In a few words, Samsung were lazy with the Tab 3 series this year virtually copying and pasting the spec sheet of the last generation Tab 2 series (7.0, 8.0 and 10.1) into the Tab 3 series. The Tab 3 series is more of a refresh than an upgrade/improvement on the Tab 2 series.
With the Galaxy Note Series taking over as flagship in Samsung tablet line up, the Tab series has become more of middle-of-the-road, so if you want a powerful Samsung tablet, I’ll advice you go for the Note series but if you’re in love with just about any Samsung product the Tab series is for you. 360Nobs is in love, NOT with the Galaxy Tab 3 series this year.
So let’s take a dive in now, I’ll be reviewing 3 Samsung Galaxy products in one here – The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and The Galaxy Tab 3 10.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Series line shares much in common with it’s friend the Samsung Galaxy S4 but if you’re not a Samsung fanatic you’ll be left unimpressed with the spec sheet of the Tab 3 line up in comparison to brand offers in the market – there isn’t much to WOW you.
Galaxy Tab 3 Series Hardware and Software
The Galaxy Tab 3 series is the most attractive tab series line up made by Samsung, it’s prettier and sexier than it’s last gen brothers, the Tab 2 series. It takes design lessons from the Galaxy S4 and other Galaxy Series.
The Tab 3 series are sleek and lightweight coupled with the all familiar plastic bodies Samsung is known for. The tab 3 series hardware is typically what you’ll expert from Samsung, shiny and thin plastic.
It’s the brand’s laziness or lack of creativity(which I know Samsung does not lack, so it must be the former then) implored by copying and pasting the whole spec sheet of the tab 2 series to the tab 3 series (Why Samsung, Why). It’s like settling for just a “good enough” product.
The Tab 3 7.0 sports a 1024 x 600 TFT display while its larger brother sports 1280 x 800 TFT resolution. We could have preferred a much more higher resolution on the Tab 3 10.1 and just in-case the resolution numbers sound familiar its because they are the same exact specs on the Tab 2 series. Although Samsung might want to argue that its a cost saving move but at 360Nobs we aren’t pleased!! Because Samsung should have done more especially with the arrival of rival Tabs like the Nexu 7, Sony Xperia Z Tablet and the Older Ipad’s etc.
The Tab 3 7.0 runs on a dual core 1.2GHZ processor with 1 Gig RAM, 8GB of internal storage and 4,000 mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 packs Samsung’s own Exynos 1.5 GHZ dual core processor with 1.5GIG RAM and 16GB of storage and a 4,500mAh battery and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 packs an Intel Atom Z2560 processor which is new to Samsung Line of products. With 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Internal memory, it also packs a 6,800mAh battery. The Tab 3 10.1 also packs a useful infra-red blaster which allows you to use your tab as a universal remote control.
Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is running on top of Android 4.1 on the Tab 3 7.0 which is a little weird as the Tab 3 8.0 and Tab 3 10.1 version run on Android 4.2. All 3 tablets sport a 3.15MP wide angle camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. You’ll find some Samsung features like the Smart Stay, Multi-window and S-voice on the Tab 3 series. You’ll also get usual Chat ON, Game Hub, Group Play, Memo, Music Hub, Music player, Paper Artist, S Planner, S Voice, Samsung Apps etc on the Tab 3 series.
Samsung has brought its popular Galaxy smartphone experience to 3 new form factors which you’ll love. Samsung has created a uniform look and feel across it’s range of devices. If you’re a Samsung galaxy smartphone owner and want a smooth transition into the tablet world, then the Tab 3 series is for you.
At 360nobs, we feel the Galaxy Tab 3 line feels very much like an afterthought rather than a flagship material. The Galaxy Note series are slightly higher(Tech and pricewise) than the Tab series but if you’re looking for something powerful it’s advisable you spend extra bucks and grab the Note series. What Samsung has done with the Tab 3 series is creating a complementary device that is too cheap to resist.
The Galaxy Tab 3 series excels in mediocrity but for the money you can take a step back in time (and Naira) for the Galaxy Tab 3 series or just pay little extra for something powerful.
PERSONALLY, (Thanks to P SQUARE for this slang) we’ll rather save our money for the next generation of Note Tablets. Ohhh…. and I almost forgot the prices of the Tab 3 series are 33-37 thousand Naira for the 7.0 Inch Version, 48-51 thousand Naira for the 8.0 Inch Version and 64-67 Thousand Naira for the 10.1 inch version. Cheers. 🙂
Review by @stamfordgeezer
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