Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on November 22, 2020

Let's go on guys Mike here the Detroit Borg and today we're checking out the brand new Galaxy Tab s 3 so it's been a while since samsung updated its tablet range now the big news with this tablet is that we're now down to a nine point seven inch model the 8 inch is gone we also have an S Pen included with a box and all the technology needed to make that work we also get an all metal and glass design which looks very premium but returning once again is an even better Super AMOLED display and like some other tablets out there we get a quad speaker system along with a dock that supplies power and data to keyboard

Accessories so the first thing that jumps out right away is how nice this feels in the hand again all glass and metal and it has a really stunning clear mirror-like finish now my case there seems to have been some sort of assembly mishap so the sticker that normally covers the camera module is stuck in the bezel but it comes up pretty easily alright so setting that aside really quickly let's get to the accessories and there's quite a few of them so of course we get a power adapter with adaptive fast charging for quickly recharging this very large 6,000 milliamp hour

Battery so we should get about 13 hours out of this tablet in normal use also new with the Tab s 3 is a USB type-c connector so of course we get a compatible cable for that in terms of our paperwork pretty basic here but the packet does include a sim ejection tool this is actually used for the micro SD card slot and the combination SIM tray if you have one with LTE now new to the Galaxy Tab s 3 is an included S Pen Stylus so that technology is built into the tab s3 now but obviously this S Pen is not docked or inserted into the tablet like it used to be also included

Is a set of pen nibs so you can replace the pen tip and they do include a removal tool so taking a close look at the hardware design the first thing that jumps out right away before we boot up the display is the way this AMOLED panel reflects light now AMOLED is still very unusual on tablet Samsung really has this market cornered which makes it a very unusual and very compelling option so along the bottom edge we'll find a magnetic connector for accessories specifically an optional keyboard accessory so you can turn this into a laptop this connector allows you to

Power the keyboard and provides a very secure magnetic connection so you'll see those indents on either side of the connector toward the top edge next to each other is a power bun and vine rocker further down toward the center is our combination sim or SD card slot plus a set of dual microphones when it comes supports we have our USB type-c connector next to a headphone jack you can see that they're not on center which might drive a few people crazy but that's necessary because of this ultra-thin design in fact they couldn't make this any thinner without

Eliminating the headphone jack now very similar to the iPad pro we also get a set of quad speakers and the great thing about quad speakers is that the tablet sounds great no matter how you handle it whether it's in portrait or landscape orientation the audio has also been designed by AKG you'll find that branding on the back of this tablet in terms of how these actually sound it's actually somewhat disappointing that's not as good as the iPad pro the iPad pro sounds much richer and louder these are a much thinner but not quite as full sounding so they're not as bass rich and

They're prone to distortion so you have to keep the volume down so it's a little disappointing but it's a big improvement over what we had along the back we also get a pretty impressive 13 megapixel camera replacing the 8 megapixel camera from the previous Tab s2 now this camera does include an F 1.9 aperture which is pretty shallow for a tablet camera especially a camera this flush this also has an LED flash just below it now this does not include optical image stabilization but it does have software stabilization which is pretty effective the front camera also jumps up to 5

Megapixels and delivers 1080p HD video with an F 2.2 aperture so a nice wide angle lens returning once again is a fingerprint sensor built into the home button and it does work in both the horizontal and vertical orientation so does train your finger for both orientations we also have our backlit capacitor keys on either side so the biggest selling point of this tablet once again is this stunning Super AMOLED display nine point seven inches with a resolution of 1536 by 2048 good for 264 pixels per inch that's identical to the iPad pro and identical to the specs from

The previous model but this time the display is brighter with a wider color gamut and pretty much picks up on similar technology from the galaxy note 7 and includes the extra bright display so if the tablet is exposed to bright light it really ramps up the brightness of the display it's very effective very similar to the galaxy note 7 a big improvement over the previous model which makes this a great display to use outdoors but for day-to-day use I think the improvements are fairly minor so it's not that night and day difference between the previous model

And this one specs have made the big leap as well we're now on the Snapdragon 820 quad core along with in the adrenal 530 GPU that's a big improvement over the Exynos and Snapdragon 650 – from the previous model in terms of RAM we jumped from three gigs to four gigs in terms of battery capacity we jump from five thousand eight hundred and seventy to six thousand nice to be expected the gait command scores are pretty similar to other current flagship smartphones and are a big improvement over the previous model but an even bigger improvement comes down to the graphics

Performance we're seeing huge gains here from the molle chip from the previous model versus the adrenal 530 in the newest model so when it comes to overall performance it seems to do pretty well so it's able to handle all the tasks the software was designed for that's not always the case with Samsung's skin over Android so Samsung has made significant improvements in terms of optimization and performance all right so let's dig into this interface now one of the great things here is I can just lightly tap that home button to quickly unlock it I don't have to press the home button to

Wake it up so that's nice to have but if we go to the lock screen we have a few things to look at here of course we have our notification panel along with our quick toggles but if you go back here you can see that we have quick access to two amps so we have the Notes app or we have the web browser and this is customizable under settings as well so we'll just have to authenticate to launch into the Notes app and we can go ahead and create notes using the S Pen Stylus now somewhat similar to the Galaxy Note phones you can activate the lockscreen Notes app just by tapping the

S Pen to the screen and hitting this button along the side and this will bring up this quick app so you can quickly jot down notes or draw something lock the device and then when you come back to it you can see it's retained what you just wrote so thinking through this interface again this is Android 7.0 and they have updated the interface visually and functionally to replicate some of the Android 7.0 features but for the most part it's pretty familiar Samsung stuff so if we swipe to the right we get to Flipboard briefing so this aggregates all of our news into

This sort of magazine viewer actually really liked it and you can customize this so you can turn off certain categories if you don't want but of course you can turn off entirely to do that just pinch in and out swipe to the Flipboard panel turn it off and it's gone something you might have noticed here is that all of the icons have rounded frames and that provides a nice consistent look of course you can turn that off so we just have to go to settings and go to display under display you'll see our icon frames so there are my default but you can turn

That off if you want so if you apply that and you go to the home screen now you should see some pretty familiar icons now I think the biggest visual change is really in the notification shade we get a completely different visual interface for the quick toggles in addition to some tweaks for the notification shade so of course we can expand out our notifications which looks very Android 7.0 like but we also have a few features down here that Samsung has added which includes a clear all as well as block notifications so if you go to block notifications for the

Notifications that are currently being displayed you can actually mute those if you want right here with this quick toggle or you can tap the settings to go to more settings now getting back to this notification shape we can expand this out as you can see all the toggles toward the top or arranged in these first two rows so if you want to see all of those toggles up here all I have to do is rearrange these first two rows now by default the brightness slider is at the bottom of the control panel so you have to swipe down again to get access to it I don't think that's very

Convenient I'm not sure why they made that change but you can customize this so you can select show control on top if you click done now and swipe down you'll see that it's always at the top which I think is much more convenient now one of the things he freely proved here is universal search which you can quickly access at the top of the shade so for example if you have no searches going on right now you can see suggested apps toward the top so apps you might use more frequently you can also see our nearby devices for quick connect so for example smart TVs or Bluetooth devices

Will be quickly accessible here so you can broadcast either the display or audio to those devices so getting to this drop-down shade if we go up to this editor we can actually reorder the buttons and you can see that most of them have been added except for this nearby devices option which you can just drag and drop and of course you can rearrange them or you can remove anything you don't want so that's one way of managing this but you can also change the grid here so we can change the button layout to five by three or 4×3 if you prefer so with five by

Three we reduce this down to one page so some of these include the flashlight because we have an LED flash along the back we also have a blue light filter which is becoming very popular if you tap and hold on this this takes us directly to the control panel and we can set this to a specific schedule and we can allow it to set this by sunset or sunrise or customize the schedule so we can specify the start time you can also change the opacity of the feature so if you want it to be darker or more orange you can go ahead and select that so digging into the after for the most part

It's pretty familiar although there are a few tweaks here so for example we have a search box up top with this ellipses toward the right that allows us to edit or sort the content in here so for example if we go to edit we can drag and drop apps into folders or just remove or uninstall certain apps that do support uninstallation otherwise we have system apps that we can't do anything with now if we're in the edit mode here so if we go back to edit we can actually rearrange these apps or add apps from our existing library so instead of dragging and dropping you can go ahead

And just add them from your library or even change the folder color so if we do that you can see if we go back to the folder you see that folder has a specific color so you can tap and hold on the home bug this brings up our Google now on tap so Google assistant is not baked in here not sure why that is but there you go we have a few apps that are worth noting here such as recolor which takes advantage of the S Pen Stylus and you can see that we have a selection of pictures we can pick from so if you're into adult color books this is a great option sound camp is kind of

Interesting this is actually sort of like a GarageBand app so you can compose music right on the tablet now Samsung has made some tweaks to the side by side amp so if you tap on our recent apps here you can see all of our window damps and for apps that can be opened up side by side you'll see that indicated right next to the close button for the most part that includes most apps especially the system apps and popular apps like YouTube so for example I can tap on this icon for YouTube that expands it out to the left side and I can select something else for the right side so if I just

Want to select the browser that will expand it out here now I can go ahead and resize these windows so if I want more priority on the left side I can do that and this also works in portrait or landscape orientation now as you can see when I interact with a window that blue bar switches that specific window that just lets me know that that window is currently active so if I hit the back button this will actually navigate to the back on that side not the other side now if I hit the recent apps button again this allows me to change whatever is on the

Right side or the bottom side so again if I go to portrait orientation here you can see it will reorient to that but it does take a moment a few other things you can do here so if you tap on the divider you can switch between the left or right side so this will preserve the app on the left side and you can select something else on the right side I can also close the app that's highlighted in blue or you can window the app so this will drag it out into this window view which I can resize if I want like so I just have to tap on it and make sure it's forward here and then resize it

There we go I can also minimize the window into this badge view so it floats around in the background tap on it to bring a forward again or just go to the full screen now there are a few other multi window features which are turned off by default you actually have to go to settings to turn them on so under advanced features and under multi window you can turn on split screen view action and pop-up view action that explains exactly what those are but the split screen view action basically allows you to hold the recent apps button to activate the mode and

Then you can go ahead and select something else but the other action is the pop-up view action so if you swipe from the corner you get this pop-up view so this is a feature we've seen before but this time it's off by default so get into the s-pen that is included with your tablet one of the benefits of not requiring that this be connected or hidden within the tablet is that the S Pen is much larger and much more comfortable to use I think this is a big improvement otherwise the technology is pretty familiar we can interact with a display so we can swipe on the display

To access our notifications open up apps and much more we can even use it with the capacitive controls but of course there's much more than that now when you hover the tip of the pen over the display it does detect it so you can actually interact with the display without touching it but we also have this Air Command utility that pops up soon as you hover the cursor over the display or touch it so this brings up apps that work with the s-pen such as the Notes app so we can hand write notes and we get lots of tools here for that we also have smart selects so when you

Activate this this allows us to use several tools to capture parts of our display so for example if we just want to use a rectangle here I'm gonna select rectangle just slide it across here and it takes a screen grab and I have several other tools I can use I can extract text if I want or auto select parts of it so if I select Auto select you'll see it break it down for me there's a few other tools up here such as lasso so if I just want to outline certain parts of a display I can another neat utility up here is gif animation so

This brings up a window that allows us to capture video and record it in a gif and you can change the quality or resize the rectangle here so if you want standard or high quality you can select it and just click record and this records it for a limited period of time so let's click record here and you can see that it records up to 15 seconds you can see how much data it's recording right now so the longer you're recording you can see just how big the file gets so we're going to click stop here and now we have our gif which is kind of handy in terms of translate we can go

And select that and change our input and output language so we're gonna select German to English in this case and now all we have to do is hover the cursor over the word it automatically translates it using Google Translate in this case Great Britain and you can hear that word spoken if you prefer we can also customize the apps that appear for air command so if we go to add shortcuts there's actually a few things that are not included by default such as magnify and glance so all of these are s-pen features you can add you can see they add in this column along the right but

We can also add additional apps so if you want to add Chrome or the camera app or even the calendar we can go ahead and add those you can see we are limited here so we can just can't keep adding so you're maxed out at 10 so how does that look so if we go to the air command now you can see that we scroll through all of these apps in this carousel so one of the apps I'd like to take a look at here is glance and so this allows us to minimize certain apps into thumbnail views so for example I'm in Chrome right now so that app is now minimized so I can move around the interface here move

This little thumbnail around just hover my cursor over the window this expands out hides when I remove my cursor now you can move this around the screen but if you want to close it just take it up to remove another security feature is secure folder this is also available from the don't shade but basically this allows us to sandbox files and apps so only people with the right credentials can access them so for example I can go ahead and use my fingerprint sensor to login and these are all the apps and files I've added to secure folder so essentially

These are copies of apps and I can go ahead and add any apps I want includes YouTube or whatever I want so just hangouts so effectively these are sandbox versions of the apps on the home screen they're basically copies meaning that anything I do within these apps will not be seen by the apps on the home screen so accounts I'm logged into or whatever are locked down to the secured folder which is one way of keeping all of your information and activity private we can also add files to the secure folder that includes images videos audio documents and my files so for example if

I want to lock down some images I can go ahead and select them like so and this will add them to the secure folder now in this case I have two options I can move that file or just copy it moving that removes it from the public view copying it retains it in the public view but also secures it under the secure folder so if you don't want other people to see it you want to click move so just covering the basics of using this camera is pretty simple we can snap a photograph start recording video while recording video of course we can pinch in and out to zoom and we do have

Stabilization in here this is recording for okay you can pause and resume it snap photographs and stop of course now in terms of some of the modes here if we swipe to the right we get to all of our modes which come pre-installed but you can download additional modes we do have a pro mode this allows us matter control for things like ISO exposure and white balance now digging into the settings panel there's always a lot to take a look at under display so with display we have screen mode which includes adaptive brightness AMOLED cinema AMOLED photo and basic and as you can see when you

Cycle through them you can see them apply instantaneously now I just keep it on adaptive display I think that's the best look screen zoom and font is a new interface I don't think we've seen this before but basically we can change the size of the icons and text manually like so you can also change the font style and more status bar also picks up a few new features as well so we can show only the most recent three notifications so if we turn this on or off you can see that changes up here under advanced features this is where we have some of our S Pen

Settings so for things like air command this is where you can turn that feature off if you don't want it we have a floating icon so if you don't want that floating icon that appears when you tap on the screen you can see that's completely turned off now but if I reactivate it you can see its back but you still get air command you just have to press the button to get to it this is also where we can manage the shortcuts so you can do this either from the air command utility or from the settings panel in terms of games we have two utilities we can turn on and off they're

Off by default so we have game launcher and game tools and let's go and check that out so I have a game loaded right here so with a game running you can see I have my game tools icon in the lower left I can tap on that that expands out but you can also see I have my game launcher on the right side so I can see my recently used apps or I can just jump to the game launcher so if I go to the game launcher it basically just shows me all the games that I currently have installed it can quickly access from that launcher but these tools are pretty cool as well so you can see I can mute

My notifications during the game I can lock these buttons so I don't accidentally trigger them which is very handy we all set some other features like screen record screen shot and more under sounds and vibrations lots of settings if you want to turn off the sound effects or turn them on this is where you go but we also have the ability to change the sound quality and effects so you can calibrate that right here so we have several profiles we can pick from or you can manually adjust them and you can also go to advanced now if you connect to say the headphones you

Can use adapt sound to calibrate those headphones for the best listening experience so this will actually take you through a listening test to calibrate those headphones and you can save the profile device maintenance is a way of sort of taking a look at the vital statistics of your device and managing things like your battery usage storage memory and more so you can optimize now this will automatically shut down anything running in the background closed apps and that sort of thing and you can see exactly what it's doing when it's done click done then

You're in good health if you tap on these you can see your battery status you can activate any of those battery saving features we also have storage so you can see how much space is being taken up right now so 32 gigs I'm using about half of that you can see exactly what's taking up your storage as well in terms of memory usage you can see how much memory is currently occupied 1.6 gigs out of 4 gigs and then we also have device security so it's pretty clear that this is probably the best Android tablet you can buy today from its hardware design it's

Stunning OLED display s-pen integration and a tablet optimized software experience which releases the case for stock Android there really is no other Android tablet that is competing at this level and taking on competitors like the iPad pro all of this makes the Tab s3 a standout for 2017 and definitely worth your consideration right guys hope you enjoyed this look at the Galaxy Tab s 3 if you did please give this video a thumbs up to let me know and I'll see you again in the next video

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