Excerpt: Samsung’s 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 feels like a device designed to fight some very specific enemies in the form of the original Nexus 7 and iPad minis . Unfortunately for Samsung those are competitors that have since retired from the field and been replaced by younger and more lively successors… which essentially leaves Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 outclassed in a new age of tablet warfare.
Excerpt: Samsung recognizes that the way in which individuals use tablets varies considerably from one user to the next. As a result, Samsung’s tablet portfolio is quite varied, offering something for everyone. Samsung’s tablet portfolio includes models that range in size from 7-inch to 10.1-inch screens.
Excerpt: Samsung didn’t just release a 10.1-inch version of its Galaxy Tab 3 as they released their latest tablet in an 8.0 and 7.0 version. Along with the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 we were lent for our review, Samsung also supplied us with the 8-inch version. Both tablets have many similarities, but ultimately, we wanted to treat both products as their own version considering how many people would be looking at either Galaxy Tab 3 to potentially purchase.
Great screen or not, this Samsung is outpaced by last year's machines.
8 August 2013
Conclusion: Spending $300 on a gadget that will work fine for a while, but miss out on future features requiring more resources to run seems like a poor investment to me. But who knows? Android tablets are wildly varied and diverse for a reason: People like different things out of their devices. What we have here is a device that's built around content partnerships that are meant to introduce you to the world of paying for streaming media.
Summary: Our biggest knock against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is its finicky performance, which admittedly is no minor complaint. Beyond that, though, the biggest fault we can find with the Tab is that it's simply not memorable. Sure, if you have $300 to spend and want an 8-inch Android tablet, it's an option worth considering. Is it the best use of your money, though? No, you can do better for a little more cash -- and even a little less.
Excerpt: Samsung seems destined to have a tablet of every size and value for every person. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is the perfect balance between portability and screen space. Is the rest of the tablet worthy of such praise?
Conclusion: The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is yet another strong tablet from Samsung and a great alternative to the Galaxy Note 8.0 if you don’t need the pen capabilities or just can’t afford the $380 price tag. At $300 the Tab 3 is less expensive than the iPad Mini and $100 more than most 7-inch slates. The extra screen size is worth the premium, and the combination of long battery life and great design round out what we think is one of the best 8-inch tablets available.
Pros: Beautiful display, Comfortable, attractive design, Smooth performance, Long battery life, Standard micro USB port
Cons: Speakers easily covered by hands, So-so camera