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Samsung Galaxy TAB Active – Rugged Non-Hazardous Area Android Tablet

Ecom is proud to present the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active a rugged tablet able to withstand demanding conditions for enterprise workforces. No matter what the weather conditions the Samsung Galaxy Tab is able to achieve high performance thanks to protective case and the ability to withstand drops from up to 4 feet. It features daylight readability, an increased operating temperature range, a POGO pin for fast and easy re-charging, and a user- replaceable battery for up to 10 hours of productivity.

The Galaxy Tab Active Android tablet is also built enterprise and productivity ready with Knox 2.0 enterprise grade security. A C-Pen for note-taking and capturing signatures is included, and user-replaceable batteries keep the Active charged and operating for up to 10 hours.

Samsung Galaxy TAB ACTIVE Key Features

Ecom Samsung tablet provides clear mobile communications for workers:

  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (optionally 4.4.4 KitKat) Operating System
  • Wireless capability as WWAN, 4G LTE, WLAN, etc.
  • Front and rear camera
  • 3 MP with rear camera Flash with Barcode Scanner capability
  • 1.3 MP front camera

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Samsung Galaxy TAB Active Android Tablet Technical Data

Samsung Galaxy TAB Active Tablet
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (optionally 4.4.4 KitKat)
Processor Quad core 1.2 GHz processor
Memory and Storage RAM 1.5 GB ROM 16 GB, with microSD up to 64 GB (optional)
Display 8″ TFT display with 1280 x 800 pixels
Environmental Operating temperature.20 … 55 °C
WWAN 4G LTE (optional) Category 4: 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 UMTS (3G) / HSPA (3.5G): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 GPRS / EDGE (2G): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Bluetooth /strong> Bluetooth SmartReady LE 4.0
Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Power 11 hours battery life / 4450 mAh
Camera 3 MP with rear camera Flash with Barcode Scanner capability 1.3 MP front camera
Security Samsung KNOX EMM (MDMIAM) Secure file management H/W S/W Secure platform
Programmable keys Yes

Samsung Galaxy TAB Active

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 LTE

Rugged Samsung Tablet waterproof and dustproof, IP68 certified, equipped with barcode scanner, NFC and 4G LTE connection to be always connected.

Technical Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 LTE

  • Processor: Octa Core 1.6 GHz
  • Internal memory: 16 GB (expandable with MicroSD)
  • RAM: 3.0 GB
  • WXGA Display 8” Touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Battery: 4450 mAh
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth yes
  • NFC: yes
  • OS: Android 7.1
  • Main Camera: 8.0 Mp
  • 2nd Camera: 5.0 Mp
  • LTE: yes
  • GPS: yes
  • Dual SIM: no
  • Smart pen: yes (S-Pen)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 review

In a completely different vein to the Tab S4, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active2 is a rugged tablet for those needing a durable device. Find out if it’s right for your lifestyle in our full review.

Our Verdict

The Galaxy Tab Active2 is clearly not a tablet for everyone. It’s aimed at those needing a rugged device that can withstand the elements and a bit of abuse. If this is something you’re after then Samsung’s tablet will make a good companion. It’s one of the most rugged we’ve tested and benefits from IP68 waterproofing, drops of up to 1m and the ability to operate in extreme temperatures. However, specs like screen resolution and storage are out-dated and we’d expect more at this price. If you’re looking for a durable tablet for your kids then you can spend a lot less.

All the hype might be around the Galaxy Tab S4, but Samsung also has a tablet with a completely different set of features. It won’t appeal to everyone, but those with a more rustic outdoors lifestyle may find it a real boon. Here’s our Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 review. While the Tab S4 aims to replace your laptop, the Tab Active2 simply aims to survive the trials of a busy life. You’ll see why and how in our review, as well as whether it achieves this goal.

Galaxy Tab Active2: Price and availability

It might be cheaper than Samsung’s new £599 Tab S4, but the Active2 is still fairly expensive at £439. You can buy it directly from Samsung or retails like Amazon and Currys. There’s little to compare it to in the market, but for some context the latest iPad starts at £319.

In the US, the tablet starts at 419 if you want Wi-Fi only and then costs 519 for the LTE model we’ve tested. Check out our round-up of the best tablets you can buy.

Galaxy Tab Active2: Design and build

Unusually, it’s this area where the Tab Active2 stands out from the crowd. Samsung’s tag line for the slate is ‘The tablet that can go where others can’t’. And that’s really the main reason you’re going to want to buy this device over any other Samsung tablet or rivals that look nicer and have better features. It’s one of the most rugged we’ve ever tested so it’s not aimed at the masses, but those with a more, well, active life.

Samsung claims the Active2 can withstand drops of up to 1m and it’s also IP68 rated so had full dust protection and is waterproof to 1.5m. Furthermore, the military standard build can operate in temperatures between.20 and 60 degrees centigrade. We haven’t been able to test all of that, even with the heatwave, but it’s certainly worthy of the word durable. Samsung also includes a rubber case (above) in the box for some extra security as well as somewhere to store the stylus.

It’s not the prettiest tablet around, looking quite old school in various ways. It’s got physical buttons so that water and dirt don’t stop you using them freely and even a removable rear cover like smartphones and tablets used to have many years ago. It’s chunky at 9.9mm and 419g. At the back it looks quite cool with the rugged style, those Torx screws aren’t real though.

The question really is whether you need a tablet like this. In Samsung’s marketing material the Tab Active2 is shown sitting in mud and the below shot shows a young girl exploring the woods with the device. It’s cute but also looks a little dangerous. Now, you might feel that going out for a family walk is exactly when modern devices should be out of sight. The last thing you want is your kids watching YouTube videos when you’re trying to spend quality time with them. However, there are decent educational apps so a trip out can be edifying. If you are thinking about it for children, then you needn’t spend this much money as there are a number that are durable in our kids tablet round-up – albeit not to this level. The Tab Active2 is perhaps more suited to adults who want a device to go on hikes and other activities where the app you want to use – whether it’s just maps or something more niche – is best off used on a larger screen than your phone.

We can’t decide for you, of course, but if you need a tablet that’s at the extreme end of the spectrum then this fits the bill.

Galaxy Tab Active2: Specs and features

If the design is what you’re after then great, but you’ll have to live with a fairly plain set of specs and features. The Galaxy Tab Active2 might be fairly expensive but you don’t get all the latest gear.

Screen

The screen is 8in which used to be a popular size for tablets but with phones often over 6in, most are at least 9.7in to make sure it’s a decent amount larger. Sizeable bezels here don’t look great but do at least mean you can hold the device without hindering the display. We’re used to Samsung devices having bright and colourful SuperAMOLED displays with high resolutions. However, the Tab Active2 has a TFT screen with an uninspiring 1280×800 resolution.

In 2018, that’s not great so it’s likely your phone already offers something better. It is very bright though at up to 472cd/m2, which is key for outdoor usage. You do, however, get the S Pen included which works nicely with the screen. It’s got a fine 0.7mm tip and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s similar to the Galaxy Note and the software includes Air Commands so you can do various handy things.

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Processor, memory and storage

Things aren’t exactly exciting when it comes to core specs with a two year-old Exynos 7870 processor. It’s 1.6GHz octa-core and is backed up by a middling 3GB RAM. As you can see from the benchmarks, the performance isn’t exactly blazing. If you need to run any demanding apps, perhaps for your outdoor pursuit, then it may struggle.

There’s more disappointment in the storage department where there’s only 16GB. A microSD card slot can take 256GB but you won’t want to run apps from here due to slower performance. So far it’s a similar or worse set of specs as the Tab S2 8.0 from 2015. In 2018, at this price, this just isn’t enough. We’ve included the Tab S3 and Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus for a more up to date benchmark comparisons.

Connectivity and audio

The amount of connectivity on offer here is a highlight starting with dual-Band 11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. There’s also a reversible USB-C port for charging and a range of sensors but no barometer for all you altitude tracking climbers and hikers out there.

As an outdoor tablet, it’s great to see both GPS and 4G connectivity so you don’t need to connect to your phone or Wi-Fi hotspot for data. The Tab Active2 using a Nano-SIM slot. There’s not much to speak about for audio with average sounding stereo speakers and headphone jack. Samsung has put a fingerprint scanner on the device, which is mounted in the physical home button on the front.

Cameras

Photography and video isn’t a strong point her with basic cameras. At the back is an 8Mp camera with auto FOCUS and flash. It’s ok but nothing more and you’ll likely get better results from the phone that’s no doubt in your or bag.

Video is limited to Full HD at 30fps and the 5Mp front camera is also very basic. If you’re looking for a tablet with good photography and video you’ll need to look elsewhere but we’d suggest just using your phone.

Battery life

There’s a 4450mAh battery in the Tab Active2 and in old school fashion, it’s removable so you can carry a spare around – although only one is provided. It’s not the largest battery around but the mid-range specs – namely a low clocked processor and screen resolution – means that the device isn’t very power hungry, at least compared to others.

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If you’re out and about using 4G and GPS with the screen on constantly then it’s going to run down a lot quicker than casually browsing the web at home. It does last well, though, with the possibility of more than 10 hours video playback depending on your screen brightness.

Galaxy Tab Active2: Software and apps

The Galaxy Tab Active2 comes pre-loaded with Android 7.1 Nougat. That’s not the latest edition which is 8.0 Oreo but it doesn’t matter too much – not like the difference many years ago between versions. As usual, Samsung adds its own user interface but it’s easy to use and just like the firm’s smartphones. The highlight here is the S Pen which can be used with the Air Command feature just like on Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones. It’s a useful tool able to do various things like crop your photos or scribble over a screenshot.

We’re not so keen on Bixby Home, Samsung’s digital assistant which is a swipe away from the main homescreen.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2: Specs

  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 8in TFT display, 1280×800
  • S Pen included
  • 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core, Mali T760MP6
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, microSD (up to 256GB)
  • 8Mp rear camera with auto FOCUS and flash
  • 5Mp front camera
  • 11ac Wi-Fi dual-Band
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • GPS
  • USB-C
  • 4G LTE (Nano-SIM)
  • Fingerprint scanner (front)
  • 4450mAh removable battery
  • IP68 waterproof
  • Drop from 1m
  • 128x215x9.9mm
  • 419g

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: Should you upgrade?

While it launched in 2018, the Active2 still serves as the basis for the Active3, and it has many of the same features like LTE support, Pogo pin for power, S Pen compatibility, a user-replaceable battery, and it’s just as durable and secure. But it does have its limitations, including limited storage and glove operation requiring physical keys. But it’s still a decent option that will suffice for many field workers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

The Active3 offers some interesting upgrades compared to the Active2, including the new Android OS, a higher-resolution screen, longer battery life, enhanced shock absorption, support for a No Battery Mode, Samsung DeX integration capabilities, and Google ARCore support for enabling AR services like remote training. But is it worth the upgrade? That all might hinge on price.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

For field workers, a rugged tablet is essential, providing a way to keep in touch with colleagues, log data, analyze information, scan barcodes, and more while out and about. Samsung is one of the leaders in manufacturing ultra-rugged tablets for industries, and its Galaxy Tab Active2 has been a popular model since it was introduced back in 2018. But in September 2020, Samsung launched the updated Active3 model. While it took its time getting to North America, it definitely offers some compelling new features.

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Looking at the Galaxy Tab Active3 vs. the Galaxy Tab Active2, are the updates enough to justify the upgrade? For some, it might make sense to buy the newer model and future-proof your investment. But if you already own the Active2, you need to decide if the upgrades are worthwhile and if you’d make use of the new features.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: What’s new in Active3?

For the most part, the Active3 is very similar to the Active2 and is actually based on its predecessor’s design. But there are a few notable updates, like a higher resolution screen and a bigger battery. It also includes enhanced shock absorption, which allows it to withstand drops from as high as 1.5 meters, can operate even when the battery has depleted, and features the latest Android OS.

But let’s take a closer look at how they compare.

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Operating SystemBatteryDimensionsWeightDisplayCertificationAnti-Shock RatingChargingGPSS PenCan Operate With GlovesCPUProcessorInternal MemoryFace RecognitionFingerprint SensorAccelerometerSensorsAdditional SecurityCamera
Android 7.1 Android 10.0
4,450mAh User-Replaceable 5,050mAh User Replaceable
127.6 x 214.7 x 9.9mm 126.8 x 213.8 x 9.9mm
415 grams (Wi-Fi), 417 grams (LTE) 426 grams (Wi-Fi), 429 grams (LTE)
8″ TFT, 1,280 x 800 8″ PLS TFT LCD, 1,920 x 1,200
MIL-STD-810G, IP68 MIL-STD-810G, IP68
1.2 Meters 1.5 Meters
Pogo Pin Pogo Pin
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Samsung Exynos 7870 Samsung Exynos 9810
1.6GHz Octa-core 2.7GHz 1.7GHz Octa-core
16GB (microSD up to 256GB) Up to 128GB (microSD up to 1TB)
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Yes Yes
Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, RGB Light, Proximity Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, RGB Light, Proximity
Knox Knox
8MP auto-FOCUS with flash 5MP 13MP auto-FOCUS with flash 5MP

Some notable updates make the Active3 a better choice among the two, especially for those who are buying one for the first time. But whether it’s worth the upgrade for existing owners of the Active2 or not depends on how much you value those upgrades.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: Important core specs

How do the two compare when it comes to other important core specs? Both have 8-inch screens, but the Active3’s screen has a much higher resolution at 1920×1200 HD compared to the Active2’s 1280×800 display, which can make all the difference if you’re looking for the best in color accuracy and the clearest pictures possible.

Powered by an Exynos 9810 processor versus the Active2’s Exynos 7870 processor, the Active3 is also presumably faster and more responsive thanks to an update in the chipset as well that sees a 2.7GHz 1.7GHz octa-core processor. By comparison, the Active2 has a 1.6GHz octa-core processor.

The Active3 also has significantly more internal storage with options for 64GB or 128GB and the ability to add up to a whopping terabyte more via an optional microSD memory card. The Active2, meanwhile, only comes with a paltry 16GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB. If you tend to take and store many photos and videos, the Active3 might be worth the upgrade.

Speaking of photos and videos, both devices have cameras with auto-FOCUS and flash, but the Active3 cameras are slightly improved. That new tablet has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera for video conferencing and calls. The Active2 has an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The extra resolution in the rear camera might not make a huge difference. Still, depending on how detailed the photos are that you take, such as intricate barcodes or close-up photos of machinery or equipment, it might be an appreciated upgrade.

Size-wise, the Active3 is almost identical in size to the Active2, but both versions are heavier. That said, the difference may be negligible for most: both still weigh in at under a pound.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: How rugged are they?

Both tablets are designed to be ultra-rugged and usable in just about any condition. The Active3 is based on the design of the Active2, and they both achieve the MIL-STD-810G certification for being resistant to drops, shocks, vibrations, high/low temperatures, humidity, and high altitudes. They also both meet the IP68 rating for being water- and dust-proof — they can withstand being in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

But when it comes to high drops, this is where the Active3 has a slight leg up on the Active2. It boasts enhanced shock absorption such that it can be safely dropped from a height of 1.5 meters and is protected via its inbox protective cover. The Active2, however, still has a pretty impressive rating with the ability to be dropped from as high as 1.2 meters with its cover. But if that extra 0.3-meter leeway, which equates to just under a foot, might make a significant difference in terms of how and where you use the tablet and the chances of you accidentally dropping it from a specific height, this might be enough to convince you to upgrade.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: Usability and intuitive design

Usability in extreme conditions is key to tablets like these: workers need to be able to use them in just about any setting. And both tablets excel in this department, allowing you to use them while wearing gloves. But the Active2 includes physical buttons for this purpose, while the Active3 has a special screen with touch sensitivity that works with gloves on or off. Yes, you can still use the touchscreen while wearing protective work gloves or gloves to combat the cold outdoor weather.

Both include Enhanced Touch options such that rain and snow will just roll off the water-resistant screen and won’t impact your ability to scroll through web pages or type while outdoors in inclement weather as well.

Both also come with Samsung’s S Pen, which is also water- and dust-resistant. And they both feature facial recognition and biometric fingerprint authentication for quick and easy logins and identity verification.

With swappable batteries, they can both be used for a full workday or longer by simply removing a dead battery and popping in a spare one. The Active3 adds a new feature that can further keep things going called No Battery Mode, which affords power without a battery, ideal if you find yourself in a precarious position where you need access but don’t have a spare battery on hand or both batteries have died.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: Connectivity

Both rugged tablets feature Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity options and gain power from a Pogo Pin. The Active3 has a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port and the Active2 USB 2.0 Type-C. They both also include support for Wi-Fi Direct and include features like GPS and NFC.

You can connect an optional keyboard using the Pogo Pin. Still, the Active3 enhances this experience through compatibility with Samsung DeX for creating a PC-like experience when you’re sitting at a desk. This includes dual-screen functionality. It is also optimized for camera-based barcode scanning. It has an active key on the side that affords instant access to your most frequently used apps or programs as well as for scanning items, push-to-talk (PTT) functionality, or making emergency calls.

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Bringing the device into the 21st century to work with the latest technologies, the Active3 also features support for Google ARCore so you can use augmented reality (AR) services like remote training. If this is something your business does, it could be worth the upgrade for this feature alone. The Active2 does have some AR capabilities, but it isn’t nearly as robust.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: Security

Both devices are protected by Samsung Knox defense-grade security and can receive regular Android updates and security patches. The Active3 comes with the latest Android OS, which is a bonus and will support up to three generations of Android OS upgrades.

As noted, they are both further protected by including the biometric fingerprint sensor and facial recognition.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 vs. Tab Active3: Weigh the pros and cons

Upgrading from the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 to the Galaxy Tab Active3 will totally depend on the price difference and if you can truly make use of the enhanced features.

For some, the Active2 will suffice, especially if it has been working fine for the past two years since it was introduced. But there are some compelling reasons to upgrade to the Active3 if you’re considering it. On the most basic level, the faster processor, higher-resolution screen, better camera, longer battery including the No Battery Mode, enhanced shock absorption, newer operating system, and bigger storage capacity are all viable reasons to upgrade.

But for others, it could be the Google ARCore or Samsung DeX support that convinces them to opt for the Active3 vs. the Active2. If you’d frequently use either of those features, it’s worth it to consider the Active3.

It all comes down to how you use your rugged tablet, in what type of setting, what you use it for, and if you’re willing to pay the price premium for the upgrade. But given the core updates noted, the Active3 is a much sleeker and tech-savvy device that’s worth considering for any field worker.

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