The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211 is a 7.0-inch device and the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. The Tab 2 was a successful device as it offered the best of both worlds — tablet and smartphone. The Tab 3 stays true to its predecessor with the biggest difference being that the Tab 3 is quite slim measuring a mere 9.9mm in thickness. The design of the tablet is standard Samsung where you have the physical home button below the display and the menu and back buttons on either side. The SIM card slot and microSD card slot are secure under a flap on one side of the tablet.
If you are one who has used a Samsung smartphone or tablet in the past, you will feel right at home with the UI. The Android OS is overlaid with the TouchWiz UI. The tablet comes preloaded with a bunch of Samsung specific apps. You do have access to the Samsung App store in addition to the Google Play store on the tablet though.
From the lock screen you have shortcut access to five apps — phone, messaging, browser, camera and Google Now. The tablet compromises on features such as Multi-Window apps, which are missed and Smart Stay, which aren’t. You can, however, watch videos in a smaller window while running other apps on the tablet.
Samsung has also introduced My Services with the Tab 3. My Services offers users services such as My Education, My Offers, My Games, My Music, My Movies and My Education.
For its day-to-day use we found the Tab 3 showcased a very responsive touchscreen. The interface is also smooth and responsive. Browsing the Internet, playing games, and generally anything to do with navigating the interface and using the touchscreen is a good experience.
The display on the tablet has good viewing angles. Watching videos is a treat on the Tab 3 and the tablet played all the video files we threw at it. Graphically heavy games were met with some lag and there were some levels in Angry Birds Star Wars as well that stuttered when the action got too intense on screen.
If you are in the market to pick a tablet with the ability to make calls, then you can consider picking up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. If calling capability isn’t a priority, you can consider picking up the Nexus 7.
>> Good video playback capabilities
>> Many pre-loaded apps and services
>> Responsive touchscreen
>> Underwhelming performance
>> Plasticky build
>> Too big to be your primary phone
Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core
Display: 7.0-inch (1024 x 600 pixels)
Storage: 8GB built-in storage (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card)
OS: Android 4.1
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Camera: 3MP rear camera & 1.3MP video call camera
Price: Rs 17,650