Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Tablets: Quick Review Roundup

Posted by B. Johnson
Published on January 20, 2015 | 0 comments
Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Tablets: Quick Review RoundupHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Despite not having some monster specs just like most of its rivals, i think it’s amazing to see how Samsung GALAXY Tab series has always been doing really well on the market, even leapfrogging its Android counterparts by miles, in terms of sales and popularity all across the world.

So it’s not really shocking if this tablet series has already stepped to the fourth-generation series - Samsung GALAXY Tab 4.

However, despite its massive success around the mid-end tablet market across the globe, there is something that always plagues most of this tablet series.

And that is its mediocre hardware specs.

Samsung GALAXY Tab series may be more popular than other mid-end tablets on the market, however, i think it’s really annoying to see how even the new-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 still inherits the same mediocre specs of its predecessors – like sub-par quality camera,display, processor, GPU or design.

And that is weird given that most of today’s mid-end tablets around the market today have already begun using some high-grade quality specs on them, like LG G Pad 8.3, Google Nexus 7 (2013), Xiaomi Mi Pad or Kindle Fire HDX.

I believe this is the reason why Samsung releases Samsung GALAXY Tab S, which is the real flagship model of this tablet series, while keeping the regular Samsung GALAXY Tab series in mid-end tablet category, probably in order to gain more sales for the company in developing markets.

But we can’t blame Samsung for this strategy. I mean, everything seems to work fine for the manufacturer and everyone who uses Samsung GALAXY Tab tablet is happy, right?

Anyway guys, in this short quick roundup, i’m gonna make some review of all Samsung’s tablets under the Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 series.

I actually already made the quick roundup for Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 just a while ago, so if you’re planning to get the next-gen model, you know where to go, okay?

Speaking of Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 series, this tablet series also consists in varied different models, from the larger 10.1-inch, 8-inch and 7-inch models.

And even the 7-inch model consists in 2 variants, the regular version and the “Lite” version called as Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Lite.

So if you’re interested to learn more about all of these tablets, then here you go, my quick review roundup of Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 tablets.

Prepare your popcorn and enjoy!

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0The first basic model of this tablet series is actually Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0.

However, given Samsung’s decision to release the really lowest-end model of this series – Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Lite -, then the regular Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0 has been bumped up to the mid-end category

But even so, this tablet is still really mediocre (at best) when it comes to overall specs, especially compared to the 8-inch and 10.1-inch models.

It still inherits the low-resolution display of its predecessors, it also doesn’t look too impressive on the sector of performance.

First of all, its 7-inch screen is still sporting the 1024x600 pixel resolution, making it left behind the competition in 2013’s tablet market which mostly already jumped to the 1080p bandwagon.

But i think this is still acceptable given that this tablet is only powered by a less-powerful dual-core Marvel PXA986 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz per core, which is more than adequate to handle that low-resolution screen.

In terms of gaming performance, this tablet is also not that impressive, especially when deployed with some heavy performing games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas.

But most of the users of this tablet probably won’t feel bothered by that because Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0 is actually aimed at casual tablet users who only want to buy simple media-consumption tablet, not a gaming tablet.

Even so – with this tablet, you can still play some cool games like FIFA 2014 or Dungeon Defender or probably some latest 3D games in 2013.

But of course, don’t expect this tablet to perform well when playing Asphalt 8 or GTA San Andreas in full graphics, because that’s not going to happen.

Anyway, in terms of overall specs, there are some cool things to be liked from this device, like its TouchWiz UX UI, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 8/16GB of internal storage, WiFi, cellular connectivity (of course, the 3G/4G model), 3.15MP camera (which takes pretty good shots) and its pretty huge 4000mAh battery, promising an all-day-long battery life.

Not to mention, with the cellular-equipped model, you can also turn this tablet into a giant phone, which you can use to make phone calls and even send text messages.

So overall, despite its mediocre specs, i still personally think that Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a nice quality all-around device especially for enjoying media contents.

And thanks to Samsung’s never-ending creativity on its TouchWiz UI, there is probably a lot of benefits you can reap from its features.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 If you want to get a much better-spec’d model in Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series, you probably would want to switch to the larger 8-inch model, instead of the basic 7-inch variant.

Not only does this tablet have some higher-grade specs than the 7-inch model, but it also has better more powerful gaming performance, according to what i’ve seen on many reviews on YouTube.

As far as the gaming performance is concerned, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is obviously more than capable to handle even the latest graphics intense games on the market right now, especially in early 2014, like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City or Real Racing 3.

All of these games will certainly run smooth and in full graphics (according to video reviews on YouTube).

This is actually not quite shocking given that this tablet is powered by a powerful Mali-400 GPU, which has been known to have some superiority in terms of graphical performance.

And thanks to the dual-core Exynos 4212 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 1.5GB of RAM, this tablet has no issue at all when handling some heavy 3D games, even in full graphics setting.

So if you’re looking for a decent gaming tablet with some pretty solid specs, i strongly recommend this tablet.

In terms of overall specs, there are many goodies to be loved from this device, like its 8-inch screen that sports 720p (1280x800 pixels) resolution, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, 5MP rear-camera with autofocus, 1.3MP front-camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a larger 4450mAh power battery with a promised 11 hours for talk time (multimedia) and 96 hours of music play, and of course, its cellular capability and features, allowing users to make phone calls and send text messages.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is definitely a much better choice than the basic 7-inch model.

It has much higher-grade specs, it has power powreful gaming performance and i think, as a mid-end tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 can be considered as a really solid device especially as a media-consumption or gaming tablet.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7 Lite

If the basic 7-inch i already mentioned above didn’t impress you at all, you’ll probably not impress even more with this “Lite” model. Okay, introducing to you, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7 Lite.

And as its name suggests, this one is indeed the “light” version of the 7-inch model.

It has lower price tag, it has low-grade camera, smaller capacity of RAM and battery, long story short, Samsung sacrifices a lot of things from the basic 7-inch model through this “Lite” variant.

But the good thing is, this Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7 Lite still brings the same screen of its 7-inch sibling – which is a 7-inch display sporting the low-resolution 1024x600 pixels – and not to mention, its Marvel PXA986 dual-core processor.

So when it comes to performance or even when playing games, this tablet is likely similar with the 7-inch sibling, although its smaller 1GB of RAM and less powerful Vivante GC1000 GPU could have some impact especially when handling some graphically demanding games, compared to the regular 7-inch model.

Besides that low-resolution screen and Marvel dual-core processor, Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7 Lite also comes with 1GB of RAM, Vivante GC1000 GPU, 2MP front-facing camera without rear-facing camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 8GB of internal storage and a non-removable 3600mAh power battery.

As a low-end budget tablet, i think Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7 Lite doesn’t look too impressive especially compared to other rivals in the same category.

That’s why i strongly recommend you to pick either HP Slate 7 Plus, Asus MemoPad 7HD or any other tablets with much better specs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 P5210

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1The larger model of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 consists in varied different models, ranging from the WiFi-only, 3G and even 4G LTE models.

However, given that all of these models are equipped with the same exact Intel Atom processor and other similar hardware specs, i’m gonna wrap them up into this one quick review for you.

Compared to the new-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series, the larger 10.1-inch model of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 interestingly is armed with a different type of processor, plus GPU, than its 8-inch sibling.

And this really contradicts with the next-gen series where the 8-inch and 10.1-inch model in this series both use the same Snapdragon 400 processor and Adreno 305 GPU, which is really powerful for handling graphics-related tasks, especially gaming.

But even so, when it comes to gaming performance, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is probably equal with the 8-inch model, with games like Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat 4 running smoothly in full graphics on both devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting the 1280x800 pixel resolution, an Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 3.15MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, a non-removable 6800mAh battery and a promised 140 hours for music play.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 can still considered as a pretty good tablet in mid-end category.

However, compared to other rivals in the same category, i think this tablet looks inferior especially in terms of specs and gaming performance.

So that’s why i recommend you to switch to other tablet if you’re looking for a much better option than Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, like Google Nexus 10 or Google Nexus 9.

Conclusion

Well, that’s all for now about these Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets. Actually, Samsung also has one other model released in this same series – called Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus 10.1.

However, given that this tablet hasn’t been reviewed on this site yet, i’ll probably make some updates on this page once i’ve finished with the review of that tablet.

So if you don't want to miss that, be sure to stick around on this page.

Anyway, if you like what i share in this quick roundup, don’t forget to share it guys. I would really appreciate your contribution here.

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