Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review

Samsung and Apple have been busy innovating and churning out devices which to the layman look much alike. As a matter of fact, these two brands have been closely watching each other’s moves in order to remain relevant in the market. Apart from running Android, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has lots of things that set it apart from the likes of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. The design, weight, and software features are among the other things that endear this gadget to its target audience.

Design

Compared to the Galaxy Tab 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 feels much nicer to hold and it’s light enough to clutch comfortably in one hand. This tablet weighs just 389 grams and 265 grams for the 9.7 and 8 inch versions respectively.

Compared to Apple’s entire line of iPads, this device is noticeably lighter. In terms of dimensions, the 8 inch model measures 199 x 135 x 5.6 mm while the 9.7 inch version measures 237 x 169 x 5.6 mm. The reason why this tablet is lighter is because it’s backed by a soft plastic cover instead of the conventional aluminum shell.

Display

Among smartphones, Samsung arguably has the best displays and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 epitomizes that. Its bright Super AMOLED screen comes with lots of vivid colors complete with a 2048 versus 1536 resolution.

If you are looking for a gadget to enhance your web browsing, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the device to go for because it is relatively wider with a letter paper-sized aspect ratio of 4:3.

Performance

Running Android 5.0.2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 falls between Nexus 9 Tablet and iPad Air 2 with a tablet-defining benchmark score of 4077. Its clock speed makes it a snappy performer thanks to its advanced tablet chipsets.

Internal Storage

The internal storage specs of Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 give it an edge over Apple. While Apple devices begin with 16 GB, Samsung phones and tablets start at 32 GB. This is double the internal storage without coughing extra bucks.

For file-hoarding consumers with gigabits worth of photos, apps and music, this tablet is the absolute winner. Its processor performance is not compromised even under pressure.

Upgradable Operating System

As mentioned above, this tablet comes with Android 5.0.2 which you can easily upgrade to Android 5.1.1. This Android Lollipop version is among the latest releases only second to Android Marshmallow which is making its debut on Nexus 6P, 5X, and other older Nexus devices.

Camera and Battery

The battery capacity for the 9.7 and 8 inch models of this tablet are 5870 mAh and 4000 mAh respectively. The power saving CPU configuration makes this tablet last longer. It takes about 4 hours to charge it completely because sadly, it lacks the fast charging capability.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has an 8 megapixel and 2.1 megapixel back and front cameras respectively. For the money and functionality, this is a good deal.

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