Should i buy a samsung galaxy tab e?


Reasonably cheap, but the ageing Samsung Galaxy Tab E simply doesn't cut it as a budget tablet in 2018

When we originally reviewed the £140 Samsung Galaxy Tab E in năm ngoái, we found it to have a somewhat sluggish performance, mediocre battery life and a sub-par display. At the time it had quite a lot of, fast-forward lớn 2018 and the now £1trăng tròn tablet has even more lớn with.

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For example, the Amazon Fire HD 8 just £80, while the £130 Vodafone Smart Tab N8 has a big screen và 4G Both provide better value for money with specs khổng lồ the Galaxy Tab E. We"d suggest looking at these alternative sầu instead.

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Our original Reviews below

The Galaxy Tab E shows its age as soon as you turn it on. The first sign is in the software: this tablet is still running Android 4.4 KitKat, which is now positively ancient to lớn the more modern Android 6 Marshmallow and Android 7 Nougat operating systems. It hasn"t received an update, and nor will it - which does put it at a disadvantage over other tablets.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Display

As a result, the Tab E looks old-fashioned from the off, & it certainly isn"t helped by its low resolution of 1,280 x 800. Stretched across its 9.6in, 16:9 display, text is visibly grainy và curved are jagged, making the Tab E pretty hard on the eyes over long periods of time. Of, we"ve sầu seen other budget tablets recently with the same resolution – most notably the Amazon Fire HD 8 – but in the case of the Fire, those pixels are spread across a much smaller display, resulting in a higher pixel density, & fractionally more sharpness.


The quality of the Tab E"s screen isn"t great, either. Our showed it"s only capable of displaying 60.8% of the sRGB gamut, which is below average, even for a budget tablet, & this means don’t look as vibrant as they bởi. At least it"s bright, hitting a peak white level of 409cd/m2, which is more than enough for outdoor use (although maybe not in direct, bright sunlight), and its ratio of 1,085:1 is also respectable.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Performance

This isn’t the newest tablet, so it’s perhaps unsurprising lớn find that its 1.3GHz Spreadtrum SC8830 processor & 1.5GB of RAM isn’t the faschạy thử or most modern processor around. It’s sluggish in everyday use, web browsing was quite stop-start, and lớn make matters worse it wasn"t even with the Geekbench 4 benchmarks, making it difficult to it with other recent budget tablets.

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It also wasn"t able khổng lồ run GFXBench GL"s Manhatchảy 3 test, which doesn"t exactly bode well for its overall longevity. If it feels slow now, it will feel even worse a year or so down the line. Still, I was able khổng lồ play a reasonably smooth game of Threes, which proves it’s able to lớn with simple games.

It also fine with Netflix and Đài truyền hình BBC iPlayer streaming. Just bear in mind that the Galaxy Tab E only with 8GB of internal storage (of which 5GB is available lớn the user), so you may want khổng lồ invest in a microSD thẻ to make more room for your various downloads.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Battery life

Battery life was fairly decent, but again, other tablets have sầu managed better in the past. With the screen mix khổng lồ our standard measurement of 170cd/m2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E lasted 8hrs 52mins in our video-playback test, so it should have sầu enough stamimãng cầu to lớn last the better part of a day. However, it still pales in to lớn the Fire HD 8, which lasted an impressive sầu 13hrs 4mins under the same

Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Camera

As for camera unique, well, it’s as I’d expect from a budget Android tablet, which is lớn say it’s not particularly impressive sầu. While the 2-megapx front-facing camera is just about serviceable for Skype calls và the lượt thích, the 5-megapx sensor on the bachồng is poorly equipped to deal with either indoor or outdoor photography, producing blurry, noisy shots devoid of detail & vibrant

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Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Verdict

The Galaxy Tab E might be relatively cheap at around £120, but there are simply superior alternatives on the market right now. Amazon"s new Fire HD 8 is much cheaper, has better battery life và offers a better experience for younger users, while the Vodafone Smart Tab N8, offers the cheapest 4G tablet on the market.

Screen size9.6in
Screen resolution1,280 x 800
Screen typeLCD
Front camera2 megapixels
Rear camera5 megapixels
Storage8GB (GB)
Memory thẻ slot (supplied)microSD (up khổng lồ 128GB)
Bluetoothcông nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.0
Wireless dataNone
Size241 x 149 x 8.5mm
Operating systemAndroid 4.4.4
Battery size5,000mAh

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