Everyone knows Samsung for its Galaxy S line of smartphones, the latest being the highly praised Galaxy S10 line of devices. That’s not all Samsung has been known for in the smart device space, however. The Korean hardware juggernaut has also made a slew of tablets alongside its smartphone line. Here is a collection of some of the best of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line.
The new hotness
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
$600 at Amazon
From $530 at Best Buy
From $600 at Walmart
The Galaxy Tab S6 is the latest flagship tablet from Samsung and it’s quite impressive. The Tab S6 is touted to last up to 15 hours on a single charge while including the S Pen in the box. Under the hood, you get Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, along with either 128GB or 256GB of expandable storage.
The “budget” pick
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
From $325 at Amazon
From $400 at Best Buy
$399 at Walmart
The Galaxy Tab S5e isn’t an upgrade to the Tab S4, with Samsung instead of going the route of “affordable premium.” Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, and 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy Tab S5e has the same 10.5-inch OLED screen as its predecessor, but the most impressive part is the fact that it’s lighter and thinner than the Tab S4.
Old and still good
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is the company’s former high-end productivity tablet with claims to have PC power with tablet mobility. Powered by the Snapdragon 835, the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S4 comes equipped with four Dolby Atmos-powered speakers, the ability to use your tablet as a PC with Samsung DeX, as well as the Google Assistant built-in and a 7300 mAh battery with Fast Charging technology. The S Pen also comes packed in the device, so it’s truly worth the experience, especially when purchased with the keyboard cover.
From $592 at Amazon
$648 at Walmart
$864 at Newegg
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
The Galaxy Tab A is positioned as the device to take all of your digital entertainment with you on the go. This is especially true with the Dolby Atmos speakers, along with the 13-hour battery life and gorgeous 10.1-inch display. And if you need some extra storage, there’s a microSD card slot to make sure you can watch all of your favorite content on the go.
From $239 at Amazon
From $230 at Best Buy
$228 at Walmart
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019)
$148 at Amazon
$150 at Best Buy
From $139 at Walmart
If you like what the Galaxy Tab A brings to the table but wish it came in a smaller form factor, you can get just that with this 8-inch version of the tablet. The smaller size also means a smaller price, but there are plenty of specs to keep you productive and entertained — such as a metal design, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 5,100 mAh battery.
For the children
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition 8″
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition is the perfect edition for the little ones in the family. This tablet comes equipped with a bumper case pre-installed, along with access to over 10,000 hours of kid-friendly content thanks to Samsung Kids. With battery life rated at lasting up to 13 hours, the kids will be occupied for as long as you need.
$130 at Amazon
$130 at Best Buy
$150 at Walmart
Why are there so few great Android-powered tablets?
There are many reasons as to why it’s nigh-impossible to find great Android-powered tablets on the market. Some may point to the continued dominance of Apple’s iPad and the seamless nature of how Apple manages its iOS ecosystem. Others may point to the sensation that is the Microsoft Surface line of products, which helped to further introduce the 2-in-1 form factor for tablet computers. Google hasn’t helped things for its tablet OS, going as far as to create the Google Pixel line of notebooks and tablets for its Chrome OS, which, in some ironic twist, can run Android apps from Google Play. Third-party support is also lacking on tablet Android. There are a significant number of applications that are still incompatible with the tablet version of the OS, which can hurt the experience.
That being said, Samsung is still one of the few companies that are investing in the Android tablet scene, and have been the flag bearer for Android-powered tablets, especially with its Galaxy Tab S line of tablets, including the current Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and the Galaxy Tab S5e. There are also still some Android tablets around that aren’t from Samsung.
If we’re making some suggestions…
The Samsung Galaxy Tab line of tablets has something for everybody. If you’re a fan of getting the new hotness, then you want to look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. This tablet is equipped with all of the power one could want from a tablet, along with the ability to turn into a desktop-like experience if you spring for the optional keyboard. However, Samsung did the right thing here and included the S Pen with every Tab S6, reducing potential costs.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly tablet without wrecking your wallet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition is an amazing entry-level tablet that can do the basics. Things such as media consumption from YouTube and other video streaming applications, as well as light family-friendly gaming and daily web browsing, is what this tablet is made for, something you and your family will appreciate every day.