Samsung Galaxy Tab A plays it simple and smooth
2:15

Samsung Galaxy Tab A plays it simple and smooth

Tablets
[MUSIC]. Hey there, I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNet, taking a first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A. The [UNKNOWN] tablet, also available in 9.7 inch models, [UNKNOWN] a 4x3 aspect ratio. This gives it more of a iPad aesthetic, but unlike the iPad, it's made of plastic. Thick. Unfortunately giving it a cheap feel. The Tab A is thin, light, and comfortable to hold. But those with smaller hands will have to stretch their fingers a bit to securely grip it in one hand. Running the latest version of Android Lollipop 5.0, it features Samsung's touch wiz overlay. There's also a few free goodies as part of the package. As the owner of a shiny new Galaxy tablet, you get complimentary subscriptions to the New York Times, audiobooks from Audible [UNKNOWN] The Economist, and more. If you have a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone, the tablet includes [UNKNOWN] software, which allows you to control your phone using your tablet, so if you're carrying around both, utilizing only one is necessary. It houses a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. It also offers a micro SD card slot that's expandable up to 128 GB. Performance isn't incredibly fast, but the tablet makes up for it with consistently smooth performance. After loading large games, they run without a hitch and even using two apps at the same time with the multi windows feature doesn't phase it much. The screen's 1024 X 768 resolution is a bit underwhelming and it can be a bit pixellated when it comes to text. However it doesn't make reading difficult and [UNKNOWN] context still looks sharp. According to Samsung, the battery should last around 12 to 14 hours. And though we haven't officially tested it yet, I was impressed. It lasted me about two days on a full charge after moderate to heavy use. There's a rear five-megapixel camera, and a two-megapixel front-facing one. Both take decently sharp photos, but color saturation is a bit dull, typical for tablet cameras. Starting at $229 for the 8" and $299 for the 8.7". Both tablets are available online and in stores now. For more details, check out my full review. I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNET, and this was the First Look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A.

Up Next

iPad Air 2022 vs. iPad Pro: Making Sense of Apple's iPad Lineup
ipad-news-reax-4

Up Next

iPad Air 2022 vs. iPad Pro: Making Sense of Apple's iPad Lineup

Apple Updates iPad Air With M1 Chip
ipadairapple-cnet

Apple Updates iPad Air With M1 Chip

Apple could learn from Samsung
what-the-tab-ultra-can-do-that-ipad-cant-1

Apple could learn from Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 looks like a promising iPad Pro alternative
yt-galaxy-tab-s8-hands-on-v01

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 looks like a promising iPad Pro alternative

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 8 is the flagship for Windows 11
surface-pro-8-thumb2

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 8 is the flagship for Windows 11

iPad Mini 2021 vs. iPad 9th gen, reviewed: Which to buy
thumb-00-00-10-11-still001

iPad Mini 2021 vs. iPad 9th gen, reviewed: Which to buy

Apple's new iPad Mini and every other iPad: Which do you buy?
scott-ipad-reax-video-seq-00-13-25-16-still003

Apple's new iPad Mini and every other iPad: Which do you buy?

Apple may be updating the iPad line
ipads.png

Apple may be updating the iPad line

iPad Pro 2021: Testing its most exciting features on a single charge
nic-onecharge-ipadpro-v3

iPad Pro 2021: Testing its most exciting features on a single charge

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras
iphone14vsiphone13camcompare-00-00-36-21-still002

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras

We Put a GoPro Against the iPhone 14's Action Mode
iphone14-can-it-replace-gopro-clean

We Put a GoPro Against the iPhone 14's Action Mode

Predicting Microsoft's Next Surface Products
clip0001-00-03-47-11-still008

Predicting Microsoft's Next Surface Products

What We Expect To See in the Pixel 7 and Pixel Watch
pixel7-whattoexpect-2b-00000

What We Expect To See in the Pixel 7 and Pixel Watch

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why
15851-id-buzzdrivingfootageeuropeanmodel-volkswagen-mp4-00-02-04-02-still002

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane
xwing-aircraft-7

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane

Most Popular All most popular

DART Explained: First Asteroid Crash Images
dart-crash

DART Explained: First Asteroid Crash Images

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why
15851-id-buzzdrivingfootageeuropeanmodel-volkswagen-mp4-00-02-04-02-still002

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane
xwing-aircraft-7

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras
iphone14vsiphone13camcompare-00-00-36-21-still002

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla
optimus-for-cms-1

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini
220922-yt-apple-stuff-ep-13-iphone-mini-isnt-dead-3

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini

Latest Products All latest products

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference
fitbit-aroll-00-00-46-14-still001

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials
gopro1

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5
psvr2

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look
watch8-sepic

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance
bose-quietcomforst-ii

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade
flip4

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use