Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

How can I use my iPad for dictation?

iPad Pro 2020

Episode 1682

Kathleen from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Kathleen had an iPad and wants to know if she can use Dragon for dictation. Leo says that while Dragon is one of the best apps out there, Apple has come up with their own speech to text engine. And it's quite good. Can she then print it? Leo says you turn on Siri Dictation and it will turn it into text into Notes. It'll only do a paragraph at a time though. Then, you can edit and print it out. Most printers are wireless these days and you can connect wirelessly and select print from the share icon.

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.

How can I unlock a tablet?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Tablet

Episode 1666

Kathy from Tustin, CA

Kathryn has her deceased son's Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet and she wants to get it unlocked. Leo says to contact the carrier that the tablet was bought from and see if they can unlock it. They may need to require proof of death, but that's her best bet.  Another possibility is Samsung's KEYS software for Windows. You could perhaps hook the tablet up and extract the information. But you may need to unlock it first. 

Can I connect my iPad to an external monitor?

iPad Pro

Episode 1662

Frank from Huntington Beach, CA

Frank has an iPad mini that he wants to connect to a computer monitor. Can he do that? Leo says that the iPad Mini only has a lightning connector. But you can get an HDMI to lightning adapter from Apple that will enable connecting to it. Look for an MFI certified adapter. It'll also have a lightning connector too so you can charge it as well. You can also Airplay to a TV which supports it. The iPad Pro, however, does support Type C, which connects to a monitor. Can he add a mouse? Leo says you can; it's in the accessibility settings. But it's really made to use touch.

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.