Camera & Battery Life
The Galaxy Tab S2 uses a modest 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for participating in video conferences, Skyping, and snapping selfies, and an 8-megapixel rear-shooter with an f/1.9 aperture lens. Here's a look at how they perform.
2.1MP Front Facing Camera
8MP Rear Facing Camera
Overall the quality isn't good enough for any kind of professional printing jobs, but for posting to social media sites and auction pages, the Galaxy Tab S2's rear camera can handle the task.
The web browsing test is the real eye opener. For this test, we set the brightness to 50 percent and then load a webpage that regularly refreshes itself. After that it's a waiting game, and we didn't have to wait all that long (comparatively) for the Galaxy Tab S2 to call it quits.
It lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes, and that's with the screen automatically dimming when the battery level hits 5 percent. It's also with Wakey running in the background to keep the screen lit (Samsung's settings only allow you to configure the display to stay lit up to 10 minutes).
Bear in mind that this is a lightweight test -- we're not playing games or streaming movies here -- with a brightness level that's probably a little lower than what most people will use. What this underscores is the trade-off in battery life that comes with the pursuit of increasingly thin and lightweight form factors.