After arriving in the US a couple of weeks ago, Samsung Canada has announced that their new Galaxy Tab A has arrived in Canada and can be purchased at Best Buy stores or online. The Galaxy Tab A comes in two variations – there is an 8-inch version that comes in White or Titanium for $279.99 and a larger 9.7-inch variation that comes with an S-Pen for $429.99. The Galaxy Tab A is a mid-range tablet designed for family use with a safe and secure Kids Mode and ideal for multiple users. It is not trying to be the tablet with the most powerful specs, but it shows in the pricing, giving a good, solid value. The Galaxy Tab 4 is a re-design for better portability and offering a 4:3 ratio display for a better viewing experience when reading books or magazines. It is lighter and thinner tablet that is easier to hold in the palm of your hand.
The new Galaxy Tab A uses the TFT display technology with an XGA resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, in either the 8-inch or 9.7-inch version. Both sizes come with 16GB of internal storage – however, there is room for a 128GB microSD card, if you need to expand your storage. A Qualcomm quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz powers the tablets – the 8.0-inch model comes with 1.5GB of RAM and the 9.7-inch comes with 2GB of RAM. Both sizes sport a 5MP main camera with autofocus and a 2.0MP front-facing camera. The 8-inch tablet has a 4200mAh battery and the 9.7-inch model uses a larger 6000mAh battery, with approximately 13 to 15 hours of usage. The 8-inch measures 208.4 x 137.9 x 7.7mm and weighs in at 314 grams. The 9.7-inch measures 242.5 x 166.8 x 7.5mm and weighs in at 487 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s feature ‘seamless productivity’ and come pre-loaded with MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. With ‘seamless connection’ you can connect your Galaxy Tab A with a Samsung Smart TV to watch videos, view photos and more by pairing the device with your Samsung account or via Bluetooth. When you enable the Kids Mode, your children will have access to a safe world of color and fun – and you can create up to 6 kids’ profiles. They can use Kids Camera, Kids Music and Kids Drawing. With ‘continuous shot’ you can capture multiple consecutive photos by holding down the camera button.
Of course the Galaxy Tab 9.7 comes with the S-Pen capabilities making it easier to work with pictures, objects and text. The integrated Wi-Fi lets you connect to the web from your home network or a WiFi hotspot, while Bluetooth 4.1 allows you to wirelessly connect to your headphones, laptop, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Multi-Window lets you open 2 windows side by side and run 2 apps simultaneously so you can multitask on-the-go.