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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch review

5.3/10 AVG.
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5.3/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch currently has an Informr score of 5.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

At this point in time, the Samsung 7 incher - as cheap as it is - feels overpriced and dated.

- Victor H., PhoneArena
TechRadar

There's no getting around it - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a deeply average tablet that's been way over-priced by Samsung. Its specs aren't really good enough to show off the best of the Android platform. In particular, the tablet's 1024 x 600 display seems like it's from a bygone era befor...

- Jon Mundy , TechRadar
Fone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211 is mainly aimed at budget buyers who seek to get the most out of a price, but can compromise on the performance. Galaxy Tab 3 T211 offers most of the smartphone features and comes with a big 7inch display which should be good for media consumption and gaming. Overall you co...

- Monish Kumar, Fone Arena
TrustedReviews

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 bears many of the hallmarks of the Galaxy series, including the plastic body and TouchWiz UI. However, it hasn’t kept as in line with its competitors. Its middling CPU and very low screen resolution mean it just isn’t worth the money.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
7"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch's screen size is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 6 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Specs

Overview
Release date July 7, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
variations
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat)

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Processor Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 0.702 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White, Gold Brown, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.1 x 18.8 x 1 cm (4.4 x 7.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 302 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density 169 pixels
Size 7 inches
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
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 No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
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 XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
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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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids edition available. Comes pre-loaded with top ranked kid’s apps and brand new Kid’s Store aimed at driving the educational possibilities of technology for kids. Comes with a Kids Case featuring a kids-friendly grip, multiple stand options and equipped with an easy-to-grip C Pen.

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