The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is an Android tablet by Samsung that is aimed at being a one-in-all solution for consumers.
This means that along with getting a tablet you can create art on, you're also getting a bunch of other features that encompass other tablets aimed at a general audience.
Let's see if this S Pen is a legitimate feature or if Samsung is trying to appeal to artists by tacking on a mediocre stylus.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Specifications
|Camera Resolution||2.0 MP Front Camera, 5.0 MP Rear Camera|
|OS||Android 5.0, Lollipop|
|Size||9.6 x 6.6 in|
|Resolution||1024 x 768|
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes packaged with the tablet and S Pen stylus, USB cable and general documentation.
This tablet really just seems to look like an iPad, which scares me a bit because I really don't think of drawing when I think of iPads.
The sensitivity on this thing must be great if this is going to function as a drawing tablet. The display area is pretty big though, so maybe I shouldn't judge this book by its cover(or rather, this tablet by its appearance).
Let's see if I'm right or if this tablet is going to prove me wrong.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A comes equipped with a nice 9.6 x 6.6 inch screen at a 1024 x 768 resolution display. While this resolution isn't the best in the world, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A makes up for this with its vibrant colors. Everything seems to pop when you draw on it and this really helps make up for the iffy resolution.
The tablet also comes with a MicroSD slot that you can use to upgrade the memory of your tablet significantly. This seems like it would be great for someone that's looking for a tablet that they can take and use to draw everywhere. The Samsung 64GB EVO Class Micro SDXC Card is a great choice for MicroSD if you want to go this route.
The pressure sensitivity on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is surprisingly good for a tablet like this. While this is highly dependent to the software being used, programs like Sketchbook Pro and Artflow work great with the stylus.
While this is more general information rather than information directly related to drawing, I believe it is worth noting that this tablet is wireless only. This means that you'll have to be connected to a wi-fi hotspot if you want to send any artwork through email or other services.
The stylus that came with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is called the S Pen and it's a stylus that is actually used in several Samsung tablets.
The pen is located in the upper right-hand corner of the tablet, where you can just pop it out when you need to use it. This makes for easy storage and is great for people that want to be able to just take their tablet anywhere and draw whenever they want(which I have a feeling is what the majority of you are wanting if you're looking at this review).
The S Pen features Wacom technology meaning that you won't have to charge this stylus ever.
It does suffer from the same problem as most other types of these tablet pens, though, in that it is a bit too small for drawing. You get used to this after a while, but a thicker, more sturdy pen would have been better for drawing, in my opinion. The previously mentioned responsive tablet display helps negate this somewhat.
It's not as good as professional display tablets like the Wacom Cintiq 13HD, but it's pretty good for something that is primarily focused towards the general consumer rather than specifically artists.
Unfortunately, finding the Samsung Galaxy Tab A with the S Pen can be a bit of a challenge. Not a lot of stores have it and Amazon only had it in one color when I got mine.
Also, if you buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and S Pen separately the tablet does NOT come with storage space for the pen., so keep that in mind.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A has a nice tablet size of 9.6 x 6.6 inches while having an okay, but not great resolution of 1024 x 768.
Now this would be awful for a tablet specifically aimed at artists but I think we have to keep in mind that this tablet was made with everyone in mind. If you're going for an all-in-one type tablet like this then what you've probably looking for is portability and convenience. The tablet has a really responsive display which was a pleasantly surprising and the S Pen worked great on certain programs specifically designed for artists.
A big downside for the stylus, however is the fact that it's a bit too thin to be a drawing stylus. This can take some getting used to for some buyers. Another downside is the fact that it's hard to even find with this tablet so you might find yourself looking around a little, especially if you don't order it online.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A might not be the best tablet for everyone, but if you're someone looking for a tablet that allows the freedom to draw when and where you want with the catch of lower quality sensitivity and resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A might be the tablet for you.
3.9 out of 5.0 – Average