Samsung have out done Apple with their new Tab S3.
Tab S3 looks and feels amazing.
The S - pen is superb and so easy to use.
Sound quality is excellent.
Picture quality is perfect.
This is the best tablet available.
I've been converted from Apple.
Living in an era where iPads have been dominating the market, it was refreshing to finally see the tech giant Samsung come out with their rival product: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. I was in awe from the moment I excitedly unpacked the package... here's why:
The design and build - this has by far been one of the most stunning, sleekest looking tablets I've had the pleasure of testing until date. The AMOLED display (which allows the tablet to be super fast at activating each pixel making it perfect for larger, higher definition displays with a lot of pixels) was just excellent, the colour and contrast was so sharp, it was almost 3D like. The product itself felt premium, quality materials and workmanship; a true signature from Samsung.
The sound - when i switched the tablet on, i was surprised with the sound quality which roared out of those tiny speakers. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Tab comes equipped with AKG quad speakers which deliver unbelievably impressive sound regardless of whether the tablet is held portrait or landscape. I've used the speakers to their maximum volume when friends are around and it seriously does sound like I've connected to some external bluetooth speakers! (i often get told off for having it on so loud, my brother can usually hear it from his room down the hall! Oops :P)
The S Pen - Samsung wouldn't be Samsung without their signature pen. Personally I've never used a stylus with any of my tablets or phones as they just felt fiddly, let's just say... I've converted. I've been able to draw and write in different styles and fonts without the writing looking scratchy as it normally does on electronic devices. The feel is so natural and close to what a traditional pen feels like i often forget I'm holding a stylus and accidentally use the pen to write on actual paper!
The lifeline (battery) - hands down the battery life is amazing. I've taken it on a lengthy trip to London recently and managed to get a good 2 days out of it without charge. Keeping in mind i only used it for an hour or two on the train each way, but heavily used the notepad and email functionality.. not to mention a little shopping when I got bored!
Overall I'm really impressed with Samsung. They've really showed me there are other tablets out there other than the leading brands. I even bought the keyboard to convert it into a laptop so now i have a 2 in 1. The processing power is impressive, I've even used it to remote desktop!
Definitely recommending this to everyone!
There are so many tablets out there it's hard to know what to go for. The Tab S3 combines cutting-edge hardware, the latest android software with a tablet that offers portability and functionality unlike any other! The S-pen integration is amazing! It's as if you don't need to carry a pen and paper anymore. Here is my summary after almost a months use of the Galaxy Tab S3
1. Ultra slick design, slim, lightweight and feels like a million dollars
2. Beautiful screen, S-pen integration, and super-fast software
3. Great battery life
1. No place to store s-pen, unlike previous Samsung models
2. Not waterproof - this would be handy like other tablets (sony etc)
3. Small issue - Takes ages to boot up!
I’ve had the tablet for about a month now and had the chance to use if for many different functions.
The first thing I use it for was a Trip from London to Tonga & Fiji. This gave me a chance to try out the battery life. The tablet lasted the London to Singapore leg of the journey which is 13h, I used it for most of the flight, around 10+ hours, to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The screen really shows off when watching in low lights, having zero back light bleed, being an AMOLED screen, the shows looked amazing. The colours really pop without being bleached out by backlights. I then tried out the screen in bright day light while controlling my Drone, once again it handled this extremely well and could easily see what was being filmed. It is rather reflexed though.
Replaying the 4K content was super smooth, there is definitely plenty of power for your applications. I’ve also been using the tablet for some light photo editing / adjustments. You’ll probably want to switch the screen into a different mode, e.g. Cinema or the like, as the AMOLED in standard mode is slightly on the over saturated spectrum so your images won’t look the same on a normal phone or pc screen.
If you’re one of using the inbuild speakers you should be very happy with these. You get stereo in both Portrait and Landscape modes, this automatically switches for you. They also drive headphones well, I have some big headphones which the tablet can get to high levels still sounding great.
Getting back to work I could put the Stylus to the test. I’ve been using OneNote, SimpleMind, TickTick and a few other productivity apps. The Stylus really helps when note taking during meetings. You can also take quick notes on the Tab S3 when the screen is off by holding the Stylus to the screen and clicking the button on the side of the Stylus. Using SimpleMind, a mind mapping tool, it would be painful not to us the Stylus as there are lots of little buttons which pressing with your fingers would be rather tricky. I found the Stylus extremely accurate throughout all tasks. Though it does take a little getting used to drawing on the screen vs paper.
One thing which I found really useful is the hover function, it is used for multiple things throughout the tables use but the one I liked was when browsing a website on Chrome, you could hover the Stylus over a menu button which would normally show multiple dropdown options with a mouse hover on a pc, the Stylus reproduces the effect. Sometimes it can be rather hard using those menus on a tablet browser.
If you’re looking for a good cover, the MoKo Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Case is great. I also bought the Fintie but that was is no good.
We used the S3 extensively playing games, it handled them with ease. For apps for films and programmes, quick to start/ download, no juddering, buffering or pauses. When sharing with my television we were impressed by the speed it shared the content.
S Pen provided is light to use and accurate. I think once my children are older they will have better use of this. I didn’t realise until recently that I could probably use this at work to take notes in meetings using One Note, I’ll be trying this out soon.
Portability is still good despite heavier than my old tablet but this did also give a more robust feeling. It fit in a rucksack no worries and also into my sons changing bag when we went out for the day.
Average battery life, nothing special. Lasts a few days of normal use, as in gaming, internet browsing and emailing. Advantage is that charging is super quick.
Visually a nice bit of kit, currently looking for a cover to protect it. Although, we’ve been using it over a month and it looks brand new still. Has a high quality feel and excellent build quality.
If you’ve used an android then you can pick this up and start to use it immediately, it’s so familiar/intuitive.
Crystal clear, sharp, screen. Colours are bright, pop right out and the blacks are black.
Speakers are superior over most/ all others on the market. Fantastic all around sound. Does start to distort at high volume with very base heavy music. Overall though, love this feature.
As a family we really like the S3 and although we haven’t put it fully through all it’s paces, it is a welcome addition to our home. We do recommend it if you can get over the price tag.