Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is compact and sleek but functionally flawed
19 September 2013
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is a sleekly designed tablet but, with more powerful and cheaper options available, it feels like more of the same, rather than an upgrade.
Cons: The "hit-box" for the capacitive menu and back buttons is too large, and errant touches are common. Performance is slow when quickly switching apps and Wi-Fi speeds dramatically decrease the farther away from the router the tablet is. And $400 for a device with pre-2012 components is asking too much.
Summary: Samsung has no idea what size Android device you want but, by golly, it’s going to find out. Throughout its massive Galaxy lineup, Samsung has hedged its bets on almost every possible device size in an attempt to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Each great Samsung device has at least one feature that justifies its existence beyond a decimal difference in screen size. The Note 10.1 has a great stylus, the Galaxy S4 has a laundry list of software tweaks.
Pros: Comfortable to hold in one hand, Great for watching movies
Cons: Interface is slow and choppy, Design feels cheap, Display is mediocre
Summary: The Galaxy Tab line has always been one that we perceive to be a good choice, but nothing outstanding. Samsung has once again delivered a tablet that is good, but not amazing. The Galaxy Tab 3 is a competent enough tablet that will perform many of the tasks you want it to, although some of the noticeable lag when opening applications may turn off some owners.
Summary: Round 3. A new SoC is used and the 3G model has been replaced with an LTE module. Now an Atom SoC from Intel can exhibit its performance. Are these the significant differences compared with the 10-inch precursor or is there more to it?
Pros: LTE module, Viewing angle stable screen, Good battery runtimes, Several screen modes selectable, Expandable storage, The overall bundle offers enough power and copes well with all tasks placed on it. Browsing on the go is possible owing to the LTE module.
Cons: No Full HD screen, Slightly increased black value, Purchase price, Outdated camera resolution, The precursor and the 8-inch model already had this resolution. An upgrade to Full HD would have been appreciated.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 review: overpriced and outdated
27 July 2013
Conclusion: The issues we’ve had with the third-gen Tab 10.1, however, are deeply rooted. It scratches easily and stays oily and fingerprinted at all times; it comes with only a small fraction of Samsung’s value proposition that is TouchWiz; it consistently lags and suffers from performance issues; the display is quite awful by today’s standards; and it’s a 10-inch, primarily landscape tablet with physical navigation buttons.
Pros: Low-resolution display, Only 1GB RAM makes for clunky task switching, Scratches quite easily and is an oil magnet, Suffers from lag and constant stuttering, Physical navigation buttons are awkward in portrait, The price doesn’t match the value
Cons: Low-resolution display, Only 1GB RAM makes for clunky task switching, Scratches quite easily and is an oil magnet, Suffers from lag and constant stuttering, Physical navigation buttons are awkward in portrait, The price doesn’t match the value
Conclusion: Once regarded as the premium tablet offering from Samsung’s camp to compete against Apple’s mighty iPad , the Galaxy Tab series has now taken the back seat as an entry-level model – leaving the Galaxy Note series to occupy its former throne. Brandishing a $399 price point for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch might seem like a tempting offering, especially when it’s priced below the $500 mark, but seriously, it just doesn’t seem enough to overpower...
Pros: Thin and light construction, Great battery life
Summary: The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 has all the makings of very nice tablet comfort food for Samsung phone owners. You get a design and software similar to those on the Galaxy S4 -- minus some features -- as well as the ability to control your TV. The robust quick settings and loud stereo speakers also help differentiate Samsung's midrange 10-incher. However, the 1280 x 800-pixel screen resolution falls flat when compared to full-HD or higher slates in the same price range.
Pros: Thin and light design, Bright display, Loud stereo speakers, Robust quick settings and lock-screen options, Built-in remote control
Cons: Frustrating performance lag, Low-resolution screen for price, No Multi Window mode