Samsung - Galaxy Tab S2 - 9.7" - 32GB - Gold

Browse the Internet and watch videos with this Samsung Galaxy tablet. Its Super AMOLED display provides rich, colorful viewing and also makes it easy to see your screen in sunshine or dim lighting. Stream videos, switch between apps and load documents faster with the powerful octa-core processor. This Samsung Galaxy tablet has 32GB of memory for optimal storage.

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What's Included


  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 - 9.7&#34 - 32GB

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2127 out of 2175)

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Features


Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system

Productivity and entertainment at your fingertips. Download apps, games, movies, music and eBooks from Google Play. Cloud integration provides a seamless experience across all Android devices.

9.7" screen with 2048 x 1536 resolution

This high-resolution screen is ideal for gaming and streaming HD content.

32GB internal storage plus microSD slot

Store your software, apps, music, movies, photos, and more. Expand storage with a microSD card (sold separately).

8-core processor

The right combination of fast performance and power efficiency. It allows rapid multitasking, delivers smooth response and unleashes stunning graphics.

Dual cameras for photos and face-to-face chat

2.1MP front camera and 8MP rear camera with CMOS sensor.


Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.2

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High end tablet for a reasonable price

    Posted
    Yankee95
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    To begin, I know the Tab 3 has been released so the Tab 2 isn't the newest version, but it's still a great tablet without having to spend $500-600 or more. The only tablet I had used before was a very old 1st generation iPad that my employer provided when they upgraded many years ago. After a few years it wasn't good for much except checking my email, playing solitaire, and surfing the web, though once it wasn't receiving updates that was the end and I was without a tablet for several years. I had been looking and didn't have much $ to spend, plus I wanted one with at least a 9" screen. Everything I was finding had less than 2GB of memory and 8-16GB of storage. Tablets with more started at $400 and up. Then last year Best Buy had an early Black Friday sale with their Galaxy Tab S2 9.7" 32GB with 3GB of memory on sale for $280, which originally had been $499. It was more than I initially wanted to spend, but was too good a deal, so I bit the bullet and I haven't regretted it for a second. It's incredibly thin and light and since I have a Samsung smart tv, it will connect to that if I want to. I have a 2 year old LG phone through AT&T which is on a monthly plan, and I can connect them to allow the tablet access to my phone's data if no WiFi is available. A number of the apps on my phone transferred over and the calendars sync, which is great, though not all of the shared apps will. It comes with the basic Microsoft programs, which is so helpful when creating documents and saving them to Dropbox so that I can access them on my phone, which doesn't have Microsoft products. Of course it has some negatives that I've found so far. Don't count on the camera as your main camera. The pictures aren't great, though it does have both front and rear facing cameras. It doesn't come with a stylus, which would be nice. It comes preloaded with apps that most people won't want, but they can be disabled. My biggest issue is that the screen is not very sensitive to touch - it takes a firm tap when selecting an icon or typing for it to respond, so you have to really watch when you type that it's entering every letter you hit and there is no way to adjust this in the settings. Oddly, though, other areas on the screen are very sensitive, so you have to be careful not to touch anywhere else on the screen or you may lose everything that you have entered. The touch issue may just be my tablet, though. Overall, even though it's not the newest version, it's still a great tablet for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, functional tablet

    Posted
    alpal1989
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    I love this tablet. I upgraded to the S2 9.7 from my iPad mini 2, which was getting a bit beat up and had become incredibly laggy after the iOS 10 upgrade. I also wanted a bit of a larger screen for watching movies and reading eBooks/articles. I love the AMOLED display, which is much brighter and more vibrant than my mini's, and the processor gets the job done for all of my everyday tasks. If I were buying a tablet primarily for work (which I am not), I probably would have gone with the iPad Pro, but the Pro's price didn't seem worth it to me for my particular needs (web browsing, video streaming, and reading). The SD card slot is also worth its weight in gold, and I'm so impressed by how thin and light this device is, even with the larger screen size. Also, although I've read several reviews bashing this tablet's battery life, I'd like to add that I've been getting really good battery performance from my S2--I have been routinely seeing 8-10 hours of "screen on" time, mostly from watching Netflix and Amazon Video. If you have a Samsung smartphone (like I do), I also highly recommend this tablet because of the "SideSync" app, which allows you to wirelessly connect your phone and tablet and mirror the two displays/quickly transfer data between the devices. Too cool! The device's "cons"--no latest-generation Exynos processor, no QHD resolution, no all-metal casing--are, at least for me, not really "must have" features. I don't really notice the lack of these things in real-world usage, and I really wouldn't want to pay the premium price for them, anyway. So, in general, I'd recommend this tablet for casual users like myself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great expensive tablet

    Posted
    dudeinco
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I've always been impressed with the performance, and screen clarity in Samsung's products. This thing flies, and looks extremely crisp (usually the first thing people point out). Great fingerprint reader, long battery life, a nice large screen, and kept the SD Card reader. My only gripes are: 1. For some reason, Samsung thought Apple had a good idea with the 4:3 aspect ratio. This was an INCREDIBLY STUPID move. Why would I want to watch all my movies, TV shows, and videos in letterbox format??? Is this 1995, or something? Who in Samsung though: "Hey, if change the aspect ratio, customers would love only using 3/4s of the screen when watching video entertainment!" ...Samsung, not everything Apple does is an intelligent move. 2. Price... $400 on sale? Really? And you want $150 to attach a flawed keyboard? I loved my 8.4 PRO, and that was $245 when I bought it. I gladly would have just taken an upgrade to that instead, but Samsung has two classes: Abysmal resolution (low end), and super resolution (high end). 3. No haptic feedback (vibration motor). Couldn't they have left it for gaming, etc? Guess they wanted it to be thinner, but it's not any thinner than my 8.4 pro was? I left it at 5 stars, because my complaints are fairly minor (even though 4:3 really ticks me off), and won't be shared by everyone. It could be conceivable that my opinions are simply "my opinions" (go figure), and overally it's a top of the line Android device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    If the price is right, buy, buuuuuut read first.

    Posted
    mnash3
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    Pros 1. My price was right. I never wanted a tablet, but then I had some projects come up that indicated that it was a good idea. 2. Display. I like it. Bright with good clarity. I have it on a roller stand that puts it at the perfect height. 3. Video. I watch alot of YouTube and it handles the job well. 4. Setup. I own a Samsung Galaxy S5, so excluding an icon in a different place or two, it is the exact same setup as my S5, but bigger. 5. Easy of setup. As a society, we are spoiled. lol.. I logged into my Google account and it installed all the apps from my phone and I was done. Setting up my e-mail (hotmail) everything was a breeze. Soooo... I know you are like... With all of the above being good what could possibly be bad... Cons... 1. Not compatible. I specifically bought this product for my Sony A7RII to use as a display during photoshoots. You guessed it!!! Out of all the tablets to pick, I picked the one tablet that is specifically not compatible with Sony. 2. Not compatible for music projects possibly. There is an app that supposedly will allow you to share your screen onto the tablet. Well... There are a number of them on the market and you guessed it! The majority are not any good even from the large companies. 3. Dual monitor... I actually just ending up buying a Samsung monitor as my second monitor. I still may try to connect the tablet as a 3rd monitor. 4. Music projects/singing in the closet. I have not tested this feature yet, but I am comfortable that the table can handle that as it already has Microsoft Word installed. Soooo... My advice...If you are buying this for a specific art project, make sure you do your homework and even when you do your homework, do it again as it still might not be compatible unless you are sticking with Samsung. I chose to go ahead and keep the product because my wishful thinking is that my issues are only firmware update fixes away. Not only that, I do like the size and it has proven to be handy as I work on my projects especially the ability to watch a video tutorial on YouTube as I am trying to put together another product in another room. Nice as it is bigger than my cellphone and more portable than my desktop and laptop. Soooo... it has some uses.... Good luck on your decision....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Does not live up to the reviews

    Posted
    AtomicClock
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    Frankly I'm a bit surprised by all the positive feedback on the S2 9.7 inch tablet. While it is fast, thin and light - I will give it that - the screen actually hurts my eyes after very little use due to the "waviness" of its motion that apparently no one else is sensitive to. At first I thought it was just the one I bought, but I looked at the same model in several stores and they all suffer from uneven movement while quickly scrolling vertically, which really diminishes my experience from an otherwise crystal clear display. I also have a major gripe against Google/Android. Why they seem to find it necessary to remove useful features and options that would give the end user more flexibility and control over their own devices is beyond me. Similarly, it makes no sense why Samsung's own keyboard would change so drastically from device to device. If I've been using a Samsung Galaxy S series phone for years, then I'm used to certain symbols being paired with certain letters of the keyboard. So why move them around or remove certain ones altogether on the Galaxy S series tablet?? So I have to tap more buttons to access them and slow down productivity? Why take away buttons from the phone's email app, for instance, when there's even more real estate for them on the tablet's screen? Dumb. It honestly makes me angry that some executive at the top approved these obviously senseless decisions somewhere along the way, and IMHO ruined what could have been a truly awesome tablet. Sadly, because no one else makes a "better" tablet (though Asus comes close), and because I hate CrApple even more, I'm pretty much stuck with this if I want a tablet, which I do. Despite all its flaws, it runs ok for the most part, and is built pretty well. Since the 8" version at least doesn't have a wavy screen when held vertically, I'm settling for that and taking this one back. I'm still giving it 3 stars for overall quality and speed, clarity, and average everything else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING Tablet. Goodbye iPad Air, Hello Sammy!

    Posted
    Sandlotje
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have had an iPad Air for a couple of years now. I rarely use it. I have always used Android phones and have never owned anything by Apple aside from iPods back in the year 2007. I just could never get used to the navigation and layout of the iPad tablet. Every few months, I would charge it up and give it another shot to be my bedside sidekick, but it always ended up in a corner collecting dust. On Black Friday, I decided to indulge in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. I have used this tablet EVERY DAY since it has come. I absolutely love it. It is extremely light weight, very fast. The battery lasts for several days, unless I have a day off and just play with it all day. The OLED screen is exceptional. In comparison to the iPad Air, it is significantly lighter, it is faster at booting up, and loading various apps. It is obvious that the screen is better on the Tab S2 because of the superior screen technology. The battery is not as great; but when we're talking about days of battery life with both products, it does not really matter. I have Verizon as my phone provider, and I downloaded the Message+ app for texting, which syncs amazingly; therefore I can text directly from the tablet. Verizon recently added a new feature that allows me to make phone calls directly from the Message+ app, which is great when I have my Bluetooth headphones on and would like to call someone. I have absolutely NO complaints about this tablet. I LOVE the 3:2 aspect ratio (which is the same aspect ratio as the iPad). This aspect ratio is not the best for those that will use this primarily for watching movies or streaming services; however it is the best aspect ratio for everything else from browsing the web to viewing pictures and playing games. I would recommend this tablet to anyone and everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Love it when it's working

    Posted
    CelestialLuxuries

    This was my first tablet and I loved it because of the pictures it took. I have a home based business that relies heavily on pictures, so of course the sharper the picture the better the advertising. I had it about 6 months when it started to charge slowly. Very slowly. Then the on/off button would only work sporadically. Finally the tablet stopped working. Luckily I had extra insurance on it because they sent it back twice saying it was working for them. No - it wasn't. Had to take it in again and by this time they had to give me a brand new tablet. I got the same kind plus added the extra insurance again. I had this one for less than a year when the same things started happening. Slow to charge but impossible to turn on more than twice once it started giving me problems with the on/off button. Took it in. They sent it out. They got it back. They never called us for 2 months. At least they didn't call ME. When I finally managed to reach someone they told me it wasn't insured. I gave them the information about the purchase and insurance. THEN they found it! But they wanted me to come in and show them all the paperwork then they would send it back in again. At this point I didn't have time to wait for a repair. My laptop had started to run hot and I knew that meant time for a new one. I do have a PC but that one is getting old, too. So, I have done a lot of research on tablets since I am purchasing one again. I know it's crazy but I still like the Samsung S series. I believe, if I do get a Samsung, it will be the new S3. While it's too early to get many ratings from people on the S3, I am hoping this bad battery and on/off switch has been resolved. I am totally shocked that I don't see more people reporting this problem on this site. It is certainly addressed on other sites.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great deal for the money

    Posted
    Bella
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    I bought this tablet on the early Black Friday sale a month ago, so it was nearly half of it's original price. It was still more than I initially wanted to spend, but it was well worth the extra money. The cheaper tablets I had been looking at had half of the storage and memory, while the Tab 2 has 32GB of storage and 3GB of memory. I knew the Tab 3 was out, but the Tab 2 fit all of my needs and was the size I wanted. I use the tablet for basic day-to-day applications such as email, social media, and the internet. I haven't tried to stream any videos yet, but the speaker is rather anemic, so if good sound quality is important, look elsewhere. Since I have a Samsung smart tv, it will connect to that if I want to. It comes preloaded with some apps that I didn't need, but I was able to uninstall those. Many of the apps and info transferred over from my cell phone even though it's an LG. The only one that doesn't always sync very well is the calendar, which I hope I can fix. I also love that it has Microsoft apps. It only comes with the charger, so you have to purchase a micro USB cable separately. For the price of the tablet, this is something that I think should be included. The only issue I have is that it's not as touch sensitive as other tablets I've used or my phone is, and there is no way to adjust the sensitivity of the touch according to the Geek Squad. I have to tap icons and letters on the keyboard more firmly, and when I'm typing I have to be careful to make sure the letter I've tapped shows up. However, if you're holding the tablet in your lap and typing, be careful not to have your fingers or thumb touching the top of the screen anywhere as that area seems to be plenty sensitive. If you even barely touch the top, anything you have typed is gone when the page changes. Example: this is the 2nd time I've typed this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, screen, portability and durability. Editors have mixed opinions about battery. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 92/100 = Excellent quality.
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