Samsung has announced a revamped version of its 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2. The Galaxy Tab 3 promises a more sleek and stylish design that is comfortable to hold in one hand for hours, and will be available in WiFi and 3G versions. Expect the two versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 to hit shelves in May and June, respectively.
But how does this new mini tablet from Samsung compare to other small tablets already out in the market? Today we’re comparing the upcoming Tab 3 to the Nexus 7, the iPad Mini, the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD.
Screen Size and Display
Galaxy Tab 3: 7” WSVGA (1024 x 600, 169 PPI) TFT
Nexus 7: 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi), Back-lit IPS display, Scratch-resistant Corning Glass
iPad mini: 7.9” Retina Display with 2048×1536-pixel resolution (256ppi) with Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, LED-backlit, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Nook HD: 7” 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, 243 PPI (pixels per inch), Supports 720p; fully laminated screen with no air gaps reduces glare and provides extra-wide viewing angles.
Kindle Fire HD: 7” 1280×800, up to 720p HD , HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
Tab 3: 111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9mm, 302g for the Wi-Fi version and 306g for the 3Gversion
Nexus 7: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm, 340g
iPad mini: 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm, WiFi 308g; WiFi+cellular 312g
NOOK HD: 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm, 315 g
Kindle Fire HD: 7.6″ x 5.4″ x 0.4″ 7”, 395g
Tab 3: 8/16GB Internal Memory ＋ 1GB (RAM), can be upgraded to up to 64GB via the microSD slot
Nexus 7: 16 and 32GB internal storage, 1GB RAM
iPad mini: 16, 32 and 64GB; 512MB RAM
NOOK HD: 8 and 16GB / 16 and 32GB; Add up to 32GB5 with microSD™ memory card, 8GB: 512MB RAM, 16GB: 1GB RAM
Kindle Fire HD: 7” 16 and 32GB + free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Tab 3: 4,000 mAh standard Li-ion battery, no information on battery life yet
Nexus 7: 9 hours video playback, 10 hours web browsing or e-reading, 300 hours on stand-by
iPad mini: 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
NOOK HD: Up to 10.5 hours of reading and Up to 9.5 hours of video
Kindle Fire HD: 7” 11 hours continuous use
Tab 3: 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor
Nexus 7: Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
iPad mini: 1 GHz Dual-core Apple A5 processor
NOOK HD: 1.3 GHz Dual-Core, OMAP 4470
Kindle Fire HD: 7” Dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP4460
Tab 3: WiFi and 3G versions: 3G : HSPA＋21 / 5.76 Quad 850/900/1900/2100; 2G : EDGE/GPRS Quad 850/900/1800/1900; WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0
Nexus 7: WiFi only: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam); WiFi+Cellular: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam), GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), HSPA+ 21
iPad mini: WiFi only: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology
NOOK HD: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Kindle Fire HD: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
Tab 3: 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera
Nexus 7: 1.2MP front-facing camera
iPad mini: 5-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel VGA FaceTime camera
NOOK HD: None
Kindle Fire HD: Front-facing HD camera
Tab 3: USB 2.0, microSD card slot – not enough information on the device’s specs sheet
Nexus 7: micro USB, Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), 3.5 mm stereo jack
iPad mini: WiFi only: Lighting connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, microphone; WiFi + Cellular: Lightning connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, microphone, Nano-SIM card tray
NOOK HD: Universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, Charging port, Expandable microSD slot, HDMI port, Dual stereo speakers
Kindle Fire HD: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers, 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine. Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support for streaming audio to compatible headphones and speakers. Built-in microphone.
Tab 3: WiFi: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light; 3G: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light, Proximity
Nexus 4: Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), Accelerometer, GPS, Magnetometer, Gyroscope
iPad mini: Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor
NOOK HD/HD+: No Information
Kindle Fire HD: No Information
Tab 3: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Nexus 4: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
iPad mini: iOS 6
NOOK HD: Custom-designed Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Kindle Fire HD: Customized Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
And the winner is…
The display already sets back the Galaxy Tab 3, as competitors all sport HD displays. The processor isn’t that bad, but the Nexus 7 takes the prize in that category as it has a quad-core processor that makes it faster than all the devices in this round.
The Tab 3 takes the cake in the weight category, as both the WiFi and 3G versions are the lightest. The Tab 3’s OS is up to date, unlike the NOOK and the Kindle tablets, so that’s a plus. And having a front and rear camera gives it another point, though the iPad mini’s cameras are better.
All in all, the Galaxy Tab 3 isn’t that bad, though Samsung could have improved more of its features aside from the sleeker design. Hopefully, the device would be justified with a low price to reflect the seemingly minimal changes made from previous versions.