Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB

Last updated date: July 9, 2019

DWYM Score

9.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB

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We looked at the top Tablets and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Tablet you should buy.

Editor's Note August 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Tablet for a detailed review of all the top tablets.

Overall Take

If you're more comfortable using an Android operating system, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is the model for you. Not only that, but it runs for up to 13 hours without needing a charge and has a great screen resolution for gaming and streaming all your favorite shows.


In our analysis of 140 expert reviews, the Samsung Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB placed 3rd when we looked at the top 23 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Enjoy powerful performance and a vibrant display with the Black 10.1" Galaxy Tab a from Samsung. This tablet features a Samsung exynos 7870 chip set, which utilizes an octa-core processor clocked at speeds up to 1.6 GHz. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. It's also equipped with a micro SD slot that supports microSDXC cards up to 2TB. Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity is also integrated for pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as Select headphones and accessories. Troubleshoot: For software related issues can be resolved by performing a factory reset on the product which will reload the software back to new in box condition by turning off the device and while pressing and holding the volume up key and the home key, pressing the power key. All personal information should be backed up prior to this step as it will delete all customer and local content. While unfortunate, all electronics regardless of manufacturer have a small possibility of having problems. If this is the case, the customer can contact 1-800 Samsung for troubleshooting, support and if required repair through Samsung Warranty service. Location Technology - GPS,Glonass

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.9
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.1
8,118 user reviews

What experts liked

Storage can be expanded using the micro-SD card reader. Very good display quality. Restricted profiles can be used for children.
- Consumer Reports
As thin as the iPad 2 and even lighter, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the sexiest Honeycomb (soon upgradeable to Android 4.0) tablet we've seen. Also, it has an 8-megapixel back camera and a 2-megapixel front camera, and powerful dual speakers.
- CNET
August 16, 2012 | Full review
The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has a microSD slot, and the original version is sometimes bundled with a 32GB card. Higher-capacity cards are available, of course, allowing this tablet to be easily upgraded by those who want to carry around large amounts of video or music. The slot is protected behind a small door so the card isn’t likely to be accidentally ejected.
- Tablet PC Review
December 28, 2016 | Full review
For some peoples surprise the tablet actually has physical buttons which have been steadily been missing from the most modern tablets.
- Best Tech Reviews
With a spacious ten-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab A 10 is a solid choice for a variety of needs. Multitask with ease via the split-screen display, knowing that there's plenty of room to see both apps and more than enough power to keep them running at optimal performance.
- Wiki EZ Vid
March 15, 2018 | Full review
Good screen size and resolution. Long battery life and excellent storage capabilities. Included S Pen is a big plus, and tablet is robust enough to run more advanced and graphics apps.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
An improved battery ensures more autonomous operation, thus allowing for longer battery life in comparison to its analogs.
- Best Advisor
March 25, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Nothing significant
- Consumer Reports
The lack of ports on the tablet will be a problem for some and the plastic back leaves it feeling less solid than the iPad 2.
- CNET
August 16, 2012 | Full review
Bulkier than is ideal.
- Tablet PC Review
December 28, 2016 | Full review
The first think you notice about Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is that its feels and looks a bit bulkier than the average tablet now days.
- Best Tech Reviews
Charging cord is too short for some users. Tablets can power off unexpectedly. Pre-bundled apps may bog down performance, but can be switched off. A few reported issues with screen failing after a few months.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
It is heavier than other models.
- Best Advisor
March 25, 2019 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

Apple iPad, 9.7-inch (128GB)

2. Apple iPad, 9.7-inch (128GB)

Overall Score: 9.0
Huawei MediaPad M5

4. Huawei MediaPad M5

Overall Score: 8.9
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch

6. Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch

Overall Score: 8.7
Apple iPad 6

7. Apple iPad 6

Overall Score: 8.7
Apple iPad mini 4

8. Apple iPad mini 4

Overall Score: 8.6
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

9. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Overall Score: 8.5
Apple iPad Pro

10. Apple iPad Pro

Overall Score: 8.3
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

11. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Overall Score: 8.2
Amazon Fire HD 10

12. Amazon Fire HD 10

Overall Score: 8.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

13. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Overall Score: 8.0
Amazon Fire HD 8

14. Amazon Fire HD 8

Overall Score: 7.5
Amazon Fire 7 Kids

16. Amazon Fire 7 Kids

Overall Score: 7.3
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

17. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Overall Score: 7.3
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

18. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

Overall Score: 7.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite

21. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite

Overall Score: 6.1

An Overview On Tablets

Whether you’re bored on the train or stranded in your doctor’s waiting room, a tablet can keep you entertained. Depending on the apps you’ve downloaded, you can work, read, catch up on your favorite TV show or just play a quick game of Candy Crush Saga.

But when it comes to tablets, not all are created equal. The iPad may have become synonymous with the model, but there are many other versions available. Amazon’s Kindle, which started out as a simple e-reader, has expanded to include apps, games and video streaming. Over time, this has put it on par with all the other tablets on the market.

If you’re shopping for a tablet, though, there are plenty of things to consider. First of all, where will you be using it? If you see yourself lounging by the pool this summer and catching up on the latest beach reads, outside screen visibility is a huge factor. On the other hand, if you think you’ll be downloading hours of Netflix movies to watch on your overseas flight, storage is a must.

In most areas, you can’t go wrong with an iPad. But whether you choose the standard or Pro model also depends on your own unique needs. The newer Pro releases feature the much-touted liquid retina display, which offers a viewing experience like no other. But you’ll have to pay extra for that, so it’s important to know in advance how much the feature matters to you.

Headphone jacks are also an important issue if you’re buying a tablet. As with the iPhone, newer iPads feature only a lightning port, which makes it difficult to charge your tablet and listen to audio at the same time. You’ll also need to consider what accessories you need, including whether you need a keyboard or what type of case you want.

As important as the viewing experience is, though, portability is also a significant factor. Unless you’re going for an iPad Mini, you’ll get the smallest and most lightweight tablet with the Amazon Fire HD 8. It may not seem like much at the moment, but when you’re sliding your tablet into your backpack to take with you on vacation, every extra ounce will matter.

Lastly, your budget will factor heavily into the type of tablet you buy. Although tablets are largely more affordable than laptops, there is still a wide variation in price between the Kindle Fire and any of the latest iPads. If you’re simply looking for a device for reading books and playing a few games, the Fire may do the trick. However, for fuller functionality, you may want to save enough to go for the pricier iPad.

The Tablet Buying Guide

  • One of the best things about a tablet is that you can take it on the go. If you want to slide it into a purse or laptop bag, though, size does matter. The Amazon Fire 10 is smaller than the latest iPads on the market, with dimensions of 10.3” X 6.3” and thicknesses of 0.4.” If you’re looking at iPads, though, the standard iPad will be the smallest, at 9.4” X 6.6” and 0.29” thickness.
  • As crucial as portability is, you also need an adequate screen size for screening videos, playing games or whatever activities you plan to do on your tablet. The nearly 10-inch height of the iPad Pro is designed for that reason. On the latest iPad Pro, you’ll get an 11-inch display, compared to the 10-inch display of the more compact Amazon Fire HD 10.
  • Size isn’t the only factor when considering a tablet’s screen. iPads feature a liquid retina display, which uses a larger number of pixels to create a screen as smooth as print on paper. Although the Fire HD 10 boasts a 1920 X 1200 high-definition picture, the difference is very noticeable when compared side by side with an iPad.
  • As you’re toting your tablet around, weight becomes an increasingly important issue. Weight is pretty straightforward with the iPad and iPad Pro, which all measure 1.03 pounds with the Wi-Fi model. Add an additional 0.02 pounds for the cellular-enabled model. You’ll save a little weight with the Amazon Fire 10, which totals only 17.7 ounces.
  • One weakness of tablets has been outdoor readability. If you’re planning to pack up your tablet and take your favorite beach read to the actual beach, that’s an important feature. Although nothing beats a paper-based book or even the Kindle Paperwhite, the retina display on the iPad 7 and 8 comes close. You’ll also find the Fire HD 10’s automatic lighting adjustment works well when you’re outside.
  • Today’s top tablets automatically adjust to the lighting in the room you’re in. If this is important to you, stick with the Fire HD 10 or iPad Pro since the regular iPad doesn’t have that feature.
  • If you’re planning to watch movies or play games on your tablet, power is everything. The Kindle Fire falls short in this area, but you can take your pick of the iPad editions. For best results, splurge on the latest iPad Pro, which promises to be three times faster than previous editions.
  • Tablets can be great for storing music and photos. You can even download movies and TV shows to watch when you’ll be away from Wi-Fi for a while. But you’ll need plenty of storage for this. The latest iPad offers up to a full terabyte of storage, provided you buy the most expensive version. The Fire HD 10 offers only 32 GB of storage, but you can expand up to 400 GB using a MicroSD card.
  • You’re probably planning to watch films or TV series on your new tablet. For that, you’ll need a headphone jack, especially if you’ll be listening in public. One negative to the latest iPads: the lack of a headphone jack, which means you’ll need a special lightning-equipped set of earbuds to listen. Even then, if you’re trying to charge and listen, you’ll run into trouble since there’s only one jack for that. If headphones matter to you, consider the Fire HD 10, which has a standard 3.5mm stereo jack.
  • Before you buy, decide whether you’ll need to be able to move files from your tablet to another device. Much of this sort of thing is done through the iCloud these days, but with Apple, it can be complicated if your other devices aren’t Apple products. The Kindle Fire isn’t much better. In either case, you’ll need to connect your device using a USB and move the files manually.
  • Apps are an important part of tablet ownership. It’s important to note that with any Amazon tablet, you’ll need access to an Amazon Prime membership to listen to music and watch movies. The iPad, however, lets you download whatever apps you need, although you’ll still need to pay for many of them. With the Samsung Galaxy tablet, you can download apps through Google Play.
  • Every tablet needs accessories. Look into the options for keyboards and covers. If a keyboard is important to you, you’ll want to stick with the iPad Pro, since the standard version doesn’t have the keyboard connector.
  • Tablets can find themselves in some precarious situations, often landing in the hands of children or enduring adventure-filled vacations. That makes ruggedness an important consideration. Neither Amazon’s nor Apple’s models are waterproof, nor are they designed to withstand extreme conditions. However, you can buy cases that will offer protection.
  • If you’re heading out for the day, it’s important to have a tablet that will last. The latest iPad Pro promises up to 10 hours of battery life. The Fire HD 10 promises the same, but the battery tends to drain much faster if you’re doing activities like streaming video.
  • When your battery does run down, it can help to have a battery that charges fairly quickly. The newer iPads feature Apple’s quick-charging capabilities, but you’ll need the right accessories.
  • Digital pencils are all the rage. If you want to draw, handwrite or just make gaming a little easier, consider an iPad. The latest models are all compatible with the Apple Pencil.
  • All that aside, though, price is perhaps the biggest differentiator. You can get a new Amazon Fire HD 10 for around $120 — even cheaper if you catch it on sale. The standard iPad goes for around $350, while Pro versions tend to be more in the $1,000 range.
  • It’s worth noting that tablet design hasn’t changed much since Microsoft revealed the first one in 2000. The design was very similar to what’s seen on the market today. In 2002, Microsoft launched a version with Windows XP that continued the design.