Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Samsung is launching the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. To no surprise, the interface of the platform has undergone some heavy modification as it comes with TouchWiz Nature UX layered on top in its latest form.
What makes the UI so special? Well, it is not only good-looking, but also pretty functional. In addition to the usual lock screen shortcuts and the toggle buttons placed in the notification bar, Samsung has added its Smart Stay feature, which prevents the tablet from going into stand-by while in use, and the Multi Windows mode, allowing two apps to be used side by side.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Several handy apps have been added as well, including S Translator, which is capable of interpreting different languages in both text-to-speech and speech to text manner. The S Travel app, powered by TripAdvisor, is a tool that let's you explore popular tourism destinations around the world and get user-submitted ratings for hotels, restaurants, and places of interest. And with Group Play, one can share music or images in real time with people nearby who also happen to own a Samsung device.
Our thumbs got used to the tablet's on-screen keyboard quickly. It is wide and comfortable to type on using two thumbs in portrait mode. Word auto-complete is enabled, and so is the Continuous input feature, which works a lot like Swype. There's a split keyboard layout as well, available in both portrait and landscape mode.
Processor and memory:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch comes with hardware of mid-range class tucked under its hood, including an Exynos 4212 chip with a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor, Mali 400 graphics, and 1.5GB of RAM. We're mostly pleased with its real-life performance – lags and dropped frames are uncommon and the tablet maintains sufficient responsiveness to deliver a frustration-free user experience. As for its gaming capabilities, we loaded several complex 3D games on the device and they all ran at high framerates.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)||Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch||4075||8987||1930 / 17 fps||1677 / 505|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0||6747|
|Google Nexus 7||3599|
There are 16- and 32-gigabyte versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch. Taking the space occupied by system files out of the equation leaves about 5 gigabytes less available to the user. Thankfully, the tablet comes with a microSD card for storage expansion. Owners of the 16GB model are likely to need the extra space if they are to carry around lots of music and video files on their tablet.
Web browser and connectivity:
The built-in web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is fast and fluid even when rendering heavy web sites. Given the screen's size and resolution, we can comfortably read whole pages without having to zoom in. What makes things even better is the support for multiple tabs, allowing us to switch easily between web pages. In addition, Samsung has integrated the so-called Reader mode, which clears a page from all unnecessary content, leaving only an article's body and some images for easier reading.
Connectivity-wise, Samsung will be launching a Wi-Fi-only version of the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3, with GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. However, a 3G/4G variant is coming as well, supporting both HSPA+ and LTE networks for users who need constant internet connectivity.
8. roldefol (Posts: 2855; 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.
17. Taters (Posts: 1773; 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.
31. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 934; 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
so please stop talking about BS
32. JojoGo101 (Posts: 203; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
So your going to buy a Wacom stylus for a tablet that has no Wacom digitizer? LOL
33. Taters (Posts: 1773; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Hahaha That one isn't very bright. In fact, most Smasung haters are not very bright.
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...
3. MrKoles (Posts: 190; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
This is a really sympathetic tablet for me!
4. lpratas (Posts: 83; 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.
6. Nick_T (Posts: 122; 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.
15. lpratas (Posts: 83; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
We will see in the review of GSMArena, who talks the true.
5. rcranium (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Interested in comparison with nexus7 2 when it comes out.
7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 539; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Whats up with the hardware buttons on tablets?
9. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Convenience. Why not? That bezel isn't doing anything else.
12. PunyPoop (Posts: 506; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
A cheap looking tablet, I'd rather buy a China tablet than this expensive crap! SAMESUNG!
16. Taters (Posts: 1773; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Yes you like buying crap. That is why you buy HTC. Nokia, or Sony right?
21. PunyPoop (Posts: 506; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Yeah, and Apple, I have an iMAc, Macbook Pro, iPad4, iPad mini and iPhone5. You want?
18. Taters (Posts: 1773; 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.
20. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 539; 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?
22. PunyPoop (Posts: 506; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Hey you are blinded by plastic my friend, let me remove the plasticity in you eyes :D
24. jromy (Posts: 102; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)
Lol...well put Taters. It might hurt some, but it's true.
19. Taters (Posts: 1773; 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.
29. chrislars (Posts: 70; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)
With the note 8.0 being 399 I don't see this being 349.
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?
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?