Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Review – The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is the Samsung update of its mid-range Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet. The 10.5-inch Android device is supposed to stand out from the competition with its WUXGA display, Dolby Atmos sound, familiar mode for children and long-lasting battery.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A has grown and renewed. While the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) had a 10.1-inch screen, its successor, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5, now measures 10.5 inches.
The tablet is only available in Wi-Fi or LTE version. Both models are equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, Adreno 506, 3 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of storage. The Wi-Fi version sells for $ 330. Please note that the LTE version is not available in the United States at the time of writing.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 has many features: it continues the steps of its predecessor with a WUXGA resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, offers the WLAN 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, an 8 MP camera, the current Android 8.1 Oreo and Four speakers with Dolby Atmos.
Find out how the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 can handle this highly competitive mid-range market and what has changed compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) presented in our review. We also include the following comparison devices: Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A50), Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML), Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) and Medion Lifetab P10606.
Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Design
The appearance of our Galaxy Tab A 10.5 remained virtually unchanged from its predecessor, apart from the increase in size from 10.1 to 10.5 inches, of course. The Samsung logo previously placed on the top of the tablet has been removed, as well as the physical start button, which is now part of the Android virtual buttons on the screen. The practical and simple design and the relatively narrow rounded glasses remained the same.
The tablet has lost half a millimeter thick (now 8 mm). Gorilla Glass 4 protects the entire front of the tablet, while the back cover is made of plastic. It offers a very high quality impression thanks to its slightly flexible non-slip surface. The tablet is very stable and does not yield under pressure. It can only be very slightly deformed.
Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Connectivity
Samsung has equipped its Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC tablet, 3 GB of RAM and the Qualcomm Adreno 506 integrated graphics solution. This is a decent midrange configuration. The device is available with 32 or 64 GB of storage. Our test unit is the 32 GB version, of which 22.5 GB is available after installation. The microSD card slot supports cards with a maximum capacity of 400 GB. It is also possible to store applications there.
In addition to the standard ports, such as a USB Type-C port with USB 2.0 speeds that support OTG and a 3.5mm audio jack, the Samsung tablet also includes a connection port with which the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 can be used connected to the Pogo charging station. This offers some interesting features, such as displaying favorite photos, the time or the current weather forecast during charging. The audio system is another special feature: the Samsung Galaxy Tab A is equipped with four speakers, one in each corner, and is compatible with Dolby Atmos.
Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Software
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 runs on the current Android 8.1 Oreo, which Samsung has completed with its own user interface, Experience, in version 9.5. Although it offers many additional features and configurations, the navigation is similar enough to allow Android users to quickly get used to the Samsung user interface. The security patches for Android were dated June 1, 2018 at the time of the test (mid-October), so they are not really updated. In fact, Samsung only offers quarterly updates for some of its mobile devices, including tablets.
The tablet comes with the mandatory Google applications, as well as a selection of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel and Skype. The third application package includes Samsung-specific applications, such as a file manager and the Galaxy Apps app store. The tablet is designed for families by introducing a mode for children that turns the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 into a simple and easy-to-use interface with special applications and games. If you swipe right on the home screen, you will access Bixby Home, which offers a collection of news, appointments, weather and activities.
Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Communication
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is available in two versions: with LTE and only with Wi-Fi. Our test unit is the Wi-Fi version only equipped with Bluetooth 4.2 and IEEE 802.11 standards a / b / g / n / ac. It can be connected to the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 was very fast during our Wi-Fi test. We measured 216 Mb / s when receiving data from our reference router, Linksys EA8500, although this bit rate could have been higher if it were not. There was no short-term decrease in transfer rates. Sending data (312 Mb / s) was not a problem. In general, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 has speeds similar to those of the Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A50), Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) and Medion Lifetab P10606. Only the Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) cannot continue here.
The Samsung tablet uses GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou for its location services. It took us a little while to get inside, but the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 still managed to place us within three meters, which is as accurate as it was at the time. ‘Exterior. We didn’t have to wait that long for our outdoor location.
We tested the GPS module by taking the tablet during a bike ride with the professional Garmin Edge 500. The result shows that the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 performs very well during navigation. Both cameras offered similar performance, although the Garmin did a little better. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 provides applications with highly accurate location data.
Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Cameras
The 8MP main camera equipped with flash and autofocus can take photos with a maximum resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. If you want your photos to be 16: 9, the image size will be reduced to 6 MP. Videos can be recorded in Full HD and at 30 frames per second with the main camera and the 5 MP webcam.
Both cameras offer multiple image modes. The main camera supports panoramic images, HDR mode and burst mode. The webcam is obviously intended for selfies and funny photos and includes a tag mode with many options. Both devices support Bixby Vision, an augmented reality application that automatically translates text, searches for places and reads QR codes.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 takes correct images, although they cannot be compared with those taken with good entry-level smartphones. The images always appear slightly faded, even in ideal lighting conditions, and the tablet cannot display small details accurately. The camera cannot handle poor ambient lighting. But, in general, the image quality of the main camera and the webcam is sufficient for occasional snapshots.
Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T590N Touchscreen
The WUXGA capacitive touch screen of the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 recognizes up to 10 simultaneous inputs. It is very sensitive and precise even in the corners. The two physical buttons (power button and volume control) also respond very well. Both have a clear pressure point and are adjusted, which gives a high quality impression. The same goes for the back cover, although it is made of plastic. The tablet does not have a fingerprint reader, but you can use facial recognition to connect to the tablet, which worked well in our test.
The slightly rubbery surface of the back is not only pleasant, but also allows a secure grip. You can easily hold the tablet without running the risk of dragging it from your hand and throwing it on the floor.
The only defect is that the Galaxy Tab A 10.5, generally very receptive, sometimes takes a while to execute the requested action. This happens especially often after restarting the tablet or waking it up after a long period of sleep. But in the end, these breaks were so short that they are worth mentioning.