Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

How can I root my tablet?

Dell Venue

Episode 1342

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett has an older Dell Venue tablet and wants to update it, but they don't support it anymore. Leo says that his only choice is to root it and put a custom ROM on it. Leo says the first place he'll want to go to put a custom ROM on Android is the XDA Developers Forum. He can get step-by-step instructions for his exact model. There is a Dell Venue section, but he should be sure he uses the exact model or he could brick it.

What is a good tablet for note taking?

Microsoft Surface Pro

Episode 1337

Matthew from Wrightwood, CA

Matthew wants to take paper notes with handwriting recognition and he wants to know if the Surface Pro will suffice. Leo says that the Surface Pro is fantastic. It's a tablet with an attachable keyboard (he should get the type version). It comes with a stylus. He can use OneNote to do it as it's tightly integrated.

Acer also makes these, as does Lenovo with the Yoga. The category is called 2-in-1.

How can I turn off the password login in Windows?

Microsoft Surface Book

Episode 1314

George from Valencia, CA

George bought a new Microsoft Surface Book 3. He was hoping it would be more consistent with Windows 10. How can he turn off the log in and just have it always logged in? Leo says he can type the Windows key + R, and type "Users" and disable the password requirement for logging in. George could also go into the power settings and have it not log out or go to sleep as fast.

Why can't my tablet connect to the Internet?

Episode 1313

Becky from Panama City, FL

Becky's new tablet freezes up every time she tries to connect to the internet. Leo says to try connecting to another internet portal like a Wi-Fi hotspot and see what happens. If it doesn't work there either, then there's definitely an issue. It sounds like a hardware problem. The antenna may have gotten loose or a connection may have broken. Since Becky is on a budget, Leo recommends going to Samsung and looking at their refurbished section. She can save some money that way.