The Galaxy Tab 3 series from Samsung offers a few choices for those looking for an affordable mid-range tablet. The Tab 3 7.0 is the entry-level device of the series, featuring a 7-inch TFT display, 1 GB of RAM, a dual core 1.2-GHz processor and 8GB of internal storage. While this might seem a little low, support for microSD cards allows you to easily upgrade storage capacity for a small fee. MakeUseOf’s Dave LeClair recently said “While the Galaxy Tab 3 isn’t heavily specced, it’s actually quite fast, especially when you consider that it is a sub-$200 budget tablet.”
The tablet features Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. This is something that might be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your tastes. Support for the Google Play store provides access to any app you might need to communicate, watch movies, listen to music or type up a quick report.
Bluetooth and Wireless-N support provide flexible, portable enjoyment while the 4,000-mAh battery provides enough life to keep it running for more than a day with light to moderate use. Although the device is not bleeding edge technology, it is respectable. MakeUseOf says “for students on a budget, a $200 device like the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 can meet their needs perfectly.”
Unfortunately, there are a number of potential issues with the Tab 3 series. The leading issue is the display. At a resolution of only 1024-by-600, there are plenty of competitors at a similar price point that feature much higher resolutions. The TFT display also has minor brightness issues and limited viewing angles.
At 3.15 megapixels, the camera is underwhelming as well. While the 1.2-GHz processor will handle basic tasks with ease, power users might notice performance issues and aging of the device should be considered. AndroidCentral’s Andrew Vacca said “Though not horrendously slow, these products lack the speed and agility of vanilla Android tablets, and lack the top-of-the-line specs that the Galaxy S4 utilizes to power a speedy TouchWiz experience.”
The final issue is the build materials. While it is a nice looking tablet, Samsung’s choice of plastic components adds a fragile feel to the device.
The Good: Memory expansion with microSD, respectable battery life and sleek design.
The Bad: Lackluster display, aging processor, price versus competitors and flimsy feeling design.