Market Status: Available in India
Updated on:Jul 01, 2016
Release Date: Jul 12, 2013 (Official)
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The Next Gen Tablet..
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 16GB Wi-Fi+ 3G touts an 8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and 189 ppi pixel density. 8 inch display is vivid and the colours on the screen appears to be bright. The screen size is apt with respect to portability and ergonomics.
Processor and OS
Dealing with the OS, this device sails on Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Users will have a fantabulous experience in analyzing this latest OS on an 8 inch display. 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM is the main driving force behind this tablet.
Camera and Storage
In terms of photography specification, this tablet is equipped with a 5.0MP autofocus rear shooter with a LED flash. For video calling purpose, there is a 1.3MP secondary camera. From storage point of view, it is loaded with 16GB internal memory which can be expanded upto 64GB via an external micro sD card.
Connectivity and Battery
Samsung has revealed its next generation tablets in the market, which saw the launch of Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 16GB WiFi + 3G. The korean Giant is enjoying a golden period in the smartphone market owing to the rapid sales and popularity of its Galaxy phones. Samsung will definitely try to strengthen its grip in the tablet market by introducing this new tablet. This Wi-Fi+3G variant is a perfect blend of performance and design, ensuring on the move connectivity by providing 3G option along with Wi-Fi. This will ensure that the user does not miss out on any social or news feed from the outside world. This tablet will lock its horns with the iPad mini, Google’s Nexus 7 and recently launched Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
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Overall User Rating (4.2 Out of 5 based on 453 ratings)
Overall: I bought this tab from another website that offered better discount. Then realized its not just the product but the service that comes with it, the shopping experience, delivery, customer support etc. My first order on another site was cancelled when they realized that they had accidentally offered an unreal discount (believe that!). A string of emails led to the refund being credited to my account after 11 days. My second order on yet another site was thankfully fulfilled but the delivery took a week whereas Flipkart normally delivers to my doorstep within a day.
The saying goes for the product as well. You may get a tab from cheaper brands with similar specs but the similarities end as soon as you start using them. It is the hardware integration and the software customizations done by Samsung which makes all the difference to your tablet experience. Evey day I use my Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 I am reminded of the money well spent and the frustrations saved.
Design and form: The tab optimizes screen space by having a slim bezel and 16:10 screen format which makes it slightly less wide and more manageable than other 8 inch android alternatives available currently. Also most android apps are customized for this screen format and not the 4:3 format being offered by cheaper 8 inch tabs. After holding the tab in one hand for an hour Its 316g weight becomes an obvious advantage against 400g something.
Screen: At 189ppi its screen is much better than mini's 160ppi. Although on this day and date a retina display would have been more appropriate. Initially didn't think it makes much of a difference but it does. A higher resolution screen can be held closer to the eye and makes it easy to read finer text with much less strain. Even at 189ppi pixilization is apparent but not as much as at 160ppi.
Performance: The hardware/software integration shines here. Despite having a dual core processor it easily outpaces cheaper quad core tabs.Decent RAM and internal memory helps a lot. The Samsung UI is silky smooth though apps do crash sometimes.
Battery: This is the star of the show and can go on for a whole day. Really the strongest point of this tab.
There are a lot of useful features like a split keyboard, multi window, S Voice, GLONASS (which helps triangulate your position much faster than GPS) etc. Things that make the Samsung experience worthwhile.
Alternatives: The only real android alternatives to Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 are yet to arrive in India. They are the Nexus 7 (2013) and LG G Pad 8.3. Both will outclass Tab 3 with greater processing power and higher resolution screens. However Tab 3 8.0 is not all at loss here. The Samsung UI is still much better than what LG has demonstrated on G2 and G Pad 8.3. An example that demonstrates Samsung's superior experience and design is the placement of home and menu keys on the bezel while on almost all other android 4+ devices these keys eat into the screen space. Therefore the actual useful or visible screen area on Tab 3 8.0 is almost the same as G Pad 8.3 despite having a smaller screen. The Nexus 7 screen looks even smaller for the same reason.
At the least one can expect decent price discounts on Tab 3 8.0 once these competitors arrive.
WARNING: Be super careful about the quality of apps you install and the permissions they ask for. The permissions you grant bypass all antivirus security and can compromise your privacy. One bad app can ruin your tab experience.