The Galaxy Tab 3 in 10.1-inch format is the flagship of the tablet market for Samsung and also a real focus with a new version of the interface TouchWiz, along with design orientations or a new type of processor. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 includes a 10.1-inch screen with PLS technology (derived from the IPS of Samsung), under which we find a newcomer in terms of SoC for mobile products: a dual-core processor signed Intel, A 1.6 GHz Atom Z2560 (iGPU PowerVR SGX544 MP2) and a 1GB life memory.

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In the past, Samsung has relied primarily on home processors (Exynos), Qualcomm SnapDragon or OMAPs. An Intel SoC also found on the 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3. The storage capacity is 16 GB, expandable via a microSD card, up to a maximum of 64 GB extra. Two photo-video sensors are the part, one 3.2-megapixel rear, the other 1.3-megapixel front. The operating system is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, on which Samsung attaches its TouchWiz interface.  The tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is marketed at the indicative price of 1399AED at crazydeals.com.

Design is Inspiration

Samsung is gradually refining the design of its 10.1-inch tablets. This time the inspiration both borrows from the first Galaxy tab 10.1 and the Note 8.0, galaxy S4 or Note 2.The back of the tablet resumes the smooth grid that was already appreciated on the smartphone Galaxy S4, as well as the angles very rounded. One can salute Samsung for the seriousness of the finishes, associated with the weight and the fineness of the object, which give it a grip of good quality and an easy seduction of the user.

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The speakers are intelligently placed on the side slats of the slate AND in height, allowing the user to firmly grasp the product without ever obstructing the sound output.  The frame is clearly thinner compared to the older generation and the screen now occupies more than 68% of the entire front panel.

A WOW Screen?

With PLS panel, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 can at least count on very wide viewing angles. No matter what angle you look at the screen, there is no loss of color or contrast drop. The latter, on the other hand, peaks at an average of 779: 1, which is lower than the last model of Galaxy Tab 10.1 (840: 1). A lower result is also found for the luminosity part. The results are based on the Standard mode, but we tested all modes.

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The color rendering is not exceptional and the resulting mean delta E proves it quite well: 7.5. Recall that the delta E quantifies the difference between a real color and that displayed, and that the result should be as close as possible to 0. For the ordinary mortals, the colorimetric rendering of Tab 3 10.1 will not be a problem, especially since the very good color temperature (6633 Kelvins, and homogeneous throughout the spectrum) avoids any coarse drift, but the photographers and other pros of the image could go their way with so little fidelity. It should also be noted that the totally aberrant gamma gives birth to a disappearance of many details in the dark areas of an image, especially in the videos.

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Forget the Dynamic mode, which sprays all the details. The Video mode does not fundamentally alter the result of the E delta or the color temperature. On the other hand, it slightly pushes the average gamma into more acceptable values, with a direct effect on the screen and with the naked eye: the details in the dark areas are much better. This is not yet the panacea, but it allows you to start enjoying a minimum of movies and other videos and photos. The definition of 1280 x 800 pixels becomes a minimum and soon tends towards the obsolescence of ocular interest compared to a definition of 1920 x 1080 pixels (a little more than Full HD, therefore) that one sees more and more on the market of 10.1-inch tablets.

Optimum Interface And Navigation

If Android 4.2.2 animates, at the base, all this machinery, it is the interface Samsung TouchWiz, recognizable among all, that is with the wand. Unlike the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, owner of a TouchWiz interface that only hosts the Hub Video / Music / Game, this Galaxy Tab 3, has a home interface with Hubs, creative applications at par and not just passable.

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The Peel application allows you to use the IR port on the tablet to make it a universal remote control. Capacity already present on the previous generation and which evolves little.  The Tab 3 10.1 also features Group Play, an application on the GS4 that allows users to share content (photo, video, game, music, etc.) between compatible Samsung devices.

The tablet is reactive and can count on an Intel Atom Z2560 processor rather fast (702 on Sunspider, among other “raw” performances), able to drive without any hassle all possible uses on this tablet. We only noted two small slowdowns, which occurred after a good stress test and while the slate was approaching the 15% battery. A good point more for Intel and for the choice of Samsung.

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The web browsing is fast and reveals a very good experience, whether using the default browser or one of the many others available on the Play Store. The readability would have been perfect with a slab of 1920 x 1200 pixels. We have here texts that can be read but where ill-defined contours can often hinder unless zooming to lessen as much as possible the feeling of stairs on all contours.

In portrait mode, the effect is inevitably multiplied, but Tab 3 10.1 is used, even in this case, primarily in landscape mode. The zoom is fluid and precise, unlike what can be seen on the 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3.

Striking audio video quality?

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Video playback, as always with Samsung, is a very good experience. The embedded player has a wide audio-video compatibility and the smallest file, compatible whatever its weight and quality, launches without dead time or almost.

It’s all about solidity and command

Intel’s Atom mobile processors are not known to be extremely energy-intensive, while the definition of “only” 1280 x 800 pixels and maximum brightness under 300 cd / m² should not be too resourceful, which should Allow the 6000 mAh battery built into this Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to do an honorable job.  In mixed use, with a video game, consultation of emails and quite a lot of web surf, the device holds the 10h without flinching. The full recharge of the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 takes about 4 hours. The day before, it is still as effective, with a handful of percent of battery lost only after a day of inactivity.

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Photo candid?

While every flagship tablet of 9 to 10.1 inches of competition today carries a sensor of at least 5 megapixels, Samsung persists and signs for a 3.2-megapixel photo-video sensor and this since the very first Galaxy Tab. The result is always the same: unnecessary and unworkable. The focus is fast, the trigger a little less and the whole lack of sharpness, color, but full of noise. You really have to be on the roads of compact to dare to take a cliché with this device.

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The front sensor, especially useful for video calls, does a little better but does not actually compensate. There is still much latency and too little definition to make it a real and good companion to chat.