Galaxy Tab A 9.7by Samsung

  • Galaxy Tab A 9.7
  • Galaxy Tab A 9.7
  • Galaxy Tab A 9.7
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
72%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • With a price tag that's a full $200 less than Apple's iPad Air, the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 will definitely appeal to the budget-conscious.
  • Unlike most modern tablets, this one has a microSD expansion slot that accommodates cards with up to 128GB of storage.
  • Samsung stocks the tablet with amenities that include a user-friendly skin, a multi-window option, Kid Mode, and screen-syncing with your Samsung phone.

CONS

  • The Galaxy Tab A's display resolution is the same as Apple's original iPad, a paltry 1,024 x 768.
  • With the tablet's low price comes a slow processor, resulting in long load times for certain apps. The Tab A really can't keep up with graphics-intensive games.
  • The Galaxy Tab has a plastic backing that suggests a less-than-stellar overall build quality.
The Galaxy Tab A is a 9.7-inch tablet stocked with the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. That's the same screen size as Apple's iPad Air, but Samsung's tablet costs a full $200 less and includes a memory-expansion slot. It also comes with Microsoft Office apps and a battery that Samsung says is good for 15 hours.
NameGalaxy Tab A 9.7iPad Air 2Galaxy Tab S 10.5Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)Nexus 9
ManufacturerSamsungAppleSamsungAmazonGoogle
Techwalla Score
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List Price$300$499$400$429$399
90%

The screen resolution is a glaring con, especially coming from a higher end tablet like a Nexus 7. The XGA 1024x768 resolution is very lackl…

The screen resolution is a glaring con, especially coming from a higher end tablet like a Nexus 7. The XGA 1024x768 resolution is very lackluster when considering that most 8" tablet are either 1280x800 or 1920x1200. This is why I can only give the tablet 4 stars instead of 5.

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85%

With its 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab A Android tablet, Samsung is targeting the price-conscious consumers who want a portable device primarily for r…

With its 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab A Android tablet, Samsung is targeting the price-conscious consumers who want a portable device primarily for reading, web-browsing and emails.

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70%

The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is a decent value. There aren’t many full size tablets for just $300 — they generally start at $400 — and Samsung had …

The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 is a decent value. There aren’t many full size tablets for just $300 — they generally start at $400 — and Samsung had to make some compromises to read that low price. Fortunately, the company ended up with a useful tablet.

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67%

The benchmark scores disappoint as well, and just like with the displays, this isn’t what you’d expect nor want with a device priced as high…

The benchmark scores disappoint as well, and just like with the displays, this isn’t what you’d expect nor want with a device priced as high as these.

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60%

In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7, bigger isn't better. Though the 9.7-inch model shares specs identical to the 8-inch Samsung Gal…

In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7, bigger isn't better. Though the 9.7-inch model shares specs identical to the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A, the lackluster screen resolution looks better on the smaller model than on the 9.7-incher.

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60%

With an entry-level 1.2GHz quadcore processor and a modest 1.5GB of RAM, performance is quite acceptable when performing simple tasks, but t…

With an entry-level 1.2GHz quadcore processor and a modest 1.5GB of RAM, performance is quite acceptable when performing simple tasks, but there's never going to be enough power to run demanding apps, especially games. Even casual users may feel frustrated at times.

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Positive Reviews
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Prefer it to our iPad!
My husband bought me this for Christmas and I love it. I've always been sort of a Mac loyalist, but I have to say, I like it better than our iPad. Here's why: -It's considerably faster than the iPad. -It's less glitchy than our iPad. The apps never quit or freeze (happens a lot on the iPad) -I prefer the split screen keyboard and the longer/thinner screen. -It's more lightweight. -It's MUCH better for doing work on (you can read excels easier, etc.) Only things I don't love are: -The UX is a little clunky. Navigating all your apps isn't intuitive, nor is navigating from screen to screen. You get used to it, but it's not as fluid as Apple's. -The camera isn't great. But I really don't care, who takes photos on a tablet (don't be that person taking photos with your tablet) So all in all, yeah, I would say it's better than the iPad. More convenient and a more enjoyable user experience. We only use our iPad now when the Galaxy is dead/charging.

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