Samsung is ultra-successful when it comes to smartphones but the tablet market has been a difficult field for this company to deal with. Its Samsung Galaxy Tab line didn’t get the expected success and it falls way behind Apple’s iPads and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is not that bad but may get the feeling that you could have spend $400 on something much better. This tablet runs on Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean, has a good bright display but is little bit overpriced. Let’s get down to the full review.
At first sight, you will get the feeling that nothing is change from its previous version. However, there are few minor changes from its predecessor. The Android buttons which are used for navigation through the tablet are placed below the display and the speakers are facing out instead looking at you. Samsung has avoided placing a 30-pin connector and placed the microUSB slot instead. It measures 9.57 x 6.63 x 0.31 and weighs only 1.12 pounds. It’s thinner and lighter than its predecessor and it’s meant to offer easier experience while holding it. On the top side, you will find the Volume rocker and Power button alongside the microSD slot and iR-emiter that supports remote controls.
Its bright display is the first thing you will notice on this tablet. It hasn’t been changed when compared to the previous version and you’ll get a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution on this TFT display. It has good viewing angles and to be honest, it doesn’t look bad. However, for $400 there are great other devices that will offer you crystal clear 2,590 x 1,600 pixel resolution display.
Hardware, Performance and OS
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor chip alongside PowerVR GPU and 1GB of RAM. It performed quite well giving respectful results on couple of benchmark tests. It crushed on Antutu overall benchmark system test but it passed the Geekbehcn with an 1147 score. Gaming results were average struggling to give fast load times and frame rates.
In a battery drain test which includes looping video with the maximum level of brightness and Wi-Fi enabled, this tablet lasted poor 4 hours and 45 minutes. What’s even worse, when the tablet’s battery reached 5% it deemed the display to a hardly visible level. Some other tablets that have same price tag gave really better results while performing on the same tests.
This tablet includes a 3.2-mpix main rear camera along with a 1.2-mpix front-facing camera. My experience with the tablet’s camera didn’t go quite well. I saw really bad pictures produced by this tablet. The pictures were lacking crispness and the colors were awful.
It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the special TouchWiz final touch by Samsung. It got some of the Galaxy S4’s features like Smart Stay, using the front-facing camera, and Multi Window, letting you runs 2 applications at the same time.
First of all, there are dozens of other tablets that will prove much useful than this Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. While testing it, I’ve got a felling that Samsung developed it in order to update its Tab line, rather than to make it ground breaking. It’s not an old tablet but it certainly feels that way. Counting the pros and cons of this tablet, we’ve concluded that the situation could have been much better, if its price wasn’t that high.
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