I have the Tab A 9.7 version I can report the following :
Screen : is the most important thing on a mobile device, the resolution is extremely low with a weak 768 x 1024 pixels (~132 ppi pixel density), text will look ok when viewing a zoomed web page, at normal zoom, text will look grainy, picture quality is great and brightness is more than enough for any situation, if you watch videos or view pictures it's a fairly good screen, except for small text, there is no light bleeding on this panel (nexus 9 has a catastrophic light bleeding screen). Let's talk a bit about its resolution and pixel density, it is bothering me, really! Specially on web pages and small pieces of text, what's the point of having a large tablet if we keep zoming to read a column of text on a web page? None! I can do that on my 4 years old Note 2, but it's not convenient, I can not see small letters well on my Tab A 9.7, it looks grainy and sometimes I have to look really close to be able to read
Performance : is fairly good, everything works well and the UI is snappy, high quality videos (1080p mkv) works great, large pdf files are handled with ease, webpages are displayed instantly, there is no problem with performance on this tablet, light gaming is possible
Battery life : with airplane mode on about 13:00 hours screen on time of mixed continus use (youtube, light gaming, reading...) or about 10:00 hours SOT with 3g enabled
Build quality : is very good
Phone calls : works great over H+ or gsm (available in my country) signal strength is better than my note2
Wifi : much much better and more stable than my note2 (which is/or was a great phone)
Hope this helps deciding what to get, A 10.1 or 9.7
I am planning to get the A 10.1 and my 9.7 will go to my wife, if anyone want to know more about the 9.7 I will try to help
Eliud, 10 Oct 2016How do I activate sim card services for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 9.7 model SM-T550?It's a WiFi device only so u can't activate a sim on this device. But u can hook it up to ur phone through WiFi hotspot and use it as if it's got a sim.
How do I activate sim card services for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 9.7 model SM-T550?
i really would like to buy this tab but can any body confirm wethere it do accept sim card or not please?
Anonymous, 01 Oct 2016Does it havea finger print lock system?No - The samsung tab s2 does!
Anonymous, 01 Oct 2016Does it havea finger print lock system?It even doesnt have gps, headset and finger print lock
Pouria, 18 Sep 2016When android 6.0.1 comes update for this tablet?It came back near May
This tablet was a ripoff at $300, but ever since the price has gone down, I'd say go for it. This tablet can easily make 16 hours of SOT with power saving mode enabled. This screen is color accurate, but has a low pixel density. The processor is a Snapdragon 410, I believe, and this baby doesn't seem to lag anywhere except scrolling. It's decent at games, and less demanding titles are a breeze on this thing. RAM management seems good enough for most, but I wouldn't expect more than three or four apps at once. The cameras are potatoes, but they aren't the worst I've seen. The speakers aren't the best, they don't get particularly loud or detailed, but they're great for everyday use. This being a midranger from Samsung, don't expect it to get Nougat officially, but TouchWiz over Android 6.0.1 includes basically all the new features of Nougat, so not very important. This tablet seems to know that it's a low-end tablet, and uses it to its advantage. The lower-res screen and chip set, coupled with the large 6,000 mAh battery combine into way more SOT than any other tablet, even iPads, and it's awesome. This thing is great for everyday use, just if you can get it for less than $250.
jojo, 16 Aug 2016where's the sim card slot on this tab? It's next to the memory card slot, memory card slot is next to the volume button.
Hi guys. Does anyone here have problem with OTG on this device? Mine seems incapable of detecting any thumbdrive
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Anonymous, 23 Aug 2016Tanx for ur rapid reply pal...u mean the low resolution doesnt bother ? Are Small texts readab... moreWe both wear glasses and neither of us have any problems with the resolution when watching "catch-up tv" or reading messages, PDF's and newspapers on line. The only reservation is the speakers can be a little bit tinny and quiet depending on the source or chanel. An external speaker is a good investment.
I also have a Bluetooth keyboard but for most of the time the predictive text makes sending messages quick and easy so I only use my laptop once a week or less (cut and paste using a tablet is too fiddly for me).