Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

Should I buy a refurbished iPad?

Episode 1513

Don from Rhode Island
Apple iPad

Don wants to know if buying a refurbished iPad is OK. Leo says if it's from the manufacturer, then yes. Especially with Apple, who won't sell something unless it's perfect. And odds are, the refurbished item is simply a model that has been returned. It'll also have a new warranty as well. But Leo says he may want to wait a few weeks because Apple is about to announce new iPads and iPhones for the fall holiday shopping season. That will mean the current models will drop in price. And 64GB is plenty for internal storage.

First Impressions of the Microsoft Surface Go

Episode 1511

Microsoft Surface Go

Leo just got the new Microsoft Surface Go tablet, and he calls it the cutest computer ever. Leo loves the screen, but he doesn't care for the huge bezel around it. The current state of the art is to reduce bezels. It comes with Windows S, which is a secure version of Windows, but it's still a full version of Windows. You can, however, only use apps available in the Windows app store, which isn't much.

What's the best Android Tablet for the money?

Episode 1510

Chris from Fort Worth, TX
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Chris is looking for a good tablet that won't break the bank. Is there a Chromebook tablet? Leo says there is, but he doesn't recommend it. The best Android tablets are made by Samsung, and the Galaxy Tab S3 is about $450. Leo says that Google had a great tablet called the Pixel C, but they don't make it anymore. If budget is an issue, then the Amazon Fire tablet is the best because they are heavily subsidized.

How can I download apps from Google Play onto my Amazon Fire tablet?

Episode 1509

Pete from San Gabriel, CA
Amazon Fire TV

Pete has an Amazon Fire tablet and he wants to know how he can get Android apps from Google Play. Leo says that Amazon's fire tablets don't come with Google Play — he'll have to use Amazon's own app store. It's possible to install the Play Store on the Fire tablet, but he'll have to turn off "only download settings in the play store" or "don't allow apps from unknown sources" option. It's in "settings and security" in the carousel.

Can you turn your old Fire tablet into an Echo Show?

Episode 1505

Lillian (Doctor Mom) from New York, NY
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

Lillian says that you can use your old Fire tablet as an Echo Show now thanks to a new Pogo dock by Amazon. Leo says it sounds like just a charging dock and with an software update, it would turn it into an Echo Show. But the dock doesn't have any speakers, and the screen isn't all that great. So it's an interesting device if you have a surplus Fire tablet lying around, and for $35 it's not too bad.

Why doesn't text to speech work on my Android device?

Episode 1499

Alan from Moorpark, CA
Speech bubble

Alan is having issues with text to speech on his Android tablet. He keeps getting a "can't access server" error. Leo says that's a connectivity issue and if he doesn't have a good internet connection, it simply won't work. Speech to text has many different servers and if it can't get online, that means it can't complete the dictation. He'll also need to get an app from Google Play directly. That will probably solve the issue.

Should I buy an iPad mini or wait and see?

Episode 1498

Sharon from Williamsburg, OH
Apple iPad Mini

Sharon wants to get a new iPad mini but she hears they may get discontinued. Leo says nobody really knows, but since they haven't updated it in awhile, everyone thinks it may not be updated. Leo says it'll still be good if she wants to buy one now. The latest models, if they aren't discontinued, will be updated to have Face ID, but Leo says that's not really a big deal. So if she wants to buy one, she should go ahead.

What tablet should I buy for international travel?

Episode 1496

Mike from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iPad Pro

Mike wants to know what he needs to use his iPad on Wi-Fi. Leo says that any iPad will work on Wi-Fi. If he has LTE, however, he could use it anywhere. But for Wi-Fi, a regular iPad will work just fine. Since Mike is traveling internationally, Leo recommends also getting a MiFi card, which he can put a local SIM in for Wi-Fi. But since Mike is in the US Virgin Islands, international data roaming won't be an issue. Leo recommends getting an AT&T carrier version of the iPad. Leo likes the iPad Mini for traveling.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1491

Dick DeBartolo

From GizWiz.Biz - Acer Chromebook Spin 15 – 1st 15-inch Chrome convertible powered by a choice of 3 Intel processors, from two dual-core Celeron chips to a quad-core Pentium CPU. There's also a choice of 4GB to 8GB of memory and 32GB to 64GB of eMMC storage. A higher than before 13 hours of battery life was also announced. There's USB-A & USB-C and a microSD card reader. The Acer Chromebook 15 series starts at $349 and the 360 degree SPIN version adds $100 ($449) in stores and online, coming this July.

Why doesn't my Bluetooth keyboard work with my tablet?

Episode 1489

Lovica from Junction City, KS
Bluetooth

Lovica's Android tablet isn't pairing to her keyboard anymore. Leo says to make sure the Bluetooth is on and ready to pair. Then, double check the battery life of her keyboard to be sure she has enough juice to connect. Many are rechargeable and have very long battery life, but sooner or later she'll need to recharge it to keep using it.