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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 review

Standing still means moving back in the 7-inch tablet race

The Google Play Store has really stretched its legs in recent times, offering a selection of apps that rivals Apple's iOS App Store and a browsing experience that is, for our money, a darned sight better.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 review

Pretty much all of the biggest apps are here. Instagram, Vine, Flipboard, Instapaper, Pocket - all major applications that are now available for Android. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 handles them all adequately.

What's more, the sheer number of apps on the Google Play Store - one million and counting - means that if an app is missing, or you don't particularly like a certain app, there's likely to be several alternatives to select from.

One lingering flaw with the Google Play Store is a relative lack of tablet-specific apps. Most are simply the smartphone versions crudely upscaled for larger screens, although Google has partially addressed this with a dedicated 'Tablet 101' section for highlighting tablet-friendly apps on the Google Play Store

As it happens, this isn't so much of an issue for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. It's low-res 7-inch display simply isn't big or sharp enough to really take advantage of traditional tablet apps, so in a curious way it's an excellent front for the Google Play Store.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 0 review

As with its media offerings, Samsung includes its own app store, Samsung Apps. It shouldn't have bothered, as it lags behind the Google Play Store in every regards - intuitiveness, accessibility, design, range and price.

At least here the Google Play Store is given its own home screen icon by default.

In terms of Samsung's own stock app offerings, it's a relatively bare bones effort by the Korean manufacturer's usual 'everything and the kitchen sink' standards. Not that this is a bad thing.

Highlights include a pretty standard note-taking app called Memo, a group sharing app called Group Play that allows you to share documents and music in real time with other Samsung device owners, and a fairly decent calendar app called S Planner.

We should also give some due to Samsung's own Gallery app, which pulls out shared and locally stored images alike in a nice, concise, branching grid view. There's also a nice - if slightly pointless - 3D thumbnail presentation view, though as noted already this seemed to stretch the Galaxy Tab 3's limited hardware to breaking point.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 review

Google's excellent app service extends to gaming. While it's not quite up to iOS standards just yet, Android is home to a massive range of top quality games.

For example, you can't get such recent iOS mega-hits as Plants vs. Zombies 2, Worms 3 or Kingdom Rush: Frontiers on Android at the time of writing, you do get such left-field critical hits as A Ride into the Mountains, Rymdkapsel and Sine Mora. A clear sign of progression.

Given our criticism of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0's technical clout - or lack thereof - we're pleasantly surprised to report that it handles games quite well. As well as the aforementioned Rayman Jungle Run, we also ran Real Racing 3 without too much of a hitch.

That's the best of 2D and 3D respectively, both running smoothly on the Galaxy Tab 3. Of course, a large part of that has to be down to that low-res screen. The device's humble processor has far fewer pixels to push around the screen than the likes of the Nexus 7 range, so it doesn't need as much power to run at a decent rate.

You'll be able to run the latest games on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, then, but they won't look as good as they could do.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab 3
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height111.1 mm
Width188 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelSM-T210
Product NameGalaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi)
Product LineGalaxy Tab 3
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-T2100ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationIt's a whole new world with the GALAXY Tab 3 at your fingertips. Slimmer, narrower and with a thinner bezel, this new and improved Tab offers incredible grip for easy handling on the go. It's lighter, too, even though it doesn't skimp on performance. In fact, the Tab features a powerful Dual Core processor, dual cameras. You'll also enjoy more apps from Samsung and Google, and free 50 GB worth of Dropbox Storage. It just doesn't get any better than that!

Slimmer for a Comfortable Fit in the Hand
You will feel secure when grasping the GALAXY Tab 3 in your palm. Slimmer and narrower, the new GALAXY TAB 3 is a better fit, while the thinner bezel ensures you have more screen to touch and operate to your advantage. Lighter to boot, the new GALAXY Tab 3 puts your comfort at the forefront.

Useful Device with Up-to-date Technology
This Tablet doesn't shy away from power. Equipped with a 1.2GHZ Dual Core Processor, it can handle just about anything you ask it to do - smoothly, quickly and expertly. Enjoy the convenience of two cameras (3 MP/1.3 MP) for video chatting, taking shots of others or even perfectly-framed photos of yourself. Web browsing has never been easier, quicker or more reliable with the Channel Bonding connections. Surf away and enjoy fast and easy data transfers.

Absolutely unlimited entertainment
Video Hub is your personal video store concierge -- 1.000+ titles and counting -- with virtually no wait time during progressive downloads so that you can enjoy video contents right away. Forget lugging around stacks of books, For your best convenience and satisfaction, Music Hub provides a full music store loaded with your favorite tunes. Game Hub, your go-to source for premium and multi-player games, lets you jump into action any time, wherever you are.

Dropbox - 50GB free
Enjoy 50 GB worth of free Dropbox storage for 2 years. This enables storage of all files that are accessible directly on your mobile and anywhere else there is an internet connection.

More voice & messaging options
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Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi)
  • AC Adapter