Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 Review



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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 as the name suggests is an 8 inch tablet by Samsung. It released in July of 2013 going against the Apple iPad Mini. Though when you look at the tablet, you instantly it is Samsung because of the design which is uniform on almost all Samsung tablets. The tablet is really good for an 8-inch display category.


Design

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 Display
As I earlier said the design is instantly familiar, it showcases Samsung’s usual but the built quality though plastic has a great feel to it. The back is really smooth and glossy but not too glossy. The texture is unlike any other Samsung device and it feels really good in the hands. The tablet is easily portable with its small size. The reduced bezels on both the sides help you handle the tablet much easier than others but Nexus 7 might just be too easy. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes in two colours- White and Gold.

Display

So the display is a really important part be it a smartphone or a tablet. Actually it matters much more on a tablet because you are probably buying it for reading, entrainment or gaming. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has an 8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display. With a resolution of 800×1280 pixels, it is not the full HD display you might have been hoping. You can see some pixilation when you look at HD images or videos. The display is moderately dense with a pixel density of 189ppi. Reading is quiet nice. Graphics could have been portrayed a bit better on this but still quite nice.

Camera

Like the iPad Mini by Apple, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has a 5MP primary camera which does not really perform as well as the camera on iPad Mini. Images are pretty average and low light photographs are very noisy. The front 1.2MP camera does a great being what it is, you can video call in 720p HD quality without a problem but images are broken and don’t look really nice.

Software

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 runs the Android v.4.2.2 with the latest version of TouchWiz UI. It has some useful features that you might have liked on the Samsung Galaxy S4. For starters it has Smart Pause which automatically puts your video on hold when you are not looking at the screen. Smart Scroll allows you to scroll by simply titling the tablet up or down. S Translator can translate voice to text or vice versa in most of the languages. Group Play allows you to share when connected and use all the devices to play something common at once. Multi window allows you to use two applications at once and you can resize them respectively and multitask effectively.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features an Exynos Dual Core 1.5GHz processor along with 1.5GB of RAM. The touch response is fairly decent. Multitasking is efficient but tends to lag at time with average sized apps. Gaming is pretty ok but nothing that would wow you. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 comes with 16GB/32GB internal memory expandable to 64GB via microSD cards. This tablet can stand 11 hours of continuous playback.

Final Thoughts

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3’s TouchWiz features are a huge selling point for this tablet. The battery backup is good too. We expected to see a better display and better performance but for all there is, the new tablet by Samsung is pretty awesome but in front of iPad Mini I would go to the Mini with eyes closed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 comes for Rs. 24500 (16GB Model)

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SM-T3110, SM-T315
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – SM-T311, SM-T315
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – SM-T315
SIMMicro-SIM
Announced2013, June
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, July
BODYDimensions209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4 mm (8.26 x 4.87 x 0.29 in)
Weight314 g (11.08 oz)
DISPLAYTypeTFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size800 x 1280 pixels, 8.0 inches (~189 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3 ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
– Dolby Surround sound enhancement
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal16/32 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
DATAGPRSYes
EDGEYes
SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host
CAMERAPrimary5 MP, 2560х1920 pixels, autofocus, check quality
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
VideoYes, 720p@30fps, check quality
SecondaryYes, 1.3 MP
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetExynos 4212
CPUDual-core 1.5 GHz
GPUMali-400MP
SensorsAccelerometer, compass, proximity (3G/LTE models only)
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
RadioNo
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsWhite, Gold
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/Xvid/FLV/MKV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 4450 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk timeUp to 11 h (multimedia)
Music playUp to 96 h



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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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