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5 reasons a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 can replace your laptop

Sarah K. White | Dec. 22, 2015
More people are turning to tablets for work -- and there are more options than the iPad Pro. Here are five reasons why you should consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 for your next work device.

And with the Samsung Multimedia Dock, you can even use this tablet at your desk by connecting the device to a monitor with an HDMI port. It also features three USB ports, so you can hook up a full-sized keyboard, mouse and external storage drive. This is a great option if you travel between offices or simply don't need the functionality of a full operating system like Windows or OS X. It's also a way to stream movies, TV shows and more to your TV and entertainment center, once you're out of office.

Design and performance

Galaxy devices haven't always been known for their high-end designs, but the S2 bucks that perception with a sleek, light, thin design you would expect from a premium device. It's still plastic on the back, but Samsung avoided adding any textures like they have in the past on similar devices. Instead, the plastic almost looks like brushed aluminum at first glance. The plastic delivers a little added grip that you won't get from a device featuring an all-aluminum body. Samsung also added an aluminum bezel around the front of the tablet, which gives it that high-end quality look and feel that you would see with the Apple iPad Air 2.

In terms of performance, the S2 boasts 3GB of RAM, which is fast enough to let you stream video, multitask and keep multiple tabs open in your browser without issue. In benchmarks, the S2 does fall behind the Apple iPad Air 2, but in testing, it was nearly impossible to notice a real difference between the two. Transitions between apps are fast, so you won't experience any lag, and it was easy to keep multiple tabs open in a browser as each page loaded quickly. The tablet was highly responsive in testing, with minimal app crashes and offered clean and speedy transitions between apps. Even the on-screen keyboard is highly responsive, and with the thin, portfolio design, it's easy enough to type out a quick message using just your thumbs.

Microsoft apps

Now that Microsoft has opened up its productivity apps to Android, including the latest Outlook app, it's easy to stay connected to the programs you need, whether its Excel, PowerPoint, One Note or Word. You won't have any trouble quickly creating, editing and sharing documents on the go or drafting and responding to your email. And with the seamless multitasking, you won't have any issues switching between apps if you need to grab data from a spreadsheet and input into a PowerPoint. Couple that with the media dock, and you can have a near-desktop experience up and running in no time.

Security

A lot of people use their devices for both personal use and work. While it's certainly convenient, there are security and privacy risks that can rise from BYOD approach to the mobile enterprise. But with Android for Work, you can separate business apps and personal apps, so that both your work life and personal life remain separate and secured. That means IT can access the work side of your tablet, but they can't see or erase personal data, photos or anything else that isn't included on the "work side" of your tablet. Plus, with a microSD card slot for easy expanded storage up to 128GB, you can easily swap out SD cards for work and personal to keep files and data even more separate.

 

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