The only Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 device with a cellular radio is the Tab 3 7.0, and it's exclusive to AT&T in the United States at this point. Unless you're an AT&T customer or are willing to become one, the Galaxy Tab family may not be for you if a cellular radio is a necessity.
Nexus vs. Galaxy Tab 3: Screen Size Matters - and So Does Price
Another important question to consider before choosing an Android tablet: What screen size is right for you? The answer will depend on individual preference and planned usage, but smaller, 7- or 8-inch tablets are much more portable than their larger counterparts. If you plan to travel frequently with your device, or to carry it around on your person regularly, a smaller size might be better for you.
If you plan to use your device along with a wireless keyboard to simulate a netbook setup, on the other hand, the larger display might be right for you. This will give you more screen real estate and a more "laptop-like" experience.
The best way to find the right tablet size for you is to envision how you will regularly use the device and also to go to a retailer such as Best Buy so you get your hands on a device before you buy it.
I prefer smaller tablets. I use my tablet mostly for reading - reading on the couch, reading on trains and air planes, and reading in coffee shops. And the 7-inch form factor just works best for my needs. I can slip a 7-inch tablet in my back pants pocket - I don't need a separate bag to carry it. And I can hold it comfortably in one hand while reading.
In addition to size, price is also likely an important consideration. Here's a quick breakdown of pricing for all Nexus and Galaxy Tab 3 models.
The Google Nexus 7 comes in three versions:
- Nexus 7 16GB Wi-Fi: $229
- Nexus 7 32GB Wi-Fi: $269
- Nexus 7 32GB Wi-Fi and LTE: $349
The Google Nexus 10 comes in two versions:
- Nexus 10 16GB Wi-Fi: $399
- Nexus 10 32GB Wi-Fi: $499
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is available in four versions:
- Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 8GB Wi-Fi: $199.99
- Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 16GB Wi-Fi and LTE (AT&T): $199.99, with new two-year service agreement.
- Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 16GB Wi-Fi: $299.99
- Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 16GB Wi-Fi: $379.99
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