Category Archives: Tablets

The 2018 Apple iPad Pro (11-Inch) Review: Doubling Down On Performance

Apple’s iPad lineup for 2018 offers arguably the largest design change since the original iPad launched, with the introduction of the latest iPad Pro models in both 12.9-inch and 11-inch models. The new design offers a much higher screen-to-body ratio than ever offered before, mimicking what they’ve done with the iPhone lineup. Apple has more or less reinvented the iPad Pro design, and offers plenty of new features inside and out.

The 2018 Apple iPad Pro (11-Inch) Review: Doubling Down On Performance

Apple’s iPad lineup for 2018 offers arguably the largest design change since the original iPad launched, with the introduction of the latest iPad Pro models in both 12.9-inch and 11-inch models. The new design offers a much higher screen-to-body ratio than ever offered before, mimicking what they’ve done with the iPhone lineup. Apple has more or less reinvented the iPad Pro design, and offers plenty of new features inside and out.

The 2018 Apple iPad Pro (11-Inch) Review: Doubling Down On Performance

Apple’s iPad lineup for 2018 offers arguably the largest design change since the original iPad launched, with the introduction of the latest iPad Pro models in both 12.9-inch and 11-inch models. The new design offers a much higher screen-to-body ratio than ever offered before, mimicking what they’ve done with the iPhone lineup. Apple has more or less reinvented the iPad Pro design, and offers plenty of new features inside and out.

Apple Music will finally support Android tablets

There probably isn't a huge cross section of people who both subscribe to Apple Music and use Android tablets, but Apple has your back if you're part of that group. Listeners have learned that the latest beta of Apple Music for Android now includes…

Google’s fast Bluetooth pairing feature works across multiple devices

Google is updating its Fast Pair feature on Android and Chromebooks to let you simultaneously pair compatible Bluetooth devices with phones, tablets and laptops that share the same Google account. When you link your headphones (for instance) with one…

Apple, hear me out: iPad XR

Every iPad Pro released thus far has been met with a similar reaction from the press. There's an acknowledgement that the device is technologically impressive and predictably the "best" tablet from the company we've seen thus far — but that's always…

Surface Pro 6 review: Still the best 2-in-1 PC

Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is the ideal hybrid tablet. It's a slate that can run all of the Windows apps you need, and together with its keyboard cover, it can also serve as a solid ultraportable laptop. But honestly, the same was true for last ye…

Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2: New internals, new color, old ports

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I know, dear reader, that some of you do not care. You do not understand the fuss about Thunderbolt 3; you view it as, at best, a nice-to-have feature and not a dealbreaker. But I’m afraid I am going to stick to my guns. Premium portable systems should include some number of Thunderbolt 3 ports; it’s not optional, it’s mandatory. The high-speed interconnect is really starting to show its value; external GPU solutions are mature and widespread, there are all manner of high-speed Thunderbolt 3 storage options out there, and single cable monitor-dock-charger solutions are either on the market or arriving imminently. Thunderbolt 3 has proven its value, and more broadly, Type-C ports are small and versatile.

The new refreshes of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop lack Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C entirely, and for the life of me I cannot understand why. They’re premium machines, and their competitors—from HP, from Dell, from Lenovo, from Apple, from Razer, and from more besides—all have at least one Thunderbolt 3 port, often more. I thought this was disappointing in 2016, when Microsoft failed to take what would arguably have been a leadership position with the interface. I thought it was a significant flaw in 2017, though I hoped the Surface Book 2 (which has a single Type-C port used for USB 3.1 generation 1 and charging, but not Thunderbolt 3) was a sign that a corner had been turned. In the fourth quarter of 2018, I think the absence is inexcusable.

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Microsoft to launch new hardware on October 2

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Enlarge / Surface Laptop. (credit: Justin Wolfson)

Microsoft is holding a hardware event in New York City on October 2.

We’re expecting the event to be relatively low-key, with a focus on refreshes of existing form factors rather than anything extraordinary and new. The release of the Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake processors by Intel means that the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, and Surface Book 2 could all stand to see a processor bump. The niche Surface Studio would also be a good candidate for an update (its processor is two generations old and its GPU is one generation old), but we’re not honestly sure if Microsoft is even continuing to develop that particular form factor.

The one thing we can be confident that we won’t see is a Surface Phone. The last rumors around Andromeda, Microsoft’s alleged dual-screen handheld pocket-sized device, were that it was being delayed because the software wasn’t ready and nobody is quite sure what it’s good for. Since then, we’ve heard nothing more, so we’d expect this to still be the case.

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Surface Go review: The ideal cheap Windows tablet… almost

The Surface Go is Microsoft's smallest and cheapest tablet yet, with specs that would make hardware nerds laugh. But in many ways, it brings Microsoft closer to its original dream for the Surface line: It's almost as light as an iPad, but it can…