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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch

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Although taking photos isn't a tablet's primary function, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch comes with a decent 5MP auto-focus camera alongside a 1.3MP front-facing snapper. The main camera does not have an LED flash, however, so shooting with it in darkness is a no-go.

The camera interface is simple and intuitive to use, with instant access to the shutter and video recording buttons. Samsung has even added Panorama, Beauty Face, Sports and Night modes for those trickier shooting scenarios. We're happy to see that the main snapper is located in the upper corner of the device – obscuring its field of view with a finger by accident is out of the question.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

For something captured with a tablet, the 8-inch Tab 3's photos look pretty good. Outdoor photos are with proper color balance and pack enough detail in them. Indoor photos, on the other hand, are muddy and much noisier. The main camera is limited to 720p video – its footage is passable, as long as there's enough light provided.



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Multimedia:

A couple of average-sounding loudspeakers are outfitted on the tablet's narrow wide. They have an okay volume output, with a hint of crackling when the level is set to the maximum. Something frustrating about their position is that holding the tablet in landscape mode means that the user's hand is always covering one of the speakers.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch, and that's okay as the app gets the job done. It can sort music by album, artist, and song name, but browsing audio files folder by folder is also an option in case your collection isn't organized too well. The mandatory equalizer with its tons of presets, as well as the home screen and lock screen widgets, are also present.

Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Samsung has pre-loaded its own music player on the Tab 3 8-inch - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet is great for those times when you feel like just lying on the couch and watching the latest lolcat videos on YouTube. You're free to load your own movies and TV shows, of course. Videos in a wide variety of file formats are supported at resolutions of up to 1080p.

Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review
Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch Review

Thanks to its built-in IR blaster, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch can be used to control a TV remotely. In fact, the tablet comes with the WatchON app, which acts as a TV guide, listing shows that are available right now on a given channel, or on demand. Note, however, that the service isn't available in all countries.

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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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