The very familiar Galaxy Note 8 of Samsung is soon timed to face its dusk moment, thanks to the new Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 that will replace the tablet of the same size, except some few additions and subtractions. Priced relatively hilariously at $300, this new 8-incher of Samsung is not cheap albeit it offers some new Galaxy features like Smart Stay and Group Play. With a plastic body, highly brilliant display, a sufficient amount of specs, and a mediocre camera, will you still be a fan of the new 8-incher of Samsung?
Starting with the form, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is actually thin and handy enough, courtesy of the smooth rounded corners and edges that do not feel cheap. Measuring 4.87×8.26×0.275inches, the Tab 3 is also light and silky enough at only 10.9ounces. The material is very apparently plastic, and I agree that sounds very cheap and unlikely for the said price. However, with the quality plastic used plus the refinement it brings to the overall look of the Tab 3, I’d say the 8-incher of Samsung isn’t that cheap-looking and -feeling at all.
When compared to the Galaxy Note 8, one vital difference between these two slates is the omission of the stylus—the S-pen—that was assumed to be very helpful. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 sports the same TouchWiz UI interface against the stock Android 4.2.2 look and function, but unless you have the pen, you will immediately find a kind of ‘practical difference’ in terms to using it. Nevertheless, the software features are all functional enough but at least to most apps; multi-window feature do not really work all the time as expected for extra multi-tasking events.
The 8-inch display is noticeably bigger compared to the 7-incher equivalents. The resolution of 1280×800 with a pixel density of 189ppi should be a little bit better than that of the Apple iPad, but that still doesn’t match the big price it tags itself into. The brightness of the display is what makes it totally gorgeous, making colors pop and making texts very clear and legible even under direct sunlight. The touch functionality is decent enough as well, but I don’t know if it’s me or it’s the capacitive functionality here, but I think with a stylus, the touch will work better.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 gets all the same inputs and outputs found on most tablets of today, except that it also added a universal IR blaster that users can enjoy for tapping into the channels of their home televisions. There’s an app to help you do that along with extra offerings, though you need to get a Samsung account, which isn’t difficult at all. Subscriptions can also be managed within the same TV guide app, but you cannot really find all channels and subscriptions applicable to this slate. We’d love to see more inclusions to the list very soon.
Inside the slate comes a mediocre 1.5GHz dual-core processor plus 1GB of RAM. The Mali T400MP4 GPU is quite capable, but not too much to really give you a smoothie 60fps frame rate to big Android games. Then there’s the 5MP main camera that sadly has no flash with it, and I’d say the shots are more or less on the middle. On average use as well, the battery for this tab offers up to more than 6 hours which is already usable, but not the best as others are offering more than 8 hours of life.
Other specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 include a dual-band Wi-Fi (which is very easy to connect and is very reliable, before I forget), 1.3MP front camera, 16GB of expandable storage, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and no NFC. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is a tablet that can be easily forgotten in time, so you better watch out for better offerings in the near future.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Android Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,000.00
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