tablets

Apple Announces MacBook Air and iPad Pros

MacBook Air

Episode 1679

Apple announced a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air this week. And Leo says that the iPad Pro costs as much, or more, than a fully equipped MacBook Air. Also, there isn't much difference between the previous iPad Pro and the new model, so Leo isn't sure it's worth upgrading to, and if you're looking at it for a new purchase, the MacBook Air will have more workable apps, vs. the tablet based iOS apps. 

Should I buy a dedicated tablet for home automation?

Late 2019 iPad

Episode 1668

Paul from San Diego, CA

Paul has a bunch of different smart locks where they all have their own locking app. Leo says that can be a hassle, but in the future, there will be centralized hubs that can handle that. Amazon Echo should be able to do it via voice. Could he have a dedicated tablet for all of them? Leo says sure. But that doesn't really solve the problem; it just shuffles over to a dedicated device. You can probably get a really cheap one to do it, as well. But don't fall for those $99 deals, they're likely woefully underpowered and rarely updated.

Should I buy an iPad, Chromebook or laptop?

iPad

Episode 1655

Sundeep from Orlando, FL

Sundeep is trying to decide whether to get a Chromebook, a laptop, or an iPad for traveling. Leo says that for what Sundeep is needing, the Chromebook is probably out of contention. But the iPad is a great option. Because everyone has a mobile device now, Airlines no longer have entertainment systems onboard, choosing for streaming content via WiFi. You merely download the airline app, and you can watch movies, TVs, etc. That's where the iPad can shine.

What happens if I say no to permissions on my tablet?

Amazon Fire Tablet

Episode 1651

Richard from West LA, California

Richard wants to know if he refuses to agree to terms of service or permissions on his Amazon Fire Tablet, will he be able to use it still? Leo says you can. They ask for it because they know people don't read it, and they want to scan your data to show you targeted ads. You may lose a few features, but odds are, they aren't worth having if you say no. 

Check out TOSDR to understand what your terms of service and permissions really mean.

What is the Best Tablet for GPS Navigation?

GPS

Episode 1650

Vince from Santa Barbara, CA

Vince is going to be sailing around and he wants a tablet to stay connected. Leo says to stay away from third-party tablets and stick to the iPad or an Android tablet. They are the most reliable. Cheaper third-party ones will not give you the experience and performance you need. Leo also recommends getting a Dual Electronics Stand Alone Bluetooth GPS receiver. Leo has one and it's far more accurate than the GPS in the mobile devices.

What is the Best Large Tablet?

iPad Pro

Episode 1650

Dean from California

Dean is a pianist and teacher and he wants a large tablet that he can use for his sheet music. His friend has an iPad Pro, and he wonders if there's a PC version like the Onyx Book Pro. Leo says that the real key to using a tablet is that if it has the apps necessary to use digital sheet music. Leo says that the basic iPad is very good for this purpose and is very popular with musicians. Samsung has the Note Tablet as well. That runs Android. But for Leo's money, the iPad Pro is the ideal solution. It also has the Apple Pencil which allows you to annotate it. A good app is FORSTER

Is there a tablet with a built in projector?

Google Pixel Slate

Episode 1645

David from Temecula,CA

David is looking for a tablet that he'd like to have a projector and can "cast." Leo says that Lenovo had one running Android 6 in 2015, and there were the mini pico projectors. Everyone thought it was the next big thing, but it really hasn't taken off and it drifted away. Even Google gave up on a Chrome tablet moving forward. The last one that they still sell is the Google Pixel Slate. But it's not cheap.