With the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Samsung has delivered below-par build quality, poor performance and an unattractive plasticky instance and then slapped on a cost tag that means it costs more than an iPad Mini. It’s hard to find whatsoever reason to recommend this particular Tab.
Excellent bombardment life
Unjustified high price
Samsung hasn’t been agape to endeavour different sizes of Milky way Tab with 7.9-inch and 8.9-inch Tabs both figuring in the last few years. However, it has now introduced the Samsung Galaxy Tab three eight.0, the golden child of the Galaxy Tab range.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 has undoubtedly been given the most love in this trio of third-gen slates, and it’southward the sleekest and best looking of the Tab 3 range, putting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 seven.0’south bloated build to shame.
It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is of form daubed with Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface that’s get synonymous with the Milky way make.
With the battleground of the 10-inch tablet largely abandoned to Apple – bated from the splendid Sony Xperia Tablet Z – things take got extremely competitive in the 7 and 8-inch range. While Apple is still stiff here with the iPad mini, the lack of a Retina brandish and high toll-tag means in that location’s an opportunity to brand an impression.
Samsung has decimated the size of the bezels to make a considerable saving in bulk over the equivalently sized Note eight.0. It’s impressive how different two eight-inch devices can be, and while it’s incommunicable to hold the Note viii.0 without gripping the bezel, we had no problem wrapping our manus around the Tab 3 8.0 and holding information technology in i hand.
The Galaxy Note three eight.0 also falls short in terms of build quality. HTC has shown that you can use quality materials and keep prices down, but it seems Samsung still hasn’t got the message.
While many of the software innovations have followed on from the Galaxy S4, and so has the plasticky blueprint on the back. It’s perplexing why Samsung has decided to blindly use this material once more when build quality is the biggest bugbear of the Milky way range.
Over again, the new Nexus 7 wins out here once again. While it’s however made of plastic, it feels more solid than the Tab 3 range, and scores a secondary dial by weighing in 50g lighter.
We could excuse the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0’s plasticky build if it was saving a dramatic amount of weight, but this simply isn’t the example. The Tab 3 tipped the scales at exactly the same weight as the iPad mini, but given the latter has a discernibly superior build, this isn’t actually a victory.
Google has made its play with the new Nexus 7 (2013) which is available for £199/$229 (around AU$240), and Samsung’south 7-inch tablet can exist picked up for £179/$179 (around AU$190). However, the Galaxy Tab 3 eight.0 is available for a whopping £280/$279 (around AU$295), – more than the iPad Mini.
Then tin this all-new Galaxy Tab 3 score a direct hit on the iPad? Could this be the tablet to capture our imaginations and exercise for tablets what the Samsung Galaxy S2 did for phones? Or will it be another lacklustre slate with no 18-carat reason to fork out?