Joyce wants to get her elderly husband a computer. He spends most of his time in bed these days, and she wants to give him a portal to do research and have a world outside the bedroom. She wants to spare no expense, too. Leo says that an iPad is a wonderful choice for her husband since it's simple to use and very secure. The iPad Air is very light and thin and enjoys an 11" screen. The iPad Pro is a bit larger with a 12.9" screen. It also has better sound. But it's a little heavier at 1 1/2 pounds. So it depends on which one he would like best.
Tom is looking to get an iPhone or an iPad for work. He's never had one. Leo says to get an iPhone first. Get used to it. Then if he needs an iPad, he can go from there. He will also need an AppleTV if he wants to push the screen from the iPhone to the TV. It's called AirPlay. Plus, modern TVs can cast directly from the iPhone or iPad without an Apple TV because Apple TV is built-in. The Vizio Smartcast is a good one.
Kevin wants to give a family member an iPad with movies on it for her stay in the hospital. But he doesn't want her to have his Apple ID. Leo says that Apple Family allows users to share data with up to 6 family members. Users can share music, apps, tv and movie purchases, iCloud, photos, the works. How about backing up with a simple drag and drop? Leo says that he's a fan of iMazing. It will allow him to easily transfer files that way.
Is there any way to control the iPad remotely? Leo says no. He can go from iOS to macOS, but not the other way.
Brian has an iPad that's ten years old, and he would like to replace it with a non-Google, non-Amazon, or non-Apple model. Leo says good luck. One journalist tried to do that and wrote a story about it. She concluded that she couldn't do anything online. It's an interesting conundrum. If you're unhappy with Big Tech and don't want to patronize them, can you actually go online and boycott those major services? Well, no, you can't. And most websites are run on Amazon Web Services. So you're kind of stuck.
Chris is looking for a good tablet with wireless capability. Leo says that if he gets one, make it LTE compatible and don't get it from a carrier. They'll probably lock it. The Samsung S7 is really aggressive in pricing right now, at $149 with trade-in.
Chris wants the fastest iPad he can get, Is the Pro better? Leo says that the new iPad Air is the fastest out there right now. Faster than the iPad Pro. But the Pro will likely come out with a new model in the Spring. So if you can wait until then, then do. If you can't, then the Air is a good move and the designs are very similar. The pro may be a better screen. But not by much.
Microsoft surprised everyone this week with the announcement of a two-screen mobile device, that Leo describes the Surface DUO as a kind of folding notebook you'd get at a bookstore. Like a pocket-sized portfolio or Moleskine. It has two 6" screens that when unfolded creates an 8" diagonal tablet running Android. The screens can work in concert or independently for multi-tasking. Leo stresses that Microsoft insists the DUO is NOT a phone, but an internet-enabled device that can also make phone calls.
Ed switched to Mint Mobile (a sponsor of the TWiT Network) recently and he pays 25% of what his wife does. But he can't use his tablets with it. Leo says you can backup your tablets using Google One, then restore them. It's really easy.
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.
Cameron recently bought an iPad, per Leo's instructions. He says it's really fast and "snappy." Leo says that's because Apple can fine-tune the ARM processor for great performance, and that's why they are moving away from Intel in the coming years.