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A good, simple tablet,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch - (Black, Wi-Fi) (Personal Computers)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7" model seems to have been extremely popular with my friends and relatives recently. Thanks to the good name associated with the brand and keen pricing it appears to have become the model of choice for those looking for a good all-rounder tablet without spending a small fortune, and it's certainly why I ended up ordering this one. It's physically a little smaller than the Tab2 model it replaces and is comfortable to hold in the hand. It now features a micro USB connection rather than the Samsung connector which featured on the earlier models which makes it far simpler to connect to other equipment and also to recharge it since that connector also features on most modern mobile phones.
Set-up is pretty easy even for those new to Android, but anyone with an Android smartphone will be familiar with the way it works. It helps if you already have a Google account but that can be done online beforehand if preferred, or even ignored altogether (that's what one friend of mine has done). Battery life has been very good so far and I've found the tablet performs well at most things - even for some of the tasks that are more demanding of its technical capabilities such as watching films, and although the screen isn't as high-resolution as some of its more expensive competitors it does still look good. This model is also likely to benefit from upgrades to the Android software in the future; they're issued free of charge by Samsung and the much talked about `KitKat' update is expected at some point in 2014. One thing I've noticed to be missing from the Tab 3 is the Samsung SmartStay feature which detects when you're looking at the screen and keeps it on. Although the system isn't perfect it does seem to be a backward step not to offer it any more on what's supposed to be an upgraded model.
For protection I bought the IVSO® Slim-fit Stand Cover Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Tablet (Black) which is actually a newer version of the one I'd bought for my old tablet. That has proven to be very good which is why I was happy to get another. As for the tablet there's actually little change over the old Tab 2, and I don't think it's worth buying this one if you already have the old one. However, for newcomers I think that it works well as a simple tablet and it would make a great introduction to anyone looking for their first one. I'm not new to tablets or to Android but can still say that as a simple, small tablet it's just right for the price.