Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7″ P555/P550

Samsung has an excellent collection of device for all market segments, with their tablets in particular putting in solid performances everywhere. There’s the super high-end Tab S range, the Galaxy Note x series for the budget-to-mid-range and then there’s the Galaxy Tab A series which sits between those two segments.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A makes a few sacrifices to get performance up, with its 9.7-inch display being a 1024 x 768 resolution TFT screen. The screen isn’t alone, for all the dipped resolution, as Samsung have included an S Pen with this slate – and that goes well with any display.

There’s a quad-core processor inside, a 1.2GHz affair that will keep your tasks ticking over. It’s helped by the 2GB of RAM and 16GB of default storage (which can be expanded by up to 128GB).

There are the customary dual cameras in place, a 2MP front and 5MP rear cam. They’re fit enough for purpose but they’re more nice-to-haves than anything else at this point. Unfortunately Samsung have already showed up what they’re capable of, camera wise.

By now you might have noticed that there are two variants in play here, the P555 and the P550. These two models are more or less identical, with the connectivity telling them apart. The P550 is Samsung’s WiFi-only model of this tablet, which the P555 plumps for the LTE connection via a microSD data card.

If you’re looking at the middle of the road when it comes to a Samsung tablet then this 9.7-incher is a great place to start. Whether you’re just looking for another at-home device or something more versatile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is what you need.

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