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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded Expectations in Every Way

    Posted
    vaquinn

    I bought this tablet today at my local Best Buy. So far it has exceeded my expectations in every way. I was thinking about giving in and getting another iPad mini but the Samsung guys were extremely helpful so I ended up choosing the Tab A. I had some concerns about the mid-range specs but the demo model seemed to be working great so I decided to risk it. I have always wanted a Note tablet but could not justify the high price for a feature I was not sure I would use and I had no experience with. The S Pen version of the Tab A seemed like just the thing. So, yes, the screen is not the highest resolution at 1024x768. If you stick it next to something with a super pixel dense HD display you can certainly tell but for this resolution it actually looks really good. Text can be a bit pixilated on the 9.7” version but for my intended use, and I have an e-ink reader for straight reading, it is fine. I had a Tab 4 and while the resolution was essentially the same the Tab A looks smoother and less low resolution, almost like there is some kind of software based smoothing going on though I don’t think there is. Color is great. The speakers sound good. Performance has been completely smooth. I was expecting a few hiccups or for it to have noticeable slowdown while installing apps. When I brought it home I spent quite a while downloading apps and configuring it while trying things out at the same time and noticed no slowness. I streamed some videos and it was perfect. I have used it for less than a day but battery life seems excellent, during hours of playing around and setup is lost maybe 8%. You can even turn off the Magazine UX page that comes on most Samsung devices and that I really don’t use for care for. The S Pen is a delght to use and a great addition. I am loving taking notes by hand on the screen with S Note, which has a ton of options and features. It also came with all the Microsoft Office apps and One Note plus 100GB of cloud storage. On a final bonus for this tablet, since I moved away from iPads I did not realize how good a 3x4 aspect ratio really is on a tablet especially if you are viewing websites, reading emails, or drawing and note-taking. This size is great for productivity tasks and games. I just like this size and design overall compared to widescreen. If I have any other complaint besides the screen resolution it is there only being 16GB of internal storage. Tablets really need 32GB these days. I supplemented it with a 32GB SD card to hold movies and music and do appreciate having that option. I installed what I would consider my required apps and that alone took up about 4GB of the memory. Overall, I am very happy with the Tab A and would highly recommend it. It is one of the smoothest and most enjoyable to use tablets I have ever owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best buy!

    Posted
    Wadeos
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    When I purchased this, hands down, Best Buy offered this item (only in Titanium color) for less cost than anywhere else. As for the item itself, the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 came pre-loaded with Android 6.0. It can also be anticipated to receive Android 7.x, too, as Nougat has proven to be easy on resources. While I have not burden the machine's storage of 16GB, nor have I installed an SD card as as of yet, the device proves to be quick and very capable of handling most everything that I've thrown at it. The 1.5GB of memory seems to be sufficient. While this standard HD display has only half the resolution of its more expensive brother, Tab S2, I found watching films to be very rich in color and very pleasing. The video quality easily surpassed my expectations. Worth noting, however, I found that the display's adaptive brightness must be turned off while watching videos, or the picture was nearly always too dark. With the adaptive brightness checkbox left empty, the display could be set to be very bright, even in daylight. This device does have stereo sound, and sound is to be expected from such a small device. For speaker placement, the left and right speakers are located along the bottom edge, as one holds it portrait (vertical) position, so while watching videos in the preferred landscape position, the left and right speakers will be projecting only to either the right or left. For me, this isn't a big deal, as sound quality shouldnt be expected to be much from such a small device. I did find the volume to be more than sufficient. I have yet to have tried out the Bluetooth and NFC for this device. While still a new item for me, battery life has been very good, lasting approximately 2 days, with moderate use, before needing good a charge. The size for me is perfect. There isn't too much bezel on the sides of screen, it's thin and easy to hold, and very lightweight. It does require a case, as the tablet is very slippery to the hands. For $179, I honestly cannot think of a better tablet for the money. Because of such, I returned the following day to Best Buy to make purchase for a second Galaxy Tab A 9.7.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Palm rejection is fabulous

    Posted
    Lauren
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    I bought this Samsung specifically because it came with an integrated stylus. I do a lot of copy editing and use different editing programs (MetaMojiNote has been my latest fave for its simplicity), and had been struggling with using my iPad and a stylus that I bought separately at Best Buy. Even though my stylus was high-quality, the iPad just does NOT reject your palm well. I got frustrated and gave up--and bought this Samsung. In all honesty, I wanted a Surface Book Pro but simply couldn't afford it....but I haven't regretted this purchase at all. It was my first Samsung purchase ever--I otherwise own all Apple products. The device works very well overall, and I enjoy surfing the Internet on it. The pros: --The stylus has a home built into the device. No more wondering, "Where did I put that thing?" I LOVE using the stylus. It's light and is easy to write with. --The screen quality of the writing is excellent. No fuzziness. No glitchy delays between the time I write and the time it actually writes on the screen. Looks just like what I would scribble on a notepad. And more importantly, you can lay your palm across the screen as you write, and it doesn't cause a problem at all! AWESOME! --Aside from the stylus, the device comes with Microsoft Office loaded on it for free. A BIG plus! I love having Word on it already. --The price. It doesn't do everything a Surface Book can do, but it does what I need it to do, for hundreds cheaper. --You can expand your memory with a memory card. The cons: --I wish that when I opened a PDF, I could just start scribbling away on it and then save it to my documents as a new PDF. Unfortunately, I still have to send my PDF to a third-party app (again, MetaMojiNote), make my corrections, then save it back to the device's storage. It's a pain, and I don't quite understand why this hasn't been made easier--it's almost 2016, for Pete's sake. (I'm guessing you don't have that hassle on a Surface Book...) --Whenever you first use the stylus, it wants to take a picture of your screen. I don't know why it does this, and it's probably just user error on my part--but I haven't figured out how to stop it from doing this. Instead of the stylus just immediately writing on your screen, you have to click away from that snapshot it takes, then go up to a menu and select the pen. (Again, I'm guessing this is something I just haven't figured out how to change, but in the meantime, it's rather annoying.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Why did I wait so long :)

    Posted
    AnnD
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    I recently signed up for Texture online magazine service which provides unlimited access to over 50... After a week of trying to read them on my Amazon Fire 7 (bought last spring to use for plane reading) my options were stop the sub. or get a larger tablet which supported the way the magazine pages appear online. I had planned to get the newer 10.1 model but after looking at the more rectangular shape (more suited to movies and I don't care about camera...); decided 9.7 more square model was more pleasing to my eye for reading and less expensive at Best Buy's $199. As soon as I started it; the system allowed me to upgrade to Marshmallow with no issues and I LOVE the screen colors which I did not know I was missing with the 7 until buying this tablet. I have not tried using an SD card yet but so far the past nine days; the battery life has been good to VG (if I leave it on airplane mode when not using but on). PS my store had no exact fitting cases in stock so I ordered Amazon's "ProCase" Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 Case for $13.99. It fits like a glove and comes with a stylus pen you can use on the tablet. Cheers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for me

    Posted
    PictureMama
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    I went into Best Buy pretty much thinking I was going to buy the new Samsung S2 tablet, but it was a bit of a stretch price-wise for me. The salesperson suggested the TabA, especially since I am not a gamer and would not be using the tablet for high-end graphics. I went with her suggestion and I am thrilled I did. The resolution is good - it is not outstanding, but if you're using the tablet mainly for ebooks, web browsing, and simple documents, it is perfect. I bought it mainly because I travel often for work - I also bought a Bluetooth keyboard, and the whole thing is so much easier to travel with than a laptop! I can work on my Word files and Excel spreadsheets, read my books, browse the web, and even watch Netflix in the hotels, and the Tab A is absolutely perfect. I also used the camera to take pictures out of the airplane window for my kids, and I was very impressed with the quality - just as good, if not better, than the camera on my phone. Overall, this is a perfect purchase for me, and I couldn't be happier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Tablet; Acceptable Price

    Posted
    Emdt
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    For over a decade I have pretty much purchased nothing but apple products. Except for needing a cheap work laptop I haven't felt the need to veer off too much, until now and I'm so happy I did. If you really don't care about money, apple's new iPad pro would be great, but even at 16 gigabytes, and after purchasing then a case, the apple pen, protection plan and anything else you might want you're looking at, at least $1000 worth of tablet, just to have it feel old in a year or two. It took a lot of thought for me to get something not apple. I was worried about not having it fit in my perfect apple ecosystem. But after realizing I can get everything in mentioned above, and more, plus expandable memory for less than $500, I was sold and now couldn't be happier! Don't get me wrong, $500 is still a lot. However, The pen that comes with it writes like a dream (though I also purchased the pen bamboo offers as a more comfortable writing experience). I use it to write on all the time. And for everything else I can see it does everything I want it to for less than half the price of its apple counterpart. The only main difference is that the resolution isn't as good, but it doesn't take away that much from the experience. If you are shopping for a new tablet, save your money and get this fantastic device! Bravo samsung!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SUPERB Tech Support!!!

    Posted
    jdh54inAL
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    I purchased my Tab A shortly after Christmas. It is my first tablet. The device has been a real pleasure to use. And my owning a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone helped shorten my learning curve with the tablet. The tablet itself is easy to set up, however, Google's end of the settings has been a bit of a nightmare and caused a problem when I tried to set up 2 accounts. However, when I contacted Samsung via phone, who then remote controlled my tablet, the tech provided SUPERB support. He was knowlegeable, sympathetic, and patient. I could also understand him. I have had to use the remote service provided by several different devices over the years, and this is the FIRST time that my device was actually fixed. (Always before, after wasting more than an hour, I am forced to reset.) The same week I contacted Samsung Support, I had to contact Fitbit about a Charge HR whose battery would only last 12 hours. (Note: A co-worker had the same problem with her first Fitbit.) The Fitbit tech helping me bordered on being rude by always interrupting me and talking over me. The battery life of my tablet exceeds my expectations. Thus, needless to say, my next fitness gear will definitely be made by Samsung. But, having rated Samsung's phone support so high, I also need to state that my prior chat support with them was wholly disappointing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An art student's dream for school

    Posted
    SethL
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    The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 16GB with S-Pen is a fantastic introductory tablet for college students, especially if they are pursuing an art degree. The Wacom digitizer and stylus (S-Pen) are wondrous tools for note taking and digital art. It allows for having a digital notebook and sketchbook all in one leading to better organization, financial savings in the long run, and over all convince. With the multiple user profiles that Android allows users to have they can easily keep their personal and collegiate areas separate in order to aid in studying and overall productiveness while giving for a personal location for media consumption and other personal needs. This device is also cheaper than its competitors’ introductory devices. This lower price combined with better performance for this range of device – the lower, introductory end of tablets with built in styli – makes this tablet a definite contender for college students, and a must by for art students.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    How I missed Android!!

    Posted
    TimTime
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    My first tablet was an HP touchpad i got for $99 during the 2011 HP firesale. Was able to port Android to it and it was a very decent tablet. We all tried to make it to be IPad. In 2013 i sold it and bought an IPad 2 but i hated always having to use itunes if i wanted to transfer pics etc. I hated itunes and the more i used the ipad the more i missed Android. So i decided to purchase this tablet. This is a great tablet. The battery life has surpassed my expectations. It lasts just as long if not longer than my Ipad. The screen while not the highest resolution, its the same as my ipad, is beautiful. I love being able to customize my tablet and not having a tablet that looks like everyone elses Ipad. I find it faster than my ipad which gets slower with every version update. The only negatives are the placement of the speakers and buttons. I use it alot in landscape mode and my right hand tends to cover the speakers alot. I also wish Samsung would do away with the hardware home and back buttons, I'd prefer if it just had the buttons on the bottom of the screen. All in all, the tablets a keeper. Ill probably root it soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything I wanted and more!

    Posted
    CFLBob
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    I like Android and I like Samsung so when I wanted a phone I bought a Note 3 then 4 then 5. When I wanted a tablet I bought a Tab 8 which is small and nice but I found myself using it more and more in place of a laptop and I decided a larger one was in order... So I bought the Tab A 9.7 and am glad that I did. This is of course a large cell phone but the size gives you the option of some new uses, things that you would not like on your phone you will love on the Tab A because it is large enough to make them comfortable for you. The screen is great both in size and in definition. Battery life is more than a day. Everything about it works exactly as you would expect it to. It is a very high quality product. Buy a case, a memory card and some bluetooth around the neck headphones and you won't regret it. I also bought a small stand that holds four devices and charges them which really cleaned up the table by my recliner and pleased my wife. Tablets seem to be a must have even if you have a desktop and a laptop like I do, if you have not jumped in and are an Android lover this is the way to do it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Galaxy Tab A - Great Android Tablet

    Posted
    KONC
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    This tablet is a replacement for a Digiland tablet that I bought for my Father (82 years old) just over a year ago. He really caught onto using the original tablet and could barely put it down. It was a really good entry-level tablet to get him used to one. After having my Galaxy Tab S2 for almost a year, I noticed a huge difference between my screen and the one on his Digiland so I recommended that he upgrade to the new Tab A. He couldn't be happier! He reads books from the Play store, browses Facebook, plays games and has really enjoyed the much better screen resolution and colors. I would highly recommend it (as would he) to anyone looking for an extremely high quality tablet and an upgrade to an iPad since you can control what you do on it instead of iTunes controlling everythintq. Want to load music or movies? - hook it up and copy. Want to organize files? - launch the file manager app and organize away! No iTunes to get in the way to stop you from doing what you want to do. Get one - you won't be sorry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding tablet!

    Posted
    ItsOhKay
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    I did my homework before purchasing this Tab a 9.7. It was time for my older one to be replaced and this more than fit the bill. Its functionality is excellent; great speed, excellent clarity, comfortable size and phenomenal camera are equaled by its ability to multi task flawlessly. Being a college professor who often teaches hybrid classes (classes that have both an in-class and online component) the Tab a is also a major help in and out of the classroom. It makes it effortless to access the many servers I have to work with in the course of any given semester. And It's just as easy, on my down time, to enjoy catching up on the news, personal email with friends, social media messaging, and a good book. Using the screen keyboard has never been a problem for me, so I don't feel a need for an external one at all. I have the choice to turn the key sound on or off or to simply swipe. All in all, a true win-win situation!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet for not a lot of $$$

    Posted
    Mikey
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    Purchased as a replacement for a nook HD+ 9. Although the speed is better on the Samsung, the graphics are about the same. As an e-reader, it works, but you have to zoom in a tad to bring everything into focus. This is something the nook did in its own. Functionality is better than my nook, both had the google play store, but the Amazon prime video app wouldn't run on the nook, but it runs fine on the Samsung. The additional benefit of charging with the micro USB is a huge plus! Also, I can use a micro USB to female standard USB and I can plug in a USB storage device. I have a Logitech BT keyboard case on mine now and it complete this! I couldn't be happier!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    winner

    Posted
    bbow
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    Traded my original nexus 7 (piece of junk) received 100 dollars for it not worth even a dollar, for the galaxy tab A. Love this tablet, perfect size runs smooth and you put on the power mode and the battery goes forever or at least a very long time. Synced with all my Samsung devices and my big Samsung tv. Good deal and a very good tablet. I just have to say that most of the complaints I read about the tablet is the resolution gimme a break already it's way good enough or you must have very poor vision . It's way down my list of what's important as it is more then adequate for reading. Maybe it's me but all the tablets and cell phones are much better then average resolution at this point then you really need!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My AWESOME Tablet!!

    Posted
    Steph
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    I absolutel love, love, LOVE my new Android tablet!! I love the color and the slim feature of the cover and also, how simple and easy it was to make sure it's protected!! It is honestly the best tablet in every aspect and feature that I have ever came in contact with!! The screen is the perfect size; not too big and definitely not one of those "wrinkles are forming because I'm squinting like I'm 80 and still can't see" screen!! And being that I am going back to college I now will not have to buy another laptop because this has all the necessities for schooling as well as the convenience features to be able to enjoy gaming, social, media and so much more So I am very thankful that y'all had these items available for purchase and making this the best purchase I've made; for the present and for the future!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome tablet!!

    Posted
    Gwensmom
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    We've had our tablet since august. I purchased it for my seven year old daughter. She absolutely loves it uses it everyday. She has learning apps that allow her to read books and play math games. I was worried about getting the larger size tablet but I'm glad we decided to get the larger screen size. When were in the car she can watch movies and that is when the bigger screen makes it better. The graphics and quality is great. Plenty of storage too trust me my seven year old has downloaded more apps than she'll ever use on her tablet and has yet to have to delete any to make room. Not to mention the hundreds of selfies and screens hots of her art work.I am always pleased with Samsung. I personally have three samsung tv's, Samsung washer and dryer, and a Samsung French door refrigerator. As far as my electronics and appliances go samsung is the best in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best tablet i have owned

    Posted
    Saintm89
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    so this is my third tablet. kindle first, nexus 10 second, and now this. i like this the best. the size is perfect, slightly smaller than the 10" which i like but large enough to have good viewable area. i already have a smart phone so something larger for surfing the web and reding email is best. so far the tablet is very responsive, graphics are good quality, and the eas of the operating system is a great bonus. i purchased a case with keyboard and since the tablet is so slim the whole package is thinner than my old Nexus 10 was without a keybnoard. this is my go to device for hanging out and surfing the web.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tablet for the money

    Posted
    nking262
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    I was looking to get my wife a tablet and since I already had my own Galaxy Tab I decided to get her one. All of her other electronics are Apple products so I expected her to not like it so much. I was wrong, she loves it. She found that it is so easy to learn the operation and navigate through the tablet. As a matter of fact, she is on this more than her phone and laptop combined, and that says a lot. Having originally planned to get her the 10.1 inch version, I took her to Best Buy and let her look at the two side by side so she could compare. Then looking at the difference in price, it was a no-brainer. If you are looking for a reasonably priced tablet that you can see better than a phone, one that is easy to navigate, and one that takes great pictures, has wifi, and has a memory slot, you can't go wrong with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy Happy Happy

    Posted
    msdee
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    Got this as a gift. This is a wonderful tablet...lots of bang for your buck! Great size...large enough to easily see and read images and text, yet very economical and easy to tote. Battery life is great-much better than my Samsung phone actually. I am still exploring all of its features but I read books and magazines and the screen and colors are bright and vivid and there is a setting for reading which I love because I can read without having room lighting. If I had a con, it would be that it is WiFi only and I cannot insert a SIM to use with a data plan but because I have a Samsung phone, if I need outside of the house, I can just use my phone and connect. I can also share files and photos between my phone and tablet with Quick Connect. Easier to handle and carry around than my laptop and it is fast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love having the S-Pen

    Posted
    cheesewhiz
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    This is my first tablet and really my first newer technology buy. I have a simple small andoid phone and have always believed in paper and pencil for college. I am also a mom, personal trainer, and business owner and as such my calendar and task list is quite full. This Samsug tablet has made life a million times easier. Me and my hubby can sync our calendars so we always know when we have overlapping schedules for child care, the S-pen and its abilities making taking notes for college classes awesome and not to mention the 30lbs less i'm carrying on my back. For training my clients love that I can video their best lifts and record their progress and send it out to them. I'm glad I have come into the digital age and this is an awesome product to learn on and it can do more than I ever knew possible all while being really user friendly.

    I would recommend this to a friend