tablets

What's a Good Mini Tablet for Android?

Nook

Episode 1579

Sidip from Orlando, FL

Sidip is a doctor who wants a mini tablet to use with his medical data. He also wants one that will last 24 hours during a shift. Leo says that there are small Android tablets, but they aren't great. The iPad Mini is probably Sidip's best bet. He can import his data into iBooks on the iPad, and have annotation capability. But if he does not want to go iOS, Samsung has a 7" Galaxy Tab Nook that could work. Asus and Acer also make 7" tablets to take a look at. But Leo says the Samsung is probably the best option. He could also go with a mobile phone like Google Pixel 3 or Galaxy S10. 

Should I get an iPad to replace my laptop?

Episode 1566

Glenda from Costa Mesa, CA

Glenda has an Asus Gaming computer and it constantly slows down, and is too heavy. So she wants something lighter, like a Mac Air or iPad Air size, that she can use Microsoft Office with. Leo says that there are versions of Office for the iPad, so going with an iPad Pro could be a good option. You can get them with a keypad and it's just like a laptop (costs the same as a laptop, too). Microsoft's Surface tablets are also a good option if you still need to use Windows. But if you don't, then the iPad Pro is worth looking at.

Should I get a smartphone?

Apple iPad

Episode 1564

Mark from Irvine, CA

Mark uses a flip phone. It's just easy to use. But his friends are trying to get him to adopt a smartphone. He finds them complicated, though. Leo says smartphones are more computers that can make a call, not a phone that can get online. Leo says that since Mark likes the reliability of a flip phone, he should just keep it, and then get a tablet like an iPad to connect online. That's the simple solution.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1564

This week's Giz Wiz Gadget is the Joby GripTight Micro Stand. Dick recently bought the Amazon Fire 8 tablet, which he's planning to use on his boat to watch videos. But he has nothing to hold this small tablet. The GripTight Micro Stand for Smaller Tablets from JOBY provides a compact stand for smaller tablets 3.8 to 5.5 wide with or without a case attached.

How can I reactivate my iPad?

Episode 1560

Patty from Painesville, OH

Patty has new iPad and she hasn't been able to unlock it. There is a process that Apple uses called "IForgot" that will help you to recover and reactivate your iPad. Here's a tech note on how - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204306. This page will walk you through. If that doesn't work, then your next move is to go to a nearby Apple store or call Apple support. You'll also need to know your AppleID.

What's a good Android tablet?

ASUS ZenPad 9.7"

Episode 1556

Scott from Maryland

Scott ordered a Samsung Galaxy Tab and it was stolen while being delivered from FedEx. He couldn't get a refund for three weeks. Leo says that package theft happens a lot in the course of delivery. In fact, Leo heard that police recently busted a ring of FedEx employees that were stealing packages. So it's really on FedEx to insure delivery when it's in their custody. Is there an alternative to Samsung tablets? Leo says that Samsung does offer the best Android tablets on the market. Google no longer makes them.

Why is my iPad switching between apps?

Apple iPad Pro

Episode 1544

Clyde from California

Clyde's wife has an iPad and it's switching between apps accidentally. Leo says iOS 12 has a new interface that enables users to swipe left or right and change apps. It's a new feature and she may be doing that by accident. It is possible that there may be a stuck button that's causing it. Leo recommends going to the nearest Apple Store and setting up an appointment with a Genius. She should describe the problem, and they'll show her what's going on. They may even have one-on-one training.