The Apple iPad has set the standard for tablets very high and Samsung responded. Since the first Samsung Galaxy Tab hit the market, it's been a huge contender with the iPad. Now, however, other companies are catching up and surpassing Samsung. Even so, the Galaxy Tab 3 has its pros when compared to the iPad. It is no thicker than Apple’s tablet, and it’s a bit lighter. It runs the Android 4.2 Jellybean OS, which is designed for tablets, and one model even runs Adobe Flash.

If you already use a Samsung smartphone, the first thing that you'll notice about Samsung tablets is that they are basically your smartphone on a larger scale. The layout, OS, app store and more will be simple to use because you're already familiar with them. Even if you're not accustomed to Android, you'll soon realize how simple and straightforward the Android OS is to use. The Galaxy Tab series consists of three models: 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch models.

The 10.1-inch model has a 3.2-megapixel rear camera that takes good pictures, and while the form-factor of a tablet isn't ideal for photography, it's certainly functional. Switching to video recording mode is simply a matter of moving an on-screen slide control. Alternatively, the 8.0 model features a 5.0MP rear camera and the 7.0 model’s rear camera has 3.0MP resolution. All three models have a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera, which works well enough for video chatting. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 can operate using your carrier’s 4G LTE network, so you can Skype or surf the web whether you have a Wi-Fi connection or not.

At the heart of these devices, Samsung has provided the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. The 10.1 model comes with a 1.6GHz processor, while the 8.0 has a 1.5GHz and the 7.0 processor has a 1.2GHz version. Combine that with 1GB RAM (1.5GB on the 8.0 Tab) and the Galaxy Tab 3 has plenty of power to run smoothly over a wide variety of applications, but it could be faster. The Galaxy Tab comes with 16GB of storage (only 8GB on the 7.0 Tab), which can be expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card.

The Galaxy Tab 3 features a 7,000 mAh Li-Polymer battery that offers about 10 hours of usage on a charge. Of course, actual battery life will depend on how you use the tablet. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run Adobe Flash, a feature notably missing from the iPad and most other tablets. Since so many webpages use Flash, this can be important. In our evaluation, we found that most content ran with ease, but while some graphics-intensive pages indeed played, they tended to be choppy. Once we closed some applications that were running in the background, Flash play was smoother, but still not as fluid as it should be.

We can't forget about the Samsung Galaxy Note from the Galaxy series. If you like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, but want something that runs a bit faster, then you'll enjoy the Galaxy Note 3. It comes with Wi-Fi, and Android 4.3. The front camera has a resolution of 2.0MP and the back has 8MP. This tablet features 3GB of Ram, 32GB of storage and a 1.9GHz quad-core Exynos processor. It also comes with the S Pen, a stylus which is especially neat and convenient. It slips into its own compartment built into the tablet so you don't even notice it's there. It can be easy to lose a stylus, but as long as you keep this one in its home, you’ll know right where it is. The Galaxy Note is definitely made for multitasking and business purposes.

Samsung Galaxy Summary:
7.8/10

The Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Note are great Android tablets, plain and simple. Their design is not coincidentally similar to that of the Apple iPad, which continues to set the standard but has definitely been challenged. If you're a fan of the many advantages of Android smartphones, you'll fall head over heels for these tablets.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Pros
This tablet features the Android 4.2 Jellybean OS and is thin and light.

Cons
The Galaxy Tab 3 has a slower processor that makes it difficult to compete with newer tablets.

The Verdict
: 7.75/10

This is a fantastic Android tablet; it just doesn't have as much power or the high display resolution the top rated tablets offer.