Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 looks a bit like the iPad Air 2. Check whether it is worth your attention and that can compete with Apple's tablet.
Equipped with a screen with specific proportions, the iPad has quickly become a role model for many manufacturers. Samsung followed this path showing a model of the Galaxy Tab 9.7 – mid-range tablet with a screen of the same diagonal as the Retina iPad. However, only now we can talk about serious competitor for Apple's tablet. Samsung S2 Galaxy Tab 9.7 is a model at the same time retaining the same aspect ratio display and a high resolution image.
Video: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Housing and workmanship
Samsung has introduced a lot of changes in the offer of smartphones: the more expensive models replaced the plastic glass and affordable models adorned with aluminum housings. To avoid such a revolution while the section of the tablet. The rear panel Galaxy TAB S2 is made of smooth plastic material, which also occurs at the side edges. The predominant plastic and reduced screen size mean that the unit is much lighter than its predecessor (384 g TAB S2 vs 467 g TAB S 10.5).The case is slim (5.6 mm) and has a slightly rounded edges on his back, which makes the tablet very comfortable to work. Narrow frame running around the screen give the device lightness and modern look. As you so you can conclude after a few sentences, the TAB S2 I really like. His previous version adorned with golden-brown color seemed too chic. TAB S2 is simply aesthetic tablet without unnecessary ornaments. on the front panel mounted display, which we will talk a little later, at the physical home button and two system, and the logo of the manufacturer, camera for video calls and a sensor for measuring light. The rear panel is pinned to the body of a large piece of plastic, and therefore around the whole of this area extends a small gap, which will over time accumulate dust. I do not understand the reason why it was decided in this way develop this side of the device. Yet he hits the back of the main camera and two silver circles for wpinaniu tablet dedicated to his case. I test the model without 4G modem, which is why the right edge is only the tray to mount the microSD card, and above it two additional physical buttons – wake up and adjust the volume. At the bottom of the'll find a microUSB port, two speakers and a headphone output. Left and top edge, consequently, are left without any additional components. Samsung holds a level when it comes to quality. The plastic housing of the creaks and seems very solid. It has a slight tendency to sag, but only when really strongly about it try. Interestingly, the glass covering the screen flexes with the display. So if you press too hard this item, you still do not arise spots on the display. Physical buttons, especially the home, have a great jump – appropriately deep and gentle. Overall – the tablet made for five.
The temperature of the enclosure
The tablet does not have problems with heat dissipation from the housing and this despite the fact that the temperature of the CPU is able to come to an alarming level – eg. 89 deg. C, which have registered while playing Mortal Kombat X Case temperature under such a burden presented itself as It is shown in the following picture. [temperatura_obudowa product_id = "21130"] As you can see plastic used in the tablet is so good solution that does not distribute heat throughout the structure, and keeps it close to the source. High temperatures not signed up during everyday use, as when recording movies qHD for a specific application time. So there is no cause for concern.
The tablet comes with manufactured by Samsung 8 megapixel camera supported application enriched with a number of options with which so far have not met the tablet. First of all, here it is the professional mode allows you to manually adjust the sensitivity to light (ISO 100 – ISO 800), white balance and exposure. Surprisingly, Samsung has decided to add these options to the nearly 10-inch tablet. In addition to manual mode also find a panorama mode, circular object, HDR and using two cameras at once. We may also use one of the available color filters, and settings are hidden still able to run Image Stabilization function key assignments volume (zoom, record video, take a picture), the imposition of grid lines or set the default memory to store media.
Pictures taken with the tablet has a very good quality – are properly sharpened and have a large amount of detail, so even shots of the larger plan with a significant number of objects in the distance look good. With sensible light of the program correctly selects the exposure value by holding the sensitivity to light at ISO 40 – do not manifest themselves no noise and the colors are well reproduced.
Consequently, such a picture has a wide dynamic range, much better than shots against the light. In such circumstances, it happens that the darker parts of the picture are properly exposed but not very bright areas are very luminous. Nevertheless, I can say that I am more than pleased with the pictures taken with the tablet. After all, the machine will be used for snapping the occasional photo, and this quite enough.
Interestingly, Samsung has decided to enter the world of tablets with the model recording movies qHD (2560 by 1440 pixels) at 30 fps. / Sec. The same liquidity to meet when recording Full HD video model. Amazingly, this larger size makes less trouble your tablet – the picture is less jerky, although much more grainy than the material filmed in 1080p. When you select a lower resolution camera application starts to have problems with: jams or off during recording. Strange!
The camera on the front
I would not be myself if I had not checked the camera mounted on the front of the tablet. 2.1 MP, like much, but the camera did a very nice photographs in a well exposed scenery. The first plan – in this context somehow the most important;) – is adequately exposed and also in shots against the light. The amount of detail is less adequate to the class of camera, but I have nothing to reproach photographs. The worst came out of the room with a small amount of ambient light. Despite ISO 100 can be observed big noise.
At the outset, I mentioned that the TAB S2 has a screen size of 9.7 inches, which makes it much more convenient to browse content, particularly magazines and books in a more natural for us laying the tablet. Yes I happened to that previously tested even the Galaxy Tab 10.5 and Galaxy S Tab A 9.7.TAB S2 seems to be a great complement to the gap between the two, because it has the proportions of the A and resolution of the previous S-series tablet with exactly 2560 by 1536 pixels, which gives a factor equal to the pixel density screen iPad Air 2 – 264 PPI. However, there is a high probability that Samsung uses PenTile matrix type, so the screen may appear slightly less pronounced than the iPad. Pink dominant due to the presence of a polarizing layer. Samsung becomes compete with Apple exposing the ring Super AMOLED screen which is a strong threat to Retiny. Screen technology allows you to create a template that offers a very wide viewing angles while maintaining a rich palette of colors and deep blacks. In fact, it is one of the best screens we find among tablets. Samsung is not merely same technology and introduces into the system additional option of adjusting the color profile of the display to the current activity. With the basic option white point is shifted considerably towards warm colors, while relying on automatic mode it moves toward the colder colors. There are still items: cinema AMOLED and AMOLED image reading mode (screen in sepia). The screen brightness measured calibrator indicates a maximum value of up to 393 cd / m2 and it should carefully study the record of the measurements, because a substantial part of the matrix dominated by lower values. However, the technology of the screen, along with a layer of polarizing provide adequate readability in sunny days. The class tablet provides one value minimum – 1 cd / m2 gives great comfort from the use of the tablet after dark.
The tablet has stereo speakers located on the bottom edge of the tablet – they emit sound intensity of 83 dB. The quality is very good, comparable with what offer iPads. The depth of the sound may not be as big, but the speakers are good at mapping bass and treble. It is a pity that Samsung is not tempted to change their distribution, because they are exposed to blinding hand while playing, or when the tablet vertically arranged based on our knees.
Connectivity and GPS
The used GPS very quickly finds information on the location tablet, and for example, made record on the map showed that the tablet faithfully follows the actual position. Gently nudge in the middle of the path from the original was small, and if so the model drew on even A-GPS-I, then there would be no problems with navigating through the winding streets of the cities. [test slug = "wifi-tablet" axis = "negative" product_id = "21130"] Built-in Wi-Fi is compatible with 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac operates in two ranges – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Well it performs in normal use. It works flawlessly and did not notice problems with Internet access. The situation is somewhat different when we are away from your router. In a situation when the tablet is on a different floor than the base, the coverage declines are significant and access to the network tends to be limited.
OTG, memory, miracast
The tablet supports a wide range of accessories OTG – mouse, flash memory, hard drives (with or without its own power supply) and HUB-y (passive and active). The device does not communicate with a USB modem (probably due to the variant available with built-in LTE connectivity) and is compatible with FAT32 file system. I have not found the image transfer options while using technology miracast. We have a built-in memory of 16 GB out of which approx. 7 GB is the operating system. This space can be expanded with a microSD card capacity. 128 GB and checked on the editorial Kingstonie 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 Class10 . Applications can be transferred to an external hard disk, but it is transported only APK file.
The tablet has a battery capacity of 5870 mAh, which reflects negatively on the possibilities of S2. Enough energy for about 7 hours of continuous meetings with a web browser, while charging the battery using the charger sent us (5V 1000 mAh) lasted more than 5 hours! In subsequent tests, the tablet gets adequate notes – approx. 8 hours at PC Mark and more than 10 hours. watching movies. [test slug = "accumulator" virtual = "video-wifi-offs, internet-wifi, PCMark-work, loading-ac batteryxprt-line" product_id = "21130"] In everyday use the tablet will allow for about 1.5 days of use without the need to replenish energy, although it largely depends on how you use the device. Surfing the web, as shown by tests, quickly tired battery, but with lighter activities, like reading books or PDFs we will not have to worry about a quick discharge of the battery.
The second generation of the S series TAB live to see the slightly revised technical specifications, which goes parallel to the Galaxy Note series. Consequently mounted so Exynos 5433 based on big.LITTLE architecture, which is a duet 4-core Cortex-A57 processor clocked 1.9 GHz and 4-core Cortex-A53 with a speed of 1.3 GHz. 64-bit system supports the Mali-T760 graphics YP6 and 3 GB of memory.Tablet better it performs compared to its predecessor – the system works smoothly and is clearly much more responsive. This effect has been achieved not only by tuned specifications, but also revised optimization Android. I will only add that Samsung installs a 32-bit version lollipop. [test slug = "android-antutu" virtual = "antutu-total, antutu-cpu" product_id = "21130,20088,20116"] The better shape your tablet evidenced by the note gained in AnTuTu – 53 thousand. accrued as a result of the general, it's about 3 thousand. more than the result Note'a 4 and 16 thousand. More from TAB-and S 10.5, while the tablet is still standing behind the iPad Air 2 (63 thous.). [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" virtual = "Manhattan-offscreen, Manhattan-onscreen, t-rex-3-offscreen, t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "21130,20088,20116"] Similarly, performance testing graphic shows that installed the system works better at such a high resolution screen. TAB S2 reaches 25 FPS in test T-Rex 3.0 Onscreen, where his predecessor stopped at 14 FPS-ah. It's still not the highest league, because air 2 in the same test results generated at 52 FPS, but still Samsung is heading the right direction. With peace we can run most games available from the Google store, including the most demanding. I checked Mortal Kombat X, who had compatibility problems, but when I was able to run the game, worked very smoothly. At high details and with the right amount of FPS boot Asphalt 8. Now let's look at the results of other synthetic tests. [Test slug = "android-antutu" product_id = "21130"] [test slug = "3dmark" virtual="3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total,3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-graphics,3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-physics" product_id = "21130"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" product_id = "21130"] Multimedia support does not raise – the tablet does well with the material recorded in full HD and higher resolutions only result in a noticeable decline in liquidity.
– MKV, 480p, xvid, 1Mbps, he aac, subtitles; – MKV, 720p, h264, 600kbps AAC / MP3 audio dual; – MP4, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, aac; – MKV, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, vorbis, subtitles; – MP4, 720p, h264, 6Mbps, ac3; – MKV, 1080p h264, 10Mbps ,; – MKV, 1080p h264, 40Mbps; – Mp4, 4K (3840×2160), h264, 34mbps; – Mp4, 4K (4096×1716), h264, aac, 35Mbps.
System and functionality
The tablet is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop elaborate on the overlay TouchWhiz. The terms of the look and functionality is very similar to the edition of Android, which is found in the Galaxy Tab A 9.7. We'll find preinstalled with Microsoft Office Smart Manager allows you to manage and optimize the use of system resources, SideSync 3.0 screen sharing data between devices and computer Galaxy.Most of the applications were moved while the Galaxy Apps store where we retrieve all items that have littered the storage space of Samsung tablets. The store also includes a tab with the Galaxy Gifts, where sometimes there will be payable application, available for free. The Galaxy Tab 9.7 also had plenty of free premium subscription, and perhaps upon entry into official sales holders S2 Galaxy Tab also will be able to take advantage of this promotion. functionality of the system are typical for Samsung items: support for gestures (drag hand to take a screenshot, put the flat hand on the screen to mute), Smart Stay, which controls the backlight depending on whether you look at the tablet's screen, and Multitasking serving up to two applications simultaneously which share the same area of the screen. As I mentioned in the paragraph devoted to the performance, the tablet has a very good work culture. I did not notice any slowdowns in action, and except for problems with Mortal Kombat X, have not met with the failure of any treatment. Conclusion One – Samsung really refined his system.
Summary and evaluation
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the embodiment of what I missed in the model series equipped with a screen with the same diagonal. It's efficient equipment that meets well as the replacement of desktop or laptop przyciężkawego – after all of accessory find a case with keyboard. In a statement the TAB S2 allows you to work freely and that still is rare, it offers multitasking full sense of the word. Decent performance hardware in conjunction with a screen with very high resolution and light design allows your tablet to compete with Apple's solutions, while Android Lollipop from TouchWhizem gives continuity series of phones under the sign of the Galaxy. This model of complete and free from major defects because, although the battery is not classified as extraordinary, it is enough for long enough that we will have no reason to disappointment. [temperatura2 product_id = "21130"] [inne_propozycje product_id = "21130"]