We rarely review tablets but thanks to our good friends from Samsung Philippines, they’ve sent us a tablet that we can review. If tablets were on a decline a year ago, they are becoming relevant again these days. So, Samsung have brought the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, a new line of premium tablets. There are two variants – the one with a 9.7-inch display and an 8-inch model. We have here is the larger model. Is it time to replace your current tablet? Let’s read on with the review.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2:
- Octa Core Samsung Exynos 5433 processor (1.9GHz Quad Core + 1.3GHz Quad Core)
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
- 9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED display (1536 x 2048 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus
- Fingerprint scanner
- 2.1 megapixel front facing camera
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 5,870 mAh battery
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with Samsung Touchwiz U
- Price: P29,990
- Status: Available at Samsung Experience stores and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The moment we first saw the tablet, we were very impressed on how sexy this device is. It is unbelievably thin at 5.6mm and extremely lightweight. Because it is lightweight, we have problems bringing the tablet around with us. Lastly, that home button is also a fingerprint scanner as well. It works fine and responds pretty fast.
We normally see low resolution displays on many Android tablets. But not anymore. 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display is one of the best we’ve seen on a tablet. It is even better than Apple’s iPad Air . It is extremely bright when used outdoors and super dimmed when used in a dark room.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Overall performance is generally solid with no reported lags or app crashes. Samsung continues to cut bloatwares even on its tablets. Now we see a simplier and cleaner TouchWiz UI on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The tablet is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos octa core chip and paired with 3GB RAM so gaming experience has never been better.
Again, we tell this to everyone. We do not recommend using a tablet as your point and shoot camera. It just so silly and awkward. But despite that, Samsung continues to improve its camera technology on tablets. You’ll be judge and check out some of our sample photos below.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has call and text abilities. Though it does not have an earpiece, you can use your earphones for you calls. Aside from that, it has LTE connectivity too. Internet speeds are within the normal range using Smart and Globe SIMs.
We find the battery more than adequate when on heavy use. We managed to get around 10 hours of battery life as we use it for constant gaming, watching movies and TV series. That’s impressive. On standby, we managed to get around 3 days of battery life.
The only downside we see here is the steep price – P29,990.But other than that, we fell in love with it. It is powerful yet elegant and beautiful. If your intention is to keep this tablet for two years I think buying it despite its price won’t be problem.