Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 - Battery, Sound, Conclusion

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Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 – Battery

The Galaxy Tab S2 is powered by a non-removable 4,000mAh battery, which during my tests proved surprisingly capable.

Streaming

Netflix on Wi-Fi, with the screen in the auto setting, the Galaxy Tab S2

discharged between 10 to 15% of its charge per hour. This is pretty impressive by Android tablet standards.

Other tablets in the same

size-bracket, such as the Asus ZenPad 8.0, discharge as much as 20 to 25% in the same test.

Gaming performance was equally

impressive. Playing a range of games, including Banner Saga, Shadowrun

and Xcom, the Galaxy Tab S2 discharged between 15 to 20% of its battery, providing at least six-ish hours of playtime before dying.

Again, this is superb – most tablets usually struggle to offer

more than five hours.

With regular use I generally achieved

between two to three days use from the Galaxy Tab S2. This

entailed watching TV shows saved on the tablet on my commute,

sporadically browsing the internet, checking my social media feeds

throughout the day and half an hour’s gaming before bed.

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 – Sound

Sound

quality is a deceptively important area on tablets. After all, who

wants to have to pair their tablet with a Bluetooth speaker when

watching a cheeky episode or two of Brooklyn 9 in bed?

Which is

why I’m fairly disappointed that Samsung has loaded the Galaxy Tab S2 with

two underpowered speakers. The speakers are located at the bottom,

short side of the tablet. As well as being woefully easy to block when

holding the tablet, they also don’t provide terribly good sound quality.Galaxy Tab S2

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volume levels are poor and audio could sound slightly tinny. The

low end is also a little lacking – I’d say that the Galaxy Tab S2’s speakers are its worst feature.

Should I buy the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0?

Despite

debatably being born in the Android ecosystem, 2015 has seen a drop in

the number of decent small-form -actor tablets running Google’s mobile

OS.

While some cheap tablets, such as the Asus ZenPad 7.0 and

ZenPad 8.0 offer decent value for money, their sub-par components result in poor performance and woefully short battery life.

While

it isn’t cheap, with the basic Wi-Fi model costing the same £319 as

Apple’s new iPad Mini 4, the Galaxy Tab S2 is one of a select few

Android tablets to offer top-end performance.

Add to this its

stellar battery life, and the Galaxy Tab S2 justifiably earns its place

as one of 2015’s best tablets – and for now, I’d recommend it to those who can afford it.

However, its use of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin

tarnishes its long-term appeal, leaving a question mark over whether or not it will be updated to Google’s fast-approaching Android Marshmallow

operating system.

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Verdict

The Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 is one of the best small-form-factor tablets currently available, but it’s TouchWiz skin remains an issue.

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Score in detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 8
  • Design 8
  • Software & Apps 7
  • Sound Quality 6
  • Screen Quality 9
  • Battery Life 8