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Published on March 9, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Review : A new Android Phablet Shreya Kumar 2012100 Dept. of Computer Science Devyani Rohilla 2012034 Dept. of Computer Science IIIT Delhi IIIT Delhi __________________________________________________________________________________ Pros: Cons: Good video support     1 Key Features: Poor value Low-res screen Mediocre performance for price Rubbish camera 4 Dual-core 1GHz Marvell CPU; 1GB RAM; 7-inch 1,024 x 600 pixel screen Manufacturer : Samsung Bottom-line : It costs a bit more than we'd like, but the Galaxy Tab 3 is Samsung’s best non-Note tablet yet. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ 1. Introduction: It’s becoming clear that people love smaller tablets. The Google Nexus 7 and iPad mini are fantastic success stories, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is Samsung’s latest attempt to capitalise on this newfound popularity. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a 7-inch screen tablet with a budget price of ₹ 15276.26, which makes it slightly less than the new Nexus 7 2 but more than the Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD. Will the new Galaxy Tab 3 carve a niche for itself in the market or further muddy the already distinctly murky 7inch tablet segment? We shall be exploring it in our review further. 2. Design of the Tab: Typical of the Galaxy series phones and tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 casing is plastic. It’s shiny, glossy plastic just like rear of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3. Unlike Samsung’s phones, though, the rear of the tablet is not removable. This helps to ensure the back doesn’t feel too flimsy. However, there are a few light creaks you can squeeze out if you put pressure on the wrong part of the casing. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is also significantly chunkier than the 2013 Nexus 7, at a thickness of 10mm. (At around 1cm (9.9mm) thickness, it is not the thinnest tablet in the market but is comfortable enough to hold.) The tablet weighs over approximately over 300g making it like most 7inch tablets – light enough to use one-handed. It has a memory card slot, hidden under a plastic flap on the left edge of the tablet. You get 8GB of internal storage as standard, so the card slot is really a necessary addition. Only around half of the internal memory is actually available to use. 4. Screen:

2 As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a 7inch screen. In one respect it’s pretty good – viewing angles are solid – but in most other respects it is poor. Resolution is very low. It’s a 1,024 x 600 pixel display, with pixel density of 169ppi. That’s far, far lower than the new Nexus 7’s 323ppi. It’s also lower than the 1,280 x 800 pixel density of the first Nexus 7 and the cheaper Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD. To really show up how poor the screen resolution of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is – it’s the same resolution as the original Galaxy Tab that was released three years ago. Given the amount of tech development that has happened over the last three years, continuing to use such a low resolution in 2013 is borderline unacceptable. You might accuse us of wilfully forgetting the iPad mini, whose first model has the same pixel density as this tablet. But that tablet’s display is of a higher quality, and its larger screen tends to encourage you to hold it further away. Plus we complain about the iPad mini’s limited resolution pretty regularly. Aside from screen resolution, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s display is let down by its colours, which are not particularly accurate. Pure display quality doesn’t see the end of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s screen problems, either. The touch sensitivity of the Galaxy Tab 3 211 is decent and we did not encounter any issues while using the tablet. One of the serious problems we encountered was with auto-brightness, which at times set the screen to very dark, to the extent that we had to switch to manual brightness. 5 5. Camera: There is no hardware button for camera so one has to do with the on-screen buttons. As there is no flash on the tablet, we were not able to take any respectable shots in low-light conditions. The Galaxy Tab 3 is slow to focus and produces generally noisy, low-quality images. However, the Galaxy Tab 3 camera app does offer a lot of options like shooting mode such as single shot, panorama, 'Share Shot', 'Buddy Photo Share' and 'Smile Shot' as well as photo effects like negative, black and white and sepia. The camera app also gives an option to change the resolution of the images clicked and can be set to default 3.2-megapixel with 2048x1536 pixels, or 2.4-megapixel with 2048x1152 pixels, among others. The 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera is fine for video chats and self-portraits, but produces predictably grainy images. 6 7

1. Software/ Interface:  The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box and comes with company's Touch Wiz UI on top. Considering that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is already out in the market, we were a little disappointed to see Android 4.1 on the tablet. Anyway, we hope that Samsung soon rolls out an update for the tablet's firmware before it gets dated.As expected with a Samsung 'Galaxy' product, one can hardly notice any vanilla Jelly Bean interface on the tablet, as everything has been completely customised with the Touch Wiz UX UI. While we felt some of these tweaks of the UI were good, but others were totally redundant, like the unwanted default touch sound, which cannot be turned off, until you select the profile Silent on the Galaxy Tab 3.The app drawer is on the bottom right side of the home screen, and opens the menu divided in three sections apps, widgets and downloaded apps. The notification tray and quick access settings for Wi-Fi, GPS, sound, screen rotation, Bluetooth, mobile data, blocking mode, sync and power saving mode are located at the top area in the notification tray of the Galaxy Tab 3, in a manner which is a bit different from the stock Android interface.The Galaxy Tab 3’s user-interface spans three home screens, to which more can be added if required. The home screen can be further customised with app shortcuts and widgets. No real complaints with the Galaxy Tab 3 here, other than the aesthetics of some of Samsung's icons.Samsung has added a blocking mode feature to the tablet which when enabled, will disable alarm, incoming calls and other notifications - perfect for those moments when you do not wish to be disturbed. The company has also replaced the default Android apps for Calendar, Browser and Email with its re-worked versions, which seem to add no value.The Galaxy Tab 3 does not come with too many preloaded apps, but the ones that are there, are good for normal entertainment, social and office use. On long-pressing the settings option on the front panel, it launches Google Search. Navigation was not a problem either, thanks to some Google apps. The other major feature that Jelly Bean brings is 'Google Now', a voice-based information assistant and an extension of Google Search, and we noticed that the voice search worked well. 3 6. Performance / Battery Life: 8 The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is powered by a 1.2GHz dualcore processor, the company has not specified the chipset, though. It has 1GB of RAM on-board , comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage (roughly 5.5GB user usable) and supports expandable storage up to 64GB via a micro SD card. Considering there is a fairly respectable dual-core processor running under the hood of the tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 manages to chug along just fine. In day-to-day activities of the tablet you do not see crashes so often. However, we did notice frequent lags in the system even while navigating through the app menu or while loading an app. Things get choppier when playing heavy-graphic games like Vector, Dead Trigger and even Temple Run 2 on the device. On the sound front, the Galaxy Tab 3 ships with the same music player we have been seeing on previous Galaxy Tab range. The sound is loud and clear with the twin loudspeakers, and even better with headphones .However, the on-screen keyboard's keys are not cramped and we had no problems hitting them easily, when using both hands.As a surfing device, the Galaxy Tab 3 worked well, and loaded the browsing Web pages fast. It supports flash and we had no problems checking out our favourite YouTube videos on the tablet.The Galaxy Tab 3 tablet's dialler feature is similar to the one found on Galaxy smartphones .The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with a 4000mAh battery, which we feel is adequate, especially if playing music, browsing the Web and watching videos are a major part of your daily usage. 9 In our rundown battery test, the Galaxy Tab 3 was able to play about five hours of continuous video (720p HD) with full charge and brightness set on auto, which we think is not at all bad. We were able to get about 8 to 9 hours of standby time on the tablet with push notifications for emails, Facebook, texts and What’s App with some browsing on the Internet and talking on the device with calling. We were able to get about 16 to 18 hours with normal usage that includes Wi-Fi turned on for all time,

Web browsing, a few calls lasting for not more than half an hour, display set on auto-brightness and with the usual 7. Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a deeply unremarkable tablet with underwhelming performance and a low-res display that remains ostensibly unchanged since the launch of the original Galaxy Tab. It's a deeply average tablet that's 8. References: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. ab_3_7_0-5422.php le-phone/mobile-phone/tabletsmartphone/SM-T2110GNAINU le-phone/mobile-phone/tabletsmartphone/SM-T2110GNAINU sung-galaxy-tab-3-211-review-424700 sung-galaxy-tab-3-211-review-424700 ng-Galaxy-Tab-3-7-inch-Review_id3512 been way over-priced by Samsung.We liked the form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211, and must admit that we had no problems operating it one-handed (except for typing messages or emails). The tablet performed well with its responsive touchscreen, and decent battery life. We were not very convinced that it can be actually used as a phone on a regular basis but the Galaxy Tab 3 does represent a good attempt to combine a 7-inch tablet with a mobile phone.

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