When it comes to phone games, light arcade games like Candy Crush or 1010. are my preference as they require little attention. I’m not someone who can easily convince you to try open world games for their graphics, music, and general indulgence.
The reason is that I find it a bit difficult to immerse myself in the latter due to the small screen of my phone. I should bring it close to my face to fully appreciate the details of the fantastic lands of the games.
But just a week ago, I spent at least an hour a day indulging in the world of Sky: Children of the Light (Sky). What has changed? I have to play the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite.
It’s like a large phone
This title basically describes my first impression of the Tab A7 Lite when I opened its packaging. Weighing in at just 366 g and with a smaller size of 8 x 5 inches, I could grab it in one hand to regularly scroll through social media and read light articles.
With a silver-plated aluminum back and a glass front, it has enough bezel to grip it comfortably without causing accidental touches to the screen. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and stereo speakers equipped with the Dolby Atmos system at both short ends of the tab, which are loud and clear, making it a pleasure to mess with Netflix.
The physical buttons on the Tab A7 Lite are strangely placed on the right side of its long end, with the volume rocker located below the lock button. I often found myself blocking the screen carelessly every time I wanted to adjust the volume of my media. Maybe I’m just used to positioning physical buttons with volume switches above the Bixby button on my Samsung phones.
There is a noticeable camera shot when the tab is placed flat on the table, which makes it slightly hesitant when typing on the screen. At 8MP, photos taken with the rear camera lack sharpness and detail, while the 2MP front camera had low contrast.
The latter is enough to handle when it comes to calls with zoom and unlock screen with facial recognition. But don’t expect the Tab A7 Lite to impress with taking pictures.
Unlike the Galaxy Tab A7, which has a front-facing camera that sits at the top of the screen when in landscape mode, the Tab A7 Lite’s webcam sits at the short end.
Services for play and leisure
Samsung doesn’t seem to be pushing any productivity features here; the Tab A7 Lite does not include a stylus, there is no official case for the keyboard and Samsung DeX is not available. You’ll need to find third-party keyboard book covers or use a separate Bluetooth keyboard if you plan to use it for light work.
While it handles multitasking in pop-up and split-screen modes with an Android 11, One UI 3.1 operating system, the on-screen keyboard on the tab isn’t very nice to type on when held in any orientation. It’s too flat to type without touching a physical keyboard and too wide to type with your thumbs like you would on a phone.
Instead, this is an affordable tablet that you would buy to watch videos, read them, and play some light games on them.
Still, I couldn’t ignore the lack of sharpness on the screen. Text and images are pixelated to 1,340 x 800 pixels and a 179 PPI display. Other reviewers would agree that the screen was probably the biggest sacrifice Samsung made compared to the standard 10.4-inch Tab A7 with 1,200 x 2,000 pixels and a 224 PPI display.
With a bigger screen compared to my phone, I finally understood the appeal of exploring open world games that I used to underestimate. Still, I had to ignore the pixelated graphics that had difficulty on the tab.
On the brightest side, the tablet was light enough to hold it comfortably while playing Sky for long periods of time. His Dolby Atmos speakers were loud and immersive, allowing me to fully enjoy the mystical world of Sky with my new friends flying me around the islands to find more spirits.
His battery life was good enough to make me go through several episodes of The Good Doctor and social media browsing with a little juice. With a non-removable 5,100 mAh battery, the tab should last at least 10 hours of use without having to look for the charger.
I would say it is quite reliable as a distraction tool if you are going somewhere that requires a long wait, like on a date with a doctor. The tab is also small enough to fit in most handbags, so it’s a little less portable than a phone.
Clearly my main problem with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is its low resolution screen. But even so, it shouldn’t hinder the functionality of the tablet if you just use it quietly or to entertain yourself.
On RM699, the Tab A7 Lite is an affordable tablet that allows you to get daily calls, light reading, some games and a netflix watch.
It may even be beneficial for parents who want to buy an affordable beginner level device so that their children are up to date on school online.
For its price, the sacrifices made with the screen seem fair. If you care about the game’s graphics and sharper images, you can opt for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 which has a more vibrant and colorful screen for the cost of RM200 more than RM899.
|Lightweight and portable||Low resolution screen|
|Affordable||Poor camera quality|
|Ideal for spending time||It is not ideal for productivity|
- You can find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite here.
- You can read more reviews from Samsung here.
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