Friday, October 25, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series

John Marine | 10/25/2013 05:00:00 PM | | | | |
The Samsung Galaxy Tab series features three tablets noted for their screen size. Whether at 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch; the Korean consumer electronics giant has you covered with their third generation of tablets- the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series. This blog post is more either first impressions or thoughts at each tablet in this series. Do any of their three tablets in the series interest me? This and more will be answered and discussed in this blog post.

This blog post is about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series, but I will make mention to the Galaxy Note series at times. The post is still entirely about the SGT3 series.

--- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series ---

Meet the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
^ from: - Here are the three tablets of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series.

Three tablets comprise the 3 series of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablets. The Tab 3 series feature visual cues consistent with the Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Why fix what isn't broken- so Samsung would ask. If you are fond of Samsung products and Samsung quality, one will probably find very little to dislike about these tablets. Each of the tablets in the Tab 3 range all feature cameras at the front and back as well as a physical Home button. They have plastic backing and beveled sides. Each model features volume rockers and an IR Blaster for your tablet to become its own remote. Each model comes either in White or Golden Brown. Some non-WiFi versions may come in other colors, such as Midnight Black for a Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE version I looked up in researching this topic. Best of all, each of these tablets can take microSD cards of up to 64GB of capacity. These devices have WiFi access. Or if you have a mobile data plan, you may opt for 4G/LTE connectivity for these tablets from certain major carriers like Verizon Wireless. Suggested retail prices for the base models of each tablet are as follows (according to Samsung's official website):

• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: $199.99 US Dollars
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0: $299.99 US Dollars
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1: $399.99 US Dollars

The Galaxy Tab 2 series is still offered in some stores for slightly lower prices than the current Galaxy Tab 3 series.

--- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series ---

Here is a look at the three tablets (Facts and figures on each device taken from Amazon as well as from Samsung's official website.):

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
^ from: - This is the latest version of Samsung's 7-inch tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet features some of the lowest specs of the SGT3 range. It packs a 7-inch screen displaying material at 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution. It features a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. There is 1GB of SDRAM onboard along with an 8GB hard drive. Weighing at 0.68 lbs., it is the lightest of the three tablets. This tablet also has the least onboard memory with an 8GB hard drive. Its two cameras are a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and a 3-megapixel rear camera. It runs on Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean." It is the only one of the three to run with the Android 4.1 interface. Moderate to heavy usage of this tablet's non-replaceable 4000 mAh battery is good for about 5-8 hours of use according to videos I've seen online. Compared to the previous generation Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, the Tab 3 7.0 is very much thinner and shorter than its previous model. The Galaxy Tab 3 comes in two colors: White and Gold Brown. A 4G/LTE version of this tablet from Verizon offers the tablet in Midnight Black.

Some people have had kind of a concern of whether to stick with this version SGT3 7.0 tablet or go with the previous generation Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet. Some people say the newer SGT3 7.0 is slower than the SGT2 tablet. I would personally want to have the SGT3 7.0 among the three tablets. Its portability and capabilities seem to fit my needs more.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
^ from: - An extra inch of screen, a more powerful processor, and better screen resolution make this better than the Tab 3 7-inch. However, it costs MUCH more than the SGT3 7-inch tablet.

How much of a difference does one extra inch make? The 8-inch SGT3 tablet has some better specifications compared to its 7-inch brother. It weighs one hundredth of a pound heavier at 0.68 lbs. In addition, it packs a 1.5 GHz dual core processor- more powerful than the 1.0 GHz processor in the 7-inch SGT3. 1.5 is also how many GB of SDRAM this device has. It has a 16GB hard drive. In addition to its extra inch of goodness, it has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 in WXGA resolution that packs 189ppi. Unlike the 7-inch tablet, the 8-inch SGT3 runs on Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean."

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 is an extra inch too big despite its better statistics than the 7.0 tablet. I think the price is the real deterrent for me as to why I'd take on the 7-inch tablet more than the 8-inch tablet. The 7.0 fits better to me than the 8.0.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
^ from: - Samsung offers this 10-inch tablet.

If you want a full-featured big tablet, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10-inch tablet. It has the same 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution and 16GB hard drive as the 8-inch SGT3 tablet. It also runs on Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean." However, it has the same memory as the 7-inch tablet- 1GB SDRAM. This tablet has the most powerful processor with its Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor. As its name implies, it has a 10-inch (actually 10.1-inch) screen. So a tablet like this is major league territory if you use 10-inch tablet PCs.

I've seen some reviews on YouTube for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10-inch tablet. Many of the reviews seemed to provide poor receptions for the 10-inch tablet. Part of me even still sides with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 2 tablet more than the SGT3 10.1 model, one reason mostly being because of the stereo speaker grills mounted at the front. If I were considering a 10-inch tablet, I probably would NOT get the SGT3 10.1 tablet. I may either get the previous Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, or maybe a 10-inch tablet from another company.

There is your perspective on each of the different tablets of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series.

--- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series: Final Thoughts ---

Even if some of Samsung's offerings seem ancient and obsolete compared to most of its opposition, and even if it seems like their products don't do so well in various benchmark tests; Samsung still make solid products, and their Galaxy Tab 3 series is as solid as any other. One who wants a tablet PC would be foolish to pass up or neglect the tablet offerings from Samsung. These are stylish tablets that are very capable and very feature-rich. Anyone looking for decently-priced and capable tablets should consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab series, including the current Tab 3 series.

The one that I would want most of these three is the 7-inch tablet in white. Even if just to use a more up-to-date Android interface with a device much more practical than my Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2, the SGT3 7-inch fits my needs and my preferences for a tablet. It also satisfies my price preferences. The only thing I wouldn't be so sure of is whether or not I want to get a cover to protect it.

Even if certain benchmark tests say the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series is underwhelming compared to most of the competition (such as the Google Nexus 7), I still consider Samsung a quality brand. I do admire their products. I seem most comfortable with the package Samsung provides.

Cross-Promotion/Other Reading.

Here are some posts of mine related to this topic.

"Tablet Computers" (John's Blog Space)
^ This post is a general piece regarding tablet computers.

"The Samsung Galaxy Player Series" (John's Blog Space)
^ Long discontinued, these Android portable media players running on Android "Gingerbread" are featured in this blog post.

"Samsung Galaxy S III - First Impressions" (John's Blog Space)
^ The first time I offered first impressions on a smartphone was when I looked at the Samsung Galaxy S3. Here is an old post I did about this smartphone.

"Android Thoughts" (John's Blog Space)
^ This old post offers up my thoughts on the Android interface.

That's the end of this blog post, but I have one more section that is very optional for you to take a look at.

--- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series ---

You may get these tablets on Amazon if you were interested in this post. Please take a look at the following items below for more information and to buy online:

• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Or for more, including non Wi-Fi models of the Tab 3 series and accessories for each tablet, check this link out: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 on Amazon.

Other Sources...

More online sites to get your Tab 3 tablets and accessories for them...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 on eBay
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 on Wal-Mart
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 on Best Buy
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 on
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 on

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John Marine said...

It's nice to see a review of a Samsung tablet after this week's hype over Apple. I'd probably go for a Google tablet over a Samsung though.



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