Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Review
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch is still treated to the same experience that graces the company’s beloved flagship in the Galaxy S4. To be more precise, it’s running the TouchWiz Nature UX experience on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Therefore, we find SOME of the interface’s hallmark features – like Pop up Play, S Voice, and Smart stay. Underneath all of the cartoony looking UI, we’re still given the same ample level of personalization and functionality we find with any other Android tablet. However, its features set still pales in comparison to what Samsung offers with its Galaxy Note tablets.
As we’ve come to expect, all of the core organizer apps have been treated to subtle visual changes over its predecessor. When it comes to multitasking, though, we’re still left doing it the old fashion way via the standard task manager menu. Naturally, it would’ve been nice to see multi window support a la Galaxy Note, but you’ll know why it’s omitted in the next section.
When the tablet’s performance is being good, the messaging experience isn’t bad. Despite having a more cramped on-scree keyboard layout than others in the same size category, the TouchWiz keyboard does offer a lot of number and punctuations that are accessible from the main layout.
Processor and Memory:
This is where it all comes down for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch, seeing it’s the first Android tablet to feature a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor with 1GB of RAM. The switch to Intel is something worth talking about. Hoping to see its performance amped up, we’re dismayed to say that it’s not the case here, as the tablet is just bogged down by trivial things. Heck, even some basic tasks prove to be burdensome to the point that we’re left feeling frustrated waiting for things to happen.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)||Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1||6047||19952||3632 / 32 fps||1731 / 623|
|Sony Xperia Tablet Z||7657||19675||3492/31 fps||2260 / 646|
|Google Nexus 10||4446|
|Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10||3281|
By today’s standards, its 16GB of internal storage is regarded as normal, but it’s always nice having the convenience of supplementing that capacity with its microSD card slot.
Internet and Connectivity:
Due to the finicky nature of its performance, the web browsing experience can be hit or miss. Presented with the stock and Google Chrome web browsers out of the box, we actually find the former to deliver the better experience, since it’s quicker with page loads, rendering, and navigational controls. With Chrome, we’re sometimes coming across some annoying sluggishness that softens the experience.
At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch is available in Wi-Fi form only. Regardless of that, it’s still packing all the mandatory set of connectivity features – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, this one isn’t blessed with NFC technology.
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- 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)