2 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T550NZWAXAR 9.7-Inch Tablet (16 GB, White) Reviews

  1. 87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice tablet, performs well, but the resolution is rather low…, May 5, 2015
    Daisy “Daisy S”

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    For me, I have had this tablet close to the first day it came out and I really am pleased with it. I was looking for a 9.7 size and a tablet that would do what I wanted a nice and useful tablet yet not the most pricey one out there. Hence, I bought this Tab A 9.7 and am so pleased with it. The purpose of this review is to hopefully help you decide if this tablet is the right one for you or not… Below are the PROS and the CONS that I found after testing this tablet:


    + Size – I had the Tab 4 10.1 and the 8.0 before this tablet. The 10.1 was just too large and bulky and heavy. This tablet is lighter than my old Tab 4 10.1 and more comfortable to hold and to carry in my purse or backpack.

    – Not the best Screen Resolution, Brightness and Other Info – Yes, it is true the screen resolution is on the lower side and before I purchased this, I was a little wary. However, what I discovered is clear and bright and very easy to read books, go to the internet and more. However it is not quite as sharp as I like. (So basically the resolution l list as a CON below).

    * The screen aspect ratio is 4:3 vs the 16:1 type of screen. For me, I like this 4:3 screen because I found that the webpages are easier to read and clearer, I did not have to scroll to the right. Also I found that the pictures on a website were easier to view. I compared this tablet with my older Tab 4 10.1 tablet on my frequent webpages and while I viewed this tablet, I could read the larger text better, read my eBooks much clearer, emails better etc. This is my personal discovery from my testing of this and comparing it to my older tablet.

    + Battery life/Speed – Very good battery life! For me, I have found that I am constantly on WiFi (Internet). However, I also find that this tablet gets me 2 to 3 hours MORE daily than my older Tab 4 10.1 did!
    The tablet I find is quite responsive and peppy with no lagging. The Lollipop runs this tablet wonderfully/

    + WiFi Connecting/Speed of WiFi and MORE – This tablet connects SUPER quickly to my home WiFi and has never ever dropped the WIFi signal no matter where I am in my home. WiFi is VERY STRONG using this device, even when I am very far from my router I still have 4.5 bars! *** To test the speed and strength of this WiFi and compare it to my other Android devices, I went to the Playstore and got the free app called WiFi Analyzer. This is a MUST HAVE app for any Android device as it gives you a visual report on the WiFi strength of your tablet, phone etc.

    + SPECIAL INFO about INTERNET CONNECTION – Yes, this is a WiFi only, but when you are away from an WiFi internet hotspot location, there are ways to can get onto the internet such as MiFi and there are ways that you can purchase equipment so that you can have data when you do not have a WiFi hotspot available.

    + Internet & Webpage & Video Viewing – The stock browser does a wonderful job and it opens up webpages very fast. Also I tried Maxthon Browser and this worked very well yet I still prefer the Internet App. Also, I tried out the factory installed Chrome Browser and liked it OK, yet again, I went back the the stock Internet App (this is my preference). Note that the Playstore has many very good (FREE) internet browsers as Dolphin, Opera and many more!

    + EXTERNAL SLOT FOR MICRO SD CARD. This is a must for me as I keep my personal files, photos, and music on my internal SD card. I installed a SanDisk 32GB SD card and it works great on this tablet and I placed my music and files on it and have plenty of space left.

    – Camera / Video Camera – The camera is now 5 MP which I found better pictures than I expected. However, it does not have a flash on it, I had to be in very bright lighting. For me, I found that I use my digital camera for serious picture taking. The pictures I took outside were really good though and I was pleased. However, I rarely use this camera as I prefer to use my Nikon digital camera for my overall picture taking…the camera on this tablet is OK for backup camera, taking pictures to send in an email, etc). Do not expect the camera on this tablet to replace your digital camera since it does not have a flash and 5MP is rather low by todays standards.

    + Home Videos – The stock video player is OK and plays MOST home videos, however, may I suggest QQ Player (Free App from Playstore and the ONLY one I recommend as it plays every home video I tried).

    + Music Player/Sound Quality – This model has the regular MUSIC App, which plays by playlists, songs, albums and even folders. Also there is Google Music app is pre-installed in this tablet and does a fine job. However, I installed the FREE app called Rocket Player from the Playstore and love this music player! As for sound quality – The best way to really enjoy music is through a high quality Bluetooth speaker or Bluetooth headset…

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  2. 45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Good Budget Tablet But Screen Resolution May Be a Deal Breaker For Some, May 6, 2015
    Mark Litchfield (Bridgewater, MA USA) –

    I purchased the 8″ Samsung Galaxy Tab A from a different retailer last night as part of a promotion they are offering when trading in a used tablet. My previous tablet was a Nexus 7 2012 that had become almost unusable due to the Lollipop update. Screens were slow, reading a book became tedious because turning pages was too slow and a slew of other complaints too numerous to name. All of this was solved by the Galaxy Tab A.

    This tablet is not perfect though. The screen resolution is a glaring con, especially coming from a higher end tablet like a Nexus 7. The XGA 1024×768 resolution is very lackluster when considering that most 8″ tablet are either 1280×800 or 1920×1200. This is why I can only give the tablet 4 stars instead of 5. When reading books the pixelation of the screen is noticeable, but not so bad as to make it unreadable. I imagine that in a few weeks I won’t notice the pixelation as much as I do now. The good news is that this was my only con with the tablet.

    Leading the list of pros is the implementation of Lollipop on this tablet. The device turns on quickly, the menus are snappy, turning pages is quick with almost no loading and it ran Hearthstone smoothly (caveat: I only launched the game and went through the beginning menus, I didn’t play a match). Coming from the crippled Nexus 7, I am more than pleased with how fast this tablet ran.

    In the end, take this tablet for what it is, a low end budget tablet that runs Lollipop smoothly but has a less than desirable screen resolution. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is in the same situation as I was with an old Nexus 7.


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