Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch

6.3/10 AVG.
RATING

Specs summary

Screen
10.1"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch's screen is 10.1 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ 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
6800mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6800 mAh battery.


Reviews summary

6.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

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.

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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 (6.3/10 Avg. rating)


148Apps

Quality controls and plenty of style

from 148Apps

There is definitely a deficit of quality 3D winter sports game on iOS, and Snowboard Party is a well-designed, instantly playable and high-quality enough to raise the (grindable) bar for the genre.

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There is definitely a deficit of quality 3D winter sports game on iOS, and Snowboard Party is a well-designed, instantly playable and high-quality enough to raise the (grindable) bar for the genre.

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Tablet News

Feels like 2012, looks dull, only audio impresses

from Tablet News

We give this device a 7 out of 10 for design, an 8 for hardware and an 8 for OS and UI, for a final grade of 7.66 out of 10 and sadly I can’t recommend that you buy this slate, because the ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10 is a much better alternative, with the same CPU and lag-free.

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We give this device a 7 out of 10 for design, an 8 for hardware and an 8 for OS and UI, for a final grade of 7.66 out of 10 and sadly I can’t recommend that you buy this slate, because the ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10 is a much better alternative, with the same CPU and lag-free.

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Reviewed

Mediocre by today's standards, worse by tomorrow's

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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...

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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 right before the holidays, so I suggest waiting for October and November 2013—you'll have a wider array of better-value options.

Samsung pushed out a tablet that's "good enough" for content partnerships, but the whole innovation thing seems lost in the shuffle. Brand loyalists will miss out on Android's latest and greatest features. Do yourself a favor—if you are seriously considering buying this tablet, don't. Get the Nexus 10 or wait for the fall. 

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ITProPortal

It's tough to recommend the Tab 3 over the multitude of more capable competitors

from ITProPortal

Samsung has left the Galaxy Tab line languishing, as the company focuses its efforts on its superior Note devices. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 isn't much of an improvement over the Tab 2, which itself was only a modest update to the original Tab. This isn't a three-year-old tablet, but it feels dated r...More

Samsung has left the Galaxy Tab line languishing, as the company focuses its efforts on its superior Note devices. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 isn't much of an improvement over the Tab 2, which itself was only a modest update to the original Tab. This isn't a three-year-old tablet, but it feels dated right out of the box thanks to its low-res display and middling real-world performance.

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Android Community

Specs are well below flagship-standards, most notably the outdated display

from Android Community

At the end of the day, the Galaxy Tab 3 line is doing little to shake up the Android tablet space. For those looking for an inexpensive way to enlarge their Galaxy experience, the Tab 3 devices are easy choices. They offer decent specs, a reliable and familiar user experience, and form factors fo...More

At the end of the day, the Galaxy Tab 3 line is doing little to shake up the Android tablet space. For those looking for an inexpensive way to enlarge their Galaxy experience, the Tab 3 devices are easy choices. They offer decent specs, a reliable and familiar user experience, and form factors for just about every need. The 7 and 8-inch version are compact and ideal for reading and content consumption on-the-go; the Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch is a great living room companion, and its included IR blaster is a nice addition to your home entertainment arsenal.

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Pocketnow

It’s a mid-range tablet asking for a flagship price

from Pocketnow

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 Galaxy Tab....

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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 Galaxy Tab.

Frankly, the third-generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 is out of its league. It’s a mid-range tablet asking for a flagship price.

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PhoneArena

It just doesn’t seem enough to overpower some of the other noise makers in the same category

from PhoneArena

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...More

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 specs doesn’t particularly make it as prized as the Google Nexus 10, which has undoubtedly redefined the Android tablet space.

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Cnet

Cute, compact, but functionally challenged

from Cnet

My experience with the Tab 3 10.1 was more frustrating than functional. Even while cutting it some slack for being a midrange tablet that's impressively small and light for a 10-inch device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 fails to make a good case for taking it home.

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My experience with the Tab 3 10.1 was more frustrating than functional. Even while cutting it some slack for being a midrange tablet that's impressively small and light for a 10-inch device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 fails to make a good case for taking it home.

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SlashGear

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 brings on the full aesthetic and software abilities of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to the market

from SlashGear

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 brings on the full aesthetic and software abilities of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to the market. If you’ve already got a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, make with the skipping of this generation. If you want to connect to your Samsung Galaxy S 4-era...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 brings on the full aesthetic and software abilities of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to the market. If you’ve already got a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, make with the skipping of this generation. If you want to connect to your Samsung Galaxy S 4-era family of devices with a variety of entertaining and powerful apps and features and have no recent-generation 10.1-inch tablet to speak of, feel free to select the $399 USD Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – it’s slick.

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Laptop Magazine

Offers a good mix of features in a lightweight design

from Laptop Magazine

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has all the makings of very nice tablet comfort food for Samsung phone owners. You get a design and software similar to those on the Galaxy S4 -- minus some features -- as well as the ability to control your TV. The robust quick settings and loud stereo speakers also help di...More

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has all the makings of very nice tablet comfort food for Samsung phone owners. You get a design and software similar to those on the Galaxy S4 -- minus some features -- as well as the ability to control your TV. The robust quick settings and loud stereo speakers also help differentiate Samsung's midrange 10-incher. However, the 1280 x 800-pixel screen resolution falls flat when compared to full-HD or higher slates in the same price range. More disturbing, the Intel Atom processor exhibited severe lag at times, despite offering decent results in some benchmarks.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 7, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 0.83 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 7 hours
Video Playback Time 7 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 7 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.3 x 17.6 x 0.8 cm (9.6 x 6.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 510 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 149 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, Exposure value, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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