Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch model: SM-T290NZSAXAC

Ranked #5 among Tablets priced under $400.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch

Quick Description

This tablet is perfectly sized as a portable media player and is said to last a long time on a battery charge. It won't exactly excel for gaming, but unless you play demanding 3D games on your tablet, there's plenty of entertainment to be had on this model.

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Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this tablet which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (58.08% of the time to be exact).

Protective Case. Some people get a protective case for their tablet. It can be a matter of personalization or protection, but if you get a case, try to get one which doesn't make drops more likely.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $270.

Available at 3 locations, from $180

Based on 396 days of observation, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch usually costs ~$200 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this tablet is $142.98. If you were waiting for this tablet to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples, Best Buy or Newegg at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Tablets

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability3/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power1.5/5
Memory2/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

Small Tablets

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price1/5
Durability5/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power2/5
Memory2/5
Storage4/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck0/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price0/5
Durability0.5/5
Power0/5
General-purpose power0/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Android
Processor: Qualcom Snapdragon 429
Graphics: Qualcom Adreno 504
Memory: 2.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: 8"
Screen Resolution: 1280×800(188.68ppi)
Dimensions: 21.00 × 12.44 × 0.80 cm
Weight: 0.345 kg

The features

  • Micro SD Storage Expansion
  • Back-Facing Camera
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Touch Screen
  • USB (Micro)
  • USB 2
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement2/10A specialist might be able to help you
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage4/10Can be extended but not replaced
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

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What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 4/5
    Design Websites 0/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 2/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (1 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 3)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (0 / 10)

Photo Editing (1 / 7)

Video Editing (0 / 12)

Enthusiast Games (1 / 63)

Video Games (3 / 14)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 69)

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