Samsung Galaxy Tab A vs Tab E – Compared

There are many different budget tablets on the market right now. With more and more Android tablets being released at the lower end of the market, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth your money.

Outside of the iPad, Samsung are the most popular brand out there when it comes to Android tablets. They have a good selection of different tablets that you can choose from, with a pretty wide range overall.

And although this is great, this can lead to confusion if you’re trying to decide between different Samsung tablets. Two that are especially confused with one another are the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and the Tab E. They appear to be pretty similar to one another.

But are these two tablets pretty much the same, or are there differences between them? Well, we’re going to look at their specs and performance to find out which one would be the better choice.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A vs Tab E

The difference between the Galaxy Tab A and the Tab E is quite significant. The Tab E hasn’t been updated in many years, whereas the Tab has has proven to be much more popular. It’s faster, more responsive and a better option overall than the Tab E.

So whilst we know the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is the better option of the two, what makes it the better choice? Let’s look at the Tab A in more depth to find out why it’s the top choice for those looking for a cheap tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

The Galaxy Tab A is known for being one of the top budget tablets available right now. It’s nowhere near as powerful as an iPad or the Samsung S series, but it’s a direct competitor to other cheaper tablets like the Amazon Fire series, which is very popular at the moment.

The Tab A is an improvement over the Tab E in many different key areas. Let’s look at the main points where it’s an improvement on the E.

Memory/Power

Probably one of the most important factors in your decision when you’re purchasing a tablet is the amount of memory that the tablet has. This is no different when it comes to these two tablets.

Whilst neither of these Tabs are particularly powerful, it’s the Tab A that comes out on top here again. It has 2GB of RAM, whereas the Tab E only came with 1.5GB. So it’s not much in it, but it is still the more powerful of the two.

Size & Weight

Now, there isn’t a great difference between the two tablets when it comes to their size and weight. But for most people, the Tab A will likely still be the better choice.

Firstly, in terms of weight, the Tab A is a little bit lighter than the Tab E. The A comes in at approximately 460 grams in weight, whereas the E is a little bit heavier than this at just under 500 grams. Not a massive difference, but when you consider the Tab E’s screen is smaller, it’s definitely noticeable.

The screen size of the Tab A is around 9.8 inches, with the overall tablet size being 10.1 inches. This is because it has a pretty thick bezel around the edges of the tablet itself. In contrast to this, the Tab E has a 9.6 inch screen size, so a little bit smaller of the two.

Storage

With both of these models, you can add your own memory card if you need to. This will allow you to increase the storage of your tablet by quite a lot, and it’s definitely necessary if you plan on having a lot of different downloads on your tablet.

However, the base model of both of these tablets have different in-built storage capacities. The Tab E comes with 16GB of storage, whilst the Tab A has an improved 32GB of storage. An impressive improvement on the E, and another reason why the Tab A is the better choice.

Battery Life

The battery life of our tablets is becoming more and more important. Though many of us use them around our homes, cheaper tablets can run through battery very quickly. This can be a little bit frustrating. The Tab E only comes with a 5000 mAh battery.

The Tab A improves upon this battery, with 6150 mAh (Milliamp Hours) instead. It’s not going to be a dramatic improvement to your battery life, but if it gives you an extra hour or two of gaming and browsing time, it can’t be a bad thing.

Cameras

More and more people are concerned about the quality of their camera with their tablet nowadays. You can probably attribute it to the increase in video callings, as well as tablets becoming more portable too.

Back when they were both released, they had 5MP back cameras and a 2MP camera on the front. As the Tab E hasn’t been updated, it still has these camera specs today.

However, the recent updates to the Tab A have improved these cameras quite a bit, so it has an 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP camera on the front. This is a big improvement in terms of quality, making the Tab A much better for Skype and Zoom calls.

Audio

Most of us don’t care too much about the audio o our tablets – we’re likely to use headphones if we’re ever going to watch a film on them anyway. However, it’s still something that you should consider.

This is an area that the Tab A is impressive, especially when you consider it’s low cost. It has in-built Dolby standard audio, with 3D effect too. It a definite step up from the Tab E.

Price

One of the main areas where these two have collided on the market is in their price. Since they’ve been released, they’ve both occupied price points right at the lower end of the budget tablet market (between £100 and £200). This is probably why they’ve been compared to each other so often.

As of 2020-21, it’s clear to see that the updated Tab A offers much better value for money. It’s a better use of your cash, and when you consider all that it has to offer, it’s actually a pretty good deal overall.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E

There’s no doubting that back when it was released, the Tab E proved to be pretty popular and it definitely wasn’t a bad deal at the time. However, you have to bear in mind that this was originally released back in mid 2015, more than 5 years ago now.

Whilst this might not seem like a long time, in tablet and tech terms this is a lifetime ago. Think about it like you would with dog years – ever 1 human year is worth a lot more in terms of technology because it moves on so fast.

And unlike the Tab A, which has released updates every year since it was released back in 2015 also, the Tab E has been left in the dust. Without any additional love from Samsung, it’s fallen behind the times and it’s not longer a great deal if you’re looking for a new tablet.

The thing is that even if you can find the Tab E on the market nowadays, it’s still going to be a similar price point than the Tab A. And where the Tab A is better in pretty much every department, there’s no reason to even consider the Tab E. The only way I’d recommend it is if you can find it really cheap secondhand, but even then, the Tab A is pretty cheap brand new.

Galaxy Tab E Features

Saying all this, there are still some good things to mention about the Tab E. Here’s a couple of good things to mention about this tablet;

Increase memory – Like with all Galaxy Tabs, it’s very easy for you to increase the storage of your tablet. This is one major reason people opt for this brand instead of going with Apple.
Price – Although currently it’s not going to be excellent value for money, back when it was released it was actually considered to be pretty good in terms of value.
Build – There’s no denying that this is a budget tablet, and you can see the difference when you use this model and a much more expensive one. But for it’s low price, it’s definitely above it’s pay grade in terms of quality and design.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it’s clear to see that nowadyas, Samsung are putting all of their effort in terms of tablets into two different ranges. They have their premium S series, which is great if you’re looking for a Galaxy Tab that can compared to the likes of the iPad.

But at the budget end, Samsung have focussed on perfecting their A series, which has steadily improved every year since it was first released. So, out of these two options, there’s no question that the Galaxy Tab A is the winner of the two.

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