New Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

samsung_galaxy_tab_3_3g-580x470[1]The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0  came out in mid-2013, and by the time the calendar ticked over to 2014 it had been reviewed by pretty much everyone. At this point you would think that there's nothing left to say about this tablet, but you would be wrong.

This tablet initially launched with a $179 price tag, but when I laid my hands on it early January 2013 Best Buy was selling it for $139. That is a significant price drop, which means that the tablet is competing in a different market segment and thus should be held to a different standard.

Like the Nook HD+ I reviewed a few weeks ago, the older reviews of the Galaxy Tab 3 don't reflect the current market realities. Where some reviewers criticized the Galaxy Tab 3 as being a marginal or disappointing mid-priced tablet, the standards for a budget tablet are much lower.

But not that much lower.

Now that I have had this tablet for a week I find that I have to agree with most of the early reviews. This is a distinctly underwhelming tablet that does not compare well to other similarly priced tablets - like the Kindle Fire HD (2013) or the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has a few points in its favor (size, weight, battery life) but its performance could best be summed up as flaky and underpowered.

Read on for the full review.

P.S. My next review will look at the Kobo Arc 7, and after that I expect to get my hands on a kid's tablet (XO or Polaroid, hopefully).

About Nate Hoffelder (11466 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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