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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Review – A Little Tablet That Packs A Punch

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Samsung has, yet again, boggled their customers with their weird pricing choices and tablet sizes.

Coming in at a relatively small 8-inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will be hitting your wallet for a whopping $300. With current market sizes and prices, this is fairly expensive for such a small screen size. But, how does it stack up against its competitors?

Price: $300.00

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Display: Type 8 in
  • Display Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Operating System:  Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Processor Clock Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Flash Memory: 16 GB
  • RAM: 1.5 GB
  • Features: Front camera, Rear camera, Expandable memory
  • Weight: 314 g

The Good Stuff:

Light and Comfortable – The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has smooth rounded edges and a very light overall weight that make it easy and comfortable to use. Even when equipped with one of the myriad of cases that are made for this model, it is still exceptionally light and easy to hold.

Tons of Useful Features – The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 ships to stores with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and includes Samsung’s TouchWiz UI skin. The most useful feature of all, though, is the easily accessible shortcut tray that lets the user shut down certain features like Smart Stay, Multi Window, and Screen Mirroring. The tab’s multi-window feature allows for two select apps to run simultaneously onscreen which is great for watching Netflix and browsing Facebook, or any other combination of apps that strikes your fancy.

Bright, Colorful Screen – Despite its small size, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is exceptionally well lit and easy to see. Even though users are only dealing with 8-inches of screen real estate, Samsung has made excellent use of the small space and everything that appears there is easy to navigate and fun to look at.

The Bad Stuff:

High Price Point: $300.00 is a lot of money to pay for any small tablet. In fact, every other major small tablet under 8-inches is available to purchase for $269 or less. For just $100 more, you could purchase an iPad Mini that boasts an exponentially better OS, or you could even buy a gorgeous Nook HD +. No matter how you spin it, $300 is way too much to pay for a tablet of this caliber.

Shoddy Features – In short, some of the features, particularly Smart Stay and Watch On, do not function as they should. This is particularly surprising, since these features are touted as signature features of Samsung’s. Sure, you can turn them off, but why pay this exorbitant amount of money for features that just are not great?  That’s right, you probably shouldn’t.

The Bottom Line:

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is a fantastic little tablet that packs a lot of power and awesome features, it is simply not worth the amount of money you would be paying for it. Jelly Bean runs great on this particular model and the screen use and coloration is beautiful, but some of the features simply do not function as they should. For $300, everything should be running like clockwork and this is simply not the case.

There are lots of other fully-functional tablets on the market that compare very well to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, without the ridiculous price tag and feature issues. If you don’t want to pay the extra for an iPad Mini, why not check out the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD, The Nook HD +? All of these are available for less than $300, and you get a lot more for your money!