Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

What's a good tablet for doing spreadsheets?

Episode 1526

Diane from Rancho Bernardo, CA

Diane is looking to replace her tablet, which died. She'd like a 10" model. Had Samsung in the past. What's her best choice? Rich says that the iPad really is the best tablet out there, and it's the best value. It may cost a little more, but the ecosystem is more vast, the apps are better written, and the user base is exponentially larger. Since she needs one that works with spreadsheets, The iPad works great with Google Sheets. The screen size of the iPad is 9.4". So it's close If you want over 10", then the iPad Pro is going to be the way to go, but it is a little more expensive.

Is the iPad better than Samsung's tablets?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Episode 1521

John from Winthrop, MA

John has a Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and it has an OLED screen. Leo says that's a great model. Is it better than an iPad? Leo says an iPad has True Tone, which helps calibrate the image to the ambient light. Leo's opinion is that nothing beats OLED. But then again, we haven't heard if the new iPads will have OLED yet. Apple's position is that the iPad screens are great. But then again, iPhone X screens are OLED. If they do use OLED, they will be made by Samsung. So it won't be any better.

Should I buy a refurbished iPad?

Apple iPad

Episode 1513

Don from Rhode Island

Don wants to know if buying a refurbished iPad is OK. Leo says if it's from the manufacturer, then yes. Especially with Apple, who won't sell something unless it's perfect. And odds are, the refurbished item is simply a model that has been returned. It'll also have a new warranty as well. But Leo says he may want to wait a few weeks because Apple is about to announce new iPads and iPhones for the fall holiday shopping season. That will mean the current models will drop in price. And 64GB is plenty for internal storage.

First Impressions of the Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go

Episode 1511

Leo just got the new Microsoft Surface Go tablet, and he calls it the cutest computer ever. Leo loves the screen, but he doesn't care for the huge bezel around it. The current state of the art is to reduce bezels. It comes with Windows S, which is a secure version of Windows, but it's still a full version of Windows. You can, however, only use apps available in the Windows app store, which isn't much.

What's the best Android Tablet for the money?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Episode 1510

Chris from Fort Worth, TX

Chris is looking for a good tablet that won't break the bank. Is there a Chromebook tablet? Leo says there is, but he doesn't recommend it. The best Android tablets are made by Samsung, and the Galaxy Tab S3 is about $450. Leo says that Google had a great tablet called the Pixel C, but they don't make it anymore. If budget is an issue, then the Amazon Fire tablet is the best because they are heavily subsidized.

How can I download apps from Google Play onto my Amazon Fire tablet?

Amazon Fire TV

Episode 1509

Pete from San Gabriel, CA

Pete has an Amazon Fire tablet and he wants to know how he can get Android apps from Google Play. Leo says that Amazon's fire tablets don't come with Google Play — he'll have to use Amazon's own app store. It's possible to install the Play Store on the Fire tablet, but he'll have to turn off "only download settings in the play store" or "don't allow apps from unknown sources" option. It's in "settings and security" in the carousel.

Can you turn your old Fire tablet into an Echo Show?

Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

Episode 1505

Lillian (Doctor Mom) from New York, NY

Lillian says that you can use your old Fire tablet as an Echo Show now thanks to a new Pogo dock by Amazon. Leo says it sounds like just a charging dock and with an software update, it would turn it into an Echo Show. But the dock doesn't have any speakers, and the screen isn't all that great. So it's an interesting device if you have a surplus Fire tablet lying around, and for $35 it's not too bad.

Why doesn't text to speech work on my Android device?

Speech bubble

Episode 1499

Alan from Moorpark, CA

Alan is having issues with text to speech on his Android tablet. He keeps getting a "can't access server" error. Leo says that's a connectivity issue and if he doesn't have a good internet connection, it simply won't work. Speech to text has many different servers and if it can't get online, that means it can't complete the dictation. He'll also need to get an app from Google Play directly. That will probably solve the issue.

Should I buy an iPad mini or wait and see?

Apple iPad Mini

Episode 1498

Sharon from Williamsburg, OH

Sharon wants to get a new iPad mini but she hears they may get discontinued. Leo says nobody really knows, but since they haven't updated it in awhile, everyone thinks it may not be updated. Leo says it'll still be good if she wants to buy one now. The latest models, if they aren't discontinued, will be updated to have Face ID, but Leo says that's not really a big deal. So if she wants to buy one, she should go ahead.