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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 - Battery Life, Camera and Verdict

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams


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Review Price £179.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – Video, Music and Internal Speaker

Video is where the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a chance to win back a few points – Samsung normally puts more effort than just about any other tablet-maker into upping a tab’s video abilities. This tablet has a Samsung-made video player app that can handle just about any video type your throw its way, including the popular MKV format.

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HD video does show up the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s limited number of screen pixels, but it’s otherwise a great little video jukebox. With a new Nexus 7 you’d have to download a third-party app like MX Player to get anywhere near the video versatility on offer here. Still, people who care a lot about image quality will still prefer the Nexus.

Its internal speaker is similar to that of the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7. It's a stereo setup with a pair of speaker output grilles on the bottom edge of the tablet. Laid out close together like this, you don't get any sense of stereo, but the top volume is half-decent. It's largely unremarkable, but less of a failure than some of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0's other parts.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – Camera

The Tab 3 7.0 ticks a lot of feature boxes by including two cameras, but neither is any good. The main camera has a 3.2-megapixel sensor and a fixed focus. It also lacks a flash. Cameras don’t get much worse than this, and it has the image quality to match its specs.

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Most nearby light sources cause a weirdo halo’ing effect and photos are packed with moire noise, where most colours are not made up of one shade but a bunch of colour splodges that look vaguely correct from a distance. Even looking at the photos on the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 screen it’s clear that the camera is rubbish.

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Taking photos on a cloudy day is a tricky task for a low-end camera, but the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 performs very poorly. The level of detail is bad and the buildings appear underexposed.

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The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is significantly outperformed by the cheaper Asus MeMO Pad HD 7.

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Note that the leaves closest to the lens are slightly out of focus thanks to the fixed-focus camera.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – Battery Life

Left to play a video on loop, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will last for almost dead-on nine hours. That’s good performance for a small tablet like this, although it’s not quite as good as the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, which lasted a full 10 hours. You get no access to that battery, as the rear is completely sealed.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a solid range of connections for an entry-level tablet. It has Wi-Fi with WiFi-Direct support, Bluetooth and GPS. There’s a 3G edition, but it’s not widely available in the UK at the time of writing and costs a fair bit more.

Missing features include NFC and 4G. Samsung is one of the companies that seems keenest to bung NFC into its devices, but most people won’t miss it. Although it’s used as a wireless payments standard, its key use in a tablet like this would be to connect with one of the many new NFC-compatible wireless audio docks – which use NFC to connect before transmitting audio over Bluetooth. Nice, but not essential.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0?

If released a couple of years ago, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 would have seemed like a great Android tablet. It has an IPS screen, reasonable performance and enough features to satisfy most.

However, it is 2013 and we’ve been shown more capable tablets by other manufacturers at a lower cost, especially those made by Asus. The new Nexus 7 2.0 costs a similar amount, but has a sleeker body, better camera, superior screen, more storage and more power. The Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 costs £50 less but still has a much better screen and more internal storage.

Samsung may be able to lean on the Galaxy brand to make a few sales, but there are too many better alternatives for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to be considered a good buy.

Head to our best Android tablets round-up for a few more options.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 bears many of the hallmarks of the Galaxy series, including the plastic body and TouchWiz UI. However, it hasn’t kept as in line with its competitors. Its middling CPU and very low screen resolution mean it just isn’t worth the money.

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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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