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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

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Although taking photos isn't a tablet's primary function, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch comes with a decent 5MP auto-focus camera alongside a 1.3MP front-facing snapper. The main camera does not have an LED flash, however, so shooting with it in darkness is a no-go.

The camera interface is simple and intuitive to use, with instant access to the shutter and video recording buttons. Samsung has even added Panorama, Beauty Face, Sports and Night modes for those trickier shooting scenarios. We're happy to see that the main snapper is located in the upper corner of the device – obscuring its field of view with a finger by accident is out of the question.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Camera interface


For something captured with a tablet, the 8-inch Tab 3's photos look pretty good. Outdoor photos are with proper color balance and pack enough detail in them. Indoor photos, on the other hand, are muddy and much noisier. The main camera is limited to 720p video – its footage is passable, as long as there's enough light provided.



Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.8-inch Sample Video:




Multimedia:

A couple of average-sounding loudspeakers are outfitted on the tablet's narrow wide. They have an okay volume output, with a hint of crackling when the level is set to the maximum. Something frustrating about their position is that holding the tablet in landscape mode means that the user's hand is always covering one of the speakers.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch, and that's okay as the app gets the job done. It can sort music by album, artist, and song name, but browsing audio files folder by folder is also an option in case your collection isn't organized too well. The mandatory equalizer with its tons of presets, as well as the home screen and lock screen widgets, are also present.

Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet is great for those times when you feel like just lying on the couch and watching the latest lolcat videos on YouTube. You're free to load your own movies and TV shows, of course. Videos in a wide variety of file formats are supported at resolutions of up to 1080p.

Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Video playback


Thanks to its built-in IR blaster, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch can be used to control a TV remotely. In fact, the tablet comes with the WatchON app, which acts as a TV guide, listing shows that are available right now on a given channel, or on demand. Note, however, that the service isn't available in all countries.

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posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:59 2

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Would buy for $250

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:39 2

8. roldefol (Posts: 3184; 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: 3606; 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: 3606; 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: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


This is a really sympathetic tablet for me!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:13 1

4. lpratas (Posts: 106; 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: 154; 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: 106; 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: 927; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Whats up with the hardware buttons on tablets?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:42 2

9. roldefol (Posts: 3184; 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: 3606; 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: 3341; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This has no cons????

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:31 3

18. Taters (Posts: 3606; 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: 927; 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: 3606; 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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