Samsung has been carrying the Android tablet space on its back for the last few years, but its latest Tab S6 line has been a real turning point for the series. The newly announced Galaxy Tab S6 Lite carries a lot of the refinements from the higher-end Tab S6 and packs it all into a lower-cost package.
The tab doesn’t feature many flashy specs, but it comes with a great stylus that magnetically attaches to the side of the tablet, excellent battery life and comfortably designed hardware that’s easy to carry around all day.
When I first got my hands on the Tab S6 Lite, I was quick to judge its lower-quality screen and mid-range chipset, but over time I came to love this tablet due to its solid performance, size and the included stylus.
It’s hard to say if this is the perfect successor to Google’s fondly remembered Nexus 7 tablet, but it’s the closest I think we’ve been in a while. That said, maybe 10-inches is the new 7-inches if the bezels are small enough. And while the Tab S6 lite isn’t quite $229 CAD, its $429 price in 2020 isn’t that bad for a decent Android tablet.
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As I mentioned above, the value of the tablet is fantastic. The screen is excellent, the speakers are great, everything is top-tier –that’s the recurring theme here. What you get with the Tab s6 Lite is exactly what you’d expect from a $429 CAD device, for better or worse.
While the base-level 10.2-inch iPad has been my go-to media consumption device when I want to watch something on the go or in bed, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 changed this for me in late 2019 with its excellent OLED screen and 16:10 aspect ratio.
The Tab S6 Lite doesn’t feature the OLED screen, but it does have the same stellar display ratio. This screen is critical because its size helps the tablet emulate a piece of paper in your hand, which makes it feel very natural to hold. It’s also wider than the iPad in landscape, so there are smaller black bars when you’re watching movies.
Gaming on the Tab S6 was also a pleasant surprise. Android games run surprisingly well, and while it’s not useful for all games, playing Roller Coaster Tycoon with the stylus is probably the best way to play that game ever.
Beyond that, I was able to get consistently good gaming experiences with Call Of Duty Mobile and Forza Streets. Unfortunately, the tablet doesn’t have Stadia support, which would have been excellent, but I was able to get Xbox Game Streaming working.
The tablet’s battery life is also impressive. Samsung rates the 7,040 mAh battery at around 12 hours and in my testing, it lasted for roughly that long. I was easily able to get more than a single day of use out of it. I’d even use it one day, leave it on my nightstand for a few days, and come back to find the tablet still had some juice left in it.
I’m also a big fan of the colours Samsung went with for this tablet. There’s an ‘Oxford Grey’ option that looks like Apple’s ‘Space Grey’ and Angora Blue or Chiffon Pink. Both of these are light shades with a springtime vibe to them.
Drawing on the tablet is also a joy. There’s still a lack of professional drawing apps on Android, but Samsung’s PenUp app is enjoyable to use and offers enough tools that people can create some awe-inspiring drawings.
Overall this is a really awesome tablet and I can’t stress how nice it feels in hand. If you can get over the Android operating system on a tablet, which is easy enough to do as long as you don’t dive too deep into the Play Store, you’ll likely be pleased with this tablet.
A good tablet can only go so far on Android
Luckily enough, there aren’t enough flaws to hold the Tab S6 Lite back from being a great tablet, but there are a few things that are a bit annoying.
The most frustrating thing isn’t even Samsung’s fault. It’s just the lack of apps that actually have a nice table layout. The 16:10 aspect ratio means most apps look okay in portrait mode, but once you go into landscape, they fall apart.
That said, all these apps still work, so if you can get past the annoying phone design on some of them, you’re good to go.
I’m still not the biggest fan of Samsung’s OneUI skin over Android 10, but it brings handy features like a screen recorder, Samsung Knox and other tools. Beyond that, it mostly gets out of the way and you can cover it with a good tablet launcher like Smart Launcher 5 if you want to.
I wish Samsung would adopt the default Android 10 gestures on the tablet because it’s current three-tab implementation isn’t great.
There is a bit of lag when you boot up the tablet or when you’re navigating the OS, but once you’re in a game or app, things generally run much smoother for some reason.
Should you buy this
When it comes down to it, this is an exceptional tablet if you have a Samsung phone, because that unlocks cool features like ‘Auto-Hotspot’ and notification forwarding. You’ll still need to weigh what you want from the tablet between this and the Tab S6. That said, it’s still a great media/gaming/web-browsing device.
If you’re an Android user with a device from any other manufacturer, it’s still nice to have an Android tablet since you’ll be able to take advantage of Google’s services like auto password saving and your Google Play Games cloud saves.
If you’re an iPhone user, it’s hard to recommend this over an iPad. That said,if you want to try Android, this is a viable way of taking Google’s mobile ecosystem for a spin. If you want the best Android tablet experience last year’s Tab S6 takes everything good about the S6 Lite and cranks it up to 11, but for a much larger $899 price tag.
It’s worth mentioning that if you want a cheap tablet that runs Windows 10, Microsoft’s recently released Surface Go 2 is an option, although it starts at a much more expensive $529. You can also get a handful of Chromebooks for under this price if you’re looking for something with a keyboard.
All-in-all, the Tab s6 Lite is an excellent Android tablet. It’s not top of the line by any means, but it comes bundled with the S Pen for $429, making it much cheaper than its peers and performing almost the same. It might not be the new Nexus 7 because Android still isn’t great on tablets, but it is a decent Android tablet for a good price, and that’s hard to turn down.
“it’s a decent Android tablet for a good price, and that’s hard to turn down. ”
Reminder: You Can Download A Free Version Of Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – Nintendo Life
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is Nintendo’s latest release. If you’re still not sure if this is the right game for you – did you know you can actually try out a free edition that gives you access to four games and local multiplayer?
Yep, if you head on over to the Switch eShop in select regions, you can download it right now. The four games included are Dominos, Four-in-a-Row, President, and Slot Cars. Apart from local multiplayer options, you can also play each game by yourself. Here’s a description along with the Japanese trailer:
About the Guest Edition:
This trial version of 51 Worldwide Games includes 4 games that you can take on the go to play anytime, anywhere. You can play the games contained here in Local Play with other players who have the Guest Edition! If your friends download the Guest Edition, up to 4 players can join in a game of dominoes or president. If someone has the full version, you can use Local Play to join in any of the multiplayer games.
Will you be trying out this free edition, or jumping straight into the full game? Leave a comment down below.
2020 iPhone Shock As Five ‘All-New’ Apple iPhones Revealed – Forbes
Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup has already leaked in stunning detail. But now new information not only disputes a lot of this, it also gives a first look at the company’s radical all-new 2021 iPhone.
Respected Japanese site Macotakara delivers the shocks, having tapped into its supply chain sources to attain 3D printed models of Apple’s four iPhone 12 models and completely overhauled 2021 redesign. If correct, the news is going to leave millions of iPhone users disappointed this year but blown away by Apple’s ambitious plans for the so-called iPhone 13.
Starting with the four iPhone 12 models, Macotakara shows that contrary to popular opinion (and despite all-new internals), externally the range will not deviate as far from the iPhone 11 lineup as widely expected.
The models show Apple will stick with the large display notch introduced with the iPhone X, retain the Lightning port and exclude the LiDAR sensor first seen on the new iPad Pro and tipped to be introduced on the iPhone 12 Pros. This means the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max stick with triple cameras in a triangular array, though the new entry-level 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max will get dual cameras whereas the iPhone 11 has just a single module.
Overall, there are significant disappointments here but, conversely, Macotakara’s mold of the 2021 entry-level iPhone 13 blows away all expectations.
For 2021, Macotakara states Apple will replace the notch with a tiny punch hole for the front camera and hide all other FaceID sensors under the display thanks to ‘Under Panel Sensor’ technology from Samsung. Thanks to thinner bezels, the display of the 5.4-inch model will also increase to 5.5-inches in the same chassis, and the Lightning port will finally be replaced by USB-C. Lastly, the back of the phone shows space reserved in the camera bump for up to five modules.
While a lot can still change in terms of the 2021 design, if Macotakara’s sources are correct, I suspect many potential iPhone 12 owners postpone their upgrades to 2021. Internally, the iPhone 12 models will be all-new thanks to the biggest A series upgrade in years, 5G across the range, 120Hz ProMotion displays (with some doubts) and prices which will undercut the competition. That said, a fourth generation of the same design introduced by the iPhone X in 2017 may prove to be a dealbreaker.
All of which sets us up for a clash of the heavyweights. Macotakara famously scooped Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack in 2016 and has delivered a solid array of exclusives ever since. That said, 2020’s most accurate Apple insider has very different ideas about the iPhone 12 and 13 so watch this space.
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Google looking to provide support services for satellite internet providers: job listing – 9to5Google
Within Alphabet, there are currently three products that directly provide internet service to end-users: Google Fi, Google Fiber, and Loon. According to a new job posting, Google looks to be getting into the business of supporting satellite internet providers.
A Google Careers listing today reveals a “Partner Manager” role to “help launch a global satellite-based broadband service.” The emphasis is on “help,” with the next line noting how “you will support satellite broadband service providers, productize the solution and make it available to other satellite broadband ISPs.”
As a Partner Manager, you will help launch a global satellite based broadband service. You will support satellite broadband service providers, productize the solution and make it available to other satellite broadband ISPs. You’ll manage partners on a day to day basis to make sure that we meet their growth plans in existing markets. You’ll manage the pod and service delivery timeline, work with Google and cross functional teams to handle and process monthly/quarterly PO and Invoices, and ensure continued availability of transit in the existing and new markets.
From this description, Google does not appear to be launching its own satellites, but rather helping an existing partner establish their network. It’s unclear who that partner is, but Google will use what it learns to offer similar services to other companies.
A “Responsibilities” section later on provides more details:
- Negotiate any deal with a 3rd party vendor to support product and partner development.
- Build a pipeline and start engaging with other satellite broadband service providers to explore expanding product offering to other players.
The satellite internet access space is currently dominated by Starlink from SpaceX, which launched 60 satellites yesterday. The goal is to have internet delivered from space rather than through wires in the ground. Coincidentally, Google in 2015 led a $1 billion investment round into the Elon Musk company.
It’s unclear what Google’s service would look like, but Alphabet’s Loon division provides a possible clue. Known for balloons that provide internet service following disasters, the company last year announced that it was adapting its routing technology for low Earth orbit satellites with Telesat. The system helps ensure a connection between the many moving parts of such a network.
That said, this role is based within Google and located in Mountain View. There are no other satellite job listings at the company, and we’ve reached out to Google for more details.
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