Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

The third generation of Galaxy Tab slates consists of three tablets of different sizes, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is the middle child in the family. It is an Android 4.2.2 based tablet that fits perfectly in the mid-range category – with an 8-inch touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 5MP auto-focus camera to top it all off. But hardware specs aren't all that this device has to grab our attention with. The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 actually stands out with being pretty light and portable for its class. But ultimately, is it worth getting? Read on to find out!


To the surprise of no one, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is visually quite similar to the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the rest of the members in the Galaxy Tab 3 family. And that's okay, of course, as that's how a brand's consistency is maintained. The tablet is made of glossy patterned plastic that, thankfully, doesn't have a tendency to slip out of the user's hand. The typical for Samsung devices metal-like band around the sides is present as well. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch looks okay for something made of plastic, although it won't really wow anyone with its looks.

Portability-wise, Samsung has done a great job at making the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 as easy to carry around as possible. For a device sporting a display of that size, the tablet is very slim, very light, and very comfortable to hold with a single hand. The super-slim bezel is partially responsible for the latter. In fact, this has to be the thinnest bezel we have ever seen on a Samsung tablet to date. The downside to this, however, is that one has to be careful not to have their thumb too close to the screen as it will register as a tap.

We have Samsung's traditional button arrangement applied to the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch, with a physical “Home” key, accompanied by capacitive “Back” and “Menu” keys. On the right side of the tablet are positioned the power button and the volume rocker. They are both slightly raised, which makes them easier to locate and operate.


The 8-inch LCD touchscreen on this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 model has a resolution of 800 by 1280 pixels. Yeah, we know that's far from impressive, but such pixel density (184 ppi) is typical for tablets of that size. The screen is usable, of course, and gets the job done for any task imaginable, ranging from reading books, surfing the web, or watching video, although pixelation is easy to notice throughout the interface.

Color representation is on the neutral side, but users who are more into vivid colors are free to adjust the screen mode via the Settings menu. In addition, Samsung has thrown in Adapt Display – a feature capable of fine-tuning the images on the screen depending on what's being displayed, and Reading Mode, which is available in some apps, making text easier to read.

Using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch outdoors may be a challenge. However, the brightness of its screen isn't to blame. It is just that fingerprints stick to the screen's surface easily reflecting the sun's light, and wiping them off is easier said than done. Cleaning its surface noticeably improves the display's outdoor visibility.



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Would buy for $250

8. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

31. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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 so please stop talking about BS

32. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

So your going to buy a Wacom stylus for a tablet that has no Wacom digitizer? LOL

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Hahaha That one isn't very bright. In fact, most Smasung haters are not very bright.

39. galaxylover

Posts: 4; Member since: May 03, 2014

in argos you can buy it for $139.99

2. Brutus

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 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...

38. galaxylover

Posts: 4; Member since: May 03, 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

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

This is a really sympathetic tablet for me!

4. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

6. Nick_T

Posts: 187; Member since: May 27, 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.

15. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

We will see in the review of GSMArena, who talks the true.

28. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Too much coffee?

5. rcranium

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Interested in comparison with nexus7 2 when it comes out.

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Whats up with the hardware buttons on tablets?

9. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Convenience. Why not? That bezel isn't doing anything else.

12. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

A cheap looking tablet, I'd rather buy a China tablet than this expensive crap! SAMESUNG!

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes you like buying crap. That is why you buy HTC. Nokia, or Sony right?

21. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yeah, and Apple, I have an iMAc, Macbook Pro, iPad4, iPad mini and iPhone5. You want?

36. galaxylover

Posts: 4; Member since: May 03, 2014

that's what you think it may look cheap but it's actually really cool

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This has no cons????

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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?

22. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Hey you are blinded by plastic my friend, let me remove the plasticity in you eyes :D

24. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

Lol...well put Taters. It might hurt some, but it's true.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Personally, I am waiting for a 1900 x 1200 Nexus 7.9. Let's hope that the rumors are true.

29. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

With the note 8.0 being 399 I don't see this being 349.

30. AnandM

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Is that a BIG job for Samsung to fix a "LED flash light" in their TAB's?

34. Alex005177

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Can someone please answer: Does the tab 3 8'' have the same GPU as the note 8?

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Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch
  • Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4450 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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