Better than ipad, once you get used to it. Had an ipad for years but eventually gave up the ghoust. This was less than half the cost and performs just as well if not better, comes fully loaded with office 365 with no additional cost. Clear screen with fast response on all apps. I honestly agree, Samsung is better than Apple. Even changed my iphone for a Samsung phone, dont miss Apple as andriod performs better and has more content on the Play store.
Much faster than my previous (4 years old) tablet and with a much clearer and more vivid screen. The increased memory makes streaming a more incident-free experience, too. The longer and shallower screen format is taking a while to get used to but, overall, a brilliant upgrade.
I have been a long term fan of all thing Apple, but when an impending stay in hospital started to loom, I was looking for a solution to the problem of no-removable-storage which exists on the iPad range, and doesn't look like changing any time soon. In the war between mobile tech brands, it seems that the hottest competition is between Apple and Samsung so the Korean brand seemed like the best place to start.
The Samsung tablet range is frankly huge and a bit daunting to study. I eventually worked ot that there is the 'S' line and the 'A' line. New for 2016 is the 10.1" A line being reviewed here. It has a spec bump from last year's 9.6" model, resulting in a pixel density of 224 ppi. That's more than enough for movies and photos to look crystal clear, and I can't even make out any rough edges on text - large of small pitch.
The Octa-core Exynos 7870 chip that runs the show is more than adequate for anything you might want to do. It would be better with more than 2GB of RAM but it's not the end of the world and a tweak on the developer settings has made the whole thing move a bit slicker.
Multi-tasking works every bit as well as the iPad Pro. You can split the screen to a ratio of your own choosing and even pop out a window to work on. These are premium features at mid-range price.
The 8MP snapper does a capable job, even in low light conditions, aided by the standard Samsung LED flash. Sellfies and video calls are performed with a 2MP front facing camera. That is also more than adequate, with the vibrant PLS-LCD capacitive touchscreen showing the snaps at their best.
Sadly lacking on this bargain slate is a fingerprint scanner, but Android's othr security measures serve well enough, but anyone used to an Apple device will miss this feature. Battery life is as good as the specs say, with a full 10 hours of mixed use consistently achieved.
Build quality is probably what you'd expect at this price point. It does have a very plastic feel to it, but the back plate doesn't pick up scratches easily and although it's thicker than your average iPad, it feels comfortable it the hand at a weight of just 525kg.
The device benefits from the outstanding Google Play store for a great selection of apps for every purpose you can imagine. The device comes pre-loaded with Microsoft office which is free to use following a simple registration. This functions seamlessly with my work based documents and spreadsheets.
In summary, if you are looking for a low cost alternative to the iPad, you have found it with the A-line Galaxy Tab. The screen ratio might seem strange at first, but if you're consuming lots of media on this device, the screen is perfectly shaped for a movie experience.
Been using it for a few months and it's probably the best tablet on the market for it's size, extremely fast excellent WIFI connection it connects even to the worst AP with the worst signal everywhere where not even my phone can and has a very fast and stable connection decent brightness has a headphone jack but the most important part has to be the battery... it's a complete beast it simply does not drain. i forget to charge it for days even when used daily for several hours it lasts over 8-9 days . Very happy with the pruchase