An enterprisefriendly tablet for efficiency
It can survive drops, shocks and vibrations, extreme temperatures, humidity, and even high altitudes
Tech giant Samsung has a new tablet that not only promises a seamless workflow for industry-specific needs, but can also take a few beatings. The entirely adequate Galaxy Tab Active2 tablet ($419.99) is designed for businesses that take one outdoor, like restaurants, hospitals, delivery companies, pointof-sale systems etc. Samsung sure charges a premium for its rugged, pen-enabled nature, but that may pay off over time in reliability.
The Tab Active2’s main strength is its durability. Sized at 5.0 by 8.5 by 0.4 inches (HWD), it is IP68 rated against water and shock, and comes in a rubber case that includes a holder for its new, chunkier S Pen. On the bottom, there’s a single (not too loud) speaker and a USB-C connector.
The 8-inch, 1280X800 IPS LCD, at 189 pixels per inch, is not particularly highres, especially for the price. But it’s bright enough for outdoor use.
The Tab Active2 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat on a 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos 7870 processor with 3GB of RAM. It has both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi, along with a gyroscope, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2. The 4,450mAh battery is removable, and under the back cover, there’s space for a microSD memory card to supplement the 10.9GB of available storage. The tablet runs Samsung’s Knox suite of secure management and business deployment applications. Because it is a proprietary, active pen, it’s lagless and pressure sensitive, it’s almost perfectly reliable, and doesn’t require charging. Battery life is fine, with around six hours of active use from a single charge.
The Tab Active2 strikes a good balance between ruggedness and value. It’s about the price of a sixthgeneration iPad plus Pencil ($419 together), but Samsung’s tablet is much tougher and waterproof. Samsung also supplies a bunch of enterprise-friendly features, such as group configuration and enrolment.