Samsung Galaxy Tab 3: 10 Features That Make the Tablet Worth Buying

NEWS ANALYSIS: Now that Samsung has finally announced its Galaxy Tab 3, customers get a chance to decide whether there are enough new features to make it worth buying.

Samsung on April 29 announced the Galaxy Tab 3, the first in what will likely be a long line of new tablets from the company this year. This new tablet isn’t a high-end model. In fact, it appears designed for the lower end of the marketplace.

But it’s a step in the right direction for both consumers and enterprise users. The 7-inch slate is, quite simply, a high-quality product for a certain type of customer.

With that in mind, it’s a good time to take a look at the Galaxy Tab 3 and determine what kind of customer it’s ideal for. People looking for an iPad replacement, for example, won’t find a lot to like in the Galaxy Tab 3. But customers looking for a replacement to an old Kindle Fire or another basic tablet for the home that the kids can use will be awfully impressed by the Galaxy Tab 3. The tablet might not be for everyone, but it’s certainly ideal for many.

Here are the factors that make the Galaxy Tab 3 a good buy as a personal tablet for book reading, movie watching and Web surfing.

1. It’ll be cheap

Although Samsung hasn’t announced pricing on the Galaxy Tab 3 yet, it appears that the device will be quite cheap. Here’s why: it comes with a 7-inch screen, it has an older processor and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. That should help Samsung keep the price down when it starts shipping the tablet in June.

2. It’s running Jelly Bean

The Galaxy Tab 3 will ship with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Although new versions of Android are expected to launch in the coming months, Jelly Bean is the preeminent Android version available now, meaning it’s the product that today’s consumers are comfortable using.

3. The 7-inch screen isn’t so bad

While a 7-inch screen might disappoint power users, it’s ideal for those who are more concerned with going mobile than anything else. The popularity of 7-inch screens cannot be underestimated. Samsung is trying to capitalize on that in the lower end of the market.

4. It’s ideal for kids

Looking at the Galaxy Tab 3’s features, the device appears to be an ideal solution for kids. An increasing number of children are turning to their parents’ tablets to play games and surf the Web. The trouble is, in many cases, those tablets are expensive. Wouldn’t it be better to give the kids cheaper, smaller tablets like the Galaxy Tab 3? Many parents would like to.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...