Review Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Tablet

Florian Wimmer (translated by Peter Krastev), 07/31/2013

Tab, the third. Samsung has something for everyone in its tablet portfolio: the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is aimed at users who are looking for a medium sized tablet and can do without pen input. Confidently, Samsung wants 299 Euros (~$397) for it - an appropriate value for the money?

In review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Courtesy of Cyberport.

For the original German review, see here.

The selection of Samsung tablets is not quite as large as that of its smartphones. Users can pick among an ATIV Tab with Windows 8, a Windows RT, or the Galaxy Note with Android, which is aimed more at business customers. And then we still have the Galaxy Tab series, which are the Android tablets for the private customers.

The latter has just entered its third generation - our test unit, the 8-inch version, is also part of it. Also available are the more common sizes of 7-inch and 10.1-inch. The entire model range comes in white finish; black versions are not available yet. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has a relatively high price of 299 Euros (~$397) compared to other devices of the same size. Many manufacturers offer their 8-inch tablets for less than 200 Euros (~$266).

We therefore will compare the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 to a couple of representatives of this class, in order to see if the extra cost is justified: Acer Iconia A1-810, Captiva Pad 8 Pro and EasyPix SmartPad EP800 Ultra for example, all have lower prices. The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A is even larger at 9-inches and still cheaper. The "big" rivals from Google (Nexus 7) and Amazon (Kindle Fire HD 7) are smaller, but also significantly cheaper. Then we have the iPad Mini, which is available for 329 Euros (~$437). Finally, we take the Galaxy Note 8.0 in order to see how the tablets compete internally.

Case

"A suitable device for everyone? Then we'll make a standard design: it's cheaper and has a good brand recognition effect." This was more or less the thought process behind the Galaxy series of the Korean manufacturer. The Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Mega, the Galaxy Note and now the Galaxy Tab 3 are very similar in terms of design. The Note and the Tab 3 can actually be distinguished from the front only by the earpiece on the Note.

The Galaxy Tab 3 has, as the rest of the devices from the current Galaxy generation, a white back with subtle dot pattern. Workmanship and the surface feel very good, just as the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Mega. Of course, the only material used is plastic. The iPad Mini, which costs just 30 Euros (~$40) more, is far better with its aluminum unibody.

The tablet gives the impression of being very stable and compact. Pressing on the back barely leads to visible alterations on the display. You have to press both the sides and the screen at the same time in opposite directions in order to finally move the liquid crystals.

The dimensions are slightly more compact than the Galaxy Note 8.0: it is one millimeter shorter, one centimeter narrower, and about half a centimeter slimmer (~0.4 inches narrower and 0.2 inches slimmer). The iPad Mini is slightly thinner, but devices in the 8-inch class usually have bigger dimensions: the Captiva Pad 8 Pro is almost twice as thick as the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.

Connectivity

The Galaxy Tab 3 does not feature pen input like in the Galaxy Note 8.0. Our test unit also came without mobile Internet capability, but it is available at a surcharge of about 100 Euros (~$133). The interfaces are also standard, only the infrared port stands out. Samsung has included it in order to make it possible to use the tablet as a remote control for other entertainment devices. Since you cannot remove the back cover of Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, unlike the smartphones, the card reader is also integrated on the side of the tablet.

top: 3.5 mm audio combo port
top: 3.5 mm audio combo port
bottom: speaker, micro USB port
bottom: speaker, micro USB port
left: microSD card slot
left: microSD card slot
right: IR port, volume rocker, standby button
right: IR port, volume rocker, standby button

Software

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 uses the latest version of Android 4.2.2. Samsung does not use a pure Google OS, but has also installed the TouchWiz: software that is based on the Android system, but in many areas it replaces and expands on it. Examples of this are the settings menu, the quick access toolbar, the voice control and the widgets on the home screen. You can read more about the individual customization in our review of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

It is annoying to see the extensive bloatware, such as advertising software, that greets the customer, especially after it was absent from the Galaxy Mega. Otherwise, the software package is quite good and features an Office Suite, a drawing application and a couple of other interesting apps. Still rather unnecessary is the need to create a Samsung account, in addition to the Google one for use of Android features, in order to be able to use a different application store with the "Samsung Apps".

The GPS module functions reliably.
The GPS module functions reliably.
The position is roughly determined even indoors.
The position is roughly determined even indoors.

Communication & GPS

The WLAN module does not support the newest standard 802.11 ac, but instead can use two bandwidths (2.4 and 5 GHz). It receives the signal from our router even at ten meters (~33 feet) distance and through three walls with 3/4 of the full power. The tablet does not feature NFC, but instead Samsung has implemented DLNA support and its own KIES technology, which aids in the connection to the PC.

The GPS chip also supports the Russian GLONASS network and offers, like the Galaxy S4, excellent reception. Out in the open we quickly managed to connect to a dozen satellites and even indoors, our position was still roughly determined.

Cameras & Multimedia

The performance of the 5 megapixel (2560×1920) camera is rather good in bright sunlight. In combination with the autofocus, the lens produces properly sharp images, without color bleeding even at the edges. However, the image quality noticeably drops in bright artificial or low light. We can clearly see image noise and slight blurring due to the long exposure. This is even worse when you take into account the lack of an LED flash.

HD videos were played without hiccups, both from the internal memory and streamed from other local devices over Wi-Fi. YouTube videos should be viewed with the dedicated app and not via the browser, because the quality of the videos is much better in the application. This is caused by the operating system, not the device itself.

Main camera (5 megapixel, autofocus)
Main camera (5 megapixel, autofocus)
Front camera (1.3 megapixel)
Front camera (1.3 megapixel)
Reference: Canon EOS 450D (12 megapixel)
Reference: Canon EOS 450D (12 megapixel)

Accessories

AC adapter, USB cable, quick start guide – Samsung has not equipped the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 with a lot of stuff. However, the rest of the devices in this price range do not usually come with many more accessories. Samsung has traditionally created special accessories for its Galaxy Tabs, such as the "Diary Bag", which is available for the Galaxy Tab 2. There are still no such accessories for the latest generation on the manufacturer's website.

Warranty

Samsung offers its tablets with 24 months of warranty. This warranty can become valid in any country, where the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is sold, if you call the Samsung Hotline or an authorized service partner.

Input Devices & Controls

The keyboard can be detached and moved freely.
The keyboard can be detached and moved freely.
Input via handwriting is also possible.
Input via handwriting is also possible.

The capacitive touchscreen can recognize up to ten fingers at the same time. It is very sensitive and accurate even at the edges of the display. The multi-touch gestures are also reliably recognized.

Samsung has redesigned the standard Android keyboard: the buttons are slightly smaller, but the numbers are now directly accessible. With the press of a button, the virtual keyboard can be moved around the screen or split into two separate parts, on each of which can be typed with one hand. The fact that the keys are slightly smaller will not please people with larger fingers, but overall the keyboard proved to be quite good and reliable in our test.

Other input methods, such as handwriting recognition and dictating text, functioned well. The user can select which voice control to use, Samsung's or Google's one, in the settings menu. Both of these worked well in our test. For example, voice control can be used to take a picture so that the image is not blurred by the shake when you press the shutter button.

The Galaxy Tab 3.0 8 does not support a digitizer pen, unlike the Galaxy Note 8.0, but it offers almost all other input methods that TouchWiz supports - extended gesture controlface recognition that activates the screen, and comprehensive assistance for physically impaired people. You can read more about the control options of the TouchWiz in our review of the Galaxy S4.

Display

The heart of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 8 is a TFT display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels is higher than most cheaper competitors and even the iPad Mini.

Samsung has a reputation with displays and therefore does not skimp on the brightness - an average of 431 cd/m² is enough for the top position in any case. The illumination is very even at 92%, so there are hardly any visible differences in brightness over large areas.

421
cd/m²
399
cd/m²
401
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
408
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 431 cd/m²
Average: 413 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 428 cd/m²
Black: 0.56 cd/m²
Contrast: 764:1

Although Samsung has chosen a SAMOLED display this time, it is still quite a respectable panel: colors are crisp and the image is very good. The black level of 0.56 cd/m² is significantly higher than most other devices, and the contrast ratio of 764:1 is only average.

As with the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Mega, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 also has various screen modes, which are automatically selected or can be set by the user. Our subjective impression is that "Dynamic" has the strongest, but also slightly unnatural colors. "Video" has natural colors, but is a bit pale. "Standard" lies somewhere in between.

All three have a strong blue tint, as we measured with the CalMAN software and the colorimeter. Here it was confirmed that "Video" came closest to the sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces. This applies to grayscale, as well as color accuracy and saturation.

"Dynamic" is the farthest from the ideal of all possible settings. In terms of color accuracy, its DeltaE values, meaning the deviation from the standard, are almost 50% higher than the ones of "Video" mode. What mode you like the best is ultimately a matter of taste. Overall, the display has quite accurate colors. The grayscale is sufficiently good even in comparison to Adobe RGB.

Color reproduction "Dynamic"
Color reproduction "Dynamic"
Color reproduction "Standard"
Color reproduction "Standard"
Color reproduction "Video"
Color reproduction "Video"
Color accuracy "Video" (Adobe RGB)
Color accuracy "Video" (Adobe RGB)
Color accuracy "Dynamic"
Color accuracy "Dynamic"
Color accuracy "Standard"
Color accuracy "Standard"
Color accuracy "Video"
Color accuracy "Video"
Grayscale "Video" (Adobe RGB)
Grayscale "Video" (Adobe RGB)
Grayscale "Dynamic"
Grayscale "Dynamic"
Grayscale "Standard"
Grayscale "Standard"
Grayscale "Video"
Grayscale "Video"
Saturation "Dynamic"
Saturation "Dynamic"
Saturation "Standard"
Saturation "Standard"
Saturation "Video"
Saturation "Video"
 
 
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

The very high brightness of the tablet makes it ideal for outdoor use, but the contrast and reflective surface work against it. Although it is possible to read the display in direct sunlight, after a short period it becomes tiring for the eyes. As long as there is bright ambient light, the user will be faced with annoying reflections from the screen. But, if you manage to find the right position or are in the shade, you can easily work well with the tablet outdoors.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Viewing experience remains unchanged up to the most acute angles. Other TFT technologies cannot compete here. Even if you raise the tablet at the level of your eyes and view the screen from the side, you can see what is going on on the display. There are no contrast drops.

Performance

While the Galaxy Note 8.0 featured a quad-core processor, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 with "just" a dual-core. The Exynos 4212 is manufactured by Samsung and works at 1.5 GHz. Our initial impression is that you cannot tell the difference between the equally clocked dual-core and quad-core processor in all application scenarios. However, the quad-core has a significant advantage in multi-tasking and when running properly programmed apps. We will check this with the help of synthetic benchmarks. The rest of the hardware equipment of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is pretty neat: quad-core graphics chip1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB flash storage.

We can briefly summarize the system and CPU performance of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 like this: faster than the Kindle Fire HD 7, significantly slower than the Google Nexus 7. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is also clearly ahead of our test device, thanks to its two additional cores. Overall, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 places in the middle and can even run several applications at the same time in everyday use. During video playback, navigation through the TouchWiz interface is also not a problem. Only in more demanding scenarios can one notice the performance difference to devices such as the Google Nexus 7.

Linpack for Android
Single Thread
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
56.377 MFLOPS ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
66.906 MFLOPS ∼10% +19%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
50.02 MFLOPS ∼7% -11%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
103.883 MFLOPS ∼15% +84%
Acer Iconia A1-810
34.218 MFLOPS ∼5% -39%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
56.34 MFLOPS ∼8% 0%
Google Nexus 7
47.15 MFLOPS ∼7% -16%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
44.379 MFLOPS ∼7% -21%
Apple iPad mini
85.4 MFLOPS ∼13% +51%
Multi Thread
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
95.942 MFLOPS ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
181.753 MFLOPS ∼17% +89%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
70.9 MFLOPS ∼6% -26%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
181.753 MFLOPS ∼17% +89%
Acer Iconia A1-810
95.077 MFLOPS ∼9% -1%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
69.81 MFLOPS ∼6% -27%
Google Nexus 7
69.296 MFLOPS ∼6% -28%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
73.782 MFLOPS ∼7% -23%
Apple iPad mini
124.4 MFLOPS ∼11% +30%
AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
10391 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
16783 Points ∼47% +62%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
10083 Points ∼28% -3%
Acer Iconia A1-810
12452 Points ∼35% +20%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
14699 Points ∼41% +41%
Google Nexus 7
12703 Points ∼36% +22%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1231 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
2146 Points ∼17% +74%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
754 Points ∼6% -39%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
1473 Points ∼12% +20%
Acer Iconia A1-810
1322 Points ∼11% +7%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
1945 Points ∼16% +58%
Google Nexus 7
1599 Points ∼13% +30%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
1137 Points ∼9% -8%
Apple iPad mini
750 Points ∼6% -39%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - System
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
2217 Points ∼41%
Acer Iconia A1-810
2264 Points ∼42% +2%
Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
3153 points ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
5883 points ∼57% +87%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
3124 points ∼30% -1%
Acer Iconia A1-810
3455 points ∼33% +10%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
3961 points ∼38% +26%
Google Nexus 7
3840 points ∼37% +22%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
2418 points ∼23% -23%
Legend
      Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310 Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
      Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
      Captiva PAD 8 Pro Rockchip RK3066 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP, 8 GB SSD
      Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A, Qualcomm Adreno 225, 16 GB SSD
      Acer Iconia A1-810 Mediatek MT6589, PowerVR SGX544, 16 GB iNAND Flash
      Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 8 GB SSD
      Google Nexus 7 NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 8 GB SSD
      Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch Texas Instruments OMAP 4460, PowerVR SGX540, 16 GB SSD
      Apple iPad mini Apple A5, PowerVR SGX543MP2, 16 GB SSD

In terms of 3D performance, none of the devices can really take a lead here; the results are quite close to each other. The ARM Mali 400-MP4 in our test device is enough even for very demanding 3D games for Android tablets. As you can see below, we have checked this in practice.

GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
3.9 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
4.5 fps ∼1% +15%
Acer Iconia A1-810
2.6 fps ∼0% -33%
Google Nexus 7
3.2 fps ∼0% -18%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
6.2 fps ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
6 fps ∼10% -3%
Acer Iconia A1-810
5.3 fps ∼9% -15%
Google Nexus 7
5.3 fps ∼9% -15%
Epic Citadel
High Performance
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
55.5 fps ∼92%
Acer Iconia A1-810
58.6 fps ∼97% +6%
Google Nexus 7
53.6 fps ∼88% -3%
High Quality
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
54.6 fps ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
39.2 fps ∼66% -28%
Acer Iconia A1-810
57 fps ∼95% +4%
Antutu 3DRating
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
3097 Points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
3383 Points ∼30% +9%
Acer Iconia A1-810
3134 Points ∼28% +1%
Apple iPad mini
5819 Points ∼51% +88%
1024x2048 Off-screen
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
2233 Points ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
2169 Points ∼75% -3%
Apple iPad mini
1174 Points ∼41% -47%
NenaMark2
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
58.4 fps ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
58 fps ∼86% -1%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
55.6 fps ∼83% -5%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
58.8 fps ∼87% +1%
Acer Iconia A1-810
51 fps ∼76% -13%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
56 fps ∼83% -4%
Google Nexus 7
55.6 fps ∼83% -5%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
27.8 fps ∼41% -52%
3DMark (2013) - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
3098 Points ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
3326 Points ∼2% +7%
Acer Iconia A1-810
3148 Points ∼2% +2%
Google Nexus 7
3523 Points ∼2% +14%

As we already noted in our review of the Xtreamer JoyZ, Samsung's Exynos SoCs are really fast when it comes to Internet browsing, complex HMTL5 animations, or videos. The otherwise mediocre test device left behind all of its rivals in this test. The same is true for the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 - none of the competitors can keep up. This is a strong argument for those who mostly use their tablet for surfing the Internet.

Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
2154 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
2425 Points ∼13% +13%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
1282 Points ∼7% -40%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
1321 Points ∼7% -39%
Acer Iconia A1-810
1205 Points ∼7% -44%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
1562 Points ∼9% -27%
Google Nexus 7
1236 Points ∼7% -43%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
1383 Points ∼8% -36%
Apple iPad mini
852 Points ∼5% -60%
Octane V1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1873 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
2145 Points ∼10% +15%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
1232 Points ∼6% -34%
Acer Iconia A1-810
1247 Points ∼6% -33%
Google Nexus 7
1313 Points ∼6% -30%
Sunspider
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1257.1 ms * ∼31%
Acer Iconia A1-810
1497.5 ms * ∼37% -19%
Peacekeeper
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
712 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
706 Points ∼11% -1%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
436 Points ∼7% -39%
Acer Iconia A1-810
572 Points ∼9% -20%
Google Nexus 7
468 Points ∼8% -34%
Mozilla Kraken 1.0 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
18228.4 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
22014.4 ms * ∼13% -21%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
30169.4 ms * ∼18% -66%
Acer Iconia A1-810
18592.8 ms * ∼11% -2%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung has not saved on storage memory. The speed of the 16 GB flash memory is really impressive. This is confirmed by the comparison to the rest of the competition. In practice, we were equally impressed with the fast load times.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
45.86 MB/s ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
38.99 MB/s ∼23% -15%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
8.77 MB/s ∼5% -81%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
33.61 MB/s ∼20% -27%
Acer Iconia A1-810
46.43 MB/s ∼28% +1%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
24.8 MB/s ∼15% -46%
Google Nexus 7
16.87 MB/s ∼10% -63%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
42.73 MB/s ∼26% -7%
Sequential Write 256KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
20.07 MB/s ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
17.04 MB/s ∼30% -15%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
24.61 MB/s ∼43% +23%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
11.01 MB/s ∼19% -45%
Acer Iconia A1-810
10.41 MB/s ∼18% -48%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
5.25 MB/s ∼9% -74%
Google Nexus 7
5.22 MB/s ∼9% -74%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
12.3 MB/s ∼21% -39%
Random Read 4KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
10.94 MB/s ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
11.13 MB/s ∼53% +2%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
8.46 MB/s ∼40% -23%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
8.15 MB/s ∼39% -26%
Acer Iconia A1-810
12.29 MB/s ∼59% +12%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
7.24 MB/s ∼35% -34%
Google Nexus 7
4.76 MB/s ∼23% -56%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
12.11 MB/s ∼58% +11%
Random Write 4KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
1.88 MB/s ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
1.47 MB/s ∼50% -22%
Captiva PAD 8 Pro
0.13 MB/s ∼4% -93%
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110A
0.54 MB/s ∼18% -71%
Acer Iconia A1-810
0.63 MB/s ∼22% -66%
Easypix SmartPad EP800 Ultra
0.23 MB/s ∼8% -88%
Google Nexus 7
0.28 MB/s ∼10% -85%
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 inch
0.59 MB/s ∼20% -69%

Games

Even demanding 3D games like "Iron Man 3" run smoothly.
Even demanding 3D games like "Iron Man 3" run smoothly.

As we already mentioned, the SoC is well suited to run the latest 3D games on the Android tablet. We tested the tablet with titles like "Real Racing 3" and "Iron Man 3". Both ran without problems – no stuttering, short loading times and smooth gaming experience. Clearly undemanding games like the "Angry Birds: Star Wars" were also not a challenge.

Overall the performance of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is impressive: Despite its weaker processor compared to the Google Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Note 8.0, our tablet was usually ahead of the competition or at least on a similarly high level. In practice, the tablet worked quickly and without lags in any situation.

Emissions

Temperature

The performance edge is also reflected in the temperature under load: with a maximum temperature of 42.6 °C (108.68 °F), the tablet is by no means hot, but is still noticeably warm. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 is slightly warmer, as well as the Galaxy Note 8.0. The rest of the competition has done a better job in terms of heat management and achieves lower average temperatures. In idle use, our test device keeps a cool head and reached a maximum of 34 °C (93.2 °F) in the area of the front camera.

Max. Load
 31 °C32.2 °C34 °C 
 32.4 °C33.5 °C39.2 °C 
 34.3 °C42.6 °C37.7 °C 
Maximum: 42.6 °C
Average: 35.2 °C
32.9 °C34 °C31.2 °C
36.6 °C34.8 °C31.4 °C
36 °C41.5 °C34.2 °C
Maximum: 41.5 °C
Average: 34.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  48.3 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The speakers are located on the bottom side of the tablet. This means that if you hold the tablet in landscape mode, you can slightly cover the speakers with your hand and dampen the sound. When you hold it vertically, you will be able to fully enjoy the sound of the two speakers.

The sound is really good for a tablet - balanced, loud, but not too much. The highs and mids are well defined; the bass is of course barely there. Overall, the speakers leave a good impression, even if the stereo effect is not so prominent, due to the fact that the two speakers are too close to each other.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Considering the more than decent performance that the tablet offers, its energy consumption is low. A maximum of 3 W in idle use is almost half of what the Acer Iconia A1-810 and Apple's iPad Mini are consuming. Even under load, our test unit draws very little power with a maximum value of 5.8 W. In combination with the 17.8 Wh battery, the tablet should have properly good runtimes, right?

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.01 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 1.3 / 2.6 / 3 Watt
Load 5.4 / 5.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The answer is clearly "yes, but...". The lithium-ion battery provides the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 with runtimes of more than 10 hours of very light use, 7:43 hours of surfing over WLAN and 3:36 hours of working under full load. These are quite ordinary times. The Google Nexus 7 can be clearly surpassed in the WLAN test. The iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD 7 have significantly longer battery life, which places the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 just in the upper middle of the list.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 14min
WiFi Surfing
7h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 36min

Verdict

Slightly more expensive than its competitors, but also slightly better. The Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7, two considerably well-known competitors, cannot really challenge the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. However, this may change soon, because the next generation of Google's price-performance hit is on its way.

But until then, Samsung has produced a tablet, which can be threatened only by the iPad Mini or the Galaxy Note 8.0. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 also suffers some criticism: the case is made of plastic, which may be pleasing to some and others would be indifferent. But then there will be some, who would say that a high-quality aluminum tablet is more appealing. Dear Samsung team, bloatware is also not good. And for those who look only at the pure performance, we should note that buyers will get a slightly less powerful processor.

The performance is top notch, be it browsing the web or playing games. The display is also impressive, only if it were not for the blue tint. The TouchWiz interface is very well thought out and expands the Android with numerous neat features; Samsung has even included many features to help out people with disabilities. Good battery life, dozens of input options, useful software additions and good speakers make for a well-rounded package, which justifies the small extra cost.

In review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
In review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
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Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310

:: Processor
:: Memory
1536 MB, LPDDR2
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
8 inch 16:9, 1280x800 pixel, capacititive touchscreen, mutli-touch with up to ten fingers, TFT, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB iNAND Flash, 16 GB , 11.75 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combined port, Card Reader: MicroSD (up to 64 GB), Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, face recognition, DLNA, KIES
:: Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.4 x 209,8 x 123,8
:: Weight
0.314 kg Power Supply: 0.049 kg
:: Battery
17.8 Wh Lithium-Ion
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 5760 h
:: Price
299 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 5 MP with autofocus, Front: 1.3 MP, Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Samsung TouchWiz, S Planner, S Voice, Story-Album, Samsung Link, Flipboard, Paper Artist, 24 Months Warranty

 

With the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Samsung launches the popular tablet in its third generation.
With the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Samsung launches the popular tablet in its third generation.
Bright display, dual-core, fast memory – the tablet is very impressive.
Bright display, dual-core, fast memory – the tablet is very impressive.
There are some minor drawbacks, such as the blue tint of the display.
There are some minor drawbacks, such as the blue tint of the display.
But otherwise the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is really well made.
But otherwise the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is really well made.
The tablet even has an infrared port, so that you can use it as a remote control.
The tablet even has an infrared port, so that you can use it as a remote control.
The case is slim and stable. However, it can be bent using medium force.
The case is slim and stable. However, it can be bent using medium force.
The use of plastic makes the tablet light.
The use of plastic makes the tablet light.
The design features are typical for the Galaxy family.
The design features are typical for the Galaxy family.
For example, the back is white with a very light dot pattern.
For example, the back is white with a very light dot pattern.
The fast memory can be expanded with a microSD card.
The fast memory can be expanded with a microSD card.
The main 5 megapixel camera is good.
The main 5 megapixel camera is good.
Even the front camera can be used for photographs if necessary.
Even the front camera can be used for photographs if necessary.
The used interface is Android with Samsung's TouchWiz.
The used interface is Android with Samsung's TouchWiz.
There is a lot of good software, but also a couple of advertisement apps.
There is a lot of good software, but also a couple of advertisement apps.
An example of the good side of the software package:
An example of the good side of the software package:
The video player can be detached...
The video player can be detached...
... and then freely moved around the screen.
... and then freely moved around the screen.
The keyboard can also be placed on different spots of the screen.
The keyboard can also be placed on different spots of the screen.
TouchWiz allows two applications to be run in split-screen mode.
TouchWiz allows two applications to be run in split-screen mode.
You can place a clock or a personal message on the home screen.
You can place a clock or a personal message on the home screen.
You can also have shortcuts to numerous apps.
You can also have shortcuts to numerous apps.
Overall, the tablet has a good performance.
Overall, the tablet has a good performance.
The small extra charge is well worth it.
The small extra charge is well worth it.

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Price Comparison

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Pro

+High 3D performance
+Good performance in Internet browsing
+Fast memory
+Good color reproduction
+Bright display
+Extensive software package
+Numerous input options
+Good battery life
+Proper speakers
 

Cons

-Blue tint of the display
-Mediocre processor performance
-Plastic case
-Case temperatures are a bit high
-Relatively high price
-Bloatware

Shortcut

What we liked

The tablet is ahead in every aspect. Samsung has also lowered the price compared to the last generation.

What we'd like to see

An operating system without bloatware.

What surprises us

Samsung know very well how to optimize its SoC for browsing performance.

The competition

Acer Iconia A1-810, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7, Captiva Pad 8 Pro, EasyPix Smart Pad EP800 Ultra, Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A, Apple iPad Mini

Rating

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 SM-T310
08/05/2013 v3
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
63%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
40%
Weight
100%
Battery
93%
Display
85%
Games Performance
42%
Application Performance
56%
Temperature
82%
Noise
100%
Add Points
80%
Average
76%
86%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Wimmer, 2013-07-31 (Update: 2013-08- 3)