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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Review
Battery life

4000mAh batteries are what we are starting to get in phones nowadays, and that’s exactly what we have in the 7-inch Tab 3. It suffices, though, and we like how good the device does in stand-by, lasting up to 17 days on paper and in reality we left it for three or four days and when we finally unlocked it, it was in near perfect battery health. We ought to mention we did not use the cellular data connectivity, though, and that would have drained the battery much faster.

Heavier loads would definitely drain it much faster, though, and running some extrapolations, we’d say that it can last around 9 hours playing back video, which is a great result, on par with the industry leaders like the Nexus 7.


The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 goes for an affordable device and is right now sold for around $150 for the Wi-Fi-only version while the cellular data enabled model is hard to come by and thus much more expensive, selling for over $250. It’s very affordable in its Wi-Fi version, and that’s its biggest plus. We also like the Samsung tablet experience that feels just a bit more intuitive and better optimized than others. Having the narrow side bezel is also hugely importantt for ergonomics and we appreciate this compactness in daily use.

With all that, though, there is the Nexus 7 2013 out there that costs nearly a third more, but it also comes with double the storage and features a mind-blowing super sharp 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a much more powerful processor and a better camera, pretty much beating the Tab 3 in all conceivable ways. The Kindle HD is another alternative selling for the same or even lower price, and offering a better display, but has no Google Play store access, not essential Google apps like YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps. An alternative that matches the Galaxy Tab 3 yet offers a much sharper display and speedier processor is the Asus MemoPad HD 7-inch tablet.

Truth comes in comparison, and after looking at modern day tablets the Tab 3 7-inch looks decidedly antique. Its screen is not as sharp as we'd like (it’s the same screen Samsung used in 2010!), its processor is lacking and the device feels a bit too chubby. At this point in time, the Samsung 7 incher - as cheap as it is - feels overpriced and dated.


  • Affordable
  • Supports expandable storage
  • Camera captures nice images
  • Samsung’s interface is optimized for tablets


  • Low-res display
  • Middling performance
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posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:15

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Why only 6? Nice tablet.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:23

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Samsung has 3 nice tablets: Nexus 10, Note 10.1 2014, and Note 8(+ Ativs are not bad either). This is unusable because it is slow and lags. Screen is low res and looks washed out. Nexus 7 ftw.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 19:25

13. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Tab 7.7?

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 02:33

15. Brane (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)

Ipad mini has low res.,so is good he.For 7 inch tablet not bad res.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 20:42 1

14. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

It got a 6 because iVictor reviewed it. The guy absolutely bashes anything that isn't Apple, and praises everything Apple does, down to Tim Cook's bowl movements. I sell these things everyday, and they are great devices for the everyday user. It does everything a tablet needs to do, it's nice and portable, and its ridiculously cheap. We're selling it for $50 right now on 2 year. The only complaint I've heard is that multiwindow only works with native apps.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 11:04 2

19. TheNeuge (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2014)

Is that why he recommended a Nexus?

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:16 5

2. sarb009 (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Samsung's phones are good but their tablets are never good enough. just compare it with nexus 7 specially the screen

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:55

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)

The Note 10.1 on the other hand is one of the best, if not the best tab available right now.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:23 1

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Of course not the best.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:01

8. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Yup you're right, the Ativ Q is the best tab rigth now.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 10:24 1

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

lol, you're living in illusion bro.
How can a tablet which is a copy of another one and even doesn't exist in the real world be the best tablet?
Open your eyes and live in the real world.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:14 1

10. wildfiregt (Posts: 171; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

I'm still trying to find what did the 2014 Edition Note 10.1 copy

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 12:43 1

12. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Im not talking about Note 10.1, but Ative Q
Read all comments carefully.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:29 1

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

While this tablet seems adequate for my daily needs, the Huawei Mediapad 10 Link costs the same in my country, while offering a lot more (well, except in the software department)

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 08:33 1

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

With all of those crappy specs, this tablet is just irrelevant. For $80 more with the Nexus 7, you get nearly 4 times the amount of pixels, well more than double the performance, guaranteed updates, and just a generally better experience in every conceivable way.

I get that this is a budget tablet, but at this point, you're actually getting less for your money, which is not fair to consumers and a failure on Samsung's part in this market.

posted on 02 Dec 2013, 09:32

7. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Why today????....... I mean this tablet was announced a few months back and review comes today.....why???

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 14:45

16. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)

Would like to point out a very inaccurate statement about this tablet. It does in fact have an IR blaster located along the right side of the device, below the volume rocker. This is important because it adds a functionality to the device that other items similarly priced lack. Now, this is not to say that the inclusion of the port alone it makes it excellent, it is a poor device. However, to include a blatant lie in an attempt to further downplay the device is unnecessary and bad journalism.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 01:51

17. shopbychoice (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is Slim, powerful, intelligent yet stylish, your life is going to change instantly with this Tab.It is integrated with latest technologies . This Tab is designed with Wi-Fi channel bonding to give you an enhanced connectivity experience . Really , I like this phone so much .

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 03:59

18. AUTUMNB33 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)

samsung galaxy tab 3 sucks soo muc ass i got it because my galaxy tab 2 was stolen so i thought i should juz go aead and upgrade ugg i hate i did navigation sucks freezes after 30seconds every time apps dont work they always shut down the camera is s**t n the suck ass best buy guys juz keep replacing it with the same s**tty ass tablet.. im actually waiting for best buy to open up so i can downgrade back to the f**king tab 2 . it was a waste of time and money .

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 09:07

20. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)

Are you sure you didn't have the device in power saving mode? I did this too when I first bought it and thought it was the device. After turning this off, the performance improve marginally.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 05:00

21. Carolvin (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)

This horrible tab ruined my happiness. i was so excited to own a tab and just within 20 days of purchase the Display went cracking. i did not mishandle nor drop it any time. i always made sure that i kept it in a safe place. I put it on charge in the night and the next morning when i opened it , i got the shock of my life! The tab was cracked from the bottom side... when we took it to the service center they were so rude that they didnt even have the patience to listen, If i had dropped the tab so badly there would be scratched or dents on the sides right... it wasnt there and they were in no mood to listen,... im never going to touch the stupid thing again . it brought more depression than happiness. Such a poor quality product from Samsung

posted on 23 Jun 2014, 05:20

22. Katline (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2014)

Caught Amazon running a promo on galaxy tabs, got lucky. Has anyone tried - TMAC DEAL SNOOPER (google it, forgot the url) There is a yellow box that gives discount promo codes for any product on Amazon. Couldn't believe that I got to choose my own discount. Once I saw the price, I jumped right on it. Just thought I'd share.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 19:55

23. blueballs (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Hey Android, how about a little support here on the software/firmware with a KitKat reflash. This thing is dead slow with 4.0.2. Isn't Kit Kat supposed to be fine with 1 gig of RAM and not be a resource hog, like the stock OS is on this unit? It loads slow as molasses, Samsung and Kies has no update, no OTA updates either. What gives, Samsung? Do I have to go in and root it to get it fixed?

posted on 03 Oct 2014, 11:19

24. ramanash (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)

Nice phone good to have. If you are a businessman then this phone is for you.
It has a big seven inch TFT Capacitive Touch screen and a dual core processor.
If you are a gamer then this phone would provide you a good gaming experience.
With the 7 inch big screen you can enjoy games in a big screen.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.2.2
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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (169 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size7.40 x 4.37 x 0.39 inches
(188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm)
10.72 oz  (304 g)

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