After spending a few weeks using the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, I have decided that the tablet’s capabilities exceed its name. I mean, it’s lighter on features and performance than the full-fledged Galaxy Tab S6, so in that sense it’s the “Lite” version. But this name acts like an inattention, because I never really felt that I am missing such features. Perhaps this is because the S6 Lite Android is not trying to be a two-in-one laptop and instead does more than I would expect from a midrange Android tablet, and that’s what makes it a standout.
- The included S Pen is good for note taking, sketching and more
- High quality performance and audio
- Battery life over 11 hours
do not like it
- Palm rejection requires improvement
- Samsung’s book cover itself is very tasty
The Tab S6 Lite starts at $ 350 for 64 GB of storage, or $ 430 for 128 GB. Both have microSD card slots to expand storage up to 1TB and include a full-size S Pen and a four-month add-free YouTube premium service. It is $ 70 for Samsung’s book cover, although you can find it cheaper with the bundle. Costco, for example, sells the 128GB model with a $ 450 cover. You’ll probably want the cover because it not only protects the tablet, but also makes it stand out – horizontally and vertically – and gives you a safe place to store the pen. The cover gives you a place to hold the tablet without actually touching the display. (There is also a cheaper option.)
By comparison, the current base model32 GB with storage, but the 128 GB version is similar to the Lite at $ 430. It does not include Apple’s $ 99 pencil or a cover ($ 160) or without ($ 50) keyboard. So, as is usually the case, Samsung is giving you more for your money against that iPad, at least in hardware. Of course, if you don’t care about writing and drawing on screen or being highly productive, then you might be the best. . The Tab S6 Lite is more than an entertainment tablet though.
Productivity in a different light
The biggest difference between the S6 and S6 Lite is that the latter lacks Samsung’s DX, which gives its Android tablet a “desktop OS” feel. For example, touchpad or mouse is supported. Because of this, it may feel like the light is not as good for work and for some people it may be, but for me it was not. I just leaned into using the S Pen.
The pen is comfortable to hold as a regular pen. It is responsive with very little lag in my experience. I’m no more than a doodler when it comes to illustration, but I loaded Autodesk’s sketchbook to test the S Pen and was able to draw straight lines without panic, with varying amounts of pressure. Produces shadows and broad and narrow strokes simultaneously. By tip angle. My biggest issue was that it didn’t reject my palm incredibly well on the screen, so I could accidentally open the menu or move my drawing on occasion.
As a productivity tool, the S Pen is great. You can write notes on the screen without unlocking the tablet or launch the Notes app or other pen-enabled tools from the onscreen air command shortcut that appears when you hover the pen on the display.
I used the pen to write a part of this review in Google Docs, using built-in handwriting-to-text translation. Likewise, you can highlight your writing in the Notes app and convert it to text. Depending on how sluggish your handwriting is, your results will vary, but it works well. When I was watching a slide presentation recently, I used the Smart Selection tool to draw a box around a slide, which could then be used to extract text from the slide. With the screen write option, I could take a screenshot of the presentation and then write notes on the photo to include more detail.
As I said before, you can be productive with S6 Lite without keyboard and mouse, you just have to take advantage of the S Pen. If you want to type, however, the $ 99 keyboard covers for the Samsung S6 Lite, but any Bluetooth keyboard will work. I paired it with the $ 20 Artek keyboard, which is similar in size to the tablet, so it’s good for travel when you want a full keyboard. Actually, what I’m getting is not necessarily that you need to spend more for the high-end Tab S6 to get a good tablet for work.
Tablets are generally great for entertainment and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is no different. When you’re ready to lay down and relax the S Pen, a 10.4-inch LCD and AKG-tuned speakers with Dolby Atmos support look and sound first-class make for money. The top-notch Super AMOLED display and quad-speaker system on the high-end Tab S6 are better, but the light will likely be fine for most.
Likewise, you’ll probably get a more immersive gaming experience than the S6, but that didn’t stop me from playing Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 9 for hours. I would have liked a bit more screen brightness, but between using the Bluetooth controller and the two position options of the book cover, I was able to adjust the display angle to reduce the display angle.
Battery life is another plus for tablets. In our streaming video test, the S6 Lite lasted for 11 hours, 17 minutes, with the brightness of the display set to 50% and audio went through earbuds with a 50% set volume.
Finally, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite you are getting an all-around tablet which is good for both entertainment and productivity. This tab may not replace a laptop like the efforts of the S6, but you can easily use it for classes, commuting and more – especially if you’re ready to take a pen.