Review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8: a simple but efficient tablet
“The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is not the best tablet on the market, but it is perfect for those who are looking for a functional device and do not want to spend a lot of money”
It is very light
Not enough power for demanding games
Screen with low maximum brightness
Takes a long time to load
In December 2021, Samsung introduced its new Galaxy Tab A8, a tablet that has just been released in the US market. It is a device of the Tab A family, synonymous with functionality at a reduced price, although with some compromises.
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I tried the 2021 Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 and I’ll tell you below what it offers you for less than $250 dollars.
Lightweight design – perfect for carrying around
The Galaxy Tab A8 is a simple tablet when it comes to design. Its body is finished in aluminum and its weight barely exceeds 500 grams, making it very comfortable both to hold and to transport. Its dimensions allow it to be carried in a backpack or bag, but at the same time it is enough to study or view content on your screen.
And as for its screen, this is a 10.5-inch TFT with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. It is a panel with fairly basic specifications, but for normal use it is more than enough. Of course, the maximum brightness level is a bit low, which can make it difficult to view content outdoors.
The screen bezels are there, but they’re not too thick (and they’re pretty much the same size), which improves the viewing experience quite a bit. The device has four Dolby Atmos-compatible speakers, two on the left side and two on the right, with a horizontal orientation. Sound quality is pretty good for a budget tablet; it doesn’t sound canned like other devices of this type.
Finally, note that it does not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, so if we want to use a wired one we will have to do it through a USB-C connector.
Power and autonomy
One of the features that Samsung improved in this model compared to the previous one is its power. According to Samsung, they have increased it by 10 percent to allow faster and smoother performance without latencies. The integrated processor has eight cores and a maximum power of 2 GHz. The unit I tested has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card.
I can’t compare this tablet to the previous model to confirm that Samsung has increased the power, but overall my experience with the tablet was very good, with smooth and stutter-free performance with any app, and even multitasking.
And just multitasking is one of the functions that can best be carried out with this tablet, since it is possible to divide its screen into two to use two applications simultaneously, one next to the other.
It also allows us to open apps in a pop-up window (for example, a video call or a chat), at the same time that we use another application. All this makes it a very interesting tablet for students; for example, they can have an explainer video playing or a call with a teacher while taking notes or navigating a presentation.
For demanding games this tablet falls short. With titles like Asphalt 9: Legends or PUBG Mobile the FPS drop is quite noticeable and we even found some hitch.
Autonomy is also an interesting point to take into account in order to recommend this product, although with some inconvenience. The battery has a 7,040mAh capacity and supports 15W charging.
The device gave me a use time of almost 14 hours (connected to the wifi network). These are good figures, but the drawback is that it charges very slowly, taking about four hours to complete.
As I said at the beginning of this review, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is not the best tablet on the market, but it is perfect for those who are looking for a functional device and do not want to spend a lot of money.
Its battery has a pretty good life although it takes time to charge, and the sound is impressive considering its price. Another strong point is its design, since in addition to being simple, it is very comfortable to transport due to its low weight.
The screen gives us a very good display (although with limited brightness for outdoors) and the performance is not enough for demanding games, but it is perfect if what you are looking for is a device to study or watch movies and series on your trips.