Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-Inch, White)



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  1. Daisy S "Daisy S" says:
    397 of 426 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Detailed Review Of The Features of Tab 3 8.0 Tablet, July 9, 2013
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    Daisy S “Daisy S” (Hot Springs, AR) –
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    This tablet I have found to be superb and after owning several tablets in the past few years, this one is one of the best in my opinion. My goal here is to give you everyday and practical uses regarding this Tab 3 8.0 WiFi model. For everyday functions, I have found it to be excellent for everyday basic computer functions at home and on the road. Being thin and lightweight, it is much easier to travel with than my heavy laptop. Since I have used the Tab 2 line and very much enjoyed it, I was happy to see that the Tab 3 8.0 has 16GB Internal Storage for apps vs. just 8GB storage in the Tab 3 7.0 – so worth the extra amount in price. The superb improvements in this Tab 3 8.0 over the older Tab 2 7.0 are just fantastic with more internal RAM Memory and more internal storage (double) and this is just a couple of improvements as there are MANY improvements in the Tab 3 8.0 that has truly has given this tablet that WOW Factor.

    PROS:

    – Overall Speed, Performance, and Android OS:
    The processor has a faster 1.5 GHz processor, which I find much faster than my Tab 2 models. The memory is 1.5 GB Ram, and I could tell the superb performance right away. And the fact that this has 16GB Internal memory vs 8GB Internal memory on the Tab 2 7.0 (and also on Tab 3 7.0), is quite a difference because the installed apps go to the Internal memory, this means you can add more apps without worrying about running out of space.
    The Android OS is 4.2 and inside it has Samsung TouchWiz overlay which is beautiful and user friendly. In fact, if you have used a Samsung Galaxy device as S2, S3, S4 or other Galaxy type, you will love the OS and the Samsung TouchWiz interface on this. Perhaps you have never used Android OS or even a Samsung device? No worries, as this tablet is easy to learn in my opinion.

    – SCREEN SIZE IS JUST RIGHT SIZE – VERY CLEAR/SHARP SCREEN FOR READING eBooks or VIEWING WEBPAGES. (Screen in my opinion is large and has superb clarity/clearness for reading eBooks and webpages as the print is so readable as I find it VERY CLEAR/VIVID. This is a great in-between size tablet to use. And I found that the screen was large enough to read webpages easily or watch videos. The screen has a PPI (pixels per inch) of 189, which renders a crisp and clear screen. **There is a new selection under Settings and Display, under Font, an option to Increase legibility of fonts. I check marked this and noticed that the fonts/letters on the screen, internet and more are very crystal clear. Also, there is in Settings/Display – Screen Mode, with choices of Dynamic, Standard and Movie. And I selected Dynamic and found that the colors are super vivid and very colorful.

    – EXTERNAL SLOT FOR MICRO SD CARD – You can add a 64gb SD card for personal files, this is an upgrade from the 32gb in the Tab 2 line. For me, I placed a 32g in mine for music, files etc. Note that this was one of the deciding factors that sold me on this tablet. *Keep in mind where External SD cards are concerned: They are JUST for your personal files: music, videos, photos, and other files. When you install apps from the Playstore or other sources, they store either in INTERNAL SD Card area or the main internal area. This is the law of the land where Android is concerned and ALL newer Android devices (including Samsung) work this way where storing your downloaded apps are concerned.

    – WiFi Connecting/Speed of WiFi – Setting up WiFi and keeping a great signal and long distance WiFi strong signal is one superb feature on this tablet. So I compared the signal strength with the Tab 3 vs my regular Android phone. The Tab 3 had about 35% stronger signal then the phone. I believe it is because there is a very strong WiFi receiver in this tablet. At home or on the road, I am able to connect to many free WiFi hotspots very easily with great signal strength.

    – Internet/Watching Online Flash Videos: After I installed Adobe Archived Flash I can watch internet (flash) videos directly (including Amazon videos) directly from STOCK BROWSER. Because this is archived flash it does take a little longer to load flash videos. If you need instructions on how to do this, please ask in the comments and I will answer this or any questions.
    *Viewing of webpages in browsers on this tablet: Reading/viewing a webpage is OUTSTANDING using this tablet as the fonts, pictures and videos are very crisp and clear as well as the colors are very vivid.
    *There is a free app in Playstore called KeepScreen so you can watch an entire movie or long video without the tablet timing out (black screen). Ask in comments for more information…

    – Reading/Creating/Editing Word, Excel, Text Files and much more on this tablet: This comes with a OK app for reading Office documents, however, I prefer Kingsoft Office which is a free app from Playstore. It is the best I have ever tried and I am very picky about so called Office…

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  2. 257 of 283 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I ditched my iPad Mini for a Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and couldn’t be happier!, July 7, 2013
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    Moar Cores (USA) –
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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-Inch, White) (Personal Computers)

    So it’s been three days since I got my Galaxy Tab 3 8″ (my brother is a manager at BestBuy so I got it early if you are wondering) and before I start my review, I just want to say that I used to own an iPhone 5 but ditched it for a Galaxy S4 and now I’m ditching my iPad Mini for a Galaxy Tab 3 8″. I’ve literally had enough of Apple products and will not be buying their products any longer. I have become an Android fanboy and literally love all the products that Samsung makes.

    The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has the same look and feel as the Galaxy S4 but it’s just bigger which I have no problems with. My brand new Galaxy Tab 3 8″ makes my iPad Mini look like a joke in everything that I have tested so far, from battery life, web browsing to 3D games etc. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 comes with the latest version of Android which is Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and it is liquid smooth. I haven’t experienced a single slow down so far and everything seems to open very quickly. It also has a very fast CPU (Mali 400) that runs at 1.5Ghz and handles 3D games like a champ. I have listed some things below that I love about the Tab 3 8.0.

    These are some of the things that I love about the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0:

    Pros:

    +Build Quality / Design:

    If you are familiar with Samsung’s devices and have no problems with their glossy plastic design, then you will love the design of Tab 3 8.0 as well. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a nice thin bezel that’s thinner than its predecessor and also better looking as well. While my iPad mini was made of aluminum, Samsung continues to use the same glossy plastic with their devices and this isn’t a bad thing by any means because my Galaxy S4 is plastic as well and I absolutely love it. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is a bit taller than my iPad Mini but also a bit narrower and both of them are extremely light, around 310g.

    +Web Browsing:

    The web browsing experience is awesome on the Tab 3 8.0, everything looks sharp and loads quickly. I’m not using the stock browsing app because it lacks many features that I use on a daily basis but instead, I’m using Chrome and Dolphin Browser. I’m also not using the stock Samsung keyboard because it doesn’t have the swipe feature that I use quite a lot so I downloaded the official Google keyboard from the Play Store and I love it. I highly recommend you guys try the official Google Keyboard if you want a clean and slick keyboard that’s not cluttered with a lot of useless stuff.

    +Screen/Display:

    The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is the perfect size for me because tablets that are usually 7 inches are too small (I have large hands btw) and tablets that are over 9 inches are sort of big and this makes the Tab 3 8.0 the sweet spot for me. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a nice 8 inches screen that makes everything looks sharp with vivid colors when watching HD videos or playing games. The colors and viewing angles are fantastic, I have absolutely no complaints. The screen resolution and ppi is also much higher on the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (1280×800, 189ppi) than the iPad mini (1024×768, 162ppi) so this makes everything look sharper on the Tab 3 8.0. The iPad Mini has an aspect ratio of 4:3 while my Tab 3 8.0 has an aspect ratio of 16:10.

    +Android OS:

    It ships with the most up to date version of Android, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) which is the fastest Android version yet. Everything is liquid smooth, from web browsing, watching HD videos, recording videos and playing intensive 3D games. Samsung has added many new features to TouchWiz which is great but I’m not really a fan of TouchWiz. I usually just disable all the things that I don’t use to improve the performance of the tablet and the battery life. I just wish Google would force all these manufactures to use stock Android OS instead of coming with pre-installed bloatware and whatnot that slows the tablet down and kills the battery life.

    +Camera:

    The rear camera on the Tab 3 8.0 is 5MP (2592×1944 pixels) and the front camera is 1.3MP. It can only take 720p videos which is more than acceptable for me but it would have been better if it had an 8MP camera and took 1080p videos. My iPad mini was able to take 1080p videos @30fps and I just wish I had that option with the Tab 3 8.0. There’s nothing wrong with 720p and 5MP camera because it takes great pictures and videos and this is not really a deal breaker for me.

    +Battery:

    The battery on the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is 4450 mAh which is more than enough to last a full day (brightness turned down a bit) with a single charge if you watch YouTube videos, web browsing, picture taking or even watch HD movies for that matter. I can get through the day with a single charge and still have 10% left at the end of the day. My brightness is currently set at 40% and it’s perfectly visible both indoors and outdoors. The battery life is one of the most important aspects when…

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  3. 123 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The BEST of Galaxy Tab 3 series., July 7, 2013
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    rpv (California) –
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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-Inch, White) (Personal Computers)

    There are too many tablets these days, right?! Samsung’s third generation of Galaxy Tab series is highly anticipated and for this price point phenomenal. I have been using Galaxy Tab 2 and I will compare and contrast here. I played around with review units of all sizes and I have since returned them. My reviews are unbiased and neutral! 7 and 8″ are ideal for plane trips, long journeys. I had used a 7″ Tablet on a long journey to listen to songs and read epub books (Aldiko) and it was a very pleasant experience. 7″ form factor is lightweight, compact and great. If you are a bit experienced and can afford it, I recommend the 8″. Samsung has made 8″ and 7″ almost same weight. In my opinion 8″ is the maximum value for the money and features and hence I gave 8″ a 5 star. I am personally getting the 8″ version. I gave 7″ a 4 star (but no means undermining it). I gave the 10″ also a 4 star because of some strange feature `limitations’.

    Samsung has introduced 7″, 8″ and 10.1″ of the Tab 3 series. They are entering all form factors. As I know they have something in 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10″ lines. Woo.. All of the 7, 8, 10″ Galaxy Tabs come in white and golden brown color. My preference is white color. Looks pretty!

    Let’s start off with salient points of all of the Galaxy Tab 3 series. In previous version of Tab 2, there was simply no 8″ form factor. So I will compare with Note 8 later.

    7-inch tablet: 1024 x 600, Marvell dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage or ROM, a microSD card slot (upto 64 GB), Camera: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 10.58 ounces (300 grams). Android 4.1.2

    8-inch model: 1280 x 800, Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB ram, 16GB of built-in storage (ROM), a microSD slot (upto 64 GB, 5MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and 10.9 ounce (309 grams) Android 4.2.

    10.1-inch model: 1280 x 800, Intel Atom 1.6GHz Z2560 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 16GB built-in storage (ROM), a microSD slot, 3.2MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing and weighs 17.99 oz (510 grams). Android 4.2

    I am not going into other details like accelerometer etc as they are all standard these days, Audio support – AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, WMA/ASF, 3GA/M4A, FLAC, WAV; MP3/MP4/Music Tones; Music Player; Ringtones, Polyphonic. Video support: AVI/DIVX, WMV/ASF, FLV, MKV, MP4/3GP, WEBM; Video Player; Video Streaming. Software is current of release date, and it is expected could be upgraded as next version Android 5 Key Lime Pie. (Currently targeted for Oct 2013). Key Lime Pie’s one of the main touting points is compatibility to avoid fragmentation, so I can foresee, all of these models being able to upgrade if Google keeps their promise.

    The 8″ has a physical home button so are others in the series. Also has capacitive Back and Menu buttons. 64 GB SD card is awesome! With prices plummeting for 64 GB cards, it is a great boon. Put all your music, books, photos on the SD card and you have a powerful computer in hand always! I personally use the 64 GB microSD card on my mobile devices. Get this mobileUltra (SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Class 6 Memory Card with SD Adapter – Retail Packaging.

    Best thing about Tab 3 8.0 is how holdable it is. It’s narrower than the Galaxy Note 8.0. But in every other way, including lightness, comfortable curves, and screen brightness, it feels the same. There is a $100 prices difference between Tab 3 7″ and Tab 3 8″. If that matters get a Tab 3 7in. Otherwise 8″ is more portable and lightweight compared to 10″. The Galaxy Note 2 as well as iPad Mini are same form factors as this one. There are other reasons to pick the 8-incher over the 7.0. The larger Tab 3 gets Android 4.2 instead of 4.1, 1280 x 800 resolution, twice as much (16GB) internal storage, and 1.5GB of RAM.

    The comparison with 8″ Note are: Note 8 is slightly heavier 338 grams compared to 309 grams of Tab 8. Each gram matters for long holding. From CPU processor perspective, Note has a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 Versus dual-core 1.5 GHz of Tab 2 8″. Resolution same on both 1280 x 800 pixels, 8.0 inches (~189 ppi pixel density). The Tab has – Dolby Surround sound enhancement, it does sound good! The Note has no such mention and I am sure does not have dolby enhancement. Note 8 has 2 GB RAM compared to 1.5 GB here. Both have Bluetooth 4.0″ and have USB Host capability. USB Host is one of the most under noticed features of Androids and is in my opinion one of the best features compared to iPad lines. What this means you get a USB Host cable also otherwise called OTG (On the Go) cables and plug in your USB thumb drive or other USB devices and the device recognizes it. I have used it with Alfa AWUS036H for a wireless project with Android PCAP Capture from reputable Kismet…

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