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Earlier today, I attended Crossmount’s parents’ orientation. That could only mean one thing: the school year 2021-2022 is about to start. And like last year, it will be online learning.

online learning
Any form of learning conducted partly or wholly over the Internet; also called distance learning, distance education, and e-learning

But unlike last year, Sasha would no longer be borrowing her Papa’s phone. She has her own smartphone now, while Adele has her own tablet. Both are Samsung—our first choice of a smartphone brand. After all, we are very much an Android family and at the lower-end at that. 😂

We can’t afford expensive products. As a practical mom, anything with double or triple zeros is expensive. If it’s not on the grocery list, it must be expensive. If I have to save for it for at least three months, it is definitely expensive. If it’s a want, it surely is expensive. 😂😂

But what to do? My daughters need the gadgets for their schooling.

I am firm on a smartphone and a tablet. Sasha is okay with using a phone because she’s more comfortable using one, but Adele needs a wider screen.

We have at least two choices for each. For the phone, our choices are Samsung Galaxy M11 and Samsung Galaxy A02s. For the tablet, the choices are Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite LTE.

We got the A02s for ate and A7 for bunso.

bunso /n/
the youngest family member

The kids are happy with their gadgets. I am too. The devices are sturdy and not too heavy (especially the tablet). They have a wide enough screen and crisp audio.

Obviously, I am not a good tech reviewer, but I’m trying. 😂😂😂 The most important thing for me is they can see their teachers on the screen during lectures and hear the lessons clearly. That’s it!

If you are a mom (or dad) looking for the right gadget for online schooling under Php10,000, you might as well consider buying a Samsung smartphone or tablet. Samsung by far is the most reliable smartphone brand in the Philippines today. Even the cheapest models perform and deliver.

Here are your choices.

Samsung mobile phones and tablets for online classes

Here’s a rundown of the smartphones and tablets that I think are the best for e-learning listed from the least to the most expensive:

1) Samsung Galaxy M02 (Php4,490)

Samsung Galaxy M02 features

  • 6.5″ Infinity-V display
  • 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • Up to 1TB micro SD card
  • 13MP Main camera, 2MP macro camera, 5MP front camera
  • 9.1mm thick
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Stripe back design

The device offers an immersive experience because of its relatively wide screen.

Also, it is not thick, not heavy, and has a stunning stripe design at the back.

The smartphone is available in black, blue, gray, and red.

2) Samsung Galaxy A02 (Php4,990)

Samsung Galaxy A02 features

  • 6.5″ Infinity-V display
  • 2GB, 3GB, 4GB RAM
  • 32GB, 64GB Storage
  • Up to 1TB micro SD card
  • 13MP Main camera, 2MP macro camera, 5MP front camera
  • 9.1mm thick
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Stripe back design

No, you do not see double. But yes, M02 and A02 are technically the same.

Their only difference is the variations in internal memory. A02 is available in 2/32GB, 3/32GB, 4/32GB, and 3/64GB RAM options.

3) Samsung Galaxy M12 (Php5,590)

Samsung Galaxy M12 features

  • 6.5″ Infinity-V display
  • Octa-core
  • 3GB, 4GB, 6GB RAM
  • 32GB, 64GB, 128GB Storage
  • Up to 1TB micro SD card
  • Quad camera (main, ultra wide, depth, and macro)
  • 48MP main camera, 8MP front camera
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 15W Adaptive fast-charging
  • Side fingerprint
  • Metallic finish with micropattern

The mobile phone boasts of its HD+ technology, so if you are fond of selfies or a content creator, you’ll definitely like this. It produces sharp, crisp, and clear images every time. You may also capture moments in wide and ultra wide angles without sacrificing details. That is if you know how to maximize the camera features for that natural bokeh.

bokeh /n/
The visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photo as rendered by a specific lens

The micropatterns at the back allow for a more comfortable grip. Overall, it is very stylish and modern-looking.

It is available in black, light blue, and green.

4) Samsung Galaxy M11 (Php5,990)

Samsung Galaxy M11 features

  • 6.4″ Infinity-O display
  • Octa-core
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • 13MP Main camera, 5MP ultra wide camera, 2MP depth camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Face recognition
  • Fast-charging 5,000mAH battery

The phone has edge-to-edge coverage because of the HD+ technology that can elevate shots even in panorama mode because of the 77° wide angle and 115° ultra wide angle capturability. As a result, it takes stunning images day and night.

Other than its visual content creation capabilities, it is suitable for gaming too.

It has a simple frame, but the look and feel more than make up for its simplicity. The symmetrical side designs and smooth curves allow you to hold the phone conveniently.

This smartphone is available in black, metallic blue, and violet. Sasha initially wanted this phone because it comes in violet. 💜

5) Samsung Galaxy A02s (Php6,990)

Samsung Galaxy A02s features

  • 6.5″ Infinity-V display
  • Octa-core
  • 2GB, 3GB, 4GB RAM
  • 32GB, 64GB Storage
  • Up to 1TB micro SD card
  • 13MP Main camera, 2MP macro camera, 2MP depth camera, 5MP front camera
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Adaptive fast-charging battery
  • Face recognition
  • Matte finish patterned back

This mobile phone has a large immersive display, making it perfect for Sasha’s online classes.

It boasts for its streamlined design at the sides and back. Additionally, it features refined curves for easy handling and a matte back for a more comfortable hold.

It is available in black, white, red, and blue. Sasha settled for the blue.

6) Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (Php7,990)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 features:

  • Premium compact design
  • 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 512GB SD card
  • 8″ WXGA display
  • 5,100mAh battery
  • Kids Home
  • Dual speakers
  • Metal backing

The device has a slim feel and sleek touch. It is also very lightweight at 347g, which means you may carry it around with ease. The features on the front are minimized for a wider screen view. For instance, it has no home key, and the logo is placed at the back.

For me, the most critical features are Parental Control and Kids Home. Both allow your children to have a safe digital playground where they can learn and have fun while still controlling usage. Such features are vital because I want to make sure that my children’s playtime is minimized.

The tablet is available in black or silver.

7) Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite LTE (Php9,490)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite features

  • 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 1TB SD card
  • 8.7″ WXGA+ TFT display
  • Octa-core 2.3GHz
  • 5,100mAh battery
  • High-performance processor
  • 8MP main camera, 2MP front camera
  • Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Kids Home
  • Metal covering

The device is very slim at 8.0mm and lightweight, weighing only 371g. It’s highly portable too.

What I like about the gadget is stereo sound. The richness of the sound is consistent whether watching or listening in upright or horizontal orientation. It is actually the first thing I noticed about it.

The tablet is available in gray and silver. Adele’s is silver.

You may buy any of these items directly from Samsung’s:

However, I am not very sure about its Shopee store. It hasn’t been updated for some weeks now. There are also no product listings the last time I checked it. It must be the reviews.

Anyhow, I made it a point to include only links from the official stores because I can only vouch for the originality of the gadgets bought from the stores. I should know—I bought my phone and Papa’s from these stores as well.

So there are your choices.

My last tip is to buy a smartphone for older kids and a tablet for the younger ones. Younger kids have a hard time seeing letters and numbers on a small screen. If we can make everything convenient for our kids, let’s do so.

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