncomfortable pen that comes with the tablet is the only one that will work. So, if your hands are bigger than a toddler's and you expect to use the pen for more than a couple minutes at a time, get something else. Sidenote: in addition to the product review, I'd like to add a comment for the Best Buy supervisors. It would be FANTASTIC if your salespeople knew enough about the products in your store to properly inform the people who are there to spend hundreds of dollars. For instance, when I asked if there was an S pen I could try out, I would have expected that salesman to tell me that it was NOT the same one that comes with the product I was interested in buying. I HAD THE PRODUCT IN A BOX IN MY HAND. It was obvious I was serious about the purchase. Very disappointing!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Huge Disappointment; Downgrade beyond 2014

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    noc215
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    So I bought a Note Pro 12.2 back in 2014. It was incredibly smooth, sharp screen display, and it was near perfect: No AMOLED display, and my Note 4 phone had slight more S Pen features (OCR, extracting text out of clipped images, etc). My intent was to be able to clip things out of textbooks and work word problems (engineering), and I ended up returning that tablet for missing that ONE feature that my phone could do. Everyone warned that Samsung doesn't support old products, you get what you buy... so I took their word for it. Fast forward to late 2016: Samsung has not released any new Note Pro models. The Note 7 suffered a premature death. To apologize to the public for its massive let-down of s-pen fans, it decided to release this Galaxy Tab A 10.1 w/ S-Pen to fill the void of making "gifs on the tablet." Whatever. What you need to know is that for all the S-Pen featured devices that Samsung ever released, this one does NOT have S-Note. You know, that handy note taking app that let you select the sheet type (e.g. ruled paper, grid paper, even use your own image and can make a blackboard), select your drawn shapes and refine geometry, convert math formulas, etc? Well, all of that is GONE. You get in place of all that a stripped-down "Samsung Notes" with just the ability to write on ruled paper. Yep, that's all you get. Can't do any of what you used to do. No, you cannot download S Note. Keep in mind that 16 gb really means 11 gb, as Android has moved towards a dumber design that's supposed to be more efficient for the OS and does not allow for a majority of apps available on the google play store to be moved to your microSD. Expand that memory all you want, but all you can use it for is your own music and videos, etc. Not a lot of apps can go on the SD, and often when you restart the device, those apps take a long time to be accessible. This is a huge disappointment going into 2017 and I have officially lost faith in samsung.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent tablet for the price

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    HopeForHyrule

    I got this tablet as an early birthday present, and I've been waiting to post a review until I had a chance to really test it out and see what this thing could do. First, the negatives (because even the greatest piece of tech isn't perfect): 1. the charging cable is woefully short. But most people should have an extra USB cable, or five, lying around to help remedy this. 2. The fact that Samsung removed the best feature that started with Android Marshmallow: the ability to make an SD card into internal storage. This may not sound like a big deal, but when the device storage is only 16GB and you're left with about half of that and not all applications can be moved to the SD card, this can pose a problem. It hasn't for me yet, but still. And now for the flip side of the coin: the pros! 1. This tablet is crazy fast. You may worry because this model is almost two years old, but it holds up exceedingly well. I would definitely recommend the P580 model over the T580 because of the extra RAM. It definitely helps keep everything running smooth. 2. The display is beautiful, even though it isn't as great as some of the higher dollar tablets. I've read from others that the display washes out and is next to impossible to see if you're out in the sun. But for my purposes (writing, reading, and watching videos indoors), that is a moot point. 3. If you buy a case with a detachable keyboard, this thing is practically a mini laptop, and the included Microsoft Office programs really helps to set it apart (in my opinion). 4. The pen. I never would've thought I would use the S pen, but it really helps set this tablet apart. I use it to make notes and highlight important passages in ebooks I'm reading, etcetera. So in closing, my only real complaints about this tablet are the super short charging cable and Samsung removing the option to make the SD card internal storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Spiritual Charge for My Mom

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    RonD
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    I purchased two Galaxy Tablets, one for me and one for my 92-year old Mom. She lives in Florida. I live in Pennsylvania. I bought the one for myself so that I could help her through any problems she experienced, and do so over the phone. I gave her a tablet 5 years ago, but it went bad 6 months ago. No email, no Skype, no traveling to exotic places via browsing through the Internet. She was a a bit down in the dumps. So I gave her the Galaxy Tab A (w/S Pen) as an early Christmas present a couple of weeks ago. And I was amazed at her response, her ability to pick up on the new Android features, and how easily she navigated through the various pages, setting up her bookmarks, downloading her favorite games through the Play Store, and dictating her email messages to her friends. When I showed her how to dictate her messages in french to her Canadian friends, she was even more amazed! She easily mastered taking still and video pictures. She even figured out how to take pictures at night time and crop them into wallpaper shots. She also figured out how to download and play some of her favorite music and old time radio programs on the extra memory added to the tablet. So, how do I feel about the Galaxy? It has become my mom's new companion. And, giving her a much appreciated boost to her spirits! Well done, Samsung! Rd

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    LCD Screen Out after 1 year 2 months

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    tabletusless
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    I have various Samsung products that have lasted for several years and got this to replace a company iPad. The company iPad that was given back after I left (it was beat up and the screen protector was the only thing holding the screen showing it was durable and a good product). I only used this Samsung tablet to play apps, social, company e-mail, movies, weather, etc. to have a faster access to these instead of getting on a lap top or carrying a lap top to areas of the house. Just recently the whole tablet froze and then crashed. The screen never came back on no matter how may times I tried the soft restart. I took this to a certified Samsung repair who said it was either the LCD screen (not worth replacing since it exceeds the cost of a new tablet) or the mother board that was gone (cannot be replaced). Since I could still hear notification updates I figured it was the LCD screen. I notified Samsung if this was their new "quality" standards and they only said they would see who was certified to look over it (after I told them I already took it to the local certified repair place). To them it was past one year so it only lasted as long as they intended not 3 years or more that one would expect a tablet of this price to last. Most of the apps cannot be moved to the SD card which therefore limits the amount the you can put on the actual tablet (16GB is not sufficient for a tablet like this and needs to be 32GB if apps cannot be moved to the SD card). The bubbles around the icons after the last update cannot be turned off which is annoying. Maybe I got the one out of so many that goes bad. Samsung should have done more to have said that their products last longer than just the 1 year. I guess I'll have to go without for a while or look to go back to an iPad which at least proved that it can take a beating and still work like normal.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tablet! Great performance, great price!

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    Psalmist

    I have loved my Galaxy Note 8 Tablet for some years now, so I have been looking for an upgrade to my existing tablet. I use the note 8 mostly for note taking. But the battery was terrible, and I wanted a bigger screen size. So I have been looking around at the newer Microsoft Surface tablets because I really want a tablet I can write on. The pro surface tablets with stylus are way too expensive, and the iPad with the Apple Pen doesn't fit my description of a business device. I was almost decided on spending some big bucks on a surface pro 4, mainly for the ability to have the whole Office suite with me, when I saw an ad for the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S Pen. This tablet is absolutely what I was looking for! The battery life is AMAZING (I just LOVE to wake up in the morning, check facebook, read the latest news, write an email and watch one or two youtube videos and still see that glorious battery indicator STILL at 100%!!! something that only happened on my iPad Air). The stylus is not the best (the Note 8's stylus was a little bit more bulky, which made it more natural to write with) but this one feels like a tiny fragile stick of plastic. Still does the work it should, though. In terms of weight, the tablet is a little bit on the bulky side. Also, the form factor seems to be more on the wide side of it, almost like a Surface tablet. But the extra screen size helps for a more natural feel to write like in a normal piece of paper. The only drawback I saw was what Samsung did with the new Notes app, which they replaced the previous S-Note app. The new Notes app is TERRIBLE! There is a noticeable response lag when writing, and they removed a lot of the awesome features they had with S-Note. However, after googling a bit, I found you can just download the APK of the SNote app and it will work just fine. Sound is awesome! It has stereo speakers which are loud and clear. Headphone sound is also awesome. Screen brightness is rather good, a little bit of glare, but otherwise not bad. Again, did I mention battery life is AWESOME? If you are looking for a good S Pen tablet, this is the one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet but Samsung stingy with 16 GB

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    Sheryl
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    GREAT: The screen resolution is great and the free Microsoft office apps is a nice bonus. The screen itself is about 5 3/8 inches by 8 5/8 inches and sports the 16:10 aspect ratio (if you prefer that one over 4:3). The battery lasts long too; I only charged it twice in one week and it's still at 78% as of now. It comes with a "Smart Manager" to tell you which apps to close to conserve battery and to clear from the storage. I haven't used the S pen that much but I like that it can translate your handwritten notes to text. The screen is quite responsive and I haven't seen any lags while using this gadget. The connection to the WiFi seems steady as well. It also supports microSd card of upto 256 GB so you can store a lot of images, ebooks, music and even movies on your tablet. AVERAGE: The sound quality and volume are just so-so. I tend to play my sounds quieter/softer so as not to disturb other people at home but you barely can hear anything at 50% when watching a movie. Problem is that the low quality of the sounds and the tendency for it to be tinny are more apparent when playing at media files at high volumes so I needed to find the balance. If you crave for high quality sounds, better test this out first if you can deal with the sound. NEGATIVE I wish that I could uninstall the pre-installed apps especially CNN for Samsung because I'm not a fan and I want the extra 52KB that it uses even when it's disabled. Seriously, the 16 GB internal storage is not enough considering that the system needs almost 6BG to work. Using an external drive can be an option but not all apps can be transferred to the microSD card. In addition, even though I was able to transfer a few apps to the microSD card (you have to buy this separately), the apps still find a way to save videos and images to the internal storage - and I have to transfer the files manually to the microSD card. Overall, this is a great tablet for the price (I bought it when it was on sale for $299). The only problem that can be a deal breaker for me is the 16GB storage but I'm willing to compromise considering that my other option was buying an iPad pro which was $400 more expensive than this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Drawing Tablet

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    b3hm3r
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    I was looking for a more portable digital drawing tablet than my wacom companion and I came across this. I watched a few demonstrations on youtube and liked what I saw. I quite amazed how capable this tablet is. I had a samsung note a few years ago, so I knew the s pen is a great stylus, especially with its pressure sensitivity and not requiring a battery. Some reviews complained how thin the stylus is, but that doesn't bother me at all, its a lot like holding a stick of vine charcoal. It's capable a doing 4k resolution images easy, but you only get about 27 layers maximum at that res. If you don't need layers upon layers of separated textures and colors at 4k resolutions, this is a great tablet for you, otherwise I would recommend a wacom for sure. In summary: great pen sensitivity, big enough screen size to draw without being cramped, no drawing lag(excluding some fancy texture brushes), and the battery lasts a long time. Highly recommend if you're looking for a very slim and easily portable drawing tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this tablet!

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    IGF1
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    I was looking for a great deal on a tablet and this is a quality device at a reasonable price. After looking at inexpensive laptops and 2 in 1's, I decided to go with this Samsung Galaxy Tab A because of the size, the features, and the S pen. Spending a little bit more to get the pen with the tablet is absolutely worth it. The Tab A is essentially a jumbo sized version of my Samsung S8, so it was very easy to start using without going through bumbling around trying to figure out how to use something unfamiliar. There is no lag time to switch from activity to activity - apps and internet load very quickly. The S pen is awesome - nicely tucked into the bottom of the tablet, very helpful to have, writes well and the tablet is very responsive to it, great stylus. Clarity of the tablet screen is fantastic, and I'm happy that it has a blue light filter. Tablet is very thin and light. Something I was surprised about is that the rear camera lens protrudes versus being inset. Without a protective case, the tablet rests right on the lens, and it's very easy to accidentally place a finger on it and get fingerprints all over it. I was a bit disappointed that this device only came with 16GB, but since it has an SD card slot, I just got a card for it - cards don't cost much and you can add a lot of GB to this tablet. Even though the OS is 6.0 Marshmallow, the software will update right away to Oreo. The Overall, I'm very happy with this tablet! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is trying to decide between a cheap laptop and a large tablet. Laptops at this price point are not that great, but a Tab A for that price is well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worthwhile upgrade to Tab A 9.7 S Pen

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    There's a lot about this new tablet that I like better than my Tab A 9.7. It's faster; the screen is better; it seems to have a more solid Wi-Fi connection in the difficult spots in my house. But that being said, I wouldn't suggest to anyone with the 9.7 that it was going to be an earth shattering upgrade, and if you prefer the 4:3 aspect ration to the 16:10 (as I do) you might want to stay put. Personally, I'm glad I made the switch. The new screen is beautiful, and while the page for written text is narrower, it is also longer, more like a legal sheet than a standard 8.5x11 note pad. It works for me, but you need to know what you are getting. Samsung's book cover to it, while pretty good in its own right, is a step down from the near perfect cover for the Tab A 9.7. I you have the money and are itching for an upgrade, or have someone to whom you can give the 9.7, I would say go for it as long as the 4:3 aspect ration is not vital to you. I thought I would miss it more than I do. I suspect I will enjoy the wider screen and better resolution watching video on a trans-Pacific flight in a few months. Both the 9.7 and 10.1 have great battery life, and with Wi-Fi off in airplane mode you can get a lot of video mileage from this device. Speakers are fine, though they would be better at the top. Sitting in bed with the device propped up the speakers can be muffled. Of course turn the tablet over with rotation enabled solves the problem. Having them both on one edge doesn't bother me: let's face it, you aren't going to get great stereo separation by moving them to opposite sides of a six inch device. Plug in your headphones if you need it. I had a problem with the Touchwiz launcher hiding my app icons and being unable to access the settings. Since I prefer Nova Launcher, which solved the problem, it wasn't a big deal for me. If it would be for you, you might want to look online to see what sorts of problems and fixes others have encountered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good tablet with active screen / pen

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    I needed a tablet for writing / drawing diagrams while traveling. The S-Pen is a little small, but easy for me to adjust to. It can be slow to remove from it's storage slot. (Maybe I should just keep it in my shirt pocket?) I'm not very good at drawing fancy stuff ("art") so I can't talk about how they get the beautiful stuff in the ads. The Pen pallet choice interface isn't too hard to use but I'm still learning to move thru it more quickly. I'm still adjusting to lowering the pen FIRST to make sure that my palm doesn't mess up the drawing (drawing apps, SNotes). SNotes are not easily shared between Samsung devices, at least not that I could figure out (Tab A and Note5), even with help from Samsung. I think the Tab A is around 1.1 pounds. I bought cover/KB combo that weighs another 1.5 lbs. Too heavy to lug around so I switched to a foam zipper case. Much easier to use and the Tab A is holding up fine = "rugged." Battery life is excellent. It holds charge after sitting ON but unused for several days (90% to 89%). I'm not a marathon user (just a few hours at a time) and it still has plenty of charge left. When low, I do let it charge overnight. It only slow charges, no fast charge. Even though I'm not making use of most of the snazzy or sophisticated features, it's a good tablet so I gave it a 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good tablet 1 more thing to make it excellent

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    Very good tablet.. I have been looking for a replacement for my Note 7 and even my surface pro could not compete for editing PDF files without buying good software to do so. When my screen cracked on my surface I could almost buy 2 of these for the price to replace just the screen so when I saw this I bought it right away. Out of the box I was editing and marking up PDF drawings and sharing them. The S pen and snote is AWESOME. The screen is also outstanding but you wouldn’t expect anything less from Samsung. The sound quality is also very good. Battery life is very good. I use it for meeting at work and some reading so I can get a week from it but normal days use you should get 2-3 days. I can judge heavy use because I don’t play games on it which brings me to the first con. 16 gig of storage. Not enough. Out of all the apps I loaded only 2 gave me the option to store data on my sd card and one of them was the camera so 16 gig got consumed real fast. The other is that the os is 6.0. Still very good but my note 7 was android 7 and my s7 now has android 7. This is really not a big con since 6.0 was very good. I would have given it 5 stars if there was a 32 gig version at the time I bought this. In short if you are going to use this for reading and just a few programs or to view pictures and music then put a card in and you will have a wonderful tablet with awesome pen capabilities. If you like a bunch of games and storing a lot of programs then you may want to wait for a 32 gig version or go with another tablet without a pen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good tablet!

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    This is a very zippy tablet with ample system space and beautiful display. Under heavy use, it does get a little warm as well as drains battery rather quickly. For example, if making Skype video calls you can chew through a battery in about 2 hours. If 50/50 sleep and active use, I get about 8-10 hours battery life. I use mainly O365 (a lot of eMail and Outlook), Skype for Business, Twitter, XFinity WiFi app and ESET Mobile Security daily, and occasional Google apps like Maps, Search, YouTube, etc. The cameras are average image quality and the speakers are fairly small and poor so plan to use earbuds for some functionality. I was hoping to use as a car GPS but even max volume is not very distinguishable in a car setting. The GPS does work fantastic and the Wifi is great. GPS acquires position quickly and handles interference (bridges, overpasses, tunnels) well and the WiFi gets a strong, solid, fast signal even with weak or far access points. Construction is solid. No concerns in my pocket getting in and out of cars, chairs, etc. as it does not flex and built strong. Light drops are fine too. Screen is bright, wonderful color and amazing contrast. The screen is also very strong and incredibly scratch resistant. Cat game tested and polydactyl cat approved with NO scratches after rigorous fish and mouse scratching high-scores. Touch screen/tactile feel is above average. Lighter taps have good reponse. Swipe and gestures are positive with little error even initially. Price point is a bit high, especially given it's a 3GB RAM memory device with 2kx1.5k display, but the 32GB system storage is good.. so look for sales.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Tablet

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    I love this tablet, especially the S-Pen. I bought this tablet for OneNote, and so far it's been amazing. Writing in OneNote using this tablet is as good as on my Surface Pro 4, if not better. The other tablet with pen option is the iPad Pro, but it cost more than twice as much and you can't insert the pen in the iPad like you can with this tablet. The downside with this tablet is that it is a little on the heavy side (old iPad heavy), 16 GB of internal memory is a joke, and no LTE option currently available. However for the price (try to get the Black Friday price, Best Buy price matches), there is nothing like it currently on the market if you are looking for the latest and greatest tablet with built in pen. The tablet is also fast (it's Samsung latest and greatest A tablet, but make sure you buy the late October 2016 model), screen is very sharp ( no pixels visible), battery life is amazing (Second day of use and I am at 81% battery), stereo speakers are OK.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best tablet for this price range

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    Stacey
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    This tablet has by far the best specs and features than any other tablet at this price range. I highly recommend it. However, there is one thing that I wish were different. The tablet layout is in portrait mode which means the buttons are in the way when using it in landscape (I very rarely use it in portrait, so this is a big nuisance to me). I am constantly hitting the back button or the recent apps button when using the tablet. It happens so much, that I had to dock a star in my rating. The portrait layout also means that the speakers are on one side of the tablet when using it in landscape :( considering this is how most people watch videos, it is disappointing. I don't want to end my review with that one complaint, so let me list some of my favorite features: split screen - love love love this capability and with 3gb of ram, this feature works flawlessly; user profiles - my son uses my tablet all of the time, so I like being able to control what apps he has access to, there are also ways to hid and lock files within your user profile, just in case you want extra protection; s pen - now I use s note and I had to side load this app because this tablet comes with the new note app (Samsung Note), but either app is awesome especially with the s pen, I use it to journal, jot down quick notes or lists, and Iove to use it for drawing too. There are many more features that I love, but this review would get too long. To summarize, I love this tablet and have learned to overlook the one thing that I don't love about it. The price is well worth the loads of features you get for this brand name product!!

    I would recommend this to a friend