Samsung Galaxy Tab S was one of the first high-end Android tablets and a solid alternative to the already established high-end tablets from Apple.
But now Samsung has released a new tablet, a successor to the Tab S, named Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. Just like the latest Apple iPads, the Tab S2 comes in two sizes, a 8-inch tablet and a 9.7 one. This end of year is dominated by multiple iPad releases and since I’m sure most of us have great expectation from the Tab S2, let’s have a look at how well does it fare in this fierce competition.
In this review we are going to have a look at the 8-inch variant of Galaxy Tab S2.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 features a sleek design, with nicely rounded corners, flat edges, a matte finish on the back cover and a metallic frame. The back cover is made of a soft plastic and the front is fully made of glass. Overall, the case seems sturdy and does have a premium look and feel, but some may wonder why did Samsung decided to ditch the metal and glass idea, especially since some actually waited for this type of design.
The answer is quite simple. The case would have been incredibly fragile, a lot heavier, therefore making the tablet hard to hold for longer periods of time, it would have created problems with overheating and it would have been more expensive.
But, as you know, the new Galaxy Tab S2 is really, really thin and lightweight. It measures 7.82×5.31×0.22 in inches and weighs 9.59 oz, making the tablet one of the lightest and thinnest tablets ever made.
Unfortunately, if you press harder on the back cover, you will notice that there is a bit of flex. But this is the only downside, because the tablet can be carried with incredible ease and can be held in one hand for long periods of time without becoming uncomfortable.
So, yes, no wrist strains, the grip is great and if you’re in a plane or during a long train voyage, this is one of the best tablets to carry around. That’s also available for everyday use (if you like to sit in bed and watch a movie before going to sleep) or carrying the tablet in a purse or a bag. So that’s the tablet’s main selling point, the comfortable manipulation due to it’s light weight.
We saw that the tablet is comfortable, but what about its buttons and ports feel and placement? Well, the buttons feel quite solid and there is no lack of ports. The right side of the tablet is home to the Power button, the volume controller and a microSD slot (in order to insert a microSD card you have to use a paper clip to access the tray).
On the bottom you can find two speakers, a Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back of the S2, there is a camera (at the middle) and two metal circles meant for clipping a keyboard cover onto the tablet.
The front of the Tab S2 there are the usual home button and the two capacitive buttons. The home button ucdm videos doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The scanner is accurate and fast, being a nice addition to security.
The 8-inch Tab S2’s display is a Quad HD AMOLED, has a pixel density of 320 ppi, wide viewing angles, is protected by Gorilla Glass and overall it wants to deliver a similar experience we got accustomed with the Tab S.
But unfortunately, this is only available only for the bigger, 9.7-inch tablet. The smaller Tab S2 uses PenTile submatrix technology. Sure, there is a lot of debate about which type of display is better or lasts longer, but overall, a sharp eye will see a small difference (especially in the text crispness) between the two S2 models, the bigger one being better, of course.
Regardless, just like any Super-AMOLED display, you will see high contrast, incredibly deep black levels, great vibrancy, high contrast ratio and really vivid colours. Viewing angles were excellent and the display has now two features, the Adaptive Display and the Reading Mode.
Analysing the display, it’s clear that it’s brighter than the Galaxy Tab S, but while, it’s great for visibility (especially on sunny days or at the beach), an image with a different levels of white may appear blown out.