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1340 x 800 Pixels
Tab A7 Lite
0.31 x 4.91 x 8.37 inches
1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
– January 2, 2022
I bought this mainly for reading, but I also thought it would be nice to have something more capable than an e-reader. This tablet did not disappoint. The battery life is excellent, as is the screen. It boots quickly and the OS is not as “buggy” as is typical for Android. I have found myself using it for more than reading, including online shopping, email, general web browsing, and social media. My son likes to watch some of his children’s shows on it and the sound quality is great. Since its storage capacity is low, I bought an SD micro card to add more storage in the event I needed it. It is easy to move files between the internal storage and the card, so the low storage capacity doesn’t really matter in my case. All around, this is a nice smaller tablet in a world where large screens dominate. I highly recommend it.
– January 13, 2022
I bought this so my toddler could have an affordable tablet to use her learning apps. It works great for that. It’s simple, has google play store, and it has an actual desktop style screen unlike the kid’s Fire (which is a terrible tablet.) The only frustration is that there is no option to turn off the start up sound. It is very loud and can’t be turned off. Very frustrating flaw.
– February 7, 2022
This tablet is excellent for the basics of web surfing, shopping and anything that’s not heavy usage on the CPU. Videos and Netflix works great as long as you got a good to excellent internet connection. I don’t know about gaming, but I’d say avoid if your a serious gamer. Simple games work fine, but the internet connection really makes the difference on the performance.
– February 15, 2022
At the time of this review, this tablet is listed for $129. Some reviews here are complaining about the screen, but the hardware is an excellent value for money. The screen may not be the highest resolution, but it’s good enough for most media consumption uses and it is bright. The lower resolution will probably only affect you if you are reading relatively small text. The build quality in total is very high for this price point. It’s a thin, primarily metal, body that feels pretty solid in your hand.
The problem with the tablet (and the reason I returned mine) comes down to a limitation put in place by Samsung’s software. Samsung has acknowledged that the “US Variant” of their galaxy tablets do not allow formatting SD cards as internal storage or moving apps to external storage. This means that your app storage is limited by the built-in device storage. This tablet has 32GB of storage, but about 15 of that is taken by the system and you are left with only 17. This simply is not enough space for apps on a tablet bought in 2021.
To be clear, this is not an android limitation or an app limitation, it is a limitation put in place by Samsung. If you look around online you will find advice from people (who presumably don’t own this tablet) telling you how to move some android apps to an SD card, but that advice does not apply on this device. Even if the app developer has explicitly enabled the ability to move an app to external storage and even if you have moved the same app on another android device, it will not work here. Not even enabling developer options or trying to use ADB to move apps will resolve this problem.
There is a 64GB version of this tablet available from Samsung that is currently bouncing back and forth between a list price of $199 and sale price of $149. If you are considering this tablet, I would highly recommend spending the extra $20 and getting the higher model It has twice as much storage, but since the system reserved space doens’t change, you effectively go from 17gb for apps to 49gb for apps. This is much more workable given the SD card limitations.
– March 10, 2022
As a big tech nerd I bought two Tab A7 Lites, one each for my wife and I, and we’re very happy with the purchase; with some caveats.
Here’s the kicker; I’m an old school kind of guy- I do most of my work from my laptop, what I don’t do there is on my desktop, and what isn’t done there is from my Samsung Note 10 Plus… And that’s the rare situation. I’m a pretty avid gamer, like posting on reddit, that kind of stuff. Work-wise I’m a project manager, so lots of light use cases in a browser, not a software dev or anything. I do some odd server work with my homelab; and offload a lot of my heavy duty work there but love having an SSH utility at my fingertips.
My wife is a little different; she lives on her iPhone and her work life is on her work laptop and she doesn’t exactly have a ‘personal’ computer despite me buying plenty for her. She’s an ‘instagram/amazon/snapchat/texting’ kind of girl and that’s fine, but nothing requiring heavy duty hardware.
Point is we got these little tablets expecting ‘not much’; I wanted an intermediary device for my wife so she can watch videos, read books and articles, surf her Instagram feed on a larger screen and I wanted something to exist between my laptop and my phone for watching stuff on Plex in the kitchen while cooking, or surfing Reddit late at night on a larger screen now that I’m a bit older. For that use case, these devices are perfect.
Here’s the kicker: if you’re expecting amazing screens, look elsewhere. The resolution is perfectly acceptable, and that’s good enough for us. If you want tons of storage, you can expand it with a microSD (I put a 32GB in mine, my wife has no real use for it) and I’ve saved some stuff locally for myself, that’s also fine. They’re fantastic little e-readers as well, so we’ve taken to a fair bit more reading than usual in the last weeks on the Kindle app. My wife’s phone sits in the charger a lot more so she can do her social media perusing on her tablet and she loves it. My laptop doesn’t migrate to the sofa quite as much from my desk, so that’s a win too. The battery life has been fantastic, the USB-C charging is a huge win for us being a more modern home than most, the system is generally snappy and responsive, and after adjusting the DPI settings in the developer settings it’s at the right ‘size’ for me from an information density perspective. I can go on and on.
At the current, $130 price, I can’t recommend buying anything else as these tablets are fantastic for their use case. If you’re a tablet gamer, you definitely want to look elsewhere. If you need a powerhouse work device, maybe keep poking around. If you want something to replace your laptop(s), buy some iPad Pros and tell AMEX to celebrate now that they can buy a new office building after you bought them. If you want something that’ll match up to your flagship smartphone in snappiness and speed, you’re looking for something else too. If you’re so immersed in the iOS world that Google Play is going to be unfamiliar and scary? Keep looking.
My tablet experience prior to this device has been lackluster at best, as iPads felt too unwieldy and heavy (to say nothing of expensive) for our use cases, but these little A7s have been fantastic. Do I expect them to last us forever? Not really. Do I expect they’ll be an integral part of our home tech stack for the next year or so? Absolutely. Just as some evidence; I’ve cranked out this review on my A7 Lite with a BT keyboard and my Razer Hyperspeed X mouse on BT mode listening to Spotify on my Buds Plus and split-screening the browser window with the Amazon app to buy some cases, popsockets, and screen protectors for our devices. We love them; as a guy that would move to my computer if I needed to write more than 2 sentences, and my wife is a girl that with 80 Safari tabs on her phone that has now taken to doing all her reading and social media on her new A7. Two thumbs up, as long as you’re the right buyer.
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