Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 review

A reasonable cost for this basic tablet



The cost is appropriate for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0. Beginning at $229, the 8-inch display is the primary Samsung spending tablet to brag a cost as unobtrusive as its specs. (UK accessibility still can’t seem to be reported, yet the US value proselytes to around £230.)

Running the most recent rendition of Android , Google’s working framework, the Tab A highlights Samsung’s powerful and easy to understand TouchWiz interface and – over that – it offers a couple of valuable and fun programming advantages. Notwithstanding in-application rewards for amusements like The Hobbit: Kingdoms and Pac-Man Friends, the Tab An incorporates free restricted memberships to productions, for example, The New York Times, The Economist and some more. In any case, the estimation of the Tab An is within, not the outside.

Like the standard spending tablet, the plastic-loaded development of the Samsung Tab An is unimpressively walker. Plastic forms are Samsung’s M.O., and the Tab A radiates this, figuring out how to feel wobbly and shabby. Regardless of this current, it’s as yet agreeable, thin, lightweight and smaller in measure.

Samsung tends to overrate its entrance level tablet models, so the low sticker price on the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is a to a great degree welcome advancement. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be a strong spending tablet that exceeds expectations in giving you the most value for your money.


The Samsung Tab A 8.0’s outline is on-incline. It’s thin, lightweight and – to the undiscerning eye – it looks somewhat like the iPad Mini . Dissimilar to the Apple tablet, however, the Tab A 8.0 is enclosed by plastic.

Measurements thought about

Its smooth back board is agreeable against your fingertips, and its adjusted edges make it simple to grasp, yet the nature of the plastic gives it a modest vibe. At 0.29-inch (7.4mm) thick and 0.69-pound (313g), it’s not the slimmest or the lightest tablet, but rather it’s unquestionably in the ballpark.

As a 8-inch tablet, the capacity to hold it in one hand is an outline advantage of its littler form. I didn’t have a major issue with this, however I can perceive how those with littler hands could have issues serenely grasping the Tab A.


Running Android Lollipop 5.0, the Tab A highlights Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. The skin is easy to understand, simple to explore, and stuffed with programming treats.

It comes loaded with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It’s a decent expansion, particularly for understudies and those keen on a versatile workstation, anyway without a console the product isn’t advantageous to use.

As a proprietor of another Galaxy tablet, you get a couple of free livens. The “System Gifts” incorporate 3-month preliminaries of Evernote Premium , Audiobooks by Audible and The New York Times, and additionally a 6-month preliminary membership to The Economist and Blinkist. There’s additionally in-application rewards for a couple of diversions and select applications.

In case you’re as of now settled in Samsung’s Galaxy, the SideSync 3.0 application is valuable for streamlining your gadgets. The application reflects your telephone’s screen, so as opposed to taking out your telephone to react to an instant message, you can just do as such utilizing the tablet. It proves to be useful at whatever point you’re bearing the two gadgets, however just need to utilize one.

The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 additionally includes a multi-window work. For a truly fundamental tablet, it easily handles running two applications are once. Not all applications are equipped for using the capacity, however normal, regularly utilized ones like the Google Play Store, Gmail and Chrome can. It won’t recreate what your PC can do using any and all means, however for fundamental multitasking, it’s a pleasant comfort.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab A houses a 1.2GHz quad-center Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of inward stockpiling, with a microSD card space that is expandable up to 128GB.

Other equipment highlights incorporate Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is certainly not a quick entertainer, however once subsided into an undertaking or movement, it tends to keep running easily. Browsing email, surfing the Web, gushing video and playing basic versatile amusements are for the most part smooth cruising.

Huge diversions and applications take momentarily to stack – somewhere in the range of 10 to 30 seconds – and if downloading applications or updates, execution backs off and slack can happen – however this is normal of most spending tablets.

The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 highlights a 1,024×768-pixel determination screen with a 4:3 viewpoint proportion. Sadly, content can seem pixilated, however it doesn’t make it difficult to peruse – it’s only an obvious update that you’re not precisely moving with the best.

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Luckily, HD video still looks sharp and fresh. Be that as it may, overwhelming video-watchers should need to mull over getting this Samsung show; the 4:3 angle proportion adds to letterboxing (the thick dark bars above and beneath the video), which means the video doesn’t fill the screen, and the single speaker gives dreary sound quality. Likewise, since it’s on the base edge, the speaker is anything but difficult to square – however that may be generally advantageous.

Gamers ought to likewise be tired of the Galaxy Tab A. In 3DMark benchmarks, it positioned the most reduced in all tests against similar models. I didn’t have numerous hiccups while playing amusements with the Galaxy Tab An, anyway these benchmarks demonstrate that in case you’re overwhelming on the gaming, you can improve the situation.

Specs looked at

3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited)

NOTE: Longer bars demonstrate better execution


Illustrations Score

NOTE: Longer bars demonstrate better execution


Material science Score

NOTE: Longer bars demonstrate better execution

The standard combine of cameras on the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 are not too bad for a tablet. Both the back 5-megapixel and forward looking 2-megapixel cameras deliver clear, in-center photographs, yet sharpness at full determination glances delicate around the edges and shading immersion falls on the dull side.

As indicated by Samsung, the Tab A should last around 13 hours, and in view of my experience, I trust it. On a full charge, with direct to-overwhelming use, I received two days in return. We tried it in the CR Lab by circling a neighborhood video in off-line mode and the Tab A found the middle value of 11 hours.


Samsung discharges a bigger number of tablets every year than some other producer, so it’s decent to see it at last couple its low-end models with moderate costs to coordinate.

In correlation, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 has a higher screen determination at 1,920×1,200, and it packs a valuable smaller scale HDMI port. Regardless of this, the Galaxy Tab A, (beside gaming) reliably performs smoother for most assignments, rendering it a more pragmatic decision for ordinary utilize.

Samsung’s own particular Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 can be as of now found for $200, and it houses an IR blaster, which means you can utilize it as a remote. However, the Galaxy Tab A still figures out how to one-up it with the most recent form of Android OS and the included programming advantages.

Beginning at $229, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A doesn’t exactly make the rundown for best tablets under $200, yet once the cost unavoidably drops, it likely will. Until at that point, despite everything it offers smooth execution and more programming treats than practically identical models.



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