Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.
Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Tab 3. The tablet isn't likely to win any awards for speed, design or display. What we've got here is a ho-hum plastic tablet with last year's specs. In short: it's a pathetic effort by Samsung to dupe unwitting consumers into buying something new that's actually quite old.
It doesn't make sense why it even exists, given that the Galaxy Note 8 has a far better display and camera and comes with stylus-enhanced apps. Likely, Samsung is trying to compete with the Nexus 7s and Kindle Fires out there, but I doubt they'll be successful.
Here are all the reasons why the Galaxy Tab 3 absolutely blows:
1. Its screen sucks:
The Tab 3 has a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display (whaa?) with a PPI of just 169 pixels per square inch (PPI). In case you were wondering, that's worse than the Nexus 7's 1280 x 800 display, which has a pixel density of 216ppi, and was released almost a year ago.
2. Its processor is slow:
The Galaxy Tab 3 features a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. That's about as fast as a Galaxy S2. It's 2013! What were you thinking, Samsung? This processor is almost TWO YEARS OLD.
3. Its design is crappy:
Oh wow, a white plastic case with a home button. It looks like Samsung spent maybe .4 seconds thinking up this design.
4. Its camera is terrible:
The Galaxy Tab 3 features a 3MP camera. In contrast, the Galaxy S4 has a 13MP camera. You're not going to be able to take good photos with this tablet.
5. It's not even running the newest version of Android:
The Galaxy Tab 3 is running Android 4.1, which is pathetic in this day and age.
I pity the fool that buys a Galaxy Tab 3. It better cost $99 or it shouldn't exist.