Best Samsung Tablet Review – Best Selling Devices on Amazon in 2018Last Updated: December 1, 2018
If you are in the market for a tablet, you’ll most likely incline to the market leaders, Apple and Samsung. Many people swear by the Samsung tablet range for its variety and more affordable price points. Our Samsung tablet review covers 9 of the best selling devices on Amazon, with customer review snippets to help you make the best choice for your needs.
Samsung is the chief rival to Apple in the tablet sector, with a broad range of devices, in a variety of sizes, to compete for affections of consumers in the mobile devices market. For users of Samsung phones, switching to tablet is a seamless experience, as the design and software experience of the best Samsung tablet appliances is unified across the manufacturer’s devices.
The quality of the displays, too, makes them absolutely perfect, whether for work-related document processing and research, or for straight web browsing, entertainment, or gaming purposes. Protected by a top notch Samsung tablet case, these tablets will be with you for the long haul.
Best Samsung Tablet – Buyers Guide
Our Samsung tablet review features the best Samsung tablet devices on Amazon, with customer ratings and reviews to give you a flavour of each product.
Up at the top of our Samsung tablet review is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0. Designed with portability in mind it was released back in 2015, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 remains one of the best all-round Samsung tablets, comfortable to hold, handy and agile for working while you’re on the go. The tablet has a sleek, lightweight design that makes it ideal for commuting. One of the best features for mobile users is the power-saving mode that significantly prolongs the device’s battery life.
Number of Customer Reviews: 2,299
Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5
A number of years on from its original release, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is one of the best Samsung tablets for the balance it strikes between features and affordability. It comes in three different color schemes, including white, smoky titanium and smoky blue. (For the record, the AGENT team like the smoky titanium one best; anyway, on with the review)
For a tablet that’s more than three years old, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is surprisingly attuned to the taste for all things slim and lightweight. Weighing just 0.69lbs (or 313g), and measuring 5.4in x 8.2in, and just 0.29in (7.4mm) thick, with a side bezel width in landscape configuration of 0.75in (19mm), this has such a dinky, nifty silhouette and it even resembles one of the smaller iPads you can read about in our https://www.agent.media/ipad-review/ (although it must be said that the resemblance is limited, due to the Galaxy Tab’s relatively plastic feel and construction.
It may be a little bit heavier and thicker, but not by much, and its smooth back is comfortable to hold thanks to the quality of construction, and all ports, including volume controls, power button and microSD card conveniently located along the upper right edge (in portrait mode), with the microUSB port, headphone jack and single speaker along the bottom edge.
Overall, we liked the compact design of this 8in tablet, which can be held quite comfortably and safely in one hand.
Display, Sound & Features
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 runs Android Lollipop 5.0 with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, a very easy to use skin that gives convenient access to a trove of great software features and various pre-loaded apps.
The 1,024×768-pixel resolution screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, is, in the harsh comparative light of 2018, a little bit lacking in some respects, although possibly not in the way you might expect. We were surprised that the screen struggled most with text, which sometimes appears a bit pixellated, albeit not to the point of illegibility.
On the other hand, we were very impressed with the screen’s quality when playing HD video. The 4:3 aspect ratio of this screen means that the letter boxing effect will be particularly marked in the case of some movies. And really, the least said about the speaker, the better really, because it really is incredibly poor. Our advice to anyone considering a Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is to factor in the price of decent wireless speaker unit.
Sadly, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 fights an uphill battle in respect of its touchscreen, as it’s gaming that exposes its weaknesses most cruelly. It does not compare favourably with many other tablets, although this would be from a seasoned gamer’s perspective. Casual gamers might have less difficulty with this shortcoming.
The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has a pretty good set of cameras, with both the rear-facing 5mp and front-facing 2mp camera producing clear and well focused images. However, color is a little bit flat, and the edges are not quite as sharp as a serious photographer would be looking for.
Samsung claims that the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has approximately 13 hours of battery life. We found this about right, getting around 12 hours of video viewing on constant looped play in airplane mode. Of course, it will very much depend on what you are using the tablet for, but its battery life is pretty decent for a tablet of its age.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The latter is expandable up to whopping 128GB using the microSD card slot.
It is not exactly a Formula One standard in terms of its speed, but if you don’t multi-task too intensely, you’ll have little trouble undertaking basic tasks such as checking email, browsing the Internet, streaming video and playing the less complex games.
The trouble starts when you move to larger and more complex games and apps. They take longer to move and impact on overall performance. However, this is something that is not peculiar to the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. It’s an occupational hazard when using a tablet at this price point.
Best Samsung Tablet Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 – Summary
Here is an ‘at a glance’ presentation of the main points of our team’s review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 - Our Verdict|
|This is a surprisingly decent tablet given its vintage. What was once a state of the art device has now become something more average, but, given that it can be purchased for significantly cheaper prices, what you have now is something that is better value than ever before.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 - Pros||Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 - Cons|
|Quality of build is solid, performance is decent provided you don't multi-task or use more complex software or gaming programs, and HD video viewing is of excellent standard.||The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 really struggles with gaming, its built-in speaker is terribly weak, and performance is sluggish with anything more complex than fundamental tasks.|
With a 7in screen and 1024 x 600 resolution, the next device on our Samsung tablet review guarantees optimum entertainment and convenience for working.
The powerful battery enables up to nine hours of internet use. The Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is also the perfect size for browsing the internet, using apps or watching movies while in transit.
Number of Customer Reviews: 1,201
Average Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
This is a perfect tablet for a child or an adult with smaller hands, for whom tablets like the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 are a bit uncomfortable. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a 7in tablet that is surprisingly packed with great features, which have stood the test of time better than you might expect for an entry-level tablet. A lighter version of the Galaxy Tab 3, it made a splash at its launch back in 2014, and it retains its appeal in 2018.
The Tab 3 Lite is actually not much smaller than the full size Tab 3 7.0. Only real difference is 0.2mm in thickness, with the Lite edition now 9.7mm (0.38in) thick. Neither is there much difference in weight, and in fact, if anything, the Lite edition is around 10g heavier.
The tablet has a lot in common with other Samsung tablets, including the physical home button flanked by menu and back buttons. Although the construction is solid and sturdy, it suffers from the same thing that blights tablets at the affordable end of Samsung’s price range—the plastic build is quite cheap looking, and does not approach the quality of other tablets in the Samsung stable, such as the Galaxy Note 3.
We’re not crazy either about the rear of this tablet. It has a quite similar faux leather look to that on the Galaxy Note, but feels much inferior due to the hard plastic materials from which it is constructed.
Controls and ports are reasonably well positioned, including a microSD slot that can be used to expand storage by up to 32GB. The original machine has only 8GB out of the box, which will leave you with approximately 5GB because of the preinstalled Android operating system on the tablet..
Display, Sound & Features
Your opinion on the quality of this tablet’s various features, display and sound will very much depend on what you want to use it for. You have to remember, this is a tablet with an asking price of significantly less than $100 (with shipping included!).
In terms of gaming, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is pretty decent. There is some glitching on the more complex games, but for the most part, the games ran smoothly enough. Video too is good, and full HD is not a problem, unlike on many other entry-level tablets.
The display is average. At first glance it looks the part, especially because of its small size (7in) and relatively low resolution of 1024x600p. However, color reproduction is a little on the flat side. Viewing angle stability is not great, with the contrast and color being significantly affected by the slightest change in viewing angle.
Sound is the poorest aspect of this tablet, being delivered through a single mono speaker on the back of the tablet. It’s tinny and distorted, and if you like your audio clear and crisp with a sense of presence about it, you’ll definitely need to invest in a bluetooth speaker.
There is just one, rear facing camera on this device, with a megapixel count of 2mp. The quality of pictures taken inside is fine, but you can’t expect anything usable taken in poor light, whether outside or indoors.
Battery life is quite good for the age of this tablet. You’ll get almost six hours of continuous wireless web browsing, and obviously this is going to vary downwards if you play video or games, etc. Be aware if you intend using this tablet all the time, you are definitely going to need to ensure a full charge or bring a power pack with you if you’re going to be away from a fixed power outlet.
With the 1.2GHz Marvell PXA9896 processor, the overall power of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a little on the sluggish side for complex tasks. If you want to use the tablet for casual or basic daily web browsing, email and other tasks, then you won’t have a problem and something like this will suit you fine. Anything more complicated than that, however, especially a multi-tasking workload, then you need to think about an alternative, as the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 will definitely struggle.
Best Samsung Tablet Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 – Summary
If you haven’t time to read the full review of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 now, here is a summary of what our team most liked and disliked about the device.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 - Our Verdict|
|The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a solid enough performer, but only if your demands are simple and straightforward. If you have a complex, multi-faceted workload planned for your tablet, you would be best seeking an alternative device. Still, for its size and power, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 would be fine for casual use (web browsing, social media, email) in the home.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 - Pros||Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 - Cons|
|Portability, suitability for children, solid build, decent battery life, are the main selling points of this tablet.||Display, sound & performance are all below average, so the tablet will struggle with complex tasks.|
Ideal for surfing the web and streaming online content, the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 would be a fixture on any roundup of the best Samsung tablets due to its slick feel, design, build, and beautiful display screen. The storage of this tablet can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card, so it also makes a convenient storage location for all your favourite photos, music and much more.
Number of Customer Reviews: 901
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
This 2016 addition to the Samsung Galaxy Tab series was greeted as a major shot in the arm of the lower end of the manufacturer’s product line. This has a glass (front) and non-slip plastic finish (back) that makes it comfortable as well as safe to hold in one hand. Adding to this is the machine’s weight of just 10oz, so you will have no problem holding this device in one hand for a long time, while delivering presentations, etc.
The bezels, particularly on the sides (in portrait mode) are very narrow for a 7in tablet (just 0.43in), so the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 is one of the most size-efficient tablets on the market. Overall, the feeling is strong and solid.
Controls are very well laid out and easy to use, with (as seen in portrait mode) a microSD slot on the left; volume controls and power button on the right; a 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB port on the upper edge; and a microphone on the lower edge.
Display, Sound & Features
The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800pixels in 16:10 ratio, with pixel density of 216ppi, which is very impressive for a tablet of this size, and superior to the resolution in some of the larger Galaxy Tabs. Images look pretty sharp, but as ever with tablets in this price range, the possibility of comfortable outdoors in sunlight is pretty limited, although it will perform perfectly well in the shade.
The sound quality of the single speaker in the rear of the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 is, in some respects, surprisingly good. It has the ability to reach a maximum volume of more than 85dBA, and the sound does not distort at high volumes. However, if you are an audiophile the sound quality will probably make you squirm, as there is almost no bass presence whatsoever with this speaker. However, this can be rectified by means of a relatively inexpensive wireless speaker.
There are two cameras, the primary rear-facing camera has a 5-megapixel resolution, with very good color reproduction and crisp, clear lines and detail. The front-facing shooter has a lower resolution of just 2mp, but the standard of still images is still quite adequate for an entry-level tablet. Both cameras record video at 720mp and 30 frames per second. Obviously, the quality is superior on the primary camera.
There were a couple of features that really impressed our team. The first was the very good Kids Mode. This can be used to create customised user interfaces for up to six children, and parents will be able to access each profile and set maximum time limits for usage, as well as selecting age-appropriate software platforms to use.
And for the adults, multi tasking is made easy by the split-screen functionality of this device. A very nifty feature indeed.
While this tablet’s battery life is not one of its standout features, it’s still pretty impressive. You’ll get more than 10 hours of battery life if you are using it casually, and around 6 hour when placed under the pressure of video and other tasks. It is going to be more than enough for the casual user, and will even be good enough if your demands are more complex, if you are organised enough always to have access to a portable or static power source to recharge or power when required. The depleted battery can be recharged in fewer than four hours even when the device is on.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 has just 1.5GB of RAM and a total of 8GB of internal memory, out of the box it’s abundantly clear that this is an entry-level device. The operating system and other pre-loads leave just over 4GB of storage. However, there is a microSD slot in the tablet, and you’ll be able to expand the memory up to 200GB, which is fantastic for a tablet of this size.
The tablet runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, driven by a Spreadtrum SoC with four Cortex A7 Cores that have a maximum rate of 1.3GHz. It performs on a par with the Amazon Fire. Nothing spectacular, but certainly adequate, for browsing the web.
One of the pleasant surprises about the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 is that even complex gaming is such a pleasure, with decent graphic and color reproduction, and smooth frames, and even with the single speaker in the rear, the audio is more than average too.
However, this is by no means a tablet you would buy on the basis of its performance. It would suit someone who needs a convenient means of efficiently executing the fundamental tasks of web browsing, image storage and social media & email comms.
Best Samsung Tablet Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 – Summary
Here is what our team thought about the Galaxy Tab A 7.0, in simple tabulated form to give you a quick flavour of what you can expect from this device.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 - Our Verdict|
|Given the size of this device, we thought it a very good performer indeed within certain parameters. It can handle the basics incredibly well, but will struggle in performance terms with more demanding gameplay and web-based software. Overall it's a high standard device, but only for entry level users with demands that are not complex or heavy.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 - Pros||Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 - Cons|
|Portability and high standard build; good quality cameras; above average battery life; very good display and touchscreen; excellent Kids Mode option.||Internal storage out of the box is poor (albeit expandable) and performance shortcomings mean that this tablet or you if your demands are complex.|
The Samsung Tab A 10.1 inch is a middle entry contender on this Samsung tablet review roundup, with all the specs of a high end tablet but at an affordable price point. The 10.1″ screen is perfect for enjoying your favourite films or gaming. It is an ideal device either for work or entertainment.
Number of Customer Ratings: 2,472
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5
The design of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is pretty basic, with a polycarbonate case and availability only in white and black. However, it is very sturdy and robust and the integration of the display into the bezel is seamless.
The rear of the case is rubberised to make more a steadier and more firm grip. You will probably notice the slight magnetized feel on the rear cover as well, and this is a feature for attaching the optional extra of the Book Cover case.
A particularly noticeable feature of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is its weight, which tips the scales at about 18.5oz (525g), making it one of the heaviest tablets on the market in 2018.
Held in portrait mode, there are no ports on the left side; a Nano SIM slot, microSD card slot, volume control and power button on the right; a microphone, microUSB and headphone jack on the top edge; and stereo speakers on the bottom.
While the stereo speakers are good, we felt that their positioning was a design weakness, as it means that they will not deliver true stereo when the tablet is held in landscape mode, which it will be for gaming.
Display, Sound & Features
The display has a resolution of 1920p x 1200p, with a pixel density of 224ppi, and individual pixels cannot be singled out and identified with the naked eye, a clear advance over previous editions in the Galaxy Tab series. The tablet has a built-in sensor to automatically control brightness according to ambient light.
One particularly good feature is that the tablet is pretty well suited to use outdoors, although you will probably have to take to the shade in very sunny conditions, due to the highly reflective surface of the display. However, we found that angling, rather than brightness-adjusting, was the way to go to tackle this problem.
Visually and performance wise, gaming and video are of an excellent standard on this tablet. The sound is a disappointment as much due to the positioning of the speakers as anything else. That’s become when held in landscape mode the sound comes from only one side of the tablet.
Taken on its own merits, sound is pretty good. The stereo speakers have an upper volume limit of 89.4dBA, and don’t distort at high volume. However, the sound is all mid and high frequency, and the bass is very weak. However, this is a problem that can be rectified with a pair of headphones or earbuds, or a wireless speaker.
Cameras on the tablet are nothing spectacular. Although the main camera has impressive numbers (8mp, with 3264p x 2338p for 4:3 and 3264p x 1836p for 16:9) with a variety of picture modes, LED flash, and Full-HD video at 30 frames per second, the actual images are pretty average. And the front-facing shooter, with its 2mp resolution is about what you would expect.
Battery life of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is outstandingly good, and far ahead of its competitors at this price range. We found that even under a full load at maximum brightness, the tablet could run continuously for seven hours. In other tests, we ran an HD video loop for up to 15 hours. This is truly superb, just the job for anyone who needs a quality tablet to work from while on the road.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is powered by Samung’s own Exynos 7870 Octa processor, with cores running at 1.6GHz. There is an ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU for video, and 2GB of RAM. The tablet has one of the fastest flash drives we’ve seen.
The tablet runs the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, and you can add up to 200GB of additional memory via the microSD card port.
Everything is smooth and slick, even on graphically demanding games and complex websites, and the 10.1 is a significant improvement over all its predecessors from Galaxy Tab stable.
Best Samsung Tablet Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 – Summary
Here is what our team thought of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1, at a glance, both the positive and less welcome aspects.
|Best Samsung Tablet Review - Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 - Our Verdict|
|This is without question one of the best tablets in the Samsung range. Everything about it is slick, sleek and unfussed, its display is wonderfully bright and clear, and battery life is truly excellent.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 - Pros||Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 - Cons|
|Robust design; bright and clear HD display; excellent battery life; stutter-free gaming performance.||Cameras are quite poor; speakers are on one side only in landscape mode; 10.5GB out-of-the-box storage is low.|
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is a perfect tablet package for work, as it comes complete with the Microsoft Office suite, containing more multi-tasking tools that could reasonably expect, enabling you to work on more document at once.
Its powerful Octacore processor allows for quick switches between apps or documents. At only 0.22 inches thick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 pops easily into your bag or briefcase for effortless travel
Number of Customer Ratings: 1,219
Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars
This is one of the lightest and most conveniently portable tablets on the market. Although it’s not the smallest at 7.8in x 5.3in, it’s certainly one of the thinnest (0.22in) and lightest (0.58lb) on the market today. It remains as serious contender to the likes of the Apple iPad Mini as it was on its first release back in 2015.
The casing has a premium look, with flat edges where you can rest your fingers whilst using it. The back has a smooth, suede-like texture that make it easy to use for long periods of time, even for one-handed usage during presentations. While it lacks the high-end feel of an Apple iPad, this is the very reason why the tablet is so lightweight, and for many people, this will be the deal-breaker in terms of whether to buy it.
There is a fingerprint scanner on this tablet, which can recognise up to four fingerprints, which is excellent if you wish to save, for example, your thumb and index fingerprints—it will enable you to have fingerprint access regardless of the orientation you happen to be holding the device in at the time.
Controls are minimal and well positioned, protruding slightly from the edges of the device to help you find them easily. Held in portrait mode, you’ll find the power button, volume control and the microSD card slot. The headphone jack and microUSB port are on the bottom edge, positioning between the device’s two speakers.
Display, Sound & Features
The Super AMOLED 8in screen is a spectacular HD display with vivid color reproduction and a 4:3 aspect ratio that makes the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 ideal for any purpose, whether web-surfing, reading, or using apps.
However, if your main activity on the tablet happens to be watching video, or playing games, then it might be better to consider an alternative, as there is no question that the squarer 4:3 ratio is more suited towards reading and web browsing. If you like gaming or watching movies, then a 16:9 is a much more appropriate viewing aspect ratio.
There are two cameras on this device—the 8mp rear camera, and the 2.1mp front shooter. Both are actually a cut above in terms of tablet cameras. The 2.1mp front camera is excellent for video calling and selfies, of a much higher standard than you would expect from a camera of this resolution.
The 8mp rear camera has a variety of photograph modes, and there is even a 360-degree mode, and it performs even in low light conditions. Overall, this is one of the most pleasant surprises about this tablet.
Storage out of the box is 32GB, but this can be expanded by means of microSD cards up to a total of 128GB.
The multi-window function is a fantastic solution if you are the type of person who likes to multi-task between text and video or still imagery windows.
The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 has a battery life of up to 13.2 hours of continuous operation, and it also holds its charge pretty well on standby. In short, if you are the type of person who, whether for business or pleasure, depends on a tablet that will reliably hold its charge during those times when you’re away from a power source, then this may be the device for you.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, on a 1.9GHz processor with 3GB of SD-RAM and a hard drive of 32GB.
Its other features include Bluetooth 4.1 with low-energy function, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, which is faster than regular Wi-Fi. Overall, this is a very impressive machine for its size, punching way above its weight.
Apart from the minor niggles over viewing ratio, which we went into above, gaming is a very good experience on the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. Graphics look great, thanks to the AMOLED screen, with its color range and contrasts and brightness.
Best Samsung Tablet Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 – Summary
If you’re curious about the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, but don’t have time to read our full review, check out table below which provides a quick-read summary of the main features of this tablet.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 - Our Verdict|
|The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is worth every penny if you're the type of person who wants a powerful table that remains as portable, lightweight and discreet as an entry-level tablet. At its enticing price point, This Samsung tablet even trumps some of the Apple iPads for value and return on investment.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 - Pros||Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 - Cons|
|The overall value for money, robust build quality, superb screen and powerful performance are the main talking points of the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0.||Speaker quality is average, and the positioning means there is no true stereo in landscape mode. Also, the design aesthetic might be a bit plain for some.|
If you want entertainment on the go then the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 is the tablet for you. The battery life of this product alone would make it a sure-fire inclusion in any Samsung tablet review! The device has been designed to keep you entertained or working all day, with a 7,300 mAh battery! Kids’ mode allows children to enjoy the tablet too, but securely and safely.
Number of Customer Ratings: 1,049
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5
The 9.6in Samsung Galaxy Tab E is a very temptingly priced alliterative to the higher-end likes of Apple’s iPad. It even gives some higher-end products in the Samsung range a run for their money. It’s an inexpensive all-rounder, and its design reflects this.
The case is the standard fare from Samsung, and is available in black and white. It is certainly not going to win any awards for design innovation. However, it is a well built device that feels a lot more high end than it might appear at first glance.
The 9.6in display makes for a relatively large case (9.52in x 5.89in). However, it’s only 0.38in thick and weighs just 1.21lbs. This makes it one of the most conveniently portable devices you could hope to find in 2018.
Sure, it’s heavy compared to, say, the iPad Air. However, for a tablet of its display size, it scores quite highly in the portability stakes.
Display, Sound & Features
The Galaxy Tab E has a 9.6in display of 1,280p x 800p resolution. The crisp definition and fantastic color reproduction make viewing video or still imagery a pleasure. Even playing games is a cut-above experience, compared with some tablets.
However, if you do plan to play games, you’ll need decent headphones or a wireless speaker to boost the audio. The internal speakers on the device are really not the best. There is only one small speaker, which is a bit of a let-down. However, the problem is easily rectified if you’re prepared to invest in headphones or an external speaker.
Another great feature is the Kids Mode, which is included on a number of tablets in the Samsung range. Kids Mode enables you to set up customised individual profiles for your children. You’ll be able to adjust settings for gameplay time and stipulate what apps can be used by each child. As parental controls go for tablets, this is a first class feature.
There are two cameras on this tablet—a 5pm camera on the rear and a 2mp shooter in front. In either case, the quality of the images is pretty average—nothing special. The images will suit reference shots, document scans or selfies. But really, if you have a decent smartphone or iPhone, the cameras on those will do a much better job.
Split screen mode is another fantastic feature. This enables the user to run two apps simultaneously, a great solution for multi-tasters.
Batter life on the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 is pretty decent. We managed to get approximately 8 hours of run time on a fairly high workload. So, it will be more than suitable for the demands placed upon it by the average household.
In general, the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 is very satisfactory… however, this is only the case if you stick to relatively basic tasks and don’t multi-task the overly complex stuff. For web browsing, video viewing, gameplay and social media, this is adequate if you do it one task at a time. The problems start when you attempt to perform such tasks simultaneously using the split-screen video. It is functional, but the performance feels a little laboured.
The 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM is pretty functional as far as it does. However, with only 8GB of internal storage available, you’ll have to be selective what you can do with it. However, the system is expandable by means of SD card, up to 128GB.
Another neat feature, Samsung SideSync, enables you to pair this tablet with any mobile device, even an iPhone. This feature will make it easier to share images and other materials with other users.
The 5.1 Lollipop operating system this runs on is perfectly adequate for what the tablet does. However, some users may find the lack of Android 6.0 a bit of a deal breaker.
Best Samsung Tablets Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 – Summary
So, if you’re interested in the Galaxy Tab E 9.6, here are our findings in a handy table.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 - Our Verdict|
|We liked the Galaxy Tab E 9.6. It does have some shortcomings, including its operating system and performance power, but if you are using this for standard purposes, it would be a much better value for money proposition than some of the iPads in the Apple range.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 - Pros||Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 - Cons|
|Build quality is great, making for a tablet that's easily held, and the display is of a superior quality too. Additional features such as Kids Mode are icing on the cake.||Processing power becomes a little labored on more complex tasks, such as the latest gaming, which the sound quality does not match the standard of the visuals.|
The 18.4in Samsung Galaxy View is the ultimate tablet for transport; it comes with a built-in stand and handle for on-the-go use. This tablet would suit those who are seeking an alternative to laptop for viewing films and television shows. The specially designed interface on the large vivid touchscreen enables effortless switching between online streaming and favourite apps.
Number of Customer Ratings: 443
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5
The standout feature of the Samsung Galaxy View is its gigantic (for a tablet) 18.4in screen. This makes the device even larger than most notebooks or mini laptops. Device size is 17.79in x 10.86in x 0.47in, and it weighs in at 1.5lbs. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that it comes with its own kickstand. This great feature is simple to click out and snap shut again for convenient hands-free viewing.
In fairness, the Galaxy View seems aimed at a more specialised audience than the standard tablet user. The View begs to be set up in hands-free mode for the viewing of movies or other video.
The case is very sturdy and robust, and the hands-free stand offers two positions. One is at a slight angle to allow for greater ease of typing and other text input. The other, an almost vertical configuration, is the one to go for when you want to watch videos or movies. It’s stable in this mode and will not move when you use the touchscreen.
The controls will not get in the user’s way, either. There are no ports on the left or bottom sides; a microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack on the right side; and, on the top, a microSD card port, volume, and power. And there is also a built-in handle, so it’s easy to carry anywhere you need to take it.
Display, Sound & Features
Obviously, it’s the display of the Galaxy View that is its most impressive talking point. The 18.4in Full-HD 1920p x 1080p display gives an incredibly crisp and clear picture. The tablet has beautiful color reproduction, whether you are watching movies or gaming.
Speakers have a tough job matching the quality of this display, but actually, it’s quite decent. It is certainly far above some of the other tablets in the Samsung stable. However, it falls a bit short of, say, television quality. But the maximum level of 89dBA is pretty good, and it does not distort at the top level. All in all, it’s disappointing to report that you’ll definitely have to consider a wireless speaker. Headphones are also an option, of course,
The Galaxy View has one webcam, with fixed focus only. There is little to be said here. This machine is designed for video, TV & movies; therefore, front and rear cameras seem superfluous to requirements.
However, we can’t deny that the one camera does seem a bit stingy. That having been said, quality is decent for still images. And the Full HD video, at 30 frames per second, is impressive also. But the sensors are lo-res compared with some of the other Samsung tablets. In the final analysis, you wonder whether Samsung should even have bothered.
Battery life is pretty impressive, and even though power consumption is quite intense, it’s efficient enough in energy terms. We managed to get almost nine hours of run time from the battery with a continuous looped video run.
There are power-saving options, but they impact on overall processor performance in addition to the luminance of the display. The process resembles the way in which luminance dims when battery life drops to 5 percent.
Overall, this is good, and probably good enough for video viewers. However, given the popularity of box sets and binge watching, it’s lacklustre for heavy users. You’ll want to have a backup power supply if you’re a commuter using your device while on the go.
The only method for charging is the supplied 40W power adapter. A full charge cycle from 0% takes a pretty hefty 3.5 hours. It’s likely you’ll have to leave it overnight, which is not to everyone’s preference, for reasons of safety.
Samsung’s Exynos 7580 Octa SoC has eight Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.6GHz, and there is 2GB of memory. The Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, which supports a number of contemporary standards, handles the graphics.
Performance is not particularly outstanding compared with some of the other tablets in this review. However, if the tablet will be used primarily for video viewing, we can’t really find fault with the performance standard.
Best Samsung Tablet Review – Samsung Galaxy View – Summary
So, here’s what our team thought of the Samsung Galaxy View—their main thoughts, at a glance, for your convenience.
|Samsung Galaxy View - Our Verdict|
|For a video/movie viewing experience, it's tough to top the Samsung Galaxy View, but there are a few caveats. First off, the size and weight of the tablet makes it unlikely you'll use it for anything else, and processing power for other computing tasks is little more than average.|
|Samsung Galaxy View - Pros||Samsung Galaxy View - Cons|
|With the Samsung Galaxy View, it's really all about the visuals. The display is absolutely fantastic, the design is unobtrusive, and the kickstand and carrying handle are neat touches.||The device is quite expensive for one that you would use only for video viewing. While it can handle other tasks, it does so no more impressively than any of the other tablets on this post.|
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is the perfect device for reading your favourite books on. Its 1280x800p resolution screen delivers crisp, clear text, eye-catching colours and vibrant graphics. Packed with standout features, the tablet has a built-in IR blaster that turns the device into a universal remote control.
Number of Customer Ratings: 5,744
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5
This is a fairly standard looking tablet, but like many tablets in the Samsung stable, appearances can be deceptive. Weighing just over 9.5oz and measuring 7.36in x 4.25in x 0.35in, it’s lightweight, incredibly portable, and very user-friendly too.
It’s comfortable to use, despite the off-putting plastic appearance, and fits snugly in the hand with no slippage. The headphone jack is on the top edge and the microUSB charging point on the bottom. There’s a lock switch and volume control on the right, and a microSD card slot protected by a secure flap.
One thing we loved was the display, which, for a tablet of its size and price, is high standard. It may not be up to the technical standards required for modern gaming, but it’s still pretty decent.
Display, Sound & Features
This premium standard tablet is one of the most solid performers on the tablet market in 2018. However, it doesn’t add anything particularly startling or new in terms of quality. The display is typical, with a resolution of 1,280p x 800p. Again, this may not sound impressive, but in practice it does a great job.
Sound is pretty awful for a tablet. There is only a single, tiny speaker on the rear of the Galaxy Tab 4. To be fair, it’s difficult to imagine how it could be anything else, given the tablet’s dinky dimensions. Headphones, at the very least, are the way to go, and if you don’t like headphones, get a wireless speaker. But you will definitely be looking for those alternatives at the outset.
There are two cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The rear camera is 3mp, and the front shooter is 1.3mp. They’re fun and easy to use, and the rear camera captures much better quality video and images. However, the front snapper is still going to be very useful for Skypeing and selfie images and other reference photos.
There is also an IR (InfraRed) blaster in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4; this will enable you to use it as a universal remote control for compatible items.
Samsung’s User Interface can require a bit of juice under the hood in order to make everything run smoothly. A pretty impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor tablet powers the tablet. However, the operating system is Android 4.4 Kit Kat, and many people will prefer a more recent OS.
If you primarily look for design in a tablet, then you’ll be happy with this system. And the quad core processor runs at 1.2GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. While this is nothing spectacular, it’s good enough to cope with any standard apps or games.
This tablet has 8GB internal storage, and you can expand this using microSD cards. The limit for expansion is a quite disappointing 32GB, however. But the good news is that you also get some 50GB of free Dropbox storage. It also comes with $300-plus worth of free content and services.
Overall, it’s good, but not particularly breathtaking. However, if it’s a first-time purchase, this would definitely be a very attractive option.
Average battery life is as per the manufacturer’s claim of around 10 hours. Obviously this will vary depending on the nature of usage (how much video, for example). However, it’s a pretty good indication of what this tablet is able to do over extended periods of usage.
Best Samsung Tablet Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 – Summary
Here, at a glance, are the main points of our team’s findings after reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet.
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 - Our Verdict|
|This is a decent tablet, but just not outstanding. It will never threaten, for example, an iPad. However, as an introduction to tablet computing it could hardly be surpassed. It has an excellent display and performance is pretty decent. Just don't expect miracles from a tablet of this size, at this price point.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 - Pros||Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 - Cons|
|The low price tag of the Tab 4 is an enticing tablet computing introduction, display is very good, and battery life is pretty generous too.||There is nothing particularly bad (apart from the speakers) about the Tab 4, but nothing amazing either. Solid enough, just not spectacular.|