Samsung’s New Galaxy Tab A Goes Up Against Amazon

Samsung has released the Galaxy Tab A, its newest Android tablet. They seem to be targeting families, which means it will be competing with Amazon’s kid friendly tablets even though the Tab A is much more expensive. The Galaxy Tab A has an eight inch, 1280 x 800 display, 32GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery, an 8 megapixel front camera with flash, and a 5 megapixel rear camera. These are the rest of the specs:

• Available in Black, Silver, or Gold
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad Core 1.4GHz processor
• Android 7.1.1 Nougat
• 2GB of RAM
• Up to 256GB of MicroSD expandable storage
• Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.2

The main selling point Samsung is really marketing is the tablet’s family features. Similar to the line of Amazon Fire tablets, accounts for kids can be set up with parental controls with options like adding time limits or controlling available content. The Tab A has a “kids mode” which automatically populates the tablet with games and apps from partners of Samsung, such as Lego. You can also turn off notifications and calls while the kids play games.
The line of Amazon Fire Tablets have very similar features, but also include a lot more information on how the kids are using the tablets with an online dashboard. While Samsung is obviously trying to appeal to the same market as Amazon, the Galaxy Tab A costs considerably more than a Fire. On it’s November 1st release date, the Tab A will be $229.99 while you can pick up an Amazon Fire HD 8 or the Fire 7 Kids Edition for just $80.
Although the Galaxy Tab A is more expensive, Samsung’s has a great reputation, and these tablets will run Android instead of the Amazon Fire OS.

Justin is the founder of Gadgeterrific and you'll usually find him shouting at a wall of computer monitors at three in the morning. He's a self taught full stack developer and a futures and foreign exchange trader.

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