Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the most interesting Android tablets on the Polish market. Created like iPad Pro, it offers not only a large 4: 3 SAMOLED screen, but also very powerful components and support for the S Pen. Time to see if the "iPad with Android" is as good as they write about it.
Tablet sales are falling. New models every year are getting less and less – if ever, they are either very cheap devices or 2in1 hybrids with Windows 10. Just have a look at my TOP-10 tablets to find out that it's not easy now for good Android device. Even worse are the fans of digital feathers. Just a few months ago I wanted to buy a powerful tablet with a stylus. I had only two choices – to put on the iPad Pro or to decide on a Surface Pro 4 hybrid. Alternatively, choose a non-typical Lenovo Yoga Book. Recently appeared another option – Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 , which looks like an iPad, works under Android, is equipped with powerful components and is sold with a set of stylus S Pen. What is more, you can buy a dedicated keyboard for him, so the Korean proposal can compete with every popular 2in1 hybrid. Is it worth to buy the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3? This is one of the questions I will try to answer in the maniacal review of the new Samsung tablet.
Construction and appearance
- Visually resembles a Galaxy S2 tablet, but it is nicer
- The housing is slim, glassy and slippery
- Four speakers guarantee good quality sound
At first glance, the Galaxy Tab S3 resembles its predecessor. It's just a pretense. As far as the front of the device visually did not change, the rest of the casing went through a real metamorphosis. The specific, rugged plastic of the Galaxy Tab S2 has replaced the reinforced glass – it's probably Gorilla Glass 4, though I have absolutely no certainty. The glass cover covers both the front and rear of the device. Both panels support a solid aluminum frame. The whole was perfectly folded – there are no gaps in which populations and dust would gather.I am not surprised that Samsung reached for reinforced glass. After all, it is very grateful material. Once they have stood firm, and two – adds beauty otherwise boring solid we have known for years. Besides, whether in fashion era for shiny and shining smartphones (like the Galaxy S8 or HTC U Ultra) Koreans could take another, secure marketing decision? I do not think so. Despite this, the presence of glass in the Galaxy Tab S3 delighted me not. Yes, the tablet looks nice and chic, but unfortunately only for the first ten minutes. The glass coating acts as a fingerprint magnet and dust – perhaps not the level of the infamous Huawei P10, but it's a poor consolation. In my opinion, the nicer device is the old, good iPad, which is made of aluminum. It is also more comfortable to hold – it is less slippery and more secure in the palm of your hand. The advantage of reinforced glass is that it offers enhanced scratch resistance. In this respect Galaxy Tab S3 is better than a competitor with an apple logo, but I do not advise to cheat – without the device will quickly lose the appearance of the look . Samsung boasts that Tab S3 is one of the lightest and slender tablets on the market. It is true. Which does not mean that the dominance of Korean products over rivals is significant – the differences are basically cosmetic, so it's not only worth basing your decision on buying a new device. Unlike the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 +, the Tab S3 has not seen noticeable changes. [/ Center] [spec align = "center" virtual = "SCREEN_WEIGHT, WIDTH, HEIGHT, WEIGHT, WEIGHT"] 22276,22278,22280,21130,20936 In the context of the placement of interface elements. The fingerprint reader is still hidden in the main physical button, traditionally placed under the screen. It is accompanied by two standard, illuminated touch buttons. The fingerprint reader normally works fine and in four attempts the five unlock the device. This may not be a perfect result, but there are no great reasons to complain. The speakers are definitely worth the attention . There are four, arranged two on both shorter sides of the tablet. If you believe in advertising, they are optimized by AKG professionals. No matter if it was actually, one thing I can write – speakers are very nice. The sound is pure, loud (84 dB in our measurements), well reproduced in mid and high tones, with a delicate bass in the background. Interestingly, after changing the orientation of the device, the sound is automatically adjusted to the new position – it's a nice patent. I also add that while holding the tablet in a horizontal position, the probability of accidentally covering the two speakers with his hands is large – in spite of this, it does not significantly impair the quality and sound volume. Fans of listening to music on the cable will not be disappointed. Contrary to recent trends, the tablet retains a 3.5 mm audio port. On the other hand, for people like me who prefer wireless headset is Blutetooth 4.2 with a number of profiles (including A2DP). This completes the USB Type C port 3.1, but without the MHL interface. Finally, it is worth adding that the left housing strip hides the hooks and pin connector of the optional docking station. For obvious reasons, they skewed the look of the device, but it was an inevitable compromise if the hardware was to compete with the latest 2in1 hybrids.
- Stylus weighs 8 grams and works without batteries
- The tablet offers a quotation feature on the blank screen
- S Pen uses Wacom EMR technology and recognizes 4096 levels
- Android loses with Windows 10 and iOS
Samsung's new tablet does not have a note in the name, but it still features the S Pen. The latest release of this gadget is a very good impression. The stylus of the Galaxy Tab S3 is clearly bigger than its cousins, making it more comfortable and secure. What is important is that the luminaire is only enlarged – the tip itself is still only 0.7 mm in diameter, which is conducive to both writing and precision drawing. Due to the lack of built-in S Pen battery is also relatively light – weighs only 8 grams.A clip is attached to the upper part of the luminaire to attach the stylus to the jacket pocket, for example. This is a small but important addition, as the stylus in the S3 housing can not be inserted in any way. Only the dedicated keyboard (available separately) offers a special S Pena handle. This is undoubtedly a drawback – to be convinced, just look at the successful Surface Pro 4, where the stylus is enriched with a magnetic lock to pin the accessory to the tablet casing. Remaining in the design plane for a while, I will mention that the Samsung stylus is not in circular cross section – the design has a flattened cylinder, which has a double effect. First, the stylus does not tend to roll around the table, so even when going by train, there is no fear that the gadget that is put away for a moment will suddenly be on the floor. Second, the specific profile makes writing S Pen easy to get used to – it's completely different from the Apple Pencil, the Wacom pen, or the Surface Pro 4 or Yoga Book. The function key on the stylus has not metamorphosed. It works exactly as it did in previous models, and consequently, we can use it to launch some applications from a special menu, expanded by bringing the stylus closer to the surface of the screen. This is a convenient and important function from the point of view of ergonomics, but it also requires a habit. At the beginning of the adventure with S Pen, I often accidentally activated the function key – usually at the least favorable moment. Let's leave for a moment the design and look at the functionality. I mentioned that Samsung's stylus for action does not need batteries – it's one of the many differences between it and the Apple Pencil. In addition to the secondary advantage (lower weight), the use of Wacom EMR technology means that the only thing that limits us when sketching or writing is the tablet itself. For comparison, Apple's pencil needs a recharge every 12 hours. In fact, much more important than the battery life, however, is the comfort of writing and drawing. Here Samsung has no reason to be embarrassed. The S Pen not only recognizes 4096 pressure levels , but more importantly, it works well with angled drawings – so you can even apply shadows accurately, gently pressing down the intensity of the line. Finally, low latency – a factor that will be appreciated not only by people who treat the Galaxy Tab S3 as a graphics tablet, but also all the lovers of the display. Since when we are quoting we are doing a fantastic job of typing on a blank screen. Just take the stylus in your hand, press the function key and … without the need to unlock the device immediately create a new note. Simple, intuitive, useful. Writing comfort alone is high . In this respect Samsung's tablet falls in my opinion better than Yoga Book and Surface Pro 4, equating Apple's pencil chic. Only that the world itself does not end at the same stylus. It's one of those gadgets that need to be supported by third-party software to distribute the wings. And here comes the problem. Galaxy Tab S3 users get three apps, but only one of them is really useful: a great Notes app where you can write and draw. The other two (Soundcamp and PEN.UP) are more curious than the actual tools. In addition to the mentioned applications, there is also a command that indicates a special set of keyboard shortcuts – the menu is activated when the function key is pressed when the stylus tip is approaching the screen. At the command level, you can run not only the selected programs (including non-Samsung shortcuts themselves), but also include two interesting tools: intelligent selection and translator . The first of them allows you to quickly take screenshots of any selected content in any shape, also offers the option to create GIFs and add comments. The second program has tremendous potential – just hang the stylus over a word in a foreign language (predefined) to see in real time its Polish counterpart. Unfortunately, in practice, the application works on average – it has a problem extracting text from web pages, and to this translation are often very questionable quality. It seems that the tools related to S Pen is quite a lot. How come my skepticism? S Pen is undoubtedly a great addition to the Tab S3 and technically beats most competing solutions. The problem is that Apple has a huge ecosystem of various programs designed under the stylus. The content of Windows 10 has also recently expanded, which after updating to Creators Update has become a very friendly environment for quotation while offering access to the best desktop graphics programs on the market. Against this backdrop, Samsung's proposal is palpable – Note and the external Sketchbook for Galaxy from Autodesk are cool applications, but they can not match the vast array of backgrounds of Apple and Microsoft. At least not in the present moment.
- The tablet is equipped with a Super AMOLED panel of 2048 x 1536 px
- Offers color coverage of 95% sRGB
- HDR10 + mode is currently the only marketing slogan
Sensational. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 can be described in the shortest possible way. Let's start with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 px, which at the diagonal of 9.7 "translates to 264 ppi. This is a great result because it guarantees high readability of the content in each mode. Could you give me more pixels? No.The Galaxy Tab S3 is based on the Super AMOLED technology, which means that Samsung offers users what is now the best in the market, including wide viewing angles and a 95% sRGB color coverage. It is absolutely the highest shelf – more expensive tablet of such a result could only envy.The maximum brightness is set at almost 400 cd / m2, but we have to remember that in Samsung case we are talking only about manual setting.The system has the option to automatically raise the backlight to The higher the threshold when the situation requires – so even in strong sunlight the display remains readable and does not turn into a mirror. Backlighting is up to 10% – that's a lot, but due to the excellent performance in other tests, this minor drawback I am able to excuse Tab S3. With less exposed, but important additions, it is worth mentioning the blue light filter, which can activate itself at a pre-defined time. One of the key marketing advantages of the new Samsung tablet is the HDR10 + mode . This is a technology that allows you to dynamically change the picture settings in the context of the scene you are displaying. Simply put, the screen responds to what is shown on it. Dark scenes are illuminated without the need for simultaneous "burn" of bright frames, and colors become more vivid and intense. Unfortunately, to appreciate it must have the right material. And here comes the problem, because movies or series supporting HDR10 + is like medicine. This will of course change, especially in the context of the recent information about Samsung's cooperation with Amazon, but at present moment the marketing advantage of Tab S3 is just a curiosity. It is a pity, because during the tablet tests, I had the opportunity to see some sample samples in HDR10 + mode and this way of consuming the multimedia I fell in love with.
- It has WiFi ac, LTE, GPS and ANT +, but ran out of NFC
- The S3 offers a 13 megapixel camera with 4K recording capability
- You can insert a microSD card up to 256 GB
- The tablet supports OTG, but does not support NTFS
Overview of the equipment of the Galaxy Tab S3 will start as standard, ie communication. We have a state-of-the-art WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac WiFi connection, which uses both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The speed and stability of the connection to the local network did not raise my concerns. Sitting downstairs down from the router, I was still able to count on a safe range of -60 to -65 dBm while surfing the Internet, and I had no trouble downloading files. The tablet offers support for Bluetooth connectivity, with Samsung choosing version 4.2 with a rich list of profiles (A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP). Doubts may arise from the fact that we have only 4.2 editions, not 5.0. In spite of all I complain I'm not going – in memory I have a test of Galaxy S8 written by Paul, who very critically assessed the stability of the BT 5.0 connection. The Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T825), which is tested by techManiaKa, also has an LTE modem. This version supports the FDD and TDD (B40) standards for a single card in nano SIM format. In Cracow, the Play network achieved about 50 Mbit / s for download and 12 Mbit / s sending, while in theory the hardware can achieve up to 6 times higher performance with better infrastructure. At the end of the ANT + protocol, the solutions for the active. Thanks to this, the tablet offers support for gadgets – not just smartwatches but also typically sports gadgets. The built-in GPS, which supports the Glonass, Beidou and Galileo systems, is not bad. The Galaxy Tab S3 quickly catches up the fix, does not lose its reach, and the precision of navigation is so high that I would not be afraid to go on the road with a navigation tablet. Is something missing? Only NFC, which although not a necessity article, should be in the premium class tablet. Next stop: camera . I do not know anyone who would like to seriously take a picture with a tablet, but sometimes this option is useful. That is why Samsung is serious about the case and has equipped the Galaxy Tab S3 with a solid set, in theory even with a comparison to last year's super smartphones like the Galaxy S7. The main die is a Sony CMOS IMX260 (13 Mpix) CMOS sensor, which is accompanied by a f / 1.9 brightness lens and an illuminated diode. On the film side we can count on UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 px) at 30 frames per second. So many theories. In practice, the camera works fine, but certainly does not offer quality "flag". Closer to him to mid-sized phone of this year. Autofocus usually works quickly and efficiently, image detail and color reproduction are good and noise levels are good with low light. At night it is noticeably worse – the colors are quickly becoming faded, and the grainy picture, which is additionally a problem with sharpening. Automatic mode is not bad, but I enjoyed using the HDR (excellent) and professional mode. The latter may not be specially developed, but it allows you to control ISO, light metering and exposure, which in my case proved to be sufficient in most cases. Samsung has also forgotten to add filters, so the most popular effects can be applied to photos without having to resort to any external application from Google Play. The front camera is based on a 5 megapixel camera. The focus is fixed, and the lens (f / 2.2) is a bit darker. The quality of the pictures is incomparably worse than the front camera, but occasional selfie calm enough. As far as the picture will of course be done in the day, because the nightly frame is already a parade of blur and grain. In movie mode, the camera lets you record Full HD movies at 30 frames per second – a handy option for frequent video calls. All the more so because the microphone catches the voice. About the speakers and the fingerprint reader I have already mentioned, so now I will go straight to the OTG function and storage memory. The tablet dealt with almost all the accessories I had at hand. Reads both flash memory and external hard drives, had no problems with the mouse, keyboard and USB splitters. The only thing that was not "swallowed up" is the Windows NTFS file format, which in my opinion is a big disadvantage. If no support for NTFS does not bother me on the phone or a simple tablet, then in the Surface Pro challenging device, this option definitely should be found. The user files are waiting in 32 GB theory, but in practice, after subtracting system files this value decreases to just over 23 GB. You can use the microSD card (which the iPad runs out) with a capacity of up to 256 GB. I did not have the opportunity to check out such large media, but with 128 GB of problems I did not write down the issue.
- Good but not great times
- The tablet needs to be charged every other day
- There was no shortage of fast loading mode
Charging time is a key feature of every tablet. At least for me. In this respect, the Galaxy Tab S3 did not disappoint me, although the results of the Lenovo Yoga Book unfortunately did not come close. Let's start with the fact that the equipment is equipped with a 6000 mAh battery, so the potential is undoubtedly. In synthetic tests (with a brightness set at 120 cd / m2), the tablet most often falls on the older Galaxy Tab S2, which offered a similar-sized battery, but with a weaker processor and a lower resolution screen. Progress is so. Unfortunately, not enough to make Tab S3 outrun the current record. [Test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22276" type = "single" virtual = "pcmark-work" product_id = "22276,22014,21890,21802,21676,21130,21644,21048,21110" You enjoy this good optimization. Normally using a tablet I loaded it on average every two days – at that time I mostly recorded, surfed the Net and listened to music (via BT), occasionally watching something. The result is decent, though the iPad, as a rule, is less likely to be tucked into a charger. I was also pleased to note that the idle equipment left unloaded slowly, losing 2% per day, giving us almost 2 months in extreme situations. Of course, it is worthwhile to activate the most radical energy-saving plan, which reduces brightness, limits CPU clocking, and background usage. Thanks to the fast loading mode, the Galaxy Tab S3's battery life will be completed in just over two hours, with a charge of 95% after 100 minutes.
Performance and system
- The powerful Snapdragon 820 processor is the top shelf
- Android 7.0 works steadily, performance drops are rare
- The Galaxy Tab S3 is a good gaming console
- Simple and friendly interface with two window operation mode
The heart of the tablet is the Snapdragon 820. The tablet launch, although not the newest (the Snapdragon 825 is already available on the phones), is certainly good. It is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and Adreno 530 graphics. This kit is a promise of impeccable performance and stability. And so it is in practice.I did not find a program that would hang a new tab. The equipment does well under load, meaningfully distributing resources – even when working on two applications simultaneously. For a less demanding user, this will probably not be practical, but from my point of view (and the perspective of Pada Pro or Surface Pro owners) multitasking is one of the key arguments for or against the purchase of the Galaxy Tab S3. [Test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc" selected = "22276" virtual = "pcmark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = "22276,22014,21890,21802,21676,21130,20400, 21644,21048,21110,20158 "] No less important is performance in games. Here, the Adreno 530 takes on the challenge of letting your tablet run any title from Google Play. Whether it's a simple Temple Run or a resourceful X-COM or Mortal Combat X, the game fires at high settings and works steadily. The drop in performance over time occurs, but it is mostly seen in synthetic tests – I did not notice that any title suffered from a loss of liquidity. Power in the S3 is enough for years. [Test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "22276" virtual = "3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total" type = "single" product_id = "22276,22014,21890,21802,21676,21130, T = rex-3-onscreen "type =" single "product_id =" 22276 "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22276 " 22032.21794,21906,21796,21306,21460,21668,21308,21326,21672,21450,22004 "Even the best hardware is nothing but good software optimized for it. In the case of the Galaxy Tab S3 this is Android 7.0 enriched with Samsung's own overlay. By anticipating any questions – the whole thing works steadily and quickly. Cuts and yes, they are visible, but they are rare enough that it is not worth dwelling on them any longer. Visually, the Tab S3 environment is almost perfectly tailored to my needs . Clean, not overloaded unnecessary "ficzerami", graphically fine-tuned. Still, I can not say that the Samsung tablet is the perfect tool for work. There is power, is the idea, is a stylus, but … the whole thing spoils the limited mode of work on two windows. I see progress – because the progress is undoubtedly, as more and more applications support multi-tasking mode, but it's still not the level of productivity and intuitivity I've become accustomed to. Unfortunately, here's Tab S3 equal to iPad Pro – both devices fall out well, but not enough to translate over the hybrids of Windows 10. The application is a lot. Maybe not as much as Galaxy S8 offers, but the reasons for complaining do not see. There is, for example, Game Launcher dedicated to gaming lovers, a convenient program that not only allows you to easily burn the game, but also block unwanted interface elements or access to statistics of user activity. Microsoft Office Solutions , which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype, have been developed for tablet maniacs. This combined with the previously mentioned Sketchbook for Galaxy and Notes and the stylus function menu creates the backbone of the "working" part of the Galaxy Tab S3. This is a good set. Not enough to give him a window or iOS for him, but it will certainly work for many maniacs. Furthermore? An encrypted folder into which we can easily insert confidential data. Samsung Flow application that will sync your tablet phone so you can even read SMS from Galaxy S8 on Tab S3. 15 GB of free space in the cloud cloud. Access to Galaxy Essentials, where you will find some useful programs (some at promotional rates for new Taba owners). There is also a small bonus – 3-month access to HBO GO.
Summary and evaluation
Time to answer the most important question: is it worth buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet? This is without a doubt the best Android product on the market and deserves a place in my TOP-10 tablet. Well done, well optimized, equipped with excellent speakers and a great screen, and for that efficient and nice. From the hardware side, I can not blame Samsung. No NFC? Minus, but would not affect my decision. Glass case? I'm not a fan of it, but I have no doubt that for most potential buyers it will prove to be an asset. It's also the best tablet for gamers. At least in the Android environment. Competing with him could in fact be SHIELD only if he was still on sale. But it is not, and competing tablets (such as Huawei's offerings) are much weaker than Tab S3, which makes them less future-proof.Galaxy Tab S3, however, I mainly evaluate the prism of functionality at work, because I primarily expect the purchase of equipment with a stylus. And in this field the new tab made me a little disappointed. I do not want to be misunderstood. S3 is the best tablet with stylus and Android – I have not even a shadow of a doubt. But hardware is not everything. Few dedicated pen-writing applications, lack of support for NTFS and multi-tasking restrictions – this is hampering Samsung's other sensational product. At the present moment, if I were to try to assess which environment is most conducive to work, I would definitely put the first place in Windows 10, behind which at a distance walking iOS by the step with Android. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 or iPad Pro? It's easy. Both tablets are great products, with the purchase of both can only be enjoyed. Both finally show a similar level of performance and quality of workmanship, and the difference comes down to software. Either someone prefers Apple or Google – and this is one of the two arguments that should be taken into account before making the choice. The second argument is of course the price. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (with LTE and 32 GB of memory) costs about 3300 zlotys . In the set we already have a stylus, so buy only need dedicated keyboard and case in one – it cost about 400 zł . Meanwhile, the iPad Pro (in a similar configuration) was priced for about 3300 zł , but bought separately (] and 700 Win the total price to almost 4500, while the purchase of Tab S3 is associated with the expenditure of 3700 zł. Difference is perceptible. Who can I recommend the Galaxy Tab S3? Game lovers, quotes and multimedia. So, people who are consuming content – a better Android tablet you will not find now. [Temperature2 product_id = "22276"]