Editors' note: Except for their screen size, the 8-inch and 9.7-inch versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 are almost identical. Portions of their reviews are similar. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is -- to date -- one of the thinnest and lightest tablets of its size class. It's a mere 5.6mm thin and 0.86 pound (265g) light, slightly edging out its main competition; the Dell Venue 10 7000 , Sony Xperia Z4 and Apple iPad Air 2 . The sleek design is paired with a premium look and feel. It might feel less refined to those who prefer the aluminum builds of the iPad Air 2 or Dell Venue 10 7000 , but it's heaps better than last year's plastic faux-leather texture with fake stitching accents.
The right side of the tablet houses the power button, volume rocker and microSD card slot, To insert a microSD card, you must use a small pointy object to eject the tray, A thick needle or paper clip should do the trick, On the bottom edge you'll find two speakers with a headphone jack and Micro-USB port in-between them, Speaking of the edges, though the corners are nicely rounded, the edges themselves are flat, This gives you a surface big enough to rest your fingers on the sides when using it, The dimensions of the 9.7-inch tablet aren't as one-hand-friendly as the 8-incher, but if you have big hands you might be able to make it work, Still, holding it in two hands was an easy feat thanks to its light weight, The plastic back on the tablet has a smooth matte otterbox symmetry iphone x case - clear finish, It felt fine on my fingertips, but I preferred the suedelike finish on the back of the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 -- it felt more comfortable and luxe..
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is so easy to carry around, the barely there description of its presence is akin to an advertisement for panty hose or Invisalign braces. When I had it in my bag -- even with the 8-inch model in there, too -- I didn't notice the difference in weight, and it's so thin, it fit into any crevice I squeezed it into. Aside from its convenient portability, it's very comfortable to use. Everything from gaming to reading felt pleasant and my hands or wrists never tired when holding it for a long time. Since it's made of plastic, similar to the Sony Xperia Z4 , it lacks the high-end aesthetic that aluminum-backed models have -- like the Dell and Apple tablets -- but it's the main reason why it's a featherweight.
If I were to use the Galaxy otterbox symmetry iphone x case - clear Tab S2 every day during a commute or every night while reading before bed, I'd definitely pick the lightweight nature of the plastic construction over the finesse of an aluminum design, It's easier on your hands and wrists, and no sweat to carry around everywhere, Despite its other great attributes, I'd have to say that its minimal design, aesthetically and physically, is my favorite thing about the Samsung tablet, However, compared to its 8-inch sibling, the 9.7-inch S2 is a bit clunkier and for smaller hands, not as easy to wield..
The Galaxy Tab S2 runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay. If you've used a Samsung tablet or phone before, it'll look familiar. There aren't any dramatic changes to the UI, but the Flipboard-esque Magazine feature that premiered on last year's Tab S is notably absent. Considering there's already an app that closely resembles the reading-aggregator function, this isn't a big loss. Like the Tab S, the new model packs a bunch of free goodies straight from Samsung and most of them lend themselves to the new reading-friendly screen size. Included with your purchase of the Galaxy Tab S2 are free six-month subscriptions to The Economist and The Guardian publications, as well as one for Pocket, an app that saves content for reading later. There's also a 3-month subscription to Scribd subscription, which is like Netflix for books, and free premium content on Stitchr, a podcast app. If you're into writing as much as you like reading, Samsung also throws in free downloads of the Hancom Office apps.