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.
Cowin E7 Headphones Review- Is This $50 ANC Headphones Worth It?
Active noise-canceling headphones need not be expensive. There are certainly many budget offerings you can find out there, but are they really worth buying?
Today, I am going to review the Cowin E7. These are active noise-canceling headphones that you can buy for just under $50. Is it worth it or should you go for something else?
As you can typically expect from a budget pair of headphones, the build quality of the Cowin E7 is not its strongest suit.
It has a predominantly plastic build that is supported by a metal frame just near the earcups. It should do the job of keeping things together but I’d recommend that you do not drop these things because there is a huge chance that it may break.
On the left side, you will find the active noise-canceling (ANC) button that you can press to turn the feature on or off.
On the right side, you will find a play/pause button directly on top of the earcup and situated at the bottom, you will find +/- controls for the volume (by tapping them) or for back/skip tracks (if you press and hold for 2 seconds).
I don’t know why but it seems that most headphone manufacturers think that all heads are created the same from an ergonomic standpoint.
I would say that these headphones were created only for those people with perfectly round heads. It is not ideal for people who have large heads like me.
In other words, this pair of cans fit perfectly for small or medium-sized heads, but they are certainly not meant for people with bigger noggins.
Because this is using faux leather earcups, it does a good job of isolating the sound inside the earcups, thereby minimizing the sound leakage, but they do tend to get warm after an hour or so of listening.
The Cowin E7 is a pair of Bluetooth headphones. No, it doesn’t come with a companion app which means that you can simply connect these to your smartphone by enabling its Bluetooth functionality.
It cannot connect to multiple devices at the same time but it does a pretty admirable job of connecting to just one source.
In terms of range, it can reach roughly 10 meters away from the source which is pretty respectable and should be in line with other budget Bluetooth headphones.
The wireless latency of the Cowin E7 is 160ms which is okay, but I wouldn’t recommend this if you intend to play games on your mobile device.
It is also worth noting that if you intend to use this wired (because it comes with a 3.5mm cable), you will not be able to communicate with other people because the built-in microphones do not work while using the wired interface.
This pair of headphones has an ANC button located at the left earcup and you can enable it by just pressing the said button.
When enabled, I could barely notice that the feature was on in the first place. Technically, it can reduce ambient sound by as much as 8dB which is pretty weak in performance compared to other budget Bluetooth headphones.
Honestly, if you were to enable its ANC and you are inside a coffee shop with a lot of people, the active-noise canceling on this thing is just akin to wearing a pair of cans on your noggin and that’s it.
As an audiophile, sound quality is always a very important matter and I have to say that the Cowin E7 is just so disappointing.
Sure, it heavily favors the lower frequencies which means that you get more thump every time the bass kicks in, but it is so overpowering that the mids and highs are simply muddied as a resylt.
I listen to rock and metal songs and the lead guitar solos just do not sound right. The vocals, while much clearer than the guitar solos, are also overpowered by the bass as well.
If I were to describe the audio quality, I would say that it is darker than your average pair of headphones.
I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone else other than people that want nothing but a good bass response and that’s it.
The company said that these headphones can last up to 30 hours with active noise canceling on. In my testing, that is not the case.
Although, I do have to say that I was able to eke out 22 hours with ANC enabled and volume set to 75%. Your mileage may vary depending on the volume level you stick with, but at least you get a rough idea of how long-lasting this battery is when both of those things are factored into the mix.
It does come with an included microUSB cable for charging but I have to say that it’s a pretty slow one. To fully charge this thing, you have to wait for 3 hours or so for it to reach 0 to 100%, which is unacceptable for a lot of people.
The Cowin E7 is a disappointment, to say the least. Its ANC feature is the weakest among the budget headphones I’ve tested. Its comfort is not suited for people with big heads like me and the charging time is just so slow by today’s standards.
Sure, it is a pretty enticing product since it is sold at just under $50, but you are better off saving a bit more to get a high-quality pair of ANC headphones.
I would suggest that you save up for the Sony WH-1000MX3 or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II instead as both of them have received major price drops recently.
If I were to be honest, I would stay away from the Cowin E7 like the plague.
MPOW H10 Review- Best Noise-Canceling Headphones for People on a Budget
Active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones are pretty expensive but one company tries to go against the grain and produce a somewhat affordable pair of headphones that can beat the competition.
In today’s article, I will review the MPOW H10. These are over-ear Bluetooth Wireless headphones that have active noise-canceling.
Does it have what it takes to beat the likes of the Sony WH-1000MX3 or other similar headphones?
For a company to reduce the cost of their products, there have to be some compromises that have to be made in order to make that a reality.
The MPOW H10 has a predominantly plastic build and that can either be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because the material itself is lightweight by nature. It is a bad thing because it is not as durable as aluminum or metallic frames.
MPOW uses ABS plastic for this build and they went with a more polished look. For aesthetic purposes, it is actually welcome, but it might prove to be slippy, especially if you have sweaty hands.
I do love the fact that you get a lot of things included in the package. You have the 3.5mm cable, a USB charging cable, some documentation, and an included carrying pouch.
On the left side of the headphones, you will find the dedicated ANC switch. You cannot mistake it for anything else and you will definitely know if the feature is enabled or not.
On the right, you will find the media playback controls (back, play/pause, forward), and the charging port.
Despite the choice of materials, I am happy with the overall experience. The headphones are lightweight which means that it doesn’t strain your head and ears and the earcups themselves are plush and comfortable.
It gets warm after quite some time, but that is just the nature of leather earcups anyway. I think it is just worth mentioning.
The clamping force is okay. It is not too tight and it doesn’t fall off of your head at all. I also love the fact that it has a collapsible design so you can easily place them on your chest or inside the included carrying pouch.
These headphones can be paired wirelessly by using the Bluetooth functionality of your Android smartphone or Apple device. It doesn’t have a companion app which also means that it doesn’t have its own equalizer.
It does have an active noise-canceling feature that can be enabled by flicking the switch on the left earcup. I have to say that for a budget pair of headphones, the MPOW H10’s ANC is actually pretty good.
No, it is not at the same level as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony headphones mentioned above, but for the price, it is actually pretty respectable.
It can effectively cancel out ambient noise which can be pretty useful when you are commuting or if you’re in a noisy environment.
Because this thing pairs with your phone, you can expect to use this when you make some calls. Call clarity and microphone quality are really good on these.
Apparently, the company uses CVC (Call Voice Capture) technology that will effectively eliminate ambient noise when you are talking to someone. That means that the person on the other end of the line will be able to hear you clearly when you speak.
I’d have to say that having that feature is a godsend, especially since I take a lot of calls on a daily basis.
So, how does the MPOW H10 sound? To be honest, it is an above-average pair of ANC headphones. It has a warm sound quality with a little emphasis on the lower frequencies.
If you play rap music or R & B, this thing can handle the kick of the bass without any distortions at all.
I would have to point out that these cans’ performance when it comes to treble is average at best. I’d like to have more clarity on the highs but the quality is passable.
The mids are okay. You can clearly hear the vocals and I am impressed that it doesn’t get muddied with the bass.
These headphones are touted to last up to 30 hours but of course, I’d have to test this claim. Unsurprisingly, you can only reach that duration if you disable the ANC feature which I think defeats the purpose of getting these headphones in the first place.
With ANC enabled and setting the volume at 75%, I only got about 18 hours and 22 minutes of playback on this thing. It is still quite good considering that I’ve used its noise-canceling feature, but it is certainly a far cry from the purported 30 hours of battery life.
It is also a bummer that the company uses a microUSB charging cable for this one. This means that you cannot take advantage of any quick charging tech, so if you do intend to give this thing some juice, you’d have to be patient enough to charge this thing considerably.
I think that this is a fair compromise, though, given that its ANC feature is top-notch among budget headphones.
I would say that the MPOW H10 is definitely one of the best budget active noise-canceling headphones on the market. At only $70, you are getting a pair of headphones with considerably good ANC performance. Plus, you also get a carrying pouch along with other goodies in the bag as well.
If you are on the lookout for ANC headphones that do not break the bank, I can wholeheartedly recommend these without a doubt.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Review- Class-Leading ANC Headphones
There are a lot of different active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones on the market but one brand that you can trust is Sony.
In today’s article, I will review the Sony WH-1000XM3. Read further to find out why I think this is a class-heading ANC headphone.
The design of the Sony WH-1000XM3 is quite similar to the previous version. It still has an all-plastic build but the thing is that the material choice is actually a good choice considering that plastic is a bit more lightweight than an aluminum frame.
True enough, the WH-1000XM3 weighs an ounce lighter than the XM2 which may not seem much, but every ounce counts (especially if you intend to wear these cans for prolonged periods of time).
The leather earcups do provide a good level of comfort but because of the said material, you may feel some warmth after an hour or so of wearing these headphones.
Its overall aesthetic is quite simplistic and I think that Sony deliberately did this because their target audience for this thing are professionals.
Apart from the two buttons for the power and active noise canceling, you cannot see anything else on the earcups themselves other than the charging port which is located on the right side.
Now, you might think that it is a bummer that the company didn’t include physical controls for volume and media playback but that is actually not true.
Instead of physical buttons, Sony has included touch-sensitive controls on the right earcup. If you want to skip forward, you just swipe your finger to the right. To go back, swipe left.
If you want to increase the volume, swipe up. If you want to decrease it, swipe down. If you wish to pause the track, double-tap on the right earcup. To resume, you do the same.
But, before you can take advantage of the touch controls, you must first tether it with the headphones’ companion app first. After that, it should be all smooth-sailing from there.
So, how do these ANC headphones perform? To be honest, they’re pretty good. By default, it supports the LDAC audio codec which provides unparalleled audio quality, but there is a catch: You have to enable the codec from your smartphone’s developer settings.
The reason why you want to set it to the said codec is that it enables the 660 and 990kbps modes. In layman’s terms, it means better audio performance, provided that the music you’re listening to can support the standard.
While 990kbps is ideal, using the 660kbps mode should be adequate for most users.
Now, when using LDAC, it is important for you to remember that you cannot use the equalizer to tweak the audio output. That is because by doing so, the codec will automatically be set to SBC which is the default one for Android devices.
The LDAC codec does all of the work already so there is no need for you to tinker with the EQ settings anyway.
About the audio performance, if I were to describe it with just one word, I would say ‘amazing’. These headphones do not have any problem with lows, highs, and mids at all.
If you listen to bass-heavy tracks, it will certainly give off that signature thump of that kind of music.
Listening to lead guitar solos or to the main vocals will not be an issue at all as the bass doesn’t drown them out.
For an ANC headphone, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is surprisingly good in the audio department.
There are a variety of improvements being added to the Sony WH-1000XM3 over its predecessor. First is the active noise-canceling feature. I’d say that this pair of cans has a pretty good implementation of that.
To enable the feature, you can either tap the dedicated button on the headphone itself or use the application.
When turning it on, it does a pretty good job of eliminating ambient noise. You literally cannot hear anything but a faint sound from your immediate environment.
It also has a ‘quick focus’ feature which basically uses its built-in microphones to get some ambient noise in so that you do not have to take your headphones off if you want to tune in on what’s in your immediate environment.
One nifty feature that I wish other headphones would incorporate is the ability to lower the volume immediately just by covering the right earcup a bit.
This gesture-based feature is nice because you do not have to take the headphones off of your head at all.
Because of the built-in microphones, you can also use Google Assistant by saying the words “Hey Google’ or ‘Ok Google’. Alternatively, you can use the application to bring out the said feature.
While you can answer calls with this one, I’d say that microphone quality is average at best. People can still hear you clearly on the other end but when compared to other ANC headphones, it is okay.
Pairing these wireless headphones to your phone is easy. You can either manually connect it via Bluetooth or you can use its companion app to help you with the entire process. Once it is connected the first time, pairing it again is going to be quick and seamless.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 is touted to last up to 30 hours even with active noise-canceling turned on. In my test, I was able to get only 20 hours with the feature enabled, but to be fair, my volume was set at 80% anyway. Your mileage, of course, will vary depending on use.
I do love the fact that these headphones use a USB Type-C cable instead of a microUSB connection. Because of this, it can take advantage of fast charging.
Speaking of fast charging, you can actually use these headphones for 2 hours and 5 minutes by just charging it for 10 minutes. That is truly impressive, especially for people that are always on the go.
These headphones are great. Not only do you get amazing sound quality, but its active noise-canceling feature coupled with the touch controls on the right earcup makes this quite a compelling product.
While I only got 20 hours of use at 80% volume, the ability to charge this thing quickly is a nice bonus.
Included in the package are a USB Type-C cable and its included carrying case and for the price of $350, they are okay.
It is a comfortable piece of hardware and with all of its features, I can confidently say that the Sony WH-1000XM3 is definitely a class-leading ANC headphone.
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