Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

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

Alan from Moorpark, CA

Episode 1499

Alan is having issues with text to speech on his Android tablet. He's keeps getting a "can't access server" error. Leo says that's a connectivity issue and if you don'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 you can't complete the dictation. You 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.

What should I do with a lemon Microsoft Surface tablet?

Episode 1484

Erin from Santa Clarita, CA
Microsoft Surface Tablet

Erin is on her fourth Microsoft Surface tablet and it keeps failing on her. Microsoft keeps replacing it, but she's nearing the end of her warranty and is worried that once it passes, she'll out of luck. Rich says he's had a similar issue and he's read that this is a more widespread problem. Depending on how she paid for it, some credit cards have an extended warranty. But she'll also have lemon law protection.

Should I wait to buy a new iPad Pro?

Episode 1484

Kevin from Tampa, FL
Apple iPad Pro

Kevin wants to know if he should wait to get a new iPad Pro. Apple will be announcing a new one either at WWDC in June or sometime this fall. Rich says that nobody really knows when Apple is putting out a product, but there is a website that keeps track of when previous models have been released. Kevin should check out BuyersGuide.macrumors.com. They give recommendations on the best time to buy Apple products. According to the buyers guide, the 10.9" iPad Pro is due for a refresh since it was introduced at WWDC last year.

Can I update my Windows 10 tablet?

Episode 1482

Mike from Maine
Linx Windows Tablet

Mike just got a Linx tablet for about $100. It came with 32GB storage, a keyboard, case, and micro SD card slot. It can take 128 GB. Leo says that the problem with them is that he'll likely have trouble upgrading it. So if he can install his apps on the microSD card, that's a good way to go. What can he do to make sure he can update it? Leo says that most of the stuff that uses up space can be stored on that microSD card. That'll keep his on board storage free for updating.

Why am I running out of room on my Windows tablet?

Episode 1482

Jim from Bonny Lake, WA
Dell Inspiron Windows 2-in-1

Jim bought an Dell Inspiron Windows tablet and he's getting a message that he's running out of room. Leo says most of that space is probably being taken up by Windows. The usable storage space after installing Windows is drastically smaller. User Data can be deleted to make more room. There's also a disk cleanup utility that he can use to make more room.