Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Classic Samsung Galaxy design
  • Comfortable grip
  • Decent battery life
  • MicroSD card support

What's bad

  • Low resolution screen
  • Weak audio
  • Lack of front-facing camera and sub-par rear camera
  • Pricing

The Galaxy Tab series has always been a contender in the high-end tablet market. With this device, Samsung is hoping to offer a budget-friendly tablet to round out their offerings while retaining the look and polish of their flagship series. Brian Johnson of GamerTabletz says, “In term of design, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 still inherits the same chubby look of its older sibling.” Unfortunately, the competition within this market is fierce and offers plenty of alternative options to consider.

Reviews on the device are average at best. However, this could depend on your ideal usage for the device. GSM Arena points out that, “It's an extra browsing or reading screen in the living room, something to get your kid because you wouldn't spoil them with an iPad or a Galaxy Pro.” They also mentioned, “In video playback, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 lasted for 9 hours, which will more than do on the commute or long flight.” If you are looking for a basic media consumption device, most reviews seem to point to the device working well.

When you start getting into the finer details, however, things are not as great as they might seem. GSM Arena notes, “most 1080p videos didn't play, mainly due to the chipset limitations” and “The speaker on its back sounds very weak. It will do for watching YouTube in a quiet environment but not much in a louder setting.” Brian Johnson of Gamer Tabletz says, “If you’re looking for a great and powerful gaming tablet, then you might want to check out other tablets.”

Throughout many reviews, the same concern is mentioned--price. GSM Arena notes that, “There definitely are sharper screens in the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite's price bracket.” Game Tabletz says, “In the price range there are many other great alternatives that are just better than this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0.”

The problem does not appear to be with the tablet itself. It is that there is so much to choose from at a similar price point, including the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, that just have more to offer. Brian Linder of Liliputing sums it up the majority of reviews well when he states, “All told, if you can afford to spend a little more for the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, I’d recommend skipping the Lite model.”


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Versus

Offering a tablet for not much less than the best-selling budget slates (such as the Nexus 7, or even the standard Galaxy Tab 3) is not a safe bet, and it's one that Samsung lost. The G Tab 3 Lite has an atrocious TN display that mars half of the activities you want to do on it, plus we think it was...

- Romain Thuret, Digital Versus
GSMArena

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a trimmed-down version of last year's Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Samsung is not exactly keeping it secret - we cannot think of a more fitting model name. If, on the other hand, you're scratching your head wondering was there anything to trim to begin with, you're not alone.Oh...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena


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Screen Size
7"

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

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A9 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3600mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3600 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Specs

Overview
Release date February 13, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor ARM Cortex-A9 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.1 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White, Peach Pink, Blue Green, Lemon Yellow, Dark Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 11.6 x 1.0 cm (7.6 x 4.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 310 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
3D No
Sensors 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 Yes
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 Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
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 No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 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
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Smile detection, White balance, Scene mode, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
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 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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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-T110

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Critic Reviews


Digital Versus

Good handling and decent battery life but low resolution

from Digital Versus

Offering a tablet for not much less than the best-selling budget slates (such as the Nexus 7, or even the standard Galaxy Tab 3) is not a safe bet, and it's one that Samsung lost. The G Tab 3 Lite has an atrocious TN display that mars half of the activities you want to do on it, plus we think it...More

Offering a tablet for not much less than the best-selling budget slates (such as the Nexus 7, or even the standard Galaxy Tab 3) is not a safe bet, and it's one that Samsung lost. The G Tab 3 Lite has an atrocious TN display that mars half of the activities you want to do on it, plus we think it was a mistake to leave out the front camera. It's too bad, because the Tab 3 Lite does have other things going for it, like a responsive interface and lively battery...

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GSMArena

Tightly packed entry-level segment

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a trimmed-down version of last year's Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Samsung is not exactly keeping it secret - we cannot think of a more fitting model name. If, on the other hand, you're scratching your head wondering was there anything to trim to begin with, you're not alone...

More

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 is a trimmed-down version of last year's Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and Samsung is not exactly keeping it secret - we cannot think of a more fitting model name. If, on the other hand, you're scratching your head wondering was there anything to trim to begin with, you're not alone.

Oh well, Samsung found a way. They got rid of the front-facing camera, put a 2MP unit around back, and replaced the chipset. No, not a Snapdragon 800, thank you very much. In many ways though, this is the same tablet - the Android version is the same, good-ol' TouchWiz on top (no Magazine UI obviously) and the size and ergonomics are also on par.

One thing that might derail Samsung's plans is that the original Tab 3 is still available from various retailers and having undergone a few price cuts its closer to the Lite 7.0 than the new arrival would have liked. Then again, it may nudge the right people to re-think the price tag. Let's check out the full specs of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite before we continue. 

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User Reviews


Jake

Nice size, feels good in the hand

I have tested this tablet at the store. It has a very nice feel, it feels very sturdy. The size seems quite good and VERY portable. Text input is easy, keypad works well as letters are spaced out evenly, better than a lot of other smaller size tablets I have tried.

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