Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet

Last updated date: August 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 77 expert reviews, the Samsung Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 29, 2019:
Checkout The Best Samsung Tablet for a detailed review of all the top samsung tablets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
3,683 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Crisp, high contrast video quality and S pen that's ideal for writing and creating art. 32GB built in memory space expands up to 256GB.
- BestReviews
Samsung uses AMOLED, which allows for much richer colours, deeper blacks and a more immersive screen for bingeing on media.
- Trusted Reviews
November 2, 2018 | Full review
The Galaxy Tab S3 is easily the best Android tablet you can buy right now thanks to its all-glass design upgrade, future-proofed HDR-ready display and included S Pen.
- Tech Radar
November 8, 2018 | Full review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is an elegantly designed tablet that comes with a capable stylus. It has a stunning AMOLED screen, fingerprint sensor for extra security and satisfyingly loud quad speakers.
- CNET
March 22, 2017 | Full review
Tab S3's display is stunning, it is HDR-ready for whenever streaming apps such as Amazon or Netflix begin offering the service.
- ZD Net
March 26, 2017 | Full review
It has gorgeous AMOLED screen.
- PC Magazine
One of the added bonuses to come with the Tab S3 is its S-Pen, though the tablet itself doesn't have a dedicated space to store it like what we saw with the Galaxy Note series. So, if the S-Pen is an indispensable tool for you, you'll have to find a creative way of ensuring you can carry it with you all the time. Putting it into the front pocket on your blazer or shirt is always a great choice. The pen is super light and sturdy, so it shouldn't be a problem.
- Android Pit
What's even better is that Samsung lets you add additional storage with a microSD card, which is something Apple's never offered.
- Reviewed
The part that makes this tablet your best choice for work is that the initial purchase already includes an S Pen stylus made specifically for the model. With a stylus, you will work faster. Making notes, tapping apps, and everything that needs speed as much as it needs precision will be accomplished better with an S Pen. Moreover, the S Pen needs no charging like many of the drawing tablet styluses and the pens sold separately from the tablets. No charging means it won't unexpectedly die on you in the middle of an important conference or lecture.
- Best Advisor
It has super amoled high definition display.
- Wiki EZ Vid
What experts didn't like
Pricey. Mixed reviews on the battery life.1.6GHz processor may get bogged down.
- BestReviews
They’re decent speakers, with plenty of volume and the positioning means noise will come out in all directions, but they do have a tendency to feel like the sound is far away from you and being pushed the wrong way. This might have something to do with the software that’s supposed to alter the sound depending on which orientation you’re holding it in.
- Trusted Reviews
November 2, 2018 | Full review
Tablet multitasking can't replace a laptop.
- Tech Radar
November 8, 2018 | Full review
Despite the hype, HDR content is not available on the tablet yet. Large games take time to load.
- CNET
March 22, 2017 | Full review
High-quality Android tablet apps are still few and far between. In addition to the lack of quality apps, Android tablets have lacked key accessories such as a keyboard.
- ZD Net
March 26, 2017 | Full review
Android doesn't match Windows on productivity.
- PC Magazine
Tab S3 is not water resistant, which is a pretty big downside in my opinion, especially since I would want to carry this device around with me for my work. When I am in meetings or I am at my desk there are always cups of coffee and glasses of water around me. If the worst case scenario were to hit, a high-end tablet could turn into nothing more than a weird paperweight in under a second.
- Android Pit
This Samsung supports side-by-side apps, but it's tricky to tell which one is active, so I found myself constantly guessing incorrectly after neither app registered my keystrokes. I also was disappointed by how each app had to update for a second between switching apps, leading me to believe that background tasks weren't as active as I'd expect from a laptop.
- Reviewed
The fingertips are quite visble on the back panel.
- Best Advisor

From The Manufacturer

Do what you want when you want with the new Galaxy Tab S3, the tablet that redefines what you can do with one device. Whether you're working, playing, creating or gaming, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a blank canvas, a theater screen, and a productivity hub all in one.

Overall Product Rankings

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″; 16 GB Wifi Tablet
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″; 16 GB Wifi Tablet
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 10.1-Inch 16 GB
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, 10.5″
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, 10.5″
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6″; 16 GB Wi-Fi Tablet
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6″; 16 GB Wi-Fi Tablet
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
8. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7
Samsung Galaxy Tab A
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7″; 8 GB Wifi Tablet
10. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7″; 8 GB Wifi Tablet
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Samsung Tablets

Buying a tablet these days isn’t like buying a suit. You only need a suit to do one thing, and that’s fit well. A tablet? You can use it as a workstation, a communications hub or to get your daily news. You can use it for video gaming, as a jukebox or Netflix viewer — or whatever else will keep your kids quiet in the back seat on long car rides. Clearly, one size does not fit all.

That’s just the beginning of its applications, but Samsung Galaxy tablets have been around since 2010 for a reason.  Even their budget models can do quite a bit without breaking the bank, thanks to their versatile Android operating system and open-door policy when it comes to apps.

Among those budget models, Samsung’s Galaxy type A and E tabs are a good example of what you can expect for the low end of their pricing scale. The Tab E series was first released in 2015 as a no-frills tablet that allowed users to customize as they wish from the Google Play stores a vast array of apps.

The Tab A series, released the same year, has gone through a few different updates and size configurations. It’s a mid-range model, but it does come with one big, distinctive perk: free, built-in versions of the Microsoft Office suite, including useful software like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. If you’re looking for a work tablet, that asset alone makes the Tab A pretty tempting.

No matter which model you get, there are certain handy features you can expect. In the Galaxy versus iPad debate, the Samsung Galaxy’s expandable memory often comes up as an advantage, and it’s a big one if you plan on storing lots of media or playing a lot of technologically demanding games. While some iPads may have bigger internal memory (especially in the more recent generations), they’re largely limited to the cap you see on the box. With most Galaxy tablets, you have the option to add up to to 128 GB of storage on a microSD card. Mind you, the SD cards are typically not included, but it’s good to have the option if you need it.

Another big difference between tablets on the Android OS (such as Galaxy) and Apple products is the marketplace for apps. On your Galaxy tablet, you’ll be shopping for apps on Google Play, as opposed to Apple’s App Store. And while you’ll find a lot of the same apps on both of them, there’s a somewhat wider variety on the Google Play. You might not care about or even notice the difference, unless you happen to be a former iPad user. Certain apps are not usable across different operating systems, and one big example is their primary media player. Movies bought on Google Play can be used on iPhone if you have that app, but the same can’t be said in reverse for movies bought on Apple’s iTunes store. Without some serious hacking, you won’t be able to view iTunes content on your Galaxy tablet.

Galaxy tablets do sport some other nice proprietary features, depending on the model, like their multi-user mode that saves different log-ins for different people, along with their particular set of apps and documents — a big plus for larger families. Some also have a multi-window option that lets you open two compatible apps side by side, which gives the tablet a smidgen of laptop-lite capability.

In general, though, you can count on Samsung’s tablets to be highly customizable. The more tweaking you put into it, the more productivity you’re likely to get out.

DWYM Fun Fact

Still got an old tablet hanging around? There’s no need to go through the trouble of selling it cheap. Even offline, an old tablet can be a workhorse around the house.

You can set it on a nightstand and use it as a digital photo frame. Or, download the right apps for your TV or audio equipment, and turn it into a universal remote for your home entertainment system. Finally, you can also use it as a dedicated (and interactive) desk calendar, complete with alerts for important events.

The Samsung Tablet Buying Guide

  • Half the point of having a tablet is portability. You want to be able to use it anywhere, so make sure to check that your Samsung Galaxy has connectivity that fits with your lifestyle. Most models are able to go online via Wi-Fi or mobile networks, but some Tab E tablets are strictly Wi-Fi. That may work fine if you’re planning to fire it up at home or in large urban areas, but be prepared to settle for offline usage on road trips or remote locations.
  • The first things you’ll probably want to do after getting your settings right is download some apps for your tablet. Thanks to the Google Play store’s wide variety, you’ll find no shortage of widgets, from the big ones like Facebook and Twitter to innovative indie games for you and the kids. But buyer beware! Google Play tends to be a bit more unregulated, and while you won’t have much to worry about from big name apps, there is some pirated, buggy or just plain malicious material out there in the far reaches of the marketplace. Be sure to check the ratings — especially on apps intended for children — and report any defective content. If you’re squeamish about purchasing an unknown app, check the terms. Many reputable ones offer a grace period where you can cancel your purchase in a few days and avoid the charge.
  • Planning on taking lots of pictures? Samsung Galaxy tablets come with front and rear facing cameras, and the space to play around with photo editing apps makes them great for home video. But if you’re picky about the resolution, check the specs for both the front and rear cameras. The most modern Galaxy tabs can get up to 13 megapixels on the rear cam, and while the 5-8 MP on the Tab A and E models may be nothing to sneeze at, it’s not likely to beat what you can already take with your smartphone.
  • Buying your tablet for a youngster? Samsung has a Kids Mode available on most older models, and it’s a great way to keep kids both entertained and in check. The app not only has dedicated games and activities, but you can monitor your child’s usage and set time limits for how long they can play. You can also move other approved apps under the Kids Mode umbrella and have them protected by a password. And while Kids Mode is free, there is one other investment that you should definitely make for younger tykes: a childproof tablet case.