Brian is looking to get a new Intel 8th-gen Core laptop. Leo says that the last few generations of processors really haven't had much of a boost in performance, making it really difficult to justify buying a new PC just for the processor. But if one needs a new PC, Leo recommends the Thinkpad X1 Yoga. It's a 2-in-1 that allows customers to turn it into a tablet.
Alan wants to know how to find a reputable computer tech. Leo says thats the conundrum, because there are a lot out there. It's also hard to find because it's hard to make good money. All the good guys are getting swooped up by startups. There is Geek Squad and Nerds On Call. Leo's heard bad stories from the Geek Squad, though. The Apple Store works by design, because they keep it all in house. Leo says that the prices are so low on computers now, it's almost not worth it to have them fixed. There are better choices for the home user like a Chromebook or a tablet.
Dina also wants to get her husband a new laptop, but he doesn't like Apple. What about the Microsoft Surface? Leo says that the Surface 3 is great. She doesn't need the pro version, which is $1300. But the Surface 3 is a small, light tablet that a keyboard can attach to. It also comes with Office. Dina should check out the Microsoft Store for more.
Alan is trying to find a good tablet for his teenagers. Is the Lenovo Yoga a good option? And who should he trust for reviews? Leo says that Consumer Reports is trustworthy because they don't take advertising. But it also depends on the product. In some areas, they don't have the expertise and tend to review from a "normal joe" point of view. That's often the beef of audiophiles. And computer geeks have a similar complaint. Regardless of these concerns, they're worth looking at.
If you're looking for a way to track your Android phone or tablet in the event that it's lost or stolen, Google has a free service that will come to the rescue. It's called Android Device Manager, and it will work with all Android devices associated with your Google account. You can find your device on a map, lock it with a new password, or erase it securely, from anywhere in the world.
Jerry is looking at the Nokia Lumia 2520 for about $90 plus activation. Will he be able to use his other devices with it? Leo says that the deal will only be for internet access to the tablet, not any other option. Jerry would have to hotspot that, which would cost extra and blow through his data cap. One option though is a MiFi wireless access card. That would allow for sharing data to up to 5 different devices. Generally speaking, they're faster, more expensive, and more consistent.
Ashley wants a tablet that has the OS of a computer, but still lets her talk on a phone. All in one. Leo says any tablet can work with an internet telephony app. Leo says that will work until it actually happens. But a giant Windows tablet phone? No.
Nokia will start selling its Lumia 2520 8 inch Windows RT tablet on November 22nd. It will be available from Verizon and AT&T, and is roughly the same cost as an iPad, at $400. It comes with Microsoft Office free.
Nokia Lumia 2520 RT tablet available in US for $400 on 22 November (ZDnet)…