Review Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4” 2020

hey everybody gets Lawnside then we’ve got a new tablet to take a look at today from Samsung this is the Tab A 8.4 this is kind of a budget offering at around 279 with an LTE radio built in it also of course works on Wi-Fi it’s got an 8.4 inch display and this is different than the 8 inch tablet they came out with last year we’re gonna take a look and see how this performs in just a second but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that I paid for this with my own funds after a bunch of you wrote in to tell me to get one all of the opinions are about – here are my own nobody is paying for this review nor is anyone reviewing or approving what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this tablet is all about so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware you’ve got an 8.4 inch display on this one it’s nice and bright it’s running at 1,900 by 1200 so essentially a full HD display so text and pictures look good I like the aspect ratio here on the screen which makes it easy to read text and other things so from the standpoint of just a basic browsing device I think it’s going to

do pretty well for most people it’s got a Samsung Exynos 700 CPU inside that has to a 73 cores and 6a 53 cores and the result of that is that it’s not very fast it’s kind of a low-end performing device here nothing spectacular when you go beyond the basics so right now as we’re browsing the web’s you can see it’s working fine but when you get into games and other things that might text the hardware more like video editing and that sort of thing you’re going to really start feeling the sluggishness of that processor this is not a performance device by any stretch it has three gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of storage on the side here there is a tray for the SIM card because it supports LTE over the cellular networks along with a micro SD card so you can bring the internal storage from 32 gigs up to 512 gigabytes so that’s something that you can use for downloading movies and that sort of thing this one was a Verizon subsidized unit so when you booted up it’s got the Verizon logo on it then Verizon dumps all of this junk we’re on here all of these apps at least most of them I did not install myself they just came on here already so I’m guessing Samsung and Verizon get a cut for those apps to be installed so you will spend some time cleaning up some of the junk where that’s on the device when you first get things going it weighs

about ten point nine ounces so it’s pretty lightweight bill quality feels okay it’s not spectacular but it’s not cheap feeling either so I think from the build standpoint it’ll fit nicely in the hand I do believe there are some cases available for it as well it has GPS built in which is something that you don’t always get on a low-cost tablet camera system on this is not spectacular you’ve got a front-facing camera here that runs at five megapixels decent enough for videoconferencing and that sort of thing the rear camera is a real basic rear camera eight megapixels photo quality as you can see is okay nothing great it’ll shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of stabilization and of course the video quality isn’t going to rival what you would get on a more expensive mobile device either battery life and our testing is pretty good about 10 to 12 hours if you keep the screen brightness at a reasonable level and don’t tax the hardware too much so if you’re gaming you’ll get less than that if you’re doing web browsing and email I expect that’s about what you would get on here there isn’t much for ports you’ve got a speaker down here you have USB type-c this is used for charging and data devices but not video output so there’s nothing coming out of that port just going in on the top here you’ve got a headphone jack so you can plug in your typical headphones to it it also of course supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so you can connect up your Bluetooth headphones to it if you want to do that it does

have facial facial recognition built in but it’s completely optical so when I look at the camera here it will let me in but it doesn’t have some of the security features that we’re seeing on more expensive devices for face recognition in other words it’s not taking a 3d image of your face it is strictly going off of an image recognition I did try putting a photo in front of it that didn’t trick it but I’m sure it’s possible so you’re not going to rely on this facial recognition to keep state secrets or something important like that you’ll probably want to stick with a password but the performance here as you saw a minute ago with web browsing isn’t bad I’ll pull up YouTube here real quick and show you what that’s looking like again it’s not terribly fast so things just won’t spring to life on you like they will on something more powerful another thing I noticed too is that although video plays back fine and looks great on the display the colors really do look nice on the screen you will get these moments of latency as you’re changing screen orientation for example you’ll get a pause the video will stop and then it will catch up and respond to the movements so just a lot of little things here that will make you feel like you’re not using something all that quick another area where you might notice some sluggishness is on games let’s take a look at Call of Duty and see how it performs with one of the top mobile games at the moment alright so here we are playing call of duty and as you can see here it’s running pretty well on the device but we are running at the lowest possible settings so of course a more powerful phone or tablet would deliver better graphical fidelity but most developers target low end

hardware like this so you should have too many games that won’t play but you’ll find that they do look a lot better on devices that have a little bit more horsepower under the hood and on the 3dmark sling shot benchmark test we got a score of 942 that makes this a bit faster than the 8-inch Amazon tablet but much slower than most of the iPads you can get right now including the low-end iPad that costs the same as this one does we’re seeing so much better performance out of even the lowest cost apple device and it’s crazy that we’re not seeing Android tablet makers push these devices a little further Apple’s proven you can put high performance in a low-cost device and why we still see these Android devices kind of puttering along is really puzzling to be honest with you it’s kind of a disappointing thing to see absolutely zero performance growth on the Android side especially at the low-end but we keep hoping that maybe there’s a tablet out there that will finally get us some performance that we’ve been lacking unfortunately this one is not it now fairness this device does have the LTE radio built-in for the price you have to pay extra for that on the iPad side but nonetheless I still think we should be seeing better performance than what we’re getting here another little gripe I have with this particular device is that it’s not very good at ignoring unintentional movements on screen so as you can see the bezels are very thin on the tablet which looked nice but if your thumb is kind of resting there it thinks you mean to touch the screen and you’re getting things like text selections and apps launching and other things when you’re just trying to hold on to the tablet and never mind trying to scroll here while you’re holding it like this it just doesn’t work so hopefully future firmware updates will rectify this because you really have to kind of pinch the tablet on the side to prevent those inadvertent screen touches from registering and that’s something

that hopefully they can work out on future software updates and speaking of software this is only running Android 9 which surprised me I even ran the update when it arrived to make sure that it was not going to go to ten so right now it’s on nine hopefully they updated I’m not sure what their track record typically is with these tablets but there you go so overall this is not a bad tablet it’s not a great one either it’s just kind of in the middle it’s basic transportation I often see my local Verizon store giving these things away for next to nothing if you lock into a long contract so my guess is is that the marching orders from the carriers are make us something decent and cheap and that means you get something that looks ok and feels ok but doesn’t perform all that well and that’s what we got here so if you were disappointed with the 8 inch tablet in the past you will continue to have those feelings about this one now but if you want something inexpensive that can get on the LTE network by itself maybe it’s worth taking a look at but right now I think if you are spending less than $300 on a tablet the only real choice out there is an iPad because you get so much better performance out of that new 10.2 inch iPad then you’re seeing here on the Android side and I think it’s about time for Android manufacturers to step up their game a bit that’s going to do it for now until next time this is Lian Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lawn TV supporters including gold-level supporters the four guys with Porter’s podcast Tom Albrecht Rick astute Oh Chris allegretto Callie an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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