Google Nexus 7

Could I use a cheap tablet for a camera?

Google Nexus 7

Episode 1011

Jim from Woodland Hills, CA

Leo says that while most cameras have rechargable batteries these days, cameras that have disposable batteries are an advantage because he could get the batteries anywhere. It would be great for traveling. He can get rechargeable AAs, but he would need to get the high milliamp batteries for them to last. Eneloop Rechargeables by Sanyo are really good.

Will I be able to buy a new iPad in September?

Episode 1010

Boris from New York, NY

Boris sold his iPad in preparation for the next iPad coming out in September. Leo says there's no guarantee that a new iPad will be out in September, though. It's unclear. Leo says that Boris looking at the Google Nexus 7 is a good idea. It has a better screen, and is only $229. But what about his apps? Leo says that most of the apps available on the iPad have counterparts on Google Play, and it wouldn't cost much to replace them.

What tablet should I get?

Microsoft Surface RT

Episode 1007

Jean from Las Vegas, NV

Jean is getting a tablet computer for her birthday. She was thinking about getting the Surface RT. Leo says the only real advantage of the Surface RT is that it's been deeply discounted and has Windows Office built in. She'll still need to pay another $100 to get the type keyboard add-on. Unfortunately, though, the only Windows app that works on RT is Office. No other Windows based software can be installed on it.

Can I get my iTunes music onto an Android tablet?

Episode 1006

Carl from Burbank, CA

Carl wants to get a tablet to put his music on, and also download sheet music. Leo recommends the iPad because its the only tablet that has iTunes, and there are a lot more music apps available on iPad. There will be a new iPad coming in October, so if he can wait a couple months, that would be best.

If he wants to get an Android tablet, there is a way he could easily get his music on it. If he uses Double Twist on his computer and on the tablet, his music will sync up.

What would be the best smartphone for a Linux geek?

Google Nexus 4

Episode 1002

Robert from Charleston, SC

Robert is a geek and is looking for a smartphone. Leo says there is no "best phone" out there, and it really depends on how he plans to use it. Leo says that the Nokia 1020 has the best camera with 41mp, but it's a fairly entry level smartphone in terms of the operating system. Since Robert is into Linux, the Android platform may be more attractive, particularly the Google Nexus 4, which he can root and put different flavors of Android on it.

Google Announces New Nexus 7 Tablet and 'Chromecast' Streaming Device

Nexus 7

Episode 999

This week, Google announced another Nexus 7 Tablet. Leo says that a 7" tablet is the new sweet spot as sales of that size have been high. Google is using what Leo says is a 'retina-like' display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. It has battery life of 10 hours. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, stereo sound, a graphics processor that's 4 times faster than last year's, and 5MP front and rear cameras. The new 16 GB Nexus 7 with WiFi costs $229. 32GB runs $269. That's $100 cheaper than the iPad mini.

How can I set up a PA system with music and timed announcements through the day?

Episode 987

David from Kansas City, MO

David works for a zoo and wants to set up music that would play through the PA with announcements that would be timed throughout the day. He wants it to be automted. Leo says it's an easy thing to do. An iPod Touch or a Google Nexus 7 with an Alarm app could do it. Most alarm apps will allow him to create music playlists.

Should I wait for Android Key Lime Pie to come out before buying a new tablet?

Episode 984

Dominic from Vancouver, CAN

Dom is looking for a good low cost Android tablet running Android Key Lime Pie. Leo says that the next Android update will just be an updated version of 4.3 Jelly Bean. Nobody knows when Key Lime Pie will be out, and there's really no need to wait for it. If he wants to get an Android tablet like the Google Nexus 7, go for it. Although the Nexus 7 hasn't been updated. Leo says he's surprised it wasn't during Google I/O, but he suspects there will be a new version out soon.