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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Introduction:

The third generation of Galaxy Tab slates consists of three tablets of different sizes, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is the middle child in the family. It is an Android 4.2.2 based tablet that fits perfectly in the mid-range category – with an 8-inch touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 5MP auto-focus camera to top it all off. But hardware specs aren't all that this device has to grab our attention with. The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 actually stands out with being pretty light and portable for its class. But ultimately, is it worth getting? Read on to find out!


Design:

To the surprise of no one, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is visually quite similar to the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the rest of the members in the Galaxy Tab 3 family. And that's okay, of course, as that's how a brand's consistency is maintained. The tablet is made of glossy patterned plastic that, thankfully, doesn't have a tendency to slip out of the user's hand. The typical for Samsung devices metal-like band around the sides is present as well. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch looks okay for something made of plastic, although it won't really wow anyone with its looks.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Front camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Android keys - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
 

Front camera

Android keys


Portability-wise, Samsung has done a great job at making the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 as easy to carry around as possible. For a device sporting a display of that size, the tablet is very slim, very light, and very comfortable to hold with a single hand. The super-slim bezel is partially responsible for the latter. In fact, this has to be the thinnest bezel we have ever seen on a Samsung tablet to date. The downside to this, however, is that one has to be careful not to have their thumb too close to the screen as it will register as a tap.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is very comfortable to hold - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is very comfortable to hold - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is very comfortable to hold


We have Samsung's traditional button arrangement applied to the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch, with a physical “Home” key, accompanied by capacitive “Back” and “Menu” keys. On the right side of the tablet are positioned the power button and the volume rocker. They are both slightly raised, which makes them easier to locate and operate.

Left side - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Right - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Top - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Left side

Right

Top

Bottom - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Back - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Rear camera - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Bottom

Back

Rear camera

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch



Display:

The 8-inch LCD touchscreen on this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 model has a resolution of 800 by 1280 pixels. Yeah, we know that's far from impressive, but such pixel density (184 ppi) is typical for tablets of that size. The screen is usable, of course, and gets the job done for any task imaginable, ranging from reading books, surfing the web, or watching video, although pixelation is easy to notice throughout the interface.

Color representation is on the neutral side, but users who are more into vivid colors are free to adjust the screen mode via the Settings menu. In addition, Samsung has thrown in Adapt Display – a feature capable of fine-tuning the images on the screen depending on what's being displayed, and Reading Mode, which is available in some apps, making text easier to read.

Using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch outdoors may be a challenge. However, the brightness of its screen isn't to blame. It is just that fingerprints stick to the screen's surface easily reflecting the sun's light, and wiping them off is easier said than done. Cleaning its surface noticeably improves the display's outdoor visibility.


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posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:59 2

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2136; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Would buy for $250

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:39 2

8. roldefol (Posts: 3010; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Agreed. Samsung should really go for the jugular with their pricing. $200 for the 7" Tab 3, $250 for the 8" Tab 3, $300 for the Note 8.0.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:25

17. Taters (Posts: 3320; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am guessing $299.99. From a marketing perspective, that would undercut the Mini high enough while not seeming budget like a $99 hip street tablet. Appear more high end, through psychological pricing, than a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire, while being a bigger bargain than an ipad mini while still having a price point approaching premium.

That and the Note 8.0 minus $100 Wacom digitizer = $299.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 00:40

31. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


with the next gen nexus 7 is about to come, anyone who buy this crapy samsung tablet ( 3.7.0/3.8.0 ) is stupid or die hard samsung fanboys, even nexus 7 is overall better than this crapy tablet

and how many time you will said that wacom digitizer/ S-pen is $100???
go to wacom store and check wacom stylus for galaxy note its only $39.95
https://store.wacom.com/us/en/product/CS300UK2/

so please stop talking about BS

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 10:59 2

32. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


So your going to buy a Wacom stylus for a tablet that has no Wacom digitizer? LOL

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 16:02

33. Taters (Posts: 3320; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hahaha That one isn't very bright. In fact, most Smasung haters are not very bright.

posted on 03 May 2014, 14:38

39. galaxylover (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 May 2014)


in argos you can buy it for $139.99

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:02 4

2. Brutus (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Decent tablet with decent specs...
Aggressive pricing would give the ipad siblings a bit of hard time...
But I'm seriously waiting for the new Ipad 5 and mini 2...

posted on 03 May 2014, 14:37

38. galaxylover (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 May 2014)


in my opinion apple just makes everything so frickin expensive and it isn't even good.
hopefully they make a apple tablet lol that will be strange

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:06

3. MrKoles (Posts: 326; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


This is a really sympathetic tablet for me!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:13 1

4. lpratas (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


your totally lied in this review. The specs that you talk in this review are wrong. It seems that you are lot ignorants. The cpu it's an Intel Atom Z2560 dual core at 1.6GHz with PowerVR SGX544MP2 gpu at 400MHz but with, that it's true, with 1.5GB RAM. Please, correct this data specs. You are totally wrong.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:24 5

6. Nick_T (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Only the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3 has an Intel processor. the 8-inch has an Exynos 4212 SoC with 1.5GHz dual-core ARM processor.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 11:57 1

15. lpratas (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


We will see in the review of GSMArena, who talks the true.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 04:18

28. kdealltheway (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Too much coffee?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:15

5. rcranium (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Interested in comparison with nexus7 2 when it comes out.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:32

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 871; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Whats up with the hardware buttons on tablets?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:42 2

9. roldefol (Posts: 3010; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Convenience. Why not? That bezel isn't doing anything else.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 10:41 4

12. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


A cheap looking tablet, I'd rather buy a China tablet than this expensive crap! SAMESUNG!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:20 2

16. Taters (Posts: 3320; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Yes you like buying crap. That is why you buy HTC. Nokia, or Sony right?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:11 4

21. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Yeah, and Apple, I have an iMAc, Macbook Pro, iPad4, iPad mini and iPhone5. You want?

posted on 03 May 2014, 14:31

36. galaxylover (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 May 2014)


that's what you think it may look cheap but it's actually really cool

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 11:24

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3025; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This has no cons????

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:31 3

18. Taters (Posts: 3320; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Some fans would say that only a 1280 x 800 screen is con and plastic is a con, but those are the stupid people.

In reality, it really doesn't. How else do you think Apple and Samsung make the money? Humans naturally tend to prefer consistency. As little flaws as possible >>>>>> than amazing in one area no one cares about and poor in others. That is something Nokia and HTC fail to grasp. Fix your flaws rather than hide them behind a 41mp camera or aluminum/boom sound speakers/amp. Overcompensating doesn't always work.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:58 5

20. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 871; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Now you added Nokia to your pathetic little rants? First HTC, now Nokia and apparently Sony too. You are quite a hater aren't you?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:12 2

22. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Hey you are blinded by plastic my friend, let me remove the plasticity in you eyes :D

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 17:01 2

24. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


Lol...well put Taters. It might hurt some, but it's true.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:42 1

19. Taters (Posts: 3320; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Personally, I am waiting for a 1900 x 1200 Nexus 7.9. Let's hope that the rumors are true.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:43

29. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


With the note 8.0 being 399 I don't see this being 349.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 04:55

30. AnandM (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Is that a BIG job for Samsung to fix a "LED flash light" in their TAB's?

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:24

34. Alex005177 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Can someone please answer: Does the tab 3 8'' have the same GPU as the note 8?

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 11:01

35. sneakers13 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Good black friday sales going on now

posted on 03 May 2014, 14:33

37. galaxylover (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 May 2014)


can this tab handle intense 3d games? and does it heat up when you do?

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Display8.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (189 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1536 MB RAM
Size8.26 x 4.87 x 0.29 inches
(209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4 mm)
11.25 oz  (319 g)
Battery4450 mAh, 42 hours talk time

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