Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review: A better Android tablet for everyone – CNET

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review: A better Android tablet for everyone – CNET


Samsung 10.4-inch is an Android tablet easy to functions. 

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After a couple of weeks with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, I have the tablet determined to exceed the abilities of his name. I mean, it is lighter on features and performance than the full-fledged Galaxy Tab S6, so in this sense, it is a “lite” version. But the name does it a disservice, because I never really felt like I was missing features. Maybe it’s because of the S6 Lite is not trying to be a Android two-in-one laptop and instead just not more than I had expected from a mid-range Android tablet, and that makes it a standout. 

stack it

How to

  • Included S-Pen is good for note-taking, sketching, and more
  • High-quality display and audio
  • More than 11 hours of battery life


  • Palm rejection needs to:improve
  • Samsung-Book-Cover is pricy on its own

The tab S6 Lite starts at $350 with 64 GB of storage or $430 for 128GB. Both have microSD card slots to expand the memory up to 1 TB, and include the full-size S Pen and four months ad-free-YouTube-Premium-service. It is $70 for Samsung Book-Cover, although, you can probably find it cheaper with a bundle. Costco, for example, sells the 128GB model with the cover for $450. You are likely to be the cover, because it not only protects the tablet, but it is — vertically and horizontally — and gives you a secure place to store the pen. The cover also gives you a place to grip the tablet without actually touching the display. (There are cheaper options, too.)

in comparison, the current base-model 10.2-inch iPad is $329 with 32 GB of memory, but the 128GB version is the same as the Lite $430. It is Apple’s $99 does not include a pencil or a cover ($160) or without ($50), a keyboard. So, as is usually the case, Samsung is giving you more for your money for the iPad, in hardware at least. Of course, if you write, don’t care about and drawing on a screen, or excessively productive, you could at best, with Amazon’s $165 fire-HD10. The tab S6 Lite is more than an entertainment tablet, though. 

productivity in a different light

One of the biggest differences between the S6 and S6 Lite is that the latter have a Samsung DeX, the feel of their Android tablets with a “desktop-OS” to. For example, there is support for a touch pad or a mouse. Because of this, it could be like the Lite is not so good for the work and that could be the case for some people but not for me. I just leaned with the S Pen and more. 

The pen is so comfortable to hold like a regular pen. It is responsive, with little discernible lag in my experience. I’m not much more than a doodler, to test when it comes to illustration, but I loaded Autodesk Sketchbook and the S Pen, and was able to draw straight lines without jitter, exactly hue with different amounts of pressure to create wide or narrow lines, angled tip. My biggest Problem was not that you would my Hand to reject on the screen incredibly well, so I open a menu accidentally, or you move my drawing to the occasion. 


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As a productivity tool, the S Pen is great. You can write notes on the screen without unlocking the tablet, or to launch the notes app or other pen-enabled tools from the screen, Air command shortcut that appears when you move the pen across the screen. 

I have to write the pen to a piece of this review to Google Docs to use the built-in handwriting-to-text translation. In a similar way, you can highlight your writing in the note-taking app and have them converted into text. Your results will vary based on how sloppy your handwriting is, but it works well. While I was watching a presentation recently I used the Smart selection tool and draw a box to a slide, which are then used to extract the text from the slide. With the screen option, I might Write to take a screenshot of the presentation, and then write notes on the image to see more details.


Paired with a small Bluetooth keyboard, the S6 Lite is good for hammering out emails or edit Word docs. 

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As I said before, you can be productive, with the S6 Lite without a keyboard and mouse, you must use only what can make the S Pen. If you want to, though, Samsung is making a $99 keyboard cover for the S6-Lite, but any Bluetooth keyboard will work. I paired it with this $20 Arteck keyboard, which is about the same size as the tablet, so it is good for travel, if you want a full keyboard. Basically, what I am, is that you can not necessarily spend more for the High-end-Tab-S6, just to get a good tablet for the work. 


the tablets are usually ideal for entertainment and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is no different. If you are ready to put the S Pen down and relax, the 10.4-inch LCD, and the AKG-tuned speakers with Dolby Atmos support, the look and sound of the first class for the money. The superior Super AMOLED display and quad-speaker system in the High-end tab of the S6’s are better, but the Lite will probably be fine for most. 


The S6 Lite book Cover holds the display in two different angles.

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Likewise, you are likely to be a more intense gaming to get experience from the S6, but that didn’t stop me playing Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt-9 hours. I would like to have a bit more screen brightness, but between the use of a Bluetooth controller and the cover are two of the items I was able to get the display to adjust the angle to reduce reflections.

the battery life is another plus for the tablet. In our streaming video test, the S6 Lite 11 hours of delivery, 17 minutes with the display brightness set to 50%, and the audio played through earphones with the volume to 50% set. 

In the end, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, you always have an all-round tablet that is good for entertainment and productivity. It is, perhaps, not a replacement for a laptop, such as the Tab-S6 tries, but you can easily use it for classes, commuting, and much more-especially if you are willing to take up the pen.

Released on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000

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