Android tablets are on life tư vấn. The máy tính bảng ipad has run away with the consumer tablet market, và where it has left some scraps, Amazon’s line of Fire tablets has picked them up. Even Google is done trying lớn compete with premium Android tablet hardware.

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But that isn’t stopping Samsung. The $649.99 Galaxy Tab S6 is the company’s lademo attempt at a device that can be used for both consuming nội dung và productivity. And yes, it runs Android.

The Tab S6 is an excellent content consumption tablet. It has a great screen và speakers, & it’s thin và light enough to lớn hold for extended watching sessions. It even has enough battery life khổng lồ last through at least three Marvel movies. On the flip side, Samsung’s attempts to lớn make the Tab S6 a productivity device fall short, there are a number of annoying bugs in the software, & it’s not a great enough device to replace your laptop.

Our Đánh Giá of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Verge Score 6 out of 10

The screen’s 16:10 aspect ratio is great for watching video, và it doesn’t feel terribly awkward when holding the tablet in portrait orientation for reading. But it’s quite cramped for productivity work when using the attached keyboard or browsing the web in landscape. Though the screen has the same form size screen as an máy tính bảng ipad Air on paper, the differences in aspect ratio (the iPad uses a 4:3 screen) mean Samsung’s screen is considerably smaller in practice.

Finally, there’s a noticeable jelly effect when scrolling in portrait orientation, which is disappointing to see in a tablet this expensive. These faults might not matter to you specifically, but when you’re paying $650 for a tablet, you should expect everything about it khổng lồ work without these kinds of issues — especially when the competition has no such problems.

Surrounding the screen are four Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers that sound great và even give Apple’s more expensive iPad Pro a run for its money. Unfortunately, the Tab S6 lacks a headphone jachồng, so you’ll need lớn use công nghệ Bluetooth không dây headphones or a USB-C dongle for private listening.

There are cameras on the front và back, including a dual-camera thiết đặt on the rear with a standard camera và an ultrawide option. Strangely, there’s no LED flash, which is something that comes in handy when using a tablet khổng lồ scan documents.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 specsDisplay: 10.5-inch WQXGA 16:10 HDR OLEDProcessor: Qualcomm SnapLong 855RAM: 6GB or 8GBStorage: 128GB or 256GB, with microSD expansionCameras: 8-megapixel front, 13-megapixel standard rear, 8-megapixel ultrawide rearBattery: 7,040mAh802.11ac Wi-FiCông nghệ Bluetooth 5.0Quad Dolby Atmos speakersWeight: 14.8 ounces (420 grams)Dimensions: 9.63 inches (244.5mm) x 6.28 inches (159.5mm) × 0.22 inches (5.7mm)Colors: blue, silver, pinkIncludes S Pen stylusPrice starts at $649.99

Inside the Tab S6 is a Snapdragon 855 processor and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It has up to lớn 256GB of storage, plus tư vấn for microSD cards for expansion. I’ve been using the base màn chơi 6GB RAM / 128GB storage mã sản phẩm và have sầu not had any issues with performance, even while multitasking heavily và switching between apps frequently.

For battery life, the Tab S6 is able to lớn last all day while in use, even if I’m hammering it with productivity apps and playing đoạn phim all day long. It has poor standby time, though: on more than one occasion, I left the tablet for a couple of days without using it, and it was dead when I picked it bachồng up.

Samsung includes an S Pen in the box with the Tab S6, & it’s very similar lớn the S Pen that comes with the Galaxy cảnh báo line of smartphones. It’s a bit thicker và doesn’t have a little storage silo lượt thích the phones offer, but it has the same features & capabilities of the phone version. To charge the pen, you attach it lớn the baông xã of the tablet via magnets, and it will charge wirelessly, much lượt thích how the Máy tính bảng iPad Pro charges the Apple Pencil. Just as with the Apple Pencil, it’s very easy to lớn knochồng the S Pen off of the baông chồng of the tablet, but if you get one of Samsung’s option folio or keyboard cases, the stylus is kept in place by a flap.

The S Pen magnetically attaches khổng lồ the baông xã of the Tab S6 khổng lồ charge.
Speaking of keyboards, the Tab S6 does not come with one in the box. The optional keyboard folio case for the Tab S6 runs a steep $179.99, which pushes your all-in price on an entry-màn chơi Tab S6 with 128GB of storage up to lớn $830 (provided you don’t get the bundle on a sale or discount, which are frequently available). The keyboard attaches khổng lồ the tablet via magnets và a pogo pin connector — no Công nghệ Bluetooth pairing here — & it’s actually separate from the bachồng cover & kickst& that sticks to the tablet via an adhesive-like microsuction foam. This kiến thiết lets you prop the tablet up for viewing đoạn Clip without requiring the keyboard khổng lồ be right in front of you, which is something you can’t do with Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the máy tính bảng ipad Pro, & it’s a godsend on tiny airplane tray tables. Prying the baông chồng cover off the tablet requires some work, but it doesn’t leave sầu any residue behind. Samsung tells me it doesn’t expect people will be removing the baông xã part of the case very frequently, & I tend to lớn agree with that assumption.

It’s surprisingly easy to lớn adjust lớn typing on the keyboard, even though it has a smaller layout than a standard keyboard. There are function keys at the top, & the Tab S6 supports a variety of keyboard shortcuts, though I wish they were more universally supported across the Android ecosystem. The keyboard does not have sầu a backlight, which made working in a dyên ổn airplane cabin challenging, but most tablets lượt thích this vị not have sầu backlights on their keyboards either.

The optional keyboard folio now has a trackpad và a full function row.

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There’s even a small trackpad below the keyboard for mousing around in Samsung’s DeX software mode (more on that in a bit), but it’s small và frustrating lớn use. It has poor palm rejection when I’m typing, causing the cursor lớn jump around erratically. It’s also limited in what it can vì chưng, even in DeX mode. I can’t select text with the trackpad in Word or use multifinger gestures lớn flip between apps, for example. I ended up turning it off frequently (via a keyboard shortcut, conveniently).

It’s also not easy lớn use the Tab S6 và its keyboard on your lap. The keyboard doesn’t rigidly connect khổng lồ the tablet, so it flexes and moves unless it’s on a rigid surface like a desk or a table. The iPad’s keyboard isn’t much better lớn use on your lap, but it’s considerably more stable.

For software, the Tab S6 runs basically the same software as Samsung’s phones: Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s OneUI interface on top. It has all of the same features you might be familiar with if you own a recent Samsung phone, including, yes, Bixby. I don’t have sầu an issue with the software for basic nội dung consumption needs, lượt thích watching Netflix or Hulu or reading in the Amazon Kindle tiện ích or Pocket.

If you have a Samsung smartphone, you can answer calls and respond to lớn messages from the Tab S6, though I’d lượt thích to have seen even greater integration between Samsung’s own devices. It’s not possible khổng lồ remotely start a di động hot spot on my Galaxy Note 10 from the Tab S6, however, lượt thích I can vị with an Máy tính bảng iPad & an iPhone.


Agree lớn Continue: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6Every smart device now requires you to lớn agree lớn a series of terms và conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have sầu khổng lồ hit “agree” to lớn use devices when we Review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.

For Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, there are three mandatory things you need khổng lồ agree to in order to use the tablet:

In addition, there are four optional agreements presented when setting up the tablet:

Diagnostic data và Information linking (linking the Diagnostic data with other information such as demographics, interests, và preferences)Customization serviceReceive sầu Marketing information

Finally, if you choose khổng lồ use the Bixby assistant, there is one mandatory thing and two optional ones:

Bixby terms and conditions (Bixby also requires the use of a Samsung account)Foursquare & Uber data linking (both optional)

The final tally is three mandatory agreements to use the tablet, four optional agreements, và three more agreements should you choose khổng lồ use Bixby. For the Google account và Samsung account, these agreements extend to lớn other products that likely involve sầu significantly more agreements.

In an attempt khổng lồ make the Tab S6 better for productivity, Samsung now lets you run its DeX desktop software right on the tablet. (You can launch inlớn DeX via a new shortcut on the keyboard, through a toggle in the quick settings thực đơn, or have it autolaunch when you attach the keyboard.) DeX on a tablet is basically the same as DeX on a big screen: it lets you run desktop-like versions of điện thoại apps, with multiple windows and the ability to see more than one at a given time. Unfortunately, DeX still has a lot of limitations và unfinished features. App windows don’t remember their state when you switch between DeX & standard mode, so you over up having lớn re-create your window arrangement every time, và certain apps, like LastPass, just refuse to lớn launch at all in DeX mode.

Using DeX on such a small screen is also frustrating due khổng lồ the amount of scrolling and flipping between windows that’s required khổng lồ multitask. Virtual desktops would help with this, but DeX doesn’t tư vấn them. There is also no window snapping features that I could find; resizing the windows requires tapping và dragging on the screen or using the fiddly trackpad on the keyboard. DeX on the Tab S6 is nice to have sầu in a pinch to knock out an gmail while on the go, but it’s not something I’d like lớn use as my primary computer or for any extended length of time.

There are other bugs in Samsung’s software that I’ve sầu found frustrating lớn deal with. The night mode, which flips the interface to lớn a dark shade in the evening, constantly forgets its settings; the screen brightness will aggressively dim itself to unreadable levels when I hold the tablet in landscape because my hvà blocks the light sensor; tìm kiếm in DeX doesn’t work on the first keystroke, requiring me to lớn type “OOutlook” if I want lớn launch my gmail app; & I’ll have sầu lớn frequently reboot the tablet lớn get the Wi-Fi khổng lồ work.

Basically, the Tab S6 is a very good tablet khổng lồ use khổng lồ watch đoạn Clip, provided you don’t blochồng the light sensor with your palm. If all you want from a tablet is to lean baông xã & watch đoạn Clip on your couch, the Tab S6 is excellent for that.

The problem is that “good for watching video” is about the lowest bar to lớn hit for a tablet in 2019. The iPad tablet was great for watching đoạn Clip almost 10 years ago, and Amazon’s Fire HD 10 will bởi the job for about a third of the cost of the Tab S6 if that’s all you need. You might get a slightly better display và better speakers with Samsung’s tablet, but it’s hard khổng lồ justify spending two or three times as much for those things.

To really justify its cost and its existence, the Tab S6 has to be able to lớn bởi more than just be a personal Clip player. It has khổng lồ be able to lớn also be a productivity machine, which is something that can be used to lớn get actual work done. Despite Samsung’s best efforts, the Tab S6 falls short.

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