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The Pros, Cons and Oks for Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (HR).
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
• The tablet design is almost an uncanny resemblance to the IPad Pro. Pencil thin, smooth corners, and overall minimalistic design. This is a premium feel all around.
• The screen is beautiful in every way. I want to highlight that the blacks are excellent and color context matches the brightness level you apply for the screen. For this to be an HDR10+ certification in viewing, I have nothing bad to see on this.
• Watching YouTube videos at 1444p make this tablet one of the best in viewings. No more generic 1080p.
• The bezels fit well with this tablet. Because of how light it is, I can use one hand to hold it without any issues, and I have enough room so I don’t touch the screen. One of few times that a bezel design comes in handy.
• Don’t worry, the bezel layout is small enough to create an immersive experience, especially at night.
• The aluminum back reduces the fingerprints for just the screen and provides a little more protection if you drop it. I never loved the glass back and Samsung has listened.
• The S-Pen also has a minimalist design that fits right in the back of the tablet. Nothing on look and feel doesn’t create the impression of being cheap.
• Got to love the USB-C port. Fast charging, importing, exporting files, and cheap to get extra chargers for the S6.
• The S-Pen Air Action gestures are more useful than Samsung’s previous products. Because of the size of the screen, I found even swiping left to right and switching cameras an easy perk when using the Air Actions. I can see anyone who wants to make PowerPoint presentations with the S6 a great selling point, as the S-Pen does a decent job with the simple Air Actions.
• Very comfortable to write with the S-Pen (more details later on). Smooth and the right amount of pressure.
• A battery notification immediately pops up on the right side of the screen every time I put the S-Pen back in its location (which has some magnets). I didn’t realize who useful this is since the notification lets me know if didn’t place the S-Pen in the correct location.
• I got around 90 minutes for a full charge of the S-Pen, but you really shouldn’t worry as it will always charge on the S6.
• I’m happy that you can attach the S-Pen on the side of the screen when you’re not using it, just like the IPad does for their pen.
• Multi-tasking is spot-on. Samsung offers a lot of little software perks that makes multi-tasking not only easy, but I felt use this feature on a daily basis.
• With the one button on the S-Pen has, you can customize to what you want to open with it.
• I’m never a fan with tablet cameras, due to most phones have better equipment, but I got to hand it to Samsung on the built-in ultra-wide lens mode. An insane 123 degree made taking a picture with anything, show the whole world around it. For a quick family photo, it’s perfect. But then again your phone should be your main camera.
• The gaming on this is very pleasant. I advise that when playing any high power game you switch the Samsung’s new feature called Game Booster. This feature will kill any apps that are taking away power from the tablet, so you can have more hours of gaming. I didn’t test the comparison of how much a difference, but when playing any game on a tablet you want as much power as you can.
• Playing Fortnite gave me 30fps and no lag what so ever.
• One awesome feature Samsung has is the Transparency option. It’s basically a white page over your screen, which is transparent, so you can write on it while reading or watching a video. I found this feature an excellent perk for taking notes or reading anything on the web. Everyone will find this very useful to have.
• Dex Launch is pretty on point of what a windows desktop looks like. It takes around 5 seconds to load up, but when done, it looks like you’re staring into a Windows OS. Overall the layout works fine as one cool benefit I found is any app you click in DeX mode will pop up as a small window, rather than taking over the screen as a whole (no lag when I was watching Netflix in Dex mode). Also moving back and forth from android to Dex is a quick experience.
• Battery life I’m getting around 13-14 hours. That’s around 70% brightness, mostly web and movie watching. The killer in this is the gaming and the pen, if you’re using it a lot.
• As you may already know, with this price, you know it’s fast. Opening up 10 apps, numerous web browsers, and an active gaming, the S6 took it in quite well. For the average day speed will not be a problem.
• Cheaper than an IPad Pro, and you get a Pen.
• If you have ever used a Samsung device, you’ll feel right at home.
Cons and Oks:__________
• The fingerprint scanner is an optical sensor. It’s embedded in the screen but, not being an ultrasonic scanner, it can be fooled. With the technology of ultrasonic scanner already established, why install this? But it’s still responsive so it depends on your security requirements (You can just make a passcode if you’re still unsure).
• Not headphone jack. A big turn off for those who see this for video editing on the go, or really anyone.
• I’m not a fan of having the S-Pen in the back of the tablet. Not only does it increase the chances of getting scratched when placing it back there, but the magnets on the back are not strong enough to make sure that the S-Pen stays on. You place the tablet on the ground, the S-Pen is the only form of contact with the surface are you place it on.
• It’s a hassle to find the right location on placing the S-Pen correctly. The back has a dip in the section where the pen goes but if you don’t put it in the correct way the S-Pen will fall off. I have to make sure that it’s attached correctly because it’s impossible to identify, by touch, in which way to put the pen. There is a notification on screen to tell you when it’s connected, but why could’ve they create the charging station on the side so we not only put it in the right place, but we can see it all the time.
• What I love about Samsung Galaxy Phones is the ability of how they hid their S-Pens, but this one is not hidden at all. To me, it feels similar to carrying the headphone jack adaptor. I’m not going to use all the time, but I still need to carry it because I may use it at random times.
• The way Samsung design this, if you lose the S-Pen you feel like you lost a part of the tablet. With the open face S-Pen placement design in the back, if you lose the pen then it just likes a tablet with a dent in the back.
• The Air Action gestures are only good for PowerPoint presentations and taking pictures. I couldn’t see the benefit of using this feature other than that.
• As a personal video editor, this isn’t the best around. The S6 struggles to import 4k videos and it took numerous hours to encode an 8-minute video. Keep in mind that I had a decent amount of layers, but it’s still something to know if you wanted to know how fast exporting with Adobe is. Also note that editing in the program, while using the S-Pen, is excellent.
• A major issue when drawing with this is the S-Pen’s shortcut button on it. I used the app Medibang Paint, and when drawing I’ll always press the shortcut button on the S-Pen by mistake. The way the button is designed, it’s right where your hand grip is when you write. Numerous times I was would be drawing and hand would press the S-Pen button. This would immediately bring me to the shortcut page. I don’t know if this is an app issue, but this button problem needs to be fixed.
• There is still a gap when you move with the S-Pen. It’s not much, but it’s there. I still had no issues to write notes with, but for those who want to draw it’s a heads up.
• It does have face unlock, but it’s a 2D-based facial recognition. I’ll trust the fingerprint scanner first.
• The camera is decent but even the ultra-wide format I saw it in a lower resolution. Stick to your phone. Video calls are fine, but other than that, forget it.
• Again, the way Samsung design the tablet, because of the built-in S-Pen charging design, you’re somewhat forced to folk over $179 for “there” book cover. Because of the S-Pen, you have no choice if you don’t want the S-Pen to get scratch, or lost.
• The speakers are decent, you get four of them. I found the sound is very clear and loud.
• Bixby voice command is the same throughout Samsung’s devices. The microphone the S6 has I didn’t get any issues of feedback.
• It’s very thin, but will bend if semi-force is applied.
Samsung for the past year has up its game in phones and tablets. Having posted reviews of their phones and tablets I can say that the S6 is another one in the books, but does have noticeable drawbacks.
To summarize, if you want an IPad Pro but can’t afford it, then this what you’ll buy. The S6 is very fast, doesn’t heat up in gaming or video editing, and it’s a definite win for those who need to take notes (work, college, etc.). It has a beautiful image resolution with the bonus of having there S-Pen. I know that the goal Samsung is after the same as Apple, a replacement for the common laptop, and the S6 is right on point. If you get the keyboard cover than you have a pretty good package of the tablet, a pen, and a keyboard (with a trackpad!).
But I think Samsung’s goal is also the problem. They’re trying to make a laptop replacement with a tablet that lacks the internal hardware to support it. For web and basic programs, this is sure a good find, but other than that you start getting issues. On the design side, I’m not a fan of the S-Pen layout. You’re not going to use the S-Pen every time, but the way the S-Pen is placed, you’ll have to make sure that its place correctly. This could’ve been fixed if they added more magnets in the S-Pen holder.
In the end, it’s a lower IPad Pro replacement. Still very fast and effective, but graphic power still goes to the IPad Pro as well as the Apple Pen. With Samsung’s Android OS on their phones, in this tablet, and the upcoming watch, Samsung wants to be your only tech user.
Overall: A great tablet for the day to day drawers and note-takers, but still not a laptop replacement.
Hope I was a help to you.