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    Default Galaxy Tab 3 7" - Is it a good tablet????

    I currently have the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and I am considering getting the Tab 3 7". I would like to get people's opinions on the tab, is it worth it, what's good about it, bad about it, etc...

    I have read a lot of the reviews and I am split down the middle if I want it or not. The screen resolution isn't a big deal to me, I mainly do reading, net surfing, some light gaming, and email. If it has the same resolution as my current tab I am happy with that. Looking at Sprint's $49.00 offer which makes it a good deal in my eyes but I know the Google Nexus is the best 7" tab out there.

    Thanks for the opinions.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    I was looking at the Tab 3 7.0 at one point too. However, the limited storage, low resolution, lower-end CPU all made me reconsider it as a solution. If you're only going to be doing e-book reading and a little web browsing and email I'm quite sure it'll be fine for that. ...but it sounds like you're considering a 2-year commitment with Sprint to get that $49 price. I think you may do better with a Nexus 7 even though more than 4x as much up front. That contract you're considering entering is too much money for a device that may not hold up well to your future desires. Just my opinion.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    I am considering the $5 data plan, I am with sprint. After calculating the total 2 year data and the cost of the tab, it averages out about the same. The 2 year commitment does suck.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Zagotti View Post
    I am considering the $5 data plan, I am with sprint. After calculating the total 2 year data and the cost of the tab, it averages out about the same. The 2 year commitment does suck.
    This ^^^

    I'm also thinking on getting this tablet with Sprint.
    My wife and I already own a PalmPad (HP TouchPad) but I want to get something smaller for my son, he would only play all the Angry Birds games and watch YouTube videos of his favorite cartoons.

    My wife might use it from time to time for some Facebook, YouTube, reading and email.

    Is it worth it??? :what:

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    The Sprint G Tab 3 is much, much more powerful than the Wi-fi G Tab 3. A Wi-fi model has a no-name, 1.2Ghz A9 processor and only 1GB of RAM, the Sprint version has a 1.7 Ghz Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB RAM - it's essentially a slightly larger Galaxy Mega (with fewer pixels), for $50 (no activation fees) and a $5/mo plan. The deal was so good, I just jumped on it as a car tablet for my seven year old.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by sarlo100 View Post
    The Sprint G Tab 3 is much, much more powerful than the Wi-fi G Tab 3. A Wi-fi model has a no-name, 1.2Ghz A9 processor and only 1GB of RAM, the Sprint version has a 1.7 Ghz Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB RAM - it's essentially a slightly larger Galaxy Mega (with fewer pixels), for $50 (no activation fees) and a $5/mo plan. The deal was so good, I just jumped on it as a car tablet for my seven year old.
    How do you like it?
    How about data, is the $5/month good enough?

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    I've had the Galaxy Tab 3 with Sprint for about a week now and I love it for the price you can't beat it . The $5 plan only gives you 25 megabytes of data so it's not worth it. I went on and got 2 gigabytes of data for $15 so that I may have data if need be while on the go. The upgraded cpu, gpu and memory really make this tab run whatever you need it to.

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by Jermaine Gray View Post
    I've had the Galaxy Tab 3 with Sprint for about a week now and I love it for the price you can't beat it . The $5 plan only gives you 25 megabytes of data so it's not worth it. I went on and got 2 gigabytes of data for $15 so that I may have data if need be while on the go. The upgraded cpu, gpu and memory really make this tab run whatever you need it to.

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    So it only comes with 25 megs?
    I thought it was like 50? :banghead::banghead::banghead:

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    I would consider checking out the new nexus 7 as others have mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ne0ne View Post
    I would consider checking out the new nexus 7 as others have mentioned.

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    But I think the Tab 3 is thinner, isn't it?
    And it would have data with my carrier.

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Yes its only 25mb and I believe the $10 plan has 100mb then the $15 jumps to a reasonable 2gb

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    25mb? Really? What are you supposed to do with that...download an icon?
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by Haalcyon View Post
    25mb? Really? What are you supposed to do with that...download an icon?
    My thoughts exactly!!! :thumbdown:

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by STARGATE View Post
    How do you like it?
    How about data, is the $5/month good enough?
    Just got it yesterday. The Antutu benchmark is 20345. My G Note 2 was 20477. In actual use, I can't see any difference between the two. Meaning yes, I'm saying it functions at the same level as my G Note 2. The screen is actually pretty nice, there is an auto sharpen fonts option which acts like Microsoft's Cleartype, and with that engaged, the "low" resolution of the tablet isn't much of a factor at all. It's not 1080p, and yes, there is a difference (I have a Nook HD+ strictly for the screen), and that screen does look better. But not overwhelmingly so by any stretch of the imagination.

    As for the data - I'm happy with the $5 plan for the simple reason that the overage is @ $15/GB, billed by the MB. Meaning you don't get charged the $15 if you go over, but only 1.5 cents/MB of actual usage. That I find to be eminently fair, especially compared to some other jenky carrier data plans *cough* AT&T/Verizon *cough*.

    Overall, if you have LTE coverage in your area, it's a great buy. Probably as good as buy for a new tablet as there is out there. Although the brand new T-mobile 200MB free data for tablets might work better for some people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarlo100 View Post
    Just got it yesterday. The Antutu benchmark is 20345. My G Note 2 was 20477. In actual use, I can't see any difference between the two. Meaning yes, I'm saying it functions at the same level as my G Note 2. The screen is actually pretty nice, there is an auto sharpen fonts option which acts like Microsoft's Cleartype, and with that engaged, the "low" resolution of the tablet isn't much of a factor at all. It's not 1080p, and yes, there is a difference (I have a Nook HD+ strictly for the screen), and that screen does look better. But not overwhelmingly so by any stretch of the imagination.

    As for the data - I'm happy with the $5 plan for the simple reason that the overage is @ $15/GB, billed by the MB. Meaning you don't get charged the $15 if you go over, but only 1.5 cents/MB of actual usage. That I find to be eminently fair, especially compared to some other jenky carrier data plans *cough* AT&T/Verizon *cough*.

    Overall, if you have LTE coverage in your area, it's a great buy. Probably as good as buy for a new tablet as there is out there. Although the brand new T-mobile 200MB free data for tablets might work better for some people.
    Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware of how they handled overages but it does seem more than fair.

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    I made the jump and got it. Sold my old tablet which nearly paid for the new one. I just now need to learn what all it is capable of and what it isn't.
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    Enjoy and most of all have fun!

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Thanks for the replay sarlo, I didn't know how they handle the overage.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Zagotti View Post
    I made the jump and got it. Sold my old tablet which nearly paid for the new one. I just now need to learn what all it is capable of and what it isn't.
    Let us know how you like it. :thumbup:

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    I have just bought two tab 3 7" for my children for Christmas. I was also split on the reviews but because the price is good (160) and they love playing on my s3, it would be good first tablet for them.
    It will be only used for gaming and probably a kindle for my daughter.
    Hopefully I won't have any problems that others seem to have. Ie wifi.

    Ive read some of you have a data plan. What would you need a data plan for if its a wifi tablet. You can only get wifi version of the tab 3 tablets here in uk.
    Unless I got it wrong.

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    So far so good. I have noticed that the stock mp3 player doesn't have great audio but I am going to try a few apps with a built in equalizer to see if it gets any better. I am not disappointed so far. I am curious to see if the tab gets updated to 4.3 or 4.4.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Zagotti View Post
    So far so good. I have noticed that the stock mp3 player doesn't have great audio but I am going to try a few apps with a built in equalizer to see if it gets any better. I am not disappointed so far. I am curious to see if the tab gets updated to 4.3 or 4.4.
    What kind of headphones/speakers are you using?

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    Stock Samsung earbuds that originally came with the 7.0 Plus Tab I used to have. I have used the buds on my phone (HTC EVO LTE w/beats processing) which is where my audio claim is based on.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    The tab plus is still the better speced device but I doubt it will see any software support

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    Default Re: Galaxy Tab 3 7" Is it a good tablet????

    Quote Originally Posted by enik View Post
    The tab plus is still the better speced device but I doubt it will see any software support

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    Dang, I would hate to have it without any hope for software updates! :banghead:

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