Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Review SM-T211 with Wi-Fi and Built in 3G

Gogi Rana
Rs. 16,790

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On August 2, 2013
Last modified:September 27, 2013


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes powered by dual core processor and sports a 7 inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution. There are fixed focus dual camera, built in 3G (tab can be used as a phone), Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. This tab is priced at Rs. 16,700.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 sports a 7 inch screen and runs on the Jelly Bean 4.1 OS. There is 3MP rear FF camera and a front 1.3MP camera. This Wi-Fi + 3G tab is powered by 1.2GHz dual core processor and is priced at Rs. 16,790.

Galaxy Tab 3 Box Pack
The box including the user manuals is made of recycled paper. The box contains the handset, travel charger and the data cable, there is no earphone included.

Design, Display and OS
As far as the design is concerned it has got the same looks as the Galaxy Tab 2. The screen is 7 inches TFT with the same resolution as found on the Tab 2 i.e. 1024×600 pixels. The viewing angle is good with vivid colors. The touch is smooth and responsive. There is light, proximity, accelerometer and magnetic sensors. Weight is 313 grams and with 10.43 thickness.

There are 3 buttons on the front facing bottom, the center physical button and two touch sensitive buttons on either side. The buttons do not lit up in the dark. The specs are nearly similar to the Galaxy Tab 2 but the hardware is different on the Tab 3.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 box pack

There is micro SD and micro SIM slot on the left side and on the right you will find the power button and volume rockers. The 3.5mm audio jack is on the top side and at the bottom there is the micro USB port along with dual speakers. The built quality is very good. The tab runs on Android 4.1

Memory and Storage
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Of the 1GB RAM the free space is 485MB and of the 8GB internal storage you get around 5GB free. There is micro SD card slot that can add up to 32GB external storage, however you cannot move / install apps on external storage. OTG is also not supported.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T211 review

The Tab 3 comes with 1.2GHz dual core processor Cortex A9 coupled with Vivante Corporation GC1000 Core GPU. The GPU is better than the PowerVR SGX found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Benchmark : 3611.
  • Antutu Benchmark : 10328.
  • Vellamo Benchmark : HTML5 – 1425, Metal – 472.
  • Nenamark2 : 51.8fps.
  • Multi Touch : 5 point.

3MP camera
The rear camera is 3.2MP fixed focus without LED flash support. The quality is good. The rear camera can also record HD videos. You can check the sample images and videos at the end of this review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 3MP FF camera

Gaming and Entertainment
Though the Nova 3 game was listed in Google Play, I did not get the time to download (it’s 1.8GB), instead I tried the dead trigger game that did very well. You can play full HD videos with ease.  Sound is loud and clear. The dual speakers does a pretty good job, however when playing games you might actually be blocking it.

The tab can be used as a phone. The phone dialer is with video call button. There is in call speaker or you can make use of Bluetooth to connect external devices. 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS (GLONASS) worked without any issues.  GPS lock was pretty fast under 10 seconds.

The battery performance is very good, the 4000 mAh battery gives a talktime of up to 20 hours.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 review
If you are looking for a 7 inch tab with 3G this is the best one to go for. The price looks good and it makes sense going in for the tab 3 instead of the tab 2. The tab 2 however is available for a cheaper price, nevertheless also a good option. There is not much of a spec difference between the tab 2 and tab 3.

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Sample Images

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 unboxing and review video

720p video shot using the Galaxy Tab 3

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes powered by dual core processor and sports a 7 inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution. There are fixed focus dual camera, built in 3G (tab can be used as a phone), Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. This tab is priced at Rs. 16,700.

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  1. Umang Dave says

    Hi Gogi,

    I own a Tab 3 T-211. Recently when i tried loading Virtual Tennis in tab it shows me a white blank screen when i start. the VT get loaded soon it allows me to select whatever type of game i want to. But the moment i press the play/start button all i can here is the commentry & i can see the white screen. Please help me out with a reason if any. Also if this is an issue with T-211 or its a device specific issue. I would love to find an alternate way and get the game on my tab to njoy.

    Hoping for a positive response.

    contact me on:
    (Incase if there is any help possible from your end).

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  2. Moez says

    Hello, It’s not working with data Sim. Can you help me please :(
    I’ve tried with voice/data Sim and it’s working but when i’m using a data sim it’s not working
    when i’m trying to search fir network it displays “Error while searching for network”
    The same Sim is working on my iPad
    can someone help me please?

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  3. om prakash says

    Dont buy it as here it is not multi window , it does not support otg means you can’t run pendrive and any other such device

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  4. vamshi goud says

    hello gogi
    i have seen your review it was a clean review but i have one doubt.
    how can we install more apps if internal memory is done
    is there any option to move apps from intrnl to extrnl sd card..
    can you plz say it..?

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  5. Preeti Gupta says

    Dont buy it as here you are expanding such money and get waistage of is not multi window , it does not support otg means you can’t run pendrive and any other such device

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  6. Umesh situala says

    Hi, I have bought this tab 3 and when i install sim with data package the auto update will sunk my all data package money so how can i turn off atuo update in tab 3 ? please reply because my pocket is being empty by recharging NPR 500 every day.

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    • abhinav namdeo says

      To turn off auto update ,open google play ,after opening touch bottom left key which is option key,go on setting,there is option to turn it off…..

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  7. PRABHAT says

    Hi everyone, I brought tab 3 to connect video call but there is a problem when i am trying to connect video call message comes “unable to connect video call,please try voice call”. can anybody help me to find out the solution.

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    • jai says

      make sure that you are in 3G network enabled and other person you calling should also have 3G video call compatible handset and network

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  8. subhopriyo says

    Hi gogi ji, as I noticed that you have mentioned that it does not support OTG , is there any other way of using a pen-drive..?
    And, are there any camera app that provides auto-focus option..?
    Thank you sir.

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  9. Radhika says

    I am using tab 3 since 10 days. Display in slightly yellowish as white does not looks like pure white but it mostly looks like off white . specially in settings or on google home page. Is it normal?

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