Car and Home Mounts for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Car and Home Mounts for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Tablet sports an octa-core Exynos 5433 chipset, composed of a 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 32 GB of flash memory (ROM), 3 GB RAM memory and (unlike an iPad) the ability to use a micro SD card.  There are two display sizes available with the same performance specifications.  A 9.7″ diagonal display as well as an 8.0″ inch display both pushing out 2048×1536 (QXGA) AMOLED which is extremely impressive and better than the laptop I am using.  The smaller display has similar dimensions to an Apple iPad Mini 4 but slightly thinner and lighter. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is an interestingly shaped tablet.  Not quite as large as a full size tablet but a little larger than a midsize tablet.  These tablets are running Android 5.0.

Without a case or skin, the 9.7″ Samsung Galaxy S2 measures 9.55 x 6.57 x 0.30 inches which is very similar to an Apple iPad Air.  The 8.0″ variety measures 7.80 x 5.30 x 0.22 inches which is similar to an iPad Mini 4.  I am unaware of custom cradles for these tablets, and that’s the way the mount industry is headed – universal cradles.  But not just any universal cradle is going to do it.  The mounts for full size tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are likely to be too large, some mounts that would fit a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 are going to be too small.  The mounts we recommend will fit your tablet without a case or skin.  Most have some extra room so unless your case is super large, you should be ok using the recommended mounts even with a case or skin.  We will make recommendations for both size tablets although in some rare cases, there are mounts that fit both size tablets.

A popular place to mount your tablet in a car or truck is the windshield.  A tablet is a large device so you need a mount that not only has the right cradle size, but also comes with a mount that has an arm that is long enough to clear a sloped car windshield.  For the 8.0″ Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the Arkon Extendable Midsize Tablet Mount is an excellent choice for the car or truck.  The cradle is spring-loaded and expands up to 7.5 inches which is nearly an inch longer than the tablet so there’s some room if you add a case or skin.  The mount itself has a metal arm that can extend from 14.5 to 18.5 inches.  The cradle rotates 360 degrees so your tablet can be in portrait or landscape mode.  Lots of room between the tablet and windshield.  The suction cup has a vacuum lock to maintain a secure connection.  The metal arm will keep the tablet very steady in normal environments.  For the larger 9.7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the Arkon Extendable Large Tablet Suction Cup Mount will fit your tablet.  Be sure that you can use your windshield as a mounting point as a few states including California do not allow this.

Tablets take up more real estate than a smartphone or GPS so for those that would prefer a different location, a spare cup holder makes a great place to mount your tablet.  If your cup holder is smaller than a 7-Eleven Big Gulp, most cup holder bases will fit fine.  The iKross Tablet and Cell Phone Cup Holder Mount is an excellent choice for your cup holder.  There are a few nice advantages with this mount.  It comes with two cradles.  One to fit your tablet and a smaller cradle to fit your phone.  The tablet mount expands from 7 to 10.2 inches.  This is one of the few mounts that fit both sizes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet.  If a case or skin is present then you will use the arms on the shorter dimension (landscape).  The cradle can swivel 360 degrees into either orientation.  The mount has a 10-inch arm that can be adjusted at the base and tip.  These fit cup holders to 3.75 inches.

The CTA Digital Floor Stand for Tablets is an adjustable mount for using your tablet at home.  A hands-free home mount is useful if using your tablet in the kitchen for recipes, living room for video conferencing or bedroom for watching videos.  This beats laying down with the tablet sitting upright on your chest.  This stand includes an adjustable cradle that opens from 6 to 8 inches which means that you will hold your tablet from the short sides (landscape).  The cradle can rotate so you can use it in landscape or portrait mode.  The overall height is adjustable from approximately 3.5 to 4.6 feet with a flexible 15 inch steel gooseneck.  This is going to fit the 9.7″ tablet real well and the smaller 8.0″ if it has a thick case or skin.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is a great tablet to use at home.  The Arkon Clamp Mount for Large Tablets is a good entry that features a cradle large enough for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″.  The clamp opens up to 2.25 inches.  There is a 12 gooseneck that can be bent to position.  This is an ideal mount for attaching your tablet to a counter top, tripod or desk.  This particular mount will fit the 9.7″ model only.

Coupling a good mount with your new tablet will add a huge amount of usability to your device.  Keeping your tablet on your lap while driving never works well and holding it while watching a movie gets tiring real fast.