I have a Samsung Tab S, and my partner's Note 10.1 was starting to run very slow, so I gave the Tab S to him. I tried updating the Note 10.1 to LineageOS, and it worked okay, but some apps didn't run as smoothly as I would like, so I started shopping around for another tablet for myself.
I looked the offerings from Samsung's competition as well as the new S3 and S4 series, but I really didn't want to spend a great deal since I have a Surface and a Dell Windows 10 laptop - I really have too many devices, to be honest. This gold version of the Tab S2 was on clearance at a very good price so I went for it.
The hardware specs are very similar to my well-loved Tab S, similar processor, 3 gigs of RAM, 32 gig storage, and the lovely OLED screen, though slightly smaller and a slightly lower resolution than the Tab S. The screen differences aren't really that noticiable, though, and overall, the device is even slimmer and more portable than its predecessor.
The device is portrait-oriented, unlike the Tab S, and it's taking some getting used to - I usually hold the device in the landscape orientation, and I keep tapping what amounts to the side of the Tab S2 looking for the home button - in this orientation, the controls are on the right of my hand. Not a deal breaker, I'll get used to it.
The only other thing I'll point out is the sound. Like the Tab S, the speakers are adequate for personal listening, nothing spectacular, though it's a little weird for me to have both speakers on one side (again, since I use the tablet in landscape orientation); thus the sound is not really stereo unless I flip the device back into the portrait orientation. Again, not a huge deal, since I have a small Sony portable speaker to which I can connect via bluetooth for better sound if I want it.
Overall, this is a really nice little tablet. It's very responsive and zippy when loading/running applications or simply browsing the internet. I'm guessing the gold version was priced lower than its stablemates because it wasn't selling as well, but I'm glad I got it - it's a bit "blingy".