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For nearly ten years, Apple has dominated the tablet market with the iPad Mini, iPad, and iPad Pro. Ever since Steve Jobs introduced the world to the very first iPad in 2010, these mobile models are considered high-quality devices for everyday and professional use.
However, thereâ€™s a crop of people who arenâ€™t Apple and iOS users but demand a comparable high-performance tablet that runs on Android. Over the years, there really hasnâ€™t been a competitor to Apple in the tablet market â€” until now. With the release of the all-newÂ Samsung Galaxy Tab AÂ 10.1-inch tablet.
This is the first real alternative to the Apple iPad and the first mobile device that might convince iPad users to switch to Android. And, itâ€™s now on sale for $249.99 (with an additional $50 off coupon) on Amazon for a limited time.
Normally retailing for $329.99, theÂ Samsung Galaxy Tab AÂ is competitively priced with the standard 9.7-inch Apple iPad model. But the Tab A has a few more features and panache to entice old and new customers alike.
The slim tablet weighs just 1.3 pounds and boasts 128GB of storage out-of-the-box (expandable up to an additional 512GB via microSD card), compared to Appleâ€™s 32GB (without expandability) for the same price. On top of that, the Tab Aâ€™s 10.1-inch display is a full HD widescreen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution.
The Galaxy Tab A also includes an 8-megapixel rear shooter with a 5-megapixel selfie cam on the front for video calls. This camera set is actually better than the one that comes with an Apple iPad.
All these features allow the Android tablet to give you a better and more immersive viewing experience, as it mimics the familiarity of watching movies and TV shows on a big screen â€” but youâ€™re itâ€™s all in the palm of your hands.
In fact, Samsungâ€™s high-quality displays are so premium,Â Apple partnered with the South Korean companyÂ to manufacturer all the displays for the iPad and iPhone. So even if youâ€™re an iPad user, youâ€™re still using a Samsung touchscreen.
Shop it: $249.99 with an additional $50 off coupon (was $329.99), amazon.com
As far as audio, theÂ Samsung Galaxy Tab AÂ includes Dolby Atoms surround sound with dual-channel audio in a full-stereo build for clarity. With up to 14 hours of battery life and 3GB of memory, this Android tablet is more than suitable and zippy for browsing the internet, listening to music, playing mobile games, watching YouTube videos, and light professional work â€” including word processing, spreadsheets, and creating and giving presentations.
Simply put, this Samsung tablet is capable of doing more than a standard Apple iPad. And, if youâ€™re a Samsung Galaxy S10 (or lower) user, this tablet syncs perfectly with your smartphone, so that you can have a seamless experience between mobile devices.
If youâ€™re looking for an easy-to-use tablet or one for a first-time user, thisÂ Samsung Galaxy Tab AÂ is an excellent option to consider â€” especially now that itâ€™s a fraction of the cost of an Apple iPad.
â€œThis may be a budget tablet, but it doesn’t feel like it. Zippy in every application,â€Â wrote a happy Amazon customer. â€œNice to have expandable storage. [The] screen is beautiful, and the colors pop. Battery life is great compared to some tablets I’ve used in the past. I’ve done normal usage (streaming, games, browsing) for a day and still had some charge left.â€
â€œLove this tablet! Fast, beautiful image quality, great camera. I mostly use my phone for games and YouTube,â€ another ecstaticÂ Samsung userÂ raved. I’ve had a couple of tablets that couldn’t quite play some of my games smoothly. This one has a lot of memory plus an SD card. It plays all my games smoothly & does everything else exactly as fast as I want it. Totally recommend this one.â€
Shop it: Samsung Galaxy Tab A, $249.99 with an additional $50 off coupon (was $329.99), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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