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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – Software, Apps and Games

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: Software and Performance

Like all of Samsung’s Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 uses the TouchWiz interface. In some tablets and phones, this can feel like a cluttered UI. But here, where most of the higher-end TouchWiz elements are missing, it works pretty well.

It largely just tweaks how Android looks and feels, providing its own app icons, a few widgets, screen transition animations and a lock screen. One real shame is that it lacks Multi Window, used in higher-end Samsung tablets to let you run two apps on one screen at the same time.

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TouchWiz is a jolly-looking, colourful interface rather than a particularly stylish one, and it plays to the idea that the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a teeny bit toy-like. It also feels slightly slower in operation than the vanilla Android OS of the Nexus 7 and the more lightly customised Android used in the Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD.

This may be in part down to the pure use of a custom UI, but we can also blame the version of Android at the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s core. While the most up-to-date Android devices use Android 4.3, the Tab 3 7.0 uses the year old Android 4.1.

Aside from the multiple user profiles feature of Android 4.3, you wouldn’t miss most of the ‘headline’ improvements in a tablet like this. But each Android update also brings a bunch of speed improvements and optimisations. There’s only minor lag in the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, but it is noticeable.

We also noticed a number of glitchy bugs. The sound level of the tablet went out of sync with what the volume indicator appeared to suggest, and occasionally the lock screen would refuse to… be unlocked. We encountered a few freezes, and at one point the tablet started ticking at random. Most disconcerting. A few more firmware tweaks are clearly needed here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: Apps & Games

With Samsung apps like S Health and S Translator missing, the list of apps you start out with is fairly short. You get all the standard Google apps including Gmail, Maps and the Play Store, though.

Slightly less expected, you also get Google Navigation, which only features in tablets that have GPS. Lots of budget Android tablets miss this feature out.

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Samsung extras are kept to a minimum. S Planner is a neat, and rather good, calendar app. S Voice is Samsung’s voice assistant – more-or-less as useless as it sounds – Samsung Link lets you connect with other Samsung devices in your home, such as a TV for video streaming, and the Samsung Apps portal comes pre-installed too.

This is Samsung’s alternative to the official Google Play app store – and can feel a little pointless. However, it does sometimes have offers bringing lower prices than Google Play. Don’t forget that your purchases won’t transfer to all your other Android devices, as they do with the official store.

To get your Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 fully loaded with apps, you’ll need to head to Google Play.

The tablet has enough power to play most high-end 3D games, albeit with the odd bit of slow-down. Performance in Real Racing 3 was solid with only minor frame rate drops, although this is likely in part down to the low 1,024 x 600 resolution rather than having bags of power on tap.

Galaxy Tab 3 7.0

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 uses a dual-core Marvel PXA988 CPU with 1GB of RAM, which is a pretty low-mid grade spec in a tablet these days. Our benchmarks show it’s a mite less powerful than the original Nexus 7 or the £130 Asus MeMO Pad HD, which is pretty disappointing. It’s a lot less powerful than the new Nexus 7, which is a very bad sign when that tablet is only slightly more expensive.


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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