Tablet: Need First hand Reviews/Suggestions for Samsung S6 Lite

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Hi!
I am planning to buy a tablet, and my requirements are:
1. Should be comfortable for reading books and annotate PDFs
2. Atleast 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage.
Budget upto 40k

Was thinking about buying an ipad initially but the pencil alone costs 8k, or 5-5.5k if I go with logitech crayon
Samsung S6 Lite is costing < 23k and comes with pen included in the box.

Need suggestions

Thanks

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (6/128,UFS 3.0, no custom ROMs of note so far). Currently retails at 45k but a particular color variant was available for 40k in FK a few days ago.
Otherwise S5e (4/64,eMMC 5.1 unfortunately but good custom ROM support ) (30k for LTE version) is superior to S6 Lite but it doesn’t support stylus I think.
ipad 9th gen. is rumored to launch with 4/64 option . That too $30 less than the current MSRP. But it’s some months away.
ipads with their 4:3 aspect ratio are better suited for your purposes IMO. S6 and S5e with 16:10 offer the best balance between e-reading and (widescreen) video playback. S6 Lite at 15:9 is better suited for the latter.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. Currently retails at 45k but a particular color variant was available for 40k in FK a few days ago.
Otherwise S5e (4/64,eMMC 5.1 unfortunately but good custom ROM support ) (30k for LTE version) is superior to S6 Lite but it doesn’t support stylus I think.
ipad 9th gen. is rumored to launch with 4/64 option . That too $30 less than the current MSRP. But it’s some months away.
ipads with their 4:3 aspect ratio are better suited for your purposes IMO. S6 and S5e with 16:10 offer the best balance between e-reading and (widescreen) video playback. S6 Lite at 15:9 is better suited for the latter.

S6 Lite will cost me less than 23k.
So which one should I opt for?

S6 Lite at 23k
S5e 34k
S6 40k
iPad Air 4 at 50k (Twice of S6 lite plus 5k extra to be spent for logitech crayon)

Thanks

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Aajkal phone ke screen bhi tablet se size me aane lage hai
Koi bade screen wale phone se hi kaam chala lo

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Not used an Apple device in eons but for e-reading or working with docs even the base ipad 8th gen. should suffice I guess. 3GB of RAM shouldn’t be a hindrance. But it’s limited to the 1st gen. Apple Pencil only. Plus fixed-layout docs like PDFs etc will fill the entire display. So no zooming in/out to read them unlike the widescreen Samsung tablets.
I like the S6 a lot though.
S6 Lite would also work and save a significant amount of dough. But OneUI and just 4GB RAM?

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Aajkal phone ke screen bhi tablet se size me aane lage hai
Koi bade screen wale phone se hi kaam chala lo

The difference in screen real estate is pretty big. The humongous S21 Ultra is only 112 cm² whereas typical 10-11" tablets range from 321-359 cm², well over 3 times!

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YSK Pencil support has been extended to regular iPad, It retails at ₹38K without discount/offer at Apple IN. I’ve always been an Android user but Apple reigns supreme in the tablet range (still rocking my iPad Air 2)

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cm4444 wrote:

S6 Lite will cost me less than 23k.
So which one should I opt for?

S6 Lite at 23k
S5e 34k
S6 40k
iPad Air 4 at 50k (Twice of S6 lite plus 5k extra to be spent for logitech crayon)

Thanks

If you have HDFC CC you can avail 9k discount on the 6/128GB variant of Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Wifi only) at Amazon, bringing it’s price down to 46k. LCD instead of OLED but 120Hz.
Edit: Samsung has recently announced that Tab S6, S6 Lite and even the budget A7 will be eligible for 4 years of support.

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S-Pen tips are reported to wear out rather quickly and it seems they aren’t available for sale here. Only in the USA.

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LIMBO wrote:

If you have HDFC CC you can avail 9k discount on the 6/128GB variant of Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Wifi only) at Amazon, bringing it’s price down to 46k. LCD instead of OLED but 120Hz.
Edit: Samsung has recently announced that Tab S6, S6 Lite and even the budget A7 will be eligible for 4 years of support.

Thank you so much!

I found another equally good deal, the LTE variant is at 47k on EDU store with HDFC card. But at the same time, i also think that rather than spending 46k on samsung is it not better to spend 50k on ipad air 4. rolleyes

Buying during 22-24 Feb Smarbuy 15x offer would’ve been even better flushed

Currently using https://www.flipkart.com/acer-spin-1-pentium-qu... which i got at 17-18k from Flipkart 1.5 yrs ago. Have installed ubuntu in it. Bit bulky and not using any stylus but PDF reading is okay.
Will continue to use this till i get a loot deal smiling_imp

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Thank you so much!

I found another equally good deal, the LTE variant is at 47k on EDU store with HDFC card. But at the same time, i also think that rather than spending 46k on samsung is it not better to spend 50k on ipad air 4. rolleyes

Buying during 22-24 Feb Smarbuy 15x offer would’ve been even better flushed

Currently using https://www.flipkart.com/acer-spin-1-pentium-qu... which i got at 17-18k from Flipkart 1.5 yrs ago. Have installed ubuntu in it. Bit bulky and not using any stylus but PDF reading is okay.
Will continue to use this till i get a loot deal smiling_imp

Even I feel hard to justify spending more than 40k for any tablet other than ipad. But I am loath to use an iOS device. Android tablets don’t get much love from developers as well…
Been on the lookout for a tablet for 4-5 years now!

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Not particularly relevant to your purposes but S6 Lite has now received an update that enables the DeX mode.

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@LIMBO @bikidas2060 @getready @guest_999

I have narrowed down to following 3 options:
1. Galaxy s6 lite at 22700 with 2 year warranty 1 year samsung warranty & 3rd party ADP
2. Galaxy s6 lite at 23600 (with option to pay 2k extra and get samsung galaxy buds+)
3. Lenovo Ideapad Duet Chromebook at 25000 (https://www.lenovo.com/in/en/laptops/lenovo/stu...)

Please help me decide. Thanks

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1,2,3 can do these things just fine
Should be comfortable for reading books and annotate PDFs

Duet is a different hardware
Works great with the Chrome browser (Desk version + addons).. Can handle 10+ tabs easily (Decent keyboard w/ useful shortcuts w.r.t ChromeOS & the stand is also good – Both magnetic*)
But the android apps, they run via container (ARC ++) for now.. and the experience isn’t great
There are too many issues.. some apps work in only a fixed mode (horizontal/vertical) and you will start noticing the system lag with just 4/5 of these android apps in the background
+ MTP mode isn’t working (Guess.. we need a USB-C Hub for file transfer or even to connect to external displays)
& DRM Level is L3 (Android Apps).. so no Netflix/primevideo in FHD but no such restrictions for Disney and Zee5

This is the case for now but Google recently announced Android 11 update (in a month?) to many Chromebook and Duet is one of them. One good thing about the update is that, Google is shifting from ARC ++ container to ARCVM (FULL VM) and it is expected to fix many issues with the Android Apps on duet

It supports USI Stylus and there’s only one available here in India and it costs 3.5k
https://store.hp.com/in-en/default/catalog/prod...
Duet is a chromebook that can be used as a tablet while S6 lite is a tablet that can be used like a chromebook (Duet will continue getting updates until 2028*)

S6 Lite is a better option if you are looking for a tablet experience
It also got the Dex Update (Laptop experience w/ BT Keyboard)
+ the pen is already included with the package

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I got this tab @ 22k and availed galaxy buds + offer.

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Go with option 1 or 2 depending on whether you need galaxy buds but is option 2 not getting 2 years warranty.

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dark.demon wrote:

I got this tab @ 22k and availed galaxy buds + offer.

From education store two months back? Or some other source?
How is the tab and how are earbuds?

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been using amazon fire tab hd 10" (got from us via a friend) for 3 years now. It has gotten a bit slow now but for the price of 110 usd (during sale, ~8k) it is a steal. Reading/watching videos is good enough when paired with good speakers/headsets. No screen protector/case used and still no issues with it. The 8" version is better I feel for regular reading as it more comfortable to use (and is even cheaper during sale). Only problem is getting it here.

Ipad will certainly give more premium feel and will last long time if properly taken care of. The iPad mini screen is crap though. you can check in store before you decide to buy if you willing to spend that much moolah.

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cm4444 wrote:

From education store two months back? Or some other source?
How is the tab and how are earbuds?

From Amazon in last week of Feb. With hdfc card+ smart buy cashback

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Go with option 1 or 2 depending on whether you need galaxy buds but is option 2 not getting 2 years warranty.

Option 1: One year samsung warranty and accidental + Liquid damage insurance
Option 2: Only 1 year samsung warranty

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been using amazon fire tab hd 10" (got from us via a friend) for 3 years now. It has gotten a bit slow now but for the price of 110 usd (during sale, ~8k) it is a steal. Reading/watching videos is good enough when paired with good speakers/headsets. No screen protector/case used and still no issues with it. The 8" version is better I feel for regular reading as it more comfortable to use (and is even cheaper during sale). Only problem is getting it here.

Ipad will certainly give more premium feel and will last long time if properly taken care of. The iPad mini screen is crap though. you can check in store before you decide to buy if you willing to spend that much moolah.

Bought ipad 6th Gen 128 GB from US (through a dimer friend) two years ago at 20k for someone in my family, for same purpose. Bought an apple pencil from India at 7700 and the reading and annotating experience is good.
In India i feel it doesn’t make sense to put in 27k for a 32gb apple device. iPad Air 4 at 50k looks good but is beyond my budget.

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Option 1: One year samsung warranty and accidental + Liquid damage insurance
Option 2: Only 1 year samsung warranty

Then get option 1, accidental damage protection(aka ADP) really comes in handy for the usual accidents like device falling or liquid spilling especially if there are children/pets around.

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Thank you all.
I finally bought S6 Lite after it came in stock few mins back. Paid 23750.
Went with option 2 (option 1 price had risen by 1k).
In the process found some juicy deals that are still live (ipad 8th gen 32gb at 25k, 128gb at 33500, ipad air 4 at 47k), but finally decided to go with s6 lite (since buying ipad would mean additional 6k expenses on logitech crayon.

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cm4444 wrote:

Thank you all.
I finally bought S6 Lite after it came in stock few mins back. Paid 23750.
Went with option 2 (option 1 price had risen by 1k).
In the process found some juicy deals that are still live (ipad 8th gen 32gb at 25k, 128gb at 33500, ipad air 4 at 47k), but finally decided to go with s6 lite (since buying ipad would mean additional 6k expenses on logitech crayon.

Is it worth to go for crayon, to save just around 1k over appe pencil?

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Is it worth to go for crayon, to save just around 1k over appe pencil?

Crayon costs 6k and apple pencil 8.5k. Periodically you can see a 300/- product specific coupon on its amazon page. So, 5700.
As per reviews, you can go for crayon if you are not an artist/don’t intend to use it for sketching.

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Crayon costs 6k and apple pencil 8.5k. Periodically you can see a 300/- product specific coupon on its amazon page. So, 5700.
As per reviews, you can go for crayon if you are not an artist/don’t intend to use it for sketching.

Yes. But apple pencil also gets discount some times

Once I was getting it for 6500 effective on tatacliq but didn’t purchase that time. Waiting for similar price now.

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