Friday, 16 July 2021 10:49

Samsung's most affordable Galaxy Tab A7 Lite now available in Australia


While cheap Laser-branded Android tablets are on sale at Officeworks for under $100, a higher quality entry-level tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, and while its specs are at the value end of the scale, it still looks like a great tablet to consume media, play games, do email, social media, surf the web, run apps and be a digital window to the connected world.

If you want a tablet computing powerhouse, then Samsung has you covered with its Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G range with 256GB storage and included stylus, for just under $2000, with a keyboard cover sold separately. You also have similarly spec'd iPad Pro models, as well as Microsoft's Surface tablets.

At the other end of the scale sits the entry level iPad with 32GB, starting at $499, but if you want something even more affordable, but still from a well-known brand, Samsung's Galaxy Tab A7 Lite with Wi-Fi and 32GB is $249, while the same model equipped with 3G/4G capability is $349.

Both only have 32GB of storage, which leaves 19.5GB to store apps and data, and there's a microSD slot that allows cards of up to 1TB to be inserted, but the external space, as seasoned Android users know, can't be used for apps - but the space can be used to store music, movies, photos and other files.

So you won't be able to fill the tablet with huge, graphically demanding games, or at least, not very many, but obviously, this tablet isn't designed to be an advanced games console competitor, even though there are huge numbers of casual games that will run on it more than happily enough.

Obviously, this tablet is designed to be a great way to access streaming content from all the regular providers, including the free-to-air TV channels, alongside movies and TV shows you have stored on a microSD card that you can acquire separately for the device.

It's a book reader, a music streamer, a web browser, a social media portal, a communications device, and you could easily create content on it too if you wanted, for there are any number of office suites that would work on it, while the 8 megapixel camera lets you take photos and videos of presumably good enough quality for everyday users, even though those users probably have a phone that does a better job.

The screen is 8.7-inches in size, so it's a very portable tablet that gives you a bigger picture to look at than most phones, and the whole thing looks very kid friendly, although it would be more than good enough for users with basic computing and tablet needs.

Samsung says the screen is "housed in a sleek, durable metal cover", and it is "ultra-portable and a perfect first Tab option for families or people dipping their toe in the tablet space."

We're told "the slim bezel around the display and powerful Dual Speakers with Dolby Atmos on the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite enhance the viewing experience when watching movies, TV shows or playing games."

There's an octa-core processor that "helps ensure videos play smoothly and transitions between content are seamless. With a long-lasting battery, 15W Adaptive Fast Charging, and optional LTE capability, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is great for watching the latest hit show or gaming on-the-go, or an ideal companion to keep the kids company on a road trips."

Garry McGregor, the VP of Samsung Electronics Australia's Mobile Division said: “The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a great demonstration of Samsung’s commitment to making great technology and innovation accessible to more people. In the entry-level tablet market, we’ve never seen features like this at such an affordable price point.

“Being able to have inclusions such as 1TB expandable storage, Dual Speakers powered by Dolby Atmos along with slim bezels and a metal finish is incredible for an entry-level tablet. With the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, we are cementing our leadership in Android tablets, providing even greater choice for the ever-changing technology needs of Australians.”

iPhone owners would be better off buying an iPad, or finding a second-hand model, so they can better leverage their exiting iOS app purchases, but if you already have subscriptions to services like Netflix and others, the log-in details will obviously work just as well on Netflix or Disney+ loaded onto this device, for example.

Available today (July 16) from Samsung stores and and all major retailers, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Wi-Fi 32GB edition is A$249, with the Tab A7 Lite with 4G is A$349.

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