Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 model: SM-T580NZKAXAC

Here's what I had to say the last time recommended this tablet

Watch the video above to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. This was recorded during the November 9th, 2018 live stream, so if you let the video run, you will also hear me talk about other devices you might be interested in as well.

I make new recommendations according to latest rebates every Friday, and you can see my latest picks here.

Quick Description

A good android tablet if you're not looking for something especially powerful, but want a big screen and good battery autonomy.

Guillaume's pick!

This tablet stood out to me on 18 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected 37 days ago, selling for $250.

This is a good tablet for...

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.

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-$90

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $360.

Available at 11 locations, from $250

Based on 841 days of observation, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 usually costs ~$300 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this tablet is $249.99. 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 10.1 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 Best Buy, London Drugs, The Source, Amazon, Staples, Walmart, Samsung, Mike's Computer Shop, Tiger Direct, Newegg, eBay or Memory Express at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Tablets

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price0.5/5
Durability3/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory1/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price0.5/5
Durability2.5/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance4/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price0/5
Durability1.5/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy4.5/5
Ease of Maintenance2/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Android
Processor: Samsung Exynos 7870
Graphics: Samsung Mali T830
Memory: 2.00 GB
Storage: 16.00 GB
Screen Size: 10.1"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1200(224.17ppi)
Dimensions: 25.40 × 15.53 × 0.82 cm
Weight: 0.53 kg

The features

  • 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
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Micro SD Storage Expansion

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

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 5/5
    Design Websites 1/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 1/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 3/5
  • 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 (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (0 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 8)

Video Games (3 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (2 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 48)

In the same price range

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