At a remarkable 5.6mm thin, Samsung boast that the Tab S2 is the world’s thinnest tablet. Coming in two different sizes, with both an 8 inch and a larger 9.7 inch model available, the Tab S2 is a multi-functional tablet that is also great to look at. But just how far has the new model come from the Tab S?
As well as being thinner than the Tab S, the Tab S2 also has a different aspect ratio to the preceding model. Although the 16:10 ratio of the Tab S made it ideal for watching video, it was awkward and impractical for several other functions including reading eBooks or other texts. The new 4:3 represents the best of both worlds, making it ideal for several functions. The Super AMOLED display also provides great clarity and rich and vibrant colour.
It is also packed with features. There is a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button which feels super-futuristic. Multitasking is smooth with the high speed Exynos processor, making it easy to listen to music while browsing your e-mails or reading the news. It also features SideSync, which allows you to transfer the interface of your Samsung smartphone onto the tablet screen and compose text messages through it.
The Tab S2 has both a 8 megapixel rear and 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. A fair, but not outstanding rear camera quality for a tablet, it has albeit improved on the previous model by including a wider aperture that lets in more light.
Perhaps one thing that the Tab S2 really lacks in is battery life. One of the sacrifices Samsung had to make in order to make the tablet thinner was to make the batteries smaller, and therefore less powerful. It also lacks the wireless charging capabilities of Samsung’s latest smartphones. With that and the short battery life in mind, using the Tab S2 on the move could become an issue.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Although the Tab S2 boasts several great features and is one of the most sleek and stylish looking tablets on the market, there are still some areas, including camera quality, that have not been improved upon from the previous model, the Tab S. Factor in that the Tab S2 has both a short battery life and no wireless charging capabilities and you’re left with a device that falls just short of the tablet elite.