Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 that is selling for $299 has received reviews of it being overpriced in the “small tablet” space – 7 to 9-inch screen sizes – since Apple’s iPad Mini is just $30 less but offers the most and best apps in the iOS ecosystem and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet although it just $100 more but is faster and has stylus pen support.
Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is powered by Samsung’s dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 processor, Mali 400 GPU, and 1.5GB RAM. It has 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera found on the Note 8.0. It runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean,” which gives it a giant boost in comparison on most tablets still running on 4.1.2.
This machine’s display is the same resolution as the previous generation Samsung Galaxy Tab but here works with IPS TFT LCD technology instead of PLS TFT. In short this means the Galaxy Tab 3 line matches the Samsung Galaxy S4 for brightness – not sharpness. Galaxy S4 works with a much sharper panel.
Other features include Smart Stay that keeps the screen on when the user is looking at it and Voice Commands for easily pausing videos or snoozing alarms. Its Multi Window multitasking support allows users to run two apps side by side in split screen mode, which does not support all apps.
Of the three new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 models, there is also a $400 Tab 3 10.1 or 10-inch version and a $200 7-inch version. It also has an easy-to-set-up remote control/TV guide component and microSD expandable storage.
While the 8-inch Tab 3 8.0 is $100 less than the nearly identical Note 8, CNET review said that it is still a pretty satisfying package at $300.