Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Review

Once regarded as Sammy’s prized tablet series, the Galaxy Tab has now been reverted to being nothing more than an entry model option – especially now that the Note series has seemingly replaced the Tab series as the company’s premium tablet solution. With the latest entrant to the series, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch is most notable for being the company’s first Android tablet to receive the Intel inside treatment, as it sports a 1.6GHz Atom with the Clover Trail architecture. No doubt, it’s a departure from the usual ARM-based stuff we’re normally exposed to, so let’s hope that this new hardware is going to give this tablet some much needed staying power.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick User Guide
  • Important Safety and Handling Information


Just like its predecessors, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch continues the same design language we’ve been exposed to already with the series. Sporting a dark glossy plastic body that’s accentuated by its silver colored trim, its design is pretty much expected and straightforward – though, its glossy nature makes it a magnet for smudges and fingerprints, which are notorious to remove. Still, it’s lightweight and features a skinny profile (0.31-inches) to make it comfortable to hold over a long period of time. Interestingly, Sammy reduced the size of the bezel on the tablet’s left and right edges, thus, making it a smidgen smaller than its predecessors at 9.57-inches wide.

Looking at the thing, it’s safe to say that the tablet copied many of the Galaxy S4’s design cues – like how its oval looking home button is surrounded by capacitive menu and back keys. So yeah, it can be argued that this is essentially the S4, but in tablet form.

Around the trim, we find all the usual set of buttons and ports in familiar locations – such as the power button, volume control, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, microUSB port, and microSD card slot. Indeed, it’s sporting two speakers that provide stereo support, but seeing that they’re placed on its sides, it doesn’t particularly do a better job at dispersing audio towards us as we’re holding it. Now a staple with Samsung’s tablets, this is packing along a very useful IR blaster too, allowing it to double as a universal remote.

Yes, it’s a tablet, and lucky for this one, it’s outfitted with two cameras. Specifically, it’s flaunting a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel rear one – which respectively shoot video at 720p and VGA resolution.


Call us bored, but the 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 (WXGA) LCD panel of the Galaxy Tab 3 isn’t going to wow people all that much, especially with its 149 ppi pixel density. Sure, it’s lacking the pixel crunching resolution we crave, but nevertheless, it’s still effective enough for visualizing most things on screen without much squinting. Moreover, its color production is on the natural side, seeing that it’s LCD technology and all, but some distortion is evident at wider viewing angles. Outdoor visibility is good, but it’s still something that would benefit from being shielded. Overall, it might be bland compared to other things, but it’s still effective enough for the task at hand.



1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hmmmm I think fair....I mean the tab series has gone down hill with the release of the tab 3s, those physical home buttons are absolutely ridiculous.....

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree a score of 6.5 is too high. More like a 4 out of 10. Nexus 10 offer much more value.

19. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

With the new Nexus 7 coming I'm surprised their even trying. None can match the features and price the Nexus tablets bring. Actually I don't see anyone matching the new Nexus 7 on features and price.

23. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Those physical buttons save you screen real estate. Some people prefer them.

3. mi55u unregistered

phonearena is always biased and favor to apple, this thing is better than iPad in every aspect, yet lower than the iPad. talk about blind follower...

4. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Nah, this thing is an obvious garbage there are better android tablets out there

5. mi55u unregistered

android tablet --- Samsung or nothing

7. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

nexus 10 is way better ipad is better don't a fan boy

10. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013


25. g2a5b0e unregistered

The Nexus 10 might be a Google tablet, but it is made by Samsung, guy.

11. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Even china tablets is better than this! Don't be a blind fan

18. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Grow up

28. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"talk about blind follower... android tablet --- Samsung or nothing" Talk about a blind follower...

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No, not even close. I would much rather have an iPad knowing that iOS 7 is coming to it soon than have this. I mean, the Atom processor struggles to keep things going smoothly, and Touchwiz on it is just terrible. Have you seen Pocketnow's video review on it? The notification shade isn't split into 2 little windows on each side of the display (one for notifications, one for quick toggles) like it is on the Nexus 10, the entire notification shade just covers the whole display like it does on a phone, and it looks absolutely hideous. It's a blown up version of the Galaxy S4 with even worse performance. Honestly; Microsoft Surface Pro > iPad with iOS 7 > Nexus 10 > iPad with iOS 6 > Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

I find your analysis here a little bit ridiculous, Bezerk. I'll agree that the Tab 3 sucks. Fine. But first, you threw a laptop/tablet hybrid into the mix. You can't compare the Surface Pro to these other devices. It's way more than a tablet. Also, I realize it's in beta, but you threw in an OS that hasn't even arrived yet. You can't make any final jusgments in iOS 7 until it is actually rolled out the door. That's just silly. A fair comparison would have seen the Note 10.1 & the Surface RT in place of those devices.

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I was originally going to put "any mid range Windows 8 tablet" there instead of the Surface Pro, because you can buy a decent Windows 8 tablet for about $600. The Surface Pro is over the top for a tablet comparison, being $1000 and having an i5 processor. iOS 7 is only about 2 months until release, not much is going to change in 2 months, so if you were to make an opinion on iOS 7 like I have, it most likely wouldn't change between now and then. The only thing you can't determine now from the beta is performance, which will obviously be a lot better in the final release. And judging from the iOS 7 beta, I would much rather have an iPad with iOS 7 than any other tablet with a mobile OS until Android app developers gets their tablet optimizations all worked out.

17. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

So true and this site should be called iphonearena and just for saying that you get a warning which is pathetic

30. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

you know what kid, dont talk about things you havent read up on. tab3 has nothing spec wise vs the iPads

36. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

I would never choose this over the Note 10.1. You can find a refurbished Note 10.1 for almost the same price as this new and it's a beast in comparison. The Tab 3 10.1 simply doesn't need to exist. The Tab 3 8.0 is pretty decent though if you don't need the Note capability though. I've considered getting that one.

6. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I prefer the physical home button....cant stand on screen buttons as they take up screen space

20. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Never heard of PIE controls? And you can disable on screen buttons at will. I don't believe in complaining about lack of options with Android because there's always solutions.

8. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

6.5 for samsung? Is this the phonearena review?

24. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Everybody knows PhoneArena are Samsung fanboys. 6.5 is generous IMO. I would have given it a 5. Purely average, nothing more.

29. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's John V, not Ray S. Ray would've given it a 9.5.


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

the home button ruins the design of the G. Tab 3 series imo.. the on screen buttons made the design look better...

12. chandancherry

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

Looks like 3 galaxy phones fused together. R.I.P. hardware design. From back it looks like an s4 with broad shoulder line.

13. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Eurgh, never liked the tab series - had the very first one and it was such a poor experience..

16. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Wow I'm glad I bought a dell windows tablet with full windows. Lol

21. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I like the idea of full blown windows 8 on tablets but not with the current Atom processor and screen resolutions. We are getting there but Microsoft must kill off RT.

22. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

$399 - same price as the Nexus 10. Why would anyone buy this over the Nexus 10? Clovertrail processor instead of Samsung's own Exynos... again, why? Sadly this will sell, because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the most popular Android tablet on the market. Most consumers really don't know better. The Nexus 10 had extremely poor advertising - only nerds know about the Nexus 10. I haven't met anybody else who owns a Nexus 10. I am a nerd.

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Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6800 mAh(40h 3G talk time)

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