Tired of your phone? Fed up of your laptop? A tablet’s your best bet. Why else would you be searching for the Galaxy Tab S6?
Look no further we’ll run through everything you need to know about the device.
It costs a pretty penny.
How much you get it for depends on its warranty, and on-board memory. Just so you know, company warranties are more expensive than those offered by sellers.
Design-wise, the tablets are long and rectangular. Trying to stand out is hard, and the Tab S6 doesn’t try to.
It comes with an aluminium frame. It also has an aluminium back, which isn’t surprising as a lot of tabs do these days. The metal on the Tab S6 makes it soft to the touch, and we’re here for it.
The tab’s dimensions aren’t too bad. The device is 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm across. This puts it on the smaller side of the spectrum, like the iPad. In a way, this is great as the Tab S6 is a breeze to carry around. However, you might think there’s not enough screen for an immersive viewing experience.
Tablets aren’t supposed to be hefty like phones. This is why the Tab S6 is 420 grams. If you think this is a lot, know that it’s not for the world of tablets.
You’ll notice a protrusion on of its back. Don’t worry, it’s the S-Pen. It’s held onto the device with magnets. The pen isn’t held there for fun. It uses the tablet to charge itself.
The Tab S6 comes in 3 different colours, which are grey, blue and pink. The metal back makes them look muted. If you’re a fan of bright colours, the tablet is not for you.
At the end of the day, this might not matter. One of the greatest things about the tab is that you can attach Samsung’s Keyboard case to it. It essentially transforms the tab into a laptop and wraps up its rear panel.
It has a 10.5-inch screen. As mentioned, this might not be enough for an immersive viewing experience. However, it’s become the norm to make tablets this size.
If you hate how small it is, you’ll be glad that you didn’t get the Tab S6 mini. Its screen is 8.5 inches, so you’d have a field day with it.
On a more positive note:
You get a crisp, vivid and clear display. Samsung’s favourite Super AMOLED panel is used. This means colours pop and you’ll never be disappointed.
Samsung will wow you with the Tab S6. Hence, it can handle HDR10+ videos, letting you play the most HD content you can think of.
However, you can’t use your headphones on it, as there’s no headphone jack. We were disappointed too, but it’s only a minor drawback.
Something that won’t disappoint you is its processor. The Tab S6 is a premium device, so it comes with the flagship Snapdragon 855. It allows for some superb speeds, indicative of its price tag. The fact that the Tab S6 comes with so much RAM helps as well. You can either get 6 or 8 gigs, depending on the variant.
It can handle quite a bit of storage. The tablet comes with 2 variants, one that can handle 128, with the other handling 256 gigs of space. Although the sky’s the limit, it’s great that you can expand its storage with a microSD card. The Tab S6 is a gift that keeps on giving – you can expand its storage to a TB!
The Adreno 640 GPU is present. If you don’t much about GPUs, let me enlighten you. The 640 is one of the best out there. It’s seen in more premium devices, especially gaming phones.
Considering that the Tab S6 has a fabulous display, you’ll have one hell of a gaming experience.
On a side note, the device comes with Android 9 out of the box. You’re probably excited for Android 10. We are too, which is why we’re glad that the Tab S6 is getting the update. The thing is, we don’t know when, so don’t mark your calendar just yet.
We just have to talk about its desktop mode:
In laptop mode, the tab becomes a great driver, but Google Chrome insists on bringing out the mobile version of sites. This is annoying. Thankfully, the Tab S6 has a built-in internet browser that doesn’t do this. Moreover, some apps refuse to resize themselves to fit the laptop screen.
Samsung wasn’t playing around when they made the Tab S6. Its battery is enormous, at 7040 mAh. The enormous battery and software optimizations let you use the device for hours on end. With 5 hours of continuous use, the tab drops from 100% to just 60.
With moderate use, it can last well into the day. This is great considering it has to power such a massive display.
It comes with fast charging. However, it isn’t revolutionary. The 15 W fast charger takes the device from 0-100% in 2 hours.
No question about it, taking pictures on a tablet is awkward. Something might possess you to do this on the Tab S6. Know that it comes with a dual-camera system. It has a primary 13 MP sensor, with a 5 MP secondary one. They’re not the best, but they certainly capture detail, shadow and most importantly, colour. When it gets dim, the camera doesn’t flake out. The 5 MP sensor is an ultra-wide one, so you get some pretty cool perspectives with it.
Whether you’re taking pictures or using it for Skype, the 8 MP front camera isn’t the worst thing out there. It captures a ton of detail, but when it dims out, shots get grainy.
Like their phones, Samsung produces some of the best tablets in the game. Easily, the Tab S6 is one of their must-haves.
Before you get too excited, refer to the below section. We’ve run through some great alternatives.
Tab A is heavier than the S6. It’s a 469 g device, so you’ll find it less comfortable to hold. it’s on the smaller side though. Tab A’s screen is only 10.1 inches. Unfortunately, it doesn’t pack a punch as it’s IPS LCD.
Out of the box, you get Android 9. The device is getting the Android 10 update, so don’t fret. Unlike the Tab S6, it has an Exynos processor. It comes with the Exynos 7904 chip. If you know anything about chipsets, you’d know that the Snapdragon 855 is more powerful.
Tab A doesn’t have the best memory variants. You get it either in 32, 64 or 128 gigs of space, with 2 or 3 gigs of RAM. The amount of RAM you get is not much and will leave it laggy compared to the Tab S6.
The device also has an aluminium back. So, it feels nice to the touch. Unlike the Tab S6, it doesn’t have a handy nook for the S-Pen to rest.
When it comes to cameras, the Tab S6 eats the Tab A up. At the end of the day, this might not matter -who buys a tablet for its camera?
It has a big battery, but the Tab S6’s is bigger. After all, it’s 6150 mAh, while the Tab S6’s is 7040.
The S5e is lighter than the Tab S6. It’s 400 g, which isn’t by much. It also comes with an aluminium back and frame. This makes it nice to hold.
The tablet has the same dimensions as the S6, at 245 x 160 x 5.5 mms across. As a result, the S5e has a screen that’s 10.5 inches.
Speaking of its screen, you get a Super AMOLED display, so you have no reason to complain.
Unfortunately, the S5e isn’t as powerful as the tab S6. It only has the Snapdragon 670 chip.
Its memory variants are good, but not as good as its counterpart. You can get the tablet in 64, and 128 gigs of space, with 4 or 6 gigs of RAM.
Battery-wise, they’re identical. They share the same 7040 mAh battery. The S5E has a better charger. Its a 18 W fast charger, which is 3 watts more than the Tab S6’s. At the end of the day, this doesn’t matter as the S5e takes a little over 2 hours to fully charge.
Camera-wise, it’s clear that the Tab S6 wins again. It has a dual set up on its rear, which the S5e doesn’t have. There’s only a 13 MP camera in the back. When it comes to selfie cameras, both tablets have an 8 MP sensor, so they perform about the same.
Apple devices aren’t known for their battery power, yet the iPad Air has an enormous battery. It’s 8134 mAh and can last more than half a day with heavy use.
It has an aluminium front and back. This isn’t a surprise as the material has become the norm. Who wouldn’t want a soft back that won’t crack?
Unlike the rest, it has an oleophobic layer on its screen. We all know you’ll be snacking while watching movies on it, which prevents some nasty oil build up.
This is where the fun ends:
The tablet has an IPS LCD screen. As a result, it’s nowhere near as vibrant as the S6. However, you won’t notice this until you place the iPad next to the device.
Its processor runs laps around the S6. The A12 and Snapdragon 855 go head-to-head with each other, but the A12 is a bit faster.
Unfortunately, its memory variants aren’t as great. This hinders its performance as you only get 64 and 256 gigs of space. This can become a nightmare when you realize that you can’t use a microSD card on the tab.
Its RAM isn’t as snappy either. You only get 3 gigs, which means it’s only half as responsive as the Tab S6.
The brand is known for their cameras. Although the Tab S6 has better specs, we like the iPad Air’s camera better.
What did you think about the Tab S6? We think you should consider buying it.
It comes in a size that’s easy to use. It isn’t too big or small, but you’re probably used to bigger tablets. This is fine as it has a Super AMOLED display, so colours pop.
Its processor is the flagship Snapdragon 855. You’ll have no reason to complain, especially since the Tab S6 has impeccable memory variants. Samsung likes spoiling their users, so you’ll be able to expand its storage to a whole TB!
We love that the tablet has a great camera. It’s certainly not the best, but it does its job and more.
The greatest thing about it is the fact that it can be converted to a laptop. You can easily do this with its Keyboard case. However, it doesn’t come in the box and isn’t that cheap.
It also has a magnet to hold the stylus in place and this charges it at the same time. So, if you’re a forgetful person, this is handy.
With the release of the Tab S7, you may be wondering if the S6 still holds up. While the S7 does offer some neat upgrades, they don't seem significant enough to outshine the S6.
Overall, the Tab S6 has everything you’ll want, so we give it two thumbs up!