When I think of a tablet, I usually see it as something that professionals carry around with them instead of a laptop or PC because they're still on the go.
For me, I do it in the old school style and I carry my laptop around everywhere because I paid a good amount of money for one that is easy by today's standards. I will not waste my reason for buying.
After holding the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in my hands for this test, I still couldn't switch to using it as a replacement for my laptop, as I still preferred to type on a physical keyboard (and if you haven't) I have found that much of my work is about typing.
However, I have found other uses and although it was in no way a stunning device, it definitely had its pluses.
More fun than expected
With a 10.4-inch display, its size is compact and is still good for watching videos or taking notes. These were the two most important things I did on the S6 Lite tab.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in the foreground and my cat model Ziggi in the background. If you are curious, he is 5.5 years old and weighs between 4 and 5 kg.
It fits easily in bags and is relatively light, but since it doesn't come with a cover, I had to be much more careful with how I kept it in my bags so it wouldn't get scratched.
YouTube videos looked and sounded good. The best thing about its size was the split-screen feature, which worked much better than any other Samsung phone I tested.
Because the split screen had much more work space than on a phone, it was ideal for jotting down or drawing for a reference.
I usually opened Google Chrome / YouTube / Gallery for one tab and Samsung Notes for the other.
- The split screen is used one morning for a very important task. How would you rate my drawing skills on a scale of 0-10?
- I used the picture as a drawing reference. The Tab S6 Lite's camera is mediocre, but I wasn't expecting much from a tablet camera anyway.
- The tip of the S-Pen was smooth and spared the screen.
Admittedly, the best thing about the Tab S6 Lite for me was the included S-Pen. I generally love to use a pen, and even to unlock the screen or browse apps, I would use the pen.
It's not bad to hold, but I haven't used it for hours to really test whether its design would cause hand cramps or not.
The only thing I wanted was the little button on the side because I accidentally pressed it and triggered functions that I didn't want.
Maybe it was just a matter of getting used to the correct hand position for this pen.
I spent most of the time with the Tab S6 Lite with Samsung Notes as I really enjoyed scribbling notes and scribbling in the app.
One of my biggest complaints about this device is the absolutely slow charging time.
Every time I plug it in, it takes a few good hours to charge. This is probably the compromise for a 7,040 mAh battery.
Another thing is the magnets that hold the S-Pen to the side of the Tab S6 Lite. Since I didn't have a cover for my test device, I couldn't rely on the less strong magnets to hold the two in my pocket.
If you leave the tablet and pen alone on a table, they will remain perfectly attached, but a little push would easily take the pen off.
A slot to store the pen would have been much safer and more convenient.
- Some raw photos of the Angora Blue unit that I personally thought were pretty boring.
- It's really not the nicest, and it comes from someone who likes blue.
Although I have said several times that I really enjoyed scribbling notes and scribbling on the tab, I wished they had better support for palm rejection.
It wasn't a problem most of the time, but there was never a single time that my palm in Samsung Notes drawing mode didn't create a wipe or dot on the screen.
I can imagine that it would be a bit more painful if I used the Tab S6 Lite as a professional artist for my work.
This last complaint is more of a personal difference in taste. In Malaysia, the Tab S6 Lite is available in two colors: Oxford Gray and Angora Blue.
I think Samsung tried it, but the Angora Blue device I got was just not that pretty to me, and I didn't like the fact that the pen had almost a different shade of blue from the tablet due to a different material coating.
If I were to make a purchase, I would choose the boring but elegant Oxford Gray instead, and if we were to publish chiffon pink here, even that would be much nicer.
As you can see, my complaints about the Tab S6 Lite are rather superficial and only concern minor inconveniences instead of major problems.
For this reason, I think it's still a great and practical device, but only if you would benefit more from it than me, for example as a second device for your work.
I mainly used it for entertainment and leisure purposes, so personally it is not worth buying for RM 1,699.
You can't even insert a SIM card for calls or messages, so I'd rather buy a phone and pen with that money.
|The 10.4-inch display is easy to store and big enough for entertainment and work purposes||Slow battery charging|
|The split screen function is great thanks to the size||No slot for storing S-Pen pens|
|Graphics and audio quality are clear|
- More information about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite can be found here.
- You can find more information about our VP judgments on Samsung devices here.
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