Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: perfect device for media content consumption

With Apple dominating the tablet market share with its iPad line of tablets, and both Amazon and Microsoft scrambling for the remaining share, the Android tablets are almost nowhere to be found.

But notwithstanding, Samsung is taking a stand in what no other android phone manufacturer will do, which is making android tablets. With its recently launched Galaxy Tab S6 featuring a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor lots of RAM, flexible storage of either 128GB or 256GB with a micro SD card slot that can hold up to 1TB of space.

In this article, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, from its sleek design, display, performance, and specification and let you know if the Galaxy Tab S6 is the perfect android tablet.

Design

The tablet comes in a thin metal-and-glass frame that is quite light, and common among Samsung phones, making it easy and comfortable to hold for long periods.

When comparing the Galaxy Tab S6 to its predecessor the Tab S4 which had a chunkier design, the Tab S6 is lighter and thinner. It also has thinner bezels and well-rounded corners to form a sleek minimalistic design.

The tablets’ bottom is bare and lacks a headphone jack, which is slightly compensated for with the addition of speakers tweaked by AKG and Dolby Atmos.

Display

The Tab S6 sports a 10.5-inch AMOLED (HDR10) display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 and a pixel density of 287PPI. The display is gorgeous and beautiful to look at, being an AMOLED screen from Samsung, the screen is awesome to look at as colors pop out, blacks are deep and it is visible to see outdoors.

It’s also an excellent screen for consuming media content, and the resolution is quite sharp compared to other tablets. The screen comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is great for watching videos, and is good for reading when in landscape or portrait view.

Performance and Specifications

Powering the Galaxy Tab S6 is a Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It comes in either a 128GB or 256GB storage variant, with an added micro SD card slot for expansion.

Running heavy apps on this tablet is smooth and fast with no issues, multitasking is also lag-free even when switching between heavy apps frequently.

Specs

Display10.5-inch AMOLED display 2,560 by 1,600-resolution  HDR10
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Dimensions and Size244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm 420g
Cameras8-megapixel front, 13-megapixel standard rear, 8-megapixel ultra-wide rear
Memory6GB, 8GB
Internal Storage128GB, 256GB expandable up to 1TB
Operating systemAndroid 9 Pie
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery7,040mAh 15W fast-charging

S Pen

Samsung includes an S Pen bundled with the Tab S6 and is similar to the stylus that comes with the Note line of the Galaxy phones. The only difference is it’s a bit thicker and doesn’t have a little storage silo like the Galaxy phones, but the features are quite the same.

Charging the pen is done by attaching it to the back of the tablet via magnets, and it charges wirelessly, a novelty that Apple employs with the Apple pencil on the iPad Pro. Placing the stylus without the keyboard flap cover at the device’s back can make it fall out if not placed carefully.

Keyboard

The keyboard is sold separately and introduces a small laptop-like trackpad coupled with a row of function keys, such as a quick-launch button for DeX (Samsung-Desktop experience), Google Search and others.

The added trackpad can also be used as a mouse cursor, which is a better upgrade to its predecessor. But, with this added trackpad, keys are smaller and cramped, making it difficult to use if you are used to the large keyboard layout on a regular desktop or laptop.

Software and Other Features

The Tab S6 runs Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s OneUI interface on top. It has all of the same features of a recently launched Samsung smartphone, including Bixby.

The Samsung DeX experience also is smooth, and for productivity on the tablet as you can now run the DeX mode by pressing the key from the keyboard when attached or toggle it in quick settings. Unfortunately, DeX has a lot of limitations and hiccups like apps not returning to their state after you leave the mode, incompatibility with some apps and some other nasty bugs that we hope Samsung can work on in updates.

The Tab 6 also has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its screen, with Samsung opting for an optical scanner here, as opposed to the ultrasonic one found in its phones.

Battery

The Galaxy Tab S6 is powered by a 7,040 mAh battery much lesser than its predecessor the older Tab S4 which had a larger 7,300-mAh battery. According to Samsung, the new Tab S6 should last about 15 hours of moderate use.

But in real-time such as browsing the net, playing HD videos and gaming, the Galaxy Tab S6 battery has an average 9 to 10 hours battery life. The battery supports 15W fast charging and can be refilled quickly whenever it’s low.

Comparison to the Competition

The Galaxy Tab S6 main rivals include the Android-based Amazon’s Fire tablet, the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro. In comparison to the Fire tablets, Galaxy Tab S6 with a higher price has lots more to offer in terms of battery, performance, display, and storage while the Amazon Fire tablets are made to be inexpensive media-consumption devices. The only place the Galaxy Tab 6 falls short is when it comes to productivity when compared to the iPad Pro or Surface Pro which both outperforms it.

ProsCons
Gorgeous displayThe optional keyboard is not practical for use on the laps
Loud Speakers with bassScreen ratio aspect is poor for productivity
Sleek and high-quality designThe optical fingerprint scanner is slow compared to the ones on smartphones
Robust storage options with fast performanceSoftware bugs
A stylus is added in the box 

Verdict

The new Galaxy Tab S6 is the perfect device for media content consumption. It has a beautiful screen display, loudspeakers, lightweight and convenient for long-duration use. To top it all is its powerful battery with enough juice to last you through a whole day. Where the device falls short is its failure in productivity, coupled with annoying bugs in the tablet’s software making it less qualified to be the right device to replace your laptop.