Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 3: Observing people using very large-sized machines as phones, I often used to wonder how convenient, or inconvenient for that matter, the same would be. Until I got a tablet-smartphone for review—the Samsung Electronics Galaxy Tab 3 (T311)—that was recently launched by the Korean major. Why do I say tablet-smartphone? It is because now companies are launching products across the size spectrum; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 fills the space between a tablet and a smartphone. And already there is a sort of war going on in this segment. You have the Apple iPad mini, the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire as its major competitors.
So, how good is the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3? Compared to Samsung’s seven-inch devices, the Galaxy Tab 3 has a slightly bigger display, still it looks somewhat similar to other Galaxy devices. At a thickness of just 7.4 mm, it is also quite light—316 gm. Overall, it has a design that is neat and functional. The construction quality of this device is at par with the best in business. Although dimensions have been calibrated to offer the best grip with smart usability and the slimmer bezel ensures screen space is maximised, operating the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, or for that matter operating any device of this size, is quite a task. Yes, using it with one hand, after a while, becomes inconvenient and, more often than not, you have to use both hands (as is the case when you use a tablet). In fact, I believe that it was not a very good idea to take the same S3 design and turn it into a tablet. So, using this device as a phone is not something I would seriously suggest.
Where Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 does score is screen size, quality and functionality. In fact, over the last 10 days that I have been carrying this device, I have found that it has everything you need to enjoy your multimedia experience. For instance, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has got a reading mode that automatically adjusts the screen to optimal levels to prevent eye strain when reading for prolonged periods of time. Then there is a dual view feature, which lets you view two screens at the same time, thus minimising the need to switch back and forth. Another feature called the pop-up video lets you get small tasks done while you