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All about the Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Posted by Andrea Baker on

Samsung hasn't had the best year with the recent recall of its smartphone the Galaxy S7, but on the tablet side of business things are looking much brighter courtesy of the newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1, 2016.

This innovative little number hits the shelves with a host of features crammed into an affordable package, so let's take a look at what Samsung has to offer in a 10-inch tablet that costs less than $450. 

We will shortly have a stand for the Galaxy Tab A 10.1, stay tuned for more information.

Background

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1, 2016 is the latest in a lengthy lineup of Samsung tablets including a 10.1 that first went on sale in 2011. This predecessor launched at around the same time as the Apple iPad 2 was subject to controversy in Australia due to a lawsuit by Apple over patent and design.

The A refers to high-end specifications designed to resemble the A series smartphones. It has previously retailed in 8-inch and 9.7-inch sizes and is unique in that it's the first tablet to come pre-loaded with Microsoft Office.

After the success of the smaller sized models, the Tab A 10.1, 2016 hit the market in May this year. 

Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Features

Screen - With its large display, the Tab A 10.1 is geared towards media like video streaming and gaming, with full high definition widescreen display at a resolution of 1920 x 1200. That roughly converts to 224 ppi.

Processor and battery - To back this up Samsung uses an Octa Core Exynos 7870 processor that's designed to offer better performance while consuming less battery. Samsung boasts the Tab A 10.1 has up to 13 hours of battery life while playing video.

Camera - Two cameras are included, with an 8MP main camera that has video recording capability and 2MP front facing variety. The 8MP includes an F1.9 aperture and HDR rich tone along with better lighting and flash for indoor and outdoor photography.

Storage - The Tab A 10.1 doesn't have a bevy of storage but offers enough to get by. It provides 2GB memory and 16MB internal storage but comes with the additional inclusion of a MicroSD card port that allows users to extend that by up to 256GB.

Operating system and software - An Android 6 operating system forms the backbone of the Tab A 10.1 but it comes complete with Microsoft Office Mobile included. This gives users access to Office applications like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Skype. Otherwise Samsung keeps the Tab A 10.1 relatively clutter free of bloatware with only a few Google apps, calendar and Kids Mode app. 

Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Look - As this is a tablet in the budget friendly price category, Samsung hasn't included all the bells and whistles of steel casings and a range of colours. Instead the Tab A 10.1 comes in a plastic case with a choice of black or white.

Notebook Check notes this results in a tablet that's not necessarily upmarket but does what it's supposed to do in a sturdy fashion, with a fairly seamless look. It can be propped up for media viewing and also has a magnetic back to adhere to a case.

Price - In Australia the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 retails for an recommended price $449 but can be found at stores like Officeworks for $398. This puts it in the medium range category inhabited by the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3.

Interesting extras
A couple of additional features add to the value and interest of the Tab A 10.1. These include:
Kids mode - The Tab A 10.1 comes with Kids Mode pre-installed. This gives users access to parental controls along with additional features like Kids Mode camera, 3D characters and games.

Multi-user settings - When a tablet is likely to be used by more than one member of the household or office, the Tab A 10.1 can be customised for up to eight users with quick access to their favourite apps, games and documents that also keeps information private.

TV and tablet - If you're looking to watch a TV but it's in another room you can use your tablet courtesy of connectivity between recent model Samsung TVs and tablets via WiFi. The feature allows users to share videos, images and information between devices.

Multi-window capability - Users can easily flick between apps using the multi-window capability, so you can copy and paste notes quickly or flick between email and Word at the same time. 

Last word

With so much packed into such a small price tag, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 offers a very viable alternative for users seeking a solid tablet without too much compromise. Features like the long-lasting battery, which stands up to its claims, and a processor which handles the demands of everyday usage, mean this is a reliable option in the mid-range category that provides almost everything the average tablet user would need.