Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch (also known as the Tab 3 7.0) is the smallest of the three Tab series slates the Korean company released this year, and it is the most affordable one as well. It’s a mild upgrade over earlier 7-inch tablets by Samsung, and it does not add much in terms of hardware raw power, but what it does do is shrink in size becoming narrower, with smaller bezel so as to fit in most jacket pockets and easier to hold single-handedly.
Unfortunately, with all the good news for ergonomics, the Tab 3 7-inch arrives with a screen with very low resolution and is a bit chubby compared to all its peers. At first sight, it does look like a device of the recent past rather than present. Let’s not just rely on first impressions, though, and explore the device in-depth to see if it’s worth even the relatively low price Samsung asks for it.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch has that typical “Samsung look” of pre-Note 3 times and that consists in glossy plastic that easily smudges and stains. The tablet is solidly put together and does not squeal or screak. Still, its nearly 0.4-inch (9.9mm) profile definitely makes it one of the chubbier tablets on the market today. It ships in three colors: white, gold brown and black, and the white one we had is particularly prone to attracting fingerprint smudges.
The biggest progress over earlier generations of Samsung’s 7-inch tablet series is the diminished in size side bezel, making the Tab 3 7-inch easier to hold single handedly and fitting in more pockets. Still, jacket pockets seem like the right fit rather than jeans pockets (it would be too big for them).
The buttons are also a standard Samsung affair: a single physical home key surrounded by two capacitive Android navigation buttons reside right below the screen. The lock and volume keys on the right are made out of plastic and a bit too recessed making them harder to press. On the left are two lid-protected slots - a microSD expansion slot and a SIM card slot for cellular data connectivity. The latter is only present on pricier Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 that support data and can also take and make phone calls like a regular phone.
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Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 display fails to meet the expectations even for a cheap device. The tablet ships with the same resolution as the first Samsung tablet released back in the dark ages (circa 2010). Sarcasm aside, it’s really disappointing to see a 7-inch screen ship with a resolution of just 1024 x 600 pixels on a tablet nowadays. It lacks sorely in sharpness.
After you’ve swallowed the nasty pixelized icons and jaggy text, you might start noticing that colors are also visible off, with a very prominent bluish tint applied to everything that’s displayed.
On a more positive note, viewing angles are good (but not great), and brightness can get very high making the tablet easier to read and use outdoors. Still, even this advantage is offset by the high reflectance of the screen that tires the eye, especially outdoors.
11. ihavenoname (Posts: 956; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Samsung has 3 nice tablets: Nexus 10, Note 10.1 2014, and Note 8(+ Ativs are not bad either). This is unusable because it is slow and lags. Screen is low res and looks washed out. Nexus 7 ftw.
15. Brane (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
Ipad mini has low res.,so is good he.For 7 inch tablet not bad res.
14. johnbftl (Posts: 163; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)
It got a 6 because iVictor reviewed it. The guy absolutely bashes anything that isn't Apple, and praises everything Apple does, down to Tim Cook's bowl movements. I sell these things everyday, and they are great devices for the everyday user. It does everything a tablet needs to do, it's nice and portable, and its ridiculously cheap. We're selling it for $50 right now on 2 year. The only complaint I've heard is that multiwindow only works with native apps.
2. sarb009 (Posts: 264; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Samsung's phones are good but their tablets are never good enough. just compare it with nexus 7 specially the screen
5. SleepingOz (Posts: 2466; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
The Note 10.1 on the other hand is one of the best, if not the best tab available right now.
8. SleepingOz (Posts: 2466; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Yup you're right, the Ativ Q is the best tab rigth now.
9. emadshiny (Posts: 1081; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
lol, you're living in illusion bro.
How can a tablet which is a copy of another one and even doesn't exist in the real world be the best tablet?
Open your eyes and live in the real world.
10. wildfiregt (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I'm still trying to find what did the 2014 Edition Note 10.1 copy
12. emadshiny (Posts: 1081; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Im not talking about Note 10.1, but Ative Q
Read all comments carefully.
3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 608; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
While this tablet seems adequate for my daily needs, the Huawei Mediapad 10 Link costs the same in my country, while offering a lot more (well, except in the software department)
4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
With all of those crappy specs, this tablet is just irrelevant. For $80 more with the Nexus 7, you get nearly 4 times the amount of pixels, well more than double the performance, guaranteed updates, and just a generally better experience in every conceivable way.
I get that this is a budget tablet, but at this point, you're actually getting less for your money, which is not fair to consumers and a failure on Samsung's part in this market.
7. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)
Why today????....... I mean this tablet was announced a few months back and review comes today.....why???
16. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 38; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
Would like to point out a very inaccurate statement about this tablet. It does in fact have an IR blaster located along the right side of the device, below the volume rocker. This is important because it adds a functionality to the device that other items similarly priced lack. Now, this is not to say that the inclusion of the port alone it makes it excellent, it is a poor device. However, to include a blatant lie in an attempt to further downplay the device is unnecessary and bad journalism.
17. shopbychoice (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is Slim, powerful, intelligent yet stylish, your life is going to change instantly with this Tab.It is integrated with latest technologies . This Tab is designed with Wi-Fi channel bonding to give you an enhanced connectivity experience . Really , I like this phone so much .
18. AUTUMNB33 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)
samsung galaxy tab 3 sucks soo muc ass i got it because my galaxy tab 2 was stolen so i thought i should juz go aead and upgrade ugg i hate i did navigation sucks freezes after 30seconds every time apps dont work they always shut down the camera is s**t n the suck ass best buy guys juz keep replacing it with the same s**tty ass tablet.. im actually waiting for best buy to open up so i can downgrade back to the f**king tab 2 . it was a waste of time and money .
20. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 38; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
Are you sure you didn't have the device in power saving mode? I did this too when I first bought it and thought it was the device. After turning this off, the performance improve marginally.
21. Carolvin (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)
This horrible tab ruined my happiness. i was so excited to own a tab and just within 20 days of purchase the Display went cracking. i did not mishandle nor drop it any time. i always made sure that i kept it in a safe place. I put it on charge in the night and the next morning when i opened it , i got the shock of my life! The tab was cracked from the bottom side... when we took it to the service center they were so rude that they didnt even have the patience to listen, If i had dropped the tab so badly there would be scratched or dents on the sides right... it wasnt there and they were in no mood to listen,... im never going to touch the stupid thing again . it brought more depression than happiness. Such a poor quality product from Samsung