Samsung Tab Active2 vs Tab Active

After almost 3 years since the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active took the world by storm, Samsung has finally updated its enterprise-grade device. In its constant endeavour to dominate the enterprise tech industry, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active 2 has no doubt upgraded tremendously since its predecessor came out in early 2015.

So, this calls for no other than a comparison!


- The design of the rugged exterior does not seem to have changed very much. It still has its distinctive rugged exterior.
  • Of course, the rugged design does not protect the device from severe drops, but it does protect it from the usual wear and tear that a normal non-enterprise grade tablet will not withstand.
  • The rubber material also provides a decent grip – perfect for harsh work environments
- The three usual buttons in the Tab Active 2 are further apart from each other.

- Colours: Tab Active 2 comes in black, Tab Active comes in ‘titanium green’.

- Both have an LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours.

- Both screens have 800 x 1280-pixel resolution.

- Both have Wi-Fi wireless internet connection.

- Additionally, here’s what the Tab Active 2 has that the Tab Active doesn’t have:
  • a fingerprint sensor
  • military standard durability (MIL-STD-810)
  • S Pen


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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
  • Autofocusing 8-megapixel(MP) primary camera with LED flash
  • Autofocusing 3.15 MP primary with LED flash
  • 5-MP secondary camera (front-facing)
  • 1.2 MP secondary
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  • Face detection
  • No face detection capabilities
  • HDR and panorama
  • No HDR or panorama
  • Geo-tagging
  • Geo-tagging

  • The new Tab Active 2 is a clear winner from the looks of these specs. Whereas the previous Tab Active has poor camera quality, the camera and video functions in the new tablet has obviously upgraded. With the addition of face detection, we are really approaching a new era of technology.


      - Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 runs on 1.6 GHz Exynos 7880 processor.

      - Samsung Galaxy Tab Active runs on 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400.

    Operating System

    The Samsung Tab Active 2 runs Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) operating system – not the latest, but it was only released in August last year (2016) and is still updating. It’s surely an upgrade form the previous version’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which no longer updates.

    Memory RAM

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 comes with two RAM options: 3GB or 16GB. You may consider this as an incredibly small about of memory storage capacity. However, the device also has a MicroSD card slot, which allows up to 256GB worth of data, which is a huge improvement from previous Tab Active which only allowed up to 64GB (with only one 16GB option)!

    Waterproof/Dustproof rating

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    Whereas the Tab Active was merely water resistant with a IP67 rating, the Tab Active 2 with its IP68 can now be submerged in water for approximately 1.5 metres for around 30 minutes.


    How can there be a winner when it’s just the same device but improved after three years of consistent and innovative technology development? It is like comparing your current self with your past self.

    Samsung’s current enterprise-grade device has clearly borrowed from its other flagship devices over the years like the functionalities found in their Samsung Galaxy S8/Note 8 smartphones/phablets.

    The face recognition technology is extremely modern, but makes sense particularly in a device marketed to people who work in harsh or rough environments. You won’t need to worry about taking off your gloves to scan your finger or type in a passcode, your device can simply recognise you. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is evidently a frontrunner in enterprise and other industry sectors.

    An innovative, enterprise-grade holder for the Samsung Tab Active 2

    Strike’s Alpha Car Cradle for Tab Active2 ensures that the device will sit firmly in place while you work in tough conditions and harsh outdoor and indoor environments. All you’ll need to do is place the Galaxy Tab into the dock, mount it on your vehicle or place of choice, and it will begin charging. It’s powered with POGO connector (to POGO pin) for superior charging capabilities in your Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2.

    We tested the Samsung Tab Active 2 on full-load power for ten minutes – running multiple applications, GPS, hotspot, and a full-length YouTube video. The battery life before the test was at 43%. After the 10 minutes, the battery level increased to 47%.

    Strike is incredibly proud of the enterprise-grade power featured in its mounting systems. Enterprise-grade power capabilities makes sure your mission critical applications don’t fail. So, you can drive without worrying about the battery drain to your Samsung tablet because the Strike Alpha Cradle will charge it as well as make sure it runs smoothly.

    Professionally installed cradles include up to 3-amps of power, which makes the Strike Alpha Car Cradles one of the fastest charging units in the market. Strike’s Alpha Car Cradle for Tab Active2 device holders/car mounts are specifically made for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2.

    About Strike Group

    Strike Group is Australia’s leading provider and manufacturer of innovative car technologies. Strike integrates innovative design and seamless engineering in all its products. The company now exports to 72 countries having appointed key partners in the American and European market.

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