Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Unboxing & Review

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The tablet craze seems to have dwindled down, but that’s not stopping mobile device manufacturers, particularly prime players like Samsung and Apple, from releasing new and improved ones. Such happens to be the case with Samsung’s kick off to 2017; not a Galaxy smartphone but an updated flagship tablet. Let’s find out if this is the new Android tablet king in our Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Review!

Overview

Price: $599 (32GB WiFi model)
Available: Now
Model: Galaxy Tab S3

Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest in the company’s flagship tablet line. The improvements it brings are incremental, especially on the exterior, but they are just the right refinements that may make this the Android tablet to beat. Namely, features like quad speakers tuned by AKG, HDR support, and an included S Pen stylus.

What We Liked

  • Quad external speakers
  • Bright and vibrant display
  • S Pen included in the box
  • Refined hardware and software

What We Didn’t

  • Tablet size may be unweidly for some, and glass back is slippery
  • 32 GB base storage
  • Hit or miss camera quality

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Specs

Display 9.7″, Super AMOLED,
1536 x 2048 resolution
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon
820 (quad-core), Adreno 530 GPU
Memory 4GB of RAM
Storage 32GB internal,
256GB microSD expansion
Cameras 13 MP (f/1.9) rear and
5 MP (f/2.2) front
Battery 6,000 mAh, non-removable
Software Android 7.0 (Nougat)
with Samsung UI
Colors Black, Silver
Price $599 (32GB, WiFi model)
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Design

Samsung’s tablets could historically be summed up as blown up variants of the company’s Galaxy smartphones, albeit a generation behind the very latest design. The same can be said for the new Galaxy Tab S3 flagship Android tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

The navigation button layout copies Samsung’s smartphone line: a Home button flanked by Recent Apps and Back capacitive buttons. The fingerprint scanner on the Home Button is as quick and reliable as we’d expect from Samsung.

Therefore, we’re very much talking about a refinement rather than an overhaul of its predecessor, the Tab S2, launched in the Fall of 2015. The square-like footprint and even the entire front layout appears unchanged. So users who consider bezel reduction a selling point will be disappointed. Also, interestingly, the thickness increased ever-so by 0.4″, but which should be of little consequence for a still super-thin 6mm profile. And while an extra 40g brings the total up to 429 grams, the tablet is still a nice weight considering the substantial housing for the 9.7″ display.

Speaking of which, Samsung decided to forgo the option of a smaller 8″ variant. It seems like tablet users prefer to go big. Just be mindful that the Tab S3 is handful (or two) for those of us with average-to-smaller hands. The thinness helps make the device not feel as unwieldy as it should, but handling will still take effort. Some of that fact has to do with the choice of material of the back panel.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

Glass is premium, but there’s more chance of scratches/cracks on this sizable tablet.

Whereas the Tab S2 had a smooth, plastic backing, the Tab S3 predictably adopted the same design language of Samsung’s current flagships smartphones. That is, a metal frame sandwiched between full glass panels. It’s more premium and sure feels great, but our consensus remains that glass’ slippery and fragile nature makes it not the most practical choice.

The matte finished metal edging extends to the power and volume rocker pair on the right side of the device, interrupted at the top and bottom by white, antenna-allowing plastic inserts. When comparing the top and bottom, you’ll also find an external speaker at each corner. Yes, Samsung gave the Tab S3 quite the audio boost. The combined acoustic output makes for a more immersive experience than we’re used to, but we’d still pick front-facing speakers as the winning solution.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

The Tab S3 boasts a total of four external speakers (set of two equivalently placed on the top and bottom). They’re excellent when consuming media, but the corner placement means that your grip can cover them when holding the tablet in landscape.

Performance

Like with the build, the Tab S3’s internals also received incremental upgrades. No, the Snapdragon 820 chipset that debuted in smartphones at the beginning of 2016 isn’t the latest and greatest, but it’s a sufficient powerhouse nonetheless. Navigation through the Tab S3’s interface is consistently smooth and responsive, though stutters do rear around some corners. We’re not sure if that’s due to optimization on the end of the chipset or software interface. The similarly spec’d Galaxy S7 seemed a bit more steady to us.

Storage space has unfortunately remained the same, at 32 GB internally. Samsung may figure that a microSD slot well makes for that, but there’s less excuse when the flagship smartphones now come with 64 GB standard. However, we are thrown a bone on the battery end, at now an even 6,000 mAh capacity.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

We felt that equated to ample juice for a 2017 flagship tablet. At 50% brightness and moderate use (internet browsing, email, social media apps, etc.), we’d see about 8-10% drain short of an hour. But cranking up the brightness and playing videos/games can take a drastic toll; cutting your time in half. That said, on and off usage consistently got us through two days. Superbly minimal idle drainage certainly helped with that.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

The main 13 MP rear camera is capable, but don’t expect it to hold a candle to the quality of Samsung’s flagship smartphones. Thanks to a larger f/1.9 lens aperture, captures are well-lit and hold their ground in darker environments. Sharpness could use some work, as well as the hit or miss auto-focus. Check out some of our shots below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

Display

The star of the show is undoubtedly that massive 9.7″ display, and this is where you’ll be glad that this is a Samsung-made tablet. The company’s S-AMOLED panels are arguably the best in the mobile device industry. However, we’d be pressed to say it’s better than what we got in 2015, aside from the addition of HDR support with content that uses it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

The Tab S3’s display is a reflection of Samsung’s brilliant S-AMOLED panels on the Galaxy flagship smartphones.

The resolution stays at the same 1536 x 2048 (264 ppi) pixel density and our eyes see a similarly vibrant and color-rich viewing experience. There’s little to complain about. Blacks are as deep as they can go and details are brilliantly vivid. The screen can also get stupendously bright. But we can see a case where color accuracy could be in question, as colors on some videos look over-saturated to our eyes.

Accessories

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

The S Pen functions as flawlessly as we remember on the Note 7. The Air Command menu pops up with a touch on the floating pen icon, and the Samsung Notes app can robustly tailor your note/drawing desires.

Samsung largely focuses on usability in its tablets, which means that there’s a couple invaluable accessories that boost the experience. And one of these is generously included in the box – a stylus. This S Pen has more girth than the slim pop-out stylus you’d find in the Note smartphone line, making it more comfortable to hold and a joy to write/draw with (boasting a 0.7mm fine tip and over 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity). The drawback is that you cannot attach it to the tablet, not even magnetically like on the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

Another nifty and well-made accessory is the Tab S3 Book Cover Keyboard – a flexible book-style case that clings to the tablet via magnets. We loved how seamlessly and effortlessly the cover interfaces with the tablet, and its smooth, quality feel all-around. A crease on the cover allows the tablet to tilt and magnetically merge with pin connectors above the keyboard, turning the Tab S3 into a productivity machine. Our biggest complaint is that there’s no way to adjust the tilt angle. The keyboard functions well aside from a few keys that have to get squished in to fit the tablet’s footprint.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

The keyboard has no battery of its own, so you won’t be able to depend on it to keep you running longer. An option like that would’ve been great. This also means that the keys don’t have a back light.

Software

Android 7.0 (Nougat) is the talk of the town when it comes to Android, and the Tab S3 certainly packs it. On a Samsung device, that more means the company’s refined UI elements, like matured icons, fonts, and layouts. The drop-down notification shade, for instance, has a flatter and more classy aesthetic, of which also carries over the new Quick Settings customizations and notification interactions (i.e. replying to a message directly from the notification).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

The user interface is still as heavy as ever, but as of late that’s been less of a concern. Samsung has trimmed the fat and refined the valued features, such as dual app windows and the Briefing news aggregator on the left-most panel. Digging in the Settings menu will reveal useful functions. We really appreciate how easy it is to flush the system of resource hogging processes – the software automatically looks for battery-hogging apps and let’s you put them to sleep. Other notable mentions are a Secure Folder option that grants only you access to files you place there, a Blue Light Filter that helps reduce eye strain, and an audio resolution upscaler.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet

Final Thoughts

The Samsung Tab S3 is no doubt one of the best and most refined tablets out there. We think that Samsung could have evolved the design further than just essentially throwing a glass panel on the back, but there are plenty of other improvements that makes the update worthwhile: quad speakers, HDR-capable display, USB Type-C port, and a superb stylus in the box. Not to mention a boost on the battery, camera, and horsepower. Unfortunately, that means that the Tab S3 has a top-tier price tag to match, at $599 to start. And if you fancy that snazzy keyboard cover case, that’ll set you back another $129.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE + Voice Calling), Silver

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Features

  • 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
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 T820/T825 SmartLikeTempered Glass, 2.5D 9H HD+ Anti Finger Print , SmartLike Premium Tempered Glass For Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 T820/T825

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  • Surface Hardness: 9H Hardness can Effectively Protect your Screen from Scratches & External Shocks
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  • Easy to install (Bubble-Free / No Residue)
  • Protect your Phone against Screen Damage and other accidental damages.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T355YZAAINS Tablet (8 inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi+LTE+Voice Calling), Smoky Titanium

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  • 5 MP Primary Camera and 2 MP Front Camera
  • 8 inch TFT display of the samsung galaxy Tab A, It renders 1024 x 768 pixels and 16 M colour depth
  • Android 5.0 lollipop operating system (OS), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 16 GB internal memory, It also enables you to expand the memory of the tablet up to 128 GB by using a microSD card. 4200 mAh non-removable Li-Ion Battery
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories from the date of purchase

Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Case, Ziaon Ultra [Slim Thin] Scratch Resistant TPU Rubber Soft Skin Silicone Protective Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (Black )

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Features

  • ULTRA THIN with slim body that offers maximum protection without added weight or bulk
  • ULTIMATE PROTECTION for your device from those accidental drops. Constructed from smooth, high quality, tough and flexible TPU that resists dirt and stains. TPU is shock absorbent, shatterproof, and scratch resistant. It's easy to clean and does not have a plastic odor.
  • ANTI-SLIP design provides extra grip and preventing it from sliding. Front raised edges recess your screen to protect it when placed face down.

MagiDeal Durable Tablet Case Cover Compatible For Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch TSM-T820 / T825 Blue

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  • Specifically designed cutouts for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch TSM-T820 / T825
  • Foldable front flip gives you perfect viewing angle
  • Precise cut-outs with full access to all controls and features
  • Premium quality PU leather with microfiber interior
  • Ultra lightweight hardback adds minimal bulk while protecting your precious device

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet (Black, SM-T820NZKAXAR)

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Features

  • Includes the Samsung S Pen Stylus
  • Featuring High Dynamic Range on a Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers cinematic vividness, detail and deep contrast to a screen that fits in your hands.
  • Our revolutionary S Pen is more precise and pressure-responsive than ever, and never needs to be charged, liberating you to create, translate, and navigate without limits.
  • Powerful Quad speakers, tuned by AKG, calibrate with your movements as you rotate the Galaxy Tab S3, and intuitively reflect what's playing on-screen.
  • Easily switch from touch to type with a feather light keyboard* that auto-pairs, attaches on contact and never needs charging (*keyboard sold seperately).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Inch Tablet with S Pen - Black - 64GB Accessory Bundle includes 64GB MicroSD High-Speed Memory Card, Protective Sleeve, Stylus, USB-C Adapter, Screen Cleaner and Earbuds

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  • Protective Neoprene Sleeve for Tablets, Stylus Pen with Pocket Clip
  • 64GB MicroSD High-Speed Memory Card
  • Type C (USB-C) Male to USB 3.0 A Female Adapter
  • Universal Screen Cleaner, Earbuds with Mic by Travelocity

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Features

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Inch Tablet with S Pen - Silver
  • Protective Neoprene Sleeve for Tablets, Stylus Pen with Pocket Clip
  • 64GB MicroSD High-Speed Memory Card
  • Type C (USB-C) Male to USB 3.0 A Female Adapter
  • Universal Screen Cleaner, Earbuds with Mic by Travelocity

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Features

  • Designed exclusive for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Inch Tablet SM-T820 T825 (Not compatible with any other devices)
  • Classic and professional design, solid construction; Full access to all features (Cameras, Speaker, Ports and Buttons)
  • Premium composition leather exterior and soft interior offer great protection against daily use
  • Support auto Sleep/Wake feature; Multiple horizontal viewing angles; Magnetic closure secure the case
  • Built-in elastic stylus pen holder (ideal for the Samsung S pen), also comes with a bonus ProCase stylus pen

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