Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Review

Last Updated on August 21, 2021 by Ernest

Here is everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is an absolute powerhouse of a tablet. It is a must-buy if you are looking for a mid-range budget tablet. The device is loaded with cool specifications and features. The tablet has a very stable design as well and looks compact and slim.

Samsung launched two models from which you can select either one. The two models are SM-T515 and SM-T510. You get three color models in both the models and they are Black, Silver, and Gold.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is conveniently priced at $258 and the price is really affordable and bang on considering how loaded the device is. There are multiple storage options and RAM capacity in different models and as you go higher in the storage capacity so does the price. But still, the pricing is justified for any Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 model.

One of the most noticeable features straight away about the tab is its humongous battery life. Samsung has claimed that the 6150 mAh battery will last 13 hours of video time. Now that is super impressive. The battery is non-removable. 

Let’s delve further into the tablet and see how it fares in different categories.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Samsung Budget Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
7.8/10 Our Score
  • Smooth display
  • Huge battery life
  • Elegant and comfortable design(built for durability)
  • Dolby speaker
  • HD display
  • Budget pricing
  • Limited storage
  • No fast charging
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Both speakers are on the same side of the device

 

7.1

For Movies:8.5
For Note-Taking:5
For Drawing:4.5
For Gaming:7.5
For Reading:9
For Photo-Editing:4
For Video-Calls:9
For Web-Surfing/Social Media:9.5

 

A very reliable device with good qualities and a favorable price range. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a quality device with standard Samsung reliability. For a mid-budget price range, the device is loaded with features and a sleek design. Overall the tablet is remarkable.

Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Let’s see how the specifications are of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1.

 

  • Display: 10.1” inch display, 295.8 cm(80.7% screen-to-body ratio), 1200 * 1920 pixels(224 ppi density)
  • Dimensions: 245.2 x 149.4 x 7.5 mm (9.65 x 5.88 x 0.30 in)
  • Processor: Android 9.0, One UI 3.0, Octa-core 1.8 GHz
  • Memory: 32GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 3GB RAM
  • Camera: 8 MP main camera with a/f, 5 MP selfie camera with fixed focus
  • Battery: Li-Po 6150 mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Sound: Dual stereo speakers with Dolby 3D Atmos, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Weight: 1.03 lb(469 g)

Who Is This Device For? 

  • For movies and streaming

With a 10.1 inch display, silky smooth touch-screen, and a 6150 mAh battery, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is perfect for long hours of streaming or a movie marathon. The mega battery lasts the whole day easily and it is suitable for lengthy streaming. 

The screen-to-body ratio is also very decent at 80.7%, so you get almost the whole screen display without the side-screen panels taking up the space. 

  • For gamers

The HUGE battery life is a major factor here as well. The display is smooth and there is little to no lag when you open the gaming apps. The gaming apps drain out the battery pretty fast but with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1’s 6150 mAh battery you can easily compensate for that loss. 

The huge display is also helpful when it comes to gaming. You can play the basic candy crush, subway surfer and it looks beautiful on the big display or you can even try the heavy first-person games like Crusaders King or Call of Duty, and still, the display holds without lag. The big display, good processor, and massive battery life are perfect for gamers.

  • For travelers

Despite having a 10.1-inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is surprisingly lightweight so it can easily be traveled around with. Not to mention the great battery life, with one full charge and economical use, one can use the tablet for a couple of days easily. 

  • For everyday use

Everyday users, that like to check YouTube, Gmail, chat with family & friends, internet browsing, media, pictures, etc. Everything you can do on your phone you can do on this Samsung tablet, but with a bit better performance – you’ll have a bigger screen, better speakers, and some other features.

Features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

 

7.1

 

For Movies:8.5

For Note-Taking:5

For Drawing:4.5

For Gaming:7.5

For Reading:9

For Photo-Editing:4

For Video-Calls:9

For Web-Surfing/Social Media:9.5

 

  • Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has a 10.1-inch display with 1200 * 1920 pixels resolution and an 80.7% screen-to-body ratio(224 ppi density). The narrow bezels enhance the viewing experience even more. The display is smooth as well as the touch-screen. 

The massive 10.1-inch display in itself is one of the tablet’s main strengths and combining them with the dual speakers with Dolby 3D Atmos sound makes it an ominous choice for quality video streaming. 

  • Storage

When it comes to storage you know Samsung almost every time ends up giving a good number of options and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is no different. You get 5 options of storage in the device. It starts with 16GB 2GB RAM, and then you also get 32GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM.

What is a bit of an underwhelming aspect is the expandable memory. Samsung only offers up to 512GB expandable option which may be a bit insufficient to our liking. 

  • Performance 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is equipped with Android 9(Pie) which is upgradable to Android 11, One UI 3.0. It has an Exynos 7904 chipset and Octa-core 1.8 GHz CPU. The processor is overall pretty decent and generally, you won’t feel any lag when switching between tabs and apps. 

The multitasking on the device is fun and the Kids mode in the tablet runs smoothly without a hitch. The processor is powerful and the performance is quality.

  • Design

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has a beautiful slick design and looks very smart. It has a full metal body, unibody design and comes in three color variants. The colors available to select are Black, Gold, and Silver. The body has a glass front, aluminum back, and aluminum frame. 

The weight of the device is 1.03 lbs(469 g). For a 10 plus inch tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is remarkably lightweight. 

  • Camera 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is equipped with 2 cameras, one is the main camera and the other front/selfie camera. The main camera is 8 MP with auto-focus, records video at 1080@30fps, and has a panorama feature. The selfie camera is 5 MP with fixed focus and also records video at 1080@30fps.

The camera is workable and solid. It is not one of the strengths of Galaxy Tab A 10.1 but it does a solid job of capturing images or recording videos. There is good clarity when you use it for video calls, chats, and meetings.

  • Battery life

The strongest attribute of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is its strong battery life. The device is equipped with a massive Li-Po 6150 mAh, non-removable battery. Samsung has claimed that the battery will last 13 hours of video playback, which is really cool. With that much battery life, you can easily travel, do gaming, or stream movies. The tab doesn’t have fast charging. 

  • Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct connection or you can connect it via hotspot. It is also equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE. There is no provision of radio or NFC but GPS is available. 

The tablet has a USB Type-C 2.0 port. There are dual speakers powered by Dolby 3D Atmos surround sound-equipped in the tablet alongside a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

  • Portability

Despite having a 10.1-inch display screen, 1.03 lbs weight, and 6150 mAh battery, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a very portable device. Its sleek and sturdy design makes a good traveling companion as well as its massive battery life which would only need a single charge to probably last a couple of days with economical use. 

What’s Inside the Box?

Following are the components you will find inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1’s box.

 

  • Travel Adapter
  • Data Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Ejection Pin

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

We ought to look at both these devices side by side as they were literally released within a few months of each other. There are certain things and features which are similar to one another but there are also some features that vary quite a bit and that is despite them releasing close to each other. 

Now while we’ll take a look at the differences between the two tablets a bit later, let us first look at all the similarities between the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.

  • OS – Android 9
  • RAM capacity
  • Main 8 MP camera
  • Wi-Fi

Differences between Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0
Product
Product
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0
Display
Display
10.1 inch display, 1200 * 1920 pixels resolution(224 ppi density), 80.7% screen-to-body ratio
8 inch display, 800 * 1280 pixels resolution(189 ppi density), 71% screen-to-body ratio
Dimensions
Dimensions
245.2 x 149.4 x 7.5 mm (9.65 x 5.88 x 0.30 in)
210 x 124.4 x 8 mm (8.27 x 4.90 x 0.31 in)
Weight
Weight
1.03 lbs(469 g)
0.71 lbs(345 g)
Chipset and CPU
Chipset and CPU
Exynos 7904 and 1.8 GHz
Qualcomm SDM429 Snapdragon 429 and 2.0 GHz
Selfie camera
Selfie camera
5 MP
2 MP
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
5.0
4.2
Battery
Battery
6150 mAh
5100 mAh

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 vs Lenovo Yoga Smart

 

Whenever you are purchasing a particular device, you will always have an eye out for other devices to compare them with. Also, who doesn’t like comparing things when buying!! The purpose of comparing products is necessary so as to get the best available product. Comparing two devices gives you a proper knowledge of the differences and lets you make a measured decision. 

Here we will take a look at the difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Lenovo Yoga Smart and see which device trumps each other in which category. So let’s get it started.

Which has a better display?

 

Oh, this is as marginal as it gets! There is absolutely only one thing that separates these two devices. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has a 10.1-inch display with 1200 * 1920 pixels resolution(224 ppi density), while the Lenovo Smart Yoga also has a 10.1-inch display with 1200 * 1920 pixels resolution(224 ppi density). 

The only feature where Samsung tops the Lenovo device is the screen-to-body ratio where Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has an 80.7% body-to-screen ratio, Lenovo Yoga Smart has a slightly underwhelming 71% screen-to-body ratio. 

Looks-wise, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 looks like a premium device while the Lenovo Yoga Smart has a bit unique but a pretty uncomfortable look.

Which has a better processor?

 

Another nail-biter, another marginal call. The two devices are so similar to one another that sometimes it is impossible to differentiate. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is equipped with Android 9, One UI 3.0, and is upgradable to Android 11. It has an Exynos 7904 chipset and a 1.8 GHz CPU. Lenovo Yoga Smart is also equipped with Android 9, One UI 3.0, and is also upgradable to Android 11. It has a Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 chipset and a 1.95 GHz CPU. 

It is difficult to differentiate and ultimately comes down to preference. The Lenovo Yoga Smart is more recommended to a gamer as the Snapdragon chipset is a faster processor when it comes to gaming, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is recommended more to video streaming and movie lover audiences. It really comes down to a personal choice on this one.

Which has a better battery?

 

There is no competition here. Lenovo Yoga Smart decimates the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 in this category. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a Li-Po 6150, non-removable battery with up to 13 hours of video streaming, while the Lenovo Yoga Smart has a Li-Po 7000, non-removable battery with up to 15 hours of video streaming. On top of that Lenovo, Yoga Smart offers 10w fast charging.

Which has better connectivity?

 

In this segment, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 takes the cake. While the Wi-fi 802.11 is similar in both the devices, it is the other features where Samsung trumps Lenovo. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 along with GPS and multiple sensors such as accelerometer, gyro, compass, ANT+, while the Lenovo is equipped with a very basic Bluetooth 4.2 with no GPS and only one sensor – accelerometer.

Which has better storage?

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gives you a variety of choices when it comes to RAM capacity, while the Lenovo Yoga Smart only offers one RAM capacity. It is certainly up for debate which has a better storage capacity because while Samsung offers 5 variants – 16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM, 128GB 3GB RAM, it also offers expandable memory up to 512GB. Now that is strong. 

Lenovo offers only one option and that is 64GB 4GB RAM which is better than the basic Samsung models but the big downside of this device is that it only offers expandable memory up to 256GB and that is a major handicap.

Verdict after using both devices

 

It really is a marginal call as you can see from the above categories. Samsung and Lenovo trade punches and come out equal, but if you are unable to make a choice then always go for the reliability and sustainability of Samsung. Also, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1($258) is considerably and decisively cheaper than the Lenovo Yoga Smart($374).

Final Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the best and quality tablets that Samsung has ever produced in the mid-range pricing. The features from display to processor to battery are fantastic. Not to mention the beautiful design of the tablet.

The price at $258 is a very good deal for people looking for a mid-range tablet. You won’t get better features in a tablet for that price. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a highly recommended tablet from us.

FAQs

Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 have a SIM card option?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has an LTE model and supports 4G.

Does the S-Pen work on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1?

The S-Pen does work on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1. You can also try the lower budget stylus on the Tab A 10.1, they all are compatible with the device. 

Is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 waterproof?

No, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is NOT waterproof so keep it as far away as possible from the water and that includes swimming pools. 

Can Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 upgrade to Android 11?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is upgradable to Android 11. Once you purchase the device, you will get the update message in the settings, use your Wi-Fi connection to update the device to the latest Android OS.

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