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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Review

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Camera


The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is far from a photography-oriented device, but it does have both a rear and a front-facing camera.

The camera app is very quick to open which is great for impromptu shooting. The interface is the same we’ve seen in so many Samsung devices before the Galaxy S4. It offers a lot of manual adjustments and settings, and is generally well made, but does not feature the nice and plentiful shooting modes as in the latest S4s.

The main camera, a 3-megapixel fixed-focus one, sounds like a pretty basic shooter, and it’s by no means anything revolutionary, but it surprised us with its speed and quality. Using a fixed focus camera means there’s no time lost auto-focusing, but in exchange this also means that objects up close (10 inches and closer) cannot be focused on and appear blurry. The actual image quality lacks a bit in detail, but turns out surprisingly good with no overblown, but instead accurate colors, good exposure and some dynamics that we are not used to seeing from cameras in this price range. All in all, apart from the lack of detail and occasional slight lack of sharpness to the images, they look perfectly fine for sharing on the web.


The 3-megapixel camera can also record video. By default, footage is recorded in 720 x 480 pixel resolution, but if you actually go into settings you can change this and turn it up to 720p video. This comes with a huge different in the focal length as it changes drastically in 720p appearing as if you were shooting with a telephoto camera lens (very zoomed in so you have to move away from your subject to be able to capture it in its full size). This is quite strange and makes 720p recording not very practical as usually one does not have the space to move that far to adjust to the subject. In 480p, the focal length is normal and you can shoot larger objects without having to move away. Video is recorded at 30 frames per second in both resolution and is smooth in both cases, but recordings turn out much sharper and generally better looking at 720p, of course.


We appreciate that Samsung also includes a front-facing camera as it seems to be of crucial importance for a tablet, a device that people often use for video calls. It’s a 1-megapixel front shooter with very basic quality lacking detail and sharpness, but still usable for video conferencing.

Multimedia


A 7-inch tablet is the perfect sidekick to keep you entertained on trips and you can watch movies in virtually all formats. The Galaxy Tab 3 does not surprise with anything - it’s got the typical rich in features Samsung video and music players.

The stock Samsung video player managed to play all video formats and codecs we threw at it at a much higher resolution than its native 1024 x 600 pixels. We managed to even play back 1080p clips with ease.

The music application sorts your catalog by songs, artists, albums and genres, and neatly it has a by-folder view. You can also fine-tune your music experience with presets, but there is no full-on manual equalizer.s

One thing that we love about this device is the sound output via the two speakers on the bottom. It is very good: impressively loud and it even has some depth to it.

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posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:15

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Why only 6? Nice tablet.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:23

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 954; 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.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 19:25

13. hung2900 (Posts: 711; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Tab 7.7?

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 02:33

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.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 20:42 1

14. johnbftl (Posts: 162; 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.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 11:04 1

19. TheNeuge (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2014)


Is that why he recommended a Nexus?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:16 4

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

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:55

5. SleepingOz (Posts: 2463; 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.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:23 1

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1081; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Of course not the best.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:01

8. SleepingOz (Posts: 2463; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Yup you're right, the Ativ Q is the best tab rigth now.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:24 1

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.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:14 1

10. wildfiregt (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


I'm still trying to find what did the 2014 Edition Note 10.1 copy

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:43 1

12. emadshiny (Posts: 1081; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Im not talking about Note 10.1, but Ative Q
Read all comments carefully.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:29 1

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 603; 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)

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:33 1

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3642; 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.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:32

7. avin007 (Posts: 138; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Why today????....... I mean this tablet was announced a few months back and review comes today.....why???

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 14:45

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.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 01:51

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 .

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 03:59

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 .

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 09:07

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.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 05:00

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

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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (169 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930AB, Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1536 MB RAM
Size7.40 x 4.37 x 0.39 inches
(188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm)
10.72 oz  (304 g)

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