Tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) (experiences/thoughts?)

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by sracer, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. sracer macrumors G3

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    After a year and half of exploring and experimenting with Amazon's line of Fire tablets, I wanted to get an Android device that had a more vanilla Android experience. The number of quality Android tablet models has significantly declined over the past few years and the ones that are available are either in the iPad Pro price range or running an old version of Android.

    I heard some positive buzz about the 2019 edition of the Tab A 10.1 so I looked into it. It ticked off all the boxes for me...
    • Android Pie
    • headphone jack
    • thin
    • light
    • micro SD card support
    • fast
    • inexpensive
    The entry level model (2GB RAM/32GB storage) is currently selling for $229 and with Best Buy's birthday coupon, I was able to pick one up for $195.

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    This tablet is thin and light. It's aluminum body feels premium. The screen is very vibrant and very crisp. Performance is as smooth and responsive as my 2018 iPad. Samsung's One UI skin is much lighter (weight-wise) than their old TouchWiz UI and doesn't interfere with the Android Pie experience.


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    I picked up an Infiland case for it and was hoping that the silicon back would help make it easier to hold but it is a bit on the thick side and the magnets used to hold the cover closed are too large. I'm keeping it to do some testing with it.

    I then picked up a ProCase case for it. Super-thin and light and fits perfect. This is the one I'll use every day.
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    I plan on putting the Tab A through a bunch of uses and am curious to see how well it handles them. Plus, since it has a USB-C port, I'll be exploring just how much it can be exploited.

    Here's one of my go-to YouTubers giving the the Tab A a run through...


    So... does anyone else have the Tab A 10.1 2019 edition? If so, how are you using it and what have your experiences been with it?
     
  2. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    Sracer,

    I don't have this tablet and have never used a non-iPad tablet. However, I am moving away from Apple and may pick this tablet up to give Android a try. It is currently on sale here in Helsinki for 159 Euros for the base model. I have always read that non-iPad tablets are pretty poor but for this price I may give it a go. I only need it for listening to Spotify, browsing the internet, managing my photos library (currently in Apple Photos backed up in Google Photos), email, and basic word processing.

    I am keen to hear your comments as you use it more. I have learned a lot from your posts on various topics so thanks for your participation in these forums.
     
  3. Roadstar macrumors 65816

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    Hey, where in Helsinki is it only 159e? I might be interested too :)
     
  4. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    At Gigantti. But I don’t read Finnish so I am not sure if they have them in stock but I think it is on sale until Sunday. Please have a look at the website and let me know. Thanks.
     
  5. Roadstar macrumors 65816

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    The sale is on until Sunday indeed and it’s available for store pickup in one hour at least at Itäkeskus and Tammisto in Vantaa.
     
  6. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    I can't see the difference between the one at 159 euros and the one at 199 (both are black). The more expensive one says 4G but are they both not 4G?
     
  7. Roadstar macrumors 65816

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    That's the difference. The 159 version is WiFi only, the 4G one has a SIM slot.
     
  8. sracer thread starter macrumors G3

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    The one for 199 euros is the 64GB storage model. The 159 euros model is 32GB.
     
  9. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    Got it. Thanks ve
    Got it. thanks very much.
     
  10. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    Today I purchased the base model (wifi only) and have just set it up. First impressions: very short charging cable and slow to charge. However, I have no complaints about the screen quality and speed in loading web sites.

    I have never used an Android phone or tablet so there is obviously a learning curve. This is an experiment to see how Android works and to see if I will be able to avoid Apple products in the future. Very happy with my 2 year old iPhone SE and my 6 year old Macbook Pro and my wife likes her 2018 iPad. However, as per my comments in other threads, I am fed up with Apple's pricing (obscene in Europe), its lack and we don't care attitude concerning quality and quality control, its sanctimonious attitude of it knowing best and the customer's needs being ignored, its dishonesty which has been proven numerous time over the past few years and the most recent move which the vast majority of its customers either have no knowledge of or choose to ignore: partnering with Goldman Sachs for the credit card. Ten years ago or so Goldman Sachs was the cause of unprecedented financial hardship for countries (including the US), financial ruin for hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) citizens of numerous countries and its executives got away with it.

    Yet Apple, the self proclaimed bastion of privacy protection, social justice, equal rights, helping the vulnerable in society chooses to use Goldman Sachs as its banking/financial partner. Unbelievable and millions of iSheep are giving them a pass on this.
     
  11. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    sracer, roadstar and anyone else:

    Can you recommend a forum on the Android side of things that would be similar to Macrumors? I would find it useful in getting to grips with this new tablet.

    Much appreciated.
     
  12. Roadstar macrumors 65816

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    I haven't been there that much, but Android Central Forums (https://forums.androidcentral.com) is worth a shot.

    I also pulled the trigger on the discounted Tab A 10.1 2019 as I needed to replace an ancient iPad 3 my daughter was using as a video player with something that's a bit more recent. With that discount it costs less than half what the cheapest iPad does and with the microSD expansion I can stuff even more videos there for long car rides and similar. I can now also get to test how Google's Family Link works compared to Screen Time on my son's iPhone and iPad.
     
  13. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that link. I will have a look. Keen to hear what you and daughter think of the new tablet after you have after you try it for a while.
    On another topic, I know that you ordered your Pixel phone from Germany as they were not available in Finland. I see that Verkkokauppa has them for sale online. Did you not care for the phone?
     
  14. Roadstar macrumors 65816

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    Verkkokauppa seems to have the newer and cheaper Pixel 3a range available, the regular 3/3XL still need to be ordered. However, if I were to get one, I’d order from the German Google Store once again as I don’t like the +200e markup Verkkokauppa’s added to the price.

    I liked the phone and I occasionally regret selling it, but while I can juggle between two phones in active use, three is a bit too much :) My current daily driver is my Galaxy S10+ as it has physical dual-SIM, wifi calling supported by my carrier and a better battery life. I would’ve used the Pixel 3 as my backup phone if it weren’t for my son using an iPhone plus an iPad and Apple unsurprisingly doesn’t offer their family tools on Android (while Google does on iOS), so it had to be my iPhone 8 on the secondary device role. For now at least, as my son has expressed his interest in getting an Android next (this has quite a lot to do with me and also his friends using Androids).

    I’m also waiting for my Tab S6 to ship. I preordered one as soon as I saw that touchpad in the keyboard cover and they were offering the cover for half the price for preorderers. In addition, by the time I ordered there was an additional -160e discount shown on the Finnish Samsung site and it was apparently some kind of an error from their part, but I completed my order before that discount went away, so they’d better honor it :)
     
  15. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    Wow, Verkkokauppa charges that much more than Google Germany!!?? No tricks to ordering from Germany? They sent it to you no problem?
     
  16. Roadstar macrumors 65816

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    Basically if your postcode doesn't overlap with those in Germany and you skip the free shipping and opt for the paid shipping instead (15 or so Euros), it should arrive just fine. I can check where I indicated that the country is Finland instead of the autofilled Germany if you're interested in ordering.
     
  17. Northern Man macrumors regular

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    I have a friend who reads some German so if I decide to order we will have a look. I may wait until the 4 comes out to see if the price of the 3 drops. Thanks very much for the info.
     
  18. sracer thread starter macrumors G3

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    I've looked for one too and haven't found anything anywhere near the traffic of Macrumors. That's why I post my Android-related stuff in this sub-forum. There is more interaction on this sub-forum than on forums dedicated to Android devices (XDA Developer excluded)



    FIRST WAVE OF TESTING
    Although I've been using the Tab A extensively since buying it, I've only now had the chance to go through some formal testing.

    I've been using Amazon Fire tablets so long that I forgot how nice it is to simply turn an Android tablet on and go. Performance in everything I've thrown at it so far has been great. Occasionally a momentary pause on a task but it is so infrequent that when it happens, I'm reminded, "oh yeah, this can sometimes happen".

    I was able to easily pair my bluetooth Motorola keyboard w/trackpoint with the Tab A. The connection is strong and the keyboard was responsive. Initially, the trackpoint was a bit jittery, but turning the keyboard off and back on again resolved that. (the calibration was probably incomplete during the initial pairing) Every use after that first time has been without any issue.

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    The mouse pointer is very visible and easy to use.
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    Here's a close-up of the keyboard.... It is the same dimensions as the Tab A so stacking them and carrying them works well.
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    STREAMING VIDEO

    I've been a cord-cutter for a few years and I have a handful of apps that I use to serve my streaming needs.

    Mobdro - this works as expected
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    EarthCam - I love webcams... EarthCam (both Android app and website) work well too.... here's a live shot of Wildwood, NJ taken a few minutes ago.
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    Pluto TV - This is my go-to streaming service when I don't have anything in particular in mind to watch.
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    PIP - The Tab A supports picture-in-picture. Here's Pluto TV running in a window....
    the window is movable but not sizable, at least I didn't tinker with it long enough to figure out how (if it is).
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    CASE - Here's the ProCase I've settled on. A grey canvas design, thin, light, sturdy. Cutouts are accurate.
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    Next Up: EXPLORING SAMSUNG's ONE UI and ANDROID PIE.
     

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