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Top 9: The Best Samsung Tablets | 2021 Edition

Are you looking for an Android tablet from Samsung in 2021? Here are the best choices from Samsung – from very affordable to quite expensive.

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Best Samsung Tablets

Samsung is among the last remaining brands still heavily investing in the Android tablet space and is coming out with products that are actually good. The South Korean giant makes so many tablets in different price brackets that it’s frankly tough to keep tabs on them all. On one side there is the top-end bleeding-edge Galaxy Tab S7 series, while on the other we have some fantastic options in the sub-$200 segment that many actually look forward to buying.

Not just you get a lot of options to pick from, Samsung also makes one of the most feature-packed Android interfaces on the market. One UI’s adaptation for tablets gets you some specialized features like DeX and lets you attach keyboard accessories for working remotely. Then we have things for those living mainly an outdoor life and for even those who still like handwriting notes.

We have ranked Samsung’s best tablets launched in the last year or two below so that you can easily pick one that fits your budget and meets your needs.

Best Samsung Tablets in 2021: An Overview

Let’s quickly run through all Samsung tablets that we wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Best overall: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+ (on Amazon*). Samsung’s two newest flagship tablets bring out the best of the Android ecosystem in two well-rounded packages. Depending on what size you need, the Galaxy Tab S7 series lets you pick between 11- and 12.4-inch options and the best part is that the S Pen comes bundled in the box. Samsung has left no stone unturned to make the experience truly remarkable on both models, which gets even better when you slap on a keyboard attachment for productivity.
  • Best flagship on cheap: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (on Amazon*). If you can still find one around, the Galaxy Tab S6 from last year is a fantastic piece of hardware with all its flagship-class internals and features. You still get the modern design, and as always, the S Pen is provided right in the box. The cherry on the cake is Samsung’s software support that has improved even for older devices like the Tab S6.
  • Best rugged tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 (on Amazon*). The Galaxy Tab Active3 is designed for those who lead a rough lifestyle, and it serves its purpose pretty well. It’s protected from all corners, providing enough cushion for drops. Even from its looks, the tablet means business, thanks to an uncomplicated design — one that even lets you swap out the battery manually, like in the olden days. This 8-inch tablet also comes with the S Pen.
  • Best mid-range option: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (on Amazon*). Despite being a couple of years old, the Galaxy Tab S5e is one of our favorite mid-rangers from Samsung even today. What works in its favor is its QHD AMOLED screen and the accompanying quad-speaker setup, which was a big deal back then, especially considering the tablet’s price. It was no slouch on the performance front either. Being old, the tablet could be hard to find in mint condition right now.
  • Best mid-range tablet with S Pen: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (on Amazon*). Samsung’s latest mid-range Tab S6 Lite brings the defining feature of Galaxy flagships —the S Pen— to this budget price bracket without compromising much in other areas. It is among the better tablets for watching movies, thanks to its big display and stereo speakers – while you can use the S Pen to take notes or sketch a bit.
  • Best budget device: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (on Amazon*). Samsung bumped its popular entry-level 10-inch tablet with a more modern design and thin bezels. The Galaxy Tab A7 continues to be an affordable offering, which is now an even better entertainment machine, mainly because of its all-new 10.4-inch display and a quad-speaker setup. There is a lot to like about the new budget champ from Samsung, especially at the price it comes at.
  • Best 8-inch option: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (on Amazon*). A decent 8-inch performer, the Galaxy Tab A 8.4 offers the kind of portability that bigger tablets just can’t. Its 8.4-inch screen is small enough to be carried around easily and is large enough to catch up with your emails or watch a YouTube video before bed. Its 3GB of RAM and an octa-core Exynos chip should decently keep up with your daily routine. We couldn’t review it ourselves but users seem to like it.
  • Best cheap 8-inch option with a stylus: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen (on Amazon*). Note-taking on the go and on a tight budget is only possible on the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen if you want a good-enough experience. Much like Galaxy Note phones, the stylus fits inside a slot built right into the tablet, so you don’t have to worry about carrying the pen separately. The tablet’s got an 8-inch full HD screen, which is compact and sharp enough for being carried around.
  • Best cheap tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 T290 (on Amazon*). Albeit a bit old, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 T290 can still be a good cheap slate for your kids. It’s got all the basics covered with an 8-inch HD screen, an entry-level Snapdragon processor, 32GB of expandable memory, and even 4G LTE connectivity. Frankly, for its price, this is all you can ask for. This could also be your secondary tablet that might want to keep in your car or common living areas.

Best Samsung Tablets: In-Depth Look

Let’s dive a little deeper into the tablets that talked about above.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/S7+ on* Amazon

Samsung’s latest and greatest tablet this time got not one but two variants, most likely to compete with the iPad Pro. And the best part is that Samsung’s attempt was so good that, in our opinion, the Tab S7 series represents the best of Android tablets without a speck of doubt. They build upon the Tab S6’s already fantastic design to make the tablets more squared off for that premium feel.

Not to mention, the display used on the front is top-notch, even the LCD used on the non-Plus Tab S7. We found it to be great for all kinds of use cases, and they perform well even for outdoor usage. The speakers once again deliver a strong audio output and make the entertainment experience better by a mile.

While they’re great for home use, they get even better for productivity and office use, if you’re fine using Android tablets for that purpose. Thanks to the included S Pen, you not only save on having to shell out on a stylus additionally, but you can take handwritten notes or doodle right on your tablet. You can up the game by attaching a keyboard accessory that works with Samsung DeX for an even better desktop-like environment.

Though, obviously, you’d be better off getting the bigger Tab S7+ if you plan on working on it for long hours. Its larger 12.4-inch screen will definitely be better for your eyes and will also bring along the benefits of a larger keyboard attachment.

Samsung recently confirmed that it’ll be supporting its devices with up to three years of OS updates, which even applies to the Tab S7/S7+. Since they already come with Android 10 on board, you can expect your device to stay up to date for a couple more years.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Unboxing

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 on* Amazon

Now a little over a year old, the Tab S6 is nothing short of a flagship tablet even today. It comes with Samsung’s top-class AMOLED display — with a QHD resolution — that brings all the bells and whistles of a high-end screen. Design-wise, the Tab S6 looks very similar to the newer Tab S7, so it isn’t like you’d be missing out on anything on the design front.

Samsung has aimed this high-end machine at the working professionals who could consider replacing their heavier laptops with this lighter tablet. It comes with Samsung DeX built-in that launches Android apps in a pseudo desktop mode. It is supported by a keyboard attachment that also has a trackpad.

Talking about its performance, you’re unlikely to see any issues considering the tablet uses the-then flagship Snapdragon 855 processor, which still maintains its muscles for almost all tasks you can throw at it. And 8GB is more than enough RAM for any kind of tablet use, be it work or play.

The three years of software update that Samsung has promised also applies to this Galaxy Tab S6. Considering that, the tablet should last you for a really long time without starting to feel outdated even if you pick it up right now. It’s really great seeing how far Samsung has come in all these years with respect to software support.

In a nutshell, getting the Tab S6 makes more sense especially if you’re getting a decent deal on the device right now. That way, you will not only save a bunch of cash but also get a tablet that won’t feel underpowered by any stretch of the imagination.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3 review

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 on* Amazon

Aside from a host of mainstream models, Samsung also caters to a very small group of users that need a rugged tablet for their work or the terrain they live in. If you fall under that category, you’d already know how hard it is to find a tablet that meets your specific requirements and is actually good. The Tab Active3 turned out to be a remarkable option for this kind of usage in our testing very recently.

It gets an 8-inch display, which is just the right size to fit your hand perfectly. This is especially necessary since, in rough terrains, you usually wear gloves that already make it tough to get a good grip on a phone or tablet. For that purpose, the Tab Active3 also uses hardware Android navigation keys instead of touch ones.

The slate gets all kinds of ruggedness and atmosphere resistance ratings to keep up any kind of rough usage. It’s basically your regular tablet that has a really thick cover on top to protect from harsh drops even on irregular surfaces. What’s even better is that its battery is user-replaceable, allowing you to carry a spare to swap in without having to find a plug point when you’re away from the cityscape.

If that wasn’t enough, the Galaxy Tab Active3 also comes with an S Pen built-in. It’s got a slot on the cover itself to hold the stylus so that there’s no chance of losing it. When wearing gloves outdoors, S Pen can get you the precision in using the touch display that your fingers cannot.

As for additional features, you’re getting the support for LTE 4G onboard, which also lets you make phone calls. This could come in handy for both work and in cases of any emergency need.

Read: Our Galaxy Tab Active3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Unboxing

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e on* Amazon

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the mid-end Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is the tablet that will fit the bill for most. Ideal for being used as an entertainment device for your family, this device gets a high-res 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with thin bezels all around, and a pair of speakers on either side.

With that AMOLED screen, the Tab S5e comes out as a better device than the newer Tab S6 Lite for certain use cases. For instance, if you have an inclination towards the punchier output of Samsung OLED screens, then you’d be better off getting this. And how can we forget the deep blacks it offers, making the on-screen image look almost life-like.

Being a slightly old mode, the Tab S5e may not be able to match the more recent offerings from Samsung in terms of software. However, you can expect the company to keep supporting the device for a while. In terms of battery, the mid-ranger did a fantastic job in our review by offering a runtime of 13.5 hours.

Like many newer Samsung products, this one supports DeX too and it works surprisingly well despite its mid-tier specifications. Speaking of which, you will find a Snapdragon 670 processor and 4GB of RAM doing the heavy lifting; they may be good for normal use, but serious gamers wouldn’t be utterly satisfied.

Lack of support for the S Pen also disappoints a bit, though the fact that it can be easily attached to a keyboard more than makes up for it. It came with a price tag of $399, but you can easily find it right now retailing for far lower in the second-hand market, or if you get lucky, in a brand-new condition.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite on* Amazon

The standout feature of this Samsung mid-ranger is its stylus. The S Pen comes bundled with the Tab S6 Lite, so you don’t need to purchase it separately, and it worked like a charm in our testing. It’s pressure-sensitive can make out your strokes, and doesn’t need charging at all.

It’s quite literally the mid-range note-taking champ that many have been asking for. Not many Android tablet makers do a better job than Samsung with stylus input. The Tab S6 Lite is perhaps the only choice in this segment if you absolutely want the S Pen input.

Meanwhile, the tablet itself feels super-premium with its all-metal build, matching what we’ve seen on pricier Galaxy Tab models. Plus, the thin bezels on the front also add to its modern look and feel.

As a cost-cutting measure, Samsung switched from AMOLED to an LCD panel. While certainly not as good as OLEDs, this LCD was among the better ones we’ve seen on tablets in this range. That display is paired with a stereo speaker setup for ample volume and clarity while watching movies or listening to music.

The Tab S6 Lite comes preloaded with Android 10-based One UI. It uses Samsung’s now-ageing Exynos 9611 processor along with 4GB of RAM. This combination leaves a lot to be desired as the processor creates a bottleneck if you try doing anything more than casual web surfing and stuff like that.

However, you can pick the LTE model of the device, allowing you to get some productivity work done even while you’re on the go. Just make sure to carry a Bluetooth keyboard along, as unlike the Tab S5e, the S6 Lite doesn’t have pogo-pin connectors for attaching accessories.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 gaming

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 on* Amazon

Budget Samsung tablets have been our go-to recommendation for anyone looking for a decent device in the sub-$200 price bracket for a very long time. With the new Galaxy Tab A7, Samsung further cemented our belief in its affordable line. The Tab A7 checks a lot of right boxes to be a perfect tablet for many in the market looking for something inexpensive.

This is an updated model from Samsung and comes with a more modern front design with thin bezels. It’s got a pleasing, high-res display, making it great for media consumption. What’s even better is that the A7 has borrowed a feature from the more premium Tab S range — a quad-speaker setup with stereo separation. This makes a world of difference when you’re watching something on Netflix.

On the processing front, the Tab A7 doesn’t disappoint either. It’s got a mid-tier Snapdragon processor, which keeps things running sufficiently fast for most basic things you throw at it. It’s even got plenty of horsepower to last you for a really long time between charges. And if you’re wondering, the Tab A7 does have the 3.5mm audio jack to connect your wired headphones.

It comes preinstalled with Android 10, which should ideally get updated down the line, given Samsung’s recent performance in the software department.

While there’s a lot to like about the Tab A7, we thought that it should come with a fingerprint reader for added convenience in locking your device. Plus, we also missed the support for active pens, which would have been a cherry on the cake.

Frankly, despite those minor issues, you won’t regret getting this tablet one bit, especially for the price it comes at.

Read: Our Galaxy Tab A7 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020) on* Amazon

Available only in the US so far, the 2020 Galaxy Tab A 8.4 is a modern eight incher in Samsung’s stable. It’s got a taller 16:10 screen that stretches nearly edge to edge while sporting a full HD resolution. Its compact size means you can easily carry it along wherever you go for doing some light productivity. The tablet would particularly come in handy for those purposes with its 4G connectivity.

We haven’t had a chance to review this tablet yet, but based on our experience with other Samsung tablets, this model should perform respectably for day-to-day stuff. It’s got an Exynos 7904 processor under the hood paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. When it launched earlier this year, it came running Android Pie out of the box, and Samsung should push an update with newer Android versions.

The Tab A 8.4 could be a perfect add-on for your main work machine for times when you don’t feel like reaching out to your laptop on the desk just to go through your emails. Not only that, but the tablet has also got enough power to help your children with their online classes, and it’s small enough to fit their tiny hands.

A 5000mAh cell underneath sounds large enough to last you a full day or a long flight, given its relatively smaller display. You have the option to quickly juice up, as the tablet does support fast charging using a USB-C charger.

Many use such small-sized tablets to complement their living room entertainment setup. It even works well if you like catching up with YouTube videos before hitting the bed, but don’t want a larger screen right in front of your face while you’re in bed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen on* Amazon

Among the smallest tablets in Samsung’s arsenal, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 with S Pen is positioned right below the Galaxy Tab S5e, but it still manages to include a few better features. For starters, you will get access to Samsung’s fantastic S Pen, which suddenly transforms this tablet into a compact and great note-taking device.

Samsung has also included an earpiece on this tablet that allows it to be used as a phone making use of its LTE connection (it’d be awkward to put it up to your ear though). Coming with an in-house Exynos 7904 octa-core chipset, the tablet offers adequate performance and the provided full HD IPS LCD wouldn’t disappoint either.

When it first came out a couple of years back, the Tab A 8.0 with S Pen offered a unique value in its price range. However, its hardware may start to show its age, especially if you expect too much from the device. Plus, it came running Android Pie, and software updates for this old budget device aren’t high on Samsung’s list.

Having said that, if you currently own one of these, it’d be better to hold on to it for a little while longer, considering you are fine with the kind of performance this offers. That’s because there are many tablets in the budget space that can offer you half-decent (or even any) stylus support.

Not to mention, the 8-inch screen size is just the sweet spot for note-taking. You can easily hold the device with one hand while writing with the other. A larger tablet cannot offer that kind of convenience and would be rather unwieldy for this use case.

Noticeably sub-standard things are its plastic body and a single speaker. Scoring a runtime of 9.5 hours in our test, its battery life could’ve been a little better, but still, you’ll easily get through a full day of use.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) T290

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 T290 Unboxing

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 2019 on* Amazon

Samsung’s extensive 2019 lineup of tablets got its cheapest member in the form of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. It’is that compact tablet that you’d want to carry around inside your jacket pocket or a handbag. It should be good enough for people who have limited needs from a tablet and if you fall under that category, the Tab A 8.0 could just be the perfect device for you, especially if you don’t want to spend a lot.

With its basic internals, it can help you read emails, watch a couple of YouTube videos, surf the web, or read a Kindle book. You get the point. But don’t expect it to run best of the best games, or anything more than the very basic stuff.

The internals that Samsung went for weren’t particularly top-notch even back when the tablet first came out, so you’d be pushing it if you expect it to keep up with today’s heavy games. Sure, the T290 isn’t that old that it won’t let you do a video call. In fact, given its good battery life, it could be among the better devices to carry around.

You could even hand this inexpensive slate to your kids without worrying about them breaking a more expensive tablet.  It’s good enough for your child’s online classes and even some casual gaming now and then.

This Samsung tablet only makes sense if you are on a really tight budget and absolutely cannot afford to spend a dime extra. If you can find one retailing somewhere, you can grab one especially if you don’t find yourself anxiously waiting for software updates to hit your devices.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) T290 Review

Frequently Asked Questions & Our Answers

I am sure you might be having a bunch of questions following this guide, particularly around the finer points of these Samsung tablets. Here, I will try to answer some questions that are most common in our mailbox. You can continue sending us emails, or comment below, to clear any doubt you have.

When is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 going to be released?

In a sentence: We don’t know yet. But we do have an expected timeline when the Galaxy Tab S8 can go official, taking Samsung’s track record into account. The Galaxy Tab S7 is a fairly recent device that came out in mid-August, while its predecessor — the Galaxy Tab S6 came out around the same time the year before. Based on this, you can expect the Tab S8 to arrive sometime in the third quarter of 2021.

What is the latest Samsung tablet?

Among the more recently announced Samsung tablets are the Galaxy Tab Active3 and the Tab A7 10.4. Both of them launched just a few weeks apart from each other around September. As you read above, the Tab Active3 is a rugged tablet that is designed for outdoors use and is toughened enough to withstand almost any kind of drops. The Tab A7, on the other hand, is targeted at people wanting a decent large-screen tablet entertainment experience without having to spend a pretty penny.

Which Samsung tablets support the S Pen?

The entire premium lineup of Samsung tablets supports the S Pen stylus, including the Tab S7, S6, S4, S3, and the aforementioned Galaxy Tab Active Pro, in fact, they flaunt it as their USP. There is a budget model — the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen — that can also help you get started on a budget, while the 2016 Galaxy Tab A 10.1 allowed using the S Pen on its 3GB RAM models. Most other Samsung tablets, like the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019, its predecessor, or even the costlier Galaxy Tab S5e, don’t support the Samsung stylus.

What is the biggest Samsung tablet?

Whoa, do you really want to know about it? It’s a gigantic tablet that Samsung came out with in 2015 and there is a reason why it didn’t get any further iterations. The tablet is called Samsung Galaxy View and it has an 18.4-inch display slapped onto its front. It wasn’t of course practical enough for being used as a tablet, and its asking price was high. The Galaxy Tab S6, S5e, and the S4 continue being the more feasible options right now with their 10.5-inch displays.

Older Samsung Tablets: An Overview

Chances are you might be interested in getting an older tablet model, maybe for its cheap price or you don’t particularly need the extra horsepower of the newer variant. Those tablets might have aged well for people who bought it back when they’re newly launched, but it’s a different story altogether now. Devices more than two years old are unlikely to receive major software releases, but you can still consider getting one if you’re getting an offer that’d be silly to pass.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with Samsung Dex

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 on* Amazon

Not just from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S4 is arguably one of the best Android tablets out there given the variety of features it has to offer. Being a Samsung product, it gets the industry-leading Super AMOLED display that, besides being sharp with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, supports S Pen that comes bundled with the tablet. Despite using a two-generations-old Snapdragon 835 processor, the tablet manages to offer excellent performance for regular use and wouldn’t even disappoint power users.

The best part about this premium tablet is the support for Samsung DeX that allows you to have a desktop-like experience riding on the level of versatility that Android operating system offers. It packs a sleek and classy design with glass on both the front and back of the product and has four speakers offering an immersive entertainment experience. Inside its 7.1mm thick body, the Samsung tablet boasts a big 7,300mAh battery which proved to be an excellent performer in our review, offering a running time of 14 hours.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

This Samsung flagship from 2017 isn’t that bad of an option as its predecessor would be. That’s mainly because Samsung recently pushed Android 9 Pie to this tablet, which brought along the newest One UI features. Samsung’s custom user interface has been hailed universally for its under-the-hood improvements, making the device feel much smoother than the older software. However, we aren’t quite sure if Android 10 will make its way to the Galaxy Tab S3.

As mentioned in the FAQ section above, the Tab S3 is one of the few Samsung tablets to support the S Pen. It has a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED that you simply cannot go wrong with, while its internals include the octa-core Snapdragon 820 chipset. For most tasks, the processor won’t disappoint you and is capable enough for daily use. The slate also scored well in our standard battery test when we reviewed it a couple of years ago.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 test

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 T510 on* Amazon

For the people favoring value over other aspects, Samsung recently released a great tablet with a large 10.1-inch full HD display that still hangs on to a metal build. For just $229, this particular Samsung tablet has quite a bit up its sleeve. First, it shares the Exynos 7904 processor with its 8-inch sibling, though the RAM capacity has been slightly reduced to 2GB. This combination is fine for basic work like surfing the web, reading the news, or writing an occasional email, but a performance dip is noticeable under heavier load.

The Samsung One UI update preloaded on top of Android Pie brings a solid set of features giving you a pleasant experience overall. Its cameras, one on the back and another on the front, are surprisingly good and are usable for a random shot while its speaker also produces decent audio. What it lacks is a fingerprint scanner which is a forgivable omission especially considering its starting price. In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 could run for 10.5 hours using its 6,150mAh battery.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 Test

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 on* Amazon

Not more than a year ago, the South Korean brand had announced its Galaxy Tab A 10.5 tablet which still manages to be a great tablet for the budget segment. While the 2018 model has a plastic build, it offers more RAM at 3GB, as compared to the recently released model, and boasts stereo speakers with a 4-speaker system. Even though it too lacks a fingerprint scanner, it has a basic facial recognition option up and running to make things easier.

A Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 450 chipset powers the tablet and it doesn’t offer much to write home about. The performance is particularly slower than the current iteration and it also uses a generation-old Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI which is even unlikely to get updated anytime soon. Now available at a cheaper price than its original price tag, the 10.1-inch budget tablet has a 7,300mAh battery that lasted for a solid 13 hours in our testing last year.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 2018 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017 test

The two-year-old budget tablet from Samsung came running Android 7.1 Nougat and the company did a fantastic job of bringing two major software updates. Android 9 Pie-based One UI was the last update pushed to the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017 and it isn’t expected to get Android 10.

This is particularly applaudable since Samsung wasn’t known as a brand that bothered releasing newer Android builds for its premium tablets until a few years ago, let alone its budget range. But we’d still not recommend getting this tablet at any price, considering how cheap and good its 2019 follow-up is.

Read: Our Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2017 Review

How to find the best Samsung tablet for your needs?

Samsung has a pretty extensive tablet range, much like its smartphones, which has something for everyone in the market looking for a slate. We understand that it might be a bit hard to navigate through all the intricate specifications and pick the right one from all the options you have at hand. Here is how you can decide without having to stress about it.

Decide how far you can go with your budget

In most cases, a buyer’s budget makes it quite clear which tablet they can go for, or any product for that matter. With price no bar, you should definitely go for the latest and greatest Galaxy Tab S7+, while with a more limited budget, you can shortlist the ones that fit and then take the call. Chances are you’ll quickly get the answer as Samsung doesn’t have too many options in each price bracket. Just make sure to pick the best one that fits your budget, even if it requires going overboard by a few dollars. Believe me, you won’t regret it in the long run.

Narrow it down to exactly what you need in a tablet

This is perhaps a more crucial step than budgeting because what you intend to do with the tablet should primarily affect your purchase decision, after which, you should allocate the budget. If you want to have something that your kids can use while at home or traveling, then you should pick their cheaper 8-inch slates, which should get the job done pretty well. Some people just need a portable screen for media consumption. For them, the 10-inch entry-level tablet should fit the bill.

Galaxy Tab S5e with Samsung Dex

Some people need a machine lighter than their traditional clamshell laptops for productivity on the go. Samsung’s Tab S line is an excellent choice for them as all the S tablets support a keyboard accessory and come preloaded with the DeX interface. Even a mid-tier tablet can serve you well if productivity apps are the only ones you use. For anything more powerful, like gaming or video editing, you’ll have to go for the high-end options.

In case you have varied requirements

More often than not, people get these tablets to use for multiple tasks that vary considerably in nature. If you use your tablet for work in the office and come home to indulge in a gaming battle to relieve stress, then you need a device that can preferably handle both. In that case, you should buy a top-tier slate from Samsung, which can handle anything you through at it. Plus, its memory configurations are better equipped to handle all heavy apps you can possibly use on an Android tablet. Basically, go for the best tablet that your budget allows for, keeping in mind the most demanding thing or app you intend to use.

Stylus or no stylus

Not all Samsung tablets support the S Pen or come bundled with one. So, if your work involves using the stylus a lot, then your choices are clear. The Galaxy Tab S7, S6, S6 Lite, the older Tab S4, and the budget Tab A 8.0 with S Pen are your only options right now. If you’re an artist who uses a bunch of heavy-weight apps to get their artwork ready, then you’d be better off with the newest Tab S6, which is capable of handling such apps. Those who like notetaking will find the smaller Tab A model extremely comfortable to use with a single hand, and you won’t have to worry about storing the S Pen as well, as the tablet itself has a slot for it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen

How we review tablets?

Each tablet we review at MyNextTablet undergoes a set of tests and checks that we have standardized over the years. They involve putting the tablets under different kinds of loads, mimicking the combination of apps a person with varied needs would use, and going after various performance numbers to set a base metric to ensure comparability across the devices that we test. This helps us come out with insightful comparisons with arguments that are based on the recorded details and not some vague impression we might remember of a particular device.

Diving a little deeper into our review process, we perform a handful of benchmark tests as well as our standard battery test, which includes putting the devices under the same load to avoid result discrepancies. All slates are used as daily drivers during our work and personal time to evaluate its usefulness throughout the day, and we use them for basic stuff like gaming, web surfing, and watching online videos. We meticulously check if a machine can play Netflix in HD and even replicate a typical office day to give those who work on tablets an idea what they can expect.

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