Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 7-inch

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The 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 budget 7-inch has received positive reviews for its price, its good performance when it comes to doing the basics such as photo viewing or navigating around the tablet, its solid battery life of up to 11 hours and its compact and lightweight design. The fact that the storage is upgradable via a microSD card was also a big plus for many. It has a non-slip finish on the back. However, criticism was directed towards its internal storage of 8GB, especially since the system memory takes up quite a bit of the space. Furthermore, the screen is not as responsive as most would like. Lastly, the Spreadtrum SC8830 processor is entry level, and it may hinder performance when it comes to more resource heavy tasks. However, for the price, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 7-inch offers a decent performance and while it is limited in internal storage, you can always get an additional microSD card.

Positive Reviews
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  • Good performance for basic tasks
  • Well priced
  • Impressive battery life
  • Compact and lightweight
  • microSD slot
  • Non-slip finish


  • Average screen response
  • 8GB internal storage
  • Low performance

Bottom Line

The 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 7-inch tablet is suited to basic tasks as the 1.3 GHz Spreadtrum SC8830 processor and 1.5GB of RAM are fairly limiting. The lightweight and compact is a big plus, along with its impressive 11 hour battery life.

  • Weight: 1.1 lbs
  • Display Size: 7 inch
  • RAM: 1.5GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery Life: 11.5 hours

Critic Reviews

  • 82
    NotebookCheck May 14, 2016

    The particularly handy design bestows Samsung's new tablet from the 7-inch category with almost smartphone-like traits. However, tight 8 GB of storage and an entry-level SoC curb the fun. Our test will reveal whether the Galaxy Tab A7 convinces in real world use anyway.

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Full Specifications

Operating System Google Android 5.1 Lollipop
Weight 1.1 lbs
Battery Life 11.5 hours
Connectivity Wi-Fi | GPS | Bluetooth | microUSB 2.0
Internal Storage 8GB
Removable Memory microSD, up to 256 GB
Display Size 7 inch
Display Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Display Type IPS
Display Technology LCD capacitive touchscreen
Front Camera 2 MP
Rear Camera 5 MP
Graphics Adreno 306
Additional Features microSD card reader
Dimension (LxWxH) 7.36 x 4.28 x 0.34
Warranty 1 year

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