Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 review: A sleek, satiny iPad competitor

Mobile Choice's in-depth review shows the Galaxy Tab S2 embodies a stellar display, pared-down UI and new aspect ratio that pits it directly opposite Apple's iPad Air.

The Tab S2 is not only Samsung's best tablet till date, it scored an extremely rare 5-stars in our review. The last tablet to recieve a similar score was the formidable and landscape changing Apple iPad Air.

Why did the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 score so well?

The tablet is absolutely gorgeous. Samsung polishing over the faux-leather look of the Galaxy Tab S and made the new one an absolute wafer. It has a width of just 5.6mm at its thickest point which few smartphones can boast of and has a back which is sort of suede-feel pewter. The tablet is solid and doesn't creak when you give it a press. No wonder that at 392g, the Galaxy Tab S2 is one of the lightest tablet you can get hold of.

Head over to our Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 in-depth review to find out more about its looks, display and form factor.

Furthermore, Samsung's home grown Exynos Octa 5433 processor works well with a 3GB RAM to offer a performance with no lag or stuttering. Samsung have four 1.3GHz to take care of browsing, reading and writing with the other four 1.9 GHz processors kicking in when you play games or use the multi-tab option. The latest GeekBench scores suggest that the tablet is quite efficient when compared with the likes of Microsoft's Surface Book and Apple's iPad Air 2.

Unlike the Galaxy S6 phones, the Galaxy Tab S2 gives you up to 128GB of additional storage through its microSD slot.

The tablet's battery also does more than a decent job of taking care of itself for more than a day. It was a major factor behind the tablet securing all five stars since most tablets don't really make it through this stage.

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 As for the cameras, our review revealed that "The 8-MP primary camera is robust and perfect for those moments when you are away from your actual camera or phone and the front-facing 2.1-MP snapper is more than adequate for Skype calls and the occasional selfie."

Having reviewed the Galaxy Tab S2, we found that there's no other Android tablet that can match up to it in terms of spec-to-spec comparison or even performance. Our verdict rests on Samsung bringing in stellar display, pared-down UI and new aspect ratio that makes the tablet a gorgeous device to own and use.

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