Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet (Silver, SM-T820NZSAXAR)
- Includes the Samsung S Pen Stylus
- Featuring High Dynamic Range on a Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers cinematic vividness, detail and deep contrast to a screen that fits in your hands.
- Our revolutionary S Pen is more precise and pressure-responsive than ever, and never needs to be charged, liberating you to create, translate, and navigate without limits.
- Powerful Quad speakers, tuned by AKG, calibrate with your movements as you rotate the Galaxy Tab S3, and intuitively reflect what’s playing on-screen.
- Easily switch from touch to type with a feather light keyboard* that auto-pairs, attaches on contact and never needs charging (*keyboard sold seperately).
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet
S Pen- The revolutionary S Pen has true-to-life pressure and angle sensitivity with the intelligence to translate, magnify, navigate and create with a full pallete of brush and pen types. And just like a real pen, it never needs to be charged.
Detachable keyboard- Easily switch from touch to type with a feather light keyboard that auto-pairs, attaches on contact and never needs charging.
Lightning quick- Groundbreaking charge speed powers you through up to 12 hours on a single charge. Then you can get back up to a full charge with three hours of Adaptive Fast Charging.
HDR-ready Super AMOLED display-Featuring High Dynamic Range on a Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers cinematic vividness, detail and deep contrast to a screen that fits in
Quad speakers - Powerful Quad speakers, tuned by AKG, calibrate with your movements as you rotate the Galaxy Tab S3, and intuitively reflect what’s playing on-screen.
See what else it can do:
- Enhanced camera- Capture details on 13MP rear camera and use 5MP front camera for video chats.
- Expandable memory- Store all your photos with built in 32GB of storage that expands up to an extra 256GB.
- Powerful processor- A Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor gives you more power and speed for gaming.
- Samsung Flow - Share files wirelessly, get notifications, and even take calls from your tablet.
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I am a person who prefaces this review by noting that I am not a gamer. I use if for work, for e-mail correspondence, updating myself on new and current features, and also using Android apps. I need to be able to perform light editing on papers, interact with an online office system that allows access to a data base, and get access to multiple web sites without a problem. Also, I use my tablet to watch movies when I travel.
I tend to be a little OCD in my desire to read other reviews. I also am an editor of several publications, so I look at these reviews with an editor’s eye. I always try to figure out if their biased, or if they represent a view point that may not reflect my needs. That does not dismiss the other reviews, it merely points out that some people have different expectations and demands.
And, I dismiss outright any review from someone who has neither purchased nor used the item. You cannot evaluate a product on the basis of the specifications.
So, here is my opinion and finding;
1.) The screen is much brighter than the Tab S2. I have used it outside with a Phantom 4 drone. The S2 is almost useless in the sun. This one is absolutely more visible. The brightness based on critical reviews finds it one of the brightest screens, brighter than the Apple and second only to the Google Pixel C.
2.) The GPS is very sensitive. One of the reasons I didn’t choose the Google Pixel C is the google tablet has no GPS.
3.) I have not found any lag with any application. I have read the reviews about problems with certain games. I agree, they may not run as well on this processor as with the Apple. However, for me this is a non issue.
4.) Flawless video streaming from all services including Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
5.) I can connect to a office networking system using a Citrix receiver and not have delay or lag issues. With my Tab S2 the processor was inadequate to load the system. I have never had any Android system that would load the Citrix receiver and load the connection to the main system.
6.) Excellent and extremely stable and fast WIFI.
7.) The SD card does not load or hold all programs. The tablet is only 32gb of ram. However, having downloaded all of my prior Android apps, my photos (which do go to the SD card), and with daily use, I have over 19GB of storage.
8.) All downloaded files can be stored on the SD card
9.) I actually like the 8 inch Tab S2 as it fits in my jacket pocket. However, the added size of this tablet offsets the inconvenience. And, as phones get bigger, there isn’t much difference between my 6 inch phone display and my 8 inch tablet.
10.) I got the silver. It matches the cover and only the back is silver, the entire front is black. For those who have noted over and over about the black back being a fingerprint magnet, get the silver. There are no fingerprints to be seen on this color.
I also got the Keyboard, purchased separately at Best Buy as it was out of stock on Amazon.
I honestly think that there is an expectation by some to have tablet keyboard to be the best most wonderful keyboard in the world. It is functional and does a good job. It is for a tablet that is 9.7 inches and cannot be a full sized keyboard. Having had many tablet keyboards, including ones from Samsung, here is my opinion and update to correct or add previous information.
1.) When detaching the tablet, it turns off the tablet. Someone noted this was a disadvantage, claiming he/she then had to turn the tablet back on. I find this turn off function when taken out of the dock and advantage. I'm done with the task,remove the tablet, and it's off.
2.) The comment that it has no magnetic "off" contact when closing the cover does not happen on my cover. If the tablet is on and I put it in the keyboard cover and close it, it turns the tablet off.
When using the keyboard cover, place it in the dock, and it turns on the tablet. Remove the tablet, it turns off. Turn the tablet on while outside the cover, put it in the cover, close the cover, it turns the tablet off.
3.) It runs off the Tablet power. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to have a keyboard need charging independently from the tablet. One less thing to have to charge.
.4.) The lack of blue tooth hook up, noted in another review is a plus. The direct connection eliminates the independent power need of the keyboard.
And, for anyone who has ever used a tablet blue tooth keyboard, the constant lost bluetooth connection and need to resync is a big problem.
5.) The keyboard has a nice feel
6.) The cover has a holder for the pen.
7.) I have not had the problem of the tablet sliding out of the cover. I have tried to reproduce the tablet sliding out, described by the other review. I have to either hard drop it into a knapsack, or smack it on the side. Maybe I'm more careful, or less abusive. In either case, in one week of daily use, the tablet has never slipped out of the case.
What the tablet keyboard is not, is a full sized keyboard. It is cramped. But the key detention and feel is good.
Remember, this is not a lap top or a full sized keyboard. It is for use with a 9.7 inch tablet. Big enough to be useful, too small for full productivity.
What it isn't is a big, comfortable keyboard. However, it functions perfectly without a hitch. No bluetooth delay or need to sync.
Someone noted the color. I got the silver Tab S3, the grey cover is perfect.
What I don't like is that It is kind of pricey.
I'm giving it five stars because honestly think it is about as good as any tablet keyboard I have had and does the job. I have read multiple criticisms on review sites. I do think many reviewers believe that applying an unrealistic standard and expectation to a device elevates the reviewer's standing among those who believe that every device must provide a quantum leap in technology. This is a tablet keyboard. It turns the device on when connect, off when disconnected, and off if the device is placed in the cover.
Ok, lots of words.
Short and sweet. Bright, light, fast, fully capable Android tablet. It meets my needs better than any other Android on the market. And for the people who point out the slightly brighter and faster Google Pixel C, remember, no GPS and it’s heavier.
The keyboard integrates perfectly and works.
If you want more processing power and more RAM, you need to go Apple. But, they have no SD card and you are stuck in the Apple system.
I give the entire system five stars. For the moment, although pricey, this is one of the best out there.
Update on 4/29/17
Many reviewers note that the tablet does not have a pen holder. There is one on the keyboard. I just got the yueton 5pcs Self-adhesive Leather Pen Holder with Elastic Loop for Notebooks, Journals, Planners and Calendars
yueton 5pcs Self-adhesive Leather Pen Holder with Elastic Loop for Notebooks, Journals, Planners and Calendars
Here's my review. It works very well.
I got the Samsung tab S3 with the pen. The cover has a pen holder, but the tablet does not.
What to do?
I got this and placed it on the tablet. Now, my tablet has a pen holder. It is the perfect size.
What don't i like, it would be nice if there was a color other than black, and the elastic holder for the pen is not totally flush to the leather making it a little "proud."
But, as they say, lots of bang for the buck. And easy to put on and use.
I spent days calling them, telling them I bought 3 of the Tab 3s direct from them, and that while 2 worked fine, 1 would lock up when I attempted to use the S pen and also wouldn't recharge. They were going to charge me shipping to send it back for repairs, but a different rep didn’t charge shipping. After some time without my just purchased tablet, they fixed the recharge issue, but didn’t fix the S pen issue. It's not worth recontacting them because I wasted days on the phone with them over an issue with a preordered product.
To top it off, one daughter told me the wireless has gone out on her Tab 3. I told her not to waste her time trying to get Samsung to honor their warranty. The other Tab 3 is great. All of them are under warranty still, but it just isn’t worth fighting their Customer Service. They seem to be counting on it. Lesson is, if you have to buy Samsung, don’t buy it direct from them… buy from Amazon or someplace allowing exchanges on new products. When it came time to get a new phone, I got my first cell phone that wasn’t a Samsung.
For context I also have an asus minitransformer windows 10 tablet, I once had a samsung galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition, a galaxy note 12.2 tablet, and currently an ipad pro 9.7 inch tablet with apple pencil. I KNOW tablets!
Ugh I also have the oddly named Asus 3s 10 tablet--which is very simiilar to this tablet but half the price! Which is why this will get returned. And now for my review:
Great AMOLED Screen
Best Samsung S-Pen of all time
Pen does not require charging or pairing
USB C with fast charging
Decent Battery life....so far
Split screen Apps
Better Speakers than prior galaxy tabs
Light and easy to hold with one hand
There is at least one good accessory--a keyboard with direct connection that doesn't need to use bluetooth and doesn't need charging
2017 tablet using Snapdragon 820 processor. This is still a reasonably fast processor, but not state of the art like the Snapdragon 835. They didn't even go for the 821 Snapdragon
32 Gig of Storage. I know this tablet generally goes for $600 --same as the ipad pro 9.7 inch 32 gig model. But Android takes up a fair amount of that storage and more on-board storage is important, even if it has a microsd slot. Certain apps still prefer to run on main memory, and in 2017, 32 gig can fill up very quickly.
Currently no model options for larger storage
No LTE models available (I imagine those will come later)
Full glass back. Yes, this is a 9.7 inch tablet with a glass back. I guess it makes it lighter, but...I don't get it.
No place to store the s-pen. Not even magnetic attachment to the tablet. I personally would have preferred prior galaxy note options like a smaller stylus in the device with the option to buy a larger one to store elsewhere in a case.
Android 7.0 is not geared for major productivity applications and can struggle with certain apps refusing to go into landscape mode when the tablet is docked into the special accessory keyboard.
On tablet bezel buttons for a tablet designed to be used in tablet and landscape mode. Uh, on screen buttons would at least rotate when in different orientations. The new Galaxy s8 and s8 plus will have onscreen buttons--but not the tablet. Weird..
PLUS/MINUS your mileage may vary
4:3 Aspect ratio. I am a bit torn on this--Some might prefer this aspect ratio, but I don't find it to be ideal--watching movies in landscape mode is a little bit worse due to the black bars on either side. But I also know a 16:9 ratio has issues trying to use as a tablet in portrait mode. They went for something safe here--but I find it odd considering the upcoming S8 phone has an 18.5:9 screen ratio.
Price--for a tablet for $600 dollars going with a snapdragon 820 seems weird. They didn't even consider their own Samsung-made exynos processor? Maybe they had a ton of leftover 820s returned from the Galaxy note 7s...but..given the high price I would really have preferred something newer for future proofing. At least apple puts in state of the art custom processors in their ipad for the most part. For Samsung the processor is an afterthought most of the time.
Can you really get stuff done on a 9.7 tablet? I guess so. Depends on your needs. I think light word processing is ok. I did get the keyboard--best buy had in stock--and it is nice but not as good as the ipad smart keyboard in my opinion. At least it has a loop so you can attach the s-pen.
Split screen is a nice feature, and likely more flexible than on the ipad, but...its only a 9.7 screen. You can't go that nuts.
How much "work" can you get done with 32 gig of storage?
Battery life--in my limited experience using the keyboard does cause drain--faster than I would like- reviews are quite mixed about this so far. I think for media consumption it likely will be good, game playing fair, but work with keyboard and screen on ? Maybe not so great.
Samsung Chromebook plus or pro is around the same price or a bit cheaper, better battery life, can run android and chrome apps, larger screen, and also has an spen. And..technically a keyboard is included. If you are trying to do word processing, excel/spreadsheets, content creation...this might be a better choice. As chrome Os gets further updated, I think this has more options although in a larger form factor. But the 12 inch screen on either model is amazingly bright, 3:2 aspect ratio helps in either laptop orientation or as a tablet in tablet mode.
If the chromebook has a 3:2 screen, why didn't they use that for this galaxy tab 3 ? I dunno.
Asus Transformer Mini--You have options on models, some with 64 gig of storage and some with 128 gig of storage but both have micro-sd card slots. Also includes n-trig style pen AND keyboard. Windows 10 though. Excellent battery life. But also great screen at slightly lower resolution, but at 10.1 inches it is good, and it gets VERY bright. Loud speakers also. Likely better for productivity -although size of keyboard is a limiting factor. No Usb-C is a downer. Can find at microsoft store for $249-with pen and keyboard thats pretty sweet for a mini-laptop with 11 hours of battery life--and fingerprint sensor!
Ipad Pro 9.7 inch. I have mixed emotions about this--it works ok, but I don't agree with Tim cook---I don't see this as a laptop replacement--it is expensive for what it does, the pen and keyboard cost a lot extra, and IOS still has a lot of issues with multitasking and doing work like you would on a laptop. It's the tablet thats MORE expensive than your laptop. But it has great app support, good battery life (GREAT standby life), tons of accessories and the pencil is great to use. But you pay the apple tax. Also, one proprietary port that has limited use to attach keyboards, accessories, and...no fast charging for the 9.7 model, only the 12.9 inch model. Why? I have no idea.
Split screen is nice but its only 9.7 inches and you can't use every app. I still find apps for the iphone only which are stuck in portrait mode. Ugh.
Ios has NO way to use a mouse in the operating system or even a touchpad....so apps that need a mouse--are really difficult to use at times.
This is also not true multi-tasking--items you edit in one app are not always available to edit in another--Ios can sandbox lots of files so the lack of true file system access makes this a poor and limited laptop replacement. But MORE expensive than a laptop!
Asus Zen Pad 3s Uh, its only $300, has a nice ips screen, similar specs, it even has an active stylus (which is not as good as the spen but..it works) .
But..its HALF price AND has 64 gig of main storage! I(the lte version only has 32 gig, weird). Build quality is very nice. Also USB C with quick charging. Since this is fine for media consumption, this is a much better deal for me and why I'll return the samsung.
I really wanted this to finally replace my galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition, but...it can't. The 4:3 screen at 9.7 inches is not a great fit for productivity or note taking...so I think Samsung made too many compromises and weren't clear on how to make this--so they had some odd and inconsistent design quirks.
I just wanted a tab s 10.5 inch with a better processor and s-pen support. But NOOO!