Thanks to a slim, lightweight design, smooth performance, and a beautiful display, the 8-inch tablet is worth its $300 price.

- K. T. Bradford , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

7.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 22 reviews

In Samsung’s marketing scheme to offer a wide variety of sizes for their tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch stands above its Galaxy Tab 3 brethren. For those that cannot afford the more expensive Samsung Note 8”, the Tab 3 8” is an excellent option for $100 cheaper than the Note. Aside from being cheaper, the Tab 3 8” is also thinner and lighter than its Note counterpart.

In terms of the Tab 3 products, the 8” model offers the best set of features including: a sharp, bright screen, excellent performance, comfortable design and Samsung’s multiwindow feature that allows users to run two apps simultaneously on the screen (something its larger 10” brother does not offer).

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The Tab 3 8” runs on Android 4.2.2 and skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz for plenty of exclusive software such as the remote control/TV Guide component. The removal of the array tab offers users who game on their device full-screen access.

When looking at the hardware, this tablet has modest specs compared to other tablets in the size range such as the iPad mini and even the Kindle Fire HD. It comes with 1.5 gHZ dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage with an expandable microSD slot. The screen is a full 8” with a resolution of 800 x 1280 megapixels and fully capacitive touchscreen. In addition, the Tab 3 8” comes with a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP forward facing camera. The device itself measures in at a slim 8mm thickness and 0.76 pounds in weight, slightly heavier than the iPad mini.

While the Galaxy Tab 3 8” does offer the best specs and features out of the entire Tab 3 line, it is not priced competitively in the small tablet market. Other tablets like the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 offer better screen resolution and computing power than the Tab 3 8” for a lower cost. At $300, the Tab 3 8” is only $30 cheaper than the iPad Mini which boasts the best app ecosystem. In addition, the tablet has back-facing speakers, leading to poor speaker quality There is also no FM Radio or NFC support available on this tablet.

Despite some of the drawbacks, the Galaxy Tab 3 8” is worth a look for people looking to purchase a tablet in the Tab 3 lineup. The Tab 3 8” comes in three variants: WiFi only, 3G and LTE.

The Good: Slim design measuring in at 8mm thickness, multiwindow feature, excellent performance of its 1.5 gHZ Exynos processor.

The Bad: Expensive for a tablet of its size and specs ($30 cheaper than an iPad Mini), poor speaker quality, no NFC support.


Specs summary

Screen
8"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch's screen is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4450mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4450 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 28.8 days standby time, 8 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

7.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 22 reviews

In Samsung’s marketing scheme to offer a wide variety of sizes for their tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch stands above its Galaxy Tab 3 brethren. For those that cannot afford the more expensive Samsung Note 8”, the Tab 3 8” is an excellent option for $100 cheaper than the Note. Aside from being cheaper, the Tab 3 8” is also thinner and lighter than its Note counterpart.

In terms of the Tab 3 products, the 8” model offers the best set of features including: a sharp, bright screen, excellent performance, comfortable design and Samsung’s multiwindow feature that allows users to run two apps simultaneously on the screen (something its larger 10” brother does not offer).

Show more

The Tab 3 8” runs on Android 4.2.2 and skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz for plenty of exclusive software such as the remote control/TV Guide component. The removal of the array tab offers users who game on their device full-screen access.

When looking at the hardware, this tablet has modest specs compared to other tablets in the size range such as the iPad mini and even the Kindle Fire HD. It comes with 1.5 gHZ dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage with an expandable microSD slot. The screen is a full 8” with a resolution of 800 x 1280 megapixels and fully capacitive touchscreen. In addition, the Tab 3 8” comes with a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP forward facing camera. The device itself measures in at a slim 8mm thickness and 0.76 pounds in weight, slightly heavier than the iPad mini.

While the Galaxy Tab 3 8” does offer the best specs and features out of the entire Tab 3 line, it is not priced competitively in the small tablet market. Other tablets like the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 offer better screen resolution and computing power than the Tab 3 8” for a lower cost. At $300, the Tab 3 8” is only $30 cheaper than the iPad Mini which boasts the best app ecosystem. In addition, the tablet has back-facing speakers, leading to poor speaker quality There is also no FM Radio or NFC support available on this tablet.

Despite some of the drawbacks, the Galaxy Tab 3 8” is worth a look for people looking to purchase a tablet in the Tab 3 lineup. The Tab 3 8” comes in three variants: WiFi only, 3G and LTE.

The Good: Slim design measuring in at 8mm thickness, multiwindow feature, excellent performance of its 1.5 gHZ Exynos processor.

The Bad: Expensive for a tablet of its size and specs ($30 cheaper than an iPad Mini), poor speaker quality, no NFC support.

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Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Gets the job done but behind the times when it comes to specs and value

from APC (2 years ago)

If you’re patient and not too demanding this is a mini tablet that can still get the job done, but if you’re spending $300, we’d be inclined to stretch up to the newer Nexus 7 — which you won’t want to replace 6 months down the track.

If you’re patient and not too demanding this is a mini tablet that can still get the job done, but if you’re spending $300, we’d be inclined to stretch up to the newer Nexus 7 — which you won’t want to replace 6 months down the track.

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6/10

Nice display with good handling

from Digital Versus (2 years ago)

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is no landmark event on the tablet calendar, but it's an easy choice if you're looking for an Android slate to watch shows, browse the web and play the odd game on—for not too much money. It's a been-there-done-that kind of design, but it's still a good-looking, well-built... More

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is no landmark event on the tablet calendar, but it's an easy choice if you're looking for an Android slate to watch shows, browse the web and play the odd game on—for not too much money. It's a been-there-done-that kind of design, but it's still a good-looking, well-built object.

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8/10

High price, poor performance and below par build quality

from TechRadar (2 years ago)

If you look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and add up all of these factors, it doesn't look good for the Samsung. Combine the high price, poor performance and below par build quality, and it's hard to find any reason to recommend this new Samsung Tab.

If you look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and add up all of these factors, it doesn't look good for the Samsung. Combine the high price, poor performance and below par build quality, and it's hard to find any reason to recommend this new Samsung Tab.

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6/10

The light profile and slimness make it very comfortable to hold and operate

from The Mobile Indian (2 years ago)

Though the tablet impressed us with its performance and quality, we really were surprised to see no headset in the review unit box. However, some online retailers are offering headsets with the tablet. In a nutshell, it is a very good tablet which looks classy and performs better than many low... More

Though the tablet impressed us with its performance and quality, we really were surprised to see no headset in the review unit box. However, some online retailers are offering headsets with the tablet. In a nutshell, it is a very good tablet which looks classy and performs better than many low cost quad core devices I have reviewed so far. 

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9/10

Solid performer and has decent screen

from TrustedReviews (2 years ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet is a solid performer and has a decent screen, but it’s overpriced for what you get. There are cheaper more impressive alternatives to spend your money on instead. It feels like Samsung isn't even trying here.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 tablet is a solid performer and has a decent screen, but it’s overpriced for what you get. There are cheaper more impressive alternatives to spend your money on instead. It feels like Samsung isn't even trying here.

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6/10

Great for light media consumption, bad for power users

from Reviewed (2 years ago)

Spending $300 on a gadget that will work fine for a while, but miss out on future features requiring more resources to run seems like a poor investment to me. But who knows? Android tablets are wildly varied and diverse for a reason: People like different things out of their devices. What we have he... More

Spending $300 on a gadget that will work fine for a while, but miss out on future features requiring more resources to run seems like a poor investment to me. But who knows? Android tablets are wildly varied and diverse for a reason: People like different things out of their devices. What we have here is a device that's built around content partnerships that are meant to introduce you to the world of paying for streaming media.

To its credit, the 8-inch screen size is a very good idea. Samsung may not have loaded the tablet up with impressive specs, but it does mostly what's asked of it in the eyes of a casual user. The performance of the screen is notably good for a tablet, though it has low pixel density for this day and age. If you're only going to watch movies, or do some light browsing or reading, this will be an acceptable option, but not the greatest.

It's not a bad tablet—it's just not that good. At the moment it's a fair option, but that will only be true for a span of two or so months. It's especially tough to justify buying when you consider that there's better out there for cheaper right now, and that if you're willing to wait even just a little bit, you'll be able to grab something that will stay current longer before you have to buy another slate. 

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8.7/10

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 isn't the best tablet to hit the market, but it's not positioned to be, either

from Phonedog (2 years ago)

In the end, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 exists simply to offer more choices under the Samsung banner, all for a different price point, and offering a different set of features -- or lack thereof. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 isn't the best tablet to hit the market, but it's not positioned to be, either. If you're... More

In the end, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 exists simply to offer more choices under the Samsung banner, all for a different price point, and offering a different set of features -- or lack thereof. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 isn't the best tablet to hit the market, but it's not positioned to be, either. If you're looking to spend less for relatively the same size tablet, then the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is certainly an option. Just keep in mind what you can get from the same company, with spending just a bit more money.

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The Galaxy Tab 3 leaves something to be desired

from Business Insider (2 years ago)

If you're in the market for a smaller Android tablet we strongly encourage you to also research Google's new Nexus 7. It's a sleek tablet, with the latest version of Android, a brilliant screen, long battery life, and a ton of other updated features which make Samsung's smaller tablet feel outdated... More

If you're in the market for a smaller Android tablet we strongly encourage you to also research Google's new Nexus 7. It's a sleek tablet, with the latest version of Android, a brilliant screen, long battery life, and a ton of other updated features which make Samsung's smaller tablet feel outdated already.

If Samsung wants to continue to be successful it needs to switch things up with the next version so that its line of tablets can really stand out from the pack.

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A pretty middle price range for a device that is, well, very middle

from Android Authority (2 years ago)

Put frankly, the Galaxy Tab 3 is an enjoyable device. The lighter form and thinner bezels make for a much easier to handle tablet and that’s always a plus. The screen is actually quite good and is as easy on the eyes it can get. But these enhancements all just feel like ways of trying to detra... More

Put frankly, the Galaxy Tab 3 is an enjoyable device. The lighter form and thinner bezels make for a much easier to handle tablet and that’s always a plus. The screen is actually quite good and is as easy on the eyes it can get. But these enhancements all just feel like ways of trying to detract from the truth – that we’ve seen all of this before.

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Feels like a giant smartphone masquerading as a tablet

from MobileBurn (2 years ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 feels like a giant smartphone masquerading as a tablet. That's not a problem because the same can be said for the iPad Mini, Nexus 7, or practically any other sub-9-inch tablet. But when that giant-phone-as-tablet doesn't have as much power or radiance as the smartphone... More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 feels like a giant smartphone masquerading as a tablet. That's not a problem because the same can be said for the iPad Mini, Nexus 7, or practically any other sub-9-inch tablet. But when that giant-phone-as-tablet doesn't have as much power or radiance as the smartphone it follows, that's a problem. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 feels great physically and provides a decent screen to read and watch, but there are several areas in which users feel like the device would benefit from slightly more horsepower or the inclusion of some of the software seen on other Samsung devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Price and Amazing Features

(about 1 year ago)

The Samsung Galaxy tab 3 price is not very high. The phone offers impressive and clear images that can easily attract attentions of those around. You can multitask with the help of this tablet. The 8 inch screen helps you view photos and videos at ease. You can hold the devise in one hand, without f... More

The Samsung Galaxy tab 3 price is not very high. The phone offers impressive and clear images that can easily attract attentions of those around. You can multitask with the help of this tablet. The 8 inch screen helps you view photos and videos at ease. You can hold the devise in one hand, without feeling fatigued even for long. You don’t have to strain your eyes when you use the Galaxy tab 3. The tablet comes with sufficient resolution and brightness. Overall I loved this phone. For more details you can refer Samsung India site.

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9/10