In the third generation of Galaxy Tab series by Samsung, there are primarily three screen sizes available: 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 inch. Most users will find 8.0 inch screen size to be perfect for tablets. This screen size is apt because it neither has a cramped look nor an enlarged one.

GalaxyTab3 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is the first of its kind tablet, as the second generation of Galaxy Tab series did not offer any tablet with an 8-inch size. This tablet has a 16M-color LCD capacitive touch screen with 800 X 1280 pixel resolution.  It runs on Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.   The device is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU and has 2GB of RAM.  There is an internal storage capacity of 16 or 32 GB and a microSD card slot for external memory is available. The tablet has a 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and face detection features. A 1.3 megapixel secondary front camera can be used for video calling. One can record video at 30fps with 720p HD quality.  Features like accelerometer, proximity sensor and gyroscope are available in the tablet. One can use dual band Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth for connectivity.

Tab 3 8.0 is cost effective, thinner and lighter version of Galaxy Note 8.0. It provides the same Galaxy Note 8.0 experience without the dual processors and S-Pen functionality. With a dual-core Exynos chipset, this gadget has a decent amount of power that creates a pleasant user experience. The best thing about this tablet is that it makes an eye pleasing impression with its thin bezels and a great screen to surface ratio. The dimensions of the tablet are 209.8 X 123.8 X 7.4 mm and it weighs around 314 grams. The width of the tablet has been drastically reduced which makes Tab 3 8.0 look more like a super-sized phone than a tablet. The navigation buttons are placed on the front panel below the display. The left side of the tablet houses a microSD slot.  Power/lock button, volume rocker and IR-port are placed on the right side of the device. The tablet poses an inconvenience in single hand operation and is best operated with two hands in either the landscape or portrait mode.  One will have to use the tablet with extra caution as the hyper glaze case is quite slippery.  This device is entirely made up of plastic material but it doesn’t look gibberish. It is lightweight and easy to move around with.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is a logical product in the widely spread tablet market.  .  Tab 3 is a midrange device with a peculiar mix of software version and industrial design.

The review is penned by experts at Reliance Digital.