Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0: Screen Roulette

This weekend I tried as many Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 as I could find in NYC stores. That’s basically Best Buy and Barnes & Noble (Staples isn’t stocking the S2 yet, at least that I’ve found).

Yes, it is possible to get one with a screen that stays primarily white.

But then there are some that turn absolutely sickly blue when the screen is tilted even at a shallow angle.

Whether a screen turns blue or not doesn’t depend on any Display Settings. It’s the screen hardware itself, not any software setting, that creates the blue.

I tried to find a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for a screen comparison. That was a failure. Samsung has done a very good job of purging that tablet from stores. Maybe they were afraid of such a comparison?

Anyway, I grabbed a Dell Venue 8 7000/7840 and BAM! Its screen (Super AMOLED? AMOLED? Dell now says just OLED) goes blue when tilted too.

I then tried the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. That screen — at least of the one unit I tried — stayed primarily white. It also seemed like an entirely different kind of screen to me. I can’t put it into words, but I really think there’s a vast difference in the construction of the Tab S 8.0 and Note 5 screens — and I think it goes beyond the number and size of pixels of each screen.

As for the sharpness of the S2 screen, I have no complaints. Even on the 8.0, Surface Japan text is plenty sharp to read at its tiny size without pinch-zoom or cropping the page.

And the speed of the tablet is still astonishing after the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 “Basic” and the Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 — two tablets I also used this weekend before the tab S 8.0. (I still can’t find an Asus ZenPad S 8.0 “Pro” version anywhere in NYC.)

I don’t know what’s going on with the quality variation of the 8.0’s screen.

Is this a First Batch problem? Or deficiency in QA? Or are they coming from two different plants, one of which is producing sub-optimal screens that are somehow getting into the sales channel?

If I ultimately decide on this tablet — no final decision has been made yet (and I could have made everyone here dizzy with posts of my infinite shifts in decision-making, so you’ve all been spared that), I still need to try the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 “Pro” and the new iPad Mini 4 — I just hope I don’t wind up having to go back and forth to a store complaining about the blueness of the damn screen until I get one that works properly!

Previously here:

I Commit Evil On The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Super AMOLED: NO Blue Shift?!
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Super AMOLED Annoys Me
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Nook Edition: Screens
True AnTuTu Score For Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
Google Books PDF Test: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Post-Fondle Thoughts About The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
Fondle: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 AnTuTu
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Becomes Nook
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0: First Almost-Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: Two New Videos
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7: Three Benchmark Scores
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: AnTuTu 53,000-Range
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: Three Videos
Cameras: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Versus Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: First Brief Hands-On Video
First Video: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Tablets Announced!
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: July 20 Announcement?
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 FCC Drawing
First Photos Of Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0: Full Leaked Specs
First Photos: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7: Leaked Back
Samsung Galaxy S2 Tab 9.7 Render, Confirmation
Samsung S2 Tabs: June 2015
Samsung’s New S2 Tablets: Enigmatic Tweet Tease
Samsung’s New S2 Tablets: Bring Them!
Samsung’s New Tablets Get Closer
Samsung Galaxy iPad Mini Tab S2 8.0
Leaks: Samsung’s New Tablets
Rumor: New Samsung Tablets To Be 4:3 Screens

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