And Three Reasons It’s Not
Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 after months of speculation and waiting at the 2017 Mobile World Congress. This tablet brings a much needed refresh and update to the S2 that was beginning to show its age. The tablet is expected to be made available at the end of this month, and you can preorder it right now.
However, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 brings with it many new features and improvements, it’s not all good news. Overall, the device is strong and perfect for the Android tablet lines today. Still, you need to understand both the good and the bad so you know what you’re buying. Today, let’s take a look at three reasons the tablet is great and three reasons why it isn’t so great so you learn both the good and bad about this tablet before you spend your hard earned money on one this spring.
Three Reasons It’s Great
First, let’s take a look at the good. After all, I like to stay positive. Let’s examine three reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is great and will be a great tablet for anyone who prefers the world of Android.
1. Great Design
First, we need to talk about the great design found with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Samsung is well known for creating great looking devices that are still very functional, and they are probably only bested in this department by Apple. The tablet is thin and light and features a similar design to the S2, which was a gorgeous tablet. It is heavier than the S2, but it includes a slightly larger battery so you get more use between charges compared to the S2. Overall, if you are looking for a tablet that looks great and is very useful to you for all types of tasks including work and games, then you will be hard pressed to find something better than the S3.
2. Keyboard and S-Pen
One of the coolest new additions to this tablet is the inclusion of the S-pen and the new keyboard case made by Samsung. The S-pen is included with the tablet, but you will have to purchase the keyboard. Still, when you combine the power of the pen first seen in the Note devices along with the handy keyboard, you end up with a device that is easily a mobile workstation that you can take with you anywhere. For Android lovers, that makes this a dream device, and one even I am seriously considered since I shattered the screen of my S2.
3. Android Nougat
If there is one thing many Samsung tablet owners have wanted, it’s the latest version of Android. Now, Samsung has been working on bringing it to all their devices, but right out of the box you get it on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. That means that all the latest Android features will be available on your device and you won’t have to rely on Samsung to add it to their already bloated UI.
Three Reasons It’s Not
Now that we have looked at the good reasons, it’s time to step back and look at things realistically. While the new S3 does bring with it many great features, it’s not all good. Let’s look at three reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 isn’t all that great.
The price has been surprising to many people. While not all pricing has been revealed, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will retail for around $599, putting it in the premium price range that you see many iPads and even the Google Pixel C. While the market may be going this direction, for what you get it does seem to be a little on the high side, and consumers looking to upgrade may pause when they see the price tag.
First, you should know that the hardware included on the device is fast, and you won’t find anything faster out there on Android tablets. However, the processor included is one generation old now, meaning that things could be even faster. In tests, it matches the Google Pixel C, but remember that the Pixel C has been out for quite some time now. For a brand new device with its price tag, I would expect something a little better.
3. Keyboard Extra
One of the coolest features is the new keyboard made by Samsung. Combine this with the pen and you have a portable workstation powered by Android. That’s all well and good, but while the pen is included with the tablet, the keyboard is not. If you want the keyboard, expect to pay another $130 on top of the premium price you are already paying. That puts the price of this tablet and keyboard pretty high, and some consumers may instead choose a Surface tablet if they are going to pay that high price.
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a great addition to the Android tablet lineup, and it’s one that the Android tablet line definitely needed. It’s no secret that the Android tablet line has been taking hits from both Microsoft and Apple with their Pro level devices, but thanks to the likes of Google and Samsung, the Android tablets continue to hold their own.
If you are in the market for a new tablet, and you prefer to live in the Android world, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 could be the perfect tablet for you. However, like all devices, it isn’t perfect, and you need to understand both the good and the bad about the tablet before you buy. Hopefully, this article will help you do just that.
What do you think about the new tablet from Samsung? Did they go far enough or will you choose something else? Let me know your opinions in the comments below.