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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2140 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good entry-level tablet

    Posted
    William
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    So prior to purchasing this tablet on sale for $150 ($50 off) I had the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. Well you might be asking "What's the difference?" I was initially confused as I was tablet shopping when I found out that Samsung released two versions of this 8 inch tablet recently, the 2015 (SM-T350) and 2017 (SM-T380) version. I will be going over the differences between the both and why I recommend the 2017 version. The 2017 version has the newer, snappier, Snapdragon 425 as opposed to the older Snapdragon 410 found in the 2015 model. I can definitely tell the difference between the two tablets. Having a faster processor is one of the more important things when buying a budget tablet as you will notice this all the time while using the tablet. The 2017 version also has a higher resolution screen, with the same screen size. This results in the PPI (pixels per inch) being higher, which means that the display is sharper. The screen is definitely sharper and this makes reading small text easier. Other hardware improvements to the 2017 version are, better camera, built in flash that doubles as a flashlight (2015 didn't have one), bigger battery, and more RAM. The entry level flash storage is also up to 32gb (from 16gb). The tablet that I had before constantly crashed while using YouTube. The tablet software was fully updated as well as the app, and when opening comments on YouTube videos the app would stop responding. All in all, I definitely recommend picking up this tablet as the sale means there is a $10 price difference between the two models of the Galaxy 8.0 tablet. You'll know if the tablet is the newest version as the title states (LATEST VERSION). If anyone has any questions or comments feel free to post a comment and I'll try to respond ASAP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb 8" Android experience

    Posted
    GreekToMe
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    My prior Android was a 7" DigiLand. It worked well enough to test the Android app I was developing, but after a couple years it started getting very slow because it was starving for RAM. Every time I switched between apps I had to wait for the app to reload. So I decided to look for something better with more RAM. I'm very pleased with the Galaxy Tab A. When I demonstrate my Android app to someone, the 8" is much easier for them to see than a 7". I can continuously switch between several apps without them having to reload. The speed to download and updates apps is also impressive. I'm very glad I got the 32GB storage. But what impresses me the most is the Tab A's battery management. I don't usually carry the Tab A with me, so some days it sleeps most of the day. Even with WIFI left turned on, my battery drops only about 3% in 24 hours. I sometimes use it to read during the night, and because I keep the brightness very low, that uses only a little more of the battery. If I used it all day long it obviously would consume more of the battery, but with limited usage, the battery is about 50% after a week and a half, at which time I charge it. The bottom line is that unless you're using it heavily, you don't have to be concerned about letting it sleep for a few days and then picking it and the battery being almost dead. My only complaint is very minor and superficial. I have a hard time seeing the icons of the soft buttons to the left and right of the center button when it's dark in the room. I just need to practice where they are located relative to the center button while the lights are on!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Samsung

      Thank you for your insights! We are glad you see how much of an improvement the Galaxy Tab A is to the previous model. We at Samsung hope to continue to serve you well for years to come. ^Thomas Samsung

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good solid tablet

    Posted
    ch4096

    I bought my Galaxy Tab A 8" (2017/"Latest Model") four weeks ago in August 2018. I'm very pleased with it and it does everything I need it to do. I bought it to use where I have Wi-FI -- at home and when traveling -- so I'll have a larger screen than my cell phone. The new 16:10 format makes the tablet easy to hold in one hand, especially with a grippy silicone case. (Without a case, the tablet is very slippery.) In addition to the new narrower 16:10 format, other features I like are the 32 gb internal storage, crisp photos, sharp display, micro SD card slot, Microsoft Office pre-installed, and little or no "bloatware". Download the User Manual from the Samsung website and read it to learn how to use all the features. Finding a glass screen protector was a bit of a hassle. My local Best Buy store did not stock the screen protector. Many online screen protectors for the Tab A 8" do not state whether they are for the 2015 tablet or the 2017 tablet, and the size of the two are not the same. I had my Best Buy store order the Sahara Case screen protector from the Best Buy website. It's a perfect fit. The screen protector is a bit pricey @ $29.99, but it's apparently nearly bulletproof. (Oddly, the screen protector is identified as being for the 2018 Tab A 8", but it's the right one for the 2017 tablet.) Overall I'm fully pleased with my Galaxy Tab A 8" (2017) and have not been disappointed with it in any way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet. Just got Android 8.1 update.

    Posted
    TomS
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    Bought the SM-T380NZSEXAR (Tab A 2017 version) back in May. After more than six months of use I can say I'm very happy with the tablet. I use it mostly for checking news/social media, checking maps, making reservations, and watching videos when traveling, and for selecting videos to cast to my TV via Chromecast when I'm at home. Tablet is responsive, has good battery life, good app compatibility, and charges quickly. As a bonus, I just received an update to Android 8.1 and "Samsung Experience version 9.5" and the update allowed changing the irksome (to me) over/under display of time on the lock screen to the more conventional "xx:xx" format. Some nits: the case is slippery. It'd be good if it had some texture. The Running Apps and Back buttons don't light up, nor are they easy to see except in the right light. Not a big deal if you use the tablet much because you get used to just knowing about where they are relative to the home button but it would still be nice if they were more readily visible. Tidbit: The USB C charging connector and associated charger work great. But USB C is still not as nearly widespread as micro USB. So I recommend folks consider getting some micro-USB to C adapters (very cheap on certain online auction sites) or an extra USB C cable to keep in their bag in case you need to 'borrow' someone's charger when on the road.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased with the tablet performance

    Posted
    GZFrederick
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    I have purchased Samsung - Galaxy Tab A 8.0" after much of research, looking for 8" tablet with a "narrow" form factor, expandable memory, good graphics, fast processor and reasonable price. This table fits the bill perfectly. After several weeks, it works great, I haven't encountered any issues. I added 128 Mb memory card to store my eBooks and pictures. Wi-Fi works very well, processing speed is excellent, graphics are good. Camera could be better, but is fairly good for the price for both taking pictures, making casual video clips and for using Skype. Most of the apps that I wanted to install from the Google store work as intended (I had to do some tweaking configuring them, but nothing really too complicated). A couple of apps unfortunately are not optimized for this version of Android, but this is more of a nuisance for me than a deal breaker - I could find alternative apps that work as well. The most important functions - e-mail, calendar, eBook readers (I have three of them installed), Chrome, and note taking (I use Samsung app which came with the tablet, and love it) work very well. Overall, I have a compact size, lightweight tablet, with good performance and high quality graphics (and not so high quality sound) for a much lower price than higher end tablets of comparable screen size. Very pleased with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful tablet

    Posted
    Ty18
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    This tablet is really great!! I purchase is tablet during Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend for a great deal. I don't use this tablet as much so my review will be more for people who are going to use this tablet very rarely to sometimes a day. The battery life is amazing, 14 hours long, but with me not using this tablet as much, I can go a week without charging it. Display and pixels are excellent as well. The reason I am giving this tablet a four-star is because of Google. Google is a Powerhouse when it comes to technology, and I love it. But since I connected my tablet to my Google services and I have a Samsung Galaxy, I get a whole lot of redundancies and it's annoying. Of course I can find a way to disable my Google account on my tablet, but I am not trying to find out how to do that right now. The other thing that gets me upset about this tablet is the keyboard. I believe there was only one time where I got swipe-to-text, after that I get no swipe-to-text, no auto-text, no prediction words, etc. and it is frustrating when I am writing something on my tablet that I am not getting these features compared to on my phone. Finally, the charging cable is not micro USB cord. I believe it's the new C type USB cord but I could be wrong. This threw me off, so I want to inform you guys about that if you decide to buy this tablet. Overall, this is a great tablet for anyone who is looking to upgrade or just buy a new tablet!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice tablet

    Posted
    MiaSings
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    The only complaint I have about this tablet is the complaint I have about ALL Samsung tablets: the video (whether it's your own or Netflix or whatever) just plays dark. The other thing that drives me nuts about Samsung tablets is how hard it is to open up the SD card slot. It takes a special tool or a really thin paper clip and that's a pain. Why can't they have a little door and you just push on the card and it pops up. There are too many delicate things that could go wrong. Other than that, this is a very nice tablet for reading eBooks, web browsing and watching video while traveling. It's pretty lightweight and responsive. Since no one seems to have thought that 7" tablets need more than 8 gigs, this is a the perfect alternative. I'd definitely get some protection for any tablet (a cover, a screen protector) but this will fit into your purse or briefcase. The speaker is pretty good. IThe tablet is a little slow on the uploading and sometimes it's a little slower connecting to WiFi (it doesn't have a big processor) but all in all, it's a pretty good tablet And it's a GREAT alternative to an iPad, and costs much less. Plus there's that MicroSD card slot for expandable memory. I'd buy it again. I'd recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product in search of a mission.

    Posted
    Rick
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    I have to say that the tablet does everything that it was advertised to do, but I find myself wondering why I bought it. It's not the tablet's fault, it seems to be a good, well-made product. But it, so far, is just a bigger Android phone, without cell service. I have found it useful to use Acorn, on the tablet and cast it to my Android TV, since Acorn hasn't adapted its app for the TV. If I didn't own a Kindle, I would read books on it. I found that there is no handy way to hold it to read or watch TV on it. I bought a case so that I could put it on the table, in landscape mode, and watch baseball and hockey, but to hold it in portrait mode and use it as a reader is not comfortable. I like having a tablet, as a luxury, but it doesn't provide anything necessary. It can use the included Microsoft Office 365 (Trial Version installed) but you definitely would need a keyboard (bluetooth available) to keep your sanity. Overall, it's fun, and it works well, but I have yet to find anything it does better enough to make it a necessity. It does everything an iPad Mini does, at half the price, but figure out what you want it for first.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Returned

    Posted
    TheGodFauser
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    First off, let me be clear that I am an android fan and own Samsung phones. I have owned an iPhone in the past and I found it boring and limited (but it worked). So when I wanted a new tablet I wanted to stick with Android and preferably Samsung. I first bought a Kindle Fire 10" mainly because of reviews and it was on sale. The screen was incredible for watching movies, but I missed the true Android environment. So I stuck with Samsung and went with this because it had great reviews. I was concerned about the display though because it wasn't full HD. Sadly it didn't last a week before I ended up returning it. I couldn't deal with the screen resolution as well as the constant lag. At the time I returned it the new Samsung 10.1 came out and I really wanted that, but it was out of stock for weeks (Dec 2018). I decided to try an iPad since it had been so many years since I had an Apple. It was hard to do as I've become loyal to Android and Samsung. But it works for my needs. Apple has it right when it comes to tablets and their ios works very well. It seems most Android tablets don't work as well as their phones, unless you're buying a Tab s4 and spending a lot of money. It is now April and I still have the iPad. I think about selling it to get the new Samsung, but again it works fine for what I use it for. I'd suggest spending a little more for one that has better specs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Android Tablet

    Posted
    SomeCleverNameHere
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    I've had this tablet now for a couple of days and it works as expected. Knowing that I was getting the 2017 model in 2019 and being a long-time Android user, I had appropriate expectations. Upon powering it up for the first time I noticed that it had a slightly newer Android version than my older Galaxy phone which makes me laugh *and* shake my fist at my phone carrier. Pros: -Works just like my phone -The 8" is just enough for a travel screen (my planned uses are video/ebook) -Decently light weight -Screen is bright enough inside my home -Battery seems to hold up nicely with wifi internet use -Price for value as an older model is great Cons: -The sound/speaker is mediocre. I plan to mostly use headphones so this isn't a big deal -Now that it is an older model, few cases are available, but I found one on Amazon that has a stand-up feature so I won't always have to hold it. -No thumbprint access (wasn't promised this feature but I think my Galaxy phone has done this since 2017) -It feels a little slow to me (slower anyway than my Galaxy S7 phone) Overall it is a solid tablet for entertainment users. I'll be traveling with it soon and I'm happy to have it instead of my heavy older laptop. The price is good enough that I'm not concerned if something happens to it or I do some other damage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So-So Tablet

    Posted
    larryhs
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    I own a 2 year old 8" Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 that is still chugging along just fine. I bought this kind of as a back up since the battery charge is not holding quite as long as it once did on the S2. The S2 still runs circles around this entry-level tablet. The Tab A is a bit heavy. Also, it has only one speaker which is fine for basic audio. The major issue that I have with with the Tab A is WIFI connection and speed. The S2 automatically connects to the 5GHz band on my modem. The Tab A does not; it usually connects to the slower 2.4 GHz band. This occurs with the two tablets running side by side. Sometimes the Tab A connects to the 5G band, but more often it connects to the 2.4 GHz band. I did return this tablet once to see if a second Tab A had better WIFI, but the second one was the same as the first. For the price, this is a good entry-level tablet for kids and for first-time tablet users. It does have a lot of great features, including a USB-C connection and great battery life. Even the picture quality is pretty good. If it weren't for the WIFI issue, this would really be a winner.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the money

    Posted
    jmckeejr
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    I purchased this tablet on sale for 30$ less than list and am happy that I did. I've had nearly every other Samsung tablet if similar size and this is the best so far. I'm happy it came with updated OS, but am anxious for an update to Oreo so it will match my phone. I wish it had Bluetooth 5.0 so I could connect to multiple speakers like my Note 8. Aside from that it has been pretty quick in comparison to the Tab 3 and 4 I upgraded from, and it doesn't close down background apps without me wanting it to because of low memory. I often switch between media apps and found my old tablets would close my apps on me when I switch back. I use this as a media device for my work truck playing music and videos daily and have no complaints as of yet. I put an extra memory card in to store videos. Only thing I miss is the IR to use tablet as remote. You will be happy with this tablet and I would recommend it over most other tablets out there. I love the physical button and that's why I stick with Samsung.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Android tablet with a few minor issues.

    Posted
    Darrin
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    This is a solid tablet that was a bargain at $149.99 and only has a few niggling issues that keep me from giving a 5 start rating. 1. The operating system hasn't had any new security patches since November 2018. 2. It came with Android 8 (Oreo) preinstalled and since there hasn't been any updates since last year, I doubt that it'll get the current version of Android 9 (Pie). 3. The buttons at the bottom of the tablet aren't backlit, and while I find this annoying, it's not a deal breaker. The screen is sharp and bright. Battery life is excellent. I don't like the Samsung Experience launcher, but you can replace it with any number of apps on Google Play. I use Nova Launcher myself, but there are other choices. All in all, a solid buy and recommended if you can live with the issues I've mentioned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Tablet yet

    Posted
    Carl
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    I bought one these to play games and email and surf the net. I've had it for a couple of months now. I liked it so much I bought another one a month later when my Samsung 10.1 in Galaxy dropped and the screen went dark. I was determined to buy another one when it was on sale for $200 but this 8in works almost as good for $130. The only drawback is the graphics. Not the outstanding color of the 1080. 720p is good and will suffice but not get you as excited as 1080. But it gives us 32gb vs 16 for $70 less. It's lighter and is easier to hold and has a bigger charging tab. And best of all it comes with a 48in cord vs a 32in. Makes it so much easier to play while charging. It's Android. I play games with almost all Apple phone owners, some tablets, and it is much easier to play on then a phone. Battery time is good. Camera is decent. Charging is fast. It's the only tablet I've seen that can handle games like G.O.W. in the most intense battles and not crash! With the occasional restart. The only drawback is getting it to fix typing errors automatically. Can't get it to do it with Samsung nor Google typing boards. All in all, I'm happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Rating isn't for product, it is for BB fraud

    Posted
    DougDePew
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    When one orders something listed as "latest model", one expects something current. I ordered this, and ordered accessories (including one from the "suggested" list. What we received is the 2017 model, NOT the 2018. When carefully looking, we discovered the "latest model" as listed is from 2017, while there is also a separately listed 2018 model which also isn't noted in the description. So I now have a screen protector that is opened and was attempted to be applied, and a case. Both of these don't fit the 2017 model since we ordered the "latest version" BB appears to not care, offering a return only on the tablet itself but not accessories. Product description of miselading item: Samsung - Galaxy Tab A 8.0" (Latest Model) 32GB - Black Browse the web with this 8-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet. Its 5MP front camera and 8MP rear camera let you take selfies and family photos in low light, and the 1.4GHz quad-core processor ensures lag-free performance. Watch movies all day with the 14-hour video playback time of this versatile Samsung Galaxy tablet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh for Anything Important.

    Posted
    LongSufferingSurfaceUser
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    Needed a tablet for a drone controller to use. OK for that use, but not spectacular. Have Apple, MS, and Samsung handhelds; this is the most mediocre, by far. If new iPad Mini comes out, this item will quickly be replaced by that to give use with drone and other practical uses. My Note 9 is actually more useful, all by itself, and I don't have to lug around the tablet with a phone. Laggy and stumbling overall, unreliable and small touch screen, mediocre bud and speaker sound, last year's OS with no upgrade path. In equal comparison, my old no-name Windows tablets had an upgrade path for at least 2 years, but there's no drone app. Even with a more expensive model, Android apps are soooo choppy compared to iOS, and so weak compared to Win10. Won't even use this with a telescope and night sky app as even a larger, more awkward Win10 device more than compensates with power and size over mere handiness, and iPad is far more smooth and handy over mere price, even for an older model. Love the Note 9 even with the Android as it's far snappier and useful, even with the much smaller screen. This tablet is a definite pass on to a relative when the new iPad Mini emerges.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty incredible little tablet

    Posted
    JayD
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    So I bought this as a tablet that was a bit easier to carry around and not as costly as my other tablet. You'd be surprised at the difference in the carry factor between a 10.5" and a 8" tablet. This one fits better in my bag, has much better battery life as is easier to hold on one hand to read while I take notes with the other hand. Visually the size may seem negligible but in real use it is a huge difference having a more portable tablet. I'm really impressed with the battery life which I can manage to use for a 3-4 days of frequent use, maybe 4 hours a day, before I hit 30% and I opt to charge. Of course your mileage may be different due to varied use. I tend to read, watch videos and do papers for school on it. The only thing I would change is the storage capacity which would be less of an option of you could format an SD card as internal/primary storage but 32GB should get the average user pretty far. I happened to clone my phone's prior to the tablet so I had to go back and delete many apps I wouldn't be using on the tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My first Tablet.

    Posted
    Battleship12
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    For my first tablet, I believe I made a good choice. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is easy to use. When I bought it, I, worried I, would not know how to set it up. It has a walk through program just like computers and Laptops. And since I have a Galaxy phone all I did was transfer all my information to the Tablet. To do this I, remembered I, had a share button in my settings. I turned it on, on both devices they linked and I was all set. I truly enjoy watching my films on this Tablet and picture quality is very nice. So now my phone can take a break. This tablet also takes pictures, plays music; it has a small speaker (not to bad) for play back or just use ear buds, and it is the right size and stores just about anywhere. So if your thinking of picking one up and for a fraction of what a iPad cost you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not What I Was Expecting

    Posted
    huristm
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    First I'll say that I did my research before making this purchase visiting several sites including Samsung, Best Buy, CNet, The Verge and Consumer Reports to get an idea if this table was right for me. What I found was that it was fairly difficult to determine if the Galaxy Tab A8 was right for me because it was so hard to tell which of Samsung's offers were fast and reliable. The Tab A8 was the perfect size, price and appeared to be fast but I couldn't really tell when stacking it up against comparable Samsung tablets of the same size. The deciding factor ending up being the product year (Galaxy Tab A8 2018). Unfortunately, that meant nothing because the 2018 model appears to be the 2017 model with a few modifications. The result is a device that's almost fast enough but not quite there and what really irks me is that it's stuck on Android 7.1 which lacks many features that are present on the Galaxy S Phones. If you're looking for something fast and has recent updates choose another device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a great choice

    Posted
    LennyHO
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    I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Tab A (new version) to replace my broken 6 year old Tab 3. The advertised purchase price was $179.99 but I was pleasantly surprised when the saleslady returned with the Tab A and informed me that I was getting a $50 discount. Setup was straightforward and simple since I already owned various Galaxy products and already had a Google account. All of my apps installed without a hitch and I used the Samsung app "Smart Switch" to transfer all of my pictures (camera and downloads) from my Galaxy S8+ smartphone to the new tablet. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that Android 8.1 was installed instead of the advertised 7.1 version. I originally debated over which tablet to purchase; Tab A, Tab S2, Tab S3? Since I didn't require the power or features of the S2 or S3 plus the cost was outside of my budget, I decided on the Tab A. So far I don't regret my choice at all. It suits my needs just fine and I highly recommend this tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend