By now, Samsung’s tablet strategy is clear, give the consumers as many choices as possible. Their Galaxy Tab line offers three different sizes with this one, the 10.1 inch, being the largest. A mid-range tablet in terms of specs and price, the Tab 3 10.1-inch is a good tablet for budget-minded consumers looking for a tablet that has a large screen.
Like other recent tablets, it runs Android 4.2.2 and features the Samsung TouchWiz UI, providing users with many of the same amenities on the Galaxy S4 such as a choice of five lock-screen shortcuts. Users also can customize these options with various widgets and easily flip through them on the lock screen -- a feature that comes in handy for glancing at info. The UX is smooth and completely customizable. The main home screen on the Tab 3 10.1 displays a weather widget, a briefing widget, Facebook updates and a google search bar, all of which can be removed or swapped out.
One of the biggest draw of the Tab 3 10.1 is not the customization or specs, it is the Remote Control feature. An IR blaster on the front of the tablet works in tandem with the Peel Smart Remote app. Users need only enter their cable provider, manufacturers of the cable box and TVand the remote is ready to use. Aside from channel surfing, users can use the remote to record shows, access their DVRs and even control the volume on the TV.
From a hardware perspective, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 inch lags behind other competitors in its price range like the Nexus 10. It is, however, the first Android-based tablet that is equipped with a 1.6-GHz dual-core Intel Atom Clover Trail Z2560, which gives this tablet a better CPU, graphics and I/O performance than its competitors. The rest of the hardware is relatively standard with 1GB of ram and the option of either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The device also comes with an expandable microSD slot and two cameras: a 3.15MP wide angle lens camera and a secondary 1.3MP video call camera.
Unfortunately there are a few drawbacks to the Tab 3 10.1, the biggest one being its most unique feature, the Atom Clover Trail processor. While the processor grants better graphics and I/O performance, it unfortunately suffers from poor performance in every other section. The tablet suffers from severe lag, even with simple apps, sometimes as long as seven seconds to simply open the gallery app to view images. More resource intensive apps such as games could take over twenty seconds to load and can lag in-game.
The screen of the Tab 3 10.1 is also below par with other tablets in its price range offering only a 1280 x 800 resolution. This leads to some pixelation and somewhat blurred text when compared to the Nexus 10 or older Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. Finally, the last major drawback of the Tab 3 10.1 is the lack of the Multi View multi-tasking feature and Air Gestures found on the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 offers quite a bit of features for its price tag, however the laggy performance and poor screen resolution do not likely justify the $399 starting price tag.
The Good: Built-in remote control feature, large screen, customizable UI.
The Bad: Laggy performance, lower screen resolution when compared to competitors, lack of multi-tasking feature.
Reviews (6.2/10 Avg. rating)
Feels like 2012, looks dull, only audio impresses
Mediocre by today's standards, worse by tomorrow's
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is an unwise purchase. If you're looking for value, this isn't for you—you can buy better for less. If you're looking for the latest-and-greatest, the Galaxy Tab 3 lags behind other tablets—even ones released last year. This tablet has few redeeming qualities. It turns on, doesn't shock you upon use, and works (albeit poorly) for a few basic tasks. That's about it. There's only so much one can hope for with software updates, and hardware fixes aren't one of those things.
There's typically a large number of flagship releases at the end of the year... Full review
It's tough to recommend the Tab 3 over the multitude of more capable competitors
Specs are well below flagship-standards, most notably the outdated display
It’s a mid-range tablet asking for a flagship price
The issues we’ve had with the third-gen Tab 10.1, however, are deeply rooted. It scratches easily and stays oily and fingerprinted at all times; it comes with only a small fraction of Samsung’s value proposition that is TouchWiz; it consistently lags and suffers from performance issues; the display is quite awful by today’s standards; and it’s a 10-inch, primarily landscape tablet with physical navigation buttons. Yet there are a few highlights, such as battery life. With all that, plus the meager, early 2012 specifications, the Samsung still asks for $400 its latest... Full review
It just doesn’t seem enough to overpower some of the other noise makers in the same category
Once regarded as the premium tablet offering from Samsung’s camp to compete against Apple’s mighty iPad, the Galaxy Tab series has now taken the back seat as an entry-level model – leaving the Galaxy Note series to occupy its former throne. Brandishing a $399 price point for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch might seem like a tempting offering, especially when it’s priced below the $500 mark, but seriously, it just doesn’t seem enough to overpower some of the other noise makers in the same category. Heck, the sluggish performance and ho-hum... Full review
Cute, compact, but functionally challenged
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 brings on the full aesthetic and software abilities of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to the market
Offers a good mix of features in a lightweight design
A decent all-around offering, especially at its proposed priced point
Darn, there are no reviews yet for this phone.
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