At some point, you realize that you need a tablet, the smartphone screen is relatively small, you want not only a large diagonal, but, possibly, replace your computer by buying a tablet with a keyboard. There may be a huge number of reasons why you wanted to buy a tablet, but then another difficulty begins – how to choose the right model that is right for you, has the best price / quality ratio for you. In the current lineup of tablets from Samsung, there are more than twenty models, if you count those that support the LTE module or have only Wi-Fi on board. These are both budget models at a minimal cost and flagships. In this article, we will figure out what to look for and how to choose the right tablet for your tasks from Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line.
Let’s start with a simple division – the basic line of tablets from Samsung has the letter A in the name, that is, these are Tab A7, A7 Lite and others. The top line of tablets starts with the letter S, for example, these are Tab S7, S7 +, S7 FE and others. The positioning of devices suggests who they are targeting, but does not reveal it to the end.
Perhaps you need to start with the simplest – where will you use the tablet. For example, if it is assumed that this is an exclusively home device that will travel with you to the dacha or go on vacation from time to time, then there is no point in considering LTE support as vital, the Wi-Fi version of the tablet is enough for you. After all, at home you will always be provided with communication, you will not use your tablet on the go, somewhere in parks or on trips outside the usual walls of offices. For those who, on the contrary, assume that communication will be needed everywhere and always, do not want to distribute the Internet from their smartphone, a tablet with a built-in LTE modem becomes an unambiguous choice.
Another feature of tablets with an LTE modem of the Galaxy Tab line is that they fully support not only mobile Internet, but also voice calls and SMS. There are no restrictions, before you is a smartphone, but made in a different body. Since tablets are much larger than smartphones, it is impossible to hold them in one hand, you can talk using a connected headset. I know that many people buy Galaxy tablets because of this, use them to make calls and work in other applications at the same time, it is also convenient to work with SMS here. In addition, the presence of LTE gives a built-in GPS / GLONASS receiver, which allows using the tablet for navigation, for example, in a car. Of course, for navigation, it is worth choosing models with a small diagonal so that they do not obstruct the view.
So, you have decided what type of connection you need, only Wi-Fi or the ability to install a SIM card in your tablet, and then you have a task that looks a little more difficult – which diagonal to choose? A small tablet that fits in a deep jacket pocket, a 10 “device, or a maximum screen size comparable to a 13” laptop? Ergonomics vary greatly, as well as what tasks you can solve on such devices.
It’s worth rethinking how you will use your tablet and where. If you need a tablet for your usual tasks, for example, reading the Internet and mail, playing games, launching a movie in the evening, then the screen diagonal comes to the fore. The larger the diagonal, the better in theory. In practice, you need to think about how the 12.4-inch diagonal of the Tab S7 + will affect ergonomics, whether it will be convenient to hold the tablet while lying on the couch or not. Perhaps you should consider 10-inch models, you will lose in the screen, but you will gain in weight and size, such devices will become the golden mean.
And here the following advice will help you – if you are considering models with a maximum diagonal, then you should buy a cover-cover for them, which transforms into a stand.
The presence of a stand cover will save you from having to hold the tablet in your hands, and this, in turn, will give you maximum freedom. In the Tab S line, you can choose both regular cases and those that have a built-in keyboard, that is, they turn the tablet into a computer replacement.
Moreover, such keyboards may differ, they may also have a touchpad, which turns tablets into a full-fledged working tool. And here everything again rests on the screen diagonal, because the size of the device depends on it. The larger the diagonal, the larger the keyboard, as a result, it is more comfortable. Therefore, if you plan to choose a tablet as a replacement for a computer or as a second portable computer, then you should choose a large diagonal. For such an application, it makes sense to consider the Tab S models, to choose them based on the screen diagonal and the amount of memory.
Most tablet models support memory cards, that is, you can expand the memory as needed, not limited only by the volume that you initially chose. This is a huge advantage for any buyer, as the life of the tablet is extended to its maximum, such devices last for many years, and the reason for replacement is often a lack of memory. Here the manufacturer allows you to avoid this. It seems that this is a trifle, but in fact the presence of memory cards turns out to be a huge advantage, you can store your photos, videos and movies on the card, you do not need any cloud storage for this. In some situations, this is an irreplaceable thing, for example, those leaving for a shift to drilling in Siberia often take tablets with them, in memory of which films and music are stored for the entire couple of weeks away from home.
What else is important to pay attention to? In my opinion, in addition to the screen diagonal, the type of display should also be considered. We all know that AMOLED screens are always used in flagship devices, TFT screens in inexpensive models. In tablets, everything is exactly the same, in the Tab S series you will find AMOLED screens almost everywhere, in Tab A it will be TFT.
The quality of color reproduction, the brightness of the screens, their usability is higher for models with AMOLED displays, for example, as in the Tab S7 +, and they also support a screen refresh rate of 120 Hz. Apps work much nicer visually, scrolling in lists is smoother. It seems that these are subtle differences, but in practice you get used to it almost instantly and you can no longer refuse. This does not mean at all that TFT displays are terrible, they are at an excellent level for the market, just AMOLED screens are much higher than this level, which is typical for Samsung, since the company supplies its solutions not only for its products, they are chosen by direct competitors from for their characteristics.
Samsung pioneered the adaptation of the stylus for mobile devices, many of the company’s tablets include the S Pen (and again the Tab S), which allows you to draw, draw diagrams, and write by hand. The most advanced software that makes the S Pen not only convenient, but hooks on it and does not allow you to abandon the notes that you take by hand. The updated Samsung Notes app could well claim to be one of the best organizers on the planet. Usually people don’t think of the S Pen, they think it’s a free add-on, but it’s a huge competitive advantage for the Tab S line, and it’s worth seriously considering having such a pen, as it greatly expands what you can do and what you can do on the device. You get the S Pen in the box for free; you don’t need to buy this accessory separately.
We can dig into the description of specific models, but it is more important to equip you with the principle of choice, so that regardless of how the line of Samsung tablets changes, you can choose the right device in terms of price / quality ratio, and most importantly, choose it for yourself.
Outside the brackets is such an important parameter as the cost of the tablet. For example, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite costs 12,990 rubles, which is adequate for its characteristics and appearance.
Despite being the most affordable tablet in Samsung’s lineup, you get exactly the same Android security updates, the same OneUI interface, and decent speed. The company creates universal solutions, when choosing older models, you get a familiar work experience, but also additional features that make using the device more interesting. For example, Tab A7 Lite has stereo speakers, older models have four speakers, and the sound when watching movies is not only louder, but also much richer.
Speaking of software, it should be noted that all Samsung tablets support a number of additional modes, for example, they have a “Kid Mode”. You can set limits for your child on programs, the time of their use, and the built-in apps are fun and designed for preschoolers and those who have not learned to read. The variety of content you can download is overwhelming.
But giving children your tablet is not always a great idea, you may need it, it is difficult for a small child to explain that a dad or mom needs a tablet to work. So it might be worth considering the Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition, a tablet based on the Tab A8 2019 but for kids. This is the most inexpensive offer in the lineup from Samsung – 11,990 rubles.
The set includes a rubber cover-stand, it is shock-resistant, and the child will not be able to break the screen or the case. You can put your tablet and watch cartoons on the table.
The screen of this tablet is 8 inches, but at the same time it is quite lightweight and lasts a long time on a single charge. The performance of the tablet is more than enough for all children’s entertainment, and it is excellent as a first device. And later you can remove the child mode, and your grown child will continue to use the tablet, but already as a regular device. Here you can kill two birds with one stone.
Additionally, this kids tablet comes with a whole range of kids apps and content. Here there is the “Smeshariki” so beloved by children, the opportunity to try educational programs and then decide whether your child needs to learn English in them or not. This is a good offer for the smallest users and their parents.
What do you recommend specifically? What models should you pay attention to?
People are always waiting for specific advice, which should dot all the “i’s” so that there is no ambiguity. Please try to evaluate how you will use the tablet, look at the important characteristics that are mentioned above.
For those who are used to choosing the most-most, not to have any compromises, my advice is to pay attention to the Galaxy Tab S7 / S7 +, you should choose between them by the screen size, the second model is noticeably larger. As a universal tablet that is omnivorous and has no limitations, it is worth looking at the Galaxy Tab S7. An excellent machine in terms of price / quality ratio, this is a flagship device.
If the price bites, but you want something similar, then take a look at the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. The same aesthetics and body materials, excellent battery life, and in order to achieve a more attractive price, they sacrificed a small number of parameters that many would not consider the most important. In short, a very interesting model in its price segment, there is something to see here.
In the budget segment, pay attention to the Tab A7 / A7 Lite, both models are very good in terms of ergonomics and performance in their price class.
Finally, for the little ones, there is the Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition, which we talked about above. This is an interesting offer that has no analogues on the market.
As you can see, the variety of tablet models from Samsung allows you to choose the device for you, carefully select the characteristics and pay the right price. Choose wisely, as a tablet is a device that will be with you for many years, and software updates from the manufacturer will extend its life cycle as much as possible. Happy shopping!
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