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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
9 April 2014
Summary: The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 looks like the most prominent option in the Tab 3 series. It’s big but not too big and even though it lacks some of those premium specs and features, it will give you decent performance, camera, display and a run for your money.
Pros: Practical design and size, decent performance and a strong battery.
Cons: No radio, not a Full HD display and average video recording.
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 Unfortunately for Samsung those are competitors that have since retired from the field and been replaced by younger and more lively successors… which...
Summary: Samsung’s newest tablet is finally here — the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The first question that comes to mind, of course, is just how much better it is than last year’s model? While it’s no high-end device, it does do very well in the mid-range category.
Summary: Keeping in mind that Samsung didn’t design the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 to be a flagship, ultra-powerful device, we feel this tablet performed adequately for its intended use. With that said, there’s one key aspect of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 that holds us back and that’s the price.
Summary: After first making its debut at IFA three years ago, we now have the third generation of GALAXY Tabs. The GALAXY Tab devices are now considered midrange offerings as Samsung have expanded their GALAXY Note series to the tablet form factors and those are their premium devices.
Pros: 4G LTE Support, Super slim, microSD Support, 4450mAh battery
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.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is a fine upgrade from what's been offered at this size range by the manufacturer in past generations. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 bests this tablet in essentially every area save its smaller bezel, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 holds its own as a solid addition to the...
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a number of pros and cons when compared to the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. On one hand, it isn’t as powerful, its display isn’t as nice and its speakers offer an overall tinny audio experience.
Conclusion: Priced at $299, I am having a hard time coming up with a reason to buy the 8.0. Unless you really feel you need an extra inch, you would be better off spending $70 less on a new Nexus 7 or $100 less on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.
Conclusion: If your choice comes down to the Tab 3 8.0 and the Galaxy Note 8.0, the decision comes down largely to price and whether you feel you'd use the latter's stylus. If you love the idea of using a stylus on your tablet, the Note 8.0 is worth the $100 premium (though we wish it was only a $50 premium...
Pros: Slim design, Light weight makes it easy to hold in one hand, USB charging
Cons: Tinny audio output, Narrow bezel makes it hard to hold without tapping touch screen, Imprecise menu buttons