Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is kind of a rare tablet these days because you’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to the low end inexpensive tablets. If you’re looking for something in the middle with a 10-inch screen and don’t want to spend a lot the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a mid-range tablet with higher-end specs and a better screen.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is available in black or white and is now sporting a 10.1 inch screen with a 16 by 10 aspect ratio instead of 4 by 3 aspect ratio. The 16 by 10 aspect ratio is something you don’t find on too many tablets right now. Depending on how you hold it it’s either really tall or really wide. Using a tablet in landscape gives you a 4 by 3 aspect ratio since you get more height when you’re browsing the web but on the other hand 16 by 10 is much better for watching video. That extra width really gives you a larger picture.
Screen resolution gets an upgrade from previos model coming in at 1920 by 1200 which is 224 pixels per inch. It’s not as high as what you’ll find on the Galaxy Tab S2 or the current 9.7 inch iPads which both feature a 2048 by 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. The text is still sharp on this screen size. The screen has great viewing angles, a nice deep color too and can actually go brighter than iPad Air 2.
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 likes the premium feel that you’ll find on the Galaxy Tab S2 or the iPad build quality is impressive. The body is constructed of a hard textured plastic. It feels very solid and doesn’t have any flex. The textured plastic gives it a durable feel and seems as though it will hold up well to scuffs and scratches. This is not going to be the thinnest or lightest tablet you’ve ever held. It weighs in at 1.1 6 pounds and is 8.2 millimeters thick.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is more durable than holding iPad Air 2 since the corners are smoother than the sharp edges you’ll find on the iPad. On the top you’ll find the headphone jack, microUSB port and a microphone. On the right side is a raised power button as well as the volume rocker which have a nice responsive feel and click. You’ll also find the microSD card slot. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 comes with 16 gigabytes of storage but with a micro SD card you can add another 256 GB.
On the bottom you’ll find the two speakers which sound good overall but are a little lacking in bayson mids especially when you turn them all the way up. It would have been nice if they put these on the right and left side while holding it in landscape so you can actually have stereo sound. On the front of the tablet you’ll find the physical home button as well as the capacitive touch navigation buttons. The home button is a nice feel and click to it but the back button is in the exact position that your thumb will rest if you use this in landscape mode. The capacitive touch buttons are so sensitive. All’s it takes is for your finger to graze it and you’ll go back. It would have been nice to have the option to deactivate the buttons and use on-screen navigation buttons instead.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 features a 2 megapixel front-facing camera with an aperture of 2.2 capable of recording video on 1280 by 720, good enough for video chat. Picture quality is pretty good and low-light performance is not bad. On the back you’ll find the rear facing megapixel camera with an aperture of 1.9. It’s got autofocus and a flash as well video can record in 1080p at 30 frames per second. Image quality is alright but slightly overexposed and washed out. Colors feel slightly dull but the autofocus is pretty quick and the camera works well in low-light.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is powered by Exynos 7870 octa-core 1.6 gigahertz processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM. Performance is very good overall. It’s currently running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the Samsung TouchWiz interface. The TouchWiz interface is close to stock Android. Samsung didn’t change too much here, it’s still clean and simple. You also find some nice multitasking features. The recent button will allow you to select two apps to run side-by-side so you could watch YouTube in one window and browse the web in the other. You can also adjust the size of each window by dragging the center dot left or right. Also you can even run an app in its own window which you can resize and move.
You’ll get a handful of Microsoft apps here and there’s Flipboard app integration so you just have to swipe over from the home screen to bring it up. It works well as the news app and you could easily subscribe to a ton of content and if you want to disable Flipboard you can just press and hold on the home screen to toggle it off.
Performance is pretty solid overall. The OS is smooth and responsive web browsing is not as fast as what you’ll find on the Galaxy S2. Web pages hesitate just a second before loading but browsing is fast otherwise and navigating pages is smooth. Gaming experience also is positive. This won’t be your first choice if you’re looking for a gaming tablet but the tab don’t struggle in any of the games including some 3D games.
Battery life is rated at a respectable 13 hours meaning you will be able to get three or four days of use. The tablet doesn’t feature any sort of rapid charging. Charging a completely drained battery takes around five hours. There are also some nice power saving features including a power saving and ultra power saving mode which will limit app background usage. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 delivers solid performance, has an impressive build quality and has a great looking screen.
Main Features for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
-10.1 inch display
– Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System
– Octa-core 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Processor
– up to 256 GB Memory Card Slot
– 32 GB Internal Memory
– 3 GB RAM
– 8 MP Rear Camera
– 2 MP Front Camera
– Non-removable Li-Ion 7300 mAh battery