Five features you need in a tablet

I recently posted about how I organize my life with the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, and since then I’ve been spending more time moving into my new tablet and getting to know it better. I came across some other features that saved me some time, and spoke to my extreme multitasking tendencies.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Here are my five favourite features that I didn’t know I needed until I had them.

Two screens at once

Speaking of multitasking, you can split your screen and do two things at once. How about reading an article online while Skyping with a friend? Or reading This Bird’s Day while surfing your Facebook feed?

Multitasking split screen on the Samung Galaxy Tab A

Screen shot of the multitasking split screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Separate logins/user accounts

I have my apps, my husband has his. With this feature, I log in under my own user account, and I see all of my apps on the screen while my husband’s are hidden. Not only that, but I set up my screen how I want to see it. This way you aren’t continually moving icons around to how you like them only to have the next person move them back.

Ultra Power Saving Mode

We’ve all been there… That moment you realize you need 15% more battery, but you only have 2%. With Power Saving Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode, you can restrict apps and features that would normally drain your battery and buy yourself some extra time.

Reading Mode

This is a nice feature for anyone who does a lot of reading on their tablet. Eye strain can cause a lot of headaches and this feature changes the brightness and colour of your screen to something that is easier on the eyes. This feature can be found in Settings -> Display -> Screen Mode.

Kids Mode

I’m still impressed with this feature. Kids Mode allows kids to play on their own without the fear of them opening one of your apps and doing some damage. In Kids Mode, they can not make any purchases and you are able to set a specific amount of play time so you can control how much time they spend playing their games.

Kids Mode in the Samsung Galaxy Tab A

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So let us know, which feature do you think you’d like the most?

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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161 comments… add one
  • Eva Urban Jun 18, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Kid-friendly – keeping up with the times. My 11 year old son Evan loves the split screen and kid mode feature.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  • Elena Jun 18, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I love that it has a Kid’s Mode. My kids are always wanting to play with my phone (we don’t have a tablet yet) and I know they’d be trying to play on this

  • Sonya Jun 18, 2015, 5:14 pm

    I’m torn between the reading mode and power saving mode. Both are very useful!

  • Katrina Brady Jun 18, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Love the kid mode. Perfect for when my granddaughter just picks up my tablet

  • birdiepie Jun 18, 2015, 1:44 pm

    My favourite feature is the reading view.

  • Nathan Lapointe Jun 18, 2015, 1:36 pm

    I love the long battery life!

  • Kelly Baker Jun 18, 2015, 12:33 pm

    I like that there is a kids mode.

  • Marla Jun 18, 2015, 11:20 am

    Love the two screens mode for multitasking

  • Viv Sluys Jun 18, 2015, 10:23 am

    I like the 2 screens at once feature.

  • Gord Jun 18, 2015, 9:11 am

    I like the dual screen feature…a lot.

  • Lisa Reis Jun 18, 2015, 8:16 am

    I love all the features but especially the reading mode (night time when kids are asleep is my only chance to read) and the kids mode (its good to know they are safe when we do let them on the tablet!) Thanks!

  • cheryl hodgkins Jun 17, 2015, 11:37 pm

    Lots of great features..but seeing I have grandkids, ive gotta say the kids mode feature

  • Bree Jun 17, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Reading Mode and Kids Mode! They are all great though!

  • Maria McLachlan Jun 17, 2015, 8:12 pm

    The kids mode feature sounds great.

  • lori novak Jun 17, 2015, 10:54 am

    2 screens at once? It seems to have it all!

  • Maritess S Jun 16, 2015, 4:37 pm

    I always use my tablet for everything and the power saving feature would surely benefit me.

  • Amanda Fontaine Jun 16, 2015, 2:56 pm

    It is so hard to JUST choose one. I love the fact that there can be multiple users as well as kids mode bc well. Let’s face it, our kids use the technology we use so it’s nice to know we can limit things.

  • Michelle Roy Jun 16, 2015, 2:33 pm

    Kids mode would be an invaluable tool!

  • CL Chin Jun 15, 2015, 10:02 am

    the split screen and kids mode are great features!

  • suzi Jun 15, 2015, 4:54 am

    The Ultra Power Saving Mode is the feature that I would appreciate a LOT as I never seem to remember to charge my devices!

  • Silvia D Jun 14, 2015, 7:50 pm

    so many great features..i really like the split your screen feature.

  • Linda Jun 14, 2015, 3:32 am

    I like the ultra power saving mode.

  • Courtney Jun 13, 2015, 5:02 am

    I love that it has a kids mode!

  • Eldon L Jun 11, 2015, 9:25 pm

    I love the the dual screen feature

  • Sara Rai Jun 9, 2015, 12:16 am

    Kids mode would be handy:)

  • Lori L. Jun 8, 2015, 2:18 pm

    All of the features are great but I really like the idea of having a Kids Mode as my 3 and 2 year old love playing apps and tend to get into apps they shouldn’t! Thanks for the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A!

  • J Jun 8, 2015, 11:03 am

    It is too easy to forget that you left a device on, only to find out it’s out of power when you try to use it later. So a good battery paired with the Ultra Power Saving Mode feature has to be my favourite thing.

  • mrdisco Jun 8, 2015, 10:51 am

    defintely love that it has a reading mode feature

  • Amber Y Jun 7, 2015, 10:31 pm

    My favourite feature is the Two screens at once. I think it’s an excellent feature and one that I’d get a lot of use out of. I’m always trying to multi-task on my devices.

  • Paula Goodman Jun 7, 2015, 1:51 pm

    Reading Mode is what I’d love to have!

  • Lori Sexton Jun 7, 2015, 12:10 pm

    Ultra Power Saving Mode

  • Wendy J Jun 6, 2015, 8:41 pm

    I love all things Samsung, the power saving and the kids mode features stand out the most

  • crystal parsons Jun 4, 2015, 6:28 pm

    I love the kids mode

  • Yuen C Jun 3, 2015, 9:51 pm

    I like the ultra power saving mode!

  • STACEY DEMPSEY Jun 2, 2015, 5:02 pm

    I would love the Ultra Power Saving Mode especiqlly when you have teenagers as they go through battery life like nobodys business

  • Monica Jun 2, 2015, 3:18 pm

    The power saving features are a great idea. I would definitely find that useful!

  • Wanda Macsween Jun 2, 2015, 12:21 pm

    I love the option of doing two things at once with the split screen!

  • sarah a Jun 2, 2015, 11:36 am

    I love the double screen – I’ve never seen that before!!! Crazy.

  • Marlene J Jun 1, 2015, 8:31 am

    Two screens at once – always viewing more than 1 screen while on PC , so this will be handy for me on tab
    Ultra Power Saving Mode – always recharging & just when its about to die. So this is great feature also

  • Michael Hawkins Jun 1, 2015, 5:02 am

    The kids mode is an awesome feature and would be extremely useful.

  • kris labonte May 31, 2015, 4:23 pm

    The 2 screen at once feature is pretty cool!

  • Andrei O May 31, 2015, 11:14 am

    I think the split screen and multiple accounts would be pretty usefull

  • Pam May 31, 2015, 6:13 am

    my fave feature is that you can have different accounts, login so that hubby and son don’t see my stuff or screw up my work stuff.

  • Rebby May 30, 2015, 10:53 pm

    I love the split screen and the fact that multiple users can have accounts!

  • Julia May 30, 2015, 10:33 pm

    I really like the split screen feature! Super handy!

  • Andrea m May 30, 2015, 4:40 pm

    I love the split screen and the kids mode!

  • DaveO May 30, 2015, 7:32 am

    I like the reading mode.

  • Tanis May 29, 2015, 10:46 pm

    Definitely the Kids Mode as my son has deleted Apps on me before!

  • Doris H May 29, 2015, 10:06 pm

    I really love the”two screens at once” feature.

  • brandon forsyth May 28, 2015, 10:54 pm

    The reading mode is nice for when I am trying to read before going to bed.

  • Carole Dube May 28, 2015, 8:40 pm

    I love so many features! The one I love the most would be the split screen feature.

  • Travelbuds May 28, 2015, 3:17 pm

    I love the split screen feature. never seen that before in a tablet.

  • Judy Cowan May 28, 2015, 3:04 pm

    I love the split screen feature! That would come in handy!

  • Wanda Bergman May 28, 2015, 2:26 pm

    I like the ultra power saving mode. That would save so much time.

  • Florence c May 28, 2015, 11:23 am

    I really like the idea of the split screen.

  • angela m May 28, 2015, 9:32 am

    I love that there is a kids mode.
    thanks

  • sarah sar May 28, 2015, 8:29 am

    I love the kids mode.

  • Karine May 27, 2015, 8:17 pm

    The Ultra power saving mode is pretty useful when using your tablet at work

  • Nicole B May 27, 2015, 12:02 pm

    The split screen is so great!

  • Susan Nelson May 27, 2015, 11:52 am

    The reading mode. I love to read and this sounds perfect.

  • Brenda Lacourciere May 27, 2015, 4:09 am

    I like the kids mode. I would use it a lot with the grandkids.

  • em May 26, 2015, 4:23 pm

    I think the split screen is a fantastic feature

  • Darlene Schuller May 26, 2015, 2:00 pm

    I have to admit I fell in love at ‘split screen mode’ .. when I use my daughter’s ipad, it’s a real pain in the hind end not being able switch between apps so easily. This certainly would make facebook/email and gaming soo much easier and way more pleasant!

  • Debbie Petch May 26, 2015, 12:23 pm

    I like the 2 screens at once! It is very convenient!

  • Lori Jackson May 26, 2015, 7:33 am

    I am loving the split screen and the kids mode!

  • BlessedTA May 26, 2015, 4:37 am

    Separate logins/user accounts

  • Alayne Langford May 26, 2015, 12:22 am

    I didn’t know you could split the screen! That is a humongous feature to have in my life when it comes to keeping up with my family and paying attention to different social media outlets at once! Great post! :)

  • selma90 May 25, 2015, 11:54 pm

    Love the Reading Mode feature, very useful for people like ,e who love ebooks!

  • Angela Mitchell May 25, 2015, 10:52 pm

    Ahhh I love the kids mode. I didn’t even know there was such a feature!

  • jenny May 25, 2015, 10:50 pm

    ultra power ssving mode!

  • Aneta Alaei May 25, 2015, 10:29 pm

    Most likely I think the kids mode would be the most practical thing for me to like in this house. 4 kids that are tech savvy means I want them to be safe while using technology. For me though I would love to do the 2 screens. Facebook and Twitter all day long

  • Anna Johnson May 25, 2015, 10:23 pm

    Out of your favourite features, I like the two screens at once the most, but it is a toss up! Everyone in our family would love something different the most but would love all of them too!

  • Sarah De Diego May 25, 2015, 9:50 pm

    With four “tablet able” people in the house, I love that separate logins! Finally, people will stop deleting/moving my apps!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  • Aimee Robison May 25, 2015, 6:25 pm

    I love the split screen option, and reading mode :)

  • Francine May 25, 2015, 3:45 pm

    I’d like the separate logins – even when hubby tries using the apps on my phone, he messes them up – let him mess up HIS

  • Julie F May 25, 2015, 2:21 pm

    I like the sound of the reading mode!

  • Sande B. May 25, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I love the easy reading mode and the split screen functions the most. Very handy for me – saving time switching back and forth between screens – and saves on eye strain too!

  • catherine brown May 25, 2015, 12:50 pm

    separate user accounts would be great for everyone in the family.

  • heidi c. May 25, 2015, 12:10 pm

    Love the kids’ mode! Perfect for when my four want to use it!

  • Lawrence L May 25, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I love the separate login / user account feature

  • Sarah Macleod Sarah M May 25, 2015, 11:07 am

    I would love the kids mode. My children are much more tech-savy than I, and are constantly uploading this and that to my home computer and phone (resulting in a mom tantrum trying to remove it!!)

  • ginette4 May 25, 2015, 11:02 am

    I love the split screen..what a great feature!

  • Susan Nelson May 25, 2015, 10:26 am

    I like the reading mode. I read a lot and if its easier on my eyes that’s a bonus.

  • Kevin M May 25, 2015, 9:33 am

    Separate logins/user accounts is my most fave for a tablet.

  • DP Gus May 25, 2015, 5:00 am

    My favorite feature would be the separate logins & user accounts.. always good to be sure that your kids don’t accidentally delete something you truly loved on your tablet.. Nice to be able to just set up a kids account

  • DP Gus May 25, 2015, 4:56 am

    I would love one of these to sit and read books on before bed or watch movies in comfort.. Thanks for the opportunity at this lovely giveaway

  • Jeannie May 24, 2015, 10:28 pm

    I love the kids mode! It means my kids can have the tablet and I don’t have to worry about them access any other apps!

  • Tammy Dalley May 24, 2015, 8:47 pm

    I love the multi screen

  • Jenness M May 24, 2015, 7:35 pm

    Love the split screen option!

  • josephine evans May 24, 2015, 6:45 pm

    I like the separate logins & LOVE the kids mode !

  • Sunshine G May 24, 2015, 6:12 pm

    Kids mode – one less thing to be paranoid about!

  • Antony Bosch May 24, 2015, 11:34 am

    I like the kids mode, no more random emails or wondering what is actually showing up when the kids are playing.

  • Tracy D May 24, 2015, 11:16 am

    The separate login is an awesome feature!

  • Donna L. May 24, 2015, 12:34 am

    I like the “2 screens at once” feature.

  • Andrew P May 23, 2015, 7:20 pm

    As someone who multitask a lot , the Two screens at once is awesome

  • lisa neutel May 23, 2015, 6:30 pm

    i love the split screen feature and also kids mode

  • Elizabeth Vlug May 23, 2015, 4:54 pm

    I’m like you. I love to multi-task so the split screen would be great.

  • Stephanie LaPlante May 23, 2015, 3:20 pm

    My favorite feature is two screens at once. I’m a huge multitasker!!!

  • Tina L. May 23, 2015, 2:10 pm

    I like the Two screens at once.

  • Darci Paice May 23, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I love the separate login so others can use it too

  • Manuel Vizcaya May 23, 2015, 8:26 am

    I like being able to multitask with the split screen.

  • Amie E May 22, 2015, 11:39 pm

    I love kid mode , that way they have there own place , not playing in mine :)

  • lori butler May 22, 2015, 11:16 pm

    the 2 screen option is pretty awesome

  • Kam May 22, 2015, 10:52 pm

    Love the reading mode!!! Sweet!

  • MrsWhite May 22, 2015, 10:46 pm

    Reading Mode and Ultra Power-Saving Mode are my favorite features!

  • Debbie S. May 22, 2015, 10:20 pm

    I love the kid mode, really cool, and my grandson could play freely then. This is a great feature!

  • Eileen May 22, 2015, 9:35 pm

    I love the feature of “Separate logins/user accounts”!

  • Lynda Cook May 22, 2015, 9:02 pm

    I love all the features but I think I love the Kid Mode the most, the grandkids always want to use my phone, and having this would be awesome!!

  • Kim G. May 22, 2015, 8:38 pm

    I like the separate login feature and the kids mode

  • Belinda McNabb May 22, 2015, 8:36 pm

    the dual screen is my favorite feature

  • Jenn May 22, 2015, 7:25 pm

    I really like the Separate logins/user accounts feature because I am pretty sure my hubby will want to use the tablet from time to time. I wouldn’t have to log out of all my social media and log back in whenever he borrows the tablet.

  • David May 22, 2015, 7:22 pm

    I like that you can use two screens

  • Pam Winski May 22, 2015, 5:23 pm

    I love that there’s an automatic kids mode built in. The more recent versions of Android operating systems have allowed for multiple user accounts for awhile (something that I don’t think Apple has ever done) but to have a kids mode saves from having to change lots of settings and such. Thanks!

  • Lisa May 22, 2015, 4:22 pm

    I love the split screen feature for sure. I love pulling up a youtube video or vlog while I’m browsing the web or social media.

  • alexander May 22, 2015, 4:12 pm

    i like the split screen!

  • Dana Miller May 22, 2015, 3:51 pm

    The features I love the most are Kids Mode and Separate logins/user accounts. Both are awesome!

  • Gillian Morgan May 22, 2015, 3:19 pm

    I like that you can use two screens at once.

  • Elaine G May 22, 2015, 12:52 pm

    I like the split screen. It would make it so much easier instead of going back and forth.

  • Mark Villanueva May 22, 2015, 12:10 pm

    I like the kids mode. keeps small eyes from going somewhere they arent supposed to.

  • Sean M May 22, 2015, 11:33 am

    I like the dual screen

  • Terri T May 22, 2015, 11:10 am

    I like the Kids Mode feature.

  • Emilia May 22, 2015, 10:25 am

    The split screen I would use this feature all the time

  • Brian Furman May 22, 2015, 9:42 am

    best features I’d get use of are definitely the kids mode (you can even set a time limit on it!) and also the expandable storage to 128gb. That’s handy!

  • Lee-Ann May 22, 2015, 8:08 am

    I totally love the two screens at once – this is a feature I would use all the time

  • Charlene Lucas May 22, 2015, 7:58 am

    I like the two screen feature!

  • Juliee Fitze May 22, 2015, 7:52 am

    I like the split screen the most , use it all the time.

  • Karla Sceviour May 22, 2015, 6:00 am

    I like the Two screens at once feature,,that is great!

  • Brenda Penton May 22, 2015, 3:59 am

    I like the Reading Mode and that you can use two screens at once.

  • Rajbinder Kaur May 22, 2015, 1:07 am

    Oh definitely 2 screens at once, multitasking! Cheers

  • maria May 21, 2015, 11:48 pm

    I love 2 screens at once!

  • Kelly Baker May 21, 2015, 11:07 pm

    Being an avid reader, my favourite feature is the “reading mode”.

  • andrea amy May 21, 2015, 11:04 pm

    My favourite feature is the kids mode :)

  • Pia Pedersen May 21, 2015, 10:16 pm

    I like that there is an Ultra Power Saving Mode and a Kids Mode.

  • zahra premji May 21, 2015, 7:12 pm

    The split screen feature would be so handy

  • Deanna S. May 21, 2015, 4:21 pm

    I love the split screen feature!

  • Dee Schwark May 21, 2015, 4:21 pm

    I really like the split screen and separate user accounts….fantastic :)

  • Linda L May 21, 2015, 4:12 pm

    Wow split screen would be amazing!!!

  • Michelle Policelli May 21, 2015, 3:05 pm

    love the two screens at once feature!

  • Krista M May 21, 2015, 2:59 pm

    I LOVE Kids Mode! My son has special needs & is obsessed with technology & is crazy for apps. But he constantly goes into ones he shouldn’t, tries to purchase new apps, and it makes me bonkers. This feature is perfect for my life so I can take back control!

  • Carolyn M May 21, 2015, 2:50 pm

    The love the feature to be able to view two screens at once.. it would be great for chatting on facebook and keeping up with whatever else you are doing :-)

  • tanyab79 May 21, 2015, 2:02 pm

    The reading mode and the split screen are the features I like the most.

  • Melinda L. May 21, 2015, 1:51 pm

    I love the split screen feature… definitely handy when I’m trying to multi-task…like read while watching movie :P

  • Maria May 21, 2015, 1:14 pm

    Two screens at once is just amazing

  • Andrea May 21, 2015, 1:04 pm

    My favourite is the Separate logins/user accounts feature but all the features are AWESOME!!

  • Greg May 21, 2015, 12:53 pm

    I like the split screen

  • Debbie F May 21, 2015, 12:49 pm

    I like that you can split the screen. 2 is better then 1

  • michelle matta May 21, 2015, 11:35 am

    tough choice but i would say the two screens at once comes in more handy than you think. i often find myself using two sites whether to price compare, tell a friend on social media about something, remember an address, whatever

  • Glogirl May 21, 2015, 11:31 am

    I like that this tablet has a Ultra Power Saving Mode. This would be so helpful to extend the battery life when you need it most.

  • Carolyn May 21, 2015, 11:29 am

    I love the idea of separate logins/user accounts. This would be great for my family (as small as it is).

  • Linda Bragg May 21, 2015, 11:21 am

    For me I believe the feature I would like the most would be the Ultra Power Saving Mode. But then I also like the two screen feature…toss up.

  • Carol M May 21, 2015, 10:54 am

    Two screens at once is just the ticket!

  • Joan May 21, 2015, 9:46 am

    Hard to choose my favourite feature so luckily I don’t really have to choose! Two screens for the ADD personality in me. Ultra Power Saving Mode sounds like a super hero power for devices – Saving battery mode would also be great bc my device is ALWAYS about to die just when I finally get to whatever it is I needed to. And kids mode.

  • Sarah Forrester May 21, 2015, 9:28 am

    I love the reading mode, It will help people with eye strain.

  • tammy harrison May 21, 2015, 9:26 am

    the reading mode interests me the most!

  • Jonnie May 21, 2015, 9:15 am

    I love that you can have separate log ins for different users. My husband and I have a tabletc that we each use while on our exercise bike. I hate when I go on and he has moved everything around on me. This feature would be perfect for us!

  • Andrea Lee May 21, 2015, 9:02 am

    Love that there’s a Kids Mode and Reading Mode! Awesome!

  • Robyn Bellefleur May 21, 2015, 8:17 am

    I love the Two screens at once feature.

  • kristen visser May 21, 2015, 7:12 am

    omg kids mode!! so cool. such an important feature to have

  • Rachel Crawford May 21, 2015, 6:57 am

    The split screen is my favourite feature. Not being able to split screens is one of the main reasons why I prefer to use a laptop to work – it’s too hard to multitask. Excited to know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab A recognized the importance of this and has made a more user-friendly tablet!

  • Jackie M May 21, 2015, 6:37 am

    I love the multi screen and the separate logins. Makes life so much easier!

  • ameirah May 21, 2015, 6:22 am

    the kids mode & power saving features are most excellent. thanks

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