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The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is comfy, capable, and a tad costlyThe 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a comfortable design, great screen, and myriad features at a premium price.
This is the 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. It's thin, light and capable, and if you know anything about Samsung tablets, its features won't really surprise you. It's essentially a skinnier version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 without the S pen stylus of course. It includes a micro SD card slot, a 1.3 megapixel front camera and a 5 megapixel back camera. There is a very useful Home button and the less useful main UN back buttons. A few years ago, Android brought these buttons into the software so I just think it's a little weird and possibly unnecessary put the back in the hardware. However, it does free up a bit of spring real estate. There's also an IR blaster on the tablet's edge that works in tandem with Samsung's watch on TV guide/real control software. Micro US for charging and transferring dual speakers and a headphone jack on the top round out the notable physical features. Multi-window which allows you to run two concurrent apps makes its way over from the note line and though it doesn't work as seamlessly with your finger as opposed to a stylus. It's still a welcome useful feature for multi taskers. But it's still disappointing it doesn't work with every app. I really like how the tab refits in my hand. It's about the same way as an iPad Mini and since it's not nearly as wide, it is easier to hold in one hand. It's definitely plastic but thanks to its smooth around the corners and well-placed features, it doesn't feel cheap. The screen has a 1280x800 resolution, which-- well no longer impressive on larger tablets. It's still high enough to offer a high pixel density on an 8-inch screen leading to an impressively sharp and not to mention bright display. Games performance won't blow your hair back or anything but it's good enough as to not be distracting. The tablet cost $300 for 16 gigabyte of storage, which is maybe a tad much. I would have been much happier with something in the $270 range. Still with all the features it offer, it's difficult to race, it's too big to just about the price. Having said that though-- a lower price would have been much better. For more information, check out my full review at cnet.com. I'm Eric Franklin, and this has been a first look at the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.