Hands On: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite - Disgruntled Tech
Design / Quality8.5
Functionality / Features8.5
Ease of use9.5
Luis Izquierdo | On 02, Apr 2014
Tablets have almost become a standard in today’s electronic world. They are being used more and more by consumers for playing games, reading books, checking email, browsing the web and even to teach kids their ABC’s and 123’s. With thousands of apps being released every day and the convenience and portability of a tablet there is only one question consumers are asking themselves, ‘Which tablet is right for me?’.
There is no doubt that Samsung is one of the top leaders in tablet sales with their impressive line of Galaxy Tabs. Our Hands On review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite will help you decide if this is the tablet for your needs.
Browsing through any electronics store can be a bit confusing. There are hundreds of different tablets out and all with price tags varying from $50 USD to $500 USD. So which is right for you? If you are looking for a simple tablet for reading your books, checking your email, browsing the web or using apps like Facebook and Twitter, then the answer is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite is fairly new to the tablet world. It was release at the beginning of 2014 and is that that different from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Samsung decided to make a couple of small changes to the Lite in order to make a more affordable tablet for the everyday consumer.
By swapping out the AMD processor from the Tab 3 for a Samsung Processor, removing the front facing camera and swapping out the 3.0MP rear camera for a 2.0MP camera, Samsung was able to shave $40 USD off of the MSRP of the Tab 3 putting the Lite at only $159.99 MSRP. However, searching online, you can find the Lite for as low as $139.99.
So if a front facing camera is not that important to you, then keep reading, you may have found your tablet. The new Samsung Dual Core 1.2Ghz processor is still identical to the AMD Dual Core 1.2Ghz processor seen in its predecessor, the Tab 3 giving you the same performance quality so you can play Flappy Birds for hours.
During my review, I have found many great qualities. For one, the battery life on the Lite is one of the best I have seen in a tablet. It took almost 5 days for my tablet to completely discharge while on standby. I was also able to browse the web, check my Facebook, post on twitter and play several games for up to 4 hours of continuous use.
Even though the rear camera was downgraded to a 2.0MP camera, the pictures are still decent and clear.
The Adroid 4.2 Jelly Bean platform provides a clean and smooth user interface with many great features including split view.
So, if you are looking for that budget friendly tablet without sacrificing quality or performance, look no further, your search ends here.
- Affordable budget friendly price
- Great overall performance
- Expandable memory via MicroSD
- Light weight and portable
- Decent picture quality
- Easy to use interface
- No front facing camera means no face detect. While reading in some apps, you may need to keep tapping screen to stay lit
- Not many quality accessories easily available such as screen protectors and cases