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First Look: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is cute and compact but fails at functionality

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First Look: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is cute and compact but fails at functionality

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The tablet is sleek and smaller than most 10-inch tablets but is plagued by slow performance and overtly sensitive buttons on its bottom bezel.

I'm Xiomara Blanco, and today, I'll be taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. The 10-inch tablet is the largest in the Galaxy Tab 3 lineup, but its design is relatively thin and light. The tablet is comfortable to hold and feels smaller than other 10-inch tablets. Thanks to its smaller bezels. On the top edge, there's the power button, volume rocker, and IR blaster with the headphone jack not too far away on the top left edge above the speaker. The speakers, located on the top right and left edges, are powerful and can be turned up pretty loud, although the sound quality is still average for a tablet. The bottom edge houses the microphone pinhole and a micro-USB port. The Tab 3 10.1's fatal flaw is the location and high sensitivity of the Menu and Back buttons on the lower bezel. When holding the tablet in one hand, it's extremely easy to mindlessly graze the buttons and activate their function. There are no options to deactivate them or decrease their sensitivity. The screen is responsive to touch, but performance is rather slow and often lagged. The tablet's 1 gigabyte of RAM is evident when trying to quickly navigate from one app to another, especially if multiple apps are open. The 3.2-megapixel rear camera offers no manual focus option or flash, but photos come out clear with lifelike colors. The 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera isn't very sharp, but otherwise, produces well-exposed photos. The Tab 3 10.1 runs Android 4.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz interface and houses a 1.6-gigahertz dual-core CPU and 16 gigabytes of internal memory with about 11 gigabytes of free space. The tablet's resolution is average, but unimpressive by today's standard at 1280x800 pixels. At $400, the Tab 3 10.1 is too expensive for what it is. I like its lightweight and compact design, but the extra sensitive buttons on the bottom bezel are a constant nuisance. For more information, check out the full review on CNET.com. I'm Xiomara Blanco and this has been the first look of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

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