The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 was released a little while ago but is still one of the best tablets around for budget conscious people. This is why you need to take a look at some great custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 to spice up the aging OS.
Samsung may know how to make great tablets, but they are infamous for dropping support for older hardware. This was the fate of the much beloved Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 and its brethren. Thankfully, the Android community is very generous in making great custom ROMs for any Samsung device, so we have a couple of great options to change the way your device looks and works completely.
Before we begin the flashing adventure, I have to stress that you follow the instructions on the landing pages explicitly. While installing a custom ROM may be a simple process, any mistakes can result in a bricked device and believe me; you don’t want that.
If you are already reading this article, chances are you know how to root and flash custom ROMs on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7, but still I advise caution when installing different ROMs. At the very least, have a good backup app for Android to store all your data before installing a custom ROM. Now that the warnings are taken care of, let’s start with the five great custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 lists.
1. NoleKat v2.2
This ROM is based on the Italian firmware but comes deodexed. It is a pre-rooted ROM that allows you a lot of freedom regarding what you have on your device. Most of the apps that are already available on the Google Play Store are removed from this ROM, so you can install them if you please.
Another great thing about this ROM is that it brings in fixes for external SD card on Kit Kat. It also borrows the newer launcher and weather widget. You will also be able to have a custom-built animation available to you.
But that’s not why this is on top of the list; this ROM comes with a great kid’s mode add-on that allows you to hand your tablet to your kids without any worry. If you have this ROM on your tablet, then Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 becomes one of the best kids’ oriented tablet for Android.
If you’re wondering what S.E.A.L means, it’s an acronym of Speedy, Extraordinary, Appealing, and Light. Despite having a cheesy name, this ROM brings in a lot of different features to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7. It’s a pre-rooted ROM based on stock firmware that is also deodexed as well as zipaligned.
There are a lot of stock features taken from the Android OS directly here. For example, the lock screen is from AOSP. There are a lot of visual enhancements available on this ROM. From a purely black status bar to white status, more icons, and from lock screen mods, to custom boot animations.
There is also no bloatware as well as no Samsung-ware slogging down the ROM. If you’re interested, the landing page has multiple videos showing off the new features in great detail. I appreciate a developer going the extra mile by giving a good look at their work without the need of actually installing anything.
3. Rocket Tab v3.1
This is a fairly recent ROM for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 but it is still a couple of years older. It’s based on Android 4.1.2 and comes with the latest kernel. The ROM is fully deodexed, zipaligned and pre-rooted.
One good thing about this ROM is that it enables all available languages both on the smartphone as well as the Samsung keyboard. You don’t need to wipe your whole device for this ROM to work perfectly. There are a lot of updates available on this ROM as well; you’ll get the latest Google search and maps as well as latest Samsung account.
It even comes with a stock file Explorer, is not as great as the best file explorers for Android, but it does the job perfectly. I also like how this ROM disables the boot sound so you can turn your tab on in bed at night without the worry of waking up your significant other.
4. Infamous Tab 3
Infamous Tab 3 is a straightforward and simple ROM that is based on official firmware. It is rooted, deodexed, zipaligned, and comes with Busybox. The default launcher is Nova Launcher 2.0 which, in my humble opinion, is the best Android launcher for tablets and phones to date.
It comes with a stock Android 4.2 keyboard as well. One good thing about this ROM is that it has faster read and writes speeds on the SD card. The ROM also removed ads with its native ad blocker support.
There are a lot of other mods as well as features available on this ROM. One of them is the diehard battery calibrator that allows the tablet to squeeze out extra timings.
5. Stock NE4 Lite
If you’re in need of a stock Samsung ROM but don’t like the additional bloatware, this is the ROM made for you. It is a simple stock, rooted, deodexed, zipaligned ROM that will make your life a lot easier. It is based on the latest June 2014 firmware, so you’re sure to get all the new features Samsung introduced.
The light version is only 445 MB in size this means you’ll have additional internal storage space when you install this ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7. Some of the Samsung apps are also removed as well as the apps that are available through the Google Play Store. Apart from that, there are no additional features available here except the stable and reliable ROM.
This concludes the five great custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 list. While there were not many custom ROMs available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7, the ones that were, were very good. I hope that you find one of these ROMs perfect for your personal usage.
Just like always if you have any questions or queries about this list or the tablet, feel free to talk to us in the comments.