Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7: Conclusion

September 30, 2015 by Ed Hardy Reads (224,577)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 10
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

The Samsung Galaxy S2 9.7 offers a beautiful display, outstanding performance, a generous amount of storage, and biometric security, a combination that makes this the best Android tablet on the market today.

In features it stands up well against the Apple iPad Air 2 and Microsoft Surface 3, although both of those have strong support for side-by-side multitasking, which Samsung’s offering does not. In addition, the Tab S2’s battery life is marginal.

Value

The iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi-only is $499, and the Surface 3 64GB WiFi-only is the same, so the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 32GB WiFi-only at $499.99 is comparably priced with its top rivals.

There are more affordable alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7, which goes for $299.99, but that model’s screen has a much lower resolution and its processor is far slower. There is also the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, which as similar specs, and is $399.99.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 in Gold

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 in Gold

Pros:

  • Beautiful, high resolution display
  • Outstanding performance
  • 32GB of storage and 3GB of RM
  • Biometric security

Cons:

  • Weak side-by-side multitasking
  • Silkscreened buttons too easy to hit accidentally
  • Battery life less than average

Bottom Line:

A beautiful display and powerful processor help make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 the best Android tablet on the market today.

Specs

Processor: Samsung Exynos 5433 octa-core

Display: 9.7 inch Super AMOLED at 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio

Operating system: Android 5.1.1

RAM: 3GB

Wireless connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, NFC

Storage: 32GB internal with microSD expansion card support

Cameras: Rear 8 megapixel and 2.1 megapixel front facing camera

Battery: 5,870 mAh battery

Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 5.6 mm and 392 grams


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  1. ray.burnthorn

    How does this stack up against the new Asus Zenpad S 8? I am looking at both of the 8″ models and at these prices, it’s hard to justify the extra $200.

    • Jamison Cush

      Working on a comparison feature…

  2. browntrout1972

    I had a 2013 Samsung tablet 10.1,lost it got a 2014 though insurance,Oct 2013 sent it back to the insurance company at least 3 times ,then sent it to Samsung,they said they replaced it with another 2014 ,got it outta box and within5 mins it did the same Shit as the old 2014 ,I think what Samsung did was took old one outta case and replace the case with one that had a new serial number on it ,and sent me the old insides back too me ,I have one more god damm fucking, month, to put up with this piece of shit,can’t wait until that day comes, fast enough.have a nice day

  3. JonoDR

    There is no doubt Samsung have some of the best spec’d phones and tablets. The problem for me however is the poor quality and customer service. I have purchased 2 phones and 3 tablets from Samsung in the last 18 months – all top end stuff!
    So far 2 have failed, One a the Tab S2 and the other a galaxy note 4 (a 40% failure rate) and unfortunately both remain unusable due to Samsungs absolutely pitiful customer service. Im unsure why all these geeks that write these high end praises for Samsung dont also focus on some of the more important issues – like quality and after sales service?