Back in the day, tablets reigned supreme when it comes to content consumption. Its bigger screen not only makes it ideal for watching your favorite movies and shows but it also allows you to have a more immersive gaming experience as well.
Nowadays, phones have larger displays, and companies have allotted most of their time and resources into developing faster ones instead.
Still, there are some that would create tablets, and Samsung is one of those companies. Today, I am going to talk about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and what you need to know about it.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Among the tablets that Samsung has released thus far, this one is the cheapest tablet that comes with an S-pen.
The S-pen is pretty much Samsung’s foray into a tablet stylus and its performance, as a stylus itself, is pretty good.
It allows you to easily highlight important notes in a document and it also gives you the power to draw on the tablet itself.
Despite this tablet being a much more affordable variant than its bigger brother, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite still comes with a robust and svelte design.
The tablet has an all-metal frame and has a glass front that is responsive enough to the touch. Because of the metal construction, however, the tablet itself is heavy at 467 grams.
Its dimensions are 244.5 x 154.3 x 7mm so it is what you would consider a fairly standard size for an ordinary tablet. If you want to turn this into a laptop-tablet hybrid, well, it wouldn’t feel natural.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is great for media consumption because of its smaller bezels. So, whether you are creating a presentation or watching some movies, you will not be annoyed by any big black bars on the sides.
When holding the tablet in portrait mode, the camera is situated on the top-left corner of the device.
People that want to plug their favorite headphones will be happy to know that this device also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as a USB Type-C port at the bottom for better data transfer and charging speeds.
The inclusion of the Type-C port is a welcome addition, especially considering that most ‘budget’ tablets still come with the now-archaic micro USB port.
You can choose from three different color variants: Chiffon Rose, Oxford Gray, and Angora Blue. If you want a subtler color, Oxford Gray would be a perfect fit for you.
As mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes with the S-pen. Although it is included in the box, keep in mind that the tablet itself doesn’t come with a port where you can insert the said pen into it. This is a minor inconvenience but it would still be nice if the tablet had the said compartment.
The 10.4-inch tablet comes with an LCD screen with a resolution of 2000 x 1200. While the LCD screen provides punchy colors, its contrast leaves much to be desired.
That is just the nature of LCD screens because if it needs to display some black colors, it would still light up the panel as opposed to an OLED where it would just turn off the lights if that is the case.
Anyway, the screen is still bright nonetheless and the colors are still pleasant to look at. It is not as saturated as the Apple iPad Pro, however.
People who want to watch content from streaming services like Netflix will be happy to know that the tablet’s 5:3 screen aspect ratio will allow you to enjoy it in all of its glory.
Despite the inclusion of the S-Pen, there are some noticeable lags when you switch to different areas on the screen.
Another thing to take note of here is that whenever you want to write or draw something on the tablet using the stylus, it will not register the palm of your hand as if it were a single unit.
Instead, it will register as two different inputs and will act accordingly. This means that you can accidentally draw a line here or there whenever you are using the S-pen.
You can work around the issue but it is still worth bringing up considering that people are going to use the stylus for various purposes.
- CPU: Exynos Octa-Core (4x 2.3GHz + 4x 1.7GHz)
- RAM: 4GB DDR4x
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
- Screen: 10.4 inches LCD Screen, 2000x 1200 resolution, 224 ppi
- Storage: 64GB or 128GB Internal, Up to 512GB Expandable
- Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz + 5GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
- Battery: 7,040 Li-Ion, 15W Charger included
- Weight: 467 grams
- Audio: 1x 3.5mm headphone jack, two AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos Surround Sound
- Cameras: 8-megapixel, f/1.9 Autofocus rear camera; 5-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
- S-Pen Included
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is powered by the Exynos 9611 octa-core processor that the company has made in-house. This is also the same chip that comes with their other affordable phones such as the Samsung Galaxy A50s, for example.
Its performance does a pretty good job of handling daily tasks such as streaming, writing, and other non-intensive work.
However, once you play games, especially the most demanding titles such as Call of Duty or PUBG, you may experience severe slowdowns (unless you lower the settings considerably).
It is also supported by 4GB of DDR4x RAM and in most cases, it should be enough for tablet users.
Despite its respectable performance package, lags are still apparent, especially when you are transitioning from different apps and screens.
For instance, if you are to move between different home screens, you will have to apply considerable force and you have to ‘mean it’ when you swipe left or right just to get to different items.
You will get used to it after a couple of days but if you transition to other tablets like the iPad Pro, for example, the lag will definitely be noticeable.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes with two cameras: one 8-megapixel shooter at the back and another 5-megapixel selfie camera at the front.
As you can probably tell, the camera performance is subpar at best. You will not be doing a lot of amazing photography with the included cameras. I think that the company just included them as a customary measure and nothing else.
Still, both of the cameras are able to record 1080p videos and the rear camera also comes with an autofocus feature as well.
However, if you are an influencer or someone that really wants high-quality photos, you are better off using your phone or a dedicated camera instead.
Every mobile device that is not made by Apple runs on the Android mobile operating system and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is definitely one of them.
It is not running a vanilla version of Android 10, though, but instead, the tablet is slapped with Samsung’s One UI overlay. The UI is one of the better custom overlays on the market, though liking the interface is a matter of personal choice.
I especially love the fact that you can tweak various behaviors when it comes to different things.
For instance, if you are using the vanilla Android 10, all of the apps that you download from the Play Store will be saved on the home screen.
With One UI, you will be given the option to not put any new apps on the home screen for a tidier interface.
Despite Android having matured since its inception, the said operating system does not focus on the tablet experience. This is evident if you are going to use the S-pen for multiple tasks.
As mentioned earlier, whenever you rest your palm on the tablet, it registers the pen and your palm as two different inputs which means that you might accidentally add something that you do not need on your current task.
Still, the S-pen is usable but you will have to contend with the lag on certain inputs.
One of the strongest points of the tablet is its amazingly huge battery. It comes with a 7,040 Li-ion battery that is definitely one of the biggest capacities on tablets today.
Samsung touts this device to last up to 12 hours with moderate use and upon testing, it has lasted 10 hours for me doing a combination of streaming, gaming, and light tasks.
The tablet can last you a day or two of full use and this is definitely great from a productivity standpoint.
My only gripe with this device is that it comes with a 15-watt charger only. Although it is still considered ‘fast’ charging, its humongous battery still requires nearly three hours of charging for it to be full.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is definitely one of the best affordable tablets out on the market today.
It has respectable specs, a huge battery, and an included S-pen which is a first for the company since this is considered a budget offering.
However, it is sometimes mired by performance dips, lags, the display uses LCD instead of the company’s OLED screens, and its cameras leave much to be desired.
Still, for $349.99, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a steal.
Sony WH-CH510 Review- A Budget Wireless Headphones to Beat
As more and more smartphones are ditching headphone jacks, people will be forced to get a wireless pair of earphones or headphones. While the former is okay in most cases, the latter will provide you with a much better listening experience.
Wireless headphones are pretty expensive, at least the ones that provide decent sound quality. But actually, you need not spend a fortune in getting a good pair.
The Sony WH-CH510 is looking to be a pretty interesting proposition. Read further to find out more about this promising pair of headphones.
What is It?
The Sony WH-CH510 is a pair of wireless headphones that are set to provide people with a really good listening experience.
Part of what makes people stay away from wireless sound systems is the fact that they just aren’t that good as opposed to their wired counterparts. Well, that is true back then, but it certainly isn’t true nowadays.
This pair of wireless headphones is actually a budget-friendly option for people that want to upgrade their wireless audio.
Sure enough, you can use this on your smartphone or any mobile device that has Bluetooth technology.
The Sony WH-CH510 is a lightweight pair of on-ear headphones. Since this is an ‘on-ear’ pair of cans, that means that they will sit on top of your ears as opposed to completely covering them.
While it certainly makes the form factor more compact for travel, the on-ear nature of the ear cups might cause fatigue to some users, especially during prolonged usage.
However, the good thing is that the headphones are pretty light and its clamping force of 0.8 pounds is not as strong as it would seem, so there is still a semblance of comfort.
You can choose between three different colors: Black, Blue, and White. Personally, I love black because it is more neutral and it certainly goes well no matter what you are wearing.
It has somewhat of a diamond grid design and its textured surface makes it easier for you to grasp the cans without them ever slipping from your hand.
Bear in mind that part of why these headphones are lightweight is due to its material. It is predominantly plastic though the ear cups themselves are faux leather. The leather material does a pretty good job of isolating the sound in place, though it may make you sweat if you are in a hot place.
Its plastic material is also part of its downsides, however. I wouldn’t recommend throwing the headphones just about anywhere. In other words, you should handle it with care if you are to make them last longer.
The small form factor might also be a problem for people with large heads. The larger your noggin is, the stronger the clamping force may be. Always keep that in mind.
There are three buttons that are responsible for media playback on the headphones. You can play, pause, skip, forward, or adjust the volume up or down. Any of the buttons can also be configured to run your preferred voice assistant as well.
The Sony WH-CH510 also comes with a microphone so you can use it to make some calls. However, I do want to point out that the audio quality of the mic itself is not as good as you’d want it to be.
This pair of headphones also make use of a USB-C port for charging. Sadly, it doesn’t allow for USB over audio so you’re out of luck when the cans run out of battery.
The good thing is that the Sony WH-CH510 charges really fast. So fast, in fact, that you can have 90 minutes of playback on a 10-minute charge (assuming that volume is set at 50%).
Battery life is good. It is rated at 35 hours and in my testing, I was able to squeeze 30+ hours on a single charge with the volume set at 80%.
Despite its cheap build quality, the Sony WH-CH510 actually performs really well. Although it doesn’t provide the boomy sound that is similar to Sony’s higher-end headphones, the WH-CH510 provides you with a more natural sound.
That means that the mids and highs are pronounced and the bass levels are quite respectable, though it could definitely be improved.
I did notice its performance dips a bit when listening to pop and rock songs, but for all other genres, it is quite respectable.
Using Bluetooth 5.0, this pair of cans do not have any problems with connections at all. Audio is clear even when you are far away from the source.
While there are compromises that had to be made, the Sony WH-CH510 is a pretty budget offering from a company that is also known for creating amazing audio products.
Its predominantly cheap build quality and its on-ear design might deter some people from buying them, but its sound quality and battery life are topnotch.
If you want to buy the Sony WH-CH510, they cost $59.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Review- Is This Phone Still Worth It in 2020?
Samsung is arguably the biggest Android smartphone manufacturer in the market. With a lot of phones in its product stack, you will find budget and premium phones under Samsung’s portfolio.
Every year, they release new phones on the market and while budget options are good, their premium phones are even better.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 was released back in 2018 and it was their flagship phone back then. How does it hold up two years after? Read further to find out if it is still worth it in 2020.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is pretty much a clone of the previously-released Galaxy S8 flagship device. It has the same design language but that is not really a bad thing at all.
While most phones nowadays provide you with 90-95% screen real estate, the screen still has somewhat big black bezels at the top and the bottom parts of the display. However, the sides are pretty small thanks to the curved screen.
You will find a bevy of the usual buttons that can be found in any smartphone, but what’s interesting is that the S9 comes with a dedicated Bixby button situated just below the volume controls.
Bixby is essentially Samsung’s foray into the digital assistant space, though it is definitely far from perfect.
What makes Samsung flagship phones really amazing is its inclusion of the company’s Super AMOLED panel technology. It provides you with the best contrast and picture quality than any other display technology on the market.
True enough, its 5.8-inch, quad HD screen is amazing from a content-consumption standpoint. The blacks are perfect and the colors are punchier than other displays out there.
While the default ‘Adaptive’ picture mode provides you with saturated colors, set it to DCI-P3 color gamut instead and you get true-to-life picture quality across the board.
People who love streaming content from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will surely love the screen’s HDR10+ capability.
Depending on your region, you might get a phone with some slightly different specs. For instance, if you live in the USA, you will get a Samsung Galaxy S9 that is packed with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 processor.
However, if you live in Europe and in other regions, you could be getting a version that comes with the in-house Exynos 9810 chip. The performance difference favors the Qualcomm chip, but the Exynos CPU is no slouch at all.
Most phones of today are packed with at least 6GB of RAM, but the S9 is only limited to 4GB. Don’t get me wrong, 4GB is more than enough back then (and even today for most applications), but as you play more demanding games and content, you will find that it may not be enough.
In terms of audio, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is fitted with AKG speakers that support the Dolby Atmos technology.
Personally, I don’t like built-in speakers in phones, but I am pleasantly surprised that the sound system on this device is actually quite decent.
You will still get some distortions when you are listening to content at max volume, but when you set things right, the speakers of the S9 should be quite okay for most people.
When the Samsung Galaxy S9 came out, it came with an old version of Android. However, powering the device today will give you a notification to download Android 10, which is the latest version of the said operating system.
Aside from a huge version jump, the phone also comes with more new features. One notable inclusion is the company’s AR emoji.
This is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Animoji and although the feature is a bit similar to what the latter is offering, it is still clunky and mediocre at best.
When this phone first came out, Bixby is not as reliable as Google’s own assistant, but the said feature has certainly improved quite a lot in a 2-year span.
While you still have to make sure that your words are audible and understandable, Bixby is able to perform different tasks really well (at least, when compared to when it originally came out).
You can tell it to make a call to a specific person, you can tell it to find suitable information about the things that you want to know about, and you can even tell it to set reminders for you.
However, more work needs to be done in order to refine the feature even more, but I am happy to see the vast improvements that it has received over the years.
What makes the S9’s camera quite appealing back then is its variable aperture feature where the phone’s algorithm will quickly shift the aperture to suit the environment.
Most phones before this do not have such a feature and if you are taking pictures in dimly lit environments, for example, the resulting image is not good.
Fortunately, this variable aperture feature can adjust the camera’s aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4 to suit the immediate environment that is suited for both day and night photography.
Of course, you can also set a fixed aperture setting if you are well-versed in this thing, though the variable feature makes this phone quite appealing for complete photography beginners.
If we were to review this phone on the day it came out two years ago, I would have said that it has a considerably large battery capacity. However, its 3,000 mAh battery will not fare well in this day and age.
While the processor/s is quite efficient in handling minor tasks, its small battery life just doesn’t compare to Samsung’s most recent flagship devices. In fact, battery life is worse when you compare it to the iPhone 11.
With moderate use (mostly minor tasks and some gaming on the side), the phone can still last a single day, but if you mostly consume media content, the device can last up to 6-8 hours depending on the brightness and volume setting.
On the flip side, the Samsung Galaxy S9 does come with a fast charger and it is also capable of wireless charging as well so you can just place it on a charging mat whenever you are doing other things.
To be honest, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is still a pretty worthy device. Sure, its battery life is subpar at best, but its camera, as well as its other features, are truly noteworthy.
I would still recommend that you get the Qualcomm version of this phone simply because of its better performance and efficiency.
After everything that has been said, should you buy it? Absolutely! When you look at its current prices, you can snag one up for only $300!
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is still a worthy phone to get in 2020.
The Best (and Not the Best) Features of Apple iOS 13.5 Update
In the world of smartphones, there are two camps: People who love their Android devices and those that really like their iOS-powered smartphones.
If you are part of the latter, a new update has recently been released. With it is a slew of improvements, though there are also bugs that need to be mentioned.
Today, I am going to talk about the best and not the best features of Apple iOS 13.5 Update.
How to Get the Update
If you are running version 13.4.1, you should be able to get the update right off the bat. There should be a notification that will prompt you to get the latest update from Apple’s servers, though you can also do it manually by going to Settings->General->Software Update.
For people that are running version 13 and older versions, you will need to download a much bigger file simply because it will include all of the other features that you may have missed leading up to the latest version.
People that were on 13.4.1 using an Apple iPhone X will expect to receive a 355MB update, while iPhone 11 users may need to download a 400MB+ file since the phone comes with more features than the former.
The Best Features
The latest update from Apple brought with it performance improvements that will make your phone snappier than ever.
2.Improved Face ID and Passcode
The Apple iOS 13.5 is also known as the ‘Covid-19’ update simply because it brought with it features that will help with contact-tracing apps, as well as improved performance when you are wearing a face mask.
Face ID has been relatively hit or miss, especially when you are wearing something on your face. Fortunately, this update should make the feature so much better in identifying your facial features despite wearing a mask or anything that covers up the lower portion of your face.
If the Face ID still fails, the update also gives you the ability to initiate your passcode instead of just by swiping up from the bottom of your lock screen. The option presents itself automatically after initial Face ID detection has failed.
Aside from unlocking your phone, it also supports all of your applications that support Face ID signing.
Public health officials may have developed contact-tracing apps to help you know if you have come into contact with a possible carrier.
The exposure notification will help tell you if you have come into contact with such a person or persons so that you can do something about it immediately.
Whenever you need emergency medical assistance, you will be given the option to share vital information with your healthcare provider using your medical ID.
While this feature is great, this is only available for iPhone users that live in the United States.
If you are going to go on group Facetime sessions, the individual tiles will no longer increase in size whenever someone speaks.
Not the Best Features
1.”This App is No Longer Shared with You”
After updating to the latest version, have you noticed that some of your popular apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Youtube (among many others) refuse to load? Well, that is because there is a bug that is preventing you from running the said applications.
Apparently, there is a bug that was found in the Family Sharing Feature of the update and has since been corrected.
As a means of getting things back to normal, you should be able to get notifications that prompt you to update your pre-existing apps to make them work again (though, re-downloading the apps again also works).
2.Jailbreak (And Also Cannot Jailbreak)
People in the jailbreaking community would love the fact that they can also do that with the newest version of iOS.
For those of you who do not know, jailbreaking is where an Apple device (in this case, an iPhone), can be ‘unlocked’ by exploiting a vulnerability and this will allow you to do a lot of things that you previously couldn’t.
For example, you can install unsigned applications, modify different system settings, among other things.
While you can still jailbreak in the latest update, Apple might be prompted to release another one that will make the said thing impossible to do.
That is because for you to jailbreak in the latest update, you will have to exploit a zero-day vulnerability; something that Apple doesn’t like.
Still, you can do it, but any minor update released in the near future might probably nullify this.
3.Weird Battery Drain
Although Apple might not openly admit it, the company may be responsible for the weird battery draining bug that plagues the company’s older devices.
While the Apple iOS 13.5 Update supports devices from iPhone 6S and above, older models might suffer from a bug that would drain the device’s battery even without running any intensive apps.
Up to now, the update did not fix this at all even though this issue dates back a few years now.
The new Apple iOS 13.5 Update is an important one. Not only does it bring with it improvements in terms of overall performance, but it improves features that are meant to help you with the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
Although it is always required for you to download the latest version of iOS, keep in mind that it still comes with some bugs (though the vast majority of them have been fixed).
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