When comparing Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0" vs Nexus 7 2013, the Slant community recommends Nexus 7 2013 for most people. In the question“What are the best Android tablets?” Nexus 7 2013 is ranked 7th while Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0" is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Nexus 7 2013 is:
The Nexus 7's screen has received nothing but praise and is recognised for its strong brightness output. The 7 inch form factor is a comfortable and portable size. It takes no more space than a typical book and even feels like holding one. As a result it is an ideal size for e-reading. The 7 inch size also means more compatible apps than larger tablets. Apps designed for phones look significantly better on a 7 inch display than a 10 inch display.
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Pro Good battery life
Galaxy Tab S2 8.0" can achieve 10 hours of video streaming in real-world tests, which is really good for a tablet (especially one this thin and light).
Pro Amazing display
Like most Samsung products lately, the screen on the S2 8.0" is stunning. The high resolution (1536x2048) 4:3 aspect ratio Amoled display provides all the dark colors associated with Amoled, while maintaining a crisp and comfortable display. The brightness gets really low as well, making it a great bed-side reader.
Pro Easy to hold for hours on end & portable
199x135mm (7.8x5.3 inches) are the front dimensions, and it's only 5.6mm thick (0.22 inches). The entire package only weighs 265g. This tablet is small enough that you could comfortably hold it for extended periods without getting tired at all.
Pro Bright, 7", 1,920x1,200 (323 ppi) IPS LCD screen
The Nexus 7's screen has received nothing but praise and is recognised for its strong brightness output.
The 7 inch form factor is a comfortable and portable size. It takes no more space than a typical book and even feels like holding one. As a result it is an ideal size for e-reading. The 7 inch size also means more compatible apps than larger tablets. Apps designed for phones look significantly better on a 7 inch display than a 10 inch display.
Pro USB OTG (On the Go) support
Typically the USB port on a phone / tablet is there to allow you to charge the phone and to attach it to your computer. USB OTG allows you, in addition to the above, to connect devices to your mobile. This means, for example, that you can connect your device directly to an external hard drive to access its contents; as opposed to having to use your laptop as an intermediary.
Pro LTE version available
The LTE) model is an optional alternative to the standard Wi-Fi model.
Spec for North America:
- Six LTE frequencies (bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 13 & 17)
- Pentaband HSPA+
- Quadband GSM / EDGE
Spec for Europe:
- LTE bands (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 20)
- Pentaband HSPA+
- Quadband GSM / EDGW
Pro High chance of getting new apps first
Nexus series devices are directly targeted by app developers, making most new apps first available on Nexus devices.
Pro Runs stock Android; has not bloatware
Like other Nexus branded products, the Nexus 7 comes with a stock Android installation which is appealing to those who desire the latest updates from Google and have a user experience that isn't altered by device manufacturers.
WiFi Model: 290g / 10.23 oz LTE Model: 299g / 10.55 oz.
Pro Charges quickly
Thanks to a built-in Qualcomm PM8921 Quick Charge Battery Management IC, the tablet charges faster than those using conventional plugs (on the condition you use the appropriate adaptor).
Pro Good battery life
The Nexus 7 comes with a 3,950mAh Battery. In tests this battery kept its charge for over 8 hours of continued usage, and 3 days of "typical" usage without being recharged.
Con Few tablet-specific apps
Android has a lack of good, optimized tablet apps. On iPad for example, there are many apps that change their layout to better utilize the extra space that a tablet brings, but that's not the case for Android tablets.
Con No microSD Slot
The lack of microSD means that internal storage cannot be expanded.