The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 was once one of the most hotly anticipated mini-tabs of the year, but along the way it started to look like a decidedly less interesting picture. Well, pre-orders for the 7-incher have now officially opened and it pains us to say that as far as the excitement factor goes, forget about it.
But then again, for a price of just $199 you can’t really expect the Earth.
The trouble is, despite the fact that the Tab 3 carries the pedigree of Samsung and isn’t too tough on the wallet, it just doesn’t measure up against the competition. With the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7 on the market for a pretty similar low prices, you start to wonder if there’s anything standout about the Tab 3 to tip you toward Samsung’s camp.
In short, the answer isn’t a positive one.
For starters, the 7-inch screen packs just 1,024 by 600 pixels which by today’s standards is rather paltry to say the least. Under the hood you’ll find a 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA 986 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space you can bump up to 64GB with a micro-SD. The primary rear camera delivers a depressing 3-megapixels while the front-shooter weighs in at 1.3-megapixels.
Buyers in the US will be treated only to the Wi-Fi version of the Tab 3, with no cellular versions to follow.
Technically speaking, the only one-up the Tab 3 has on its closest two rivals is the micro-SD card slot for storage space expansion, but this is far from a deal sealer in any sense. In all honesty, if you took the Samsung branding off the thing you’d actually think you were looking at another one of those generic supermarket tablets that ticks all the boxes necessary to be considered a ‘device’ be definition and peddled to low-spenders.
And it’s sad because we know Samsung can do much better than this – we just wish they had!