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Pretty and pricey

Slow and steady

Slim and sleek

Charcoal and chic

Comfy and cozy

To buy or not to buy

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is the bigger brother to the 8-inch Tab A, but unfortunately it's not as impressive.

Click through the slideshow for more photos and read the full review for all of the details.

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Screen quality is not a highlight of the Tab A 9.7. Unfortunately, you're stuck with a display with visible pixelation. It looks outdated, even though the Tab A 9.7 is a 2015 release.

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The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 nails it on design. It's slim, sleek, and lightweight. The plastic build gives it a bit of a cheap feel, but that's the case with most plastic-laden Samsungs.

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The charcoal grey backpanel feels smooth and nice against your fingertips. It also slightly shimmers in sunlight.

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The rounded edges make the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 comfy to hold. It only houses 16GB of internal storage, but you can expand that via microSD card.

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Starting at $299 (UK and Australia availability has yet to be announced, but the US price converts to around £192 or $AU385) the sleek design and simple specs of the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 make it hard to reccommend. On the other hand, the 8-inch model is more reasonably priced, making it the better buy.

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