Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch ReviewSamsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 6
4000mAh batteries are what we are starting to get in phones nowadays, and that’s exactly what we have in the 7-inch Tab 3. It suffices, though, and we like how good the device does in stand-by, lasting up to 17 days on paper and in reality we left it for three or four days and when we finally unlocked it, it was in near perfect battery health. We ought to mention we did not use the cellular data connectivity, though, and that would have drained the battery much faster.
Heavier loads would definitely drain it much faster, though, and running some extrapolations, we’d say that it can last around 9 hours playing back video, which is a great result, on par with the industry leaders like the Nexus 7.
The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 goes for an affordable device and is right now sold for around $150 for the Wi-Fi-only version while the cellular data enabled model is hard to come by and thus much more expensive, selling for over $250. It’s very affordable in its Wi-Fi version, and that’s its biggest plus. We also like the Samsung tablet experience that feels just a bit more intuitive and better optimized than others. Having the narrow side bezel is also hugely importantt for ergonomics and we appreciate this compactness in daily use.
With all that, though, there is the Nexus 7 2013 out there that costs nearly a third more, but it also comes with double the storage and features a mind-blowing super sharp 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a much more powerful processor and a better camera, pretty much beating the Tab 3 in all conceivable ways. The Kindle HD is another alternative selling for the same or even lower price, and offering a better display, but has no Google Play store access, not essential Google apps like YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps. An alternative that matches the Galaxy Tab 3 yet offers a much sharper display and speedier processor is the Asus MemoPad HD 7-inch tablet.
Truth comes in comparison, and after looking at modern day tablets the Tab 3 7-inch looks decidedly antique. Its screen is not as sharp as we'd like (it’s the same screen Samsung used in 2010!), its processor is lacking and the device feels a bit too chubby. At this point in time, the Samsung 7 incher - as cheap as it is - feels overpriced and dated.
- Supports expandable storage
- Camera captures nice images
- Samsung’s interface is optimized for tablets
- Low-res display
- Middling performance
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Review - Battery and Conclusion