When I think of a tablet, I usually see it as something that professionals carry instead of a laptop or PC because they are always working on the go.
For me, I do it the old fashioned way, dragging my laptop everywhere I go, as I paid a fair amount of money for a lightweight computer by today’s standards. I will not let the reason for the purchase go to waste.
Once I had the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in my hands for this review, I still couldn’t convert to using it as a replacement for my laptop, as I always preferred to type on a physical keyboard (and if you haven’t noticed, a lot of my work revolves around typing).
However, I found other uses and while it was by no means a mind-blowing device, it definitely had its advantages.
More fun than expected
With a 10.4 ”screen, its size is compact while still being nice for watching videos or taking notes, which were the 2 main things I did on the Tab S6 Lite.
It fits easily in bags and is relatively light, but since it doesn’t come with a cover, I had to be a lot more careful with how I stored it in my bags so that it didn’t get scratched.
YouTube videos looked and sounded great on it, and the best thing about its size was its Split Screen feature, which worked much better than any other Samsung phone I’ve reviewed.
Since the split screen had a lot more space to work on than on a phone, it was ideal for taking notes or drawing based on a reference.
I would have generally opened Google Chrome / YouTube / Gallery for one tab and Samsung Notes for the other.
Granted, the best thing about the Tab S6 Lite for me was the S-pen that was included. I love to use a stylus in general, and even just to unlock the screen or browse apps, I would use the stylus.
It’s not bad to hold, but I haven’t used it for hours to really test whether its design will cause hand cramps or not.
The only thing I wanted was different was the little button it had on the side because I kept pressing it by accident and triggering functions I didn’t want.
Maybe it was just a matter of getting used to having a good hand position for this stylus.
I spent most of my time with the Tab S6 Lite using Samsung Notes, as I really enjoyed jotting down notes and doodling in the app.
One of my biggest complaints about this device is its absolutely slow charging time.
Each time I plugged it in, it would take a good couple of hours to charge it, which I guess is the trade-off of having a 7040mAh battery.
Another thing is the magnets that keep the S-pen attached to the side of the Tab S6 Lite. Since I didn’t have a cover for my exam unit, I couldn’t rely on the not-so-strong magnets to keep both attached in my bag.
If you leave the tablet and stylus alone on a table, they will stay securely attached, but a little push would easily detach the stylus.
A place to store the stylus would have been much more secure and convenient.
Although I’ve said a few times that I really enjoy jotting down notes and scribbling on the tab, I wish it had better palm rejection support.
It wasn’t a problem most of the time, but there has never been a single time that my palm hasn’t created a swipe or dot on the screen when I’m in drawing mode on Samsung Notes.
I imagine it would be a bit more painful if I were a professional artist using the Tab S6 Lite for my work.
This last complaint is more of a personal difference in taste. In Malaysia, the Tab S6 Lite is available in 2 colors: Oxford Gray and Angora Blue.
I think Samsung gave it a try, but the Angora Blue unit I got just wasn’t that pretty to me, and I didn’t like the fact that the stylus was almost a different shade of blue. from that of the tablet due to the different material coating.
If I made a purchase I would go for the boring but stylish Oxford Gray instead, and if we had Chiffon Pink posted here I think even that would be a lot prettier.
As you can see, my complaints about the Tab S6 Lite are pretty superficial and just relate to minor inconveniences instead of major issues.
For this reason, my overall verdict is that it’s still a pretty awesome and handy device to have, but only if you would have more use of it than I did, like using it as a second device for your work.
I mainly used it for entertainment and leisure purposes, not worth buying RM 1,699.
You can’t even put a SIM in it for calls or messages, so I’d rather just buy a phone and a stylus with that money.
|The 10.4 inch display makes it easy to store and large enough for entertainment and work||Slow battery charging|
|Split Screen function is excellent thanks to the size||No space for storing the S-pen|
|Graphics and audio quality are clear|
- You can read more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite here.
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