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Dell Is Transforming the XPS 13 into a Convertible Tablet

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The Dell XPS 13 is already one of the best Windows laptops out there, but many couldn’t help but lament the lack of a tablet mode in an otherwise excellent device. However, it seems Dell has heard the cries of its consumers and now has plans to transform the XPS 13 into a convertible tablet.

Dell is currently refreshing the design the XPS 13, and according to PC Mag, it will not only refresh the design but turn this popular laptop into a convertible during the process.

Overall, the XPS 13 will most likely keep some of its most attractive features including the edge to edge display known as the “InfinityEdge.” That means that Dell will probably have to do something at the software level to keep your fingers from accidentally tapping on the screen when it is in tablet mode. The new convertible device is also said to be getting the Kaby Lake chipsets, which should bring faster processing, improved integrated graphics and better battery life.

This isn’t the only laptop that Dell is converting. The Latitude 13 is also reportedly getting an updated design that could include the InfinityEdge display as well as the ability to transform into a tablet. It seems that Dell maybe be doubling down on their belief in the future of convertible devices.

Still, some laptop purists may not be happy with this change. Still, if you have ever made use the of the conversion abilities of these devices, it is really tough to live without them. At the same time, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it. But having the ability to do it is a nice update for an already popular device from Dell.

There is little doubt that the convertible laptop/tablet is really the way of the future. Consumers are increasingly trying to simplify their tech needs. To do this, they want to use less devices. That often means that tablets take a backseat when the time comes to upgrade. Today, many consumers are choosing to go with a convertible design so they get the best of both worlds.

On one hand, they have a laptop they can use with their keyboards and mice with ease. On the other they have a tablet they can sit back and use to enjoy their media consumption. With the convertible devices, all users need is one device that can do it all. That is where the appeal comes in and it seems Dell is recognizing that fact and creating a device that will be perfect for consumers who don’t want multiple devices to do what they want to do.

What do you think about this latest news from Dell? Are you looking forward to seeing an XPS that is also a tablet or do you think that Dell should leave their design alone? Let me know what your thoughts are on this matter in the comments below. I, for one, think it is a great idea and the perfect evolution of the XPS line. Do you agree?

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Eight Reasons Why I Chose an Android Tablet

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Eight Reasons Why I Chose an Android Tablet

Today there are so many tablet choices out there it can be tough to pick the right one. Even here on Tablet Ninja we go through many great tablets and show you the devices that we think are the best. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily help you make your decision. That is why today I thought I would take a few minutes to explain why I ultimately choice an Android tablet instead of some of the other options out there today.

Main Choices

Before I get into why I made my decision, let’s take a minute to remind of you the basic choices you have available. There are three main types of tablets:

  • Android Tablets
  • iPads
  • Windows Tablets

Now outside of Apple’s iPads, there are many manufacturers that make Android and Windows tablets. For the purpose of this discussion, we are going to talk very generally about why I made my decision. I’m not going to spend a lot of time focusing on why I chose the particular tablet manufacturer that I did. Now, if you must know, I ultimately chose a Samsung Galaxy S2.

Now that we got your curiosity out the way, let’s take a look at why I chose Android in the first place.

1. Freedom and Open Source

If you follow any of my writings, you know that I am a big fan of open source software. Android is based upon Linux and is, at its heart, a free and open source operating system. This is one of the reasons why so many manufacturers use them.

For me, I love the fact that it is based on open source software and it gives you the freedom to tweak it and make it your own. Now, this isn’t for everyone, but for me, it is one of the top reasons for my choice.

2. Integration with Google

Because Android is designed by Google, out of the box you get spectacular integration with all of Google’s applications. Whether it is maps, YouTube, Google Drive or Docs, it is all set up and ready to go. Just enter your Google ID and off you go. Since I use tons of Google apps, you can probably seeg why this made sense.

Sure you can make iPads and Windows tablets integrate pretty well, but nothing compares to using an Android device. If you live in the Google ecosystem as I do, then Android just makes sense.

3. Apps, Apps and more Apps

The Google Play Store has the largest collection of apps on the planet. Now, not all of these are good. But the point is you have tons more choices available to you compared to the other systems. Windows actually suffers the most in this regard, but even when you compare the App Store on iOS to the Google Play store you find you have far more choices available to you.

The other great thing about Android is you don’t have to use the Google Play Store. In fact, you can download from almost anywhere you can find an app. Sure, you have to be careful where you get it, but that freedom just can’t be beat.

4. Impressive Customization

While I already touched on this one, I wanted to talk a littl more about it. You see on Android you can customize, well, everything. You can even customize the launcher you use that powers your home screens. No two Android screens will necessarily look alike. Contrast that to a Windows tablet or an iPad where everything looks the same. That’s just boring. If you like to customize your experience, Android simply cannot be beat.

5. Device Options

Android is loaded on more devices from more manufacturers than any other mobile operating system in the world. That means you have a lot of choices available to you. You can find an Android device at virtually any price point making it perfect for any budget. Ultimately, it allowed me to choose a high end device that still cost less than an iPad, which is something my wallet adored.

6. Widgets

I have to admit that I love widgets on Android. Widgets are little apps that run graphically on your home screens giving you instant access to information and data without having to open applications. Now I know that they are a battery hog and they often have limited functionality, but I don’t care. I love the widgets to dress up the screen and make it easy for me to see information on the weather and much more without having to open an app to take a look.

7. Mouse and Keyboard Support

Now I have to admit Windows maybe have Android beat here, as anything that works on Windows will work on a Windows tablet, providing you can get it connected. With my Android tablet, I can easily connect almost any Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and use it like a portable desktop. This makes it much easier for me to work from almost anywhere.

8. Multitasking

You can say you can multitask on iOS by switching back and forth, but you can really multitask on Android these days and even open multiple apps easily at the same time using the split screen mode. Now this came to Android first with Samsung but today it is built into every modern version of the Android OS. If you are trying to work, this is one of the very best ways to do just that. I use this all the time with my mouse and keyboard to really turn my tablet into a productivity machine.

Conclusion

Now I tell you all of this not to put the other tablets down. On the contrary, I love iPads and Windows tablets. However, for my needs, an Android tablet is really the way to go. It gives me the customization and freedom that I love in a device along with plenty of apps and options to really get some work done on my device no matter where I am.

When you are selecting a tablet, remember that Android may not work for you. But with this list I think you will be able to get a good idea on whether or not it will be good for you or not. So what tablet do you use at home? Let me know what kind of tablet you use in the comments below.

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Do You Really Need a Tablet?

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Do You Really Need a Tablet?

With smartphones getting larger and laptops becoming lighter and even more portable, many are starting to wonder if they even need a tablet. While a tablet is probably not for everyone, they do still have their use and should be a device that everyone considers when expanding their digital tool collection.

Today, let’s take a quick look at some of the best uses of tablets today so you can decide if a tablet is right for you. I’m confident after you go through this list, you will recognize their usefulness and you will be able to determine if they will meet your needs.

Portability

There is no arguing that you can get more done faster on a laptop, but they still don’t have the portability of a tablet. The bigger screens also give them an advantage over smartphones, making them much easier to use. Tablets are small and light but feature larger screens making it easier for you to navigate your work when you really need something small and portable.

Great Apps

There are many great apps that you can install to help you with both work and play when you need to hit travel. Sure, you can argue that you can download the same thing on your smartphone, but a tablet is so much easier to use. On top of that, there are many apps that are optimized for tablets to bring you better features and enhanced usability when compared to a smartphone.

Perfect for Media

If you are looking for a device to consume media, you really can’t go wrong with a tablet. They are perfect for reading the news, surfing the Internet, checking your email and even listening to music and watching movies. They fit easily in your hand making them great for relaxing on the couch and watching a movie or even enjoying a show while on the road. If media consumption is what you are looking for, these devices are tailor made to do just that. Heck, you can even enjoy a good book with one of the many great e-book reader apps that are out there.

Accessories

You don’t have to invest in a laptop if you need to get a little more work done. With your tablet, you can easily attach a keyboard and in some cases even a mouse. Once you do that, you can transform your tablet into a true workhorse that will function as well as a laptop, in many cases. Some accessories even bring you other features such as enhanced battery life to give you even more time out of your device before you have to give it a break to charge.

Security

Tablets don’t suffer from near as many viruses and malware as traditional laptops. Sure, if you get a Windows tablet, you will have to deal with it, but Android and iOS don’t suffer from nearly as many with iOS currently having the least amount of malware and viruses to worry about. On top of that, the built-in security features can help you protect your data if your tablet does happen to get lost or stolen.

Perfect for Meetings

When talking about work, tablets are a great lightweight option for taking to meetings. You can easily take notes and show off presentations with a lightweight tablet that is much easier to take with you than a laptop.

Great for Gaming

Do you like gaming but don’t have time for PC gaming or have an expensive laptop to do it? There are many great games out there for your tablet. Sure they won’t be quite as epic as that high end PC game, but there are many great games out there designed with smartphones and tablets in mind and they make great distractions when you need a little play in the midst of your very busy day.

Price

While there are some expensive tablets out there that cost the same as a laptop, in general tablets are a cheaper alternative to a laptop. You can spend a lot less and gain almost the same amount of functionality along with some great entertainment options that are second to none. If you have enough for a cheap laptop or a tablet, personally I would choose a tablet.

Stability

Overall, tablet operating systems such as Android and iOS are more stable than they desktop counterparts. You will find that tablets rarely crash and when they do, the repair is quite simple. Often you can close and reopen apps if they crash or simply reboot your tablet and you are back up and running in no time. If you need something that is rock solid and just works, a tablet is definitely the way to go.

They Are Cool and Fun

Let’s face it, using a tablet is cool as they are pretty neat devices. They are fun to use and I have yet to find someone that doesn’t enjoy using them. While some may argue with this one, I think it is fair to say that the enjoyment you get from a device is almost as important as how well something works. After all, if you don’t enjoy it, you probably won’t use it.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many great uses for tablets today, even in this age of ultra portable convertible laptops and large smartphones. The question is, are they right for you. Depending on your usage, a tablet could be a great asset. Look at what you do and how you work to determine if they are right for you. If they are, I guarantee you will be glad you invested in a high quality tablet. What kind of tablet is your favorite? Do you find them useful? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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Seven Android Nougat Features to Get Excited About

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Seven Android Nougat Features to Get Excited About

As you may or may not have heard, Android 7, better known as Android Nougat has finally been released by Google, and is already begun making its way to Nexus devices. With this, you can expect the other tablet manufactures to begin readying their own version of Android Nougat, so before you know it we will all have it.

That’s a good thing. Today, to show you why this is great news, I thought it would be fun to highlight seven Android Nougat features that will arrive on your device once you update to Android 7.

Great Android Nougat Features

Now, you may be wondering if you should bother getting excited about this update or if you should even bother upgrading your device at all. I’m here to tell you today that you should assuming your device can handle it. Let’s take a look at exactly why:

1. Revamped Settings Menu

If you enjoy tweaking the settings of your Android tablet, then you will love this one. The Settings menu in Android has gotten a major overhaul in this latest release. More information has been bubbled up, making it easier to see at a quick glance what settings you are using. On top of that, it will also give you notifications and recommendations to get a little bit more out of your device.

2. Split-Screen Apps

Windows may have been first to this party, and while other companies have offered it as part of their customized Android versions, it hasn’t been available native until now. Now you can pop an app onto the top of the display and open a second or run them side-by-side, much like you have seen from other companies.

3. Quick App Switching

Do you have a couple of apps that are your go-to apps on your device? If so, this one is for you. While you can still hit the recent apps button and find the one you need, you can now double tap on the button to switch between your most used apps making it easier than ever to switch back and forth on your tablet.

4. Improved Quick Settings

We all love the quick settings menu, allowing us to quickly make adjustments or access utilities on our tablets. In Android Nougat, Google has completely revamped these settings. You can now customize your settings and change the order of the apps. You can even remove settings that you don’t want or use making this settings interface even more convenient than ever before.

5. More Informative Notifications

Notifications are already pretty darn good in Android, offering a rich notification experience compared to many other platforms. In Android Nougat, this experience has been enhanced even more. The notifications on Nougat are even richer and provide even more information than you have ever seen before. Many apps now feature direct replies without having to open the app.

6. More Power Savings

As you know, battery life is always at a premium on our tablets. In Android Marshmallow, we got Doze, a system feature that would put your device to sleep when you weren’t using it. However, your device had to be still in order for it to work. Now, in Nougat, this has been improved. Now you can save power even if it is in your pocket and you are on the move as Doze in Nougat will still run even if your tablet or smartphone is on the move.

7. Daydream

VR is on the rise, but Google is shifting focus away from Cardboard to the new Daydream platform. This technology is designed with specific hardware in mind to ensure a better VR experience and this software will be coming to a tablet and smartphone near you to make VR more accessible than it has ever been before.

I Want It, So Now What?

Well, as you may have seen on an earlier post from us, Nougat is already making its way to Nexus smartphones and tablets. You will receive the update over-the-air and you will be off to the races. If you own a different type of tablet, you will have to wait for the manufacturers to release their version of Android 7 before you will gain access to it.

Don’t worry, many manufacturers are already hard at work updating their systems so you can expect over the coming months that your device will receive all the Nougat goodness that it can handle.

Why Not Try It

If you have a computer and a copy of VirtualBox, you could always give it a try. Although the experience will less than optimal, it will give you a little sample of what is to come when it finally does reach your smartphone or tablet. If this doesn’t sound like an idea for you, then I suggest patience, as it will be making its way to all recent Android devices soon enough.

Final Thoughts

Many people have been waiting a long time for Nougat to finally be released. Now that is finally here, we will begin to see it make its way to devices around the world. With this release, comes a host of new enhancements and features that make upgrading completely worthwhile. While you will have to be patient for the update as manufacturers work to bring their own versions of the operating system to their platforms, you shouldn’t have to wait too long.

What do you think about this latest update of Android? Are you excited about the new features that are coming to Android or do you think they are too little, too late? Let me know your thoughts about Android Nougat in the comments below.

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10 Things Android Can Do That an iPad Can’t

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10 Things Android Can Do That an iPad Can’t

10 Things Android Can Do That an iPad Can’t

Everybody loves to compare the iPad and Android tablets. You will find people on both sides of the fence. Now for me, I find both types of tablets to be useful for different things. However, when it comes to power and flexibility, Android has the market cornered, there is simply no doubt about that.

Today let’s take a look at 10 things Android can do that an iPad can’t so you can begin to understand some of the different options out there that you will have at your fingertips if you decide to purchase an Android tablet instead of an iPad.

1. Multiple App Stores

With an iPad, you have the App Store.  That is your one and only choice, unless you jailbreak your device, of course. However, with an Android tablet, you can use multiple app stores instead of just the Google Play Store. Heck, you don’t even have to use an app store, you can download apps and install them straight from the Internet. Sure you will need to be careful as you don’t necessarily know what is on them, but having the freedom to find apps from other places can really give your device the power it needs.

2. Grace Period on Purchases

This one is pretty interesting if you ask me. While you may have to be careful because Google is more relaxed about what it releases in the Google Play Store, you do have a two-hour grace period. Basically, when you purchase an app, you have two hours to decide if you really want it or not. This can help you weed out good apps from the crap without it costing you a fortune in the process.

3. USB Support

One of my favorite aspects of Android, USB support is more than handy, it’s almost a necessity in today’s world. Because of the support, you can connect all kinds of devices including keyboards and mice so you can better control your device. Oh, did I mention that it supports mice too? Well it does. It is so much easier to transform your device into a mobile workstation if you are using Android compared to an iPad.

4. Expandable Storage

While this is often device dependent, most Android tablets come with the ability to add a microSD card to it so you can great expand your storage. This goes for both smartphones and tablets. Apple hasn’t ever seen the need for you to do this, preferring instead to trap you into the devices built-in memory without any ability to add more storage later. If you store a lot of music and even movies on your device, this can quickly eat up your storage. But with an Android, you just add the card and off you go.

5. External Storage

On top of expandable storage, you can also access external storage using a hard drive. Remember that USB support I mentioned? That allows you to access your external hard drives and other cards very easily so you can store your files and important documents wherever you want. Imagine the flexibility this gives you over the iPad, especially if you have to maintain a large number of files on a regular basis.

6. File Manager

Now if you have a lot of storage on your Android device, you need a way to manage them. Android includes a file manage so you can look through all your files just like you do on a regular PC. This makes it easy to copy files between your different storage options and maintain control of exactly what is stored on your tablet at any given time. This is a functionality that simply isn’t there on an iPad. Sure you can copy files to it, but you have to do it the way Apple wants you to and you have no control over the file system at all, at least without jailbreaking it first.

7. Multiple Users

Now this is one feature that I can’t believe hasn’t come to the iPad, especially with the family app store options that you have today. Android allows you to create multiple users on your device and you can set what apps they can and cannot see and use. This makes it easy to create accounts for your kids or even multiple adults if you share your device in your household. Apple doesn’t allow you to do this. They believe that a single tablet should be used by a single user. That’s great an all and actually probably how it works most of the time, except when you have kids. So why not have multiple users so you can better control how others, and especially your children, use your device.

8. Custom Themes

Sure you can change the background wallpaper on your iPad, but that’s about it. On an Android tablet, you can customize everything exactly how you want it. Want a different font? No problem. Want a custom look no one else has, you can do it. Android is all about freedom and designing the look is just one area where you have free reign to do whatever you want.

9. Multiple Launchers

You can take your customization a bit farther if you like by completely changing your launcher if you wish. Already you could be using a custom launcher for your phone and not even know it. But if you don’t like how the launch looks, feels and even works, you can change it. There are tons of custom launchers on the Google Play Store, but if you know what you are doing you can even make your own.

10. LED Notifications

Now this is not to say that an iPad couldn’t do this, but Apple hasn’t done this on any of their devices so chances are iOS isn’t even built to do it. On Android, your device can blink an LED light built onto your tablet or even smartphone to tell you when you have a notification. That way, you know exactly when you have one without having to turn on the phone to check.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many things an Android tablet can do that an iPad can’t. Admittedly, this is because of different design philosophies. Still, if you are looking for power and flexibility in your tablet, then you simply must choose an Android. If you go with an iPad, I think you will find the walled garden experience a little too limiting. In the end, the choice is up to you, as they are both great tablet platforms. Do you prefer freedom or locked and safety? The choice is up to you.

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Deciding Between an Android Tablet and an iPad

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Deciding Between an Android Tablet and an iPad

One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when shopping for a new tablet is what type of operating system you will choose. This will dictate everything you do with your tablet moving forward making it pretty darn important.

There are three main operating systems to choose from:

Now, for the purposes of this article, we will focus on the Android and iOS platforms. The reason for this is a majority of people choose to go with either an iPad or an Android tablet when making their selections.

So, how do you decide which platform you should go with for your tablet? Today we will take a look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the different platforms so you can make a good purchasing decision for your next tablet.

The iPad

First, let’s take a look at the iPad, what it is good at and what it’s not so good at so you can understand what you are getting if you ultimately choose an Apple device.

Strengths

First, let’s take a look at the iPad’s strengths. We can’t talk about anything else until we address the design. The iPad’s are simply beautiful, well-built machines that you can’t go wrong with if you buy. But beyond that, you have a well developed app store filled with everything you need to make your tablet very useful.

It is a closed system, meaning that everything will just work and you will have very few bugs if any at all. That makes this tablet perfect for anyone who just wants something that works.

Weaknesses

The main downside to the iPad is its closed system. Yes, it is both a strength and a weakness. If you are the type that likes to tweak and customize your tablet experience, the iPad is not for you. You have to use it the way Apple things you should use it and for many this isn’t a good option at all.

Android

Now that we have taken a minute to examine the iPad, now it is time to talk about Android. This system was originally designed by Google and was made open source so today any company can use it. It is the most popular mobile operating system in the world today so you can readily find it anywhere. But how does it stack up? Let’s take a look.

Strengths

The Android is a much more open operating system, meaning you can tweak it and customize it as much as you would like. It also has a huge app store filled with apps to help you do just that. Because of this design, it is also much easier to get real work done on these devices. There are also tons of options out there that will fit almost any budget.

Weaknesses

With great power, comes great responsibility. What I mean is, that because of its open design and customization features, it is also open to more bugs and more issues. There are even malware and viruses out there for this platform so you have to be careful. Google doesn’t police this app store as closely as Apple either, meaning sometimes nasty apps can reach the store. Android is also more difficult to use compared to iOS.

Bottom Line

Now that you know what is good and bad about both platforms, the moment of truth is here. Which do you choose. Let me run it down for you quickly to make things easier for you.

If you want something that just works with very few bugs and you don’t mind the lack of customization of your device, then the iPad makes the most sense. They are easy to use and have a ton of apps, just don’t think you can tweak them if you buy them.

If you want a little more freedom with your next tablet and you value your purchasing options, then Android is the best choice for you. You can customize it as much or as little as you want and the app store has thousands of apps for you to choose from.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are definitely differences between the two platforms, and the one you choose will impact your entire tablet experience. So don’t make your decision lightly. Just keep in mind the highlights we talked about above and you should be able to easily decide between each of the two platforms. Above all, once you get your tablet, enjoy it. Search the app stores and find the very best apps so you can make the most of it and truly have fun on your tablet whether you use it for work or play.

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How to Choose the Right iPad

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How to Choose the Right iPad

In the beginning, our iPad choices were very limited. We had one and only one iPad. Sure there were different storage options and you could get one with just Wi-Fi or one with Wi-Fi and cellular service, but that was pretty much it on the choices. You knew instantly what you were getting. Today, on the other hand, things are a bit more, well, complicated. There are several different models out there and that can make it tough to choose.

Today, I thought it would be fun to take a quick look at the different models and what they offer. My hope is by noticing a few of the differences, you will be able to make the right choice in iPad. If you want a side by side comparison of the different aspects, I suggest you visit Apple’s iPad site to have a look. For the purposes of this article, we will look more closely at how they differ from a user perspective.

A Quick Look At Models

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There are four models out on the market right now. They are:

  • The iPad Pro
  • The iPad Air 2
  • The iPad Mini 4
  • The iPad Mini 2

All four of these are similar in many ways but also differ in many important aspects. For example, the iPad Pro is by far the fastest and most powerful on the market right now. It also has the largest screen option coming in at 12.9 inches. Built into these models is the ability to connect the Apple Pencil and the keyboard as well to give you a more hybrid tablet experience.

The iPad Air 2, on the other hand, comes in one size with many different options. But if you look closer you will see that there is an iPad Pro that is the same size. Do you see where things can get confusing for customers now?

When you look at the iPad Mini, there is the 4 and the 2. The 4 is obviously the most powerful and the 2 comes in for the budget crowd that still want an Apple device.

Benefits of the Mini

The Apple iPad Mini is a smaller device with screens hovering around the 8-inch mark. These devices are lighter and easier to carry with you. Both the Mini 4 and the Mini 2 both come with great looking screens, but the edge goes to the 4. Speed wise, the Mini 4 simply smokes the Mini 2, but if you are a basic user the Mini 2 will be all you need.

Really the Mini 2 is today’s Apple budget device, while the Mini 4 is their flagship small screen device. It comes with an A7 chip instead of the faster A8 line found in the Mini 4 or the A9X line found in the Pro devices. Still, it will be more than enough power to run most of the apps you will find on the App Store today.

The biggest benefits, of course, are the lightweight design and small size of these devices. They are very easy to carry with you wherever you go and will fit down inside even the smallest bags. Think of them as an upgrade from your smartphone. If you are looking for something a little bigger but not too big, the Mini is the right device for you.

The iPad Pro

The latest to arrive for the iPad, the iPad Pro is Apple’s attempt to woo the business market. They are more powerful than other devices and come with accessories that make them perfect for work. They are larger than other devices, with some big screens, but they also come in a size almost identical to the iPad Air as well.

Where the Pro line truly shines is with the ability to add accessories such as the Apple Pencil and keyboard. These transform your iPad into more of a productivity machine than ever before, although admittedly how much more productive you can be on them is still up for debate and will probably continue to be for quite some time.

One big issue with these are their price tags. The Pro line of iPads are much more expensive than the other options out there, and all of the accessories that will work them cost extra. There are NOT bundled with the devices. In the end, one of these devices could end up costing you more than your next laptop if you aren’t careful. There is always a price for power when you buy any product, but especially with Apple products.

The iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 was the default standard for quite some time. This device is lightweight and very thin, even with its larger screen that approaches 10 inches. They are what I might call the standard iPad of today. They look much like their predecessors and function much the same. You really can’t go wrong with these devices. If you are, however, looking for something for serious work, you may want to look at the Pro line, as you won’t be doing anything more than media consumption on these without a lot of third party extras at least.

Still, if you don’t want to invest in the more expensive iPad Pro, this is great middle ground between the more affordable Mini line and the Pro line, and you still get all the power you will need for running all of today’s modern applications.

How Do You Choose?

So how do you make your decision? First, you need to decide how you want to use it. Do you need a machine for work or are you looking for something that could be a desktop or laptop replacement? If so, the iPad Pro is the device for you, just be prepared to spend a little more. Do you just need one for home use but want a larger screen? Then the iPad Air 2 is just right for your needs. Are you looking for something small that you can carry with you everywhere? Then look to the Mini line for your needs. It really all comes down to how you plan on using it.

Final Thoughts

I know this was a quick rundown, but do you really want to be bored with an exhaustive approach to specs and figures? Most consumers don’t. Most just want something that will work for how they want to use it, and this article answers that question precisely.

So which iPad model do you like the best? Have you given the iPad Pro a try? Let me know what you think of the different iPad models and their prices in the comments below and tell me which one you prefer and why.

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Top Mistakes Tablet Owners Make

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Top Mistakes Tablet Owners Make

We all love our tablets, and I’m sure we all want to take care of them. However, there are many things that tablet owners do all the time that seem to say otherwise. Now I’m not saying they are trying to damage their tablets, because I know that’s not the case at all.

In fact, most users want to try and take care of their tablet. Unfortunately, they just don’t know what some things they do with their tablet put it at risk and can even damage it. So, today I thought it would be wise to address a few of those issues so you don’t make those same mistakes with your tablet or with any new tablet you happen to buy in the future.

Top Tablet Mistakes

Let’s take a look at a few of the most common tablet mistakes new and even experienced tablet owners make on a regular basis.

Poor Case Protection

There are a lot of different types of cases out there, and some protect your device more than others. One of the most common problems tablet owners make is buying the wrong type of case for their tablet. I’m not saying you should buy the most protective case out there, but you need to look at how you use it and where you use it when making the right case choice. It could make a difference between a broken screen or damaged tablet and one that continues to power through life’s little accidents.

No Password

Now I know using a password on a tablet is a pain, I must admit I don’t even like doing it. Still, if you take your tablet with you when you hit the road, you are going to want to put a password on it. What happens if it gets lost or stolen? Whoever grabs it would have full access to your system and potentially private data.

Always make sure you use a password on your device to protect it. That way you don’t have to worry if something does happen to it while it is on the road with you.

Backup and Sync

So many people don’t ever bother to sync their tablet or back it up to their computer. As much as I wish I could say tablets never fail, they do. Remember, they are just small computers when you think about it. It is possible that they could fail. So if that happens, what happens to your apps and data on your tablet?

Sure you can get the apps back, but what about those pictures, music or movies you have put on there? You won’t always be able to download those again. Back up your device on a regular basis. It takes a few minutes of your time but if something happens to your tablet you will be glad you did.

Virus Protection

Now if you use an iPad this isn’t as much of a concern, but if you use a Windows or Android tablet one of the first apps you should install is virus protection of some type. Believe it or not there are more and more pieces of mobile malware being released every day. You definitely don’t want to get one of these on your device. They are hard to remove and can even take control of your device making it almost impossible to get rid of without a complete reset of your tablet.

Improper Storage

Because we take our tablets with us wherever we go, sometimes that means they are placed in an environment that really isn’t suited for a tablet. It could be in a hot car or in close proximity to water. Whatever it is, you need to be mindful of what these environments can do to your tablet.

Heat is a tablet’s enemy, for example. So, if it is hot, turn your tablet off when you aren’t using it and try not to leave it in extreme heat for very long if you can avoid it. Even off this heat can damage the components in your tablet and even impact the overall health of your tablet battery.

Just be mindful of where you will be and take the appropriate steps to protect your tablet. You will be glad you did.

Installing Apps from Untrusted Sources

Even if you have an iPad you can do this, but it is much easier with a Windows or Android device. You can install apps from almost anywhere. Unfortunately, not all of these stores should be trusted. You could find yourself infected with malware or even using an app that is stealing from you while you use it. There are all kinds of possibilities. Before you install an app, make sure you double check to ensure that you really do trust the source of the app before you even let it install on your tablet.

Conclusion

As you can see, our tablets can take quite a beating. However, if we just take a few minutes to think about it we can stop some of this damage before it ever starts. Just be mindful of how you use it and use sound practices when operating your tablet. In the end, if you do that, you will probably be okay and your tablet will last you for years to come. If you don’t, you could notice it begin to fail much earlier for you, and at that point you will only have one option – a new tablet.

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Tablets Are Still the Way of the Future

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Tablets Are Still the Way of the Future

There has been a lot of talk recently about the future of tablets. It’s well known that the market has been in a bit of a slump lately. Sales across the board are down for many of the tablets that once soared taking the world by storm. Apple’s iPad and other industry leaders may still be at the top of the list, but their sales are shrinking.

Still, that doesn’t mean the end of tablets. In fact, I would go as far as saying that that despite this little hiccup in sales, tablets still are the way of the future of computing. How can I possibly say that? I mean just look at the market. Well, I will show you. There are several reasons why I believe that tablets are still the way of the future and I do believe that because of these they will work through the slump and come out the other side remaining as the key device to the future of computing.

Portable Is More Important Than Ever

In today’s world, portability is key. Sure laptops are pretty portable. But when you compare them to tablets they are bulky and heavy and not as easy to slip down inside a purse or briefcase. A tablet, on the other hand, was designed specifically for this purpose. The battery life lasts much longer than a laptop and they are light and easy to carry.

More and more people are traveling and needing access to their information from wherever they may be. It’s not always convenient to pull out a laptop and the power requirements can be limiting. That is where a tablet really shines. You can easily use it in the car or in the airport while you wait for your next destination and you don’t have to worry about carry on space when you are traveling by air. If you need portability, you simply can’t beat a tablet and as the world moves more and more in this direction, this will become more important than it ever has been before.

More Powerful Than Ever Before

In the beginning, the power of tablets was somewhat limited. Heck, can you imagine using a first generation iPad today? It just wouldn’t work. The processors were slow and designed specifically for mobile and the RAM and storage was limited as well. This made it hard to use one of these as your primary device because, after all, we all have a ton of files to deal with on a daily basis.

Today, many of these devices are every bit as powerful as a modern day laptop. Sure there are some limitations, especially in the graphics department, but they are far closer today to modern laptops than they have ever been, depending on which device you buy. Some can even match the power of laptops. This means that you can run whatever you want and the speeds you need and you don’t have to make any sacrifices along the way. This will only get better as time goes on as well so as you can see tablets could soon replace the laptop as the go to travel device for many people.

More Unified Experiences

In the beginning, you had your mobile apps and your desktop apps. While the mobile apps were good, they were nothing like their desktop counterparts. Sure they would work in a pinch and they made it easy for you to get something done when there was no other option, but if you really wanted full featured applications, a laptop or desktop was still the way to go.

Today, things are different. Each day apps are released that are more and more like their laptop and desktop counterparts. Many software companies are creating a unified app experience so what you see on one is just like what you see on the other. Just look at Microsoft Office. This means that you don’t have to worry about missing features on your tablet apps like you once did. Sure, there is still much more to be done on this front, but every day it’s getting better and better.

Hybrids Are Taking Center Stage

In another interesting twist, companies have begun releasing what are commonly referred to as hybrid devices. These devices are essentially tablets that can convert to be laptops. While others tried it in the past, Microsoft can really be credited with popularizing it with their Surface Pro line of tablets. These devices come with a keyboard and run a full version of Windows.

Because of this new design, full versions of apps can be installed on the system and it comes with almost as much power as a laptop and desktop of today. On top of that you get the portability that we discussed above and we have a recipe for success. In fact, this type of tablet is growing even while the overall market stagnates. Even Apple has gotten on board with the Apple iPad Pro.

Still a Ways to Go

To be fair, I wouldn’t expect to see tablets take the place of lapTablets Are Still the Way of the Futureops in the near future. On the contrary, I do think it will take several years for that to actually happen. Tablets still have a lot of growing and maturing to do before they can all be a proper laptop or desktop replacement, but that is definitely the direction we are heading.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the future isn’t quite as bleak for tablets as many of you may have believed. In fact, the future is quite bright. Sure there will be some bumps along the road, but overall I do think the future for tablets and their place in the world of computing is quite bright indeed and I believe that the time will come when they replace the laptop as the primary device in many households and maybe even in business as well.

What do you think about all this? Do you agree with me about the future of tablets or do you think I’m just crazy? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

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Hybrids Could Be the Tablet Savior

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Hybrids Could Be the Tablet Savior

There is no denying that the tablet market has been rather sluggish as of late. Some have even gone on record saying that the tablet is a dying breed. However, things are starting to look up, thanks mainly to the new hybrid tablets hitting the market.

This year alone, tablet sales are expected to decline another 9.6 percent. That’s no small chunk of change, however the tides could be turning for these mobile devices.

To be honest, tablets today are quite impressive, but they have lacked a bit of wow factor. Many believe they are just too similar to PCs in what they offer today. Like PCs, people are buying tablets and keeping them for longer than they do their smartphones. That means they are hanging onto their tablets for 4 or 5 years before they consider upgrading. That means today slower sales.

However, the new hybrid tablets are poised to wow consumers by offering them something a little different and finally giving consumers a viable solution to actually replace their laptop.

“One reason why the slate tablet market is experiencing a decline is because end-users don’t have a good enough reason to replace them,” said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director, Tablets.

Devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro are already turning heads and currently account for about 16 percent of the market across the world. In 2018, IDC predicts that these devices will really begin to take hold with this one type of tablet capturing a full 31 percent of the market share.

The IDC still points out that there are many users out there that aren’t ready to break their traditional relationship with their tablet as of yet. These users prefer to use their tablet as a secondary device for relaxation. Even while the market has shrunk, 100 million devices are expected to be shipped around the world.

Still, it should be noted that the market for tablets continues to evolve and change, as does the PC market. Many experts believe that in many emerging markets mobile devices will be the only devices that consumers own.

“It wasn’t long ago the industry talked about one PC per person and to some extent that theory has vanished,” said Ryan Reith, Program Vice President with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. “The PC we were referencing six to eight years ago has changed, drastically. In many emerging markets the only computing device for many will be a mobile device, whether that is a small screen tablet, smartphone, or both.”

One thing is abundantly clear, the tablet market is changing and right now hybrid devices are the golden child where tablet makers are looking to make their fortunes. More and more of these devices are being created and produced. Just think about all of the Windows hybrids on the market today and even Apple has gotten into the mix with the iPad Pro. No doubt many manufacturers will continue to pour resources into producing these types of devices as users both at home and at work look for devices to replace their PCs.