Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch

AKA: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Available at: EE, O2, Vodafone

7/10 AVG.
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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  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 21 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).

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 GB or 32 GB Flash. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4450mAh

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

Prices (Where to Buy)

140

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 inch Tablet - 8 GB Storage, 1 GB RAM, 1024 x 600 Red

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  • Condition: New
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  • Located In: United Kingdom
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140

*New Unused* Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.8 Inch 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet - Golden Brown

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140

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch White, Wi-Fi Tablet Android Jelly Bean 4.1 Brand New

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140

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 inch Tablet - 8 GB Storage, 1 GB RAM, 1024 x 600 Red

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  • Condition: Refurbished
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: United Kingdom
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140

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 Inch 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet - Brown

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  • Condition: Refurbished
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: United Kingdom
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 21 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).

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 (7/10 Avg. rating)

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

from APC (9 months 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.

  6/10

Nice display with good handling

from Digital Versus (10 months 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

  8/10

High price, poor performance and below par build quality

from TechRadar (11 months 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.

  6/10

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

from The Mobile Indian (about 1 year 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 cost... More

  9/10

Solid performer and has decent screen

from TrustedReviews (about 1 year 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.

  6/10

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 (about 1 year 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 looking... More

Great for light media consumption, bad for power users

from Reviewed (about 1 year 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 here... More

  9/10

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

from Android Authority (about 1 year 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 detract... More

The Galaxy Tab 3 leaves something to be desired

from Business Insider (about 1 year 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 already. If... More

Feels like a giant smartphone masquerading as a tablet

from MobileBurn (about 1 year 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 it... More

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