Keeping in mind that Samsung didn’t design the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 to be a flagship, ultra-powerful device, we feel this tablet performed adequately for its intended use. With that said, there’s one key aspect of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 that holds us back and that’s the price. The 16GB version of Google’s new Nexus 7 sells for $229 which is a full $50 less than the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. To make matters worse for the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the new Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution display, additional RAM, and a faster processor. Given these two options, we’d be hard pressed to choose the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 over the 2013 Nexus 7.
Don’t get us wrong htough, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a lot of good things to offer such as excellent battery life, Multi-Window functionality, a microSD card slot (which is absent on the Nexus 7), and a number of Galaxy Perks that help sweeten the deal, but at the end of the day the whole package is what matters. If you place a high value some of these extras that come with the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, then this could be the tablet for you.
The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is also available in gold.
Loyal Samsung users who are drawn to the Galaxy Tab 3 but want a tablet with higher specifications should consider Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, keeping in mind that faster processors and other high-end specifications will cost some extra cash.
With the holidays fast approaching, we’re hoping Samsung and various retailers will consider dropping the price of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 to make the tablet more attractive in today’s ultra-competitive market. If so, this could be a great tablet to pick up as a gift for someone already familiar with Samsung's unique take on Android.