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The Best Samsung Tablet

Last updated on August 29, 2019

We looked at the top 10 Samsung Tablets and dug through the reviews from 67 of the most popular review sites including Tech Radar, CNET, The Verge, Engadget, Consumer Reports, PC Magazine and more. The result is a ranking of the best Samsung Tablets.

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Our Picks For The Top Samsung Tablets

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

Samsung

Galaxy Tab A 8"; 16 GB Wifi Tablet

Overall Take

Armed with Quick Connect and other sharing features, this Galaxy Tab A is one device that plays well with others. The expandable memory option is a big bonus, as with other models. Battery life is good in any situation and great if you're watching the app usage; it can run... Read More

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Comparaboo, Best Reviews Guide, Top Reviews, Audio Authority, The Review Index, Next Thing and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" Quick Connect and SideSync features for sharing content with other devices."
Cons
"Galaxy Tab A 8.0 feature TFT touchscreens with the identical resolution of 1024 x 768, resulting in unfortunately low pixel densities of 160 ppi and 132 ppi respectively. This low resolution is certainly disappointing, as it would be something you’d..."

Samsung

Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids

Overall Take

This stripped-down Galaxy Tab E offers a streamlined portal to Samsung's popular Kids Mode. You get all the animated characters and interactive fun of the apps in that service for a fraction of the price of a full-featured tablet. A colorful protective case also comes included — a crucial component... Read More

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Android Central, Wiki EZ Vid, IGN, Do What You Love Mama. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" If you've ever enabled Kids Mode on your Galaxy phone, the interface on the Kids Tab E Lite will already be familiar — it's a pared down version of Android that displays large shortcuts to the bundled apps on the..."
Cons
"Like Amazon, it comes with a subscription to a kid-friendly content service, though Samsung only gives you three months of access for free, after which it’s $7.99 per month, which is much pricier than Amazon’s FreeTime."

Samsung

Galaxy Tab S2

Overall Take

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Tech Radar, CNET, The Verge, Engadget, Consumer Reports, PC Magazine and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 boasts a bright Super AMOLED screen with vivid colors and a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution that matches the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4."
Cons
"Unfortunately, the luminous quality of the display comes with a downside."
  The Best Value

Samsung

Galaxy Tab E 9.6"; 16 GB Wi-Fi Tablet

Overall Take

For a budget tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E does plenty. The 16 GB memory is enough for most households. That can be expanded to 128 MB with the use of a MicroSD card. The front and rear cameras also offer plenty of resolution for amateur photographers, and a fingerprint-resistant... Read More

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Tech Spot, Consumer Reports, BestReviews, Best Reviews Guide, Top Reviews, Wiki EZ Vid and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" It's inexpensive."
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The Best Overall

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″; 16 GB Wifi Tablet

Our Expert Score
8.6
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
13,660 user reviews
Our Take

Armed with Quick Connect and other sharing features, this Galaxy Tab A is one device that plays well with others. The expandable memory option is a big bonus, as with other models. Battery life is good in any situation and great if you're watching the app usage; it can run up to 14 hours in some cases.

What other experts liked
One highlight when it comes to the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is the battery life, with the devices packing large 4,200 mAh and 6,000 mAh batteries respectively. Using each tablet with Wi-Fi enabled and the screen brightness set at 75%...
- Audio Authority
Quick Connect and SideSync features for sharing content with other devices.
- DesTopCon
What other experts didn't like
Galaxy Tab A 8.0 feature TFT touchscreens with the identical resolution of 1024 x 768, resulting in unfortunately low pixel densities of 160 ppi and 132 ppi respectively. This low resolution is certainly disappointing, as it would be something you’d...
- Audio Authority
The Android version is a bit old.
- DesTopCon

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6″; 16 GB Wi-Fi Tablet

Expert Summarized Score
7.6
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
9,473 user reviews
Our Take

For a budget tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E does plenty. The 16 GB memory is enough for most households. That can be expanded to 128 MB with the use of a MicroSD card. The front and rear cameras also offer plenty of resolution for amateur photographers, and a fingerprint-resistant coating keeps the screen clean.

What other experts liked
It's inexpensive.
- Tech Spot
Screen coating reduces fingerprints and makes cleaning easier.
- Consumer Reports
Internal 16gb can expand to 128gb with memory card.
- BestReviews
It has dual high-definition cameras and a battery that can last all day.
- Wiki EZ Vid
What other experts didn't like
Only one USB port.
- Tech Spot
Screen resolution only 157 pixels per inch, coarser than most.
- Consumer Reports
Sound and images could be a little clearer and volume could be a bit louder.
- BestReviews
Sound quality can be poor.
- Wiki EZ Vid

Overall Product Rankings

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″; 16 GB Wifi Tablet

Overall Score: 9.1
Reviews Included: 11

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 7

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 11

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB

Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 14

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, 10.5″

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 15

6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 14

7. Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6″; 16 GB Wi-Fi Tablet

Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 10

8. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

Overall Score: 8.0
Reviews Included: 9

9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Overall Score: 7.8
Reviews Included: 7

10. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7″; 8 GB Wifi Tablet

Overall Score: 7.2
Reviews Included: 6

Our Samsung Tablet Buying Guide

Buying a tablet these days isn’t like buying a suit. You only need a suit to do one thing, and that’s fit well. A tablet? You can use it as a workstation, a communications hub or to get your daily news. You can use it for video gaming, as a jukebox or Netflix viewer — or whatever else will keep your kids quiet in the back seat on long car rides. Clearly, one size does not fit all.

That’s just the beginning of its applications, but Samsung Galaxy tablets have been around since 2010 for a reason.  Even their budget models can do quite a bit without breaking the bank, thanks to their versatile Android operating system and open-door policy when it comes to apps.

Among those budget models, Samsung’s Galaxy type A and E tabs are a good example of what you can expect for the low end of their pricing scale. The Tab E series was first released in 2015 as a no-frills tablet that allowed users to customize as they wish from the Google Play stores a vast array of apps.

The Tab A series, released the same year, has gone through a few different updates and size configurations. It’s a mid-range model, but it does come with one big, distinctive perk: free, built-in versions of the Microsoft Office suite, including useful software like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. If you’re looking for a work tablet, that asset alone makes the Tab A pretty tempting.

No matter which model you get, there are certain handy features you can expect. In the Galaxy versus iPad debate, the Samsung Galaxy’s expandable memory often comes up as an advantage, and it’s a big one if you plan on storing lots of media or playing a lot of technologically demanding games. While some iPads may have bigger internal memory (especially in the more recent generations), they’re largely limited to the cap you see on the box. With most Galaxy tablets, you have the option to add up to to 128 GB of storage on a microSD card. Mind you, the SD cards are typically not included, but it’s good to have the option if you need it.

Another big difference between tablets on the Android OS (such as Galaxy) and Apple products is the marketplace for apps. On your Galaxy tablet, you’ll be shopping for apps on Google Play, as opposed to Apple’s App Store. And while you’ll find a lot of the same apps on both of them, there’s a somewhat wider variety on the Google Play. You might not care about or even notice the difference, unless you happen to be a former iPad user. Certain apps are not usable across different operating systems, and one big example is their primary media player. Movies bought on Google Play can be used on iPhone if you have that app, but the same can’t be said in reverse for movies bought on Apple’s iTunes store. Without some serious hacking, you won’t be able to view iTunes content on your Galaxy tablet.

Galaxy tablets do sport some other nice proprietary features, depending on the model, like their multi-user mode that saves different log-ins for different people, along with their particular set of apps and documents — a big plus for larger families. Some also have a multi-window option that lets you open two compatible apps side by side, which gives the tablet a smidgen of laptop-lite capability.

In general, though, you can count on Samsung’s tablets to be highly customizable. The more tweaking you put into it, the more productivity you’re likely to get out.

DWYM Fun Fact

Still got an old tablet hanging around? There’s no need to go through the trouble of selling it cheap. Even offline, an old tablet can be a workhorse around the house.

You can set it on a nightstand and use it as a digital photo frame. Or, download the right apps for your TV or audio equipment, and turn it into a universal remote for your home entertainment system. Finally, you can also use it as a dedicated (and interactive) desk calendar, complete with alerts for important events.

The Samsung Tablet Tips and Advice

  • Half the point of having a tablet is portability. You want to be able to use it anywhere, so make sure to check that your Samsung Galaxy has connectivity that fits with your lifestyle. Most models are able to go online via Wi-Fi or mobile networks, but some Tab E tablets are strictly Wi-Fi. That may work fine if you’re planning to fire it up at home or in large urban areas, but be prepared to settle for offline usage on road trips or remote locations.
  • The first things you’ll probably want to do after getting your settings right is download some apps for your tablet. Thanks to the Google Play store’s wide variety, you’ll find no shortage of widgets, from the big ones like Facebook and Twitter to innovative indie games for you and the kids. But buyer beware! Google Play tends to be a bit more unregulated, and while you won’t have much to worry about from big name apps, there is some pirated, buggy or just plain malicious material out there in the far reaches of the marketplace. Be sure to check the ratings — especially on apps intended for children — and report any defective content. If you’re squeamish about purchasing an unknown app, check the terms. Many reputable ones offer a grace period where you can cancel your purchase in a few days and avoid the charge.
  • Planning on taking lots of pictures? Samsung Galaxy tablets come with front and rear facing cameras, and the space to play around with photo editing apps makes them great for home video. But if you’re picky about the resolution, check the specs for both the front and rear cameras. The most modern Galaxy tabs can get up to 13 megapixels on the rear cam, and while the 5-8 MP on the Tab A and E models may be nothing to sneeze at, it’s not likely to beat what you can already take with your smartphone.
  • Buying your tablet for a youngster? Samsung has a Kids Mode available on most older models, and it’s a great way to keep kids both entertained and in check. The app not only has dedicated games and activities, but you can monitor your child’s usage and set time limits for how long they can play. You can also move other approved apps under the Kids Mode umbrella and have them protected by a password. And while Kids Mode is free, there is one other investment that you should definitely make for younger tykes: a childproof tablet case.

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As a homeowner of seven years and a journalist for the past 20, Tod Caviness had to learn to be a handyman quick — or at least stock a garage like one. He's happy if he can log as many weekly hours on his stationary bike as he does on PS4 strategy games, but how-to sites on the internet win out over both of them.