Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Arrives This Summer with Three Models
Samsung announced a new line of Android powered tablet computers slated to hit the market later this summer. The Galaxy Tab 3 will come in three models, each sporting a feature set to intrigue the senior IT professional at a midsize business looking for a tablet for personal use or for a company-wide procurement. As a bonus, each tablet will include two years of 50GB of Dropbox storage at no additional cost - a boon for employees of any midsize business embracing a Cloud services storage model.
The new line of tablets has screens ranging from 7-inch to 10.1-inches and run Android 4.2, code named Jelly Bean. Senior IT professionals at midsize businesses involved in Android development, or simply looking for a corporate tablet computer option, will find the 8-inch and 10.1-inch models worthy of consideration. News about the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Tab 3 appeared in late June at CNET.
A Closer Look at Each Galaxy Tab 3 Model
The smallest of Samsung's new Galaxy Tab models sports a 7-inch touchscreen, the perfect size for the midsize business IT executive looking to manage the company's social networking accounts or access email while traveling for business. Only 8GB of on-board storage is a drawback, but a microSD slot handles memory cards up to a capacity of 64GB. The touchscreen offers a resolution of 1024x600 - less than similar 7-inch Android tablets - a point worth mentioning if a midsize business is involved in any intensive graphic work.
The 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3 might be a better bet than the 7-inch model for most senior IT professionals at a midsize business. It is still small enough for traveling and includes the microSD slot, but adds 16GB of on-board storage and a touchscreen capable of resolutions up to 1280x800. It contains many of the same features as Samsung's popular Galaxy Note 8 tablet, but at a lower price.
The largest of the new Galaxy Tab models sports a 10.1-inch touchscreen, not as portable as the smaller screens, but large enough for a quick marketing presentation on the fly for the senior IT professional engaged in some sales work. The memory and screen resolution are the same as the 8-inch version. Senior IT professionals might prefer a more powerful tablet, like the Galaxy Note 10.1, if they are looking at the 10-inch screen size for company use.
Android Tablet Options Abound for the Midsize Business
Samsung's new line of the Galaxy Tab joins a growing market of Android-powered tablet computers. Many IT executives at midsize businesses might want to consider the forthcoming hybrid tablet/notebook from Samsung, the Ativ Q, which is capable of running both Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean. Still many companies might prefer the lower price point of the Galaxy Tab 3, especially if their business needs for a tablet don't go much beyond email and social network access.
As the Windows 8 tablet ecosystem matures, some midsize businesses might prefer to go in that direction, considering its ability to run existing Windows programs, although Microsoft might expand the iPhone compatibility with their Office 365 Cloud-based software suite to include the iPad and the Android platform. There is little doubt the growing competition between tablet makers and platforms gives the smart midsize business a range of options when considering a tablet computer purchase.
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