Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

What should I do with a lemon Microsoft Surface tablet?

Microsoft Surface Tablet

Episode 1484

Erin from Santa Clarita, CA

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?

Apple iPad Pro

Episode 1484

Kevin from Tampa, FL

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?

Linx Windows Tablet

Episode 1482

Mike from Maine

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?

Dell Inspiron Windows 2-in-1

Episode 1482

Jim from Bonny Lake, WA

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.

What tablet should I get for sketching?

Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Episode 1464

Greg from Mobile, AL

Greg's granddaughter likes to draw. What can he get her that will work? Leo says that an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil is fantastic and she could do real artwork with it. There are great apps that she can use on it. There are two sizes, 10.5" and 12.9". It's the closest thing to actually drawing on paper she'll find, especially in that price range. ProCreate is the ideal app for art and drawing.

How can I update my Windows tablet?

NuVision Windows Tablet

Episode 1463

Steve from Portland, OR

Steve has a NuVision Windows tablet and when he turned it on, it wanted to update, but it can't because there isn't enough space on the drive. How can he update it? Leo says that the biggest problem these tablets have is that there's no space to update it, and it's not possible to connect a thumb drive to do it. He did put a 64GB microSD card into the slot, but that didn't work either. Leo says that's because it probably has to update to the internal memory. Steve can try downloading an updated version of Windows 10 Creators Edition using the Media Creation tool. It could work.

How can I use an old Nook tablet to watch movies?

Barnes and Noble NOOK Tablet 7"

Episode 1459

Steve from Denver, CO

Steve was given a Barnes and Noble Nook reader. Can he watch movies on it? Leo says that the Nook had very limited space and used a proprietary format, but he may be able to hack it to give it more options, including watching the movies he wants. He should head over to XDA-Developers to see how to "root" the Nook. His real problem, though, is copy protection. The Nook only supports movies with Cinema Now DRM. But that's part of the fun of hacking old technology like a Nook.