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Picked up the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - 8.0 today. I will be reviewing it at length and drawing comparisons to it's closest competitor the IPad Mini.

I will also provide feedback testing on video playback and battery life.

Also noted below is the first case I picked up for it, the Invellop black, leather form fitting case. It sells on Amazon for $4.95 (+ $5.00 shipping). Great deal on a slim leather case. It protects all edges on the tablet and fits very snugly. It also leaves open the side that has access to the Micro SD slot.

Not sure if it really fair to compare it to the Nexus 7 as they are very different in size and features.

For a frame of reference, here is a portion of the chart I created in my tablet comparison thread:



And some initial pictures:









Edited by Robilar - 7/24/13 at 3:32pm
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A few initial thoughts:

The screen is fantastic; great color, excellent contrast. Video playback is crystal clear. I've tried several formats, AVI, MP4 and MKV, all play without a hitch. Compared to the IPad Mini, the widescreen format is definitely better for video playback given you end up with smaller (or no) black bars.

The device is quick. Very snappy performance. It is light to hold and manipulate. The narrow sides make for a great experience. I had the Note 8.0 and found it heavy and clunky to hold. Not so with the Tab 3.

It has some neat Android features (such as staying on as long as it can see your eyes). I plugged in a couple of Micro SD cards and had no compatibility issues (ran video off one of them. The native player app auto populated the videos in its menu without a search required).

I loaded Moon + Reader (my favorite Android reading app) and found it to be excellent for reading. The tablet has a "reading mode" which seems to change some of the video settings. Not sure if it makes a difference but the screen is very clear and text is sharp. Again smooth, fast page transitions.

I will take some pics with the camera's and post them here as well.

My only peev is that only the white version is here in Canada. Mind you in a full covered black case, it does not matter but I always prefer black tablets.
Edited by Robilar - 8/21/13 at 8:49pm
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Picked up a couple of accessories to go with the tablet.

After a few days of comparisons I Much prefer the Tab 3 over my IPad Mini. The only area where the IPad is slightly better is in battery life, otherwise the Samsung is better in every other way. Also add in a 64GB card and for $350 you have an 80GB tablet (and yes you can load apps on the Micro SD card) vs. $530 for my 64GB IPad Mini. Quite a difference.

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Are you gonna be picking up the new nexus 7? If so you should totally do a review of it! I just purchased a Nexus 10 2 months ago and i love it!
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I already grabbed one biggrin.gif I will provide comparison and commentary here.
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Battery life was better than I expected and I have to say the screen is fantastic (better than the new Nexus 7 I am tinkering with). Still it loses about 4 hours of battery life to the Mini.

I did have a couple of issues with 64GB micro SD cards. Turns out Patriot works fine.
Edited by Robilar - 8/21/13 at 5:03pm
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