Tablets

iPad, Android, or Windows 8 tablets.

What iPad should I buy?

Episode 1380

Dean from San Diego, CA
iPad

Dean gets eBooks from the county library and his city library is changing formats to cloud reader, which isn't compatible with the Barnes and Noble Nook. Leo says that the Nook was a failure and the library is moving towards a platform that is supported through Kindle. iPads are also available because he can use the Kindle app.

What iPad should he get? Leo says that Apple has a new low cost 9.7" iPad that starts at $329. 32 GB. For $100 more he can get 128GB. That's the one to buy.

Is my iPad wearing out?

Episode 1380

Michele from Sierra Madre, CA
Apple iPad

Michele is having issues with her iPad 2. The Wi-Fi is dropping out and her apps disappear and reappear. Is it wearing out? Leo says that what Michele is dealing with is a "Springboard crash." It may be corrupted. She should try to backup her iPad, which she should do regularly using iTunes. Once she's got it backed up, she should do a complete factory reset. It may even need to have a DFU reset.

What iPad Pro should I buy?

Episode 1373

Gene from Louis, DE
Apple iPad Pro

Gene has a refurbished iPad and it's getting slower, so he's thinking about going back and getting the iPad Pro. Should he get the 9.7 or larger? Leo says he should wait. The new iPads are going to be announced in about 3 weeks. We expect three new iPads with a new Pro-grade iPad Mini. There will also be a 9.7" that has a bigger screen with a smaller bezel.

Why does my tablet buffer when I stream?

Episode 1357

Bret from Wood-Ridge, NJ
TWiT YouTube Live

Bret says that watching the TWiT Stream on his tablet buffers while his desktop doesn't. Leo says that the tablet is likely not powerful enough and has to buffer. It fills up the memory with frames so he can stay ahead of the stream, and if he's watching a higher resolution stream, that takes up even more room. His PC has larger memory buffers to handle it with no hesitation, but it can buffer as well, depending on the network traffic. Both will also get dropped packets.

How can I read comics digitally?

Episode 1348

Mike from Santa Monica, CA
ComiXology

Mike wants to use his Kindle to read comic books. Leo says there's a far better option, and it's owned by Amazon as well. It's called ComiXology. It's designed exactly for reading comics, while the Kindle is really made for the written world.

ComiXology will enable him to zoom in and out, and it also works with all comics. He can use it on his laptop too. The Marvel Unlimited app has an all you can eat monthly subscription, so if he's a Marvel fan, it's the way to go.

How can I cast video from my computer to my TV?

Episode 1346

Nick from Thousand Oaks, CA
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Nick has a Samsung TV and he wants to cast videos from his computer or tablet. Leo says that most TVs support DNLA, which would enable him to stream to the TV. Samsung calls it "Samsung Link" or "All Share." He should Google the TV model and "DLNA" or "Miracast" and he will find out how he can do it. It may also be called "screen mirroring."

Most Windows devices and tablets will support DLNA. The Samsung Galaxy Note would be a good tablet choice, as are the Galaxy Tabs. Leo likes the Galaxy Tab S2. Any Bluetooth keyboard will work also, and the TV will support it.

What should I get for my first computer?

Episode 1345

Shirley from North Hollywood, CA
Apple iPad Pro

Shirley is retired and is looking for a computer. Leo says that a Chromebook is probably the best option for Shirley, and she'll need an internet connection. Shirley could also get a Chromebook with LTE.

Another option is a tablet like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. She shouldn't get a cheap one, though. Leo advises getting one with LTE so that she doesn't have to rely on Wi-Fi. T-Mobile is a good option. Leo also advises a deal of $25 with unlimited data from them when she buys the tablet up front. That's a good deal.