Samsung was the first company who popularized 7-inch Android tablets. Dozens of companies followed suit and it eventually created a market for it. The market became so big that it even forced Apple to come out with the iPad Mini despite Steve Jobs’ earlier statements that the 10-inch form factor is the best for tablets. Samsung recently refreshed their Galaxy Tab line comprising of 3 sizes: 7, 8, and 10.1. We’ve been using the 7-inch WiFi only variant for more than a week now and we’d like to share with you our review.
Samsung is in no mood to invest much time and effort in its Galaxy Tab range of tablets. With the Note family getting the premium treatment, the new generation of Tabs would suffice with a mild facelift and a software upgrade.
That’s especially true at the bottom of the range, where the seven-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is getting ready to take over from its predecessor with the new S4 styling and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. That’s right, only the smallest tablet in the lineup didn’t get the latest OS version available. This may be partly due to the new Marvell chipset used.
Anyway, we’ll try to squeeze a couple of benchmarks in this preview to see whether the Marvell silicon is actually an upgrade or otherwise. Other than that, Samsung clearly decided to put an emphasis on the exterior, keeping most of the internals unchanged.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has the same screen resolution as its predecessor, WSVGA (600 x 1024), which is the lowest available on a tablet. OK, we don’t think WVGA tablets should count. The rear camera is a 3.15MP unit and the front camera resolution is up from VGA to 1.3MP. The Tab 3 devices are slow tofocus, dreadful in low-light, and produce generally noisy, low-quality images.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 runs a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a slight upgrade from the 1 GHz chip that the second generation packed. It’s paired with a full gig of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a card slot up to 32GB memory and a 4,000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 at a glance
- Form factor: Tablet
- Size: 110.9 x 187.9 x 99mm, 300g
- Display: 16M colors 7″ TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen of 1024 x 600 pixels (WSVGA) resolution
- OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- CPU: 1.2 GHz Marvell with PowerVR SGX540 graphics accelerator, 1GB of RAM
- Camera: 3 MP Autofocus camera with 720p video recording; 1.3MP front-facing fixed-focus camera
- Memory: 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot up to 32GB
- Connectivity: quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (900/1900/2100 MHz) UMTS with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 30-pin connector
- Battery: 4000mAh (Up to 7 hours of video playback)
- Extra features: Gyro sensor, accelerometer sensor for automatic UI rotation, ambient light sensor, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support
Thin and Light (easy hand grip & portability)
Quick settings and lock-screen options
Better Multimedia (1.2Ghz Dual Core from 1Ghz tab 2.0)
Better Camera (from 1.3mp cam of tab 2 to 3.15mp cam)
Affordable (9,450 php)
Still same Resolution
just one color (white)