We are no doubt seeking a device that can assist us and our children in learning, working, and playing online as they struggle to establish a foothold in the new digital norm. Quite sometimes, it’s difficult to discover a nice device that is both economical and feature-rich, especially for the entry-level market. The $130 is here to defy that trend.
The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, which features a big 8.7-inch display and a large metal body, comes with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, which is unheard of for a tablet of this size or price range. Additionally, it is only millimeters larger than its predecessors with 8-inch displays, which implies that the larger 8.7-inch display is squeezed in thanks to ultra-thin bezels (again something unheard of for most entry-level tablets).
However, how well does it perform? Discover more in our Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite review below.
Portable and Attractive Design
The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite’s design features an 8mm thin body with a metal frame and back. Top and bottom plastic ends remain attractive, while an 8MP rear camera features a slightly raised bump on the rear. The controls are minimal, consisting of a power button and volume rocker, but it does include a USB Type C port and 3.5mm audio jack, as well as dual speakers on each end.
The tablet weighs just 0.81 lbs and is extremely easy to hold and grip, while the nearly 9-inch display is sure to please those who use tablets to watch movies and read books. The ultra-thin bezels do make it a little more difficult to grip one-handed at times, as my large palm has accidentally pressed something near the bottom of the screen once or twice, but you get used to it after a while.
Clear Crisp Display
When it comes to the large display, it features a 1340 x 800 pixels resolution that, while being HD, still provides crisp details for text and movies. Interestingly, while YouTube supports video resolutions up to 1080p, Netflix only supports SD or 480p. For the most part, the Dolby Atmos dual speakers are loud and clear, if a little tinny in the higher registers. It is sufficient to enjoy the orchestra but not necessarily to distinguish between the instruments.
Performing Well for Everyday Use. However, Not for Gaming
Despite the MediaTek MT8768N chipset, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite’s combination of 3 GB of RAM enables stable multitasking. Split screen and even multiple floating windows with different apps are quite simple to accomplish. While there is a slight lag when switching between apps, the tablet is generally quite snappy and does not overheat when running standard apps. The 32 GB of storage is adequate as well, but you can always add up to a 1TB MicroSD card for additional storage space.
The tablet performs admirably for viewing, reading, watching movies, and running PDPR applications such as Google Classroom, Docs, and so on. Thus, while Asphalt 9 will run on the tablet, it will appear laggy and pixelated, as will other demanding games such as Genshin Impact or even Call of Duty.
Reasonably Good Camera
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite’s cameras are certainly not top-of-the-line, the 2MP front camera is more than adequate for most selfies and online learning. The 8MP rear camera is still capable of taking reasonably good photos, but you must be patient while the camera focuses or you may need to tap to focus manually. With enough light, photographs can be quite clear, if a little lacking in detail and resolution. Obviously, neither of these works well at night or in low light.
Easy To Use
With the appropriate stylus or Bluetooth keyboard, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite works quite well as a work tablet, particularly for sketching, writing, and marking. While it is not as good as the S Pen stylus, it is capable of all of the above, making the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite an attractive device for students and educators alike.
While the tablet does not support WiFi 6, normal WiFi connectivity up to 802.11 ac was stable and reliable. The 5100 mAh battery lasts slightly longer than two days when used intermittently to moderately, but only about a day and a half when used heavily. Due to the 15W fast charging, the tablet will charge completely in about an hour and a half. As is the case with other Samsung devices, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite features enhanced security features such as Knox and an integrated McAfee antivirus.
In general, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite SM-T220NZAAXAR is an incredibly portable and surprisingly superior-to-average tablet designed for regular users. Its large 8.7-inch display, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and reasonably priced RM699 price tag make it nearly ideal for students and teachers on a budget. While its size and portability make it an excellent reader or movie streamer, its performance is only adequate for casual gaming.
Other competitors in this price range include the Lenovo Tab M8, which offers lower-end specs such as 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage but comes in at a slightly higher price. There’s also Samsung’s own 2019 Galaxy Tab A 8.0, which has 2GB RAM but also includes 4G LTE, a feature that probably would have made the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite even more appealing, but the newer tablet is unquestionably the better overall deal.
So, what are your thoughts? Are you planning to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite for your children or educator?