At CES 2021, Samsung launched its new business tablet, the Galaxy Tab Active3. The Galaxy Tab Active3 is geared towards the mobile workforce. In 2021 a lot of work is being done in strange places. In the front seat of a car, in an office or outside a construction site. The Galaxy Tab Active3 will serve those types of workers in industries ranging from retail to transportation and beyond.
Samsung sent me one of their new Galaxy Tab Active3 for review. I admit that I’m not a big tablet user, but rather a business PC fan because of my work nature. That said, I enjoy using a tablet to check email, surf the web, stream entertainment, and take photos. I spent a couple of days using it in addition to my PC, and below is my experience.
I will start by describing my setup. My Galaxy Tab Active3 came with an 8 “screen at 1080P resolution, Exynos 9810 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, 5050 mAh battery and Wi-Fi connectivity 6. Like most Samsung devices, there has the ability to add an additional 1 TB of storage via microSD There are 4G LTE-enabled versions of the system available, but mine was the standard Wi-Fi setup.The Galaxy Tab Active3 includes water resistance certification and IP68 powder and MIL-STD-810H military level certification as well.
The Galaxy Tab Active3 comes with Samsung signature packaging with a system image on the front and an S Pen covered on the side of the case. Once I removed the system from the case, installed the removable battery, replaced the back cover, and dropped the tablet into the sturdy case that comes with the Galaxy Tab Active3. The tablet didn’t feel very sturdy until I dropped it in the box. I immediately realized that this case feels sturdy and fits the tablet like a glove. It was hard to get the case out once I put it on, I guess there are still more reasons to leave it on. It seemed to me that I could drop this tablet down the stairs and not sweat it a bit. I was able to toss the tablet into my backpack without worrying about breaking the screen or denting the device. Overall, I like the design of the Galaxy Tab Active3. The device is sleek, lightweight and, above all, durable.
The system includes a USB-C charging port, Pogo Pin, audio jack, power button, volume up and down button and a programmable button. The Galaxy Tab Active3 also includes a 13MP rear camera with flash and a 5MP front camera.
The Galaxy Tab Active3 has an 8-inch screen at a resolution of 1920 x 1080P. It doesn’t have a borderless edge like Samsung’s line of smartphones, but it does have thicker edges. The edges of the screen aren’t necessarily bad, but it’s worth calling them. the screen was very sensitive to touch. The on-screen virtual keyboard was surprisingly easy to type on. The individual keys were a little too small for my liking, but it worked well when using the keyboard. I was impressed with the S Pen combination with this screen. I used the S Pen to scroll through Forbes articles and easily switch between YouTube videos. There was one case where I felt uncomfortable with the pen with the screen. Another advantage is that the S Pen fits conveniently to the Sometimes it is difficult to remove the pen, so do not worry about it falling out of the box.
Battery performance and life
Both the fingerprint scanner and the biometric face login were easy to use. I had no trouble using either option as a secure way to sign in. In terms of performance, this tablet has been able to do everything I asked of it. I’ve used it mostly for light productivity workloads, such as checking email, watching YouTube videos, and taking photos. But for these workloads, I never had a hiccup or a delay. I felt comfortable using the tablet for all my G-Suite apps like Google Hangouts, Google Meet, and Google Drive. The photos I captured on the devices didn’t leave me behind, but the tablet will work fine for scanning barcodes or taking a photo of a document at work. It lasted approximately 6 to 7 hours of battery life in regular one-day use. When I increased the screen brightness and streamed more video content, this brought me to the 5 hour range. You can always buy an additional 5050 mAh battery and change it for longer battery life. The advantage of interchangeable batteries is that all you change is the battery, not the entire device. While this equates to more batteries, you don’t need too many replacement devices. The audio of the device came out clear and loud. I was more than 10 feet away from the tablet while listening to a YouTube video and hearing the audio clearly with ease. The Android 10 operating system worked fine for my use case, but I will soon accept the upgrade to Android 11.
Another welcome addition is the “glove mode”. The mode allows users to use the screen while wearing gloves. I turned on glove mode in the display settings of the device settings and it worked fine. I was able to swipe and navigate the device with a high degree of tactile accuracy. I can see everyone who works in the works, in the oil and gas facilities or anyone who works in outside occupations and who loves this function. I understand I’m not the target audience for this tablet, so take my statements on battery performance and life with a grain of salt.
The Galaxy Tab Active3 is now available in the US for purchase. Standard Wi-Fi system setup will start at $ 489.99, while the LTE-enabled version will start at $ 589.99.
All in all, I enjoyed my experience with the Galaxy Tab Active3. Having a rugged device has something oddly satisfying about it, knowing that it’s likely to work if you drop or abuse the machine. The Galaxy Tab Active3 had a large screen and good battery life wrapped in a small and durable form factor. I was impressed with the features and business capabilities of this new Samsung Dex wireless device, Wi-Fi 6 and a programmable key. I can see that this tablet is being used and abused by mobile and frontline workers and I think it is up to par. I have no doubt that this tablet can help significantly increase the productivity of business users.
If you’re a company with a mobile workforce or front-line workers, the Galaxy Tab Active3 should be on the list of considerations.
Note: Moor Insights & Strategy editors and editors may have contributed to this article.
Moor Insights & Strategy, like all research firms and analysts, provides or has provided paid research, analysis, advice, or consulting to many high-tech companies in the industry, including 8×8, Advanced Micro Devices, Amazon, Applied Micro, ARM, Aruba Networks, AT&T, AWS, A-10 Strategies, Bitfusion, Blaize, Box, Broadcom, Calix, Cisco Systems, Clear Software, Cloudera, Clumio, Cognitive Systems, CompuCom, Dell, Dell EMC, Dell Technologies, Diablo Technologies, Digital Optics, Dreamchain, Echelon, Ericsson, Extreme Networks, Flex, Foxconn, Frame (see VMware), Fujitsu, Gen Z Consortium, Glue Networks, GlobalFoundries, Google (Nest-Revolve), Google Cloud, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise , Honeywell, Huawei Technologies, IBM, Ion VR, Inseego, Infosys, Intel, Interdigital, Jabil Circuit, Konica Minolta, Lattice Semiconductor, Lenovo, Linux Foundation, MapBox, Marvell, Mavenir, Marseille Inc, Mayfair Equity, Meraki (Cisco), Mesophere, Microsoft, Xa rxes Mojo, National Instruments, Net Application, Nightwatch, NOKIA (Alcatel-Lucent), Nortek, Novumind, NVIDIA, Nuvia, ON Semiconductor, ONUG, OpenStack Foundation, Oracle, Poly, Panasas, Peraso, Pexip, Pixelworks, Plume Design, Poly , Portworx, Pure Storage, Qualcomm, Rackspace, Rambus, Rayvolt E-Bikes, Red Hat, Residio, Samsung Electronics, SAP, SAS, Scale Computing, Schneider Electric, Silver Peak, SONY, Springpath, Spirent, Splunk, Sprint, Stratus Technologies, Symantec, Synaptics, Syniverse, Synopsys, Tanium, TE Connectivity, TensTorrent, Tobii Technology, T-Mobile, Twitter, Unity Technologies, UiPath, Verizon Communications, Video, VMware, Wave Computing, Wellsmith, Xilinx, Zebra, Zededa and Zoho , which can be cited in blogs and research.