1. dna47's Avatar
    Hey guys, first post here.
    Around Christmas I bought a 7.0 wifi for 100$ because I wanted a small tablet to run some android apps since my playbook is stuck on 2.3. I wasn't expecting much from this low end tablet, but I can't take it anymore, it's so slow and it constantly lags. Is there anyway I can boost it a little bit? It's rooted if that matters. Thanks!

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    02-06-2014 11:34 PM
  2. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 to be powered by a Marvell PXA986 processor - Liliputing Bah. For $100 it's pretty good but you could snare an off brand with Tegra 3 for similar. Expect trade offs in screen sensitivity and battery life tho.

    8.0 is fast but costs more up front.

    7.0 LTE is $50 up front and faster than 8.0 but you are on contract MINIMUM $7-8 /mo for 24 months I think. If you get the crap data plan and stay on wifi only. I went with it because it's like a bigger Mega, basically. Similar pixel count and exact same hardware. eBay your wifi model for $100 after Wiping it and get something else or get the 7.0 LTE.
    02-07-2014 01:43 AM
  3. UJ95x's Avatar
    Hey guys, first post here.
    Around Christmas I bought a 7.0 wifi for 100$ because I wanted a small tablet to run some android apps since my playbook is stuck on 2.3. I wasn't expecting much from this low end tablet, but I can't take it anymore, it's so slow and it constantly lags. Is there anyway I can boost it a little bit? It's rooted if that matters. Thanks!

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    If you're rooted, have you considered running a custom ROM? For the most part they significantly improve performance and some even give you better battery life

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    02-07-2014 01:56 AM
  4. Relgoshan's Avatar
    There needs to be a good cudtom ROM first...like I said XDA-Dev is the place for that.
    02-07-2014 08:40 AM
  5. tube517's Avatar
    There are a limited number of custom ROMs for the Tab 3 7.0
    However, if you root, you can flash a ROM that has all the Samsung crap bloatware removed. Mine does run a little bit (not a lot) smoother without all that bloat.
    02-07-2014 11:03 AM
  6. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Yeah the reporting tools show minimal CPU/battery use from the custom bits, better than my experience with Sense. But if it saves 50-100MB of RAM that's useful enough on a 1 gig device.
    02-07-2014 04:48 PM
  7. xmostwanted559x's Avatar
    Whats custom rom mean

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    02-07-2014 06:52 PM
  8. tube517's Avatar
    Whats custom rom mean

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    Custom ROMs For Android Explained - Here Is Why You Want Them
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    02-07-2014 06:55 PM
  9. dna47's Avatar
    If you're rooted, have you considered running a custom ROM? For the most part they significantly improve performance and some even give you better battery life

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    Prooblem is that I cant seem to find any good roms

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    02-11-2014 04:19 PM
  10. tube517's Avatar
    Prooblem is that I cant seem to find any good roms

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    Not alot of devs have this tablet. I don't foresee alot of choices of ROMs for this tablet.
    02-12-2014 08:52 PM
  11. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Yeah I only have small hope even for the LTE model to get a superior custom image, because it has more similar hardware to other candidates like the Mega. And maybe a few devs bite on one of the giveaway promotions.
    02-12-2014 09:48 PM
  12. relic74's Avatar
    Personally I would never compromise so much that you have to with the Tab 3 just because it's cheap You said you paid $100, well I paid $140 for my Dell Venue 7 and the difference is quite substantial. I have since gotten rid of the Dell, actually sold it for $150 to a co-worker of mine and bought a Kindle 7 HDX, installed a AOSP ROM on it. This tablet makes both, the Tab 3 and Dell Venue 7 look like complete garbage, CPU: Qualcomm 800, 2GB RAM, 16GB Storage, 1920 x 1200 Resolution, Miracast. It just utterly blows the doors off of the other two tablets. It also show just how slow the hardware is in Tab 3 8" and Tab 3 10.1 when compared to a good CPU. So If the Tab 3 10.1 is the fastest in the Tab 3 lineup and the Dell 7 venue for just $140 is as fast with the same exact CPU as the Tab 3 10.1, actually the Dell is faster because of the extra 1GB of memory and doesn't have the very laggy, memory hogging TouchWiz UI, than the entire Tab 3 is defiantly not really worth a look. The Dell Venue 8 is actually a good buy as well with the even faster Intel Z2580 at 2 GHZ, 2GB RAM, 32GB, even comes with a pen and Dell case for only $250 vs the Tab 3 8 with it very old Exynos 4212(this CPU was released in April of 2011), 1GB RAM, 16GB storage.

    Anyway, you get what you paid for, in the future I would sincerely doing a little more research and don't buy something just because it's cheap. Case in point, the Tab 3 7 is complete garbage, actually I would go as far as to say the entire Tab 3 lineup is garbage. If your going to buy a Samsung tablet, pony up the extra money and get a Note or Pro series because their below mid-range stuff just isn't worth the money. If you want to stick with low cost 7" tablets, then choose one of these; EVGA Note 7, HP 7 Extreme, Nexus 7 v2 or if you want to save as much money as possible than the Dell Venue 7 anything less than that though and your just punishing yourself.

    Dell Venue 7 vs. Tab 3 7
    CPU: Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHZ (Same CPU that's in the Tab 3 10.1) VS. Marvel PXA986 1.2 GHZ (just a horrible CPU)
    Memory: 2GB VS. 1GB
    Storage: 16GB VS. 8GB
    Resolution: 1280 X 800 VS. 1024 X 600
    AnTuTu: 18370 vs. 10518 (just for giggles, the Kindle 7 HDX scored an amazing 32,835)
    03-27-2014 07:04 AM
  13. Relgoshan's Avatar
    The troll is back. At least a tad better read this time. Kindle HDX is pretty good with a custom ROM, would like microSD but whatever. The Tab 3 10.1 has the fastest CPU on paper in the Tab 3 line excepting the Tab Pro, but yes we've been over this about the low RAM holding it back.

    None of this has anything to do with the 7.0 wifi being held back by weak PXA986 or the same-chassis 7.0 LTE being very good value at its price point with much smoother performance. Which is pretty much the answer to the topic unless a fast/lean ROM comes out for the T210.

    Personally I would never compromise so much that you have to with the Tab 3 just because it's cheap You said you paid $100, well I paid $140 for my Dell Venue 7 and the difference is quite substantial. I have since gotten rid of the Dell, actually sold it for $150 to a co-worker of mine and bought a Kindle 7 HDX, installed a AOSP ROM on it. This tablet makes both, the Tab 3 and Dell Venue 7 look like complete garbage, CPU: Qualcomm 800, 2GB RAM, 16GB Storage, 1920 x 1200 Resolution, Miracast. It just utterly blows the doors off of the other two tablets. It also show just how slow the hardware is in Tab 3 8" and Tab 3 10.1 when compared to a good CPU. So If the Tab 3 10.1 is the fastest in the Tab 3 lineup and the Dell 7 venue for just $140 is as fast with the same exact CPU as the Tab 3 10.1, actually the Dell is faster because of the extra 1GB of memory and doesn't have the very laggy, memory hogging TouchWiz UI, than the entire Tab 3 is defiantly not really worth a look. The Dell Venue 8 is actually a good buy as well with the even faster Intel Z2580 at 2 GHZ, 2GB RAM, 32GB, even comes with a pen and Dell case for only $250 vs the Tab 3 8 with it very old Exynos 4212(this CPU was released in April of 2011), 1GB RAM, 16GB storage.

    Anyway, you get what you paid for, in the future I would sincerely doing a little more research and don't buy something just because it's cheap. Case in point, the Tab 3 7 is complete garbage, actually I would go as far as to say the entire Tab 3 lineup is garbage. If your going to buy a Samsung tablet, pony up the extra money and get a Note or Pro series because their below mid-range stuff just isn't worth the money. If you want to stick with low cost 7" tablets, then choose one of these; EVGA Note 7, HP 7 Extreme, Nexus 7 v2 or if you want to save as much money as possible than the Dell Venue 7 anything less than that though and your just punishing yourself.

    Dell Venue 7 vs. Tab 3 7
    CPU: Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHZ (Same CPU that's in the Tab 3 10.1) VS. Marvel PXA986 1.2 GHZ (just a horrible CPU)
    Memory: 2GB VS. 1GB
    Storage: 16GB VS. 8GB
    Resolution: 1280 X 800 VS. 1024 X 600
    AnTuTu: 18370 vs. 10518 (just for giggles, the Kindle 7 HDX scored an amazing 32,835)
    04-05-2014 06:10 PM
  14. Big Bopper's Avatar
    I realize this post is two years old but if anyone is still interested there are several ROMs still available that will speed up the 7.0 considerably. I'm currently running fast dream v6 and it runs fast and very smooth after applying some of the tweaks contained in the ROM. Hope this helps someone.
    05-05-2016 12:09 PM

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