Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

Google announces Pixel 3 XL, Slate and other products

Episode 1531

Google announced the Google Pixel 3 XL this week, and Leo says it feels great in the hand. It has also added wireless charging, which Leo says is the holy grail of mobile phones, and the three major manufactures now support it. Google also announced the Pixel Slate, a new tablet with Chrome OS. It can also run Android and Linux apps. There was also the Google Home Hub tablet. Surprisingly tiny, it has a screen and is designed to be your home's hub.

Why are the maps on my iPad so inaccurate?

Apple iPad

Episode 1530

Dave from Sarasota, FL

Dave loves to drive when he travels, but the most recent car he has doesn't have a CarPlay option. How can he use an iPad as a CarPlay alternative for maps? Leo says a Wi-Fi iPad doesn't have GPS and as such, the maps are going to be inaccurate. Wi-Fi does triangulation of Wi-Fi signals that it can read, whereas GPS uses location based on a triangulation of GPS signals and cellular towers, which is far more accurate. He'd be better off using an iPad that has LTE.

What tablet should I buy?

Apple iPad

Episode 1528

Larry from Bakersfield, CA

Larry bought an iPad at Costco and didn't like that he constantly has to enter his iTunes password. It's annoying. So he returned it. Which tablet should he buy? Samsung or Asus? Leo says that Apple is #1 in tablets, but if he can't bear it, Samsung has very nice tablets. Google is about to announce a Chrome based tablet, code named Nocturne. And it will run Android apps. It should be announced in about ten days.

What's a good tablet for doing spreadsheets?

Apple iPad 9.7" with Pencil

Episode 1526

Diane from Rancho Bernardo, CA

Diane is looking to replace her tablet. She'd like a 10" model and had Samsung in the past. What's her best choice? Rich says that the Apple iPad really is the best tablet out there, and it's the best value. It may cost a little more, but the ecosystem is more vast, the apps are better written, and the user base is exponentially larger. Since she needs one that works with spreadsheets, The iPad works great with Google Sheets. The screen size of the iPad is 9.7".

Is the iPad better than Samsung's tablets?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Episode 1521

John from Winthrop, MA

John has a Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and it has an OLED screen. Leo says that's a great model. Is it better than an iPad? Leo says an iPad has True Tone, which helps calibrate the image to the ambient light. Leo's opinion is that nothing beats OLED. But then again, we haven't heard if the new iPads will have OLED yet. Apple's position is that the iPad screens are great. But then again, iPhone X screens are OLED. If they do use OLED, they will be made by Samsung. So it won't be any better.

Should I buy a refurbished iPad?

Apple iPad

Episode 1513

Don from Rhode Island

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

Microsoft Surface Go

Episode 1511

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?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Episode 1510

Chris from Fort Worth, TX

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?

Amazon Fire TV

Episode 1509

Pete from San Gabriel, CA

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.