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The top 3 Samsung tablets of 2013

Loie Favre (translation)
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If this isn’t clear to you yet, well Samsung is taking over the mobile world: they’re in the media, in the newspapers, on billboards and in tech magazines. The Korean company tops the charts in sales in the US but are all their products really that great? Today, we bring you the top three Samsung tablets of 2013.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

This again? Yes, here’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 once more and it’s not our fault. The tablet is really one of the best on the market right now, especially in the 10-inch domain. The big sis of the popular Galaxy Note 3 has adopted the same design, faux-leather backing and S-Pen inclusion. The Note 10.1 2014 isn’t just a pretty face either: it packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz, 3 GB of RAM and an LCD display radiating with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

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The Note 10.1 2014 Edition was presented during the Berlin IFA in September 2013. © AndroidPIT

The Note 10.1 2014 Edition’s main nemesis is the iPad Air which showed its face for the first time in October 2013 and there’s no denying, even among Samsung fanboys, that the Apple tablet has some good technical specifications in an extremely light packaging we have yet to see in other tablets. The Note 10.1 is available with WiFi or 4G as well as varying internal storages sizes: 16, 32 or 64 GB, topped off with a microSD card to expand the memory, a known Samsung trait. The WiFi version of the Note 10.1 2014 is going for $599 on Amazon (11.12.2013).

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 arrived 6 months ago, but the tablet still is considered to be one of the best Samsung products due to its S Pen stylus which is extremely rare for this format. The 8-inch tablet has a good, yet not mind-blowing display resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, and it’s a great alternative for those who would like to have the Note 3’s capabilities but in a bigger size, all while maintaining a size that's perfect for easy transportation.

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The Note 8.0 is a great tool for productivity. © AndroidPIT

The tablet comes brandishing a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor cadenced at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and an internal storage size of 16 GB, plus expandability of up to 64 GB with a microSD card. The little hiccup here however is that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS bestowed upon this 8-inch device is starting to be a little outdated. The Wi-Fi version of the Note 8.0 is available on Amazon for $329 (as of 11.12.2013).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

At the beginning of 2013, Samsung unleashed a whole new family of tablets: the Galaxy Tab 3 series, which comes in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch models. But, astonishingly enough, these three tablets don’t all have the same technical characteristics. The winner of the three stooges is the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. But what makes it better than the other two? It’s the only device to hold a back-facing camera of 5 MP, its processor is better than the 7-inch version (quad-core ticking at 1.5 GHz) and the middle child also holds more RAM than the other two, all while being only slightly heavier than the Tab 3 7.0 at 316 grams.

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The best of the three Tab 3 series is the 8-inch device. © Samsung Mobile

The most surprising thing about the Tab 3 series is that Samsung doesn't use the same Android version on all three either: the 7-inch candidate has Android 4.1, but 4.2.2 is running on the other two. What’s more, the screen on the 10.1 and 8.0 inch devices has a higher resolution than the 7.0-inch model, which is quite perplexing. The Tab 3 8.0’s only fault is its battery (but for which tablet or smartphone is this not the case?), which doesn’t attain the 6,800 mAh capacity of the Tab 3 10.1. To find out more information on all three devices, check out our video comparison. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is available for $249 (11.12.2013) on Amazon.

Conclusion

Samsung is the king of marketing: it has succeeded in dropping exuberant prices but still manages to defeat its competition in sales. Among all the tablets, there are still one or two faults on each that we’ve noticed as time goes by, but it’s nonetheless undeniable that Samsung has added a lot of extra value with many of their functions and features. For one, the S Pen and all the functions that along with it. Samsung has been able to create tablets that really are a pleasure to use and that really do aid users in efficiency and productivity.

What do you think of our picks? Would you have chosen something else?