Tablet Reviews

HP ZBook x2: Specs, features, pricing

Whether you call it a workstation or a 2-in-1, HP just designed perhaps the most powerful tablet you can buy. The HP ZBook x2 features a quad-core 8th-gen Intel processor, workstation-caliber graphics, Thunderbolt, and up to a whopping 2TB of SSD storage. Did we mention it’s ruggedized, too? HP unveiled the ZBook x2 in advance of the Adobe Max conference, aiming the powerful tablet at graphics professionals who need the power of a workstation while on the road. Competing tablets,…

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Prices, release date, features and more

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 aspires to repeat the original Surface Book’s history, blowing users away—only more so, with performance it claims to be five times greater than what the original 2015 model achieved. We got a close look at the new hardware at a recent press briefing and have all the information for you below.  Not one, but two Surface Book 2 models The fact that there is a Surface Book 2 is surprising enough, let alone two: a successor to the…

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Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is $90 for Prime members right now

Fall has just begun, meaning frigid weekends and evenings will be upon us—a.k.a. the perfect time for curling up with a good ebook. If you’re a Prime Member, you can currently grab the ad-supported Wi-Fi-only Kindle Paperwhite for $90. This device is usually $120 and is the same price Amazon offered during Prime Day in July. There’s no specific expiry date on this deal, with Amazon saying it will last as long as the supplies do. In other words, once Amazon…

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Best Kindle of 2017: Reviews and buying advice

When someone says that they want an e-reader, they likely mean that they want an Amazon Kindle. While most people know what they love to read, knowing which Kindle to buy and read it on can be a little daunting. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right one for you. In the decade since the E-Ink slabs were first introduced to the world, the Kindles’ popularity has elevated its brand recognition to the…

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Best Buy has discounted the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (64GB) by $100

Apple recently raised the price of some iPad Pro models, but this week you can find others dropping in cost—at least a little. Right now, Best Buy is selling the 64GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro for $550. That’s $100 off the standard price, and it’s real savings since the 64GB iPad was not part of Apple’s recent price hike. This is the 2017 model of the Wi-Fi only iPad Pro that features an A10X Fusion chip, 4GB RAM, and of course a 10.5-inch Retina…

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2017) review: Competition pushes this competent tablet down

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2017) does little to differentiate itself from the company’s first-generation X1 Tablet, and we’re generally okay with that. Lenovo kept what we liked most—the comfy kickstand, fingerprint reader, and modular accessories—but upgraded the new 12-inch ThinkPad X1 Tablet with an Intel Kaby Lake chip to bring it in line with the competition.  The ThinkPad brand is equated with no-nonsense business machines, and the X1 Tablet offers a host of useful checkbox items like front and rear cameras, an…

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Shopping site leaks Microsoft Surface Pro LTE price, features, and December ship date

Microsoft’s Surface Pro LTE upgrade has appeared in the wild, complete with pricing—and it’s a lot more reasonable than you might expect. Misco, a U.K. retailer, lists two versions of the Surface Pro LTE for preorder, both based on the Intel Core i5. The first, with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, is priced at about $1,283.11. The second, with 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage, is priced at $1,589.08. Both prices do not include the U.K. VAT,…

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iOS 11 review: Apple’s most ambitious and impressive upgrade in years

It seems like almost every year Apple crows that the latest iOS update is the greatest one yet. Yes, when you incrementally add features and fix bugs, every new version is fundamentally better than the previous one. But iOS 11 is more than that: This is a substantial upgrade that dramatically transforms iPad productivity while offering a host of new features that have the potential to make the world around us both safer and more entertaining than ever before. The…

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Amazon Discounts Fire 7 by $15, Fire HD 8 by $25 For Prime Members – Deal Alert

Amazon’s best-selling tablets feature vibrant displays, generous battery life, Alexa, parental controls, and everything you need to surf, check email, watch Netflix, read books, and more. If you’re a Prime member, you can get get the Fire 7 for as low as $34.99 after a $15 discount, or the Fire HD 8 for as low as $54.99 after a $25 discount. If you’re looking for a tablet that won’t drain your bank account these are solid considerations especially at these discounted prices. …

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iPad, iPad Pro, iPad mini Specifications, Features, and Pricing

Update 9-13-2017: This article has been updated to reflect a price increase for the 256GB and 512GB models of the iPad Pro. So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—I couldn’t live without mine. It’s my companion when I’m catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane. But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple…

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Best USB-C portable battery packs 2017

Anyone who owns a smartphone needs a battery pack. It’s the only way to ensure that your mobile device has sufficient juice throughout the day. And if you own a modern Android phone, that portable charger probably needs to support USB-C. Even as smartphones get smarter—adding mobile payment options, better screens, and performance gains all around—those new capabilities seem to hinder battery life, not help it.  With Amazon seemingly overrun by inexpensive battery packs, each one claiming faster charging and…

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6 things you’ll miss if you switch from iOS to Android

So I finally did it—I made the switch from iOS to Android, and I’m gleefully doing things that were never possible on my iPhone, from pinning contacts to the home screen and swiping notifications any which way, to picking a new SMS app and unlocking my phone with my face. All in all, I’m a happy camper. But I’d be lying if I said there was nothing I missed about iOS. Indeed, there are a bunch of tiny touches on…

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How to tell which iPad model you have

Updated September 6, 2017 to reflect the latest iPad models.  You might think you know which iPad you have. The new one. The big one. The rose gold one. The mini. But when you need to know exactly which model you have, or better yet, which generation, it can get a little trickier. You don’t have to be an Apple Store Genius to figure it out, though you do have to know where to look… and what to look for.…

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3 handy apps for iOS-to-Android switchers

As smoothly as my recent switch from iOS to Android went, I still felt like I had unfinished business left on my old iPhone. For example, I was annoyed that my wife’s iCloud calendar events weren’t showing up in my new Calendar app for Android, and I missed getting Find My Friend alerts whenever she left the office to head home. I was particularly bummed that I couldn’t respond to text messages from my Mac, like I could with iMessage.…

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Lenovo Yoga Book review: Full of innovative ideas ahead of their time

For those upset after hearing Google senior vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer dispel the long-circulated rumors that the two operating systems would one day merge, there may be a sliver of hope that doesn’t involve Google. Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid that runs either Windows 10 or Android. It’s a unique design, with an even more unique keyboard and software features — at least on the Android version — that try to transform Android as we know it into…

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How to mirror Android SMS alerts on an iOS device

So here I am, an Android phone in one hand and an iPad in the other. My trusty Nexus 5X is by my side most of the day, but occasionally I set it aside for a midday charge, leaving me with nothing but my iPad to work with. The only problem with that setup is when my 5X is elsewhere, my iPad has no way of warning me about incoming calls and texts on my Android device. If only there…

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6 essential settings to make your iPhone and iPad display easier on the eyes

Nope, you don’t have to settle for itty-bitty text on your iPhone screen, nor must you deal with buttons that don’t look anything like buttons. Once you know which settings to change, you can boost the size of on-screen text on your iPhone or iPad, make words a bit more bold, zoom in with a virtual magnifying glass, warm up—or cool off—Night Shift, and more. Change text size You don’t have to squint if the text on your iPhone or…

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