android tablets

How can I stream from an Android tablet to a larger monitor?

Google Chromecast

Episode 1704

Tim from Oak Hills, CA

Tim wants to know how to hook up a tablet to a bigger screen. Leo says the easiest way would be to use Google Chromecast. You can connect that to a monitor and then use an app to cast the app to the TV. But the app needs to support it. Another option is a TypeC adapter to connect it. Are there apps that can make his tablet into a laptop? Leo says if it's a Samsung Android, then yes. But cheaper tablets don't support that option and aren't powerful enough anyway. You get what you pay for.  But you could use the web browser and access Google Docs that way online.

What's a good, affordable tablet?

Amazon Fire Tablet

Episode 1700

Cameron from Sioux Falls, SD

Cameron wants a recommendation on a new tablet, and he's an Android guy. Leo says that there aren't really many decent Android tablets out there. Samsung makes a decent one. But their no cheaper than iPads, and frankly, the iPad is really the best tablet by a WIDE margin.  Android tablets can also be very insecure and must constantly be up to date with monthly security updates. If you have an LTE tablet, odds are the tablet isn't updated as often by the carrier. Apple, however, keeps their devices updated continuously regardless of what carrier you have subscribed to. 

What's the best Android Tablet for the money?

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Episode 1692

Jim from Laguna Beach, CA

Jim has a Ricoh Theta One 360 camera. He installed a third party fisheye plugin to it to improve the dynamic range with HDR. It uses Android to access remotely. So which Android tablet should he get to access the footage? Leo says all the Android tablets are basically terrible now. The best is Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and it's not cheap. Another option is the Asus line. They are more affordable. So that may work for you. If you could get the plugins to work with the Amazon Fire Tablet, they're under $100.

What's a good Android tablet?

ASUS ZenPad 9.7"

Episode 1556

Scott from Maryland

Scott ordered a Samsung Galaxy Tab and it was stolen while being delivered from FedEx. He couldn't get a refund for three weeks. Leo says that package theft happens a lot in the course of delivery. In fact, Leo heard that police recently busted a ring of FedEx employees that were stealing packages. So it's really on FedEx to insure delivery when it's in their custody. Is there an alternative to Samsung tablets? Leo says that Samsung does offer the best Android tablets on the market. Google no longer makes them.

How can I register a domain in Brazil?

Episode 1206

Chris from Florida

Chris wants to get a domain name for a specific country. Leo says that the international organization called ICANN approves registries and country codes for all domains. Leo suggests Google searching for the domain registry for his country code. Any registrar will work if they support registering the country code he wants.

AmericaRegistry.com is a good place to start. But he may run afoul of laws pertaining to that country. Brazil, for instance, requires a Brazilian tax ID to buy a domain with their country code.

Why is my Acer Iconia tablet freezing up?

Acer Iconia Tablet

Episode 1173

Brent from Hamburg, PA

Brent has an Acer Iconia tablet and it's starting to freeze up when watching movies. Leo says if you can update it to the latest version of Android, that would be a good idea. Another idea would be to go into backup/reset settings and restore it to the original settings. Sometimes that helps with issues by starting from scratch. Just make sure you have enough space. Clear out the cache.