- K. T. Bradford , Digital Trends
Thanks to a slim, lightweight design, smooth performance, and a beautiful display, the 8-inch tablet is worth its $300 price.
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.
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
Gets the job done but behind the times when it comes to specs and value
Nice display with good handling
High price, poor performance and below par build quality
The light profile and slimness make it very comfortable to hold and operate
Solid performer and has decent screen
Great for light media consumption, bad for power users
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 aske... Full review
The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 isn't the best tablet to hit the market, but it's not positioned to be, either
The Galaxy Tab 3 leaves something to be desired
A pretty middle price range for a device that is, well, very middle
Feels like a giant smartphone masquerading as a tablet
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 devi... Full review
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