Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 - Final Thoughts
If you’re looking for a tablet with a crisp, vibrant display and the added productivity of a stylus and optional keyboard, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 should be on your short list of considerations. One of the Galaxy Tab S3’s key standout features that you won’t find on other tablets is its HDR-ready display. Although currently available HDR content is limited, it should be fleshing-out much more in the days ahead, as manufacturers and content creators drive adoption for it. This tablet is ready to take full advantage HDR content, and as a result should offer some of the best entertainment experiences in the tablet market. In the meantime, even with standard color space content, the Tab S3's display is top-notch.
With a price tag of $599.99, the Galaxy Tab S3 is no doubt a premium tablet. Compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, however, the Galaxy Tab S3 has the same price point, comes with the S Pen (Apple’s pencil costs $99 and requires charging), and features an HDR-ready display that Apple can't boast. All in all, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a strong competitor in this space, though the price puts it into the same category as some convertible devices that run full-blown Windows. For users who want to travel light, the Galaxy Tab S3 with optional keyboard attachment provides a light-duty productivity tool and premium entertainment options, without the need to carry a full-fledged laptop, but the laptop would arguably be the better productivity tool.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that powers the Galaxy Tab S3 has been around for a while now, but it still offers enough horsepower for a device of this type. You’ll also find 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage in this tablet, along with the ability to expand storage at any time with the microSD slot. In our benchmark tests, the Galaxy Tab S3 performed well, showing this device has the juice to handle just about any demand you'd place on a tablet these days, including Android gaming.
The included S Pen also helps the Galaxy Tab S3 stand out from other high-end tablets. Being able to write notes, annotate PDFs and other documents, color pictures, and more with this pen is a feature set Samsung has polished to near perfection. The fact that it doesn’t need to be charged is a nice bonus as well. Although the tablet itself doesn’t have a holder for the S Pen, if you purchase the optional keyboard case, it has an adhesive loop you can attach to conveniently holster the pen in place.
Samsung designed the Galaxy Tab S3 to be a premium, high-end Android tablet with plenty of bells and whistles. As one might expect, these features do come at a price. However, if you’re in the market for a premium tablet that offers a fair bit more functionality than the average slate, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a best-in-class option worthy of consideration.