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Galaxy Tab 3 8.0: A viable choice in its product line
Korean electronic device manufacturer, Samsung, has strengthened its 8-inch tablet portfolio — a screen size that has gained popularity among users — with the introduction of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 premium-priced device in Indonesia.
The 8-inch device is the mid-size version of the Galaxy Tab 3 series whose line up includes a 7-inch and a 10.1-inch screen size.
The new device is the slimmest in its family. The 316-gram Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is 0.74 centimeters thick whereas the 7-inch Tab and 10.1-inch are 0.8 centimeters and over in thickness.
The 8-inch Tab measures 12.3 centimeters in width, which means people with small palms can still comfortably hold the device.
Samsung has also constructed the casing from plastic that neither feels nor looks cheap.
Yet, a drawback of the casing is the narrow bezel. People are left with very little room — 0.71 centimeters — to hold the frame on the side and as a result, the fingers end up accidentally swiping the screen.
Also when held horizontally, fingers end up brushing with the menu and back buttons, causing open pages to return to previous ones.
Camera-wise, the 8-inch Tab beats other models in its family. The device comes with a 1.3 megapixel front camera and a 5 megapixel rear camera — a far higher resolution than the 3 megapixel rear camera in the 7-inch and 10.1-inch Tab.
Although it has a small screen, the 8-inch Tab matches the 10.1-inch Tab’s screen resolution of 1,280 by 800, which is above the 7-inch’s 1,024 by 600.
The 8-inch’s chipset, however, runs at a slightly slower 1.5 gigahertz CPU speed compared to the 10.1 inch’s 1.6 gigahertz CPU speed.
The tablet runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and is embedded with 1.5 gigabytes of RAM.
Like all their newest devices, the tablet comes with Samsung’s latest native applications, such as Group Play, which allows people to sync the music playing on their Tab with other nearby Samsung mobile devices with the app.
The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 also supports dual view, enabling people to open two windows, including videos, simultaneously. The feature, already present in the previous Galaxy Note 2, is handy for those who do a lot of multi-tasking.
Overall, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is a viable choice among the Galaxy Tab 3 product line given its super sleekness.
However, the device does come at a premium price and thus, would be better if it were packed with significant new features.--Mariel Grazella, The Jakarta Post
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