Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 review
|Review: August 2013|
Last updated December 2013
In a nutshell: The 3rd generation Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 is an ultra lightweight tablet with a 7 inch screen. Recent price slashes in the run-up to Christmas now make this an attractive option.
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A baby tablet
The 3rd version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is available in 3 sizes - 7 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch. Here we review the baby in the family - the 7.0 inch model.
The tablet has evolved steadily since the first version and is now slimmer with a narrower bezel around the screen. It looks more like a giant phone than a tablet. It's much lighter too, and is probably the lightest tablet we've ever reviewed, weighing just 300g. Apart from that, not so much has changed in 3 years, and this is recognisably a Samsung tablet with its familiar plastic design. It's available in a choice of White or Gold/Brown.
A 7 inch screen is starting to feel quite cramped for a tablet, with phones like the Samsung Galaxy Mega approaching this size. It's not the world's most impressive screen either, being of TFT type and with a modest resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX have HD screens, no there's really no excuse for the Galaxy Tab to miss out on this.
The Tab 3 seems to be positioned as an entry-level product, with a basic dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. Assisted by a full 1GB of RAM, it's enough to accomplish routine tasks without any trouble, but it's not geared up to the latest 3D games.
The Tab 3 comes in a choice of 8GB or 16GB versions, with the option of adding a memory card up to 32GB. Most users will find that 8GB is limiting, especially if it's shared by a family. You also get 50GB worth of free Dropbox storage for 2 years.
There are twin cameras. The main camera is a 3 megapixel shooter, capable of recording HD video, and there's a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera suitable for video calling.
Android Jelly Bean
Like all Galaxy products, the tablet runs Android - in this case Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but with an upgrade to Jelly Bean 4.2 promised. Samsung's TouchWiz user interface overlay is here too.
The Tab 3 is Wi-Fi enabled, but without 3G connectivity. It does have Wi-Fi Direct as well as full support for 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5 GHz. DLNA support is included.
With a 4,000mAh battery, the Tab 3 has one of the smallest battery capacities of any tablet on the market. Samsung claims up to 8 hours of usage between charges, and the battery life is probably not much worse than most tablets, but it's certainly at the low end of the spectrum.
Conclusion - an average entry-level tablet
In its 7 inch form, the Galaxy Tab 3 is a decent entry-level product. Its super-lightweight construction and slim design make it a highly portable option. The launch price was far too high, but now that it's fallen to the £100 mark, it offers good value.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features include:
- Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Display: 7.0 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 600 x 1024 pixels, 16 million colours
- Swype-enabled virtual QWERTY keyboard
- 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash
- Video recording, secondary 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling
- Music player (Audio format: AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, AC-3, FLAC)
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging (Google Talk), email
- S-Voice control
- GPS +GLONASS with Google Maps
- Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core
- Memory: 8GB/16GB plus microSD memory card slot (up to 32GB supported)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5 GHz support), Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Size: 111 x 188 x 9.9 mm
- Weight: 300g
- Battery: 4000 mAh Lithium Ion
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 user reviews
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Average rating from 12 reviews:
Reviewed by YOUNG L
on 15th Dec 2014
This was a good tablet until Samsung "repaired" it. The battery life was always poor, but after thenfirst repair the tablet reallynslowed down. Also Samsung bloatware tookmup 5.5 gb leaving very little for us to use. It also clutters up the screen. After the second repair the tablet slowed down so much as to become unusable for most things. I guess this is how they fix the battery issues, maake sure the tablet is of no use so you wontnuse the battery. As to customer service, they couldn't have been worse if they had been paid a bonus to ensure any customer who used them would never buy Samsung again. We've boughtSamsung for years, but never again. My husband is choosing a new phone next month, and would have gone with Samsung, but thanks to your customer service, we will choose another brand.
Reviewed by Michele
from United Kingdom
on 14th Dec 2014
I love the samsung tab im think they are exallent I have the 7.0 model andits amazing.
Reviewed by Shalini
on 26th Nov 2014
I love thsi phone. After checking all specification at Samsung India site I bought this phone. It comes with a 7-inch display which gives it an impressive look. This tab is lighter that other tablets which are available in the market.it comes with 1 cm thickness which does not make it the thinnest tablet but it is convenient and comfortable to hold the device. I love its features.
Reviewed by RAE
on 25th May 2014
Pathetically sloooooow. Very frequently freezes up leaving you violently tapping the screen saying " come on you useless ba##### of a thing" , and then you try to open facebook and its " spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin " eventually opening after you've made yourself a cup of tea, and then its " scroll you fu#### of a thing. In the end the only thing I used it for was checking emails and even then it struggled. I bought another two of these for family and they're all the same. Wish I hadn't. Has got to be the worst in the market, but you get what you pay for. If you haven't got patience like me don't by one. Splash out and buy an ipad mini, performance guaranteed.
Reviewed by Serge Turcotte
on 25th May 2014
i wase in need for a smaller tablet , i ave a acer a 500 and it wase to big for me then I buy this tablet for every days use considering the price I believe its good tablet it did not desapointe me I can play games browse the net watch movie and everything run smoothly I desable the energy saver so now it is more fast sorry for my english I m french I thing this is a gr8 buy if your not a race car driver .
Reviewed by Mel
on 17th Apr 2014
Painfully slow, glitchy, WiFi drops out constantly, freezes. Nowhere near as good as the tab 2 which my kids have. Took back and got a lenovo yoga, which laughs at it!
Reviewed by Stella
on 11th Apr 2014
I got the galaxy tab 3 as a gift from my uncle and to use it at school. I was really happy when I just got it but after some time it moves really slow with a lot of apps. Most times its the storage space that makes it move slow when the storage is low. I tried deleting many of my things ( deleting unnecessary apps, extra photos and songs and even videos). It's still a bit slow and glitchy. The reaction to the home button is also very slow compared to the galaxy 2. Even while the game is running ( for example temple run, or subway surfers) it may tend to be a lot glitchy and frezzes alot. The key board is sometimes slow in typing. Overall it getsreally annoying with its constant slowness. The notification panel tends to freeze on its way down and its responses to my touches are really slow. What can I do to make it better?
Reviewed by Rima
on 13th Jan 2014
I got it as a gift. And was very happy at first. But recently noticed that softwear does not and never did update successful. At the end I get a note to try do the same but using computer program kies. I tried, and the funniest thing is that this program is for adding or remmoving music, pictures, all sort of files, but nothing like settings... Sooooo dissapointed.
Reviewed by Terry
on 4th Jan 2014
Bought this tablet for £79 new after xmas and must say at that price it is a bargain. Having read plenty of reviews before buying was a bit dubious even at that price what I was getting but generally impressed. Ok youre not buying an ipad but youre not paying ipad money. Screen is good not the quickest on the net but perfectly able for general day to day use
Reviewed by Robert
on 28th Dec 2013
Got this tablet as a free gift with a phone contract for £11.99 per month. So far it's performed fine. The battery life is great, haven't found the need to charge it every night. The screen is great and has a good resolution.
It responds well to gaming. It has plenty storage capacity and the card slot allows it too hold much more.
The only negative is the weight, it does feel weighty for its size, you'd expect it to be much lighter, still good enough to be carried around day to day.
Reviewed by Birger Lunde
on 21st Dec 2013
My daughter is 8. I have an iPad Air, the wife has an iPad4th gen. My daughter does not need the powerful tablets. Considering the price, decent camera and good performance when it comes to her use. So far, we“re happy. It does tend to hang after doing some gaming. The 1GB RAM has been at 30 - 60% use when checked. But, for watching netflix, online TV and playing games for her age (not the most intensive 3d graphics on Angry Birds, Badland is the heaviest game on there I think), the camera is also decent, both of them actually. Speakers are so so, but we got a sony headset for half the price, when we purchased this, also got the book cover for free. So, good deal. This tablet is for kids though. For kids her age, at that price, with the book cover and headset discount, this is an excellent (4star) deal. For my use, I would put it at a weak 3 or strong 2. Then again, I could get almost 6 of these for the price of my iPad Air.
Reviewed by Mark Jenkins
on 20th Dec 2013
Just bought one today for £92 delivered from a supermarket , at that price it's a steal