iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.
Libby is a mobile app that enables you to check out a library book for free, and transfer it to your Kindle app to read it. It takes a few minutes to sign up for a library card, and it's built with Overdrive, the standard in online book lending. You can also listen to audio books. iOS and Android.
At a surprise event, Microsoft announced two new Surface products, one like a digital book, the other a 5.5" dual screen mobile phone. Dubbed the Surface Neo and Surface Duo respectively, both devices will run on Windows 10X, a new mobile version of the OS, and will be available Christmas 2020. Microsoft says it will fold together like a book, or open up to be both screens on either side, or close facing each other. Unlike the overpriced Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Surface duo is hinged, rather than folding the screen.
Octavio wants to make a switch to iOS, but he wants to know how he can do backup while on the road and not use iTunes? He wants to also backup his Windows machine with the same option. Leo says that if you want a "trust no one cloud backup" then there really isn't going to be a solution. But a local backup is your best bet for that, and that means a NAS (network-attached storage). Leo likes Synology. It'll backup every machine, except Octavio's iPad. Your only option there is to iCloud directly or through iTunes.
Leo has an Acer Iconia that he wants to donate. But he wants to wipe it clean first. He erased it and reset it. But is that really secure? Leo says it is. With an Android device, it will erase everything and even if they could get it back, it's encrypted and he won't be able to see anything.
Audrey needs a tablet with the best voice recognition, that she can then email to her desktop for cleaning up. Her computer isn't Apple, would an iPad work? Leo says that doesn't matter. Word is about formatting, you can start with an email or even text file and dictate. Formatting doesn't matter. What Leo recommends is using a notetaking app that will automatically sync it to your desktop. Evernote is a good example. Microsoft's OneNote is a great example. All Android devices will use Google's voice recognition and that's excellent. Google Keep as well.
Peter has stored PDF files on his USB thumb drive and wants to know how to add them to iBooks in his iPad Pro. Leo says that the good news is that the new iPadOS is going to be making this much easier when it comes out in the fall. Then he'll have a files app, which he can connect via a USB-C dongle and copy them directly. Or, he could try putting files into iCloud and then download them to the iPad Pro. Or use iTunes. Lastly, he can email it to himself and open them through the mail app, then save them to iBooks.
John wants to know if an Alcatel tablet will be good for streaming video. He can get one for cheap from T-Mobile. Leo says the price may indicate a subsidized two-year contract. And if he's going to do that, AT&T is currently offering a free tablet with a two-year commitment. Stream it from the store to see. If he can get it out the door for that price, it'll also work with MINT, an MVNO that offers T-Mobile service for less.
Sal wants a small tablet for displaying photos. Leo says that iPads are always the best tablets to get; far superior to Android tablets. An iPad Mini would work as well. In fact, Google has given up on tablet development. That's a clear sign.
John got an Amazon Fire Tablet and he'd love to wipe it clean to get rid of having to go into Amazon for everything. Leo says one thing he can do is put the Google Play store on it. Once done, everything else on Android is available. Leo says he stopped using the FireTV because it was all about Amazon as well. He could maybe "root" the tablet in order to make it Android only.
Phil says that people also need to have a real radio in their disaster kits as well, so you can get emergency information in the case of a natural disaster.