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Not content with dominating the smartphone market Samsung want to own the kitchen, bedroom and lounge as well. Enter the third generation of Samsung Galaxy Tabs in 7, 8, and 10.1” formats.

Before we get into specifications, it is important to understand the issues about Samsung owning so many places in your new digital life.

Samsung want to redefine how we do things. In the kitchen, the device is a Skype phone, a cookbook, maybe a small TV or music hub. In the lounge room it is a content server drawing movies and TV programs from Quickflix and Channel 7 as well as web surfing. In the bedroom, it is an e-reader and who knows what.

Samsung realises that Tablets and content are like printers and ink. The former ensures consumption of the more profitable latter.

Samsung has its own apps store with more than 800,000 apps (Google Play has 900,000) and the vast majority have come from Google. Samsung guarantees that these are malware free and optimised for Samsung products. We are not sure who makes the app money – Samsung or Google but content, not hardware, is where the profit is.

 

GALAXY Tab 3 7"

Galxy Tab 3 8"

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1"

Price

$249

$349

$399

Network

WiFi (4G later in year)

same

same

Processor

1.2 GHz Dual Core

1.5 GHz

1.6 GHz

Display

7 inch WSVGA(1024 x 600, 169 PPI) TFT 

8-inch WXGA TFT(1280 x 800, 189PPI)

10.1-inch WXGA TFT (1280 x 800, 149PPI)

OS

Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Rear: 3 MP

Front: 1.3 MP

same

same

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV Playback: 1080p @30fps 

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX
  Playback: 1080p @30fps 
  Recording: 720p@30fps>

same

Audio

Codec: MP3, OGG, AC3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, FLAC

Same plusSound Alive and Dolby Surround

Plus Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB

Samsung Apps

For Australian and global apps, tested and approved for use on Samsung   GALAXY Smartphones and Tablets.

Same

 

 

Supporting credit card and phone bill   payment for all mobile operators.

same

Samsung Music Hub:

Audio and video streaming service for Samsung GALAXY Smartphones   (audio only), Tablets, Smart TV and Smart Hub products plus web. One month   free premium trial available.

same

same

Samsung Learning Hub

Samsung Learning Hub: interactive library of learning material from   Australia’s leading and trusted publishers at your fingertips. 

no

no

Samsung Reader Hub

 

Search for, download and purchase a range of global and Australia   books.

same

Samsung Games Hub

 

Samsung Game Hub: download and play the latest Android games.

Samsung Game Hub: download and play the latest Android games.

Samsung Kies Air

Downloadable via Samsung Apps

same

same

Samsung ChatON

Free cross platform, cross brand messaging service.

same

same

Samsung Services

Group Play

Plus Reading mode, Story Album, S Translator, S Travel,

same as 8"

 

Pop up Video, Samsung Link

Multi Window, Screen Mirroring.

same as 8"

 

Other preloaded apps: Plus7, Dropbox, Flipboard.

Plus Story Cloud, Trip Advisor.

Plus Peel, Polaris Office.

 

Google Mobile Services: Gmail, Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Maps

same

same

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), WiFi Channel Bonding, WiFi Direct

same

same

 

Bluetooth® 3.0

Bluetooth® 4.0

same as 8"

 

USB 2.0

same

same

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS

same

same

Sensor

WiFi: Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Light

WiFi: Accelerometer, Magnetic, RGB

Accelerometer, Magnetic, Light

Memory

8GB storage (free approx 4.9GB)
  1GB (RAM)
  microSD slot (up to 32GB)

16GB storage (free approx 11.26GB)
  1.5GB (RAM)
  + MicroSD (up to 64GB)

16GB storage (free approx 11.0GB)
  1GB (RAM)
  microSD (up to 64GB),

Dimension

111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9mm

209.8 x 123.8 x 7.4mm

243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95mm

Weight

300g

314g

510g

Battery

Li-ion 4,000 mAh

4,450 mAh

6,800 mAh

Warranty

2 years

same

same

Opinion

Samsung quoted many figures from GfK research about growth in tablet sales and these are impressive. I won’t go into detail as I don’t have access to the base figures to interpret and analyse but here are a few salient points.

Tablets are now part of the typical home. Tyler McGee, Vice President – Telecommunications said that tablet sales (presumably all, not just Samsung’s) had grown 70% in the past year. Samsung’s tablet sales had grown 383% in that period (from what base?).

The key however was not just the hardware, which, he added, needed to cover several price points but the software (apps) and content (where the true gold is).

If I look at my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances (not in the IT game) I have noticed that almost all now have a tablet and some have multiple tablets in the lounge or kitchen or bedroom. I use an iPad as my content viewer; my wife uses a Windows 8 tablet as her new travel companion and we both have premium smartphones – all with wireless or Wi-Fi lifelines to the real world.

My retail sales* sources say that iPad is losing out badly to Samsung Galaxy and suggest that tablet sales are Windows tablets and hybrids first (with sliders and convertibles dominating over entry level tablets), Samsung selling more than 70% of the 10” format tablets and iPad picking up the remainder. They also say that the smaller format 7/8” are picking up and if the price point drops below $200 these will be the killer category at Christmas.

(* 2 major Sydney retailers excluding Apple owned stores which now command the majority of iPad sales so the comments on Samsung dominance must be tempered by that factor).

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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