Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 review

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

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Samsung evidently wants to funnel you towards its own video store offering with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, as evidenced by that Video Hub widget on one of the home screens.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 review

You'll need a Samsung account in order to access this Video Hub, and doing so also signs you up for Samsung's ChatON chat service. More important to this section, you also get a voucher code for a free movie download when you sign up, which makes it worthwhile signing up irrespective of the service.

It's unlikely you'll want to use the Video Hub much once you've claimed your free movie, however. It's a pretty extensive but also quite standard video rental and purchase service with availability and pricing that's pretty much equal to Google's own offering, which is included here as part of Android's Google Play Store.

The thing is, the Google Play Store is a much nicer service to look at and use. Google's software design is simply streets ahead of Samsung's.

Plus, if you've used an Android device before it's very likely that you'll already be signed up and invested in the Google ecosystem through apps or music purchases, so there's likely no need for any sign-up even if you've never rented a film from Google before.

So, it's a case of more needless duplication in order to push Samsung's own offerings. Take our advice and stick with Google here, as it's not just nicer to use, it will stand you in better stead for the future when one day you decide to purchase a non-Samsung device without giving up your entire video library.

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The video playback experience is fine and dandy, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 handling 720p and 1080p playback smoothly. Of course, with that 1024 x 600 resolution it can't truly do full justice to either, so you'll lose a lot of detail even if the source material is top notch.

As a standard definition video player, though, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 benefits from the company's typically strong and wide-ranging codec support. It handles H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV and DivX without a problem.


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When it comes to music on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, it's a similar story to video in that Samsung has replicated the functionality of Google Music with its own Music Hub. However, there's even less reason to go with Samsung's offering here.

Where the Samsung Music Hub is a simple, competitively priced by slightly charmless MP3 music store, Google Music is a boldly wide-ranging offering.

Here you can not only purchase tracks but upload your existing record collection into the cloud for safe storage and streaming to any Android device. You can also stream unlimited music in a Spotify-like subscription service, which is free for the first 30 days.

Again, all of this is tightly integrated with Google's existing media ecosystem, so signing up and purchasing music is effortless.

Sound quality on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is fine through a decent set of headphones. The speakers are pretty clear and loud, but as mentioned already there's not great separation between the two.


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Unusually, Samsung doesn't provide its Readers Hub by default on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, and nor does it appear to be available in the Samsung Apps store. But this doesn't really matter, as once again Google has a superior option pre-installed on the device.

Google Play Books and Google Play Magazines offers you all of the ebooks and magazines you could want through that familiar Google Play Store interface. It's pretty seamless.

Reading books on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is actually not too bad. Despite the Screen's sharpness issues it remains bright and clear, and the formatting of the Google Play Books reader ensures that text is of a decent size too.

We can see it being a little tiresome for those marathon reads, but we find that to be the case with tablets in general. You still can't beat a good dedicated ebook reader for such things, or, you know, a book.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab 3
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
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
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
Product ModelSM-T210
Product NameGalaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi)
Product LineGalaxy Tab 3
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-T2100ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Address
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
Engage in spur-of-the-moment, group video sessions with Google+ Hangouts, as easily as bumping into somebody on the street. ChatON connects your friends and acquaintances across devices and platforms in a more expressive, dynamic way with unique features like Group Chat, Multimedia Transmission, Buddy Interaction and more.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (Wi-Fi)
  • AC Adapter