Samsung, the most desirable brand, when it comes to tablet devices has come out to be the only successful Android rival against Apple iPads till now. Recently, the South Korean tech titian came up with a fair performing medium priced slate Galaxy Tab 3 T211. This 7-inch wonder might not be the best tablet available in the market, but it does have a long lasting battery life, enough for a student to execute day-to-day operations. this very tablet could have been better, if Samsung had worked upon reducing the weight, which is 308 grams. But of course, Samsung Tab 3 T211 is a remarkable multimedia device and it comes with built-in 3G connectivity plus voice-calling facility, making it a decent alternative to high end smartphones.
Design, Display and aesthetics
Samsung has its own take on the way a tablet should be made. So yes, there is a vast difference between Apple iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211. We're not opposing Samsung neither praising Apple. Nonetheless, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211 is too simple. It's very basic and clean looking tablet. We cannot ignore the fact that Galaxy Tab 3 T211 is targeted at student community. So keeping the design in mind, Samsung has done justice with the build quality. The bezel is now thinner, making it really light in weight at 306 grams. However, in reality, the device feels heavy and bulky. If you are into reading, then you would be disappointed to some extent.
Design, Display and aesthetics Samsung has its own take on the way a tablet should be made. So yes, there is a vast difference between Apple iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211. We're not opposing Samsung neither praising Apple. Nonetheless, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211 is too simple. It's very basic and clean looking tablet. We cannot ignore the fact that Galaxy Tab 3 T211 is targeted at student community. So keeping the design in mind, Samsung has done justice with the build quality. The bezel is now thinner, making it really light in weight at 306 grams.
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 mobile doesn’t shy away from power. Equipped with a 1.2 GHZ Dual Core Processor, it can handle just about anything you ask it to do – smoothly, quickly and expertly. Enjoy the convenience of two cameras (3MP/1.3MP) 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.
Total Multimedia Service
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.
Design, Display and OS
As far as the design is concerned it has got the same looks as the Galaxy Tab 2. The screen is 7 inches TFT with the same resolution as found on the Tab 2 i.e. 1024×600 pixels. The viewing angle is good with vivid colors. The touch is smooth and responsive. There is light, proximity, accelerometer and magnetic sensors. Weight is 313 grams and with 10.43 thickness.
There are 3 buttons on the front facing bottom, the center physical button and two touch sensitive buttons on either side. The buttons do not lit up in the dark. The specs are nearly similar to the Galaxy Tab 2 but the hardware is different on the Tab 3.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 box pack
There is micro SD and micro SIM slot on the left side and on the right you will find the power button and volume rockers. The 3.5mm audio jack is on the top side and at the bottom there is the micro USB port along with dual speakers. The built quality is very good. The tab runs on Android 4.1
Memory and Storage
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Of the 1GB RAM the free space is 485MB and of the 8GB internal storage you get around 5GB free. There is micro SD card slot that can add up to 32GB external storage, however you cannot move / install apps on external storage. OTG is also not supported.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211 review
The Tab 3 comes with 1.2GHz dual core processor Cortex A9 coupled with Vivante Corporation GC1000 Core GPU. The GPU is better than the PowerVR SGX found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Quadrant Benchmark : 3611.
Antutu Benchmark : 10328.
Vellamo Benchmark : HTML5 – 1425, Metal – 472.
Nenamark2 : 51.8fps.
Multi Touch : 5 point.
The rear camera is 3.2MP fixed focus without LED flash support. The quality is good. The rear camera can also record HD videos. You can check the sample images and videos at the end of this review.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 3MP FF camera
Gaming and Entertainment
Though the Nova 3 game was listed in Google Play, I did not get the time to download (it’s 1.8GB), instead I tried the dead trigger game that did very well. You can play full HD videos with ease. Sound is loud and clear. The dual speakers does a pretty good job, however when playing games you might actually be blocking it.
The tab can be used as a phone. The phone dialer is with video call button. There is in call speaker or you can make use of Bluetooth to connect external devices. 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS (GLONASS) worked without any issues. GPS lock was pretty fast under 10 seconds.
The battery performance is very good, the 4000 mAh battery gives a talktime of up to 20 hours.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 review
If you are looking for a 7 inch tab with 3G this is the best one to go for. The price looks good and it makes sense going in for the tab 3 instead of the tab 2. The tab 2 however is available for a cheaper price, nevertheless also a good option. There is not much of a spec difference between the tab 2 and tab 3.
Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity
VOICE & DATA Device
850 / 900 / 1.800 / 1.900 MHz Support
850 / 900 / 1.900 / 2.100 MHz Support
802,11 a/b/g/n 2,4 + 5 GHz Support
Wi-Fi Direct available
A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, OPP, SPP, HID, PAN Support
KIES, KIES Air support
16 M colors Depth
7 inch Size Display
1.024 x 600 (WSVGA) Resolution
8 GB / 16 GB ROM + 1GB RAM (※ROM Option depends on Contries)
Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor Support
White / Gold Brown available
4.000 mAh Battery
Up to 7 h Internet Usage Time (3G)
Up to 8 h Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi)
Up to 7 h Video Playback Time
Up to 109 h Audio Playback Time
Up to 20 h Talk Time
Services and Applications
Samsung Apps available
Android Jelly Bean 4,1 OS
Dual Core Application Processor
1,2 GHz CPU Speed
1,3 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Front)
3 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Rear)
188 x 111,1 x 9,9 mm Dimension
304 g Weight
USB 2,0 support
3,5 mm Stereo Earjack available
MicroSD (up to 32 GB) External Memory Slot
Single SIM Support
Micro USB (5 V, 2 A) available
AGPS + GLONASS available
Audio and Video
Video Format: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, DivX
Full HD (1.080 p) Video Playback available
Vidoe Recording up to 30 fps
Audio Format: AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, AC-3, FLAC