The Samsung Galaxy Tab range of tablets are known for being a cheap and cheerful range of tablets. If the low price weren’t enough to entice you into buying them, Samsung have now upped the ante; you can now buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 which has child specific software to keep them, and your wallet, safe whilst they use your – or their – tablet. This is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids review.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Review:
There have been numerous reports in the past (and continuing), of parents getting shocks when they look at their bank statement to find that someone has spent thousands of pounds on the App store or Play Store. After investigations, it’s turned out their child has, unwittingly, spent that money. The child has been drawn in with the lure of buying coins/stars/diamonds etc on a game which they didn’t realise was actually spending real money.
Despite numerous court cases and a lot of press coverage, the respective companies have paid parents back and made it a little harder for people to spend money unknowingly on the store. Some companies have taken a step further and allowed parents to protect their bank balance by keeping the child well away from the app store and requiring passwords for any purchase.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is Samsung’s attempt at entering this market and help to resolve the problem. As well as being the usual Tab 3 you can buy on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has got special pre-loaded software which you can switch on an off when a child uses the tablet. More on that in the software part of this Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids review.
When it comes to the look of the device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is slightly smaller than the previous Tab 2, with a smaller bezel and rounded edges. Coming in only a bright yellow with a bright orange rubber cover, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is safe from simple bumps and falls. As with many other rubber covers, there is full access to the buttons and ports and camera’s.
Inside, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is powered by a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, 1GB of RAM, with a 7 Inch WSVGA Screen with a 1024×600 resolution. It comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB of storage, has a 3MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera. The battery is a whopping 4,000mAh battery (more on that in the battery section).
Having already spoken about the silicon molded case, I’ll move on to the other big surprise in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids’s arsenal and that’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids grip cover kit. Allowing the device to be stood up in three ways and protecting the device from falling out with a snug fit in the silicon mold, the Grip Cover Kit is a great addition. Your child will be able to stand it up in all three standard positions, and with the addition of a secured C-Pen on the device, children can use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids in complete safety without danger of damaging the device.
As ever with new test devices, we ran the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids through a batch of benchmark tests to see how well it copes form a hardware standpoint.
AnTuTu Benchmark Results:
We ran the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids through our favourite AnTuTu 4.0 benchmark test. As you can see, the device managed to perform adequately, but by no means set the world alight. Scoring 10810, it came in just below the Google Nexus 4 by LG.
When putting it through the OpenGL ES 2.0, the device scored just 2009 points. To put that in perspective, the HTC Desire 300 we recently reviewed managed to score 2055 points, although it scored 7697 in the full AnTuTu benchmark test, significantly less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids.