Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

8.6

Build Quality

8.3/10

Battery Life

8.6/10

Display

8.7/10

Performance

8.3/10

S-Pen

8.9/10

Pros

  • Vibrant Display
  • Good Battery Life
  • Slim Design
  • S-Pen Functionality Is Quite Good

Cons

  • Speaker Performance could have been better
  • Software is buggy at times

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has been launched in India. It comes with the S-Pen in the box. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7 inch super AMOLED HDR display with a resolution of 1536×2048 pixels.

What Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Offers?

  • 13MP primary camera with flash LED, auto focus and 5MP front facing camera
  • 24.638 centimeters (9.7-inch) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution and 16M color support
  • Android v7 Nougat operating system with 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz Snapdragon 820 quad core processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB and single nano SIM
  • 6000mAH lithium-ion battery providing talk-time of 36 hours on 3G

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 In Depth Review

When it comes to content consumption, gaming, multimedia and portability all in one, tablets are great devices. Undoubtedly, you can get some work done on the tablets, but they don’t have what it takes to replace the laptop and any desktop for that matter. But, if content consumption is the sole purpose along with certain tasks here and there on the go, then tablets are the go to solution.

In the arena of Tablets, Apple has taken the iOS approach to make iPad more multitasking. However, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with the S-Pen and Android down the hood stands close to iPad.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 : Build & Design

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is extremely slim and is only 6mm thick. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has glass front and glass back. There are two colour variants available Black and White. Even though there is no mention of the glass protection on the tablet, but during use the team observed no major scratches on the device.

With respect to the ergonomics and ease of use you will feel quite comfortable. It doesn’t come with a cover or the keyboard case in the box. It’s sad seeing the price tag, I think at least the keyboard accessories and the cover that doubles as the stand would be a nice little added advantage to the customers.

Moving to port placement, (holding the tablet in portrait mode) you have the power button and volume rocker on the right, the keyboard dock connects to the left, and the headphones jack and USB-C port are at the bottom.

The tablet comes with the S-Pen, but unlike Samsung Note family of devices, there is no way to house the S-Pen along with the device, you need to keep it separately.

Overall, the build quality is as good as Samsung’s flagship smartphones. It’s brilliant! The device is extremely slim and feels delicate to touch.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 : Display & Audio Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7 inch super AMOLED display with 1536×2048 resolution. After testing out with few of HD videos and YouTube streaming we found it to be quite flawless. The display was crisp and clear even in the direct sunlight.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has four speakers, two at the top and two at the bottom. The speakers are powered by the AKG. The speakers sound just decent, nothing wow! The speakers in Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 lack bass, but are loud, thus get the work done.

You can tune the speakers of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, you may exploit this feature to get the audio performance to the fullest.

However, once you put the headphone, the audio experience is rich, nothing much to complain about, the audio output it rich and badass!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 : Performance

When it comes to everyday performance, like checking mail, browsing the Internet, watching videos, etc. the tablet performed impressively with the occasional stutter here and there. It’s decent at multitasking as well. Although, I faced some random crashes when using apps like Chrome and MS Word in split screen mode. It’s nice to have the ability to run 2 apps at the same time to get things done, making it a simple task like copy pasting, sharing screenshots, etc. easier.

Coming to the typing experience, there is a keyboard dock.

Coming to the camera, it’s just decent, nothing sort of extra ordinary. It’s more for video calling. As far as video calling is concerned, both the front and rear camera perform very well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 : S-Pen

Very similar to the Note Phablets from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a stylus. The coolest feature about the stylus is you can take notes even without switching on the tab. Just double tap the button on the pen and you can start taking notes on the display and then save them.

You have a bunch of S-Pen specific apps, including notes, smart select, screen write, and translate. As far as translate is concerned, if you want to see a word in a different language or want to see what the word is in a different language, launch the app and hover the pen over the word, to see the desired translation. You can also tap to hear the pronunciation. There are some interesting applications for the S-Pen, but unless you have the pen on you all the time, it’s going to be tough to reach for it when you need it. It’s sad that there is no option to house the Pen along with the tab.

Gaming

One place where you can exploit the tablet is with gaming. Be it graphically heavy games like Injustice 2, NFS or Asphalt, they all ran extremely well. You can also play local multiplayer games like Othello and Chess etc. and thanks to the big display, they are lots of fun.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a 6000mAh battery.  As far as battery life is concerned, you can get about 11 hours plus of local video playback. Battery life will vary depending on where you’re streaming from, but expect 9 hours without much sweat. Heavy gaming can drain the battery life faster. In the PC mark battery test, the tablet lasted for 9 hours and 4 minutes.

 

Should You buy Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 ?

If you are one looking to consume a lot of content on the go, play games and maybe get a little work done, then yes, you can certainly consider this device. If you are looking for something in the Android ecosystem, then this is the tablet for you. It is a good-looking device with a slim profile, and has a good display for consuming content. The S-Pen has interesting functionality for those that would like to use it. The only downside are the speakers, that could have been better and the fact that the software was buggy at times. Don’t expect this device to replace your 2-in-1 Windows powered laptop or tablet. Rather, it can complement that devide, thanks to Android’s large library of games and entertainment apps. It is a worthy competitor to the iPad Pro.

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