A year after the launch of the duo Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2015. Recently, Samsung has quietly introduced a Galaxy Tab A 2016 series with the approach to attract mid-range segment with not much change in design and amount of RAM and downgrade the battery capacity, so in result the product prices will also decline.
Today, we have the opportunity to present Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) review here, that belonging to one of the popular Samsung Tablet lines with affordable prices aims to target budget segment users. Highlights include a nice design, but an average performance.
Samsung is quite elaborate to design his products so the tablet is designed as monolithic non removable plastic back cover so it feels very sturdy in appearance, no a harsh scraping. Back panel of the tablet is purely made of plastic with fine textured lines that does not leave sweat and fingerprints. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) Black variant feels very luxurious and sturdy in the hand.
Android’s basic keys still be arranged in the front traditionally designed by Samsung. I do not like the way that Samsung layout power button on the product, it is quite high and you will have to manually or even using your other hand to press it.
Besides, the Galaxy Tab A 2016 screen size has cut to 7 inches. It looks very compact and you can easily hold the tablet with one hand, somewhat is less difficult to handle when compared to its predecessor. However, I found that this product is quite lighter compared to the previous generation, but the overall thickness is increased.
About visibility, Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) features a 7.0-inch IPS LCD display, a resolution of 800×1280 pixels, so the display quality is ok, not too sharp or too bad. The screen can deliver pretty bright colors, high brightness, but it is not equipped with light sensors so we have to adjust the screen brightness manually.
However, to fulfill this drawback Samsung has provided a very high brightness level so user can easily increase the screen brightness in outdoor environments. I have tried this feature and that was very impressive, I can easily view images and read texts in heavy sunlight.
Besides, this year Samsung uses IPS LCD screen technology on this Galaxy Tab A 7.0 rather than TFT LCD as the older generation. Overall the display is quite good to view photos and videos, but the resolution is not up to the mark.
Operating on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop platform, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) interface is designed to be more optimal, easily visible setup of the interface and round-shaped icon designs looking more intuitive.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) supports 3G SIM card slot so user can use the tablet to make calls and SMS as a real handset. In addition, Samsung also offers two different user profiles can run at the same time. It also comes pre-installed Office suite.
Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) runs on the Spreadtrum SC7731 chipset clocked 1.5 GHz quad-core processor that clubbed with the Mali-400 MP GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. It has only 8GB of native storage, in which the operating system takes up to 4.8GB. But it sports an external microSD card slot to store additional data, images, videos, games or applications.
On AnTuTu benchmark the tablet scored around 24,350 points, also tried 3D Mark Ice Storm as he picks up 2410 points; measured using Geekbench, a single-core score about 402 points while it scored up to 1230 points on multi-core speed test.
In fact, an average level game play experience, the touch feedback is not up to the mark when rendering high graphics, we face a certain lag, Mali-400MP GPU is probably the main reason to emerge this phenomenon.
At the back, there is a 5-megapixel camera with fairly fast shutter speed, image quality is good, but slightly downgrade color level. It’s a tablet that meets prices so we cannot ask for a high quality camera as the other high-end products. However, it is also very helpful for us when necessary to save the document or capture quality time moments.
The camera interface is quite simple with a number of features such as: Auto, Pro (allow us to adjust ISO, white balance etc.), Panorama, Beauty Face, Sound & Shot Continuous shot and more. In addition, the tablet is also equipped with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera that enables us to capture decent selfie and video calling.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) edition packs in 4000mAh battery under the hood, with the onscreen time up to 5 hours 30 minute display and backlight can consume up to 50 percent battery life means we can use this tablet quite comfortably for a day with an average intensity. In this 5 hours and 30 minutes, I have tried few basic tasks such as watching movies, playing games and surfing the Web.
Although there are some limitations such as unstable performance, screen visibility is not impressive, but under budget segment you can get a tablet with big 7.0-inch screen which has beautiful design, functionality, also sports 3G SIM slot for voice and video calling, so it’s a good deal to enjoy with your friends and family. If you are looking for a new Samsung tablet, I hope this Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) review will help you, please let us know by commenting in the comment section.
- Modular design, Textured finished back surface, curved edges, easy to hold.
- Screen with high brightness.
- Sim card slot with voice calling.
- Low screen resolution.
- Slightly lower configuration.
- An average Camera quality.