Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch Review

Although we’ve waited more than a year at this point, we’re seeing a successor to its popular and premium Galaxy Tab line. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch, they’re ensuring that they’ll remain relevant, as this full-size offering packs a dose of premium tablet goodness in such a svelte package...
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55 Comments

31. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Where Did I Say It Had A 2k Display? And The 2048x1536 Resolution Of The Tab 2 Is So Close To Standard 2k(2048x1536) That It Might As Well Be. Its Only 2 Off From The Pixel Density Of A True 9.7in 2k Screen. So Even If It Had A True 2k Screen It Would Still Be Lower Than The Resolution Of The Note 4 And The Tab S 10.1.

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You said they obviously lowered the resolution to increase performance. I said no they lowered it because there was no such thing as their previous resolution, 2k, in a 4:3 aspect ratio and that is why they lowered it. Not for performance reasons.

41. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

GTOF. They Could Have Matched Or Surpassed The Pixel Count Found On The Tab S Easily. They Lowered It For Performance.

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol please. The evidence is there that they lowered it because they had to. The Nexus 9 used the same resolution too. Why didn't they beat or match the resolution on the tab pro 8.4? They have ample power to do so with the 64 bit k1. They didn't because they would have to go a much higher than 2k resolution. It's obvious that I am right and your dead wrong moron style.

46. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

GTFO You're Logic Is Completely Idiotic. As For What You Said in Post #44 They Still Could Have Done It If They Wanted And Easily Beat The 2K Resolution The Tab S Has Without Resorting To A Ridiculous Resolution Like 3200x2400. Again The Reason I Gave Is Much Better Than Yours, Makes Way More Sense.

47. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol how is it idiotic? Both the Nexus 9 and Tab S2 chose this resolution over the higher resolution predecessors and the pattern isn't for performance increases. The pattern is that it is the most standard resolution with the most thud party support because of Apple. My logic is perfectly sound while yours is not. I have evidence and facts. You have nothing but an idiotic theory. Samsung never lowered anything to increase performance in their life btw. They only add unless they can't.

49. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I'm Tired Of This Petty Argument So I'm Done. But Just For The Record I Was Right And You Were Wrong.#Winner:-) PS. I Want Be Replying So Say Whatever You Like, Loser.

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

List of 4:3 Monitor Resolutions Resolution - Aspect ratio 640x480-----4:3 800x600-----4:3 1024x768-----4:3 1152x864-----4:3 1280x960-----4:3 1400x1050-----4:3 1600x1200-----4:3 2048x1536-----4:3 3200x2400-----4:3 4000x3000-----4:3 6400x4800-----4:3 List of 16:9 Widescreen Resolutions Resolution - Aspect ratio 852x480-----16:9 1280x720-----16:9 1365x768-----16:9 1600x900-----16:9 1920x1080-----16:9 List of 16:10 Widescreen Resolutions Resolution - Aspect ratio 1440x900-----16:10 1680x1050-----16:10 1920x1200-----16:10 2560x1600-----16:10 3840x2400-----16:10 7680x4800-----16:10

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So judging by post 27. They would have to go 3200x 2400 to beat the Tab S 2k display and I don't think the Exynos 5433 can handle that. Lol

32. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

But they didn't need to go that far. All they needed to do was match last year's screen. At something like 2248 x 1686 (4:3) that would have meant 288 dpi and the total pixel count would still be less than last year's, on a more powerful GPU. Yeah, OK, it's s pretty unique resolution but so is the iPad Air's Pro @ 2732 x 2048. They could have done it but decided to cut back on costs and downgrade the screen.

34. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Taters Is Stupid He Doesn't Understand.

36. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

What? How am I stupid? I am right moron. There is no such thing as 2k in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

39. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

You're The Damn Moron You Dumbass Just Read Your Post #28. SMH I Never Said 4:3 Had A Standard 2K Resolution Just That The Tab 2's Resolution Is Extremely Close To 2k And They Could Have Easily Beaten The 2k Resolution Of The Tab S Without To Much Trouble At All, They Definitely Wouldn't Have Had To Use The Outrageous Resolution Of 3200x2400. The Reason For Them Sticking With The Lower Than 2k resolution Is For the Reason I Gave In Post #21. GTOF.

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Please. Without much trouble at all? They would have to make a queer Apple style resolution to beat the 2k in the Tab S with a 4:3 aspect ratio. But unlike Apple they don't have their own OS to make developers scale their apps to this new queer resolution. So they HAD to use the same one Google adopted with the Nexus 9, which just so happens to be the same resolution this tablet uses. Coincidence? Um no....

52. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Developers don't create their layouts using physical pixels, they've got resolution indepent units for that. The Android runtime translates them into physical pixels based on the dpi of the screen. So no, that's not a problem at all and that excuse doesn't fly.

35. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Your List is Wrong. There Are Other 4:3 Resolutions Not Just The Ones Listed Here. 2560x1920 Is All They Needed Or What Post #32 Said. Look At This.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_resolutions

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You could use 2560 x1920 or what mddave said but the iPad resolution is probably easier and more common. And what post 32 said is still a downgrade .....

40. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Could Have Sworn He Had A Higher Res Than That. I'm Pretty Sure He Edited What He Previously Said.

45. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

What I suggested gives you 288 dpi, how is that a downgrade? And anyways, the point is that they didn't even to match the pixel count to match the pixel density given the reduction in screen size...

48. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's a downgrade because 2k with a 10.1 inch screen gives you 299 or 300ppi and your oddball resolution gives only 288ppi. You are reaching if you expect them to use an oddball resolution in order to match the resolution of the Tab S. It's just not worth the headache of straying from the Google standard Nexus 9 resolution.

50. g2a5b0e unregistered

This is one of the few times times when you're actually on point, Taters. These folks clearly don't get it. Stop wasting your time.

51. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Whatever. They are reaching if they expect me to give them my money for a screen that's worse than last year's. I was quite thrilled when this tablet was announced, but Samsung being Samsung, they had to find a way to f**k it up. Maybe they can model their failure after the nexus 9's too!

23. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

The speaker is that low on the nexus 9?

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Nexus 9 is quite pimp on paper. Crazy GPU, super bright, high ppi. How did HTC f**k that up?! Lol Ahhh HTC. They are like the super hero of screwing up mobile devices. They always find a way. Lol

54. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

"Although it’s not the latest piece of silicone from Samsung" Silicone and Silicon are entirely different compounds....
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