iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.
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.
David has been looking at home security systems and they are so expensive for monthly fees. So he went with Eufy, which doesn't. But it won't allow him to share videos without access to his personal videos and photos, and his search history. Leo says they need access to a camera roll in order to save and share from it since that's where the videos are stored. That's a normal thing for iOS security. But that shouldn't impact search history. But Apple will split up each permission and then users can say no. Or say yes now, and then turn it off once he's shared the video.
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.
Lori wants a simple smartphone for her mother that visits limited sites online and just make phone calls. Is there one that has loudspeakers, voice recognition, big buttons and a big screen? Leo suggests giving her an iPad for the websites, so she can see it. Then you can get a flip phone from Jitterbug that can handle the phone calls. A smartphone will be too small for her to use. You can also give her an LTE iPad that can make calls as well.
Leo got the Microsoft Surface Duo Android device this week, the first Android phone that Microsoft has ever produced. The oversized "phablet," has dual screens and opens up like a paperback book. Both screens can work in concert or independently, and Leo says with the Kindle App, it's the best digital reading experience he's ever had. It has also given him all-day battery life, so it's quite usable.
But the Duo has its buggy issues. It can crash and freeze up, forcing one to reboot. Microsoft has pushed out an update, but it hasn't really helped. It also has a terrible camera.
New rumors are indicating that Apple may be making new product announcements this week, including iPad Air, WatchOS 7 and iOS 14 will be ready to ship.
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.
Google has announced the new Pixel 4a and discontinued the Pixel 4. Leo says that at $350, it signals that users are done paying over $1,000 for a mobile phone every two years.
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.