Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Preview

Interface and Functionality

The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and while that’s not the latest Android it is just one small step behind 4.2. Samsung has sprinkled its usual TouchWiz flavor on top, adding to the stock experience.

Some might like it and others might not, but it remains one of the easily recognized UIs out there with its cartoony looks and nature-inspired effects. Among the highlights of the TouchWiz skin are the redesigned notification shade that integrates important quick-access buttons for common settings and most importantly a convenient brightness slider.

This handset does support a SIM card and good news is you can actually use it not just for data, but also to make phone calls and send text messages. It might seem a bit weird to do this on a 7-inch device, but if your phone battery has died or if you love to experiment, then why not? The contacts application differs from what you might have seen on Galaxy phones. Here, it is optimized for the larger tablet screen and has two columns, one for the contact names and another one for contact information.

Texting is a mixed bag. On one hand you have a larger screen than a phone with a larger keyboard that allows you to type quicker and more accurately. On the other hand, it’s still a pretty large device and you’d need to hold it in two hands to type.

Samsung is also bundling its signature apps: S Voice, S Planner, S Memo, ChatOn, Мusic/Learning/Video Hub, AllShare Play, Group Play and Samsung Apps. We definitely like the S Planner rich calendar experience and the fact that it easily integrates your Facebook events for instance, and ChatOn has also grown to be a good cross-platform instant messenger.

Processor and Memory

With its SIM card slot, the tablet supports HSPA connectivity with downlink speeds of up to 21Mbps. That is great for travelers wishing to use the web on the go.

You have two browsers pre-loaded. One is Google’s Chrome and the other is the stock Android browser. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean support for Adobe Flash has been killed, so you might see blank spots on some web pages.

The tablet also supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and can beam data to external screens via Wi-Fi Direct or DLNA. In addition, it also supports Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and GLONASS.



2. plantman60

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

A great tablet for 2011--oh, wait, it's 2013. Sorry Sammy, fail.

3. Anti-Troll

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Why Samsung WHYYY? Why don't you change your design even after receiving lot of criticism! Its been 2 years and you are doing the same!

4. AnandM

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yet another TAB with no LED flash lights....
Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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