Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Review

by birtanpublished on January 8, 2021

This was Lisa from mobile tech review and look-sees is an Android tablet we just don't see so many of those anymore Wow but this isn't just any tablet this is the Samsung Galaxy Tab s 6 so this is the premium tablet on the market you know Samsung Galaxy products they still do make the Tab A which is more affordable and there is the tab 5e which is the kind of mid-range tablet so this one replaces the Tab s for which they marketed mostly to businesses like that Best Buy didn't even carry a consumer places so much maybe because of the expensive price tag and the Samsung decks feature which kind of turns it

Into a desktop window the kind of experience but running on Android we're gonna look at it now so think of it as a really super giant Samsung Galaxy Note n plus right no not so much obviously it's not a phone right now there are Wi-Fi only models on the market I'm sure we'll see LTE models sold through carriers later on this is not a cheap tablet $649 is a starting price that gets you a 100 120 8 gigs of storage and 6 gigs of ram so RAM is up from last generation that's nice spend $80 more if you want a gigs a ram and 256 gigs of storage it does have a micro SD card slot so you don't worry

Too much about the storage you can always put fast microSD card in there and boom you got more storage 6 gigs of ram is a pretty good amount you know even if you're multitasking so yeah and the keyboard cover is a hundred and seventy nine dollars I have a redesigned one that finally has the trackpad we're gonna take a look at that later so just like the note and like many other Samsung products we have the s-pen which is anna welcome EMR pen which is an excellent technology for pens you know I love that if you watch my tablets for artists review that are palm rejection

Really silky nice inking and all that sort of thing for note-taking this is a dream for art it could be a dream but the selection of Android art programs is not super robust right now there's no appropriate for example and some of those other programs and Adobe fresco is gonna be available on iOS first eventually it should come to Android but the pen experience itself is nice the Pens are pretty sighs on this too and a little clicky button and of course it does all the air command things which is handy and has bluetooth so you can use it for those

Weird gestures just like the galaxy note n so if you want to remotely use it as a shutter control for the camera swipe screens or something like that you can do that so the pen now this is new attaches to the back magnetically and that allows them to give you something other than those toothpick II little s pens that we used to see and still have have it have a home with the tab that's for for example you had to use a little holder on the keyboard cover there was no insecurity the bad news is it's on the back it's just kind of weird they flattened out the pen which means it

Feels a little less comfortable and ergonomic I wouldn't roll around on the table or skate too much but it doesn't really feel great when you're picking up the tablet it's easy to accidentally pull it off that is what it is by the way other Wacom EMR tablet PC pens still do work and so does the Marne step their pencil that they made for a couple of generations ago Galaxy Note and tablets – you're thinking about upgrading from the tab s4 there's certainly a CPU jump here we have two Snapdragon 855 which is good to see because one of the things that Android

Tablets often did wrong was even for the flagship highest end models sometimes they were like a CPU generation back from the current phones so this time we have the same snapdragon 855 me to get my Galaxy S Tanner and galaxy note phone good times so a lot better than the Snapdragon 835 in the tab s4 if you do on a tab as for it it's up to you do you feel like your tablet's too slow if so this could be of interest to you if it performs just fine then well nevermind the lovely Super AMOLED display which is Samsung's branding of all and is still here 10.5 inches 16 by 10 aspect ratio

So that's 2560 by 1600 and it's about 287 PPI you have natural and you have vivid mode it's a little more toned down a little bit more color accurate than the tab s4 is displays with it's certainly very nice and it has the blue light filter mode or nighttime mode which I like a lot because the whites are still awful dingy white and OLED displays have whites that kind of do Siri I'm it's also quite bright certainly no complaints it's a lovely display it's one of the biggest selling points probably that it's one of the biggest

OLED tablets on the market you had for AKG branded speakers it's stereo pair you know competing with the iPad pro that does the same thing there and you have Dolby Atmos software sounds pretty good for such a super-thin and like tablet and 5.7 millimeters I mean this thing is so skinny we also get an in display fingerprint scanner it doesn't work as well as the note tens does it works sort of like the Galaxy S ten does which means hidden this for me and I've been trying for a week now within rien rolling the thing to save a finger over and over again to try to help it just

Recognize one finger I'm rolling a bunch of fingers it's not my favorite thing it doesn't facial recognition as a speedier way to log in just like the Galaxy S ten and no phones have it's not particularly secure method of doing face ID it's not doing a 3d you anything like that so you know for samsung pay you can't use that but just for a general hey I'm at home and it's safe anyway unlock my tablet more quickly that does work pretty well other than fact it is a tablet which you may have at you know funny angles and all that sort of thing the camera might be a little off to bottom if you have it

The keyboard cover or off to the side but yeah so the keyboard cover installed separately it's a hundred and seventy nine dollars for a launch they have a little deal going if you buy the tablet six you can get the keyboard cover for half price it's a nice sort of pseudo fabric ease sort of feeling thing that's the kind of thing you can clean right here obviously we have our camera cutouts and there's this little flip down door so you can access the pen isn't that clever so that seems good now I'm gonna tell you that I hope we have an effective one because this does not

Stay on at all the magnet is incredibly weak on this so I've had it fall down several times and this is what this looks like this is kind of a soft touch sort of material over here and so not very grippy it's a little bit grippy but it goes on but it doesn't really stay on it also it's been tipping over but let's pretend that this one is defective I don't really know the nice thing is this very stiff adjustable hinge kind of thing here so you can use this in a variety of angles you're not stuck with one angle and of course on the front side we have our

A pin connected keyboard this is not backlit but other than that it's pretty nice it's nice normal tactile feel I'm holding it up because I don't trust that back cover so the keys have pretty good travel but the most exciting thing is look now they have a trackpad now you might say that it clicks you might even hear that and why would you want a trackpad because of Samsung decks and we're gonna take a look at that in a minute and that's their desktop sort of experience on a tablet and one thing it always needed was a pointing device because your finger and the pen

Sometimes are not just the first thing that you're going to want to use with this and yeah you know the carry a mouse anymore so that's nice this attaches reasonably firmly yeah yeah not super firmly to be honest either but probably that's adequate it runs Android 9.0 Pi with Samsung's one UI I have no complaints about Samsung's user interface these days I think they're doing a fairly good job and it's pretty feature feature-rich you do have the side launcher if you swipe in from the side bad news is you have Bigsby sorry I'm just not a big speed fan if you

Swipe from the left you can have a big speed screen and just like with a note n they did the same thing they commandeered the power button by default if you hit the power button it launches bixby happily there's a control panel setting or Android setting so you can disable that and have the power button be itself the power button and you can set the double press to do whatever you want like I assigned it to the camera for example speaking of camera as much as people make fun of tablet cameras I said hey as long as you're not the one who's blocking my view of the NBA Finals

The courtside or something like that would your big old tablet I don't care you have a 13 megapixel main camera and you have a 5 megapixel wide-angle camera added on now as well so that's pretty nice usually tablets are the redheaded stepchildren when it comes to cameras so that's a fairly confident pair of cameras you've got on board and there's an 8 megapixel front facing camera and the photo quality is actually pretty good in the video quality on this front and rear as well and even the low-light isn't too bad so yeah they're doing a pretty good job with that stuff it has a

Seven thousand and forty milliamp battery which they say is good for up to 15 minutes and streaming video god bless you you really are binge-watching if you're gonna hit 15 hour mark but you know I can't say that they're wrong and setting the brightness at about 40% with auto-brightness active in an indoor location this thing just goes and goes and goes and that's even with playing a little bit of pub G here and doing a little photo editing all that sort of stuff you know tablets generally have pretty good run time so so not surprised there and I would be surprised

If the L team might have slightly lower battery life but it shouldn't make so much of a difference it does support fast charging by the way not as super SuperDuper fast as the the note n family but it's pretty fast so this versus the iPad pro well other than those of you have very very strong feelings about which operating system you use obviously still the iPad has a much wider range of tablet apps available that are optimized it look good now going to the Google Play Store and you see that not optimized for your device kind of thing that is what it is it depends on how

Much of an app junkie you are and all that sort of thing – if you're buying this just for productivity as a windows replacement kind of thing to do office sort of work then sure I think it does actually just as well as the iPad does the keyboard in terms of the keys I actually find this keyboard more comfortable than Apple's weirdo keyboard of course being the fact that Apple has a huge ecosystem there are third-party alternatives to iPad keyboards but they're yes if you're buying this mostly for recreational use and you are open to both operating systems I would still say

That there's more games as more tablet optimized apps for the iPad that helps it and if you're looking at this for it much as I love Wacom EMR and the S Pen you don't have programs like procreate and other really good art programs that are available on the iPad so undoubtedly what sets the tab s6 apart and also with the tab s4 it is decks and you've heard of decks as an application you can run it on your PC Windows or Mac and yeah now we have decks directly on the device it makes a whole lot of sense here it turns it into a kind of a window desktop mode you're still running Android here

But this overlay gives you floating windows that are resizable now every application might not be compatible with this but it kind of works so we have Samsung's the internet browser going right here I've got Google Maps I have YouTube playing right here yes a play that'll even go fullscreen if we want it to like so you get the idea so this is pretty neat stuff right here and you've got a handy-dandy app launcher it's pretty fast too as you can see you've got a quick launch icons over here to some applications you might want to use

You still have your notifications available a lot in Android right over here and all your other sorts of settings so pretty neat stuff there and there's a deck settings but largely it's the same thing as the Android system settings so you can have decks run automatically when you attach the keyboard which it does by default or you can turn that off if you don't want to do that and that's what your basic desktop looks like and you've got the my files app which is samsung standard file manager right here so it feels sort of more obviously productivity oriented and

You can see why Samsung marketed the tab s4 before it maura businesses because of this feature now it does this replace windows obvious oh you're not you're not running Windows programs here you know better than me as to what you need if you really need full fridge windows programs or if you can make do with the Android equivalent certainly this is more useful than just using this as everyday Android tablet since as we know the Android tablet ecosystem is not that rich and vibrant now when you exit decks you'll see a black screen and the Samsung logo and

Basically it usually closes out all of the running applications so you're not gonna have boom a very seamless experience but then kind of how would you add for floating application windows and how would that translate into Android land anyway so that's the Samsung Galaxy Tab s 6 you know some people say it's the hardware you want but with the OS that you don't not that there is anything wrong with Android but Android and tablets just really hasn't become a thing there's just not a super great selection of applications to choose from in the store for example the

Hardware on this is really lovely I mean super thin 5.7 millimeters of psycho with a nice rigid metal and glass design I liked it as metal not glass like they toyed with for a while this this pen thing right here not really a big fan of what they did and we'll see if that comes next generation if you'd like Samsung decks and you're looking for something that's sort of like a Productivity desktop experience but you don't want to go with Windows because we win those headaches whatever other programs are expensive I could see using this this certainly

Can do your basic office stuff it can do Skype it can certainly keep you entertained at the same time you know if it's still not really super marketed to consumers that Super AMOLED display video playing all that stuff really nice quad stereo speakers so there it is it's the nicest Android tablet you can buy amazing for mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and after you subscribe be sure to hit the notification bell so you know where we post a video

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