Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review

A little and thin tablet with a preeminent screen

 

 

The Good / The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has splendid and distinctively brilliant screen. Its rail-thin outline is agreeable and ultracompact. It accompanies 32GB of capacity, a microSD card development opening and unique finger impression scanner. Battery life is long.

The Bad / Unlike past models, there’s no IR blaster.

The Bottom Line / The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2’s splendid screen, abundant capacity limit and slim form make it an incredible tablet for regular use at home or in a hurry.

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Late 2016 refresh

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is among the best arrangements going in the tablet space. It has a significant number of an indistinguishable ideals from Apple’s iPad Air 2, which begins at $399 (£379 in the UK, and AU$569 in Australia): both are thin, light, quick and awesome for expending media. In any case, the passage level 32GB Tab S2 begins at $250 (£319, AU$549) and tosses in a unique mark scanner, an amazing AMOLED screen with 2,046 x 1,536 pixels, a stellar 13 long stretches of battery life, and a microSD opening for including stockpiling.

That prominent, the top notch tablet scene is rich with awesome decisions. In September 2016, Apple gave a lift to its lineup of iPads, expanding the base stockpiling limit of the fantastic iPad Air 2 from 16GB to 32GB, and dropping the 64GB model completely. That makes the balanced retail costs as takes after: $399 for the 32GB model (£379, AU$569), $499 (£469, AU$719) for the 128GB model without cell network, and $629 (£589, AU$879) with it. We don’t think the minimal value distinction makes the more diminutive, marginally less great iPad Mini 4 the better arrangement.

Google’s Pixel C was the primary tablet made and composed by Google, and it’s worked to feature everything that Android brings to the table. In any case, it’s expensive, beginning at $500 (£480, AU$670) for the 32GB model and $600 (£559, AU$800) for the 64GB rendition, and that is before you spring for the $149 (£209, AU$200) console extra. And after that there’s Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. Outfitted with hearty preparing power, a consummately estimated show and without flaw angle proportion, and a couple of basic extra extras, the Pro 4 has hardened the Surface’s situation as the best quality level for Windows tablets.

Look at CR’s straight on examination of Google’s Pixel C, Microsoft’s Surface pro 3, Apple’s iPad Air 2, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 for a point by point perspective of how the specs stack up.

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Editors’ note: The first survey of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, first distributed in September 2015, takes after.

Running Samsung’s Android-based TouchWiz UI, the tablet is like the organization’s lead Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge cell phones, which additionally use the UI. In spite of the fact that it does not have an energizing or bleeding edge include, the nonattendance of a gimmicky factor doesn’t change the way that the Galaxy Tab S2 is a standout amongst other Android tablets accessible.

It has a tremendous HD screen with clear shading and this new model games a 4:3 angle proportion (a year ago’s Tab S had a more extensive 16:9 screen that was intended for video watching) that is prime for perusing, applications and surfing the Web. It likewise includes reliably smooth execution, a unique mark scanner and not too bad cameras – an irregularity for a tablet. The greater part of that is pressed into a superskinny and featherweight plan that looks cool, feels good to hold, and is so conservative, it’ll scarcely make an imprint in your sack.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 doesn’t come shoddy, beginning at $400 for the 32GB model, yet it’s a beneficial venture in case you’re keen on an Android tablet for ordinary utilize. Its petite measurements make it an ideal versatile friend for a regular drive or travel. An awesome iPad elective with smooth outline, energetic and sharp screen, copious capacity.

Editors’ note: The 8-inch (surveyed here) and 9.7-inch variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 are relatively indistinguishable. Parts of their audits are comparative.

Outline

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is – to date – one of the most slender and lightest tablets accessible. It’s a simple 5.6mm thin and 0.58-pound (265g) light, marginally pushing out its fundamental rivalry, the Dell Venue 8 7000 and Apple iPad Mini 4.

Its outline itself is smooth with an exceptional look and feel. The construct may feel shabby to some who incline toward the aluminum backs of the iPad Mini 4 or Dell Venue 8 7000, yet it’s stores superior to a year ago’s plastic fake calfskin surface with counterfeit sewing highlights.

The correct side of the tablet houses the power catch, volume rocker and microSD card opening. To embed a microSD card, you should utilize a little pointy question launch the plate. A thick needle or paper clasp ought to do the trap. On the base edge you’ll discover two speakers with an earphone jack and Micro-USB port between them.

Talking about the edges, however the corners are pleasantly adjusted, the edges themselves are level. This gives you a surface sufficiently enormous to lay your fingers on the sides when utilizing it. The measurements of the 8-inch tablet are perfect for one-gave utilize. Indeed, even with my little hands, I could serenely hold it with a safe grasp. The smooth softened cowhide like complete on the back is additionally agreeable against your fingertips – it nearly doesn’t feel like plastic.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is so natural to bear, the scarcely there portrayal of its quality is likened to a promotion for pantyhose or Invisalign supports. When I had it in my pack – even with the 9.7-inch display in there as well – I didn’t see the distinction in weight,and it’s so thin, it fit into any cleft I crushed it into.

Beside it’s advantageous conveyability, it’s extremely agreeable to utilize. Everything from gaming to perusing felt wonderful and my hands or wrists never drained when holding it for quite a while. The plastic form does not have the top of the line tasteful that aluminum-sponsored models – like the Dell Venue 8 7000 and Apple iPad Mini 4 – have, anyway it’s the motivation behind why it’s a featherweight.

If I somehow happened to utilize the Galaxy Tab S2 consistently amid a drive or consistently while perusing before bed, I’d pick the lightweight idea of the plastic development over the artfulness of an aluminum plan. It’s less demanding staring you in the face and wrist, and no perspiration to bear all over the place. In spite of its other incredible qualities, I’d need to state that its insignificant outline, tastefully and physically, is my most loved thing about the Samsung tablet.

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Highlights

The Galaxy Tab S2 keeps running on Android Lollipop 5.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. On the off chance that you’ve utilized a Samsung tablet or telephone previously, it’ll look well-known. There aren’t any emotional changes to the UI, anyway the Flipboard-esque Magazine highlight that was debuted on a year ago’s Tab S is outstandingly truant. Considering there’s as of now an application that nearly looks like the perusing aggregator work, this is anything but a major misfortune.

Like the Tab S, the new model packs a bundle of free treats straight from Samsung, and the majority of them loan themselves to the new perusing inviting screen measure. Included with your buy of the Galaxy Tab S2 are free half year memberships to The Economist and The Guardian productions, and additionally one for Pocket, an application that spares content for perusing later. There’s additionally a three-month membership to Scribd, which resembles Netflix for books, and free premium substance on Stitchr, a digital recording application. In case you’re into composing as much as you can imagine perusing, Samsung likewise tosses in free downloads of the Hancom Office applications.

Likewise like a year ago’s model, the Galaxy Tab S2 has multiwindow capacities and a unique mark scanner. The unique mark scanner on this model works a bit in an unexpected way; rather than swiping your finger down the home catch, you just place it over it. You can set aside to four fingerprints. I found the usefulness a great deal superior to that of a year ago’s model and, in the wake of sparing each of the four of my thumb and list fingerprints, it wound up less demanding to use than the typical swipe to open capacity.

The Galaxy Tab S2 has another Connect application which is a mishmash of substance. It comprises of three principle areas: Support, Discover and Promotions. The Support segment has an assortment of FAQs about utilizing the tablet and in addition access to video visit help with a Samsung agent. The Discover segment highlights tips and how-to data, similar to how to exchange information from your old telephone to the Tab S2. In conclusion, the Promotions segment has music recordings, motion picture trailers and rebate bargains on other Samsung items, similar to TVs and Blu-beam players. On the off chance that I was new to Samsung or Android, I’d presumably value the Connect application all the more, yet as an old-clock, it didn’t offer me anything to influence me to continue returning for additional.

Equipment

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 houses an octa-center Exynos 5433 chipset, included a 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz quad-center CPU. It additionally has 32GB of inside capacity and a microSD card development space that is expandable up to 128GB. The Samsung site records a 64GB variant, yet just the 32GB model is accessible for procurement; Samsung hasn’t discharged points of interest on when and if the 64GB one be accessible.

Different highlights incorporate Bluetooth 4.1 with low-vitality work (BLE) and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/air conditioning MIMO – which is speedier than normal Wi-Fi.

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Execution

A year ago’s Galaxy Tab S had one best screens I’ve seen on a tablet. The Super-AMOLED show paralyzed with fantastically dim dark levels, brilliant shine and dynamically immersed hues. The Galaxy Tab S2 follows in those strides, however with a littler and brighter screen.

Its 8-inch screen and 2,048×1,536-pixel determination is a stage down from the 8.4-inch screen and 2,560×1,600-pixel determination on the Tab S. The distinction in determination is scarcely discernable and the distinction is definitely not a huge drawback to the new model. The lower determination is a justifiable change, because of littler 4:3 perspective proportion screen. The size is more square than rectangular, and better for exercises like perusing and surfing the Web, while 16:9 is better for a true to life video-watching background.

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Notwithstanding the distinction in measure, the screen is as yet a standout amongst other found on a tablet. It’s captivatingly fresh and a bright. The Galaxy Tab S2’s screen wrenches up the shading with a punch of immersion that influences video to seem more lively and artistic. Green and yellow shades are most outstandingly rich. HD video looks well sharpened sharp and the soaked hues and unmistakable difference on the brilliant screen make for a satisfyingly distinctive review understanding. Shockingly, the radiant nature of the show accompanies a drawback.

The splendid screen is incredible for perceivability – I can easily observe it outside on a radiant day or in a brilliant live with loads of windows – anyway points of interest can get lost. While showing a picture or video with various shades of white, the brightest spots seem extinguished and some detail winds up muddled.

For instance, when seeing a video of a cloudy sky, the arch, size, wrinkles and surface of a few mists are vague at brilliant spots in the screen. An obscure instrument was utilized on the brightest whites, mixing them together to blend one shade to govern them all. The Dell Venue 8 7000 fared better in showing these points of interest, creating precise hues that show up life-like. Despite the fact that I acknowledge similar shading, with regards to watching motion pictures, I delighted in the effect of the soaked hues on the Galaxy Tab S2.

Gaming

Extensive diversions like N.O.V.A. 3 and Dead Trigger 2 propelled rather rapidly, thus did each level in the amusements. In contrast with the Dell Venue 8 7000, it stacked the main level of N.O.V.A. 3 twice as quick. Because of the sharp super-AMOLED screen, illustrations looked extraordinary. The marginally soaked scope of hues made foundations energetically pop and dim scenes looked sensational with high difference and dim dark levels.

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When I at first ran 3DMark benchmark tests on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 it was running Android 5.0.2 and the tablet scored genuinely well. Subsequent to refreshing to Android 5.1, the outcomes took a dive. I didn’t see a tremendous distinction in diversion play execution, however I ran into rare low edge rates amid the cut-scene segments of recreations. We’ve contacted Samsung for more data of the impact the product refresh has on gaming benchmarks, and we’ll refresh when we have more data.

 

N.O.V.A. 3 Level 1 stack time (in short order)

NOTE: Shorter bars show speedier execution

 

3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited)

 

Battery life

Subsequent to testing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 in the CR labs, it scored a normal battery life of 13.2 hours. That is pretty darn useful for a tablet. While utilizing it coolly, I just needed to charge it each a few days, and it fared well on remain by; after completely charging it and not utilizing it for two days, regardless it had a sound 91 percent of battery life left.

Cameras

Tablet cameras are more for accommodation (record filtering, video calling) than the regular photography on your cell phone. Most take disappointing photographs with washed-out hues, apparent graininess and an absence of dynamic quality. The Galaxy Tab S2 is an invited special case. It won’t supplant your dLSR or anything, yet with the bar set so low, it has a portion of the best cameras found on an Android tablet.

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On the front is a 2.1-megapixel camera that isn’t useful for video conferencing, however you can likewise receive yourself some not too bad selfies in return. Pictures are fresh with enough detail to look sharp, however insufficient to require that you haul out an obscuring device for your flaws. Shading additionally looks exact and it does really well in low-lighting. There is somewhat of a graininess quality to the photographs, however that will be normal from a 2.1-megapixel camera.

You’ll discover a 8-megapixel camera on the back of Galaxy Tab S2. There is an assortment of scene modes, including all encompassing, HDR and virtual shot, which can take a 360-degree photograph. Photographs at the full determination look astonishingly sharp and shading is precise. The back camera likewise did really well at taking photographs in dull conditions, however graininess increments while doing as such.

Conclusion

Everything about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is incrementally superior to the Galaxy Tab S. It’s not remarkable, and it doesn’t think outside the box, but rather it’s a fine successor to a year ago’s form. All things considered, it’s as yet a standout amongst other Android tablets accessible. Contrasted with comparatively smooth and thin Dell and Apple tablets, it’s likewise a superior arrangement.

The 16GB models of the Apple iPad Mini 4 and Dell Venue 8 7000 go for $400 at retail cost. At a similar cost, you can get the Galaxy Tab S2 with 32GB – twofold the measure of capacity. The Dell and Samsung tablets additionally have microSD card spaces, though the Apple display does not. The leg-up the iPad has on the two Android-based models is the Apps Store’s tremendous determination of applications and iOS 9’s eye-satisfying and easy to use UI. The Dell Venue 8 7000 and Galaxy Tab S2 have comparable execution (we’ve yet to audit the iPad Mini 4), so the decision between the two comes down to picking 16Gb or 32GB of inner stockpiling and individual tasteful inclination.

It’s undeniably difficult for a tablet to emerge in such a soaked market. Without an exceptionally attractive contrivance or an organic product logo on its back, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 can mix into the group as simply one more Android, yet its especially thin plan, stellar screen and adequate stockpiling limit should get the attention of anybody intrigued by a tablet for an every day drive, voyaging or perusing before bed. It’s not precisely the Android variant of the iPad, but rather it’s sufficiently nearby and less expensive for it.

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