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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch

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Samsung is launching the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. To no surprise, the interface of the platform has undergone some heavy modification as it comes with TouchWiz Nature UX layered on top in its latest form.

What makes the UI so special? Well, it is not only good-looking, but also pretty functional. In addition to the usual lock screen shortcuts and the toggle buttons placed in the notification bar, Samsung has added its Smart Stay feature, which prevents the tablet from going into stand-by while in use, and the Multi Windows mode, allowing two apps to be used side by side.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is running the latest version of Android available – Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Several handy apps have been added as well, including S Translator, which is capable of interpreting different languages in both text-to-speech and speech to text manner. The S Travel app, powered by TripAdvisor, is a tool that let's you explore popular tourism destinations around the world and get user-submitted ratings for hotels, restaurants, and places of interest. And with Group Play, one can share music or images in real time with people nearby who also happen to own a Samsung device.

Our thumbs got used to the tablet's on-screen keyboard quickly. It is wide and comfortable to type on using two thumbs in portrait mode. Word auto-complete is enabled, and so is the Continuous input feature, which works a lot like Swype. There's a split keyboard layout as well, available in both portrait and landscape mode.

On-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
On-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
On-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
On-screen keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review


Processor and memory:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch comes with hardware of mid-range class tucked under its hood, including an Exynos 4212 chip with a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor, Mali 400 graphics, and 1.5GB of RAM. We're mostly pleased with its real-life performance – lags and dropped frames are uncommon and the tablet maintains sufficient responsiveness to deliver a frustration-free user experience. As for its gaming capabilities, we loaded several complex 3D games on the device and they all ran at high framerates.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch 4075 8987 1930 / 17 fps 1677 / 505
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 6747


Google Nexus 7 3599



There are 16- and 32-gigabyte versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch. Taking the space occupied by system files out of the equation leaves about 5 gigabytes less available to the user. Thankfully, the tablet comes with a microSD card for storage expansion. Owners of the 16GB model are likely to need the extra space if they are to carry around lots of music and video files on their tablet.


Web browser and connectivity:

The built-in web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch is fast and fluid even when rendering heavy web sites. Given the screen's size and resolution, we can comfortably read whole pages without having to zoom in. What makes things even better is the support for multiple tabs, allowing us to switch easily between web pages. In addition, Samsung has integrated the so-called Reader mode, which clears a page from all unnecessary content, leaving only an article's body and some images for easier reading.

The built-in web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The built-in web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
The built-in web browser of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Connectivity-wise, Samsung will be launching a Wi-Fi-only version of the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3, with GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. However, a 3G/4G variant is coming as well, supporting both HSPA+ and LTE networks for users who need constant internet connectivity.

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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display8.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (189 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size8.26 x 4.87 x 0.29 inches
(209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4 mm)
11.25 oz  (319 g)
Battery4450 mAh, 42 hours talk time

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