It’s becoming clear that people love smaller tablets.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a 7-inch screen tablet with a budget price of £179, which makes it slightly less than the £200 new Nexus 7 2 but more than the £130 Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD.
Typical of the Galaxy series phones and tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s casing is plastic. It’s shiny, glossy plastic just like rear of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3. Unlike Samsung’s phones, though, the rear of the tablet is not removable. This helps to ensure the back doesn’t feel too flimsy. However, there are a few light creaks you can squeeze out if you put pressure on the wrong part of the casing. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is also significantly chunkier than the 2013 Nexus 7, at 10mm thick. However, this gives it a pleasant heft that’s thankfully not accompanied by the same heft in weight. The tablet weighs just over 300g making it – like most 7-inch tablets – light enough to use one-handed. Some will accuse the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 of feeling a little toy-like. But once you’ve made peace with Samsung’s questionable tablet design style, this feels like a well-made device for something that is – let’s not forget – an entry-level device.
The Galaxy Tab 3 is a competent enough tablet that will perform many of the tasks you want it to, although some of the noticeable lag when opening applications may turn off some owners. Samsung certainly improved the look of the Galaxy Tab 3 to reflect its smartphone Galaxy devices, which may be a hit or miss to some users depending on how you feel about either device’s plastic exterior.