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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 review

Andrew Williams



Our Score



  • Good video support


  • Poor value
  • Low-res screen
  • Mediocre performance for price
  • Rubbish camera

Review Price £179.99

Key Features: Dual-core 1GHz Marvell CPU; 1GB RAM; 7-inch 1,024 x 600 pixel screen

Manufacturer: Samsung

What is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0?

It’s becoming clear that people love smaller tablets. The Google Nexus 7 and iPad mini are fantastic success stories, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is Samsung’s latest attempt to capitalise on this popularity. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a 7-inch screen tablet with a budget price of £179, which makes it slightly less than the £200 new Nexus 7 2 but more than the £130 Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: Design

Typical of the Galaxy series phones and tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s casing is plastic. It’s shiny, glossy plastic just like rear of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3.

Unlike Samsung’s phones, though, the rear of the tablet is not removable. This helps to ensure the back doesn’t feel too flimsy. However, there are a few light creaks you can squeeze out if you put pressure on the wrong part of the casing.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is also significantly chunkier than the 2013 Nexus 7, at 10mm thick. However, this gives it a pleasant heft that’s thankfully not accompanied by the same heft in weight. The tablet weighs just over 300g making it – like most 7-inch tablets – light enough to use one-handed.

Some will accuse the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 of feeling a little toy-like. But once you’ve made peace with Samsung’s questionable tablet design style, this feels like a well-made device for something that is – let’s not forget – an entry-level device.

It has a memory card slot, hidden under a plastic flap on the left edge of the tablet. You get 8GB of internal storage as standard, so the card slot is really a necessary addition. Only around half of the internal memory is actually available for you to play with.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: Screen

As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a 7-inch screen. In one respect it’s pretty good – viewing angles are solid – but in most other respects it is poor.

Resolution is very low. It’s a 1,024 x 600 pixel display, with pixel density of 169ppi. That’s far, far lower than the new Nexus 7’s 323ppi.

It’s also lower than the 1,280 x 800 pixel density of the first Nexus 7 and the cheaper Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD. To really show up how poor the screen resolution of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is – it’s the same resolution as the original Galaxy Tab that was released three years ago.

Given the amount of tech development that has happened over the last three years, continuing to use such a low resolution in 2013 is borderline unacceptable. There’s obvious pixellation, no matter what you’re doing.Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 2

You might accuse us of wilfully forgetting the iPad mini, whose first model has the same pixel density as this tablet. But that tablet’s display is of a higher quality, and its larger screen tends to encourage you to hold it further away. Plus we complain about the iPad mini’s limited resolution pretty regularly.

Aside from screen resolution, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s display is let down by its colours, which are not particularly accurate. If you’ve used a decent tablet from the last year, this tablet’s display appears immediately deficient. The one saving grace is that it doesn’t have the drastic contrast shift of older budget tablets.

Pure display quality doesn’t see the end of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s screen problems, either. The panel’s response times are mediocre, resulting in clear ‘trails’ when flicking between home screens or watching high-contrast, high-action content.

And, one of the most serious real-life problems, the tablet’s auto brightness setting is glitchy. At times it sets the screen very dark, to the extent that we can only assume it’s a bug that’ll – fingers crossed – be ironed out with a firmware update. Use manual brightness control and the top brightness is actually pretty good.

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August 22, 2013, 12:34 am

You guys are my heros, Finally someone gets it! This thing sucks. 8GB storage? that's nothing for apps! even 16GB is cutting it close. I get that it has expandable storage but thats only good for music and vids no apps. And a x2 Core Processor? No thanks. I wish Asus would start making more phones so we can stop this Samsung nonsense. Sorry just annoyed with them tired of seeing them.

Cosmo Kramer

August 27, 2013, 4:12 pm

It seems strange that they'd not make any improvements with this over the 7" Galaxy Tab 2 (released early 2012). The specs appear to be nearly identical.


August 29, 2013, 11:05 pm

i'm thinking about buying this, mostly to take notes use 30 apps and watch movies and stuff. do you think i should get it?


September 6, 2013, 1:29 pm

Just got one yesterday for 170 plus tax. I own a note 2 so I thought this tablets gotta be like a bigger version of my phone. However I was soo disappointed. The resolution of the screen is horrible, very obvious pixels. The tablet is sooooo slow and laggy, after using it, makes my note 2 look like flash. The device looks cheap. Also, in my opinion I don't really like the big white border around the screen, makes it look like a cheap toy. Yes 200 dollars for a tablet is cheap, and what do you expect from that price you're getting. But no, I would not recommend buying it. Why not spend a little bit more for something better.

Gangadhar Chabuksavar

September 21, 2013, 9:36 am

its hanging what should I do now reply any one plzzzzzzzzz

Gangadhar Chabuksavar

September 21, 2013, 9:41 am

my Samsung tab 3 is hanging what should I do any one help me

Gangadhar Chabuksavar

September 21, 2013, 9:42 am

outher wise its good exept Hanging


October 1, 2013, 1:38 am

Reset it, sell it and get a Nexus 7 or a iPad Mini.


October 3, 2013, 9:24 am

don't buy this tab 3 ,,always hang and struck with apps.better buy another Samsung product


October 3, 2013, 7:54 pm

hello my tab 3 7 inch hanging for about 2 or 3 hours and didnt respond for any action(even on/off) also i can sense that it is very hot.if any one can answer me i will be thanks

last man

October 12, 2013, 12:59 pm

hold on home button + volume down + power button until your tab switched off. than turn on it back. if u let to hanging for hours it will drain your.


October 12, 2013, 9:34 pm

It good but probm big hand set

Carl Blance

October 18, 2013, 11:58 am

Hold off on buying it, playing videos on Facebook do not play, Youtube they cut out and re start. Also the processor aint even that great. I'm very tempted in returning mine as it isn't worth the price at the moment


October 22, 2013, 4:15 pm

Reviews don't sound very good but I've heard of a special offer for $50 for a 16g, is it worth it for that? (It would be my first tablet).

mon hill

October 22, 2013, 4:39 pm

i got mines for $50 bucks out the store...i think its the best deal out there for $50.

Jones Johnson

October 23, 2013, 6:29 am

I got one today for 25 bucks by trading in an old piece of shit tablet of theirs, and its only 5 bucks a month for wifi so i think its def worth it, i love it so far


October 23, 2013, 7:11 pm

Well said Last man. Sorry I didn't get your question ahmed


October 30, 2013, 8:56 pm

What do you mean "YouTube they cut out?"

Carl Blance

October 31, 2013, 7:32 am

You pick what your gonna watch etc you press play... it would play a bit for like a minute, and then it will freeze and crash the program... I ended up getting an galaxy S4 causes the galaxy Tabs aint worth the price if it does that. (Everything was fully updated running off WiFi)


November 4, 2013, 10:47 pm

Press the on and off button together with the sounds button for atleast 5seconds its will restart ,thats my prob too


November 4, 2013, 10:47 pm

Press the two button on the side for a liittle longer it will restart thats my prob too


November 14, 2013, 10:10 am

try take out the battery for a vew second and then put the battery again ...is usually help....


November 14, 2013, 10:13 am

try to take out the battery after a vew minute put it again.will solfed the problem


November 14, 2013, 7:32 pm

how do I download bbm on my tab3?


November 17, 2013, 8:31 pm

i got on yesterday(samsung galaxy tab3 7.0' and it was fine but i think i may have over charged it as it says 'discharging' it would have only been maximum about half hour i think i've tried googleing but i cant find anything, it will still charge if i plug it in and i don't get an 'x' on the battery when i plug it in, anybody know?

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