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If you can"t afford a Galaxy Tab S or Máy tính bảng iPad then the Tab A 10.1 is the answer. Find out why in our full Reviews.

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With a lachồng of competition & few quibbles, this is a great option if you"re on a tight budget

ByAndrew Williams, Contributor

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Its baông xã is a low-flex sheet of aluminium, with an anodised texture finish similar khổng lồ an iPad’s. Switching between the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 & Amazon Fire HD 10 there’s no conkiểm tra. The Samsung feels a lot fancier.

There is still an inch-plus piece of plastic at the top, on the back. Samsung will tell you this is there for the antennas, as they can’t transmit effectively through metal. However, it also cuts down on the cost of producing the casing.

The front buttons and large borders of older Samsung tablets have sầu also been zapped. You are left with perhaps the best-looking entry-màn chơi 10in tablet available. It also has a significantly smaller footprint than the Amazon Fire HD 10.

It’s 7.7milimet thiông xã và weighs 460g. Holding it in one hand is fine, but two is still better.

So is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) a kiến thiết match for the level-up Galaxy Tab S5e? No. Apply some finger pressure lớn the screen & you will see minor display ripples, and Samsung’s mid-range and high-kết thúc tablets are much thinner & lighter still. But at the price we are more than satisfied.

Features

The low price does mean a few obvious features are left out of the Tab A. There’s no fingerprint scanner or face unlock, for example. You have sầu to lớn make bởi with no security, or use a traditional pin, password or swipe pattern. If your tablet will stay at trang chủ, & away from the fingers of troublemaking kids & adults, this may not be a big issue.

You vì not get the best speakers around either. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) hasa singlespeaker on the bottom.

We tested it out watching a couple of episodes of Netflix’s The Sinner in the bath (only recommended for bathing professionals as there’s no water resistance here). The speaker has solid mid-range và likely enough volume to easily drown entry-level phones, but we did miss the proper stereo effect of the Galaxy S5e’s brilliant quad speakers. And, more pertinently, the Fire HD 10’s stereo speakers.

We were also a little disappointed, if not surprised, to lớn see the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) only has 32GB storage. This simply isn’t much when the Android OS eats a lot of it and games often take up several gigabytes. So it"s a shame to lớn see the larger capacities only in the US.

Screen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) has a 10.1in 19đôi mươi x 1200 pixel LCD screen. This is perhaps the most important element of the tablet, but does show a few little price compromises.

Let’s start with the good parts. This screen is as sharp as you could ask for at the price, and colour does not seem at all undersaturated even though budget LCDs tend khổng lồ be less punchy than OLEDs. You’ll find these OLED screens in the Galaxy Tab S5e & Galaxy Tab S6, and they provide seriously rich colour và contrast.

The screen kích thước also makes streamed video clip và games a completely different experience to lớn those of a phone, even a big one - so there"s still a decent recent khổng lồ have sầu a tablet as well as a điện thoại thông minh.

Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) does not have the most consistent panel, though. The upper-right part looks a little more yellowy than the rest and when displaying a pure Trắng screen you may see a slightly luminance gradient in the last few millimetres of a coupe of the sides.

We can’t really notice any of these issues outside of a near all-White display, though.

Contrast is the part we miss most from the Galaxy Tab S5e. Blacks are not perfect, which makes dark scenes in movies & TV less bold-looking in a low-lit room.

We still class the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) as an excellent tablet for video clip streaming, & Netflix in particular. It has full Netflix HD certification, meaning you can stream at 1080p. This is less comtháng than you might assume.

Specs & Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) has a Samsung processor, the Exynos 7904. This has eight cores và scores a reasonable 3986 points in Geekbench 4.

Raw CPU power is not the problem, though. The weaknesses are all lớn do with RAM & the GPU part of the chipmix.

You can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) with either 2GB or 3GB RAM. Ours has 2GB (like all UK models, from what we can see) & it causes some occasional interface lag. This might mean the keyboard takes half a second to a second to lớn appear sometimes, a leap baông xã to the trang chính screen won’t be instant & phầm mềm switching will feel slightly slow.

Limited RAM also means the tablet can only “park” apps briefly before closing them down. xuất hiện up the multi-tasking screen & it’ll look as though all your recent apps are still running. But try lớn jump baông chồng into one và the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) will usually have to lớn reload the ứng dụng from scratch.

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A lachồng of RAM also tripped-up our testing using GFXBench. The tablet ran out of memory and simply stopped testing a bunch of times. 2GB RAM: it"s less than ikhuyến mãi these days.

Little bits of interface lag tend to lớn bother us much more in phones than tablets like this. It has not got on our nerves. However, we vày wish the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) had a more powerful graphics chipset.

It has a dual-core Mali-G71. This thing is piddly for a Full HD 10in tablet that seems born khổng lồ play games. It’s only around half as powerful as the Mali-G73 MP3 used in the cheaper Amazon Fire HD 10.

The good news is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) can still play any game you lượt thích. However, performance won’t always be perfect. To get ARK: Survival Evolved lớn run perfectly you need lớn downscale its dynamic resolution until if looks a bit like someone’s smeared the graphics with their thumb. And if you vì max it out and swallow the imperfect frame rate, the game will still only run at “Low” visuals, resulting in horrible object pop-in.

PUBG runs much better. You can’t use the highest graphics settings, but turn anti-aliasing on & it looks pretty good. There’s still the odd distracting slow-down moment, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) can handle the game well. You can’t run Fortnite, though, & may never be able to lớn. It requires 4GB RAM according khổng lồ Epic’s installer phầm mềm.

If the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) had the stereo speakers and better processor of the Amazon Fire HD 10 we’d be heading towards the perfect budget tablet. But what life is not brimming with small disappointments?

There’s little lớn complain about in the software, outside the little RAM-related hiccups. The tablet runs Android 9 Pie & has Samsung’s standard interface. It looks clean & cheerful, & lets you take control of your home page screens far more than any Amazon tablet.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) has two cameras, one on each side. Our rear camera has an 8Mp sensor, the Samsung S5K4HA. It’s the same used for the ultra-wide camera of the Samsung Galaxy A70.

For a cheap tablet this is not too bad at all. It flattens the low-res rear camera of the Amazon Fire HD 10, and has autofocus. We take this for granted in phones, but is not always present in low-end tablets. Without autofocus, you can’t take close-up photos. They’ll simply be blurry.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)’s camera phầm mềm even lets you zoom into lớn 2x, behaving as if there were an actualtelephokhổng lồ camera. This is perhaps a step too far as the camera chất lượng does not hold up to 2x zooming. But we would not be surprised if some buyers use và appreciate this feature.

Image quality is fairly poor by the standards of mobile tech, but flat-out good in this class. You can take genuinely usable images with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) in good lighting - if you don"t mind using a 10in tablet to lớn take photos.

The front camera has a lower-over 5Mp sensor that, once more, exceeds expectations for a sub-£200 tablet that otherwise focuses on kiến thiết & display chất lượng. Again it destroys the Fire HD 10 selfie camera. However, it can’t really capture fine facial detail like many phones at the price, or cheaper.

Video capture is one obvious benefit of using these genuinely OK camera sensors. You can shoot 1080p Clip with either. At this price we’d grudgingly shrug & accept 720p. We don’t recommkết thúc using the rear camera for Clip too often, though. None of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)’s Clip is stabilised, & will therefore look a mess as soon as you start moving.

Battery Life

The Tab A has a 6150mAh battery, smaller than the 2016 version’s 7300mAh battery. However, Samsung still says it will last 13 hours, which sounds good by any tablet standard.

In our standardised in-house testing it lasted eight hours 34 minutes. This is longer than the Máy tính bảng iPad 10.2 managed, & a good result as this thử nghiệm is a little more demanding than very light real-world use.

To get a clearer look at the stamina in a more recognisable context we streamed YouTube for just under three and a half hours to see how much the battery would drop. The results were almost exactly in-line with Samsung’s claims. It suggested the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 will last around 12 hours 56 minutes when streaming đoạn phim.

For the most part we used the tablet as we would day-to-day: the odd binge, then it would be left sitting doing nothing for a while. We didn’t see any drastic dips here either, no picking it up to lớn find the battery drained to nothing for no apparent reason.

This is a reminder that while you may have sầu khổng lồ pay the big bucks for the best cameras & processors, gold-standard battery life can be found cheap.

Verdict

Samsung’s update of its ultra-mainstream 10in budget tablet from năm 2016 is mostly a success. For under £200 you get a pleasant aluminium rear, a good Full HD screen & great battery life.

We’d take a hit to lớn the respectable (for a tablet) cameras in exchange for better core specs, though. There’s enough raw CPU power lớn go around, but the GPU and RAM scrape by with the bare minimum. You will see some lag & not all games run perfectly.

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However, Samsung’s use of relatively poor graphics hardware in its low-kết thúc phones & tablets is nothing new. And while the Fire HD 10 may handle some games better, it can’t play nearly as many of them as its ứng dụng store is not a patch on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)’s Google Play.


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