With smartphones getting bigger and bigger in size, tablets have begun to lose their charm. They have become a niche product. But considering the fact that such a huge display can bring so many possibilities into life, it is sad that tablets are not a hit product these days. Yet, as unpopular as tablets might be, this industry is almost saturated by the likes of Apple iPads, while there are a handful other companies like Samsung, Huawei, etc. that are still keeping the Android Tablet market alive. In this writing, we will elaborate on how good the latest Android tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and how it fares against the iPad 10.2 2019!
About the origin of the device, the Tab S6 Lite, as the name suggests, is a slightly downgraded version of the Tab S6. But, what makes this device appealing is the inclusion of a stylus (a.k.a S- Pen) that changes its value proposition altogether, as there is only Apple who does that (but one needs to pay extra in case of the iPad). This is definitely a clever move from Samsung!
Keeping the stylus aside, the design of this tab is sleek and stylish. The iPad 10.2 2019 is a little bulky, Samsung has managed to give a very appealing looking design with this one. However, it would have been much appreciable if Samsung had given a case along, but that’s not the case. The Galaxy S6 Lite comes in two variants altogether, WiFi only and LTE.
Continuing with the design, this tab is fairly lightweight and has excellently balanced weight distribution. At just 465 grams, holding it won't be a hassle at all. The chamfered edges further add to its portability. If you look at the screen, you will notice how sufficiently minimal the bazels are, thus not looking outdated.
As for the buttons, you get all of them on the right side. You will find a card slot below using which you can expand its memory up to a whopping 1TB. You get a Type- C port for charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack and two speakers and two cameras, one at the back and the other one at the front for selfies. Sadly, we don’t get keyboard support, so you will have to go down the Bluetooth route for using an external keyboard and mouse.
Furthermore, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is available in three color variants altogether, Oxford Grey, Angora Blue and Chiffon Pink.
Okay, let’s get to what’s the most important aspect on a tablet, which is the display. The S6 Lite features a huge 10.4- inches display with TFT LCD panel that has an abysmal 224PPI. It has an aspect ratio of 5:3 and a WUXGA+ resolution. What this means is you will not encounter annoying Black bars while playing NetFlix or Youtube content on it provided that it’s of the same aspect ratio.
About the quality of this display, the colors of it are not as good as the ones on Samsung’s Super AMOLED panel as this one’s a TFT screen. But the colors are not bad nonetheless. The only concern is that dark scenes on this tab don’t look dark enough. Being the big display it is, you can also notice app icons and text lose some sharpness.
On the other hand, brightness is not at all an issue on this device. It is sufficiently bright indoors with only minor inconveniences outdoors. All in all, the display of it is good but an AMOLED panel is dearly missed here.
Moving on, the 10 nm based Exynos 9611 is what is running the show on the Tab S6 Lite. And this is the area where the iPad 10.2 shines blindingly bright as it features the A10 Fusion chipset from Apple which is way more powerful than the one Samsung has. Also, the iPadOS is very well optimized on the iPad 10.2 whereas Android tablets are yet to have such seamless optimization.
Having said that, Samsung has done a pretty good job with the OneUI optimization on the S6 Lite. For those who are not aware, OneUI is Samsung’s own Custom skin for Android that is applauded for being very well optimized on smartphones. But even with the “pretty good” optimization on it, there are still some quality of life improvements that can be made here, such as the screen utilization can be better when multitasking with an app or two and the volume panel could be a little bigger as it seems really small on a screen that big.
Now, coming to the core of the performance, the Exynos 9611 paired with 4GB RAM work great while web browsing and watching videos, taking notes and with a few multitasking activities. It’s only switching between heavy apps that the tab struggles a little bit.
Playing games on a tablet is a totally different experience, all thanks to its huge screen. The games like Call of Duty ran considerably well but with PUBG, some stutters were noticed here and there. Playing light games is fun and really smooth on the Tab S6 Lite though.
Coming to the S- Pen, it definitely has a lot of possibilities for artists, students, teachers, managers, etc. While COVID- 19 has forced everything to run from home, a tablet with a huge display and a stylus can be very useful too. Like, delivering presentations and demonstrating things is made a lot easier with a pen rather than writing or drawing with your fingers. Additionally, artists and designers can get a whole lot of benefit with this as it can eradicate the difficulty of drawing with a mouse.
The S- Pen that comes along is very comfortable to hold and works just like a normal pen. It has pressure sensitive features that make it more realistic too!
Moving on, the audio on the Tab S6 Lite is something that can blow many people away as the dual speakers tuned by AKG deliver Dolby Atmos surround sound. The audio output has a nice depth effect and bass- rich audio that can fill up an entire room. It can even replace small Bluetooth speakers! Likewise, the output from the 3.5mm headphone jack is something we can applaud too.
Now, this big device certainly needs a lot of power which is generously provided by the 7,040 mAh battery that it has. It can last you two days even with rigorous power consumption.. For charging, you get a 15- watt fast charger inside the box that charges the battery in under 2 hours.
All in all, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a great starter Tablet for the price which delivers a great multimedia experience. It also comes bearing the S- pen along that has huge possibilities for many professionals and students out there. However, if you are looking for more powerful tasks, other than watching videos or drawing, etc, you could also have a look at the iPad 10.2, that was mentioned earlier. Otherwise the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a good option too.