Tab 3 7.0 review after owning it for 5 months.
I had purchased the GS4 earlier this year and really liked their interface for android. Once they announced their new Tab 3 line, I purchased a few of these for my wife and I. Now, right out of the box, mine came up with a "kernel error" and would automatically crash. I ended up sending it in for "service" with samsung after owning it for less than 2 days. The folks who performed maintenance were not samsung, but a contractor they used. If you wanted status on your product, you couldn't reliably find it through samsung, but rather needed to contact the contractor directly.Now, they had my tablet for 3 and 1/2 friggin weeks before determining that they could not fix it and that they would issue me a replacement. By the time I got it in the mail, I was without the table for over 4 weeks. I asked the samsung rep towards the end if they felt this was appropriate, and they said it was standard, that what I experienced was not "uncommon". Take that as you will.Once I got the replacement tablet, I discovered that it was truly underpowered in regards to processor and ram. It lagged BADLY when you had any apps running in the background and attempted to navigate around your home screens. The resolution of the screen wasn't that bad in my opinion, but then again, I wasn't using it to watch high def movies. Here is a summary of the pros and cons I have with this tablet:Pros:- Samsung's touchwiz is a nice interface to use for most people- The widgets are awesome to use, but these are standard with any android tablet- The microSD card slot is great for storing media files (movies, music, books)Cons:- God help you if you have an issue with your tablet. Samsung's customer service is HORRIBLE.- The tablet is WAY underpowered. 1.2 GHZ processor isn't acceptable in most smart phones let alone a tablet.- RAM is inadequate to deal with the multi-tasking that this tablet SHOULD be able to accomplish.- Screen resolution is lower than most tablets coming out around the time this one was released.I wrote this review after I had "owned" a GT3 7.0 for about 4 months, but only possessed it for 2 and 1/2 months of that time. The "shine" has worn off a bit (you see folks writing reviews of products they have used for 1 or 2 days and they are not thoroughly accurate). I cannot recommend this product to anyone when there are MUCH better tablets being put out. The GT3 8.0 is a HUGE improvement over this 7.0 incher, unfortunately, the price may be a bit prohibitive for some. The "new" nexus 7.0 is a far superior tablet to this.I really hope Samsung learns from this catastrophe of a tablet.