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Microsoft Surface Go with LTE review: the best netbook

The Surface Go is not a fast computer, but it’s familiar. That predictability is sort of a relief after using the iPad Pro and Pixel Slate, both of which have ambitions to replace your laptop but fall short of that goal because of their software (the iPad Pro is restricted, the Pixel Slate is buggy). [...]

Nvidia Shield Tablet review: the new Nexus 7

It occurred to me while using the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 that I couldn’t think of an Android tablet I’d rather buy. That’s not the conclusion I’d expected to reach. The Shield Tablet K1 is an extremely minor repackaging of the original Shield Tablet, which came out in 2014 before being pulled off the market [...]

Google Pixel C review: Too clever by half

A funny thing happened on the way to inventing the future of touchscreen computing: everybody is botching it. Google is the latest company to try to rethink how we interact with computers, designing and manufacturing a tablet and keyboard combination itself for the very first time instead of leaning on a partner to do it. [...]

iPad Pro review

When I first picked up the iPad Pro at an Apple event this past September, I couldn’t help but laugh a little bit. For one, its size: it is holy-crap-look-at-this-iPad big. And with a price tag that easily jumps up to around a thousand dollars, it’s the most expensive iPad ever. There’s also the fact [...]

Samsung Galaxy View review

Does the world need a ginormous tablet designed almost exclusively for streaming movies and TV shows? After spending a good week with Samsung’s 18.4-inch Galaxy View, I can say that the answer is no. But Samsung’s idea isn’t altogether crazy; most of us don’t have TVs throughout the house, so a semi-portable device that can [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review

For three years, Microsoft has been trying to convince us that a tablet can replace our laptops. Throughout three major design iterations, that’s been the driving message behind the Surface. Last year’s Surface Pro 3 represented the best execution on that idea yet. It showed that if you were willing to make some compromises, you [...]

Apple iPad mini 4 review

Last year, Apple delivered a dud of an iPad. I’m not talking about the iPad Air 2, which set an incredible new benchmark for the type of speed and performance consumers can expect from tablets. No, I’m referring to the disappointing, mailed-in iPad mini 3. In 2014, Apple decided to update the the iPad mini [...]

iOS 11 preview: keep it simple, smarty

iOS 11 is the most ambitious software update from Apple in a very, very long time. It’s ambitious because it’s packed with so many new features and technologies that it will be impossible for me to cover them all here. It’s ambitious because those new features will be going out to over a billion devices [...]

Apple iPad (2018) review: pencil it in

Apple’s new base-level iPad is very good, but you knew that. Apple hasn’t produced a “bad” iPad in I don’t know how long — though it has allowed them to get a little long in the tooth from time to time. (The iPad Mini needs to either be refreshed or put down, for example.) Last [...]

iPad Pro 10.5 review: overkill

A little more than a year after Apple released the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it’s replacing it with a new model, the iPad Pro 10.5. In that year, guess how many companies came within a million miles of matching the speed, power, convenience, and app selection of the old iPad Pro. Can you guess? The answer [...]

Chrome OS isn’t ready for tablets yet

I’ve been banging on for a while now that Android tablets are done for and will be replaced — someday — by Chrome OS tablets. Over the past couple of years, it’s gone from a weird theory that enraged Android partisans to conventional wisdom. This is despite some fairly decent, yet ultimately not very popular, [...]

The Surface Go is Microsoft’s hybrid PC dream made real

Microsoft has spent more than six years trying to perfect the combination of laptop and tablet. It’s been a bumpy ride. The original Surface RT suffered from performance issues, a confusing Windows RT desktop mode, and a lack of apps. Microsoft’s Surface 2 improved the kickstand, but little else, and the Surface 3 switched to [...]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review: valiant effort

What is an Android tablet with a keyboard, mouse, and pen? Well, it’s still an Android tablet. The Galaxy Tab S4 is the new flagship 10.5-inch tablet that Samsung is aiming toward people who want a device that’s lighter than an ultrabook but still has a keyboard and pen. Samsung has done everything it can [...]

HP Chromebook x2 review: semi-pro

It used to be that if you wanted a really nice Chromebook with a great screen and good specs, your options were few, far between, and probably made by Google. But in the past year or so, some manufacturers have cottoned on to the idea and started releasing devices that can keep up with more [...]

Lenovo Yoga Book C930 review: two screens and lots of compromises

If you traveled back in time five years and asked what a futuristic 2018 computer would look like, there’s a pretty good chance that somebody would describe something very much like the Lenovo Yoga Book C930. It’s a svelte, small, and decently powerful computer that has so many different modes that it’s difficult to call [...]

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 review: the Surface Amateur

About two years ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be compatible with ARM processors, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of chips found in mobile phones. At the time, I wrote that this gave Microsoft a perfect opportunity to produce the ideal Surface Pro: a computer that’s thin, light, always connected via built-in LTE, and has [...]

Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad

Apple introduced the new iPad Pro with a spectacular series of statistics that made laptops seem like old news. More iPads are sold than any other company’s entire laptop lineup! The new iPad Pro with an eight-core A12X processor is faster than 92 percent of portable PCs sold today! The graphics performance is 1000 times [...]

Google Pixel Slate review: slapdash

The tricky thing about Google’s new Pixel Slate is that it checks so many boxes a lot of people want checked on a tablet. Desktop-class web browser that won’t kick you to an app or serve up a mobile version of a website? Check. Secure OS updated with new security, bug fixes, and features on [...]

Amazon’s Fire HD 10 does everything you expect a cheap tablet to and nothing...

In recent years, the tablet world has been little more than the iPad world. If you’re looking for a tablet, it’s very likely that the iPad is the right tablet for you. The iPad’s drop in price to $329 earlier this year strengthened its position even further. But back when the iPad cost $500 or [...]

8 tips for being productive on the iPad with iOS 10

In my review of the iPad Pro 10.5, I said that most people should probably wait until all the productivity improvements coming in iOS 11 are available before buying one. But you didn't wait, did you, you maniac? You went out and bought one, and are now wondering how you can get the most out [...]

iPad Pro 12.9 review: a great iPad, one I won’t buy

There is something about the iPad that is… aspirational. Every time I pick one up or use one or review one, I think, Maybe this is the iPad I should buy. I have visions of carrying much less weight in my purse or backpack, of having LTE connectivity on my “computer” whenever I need it, [...]

Samsung Galaxy Book review: one step forward, one step back

Every company that makes PCs has been chasing Microsoft in the race to create a tablet that can work as a laptop. Samsung’s first real effort at this was last year’s TabPro S, which introduced a number of good ideas, but ultimately was underpowered and fell short of beating the Surface Pro at its own [...]

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) review: you get what you pay for

Is there still a market for a cheap tablet? For years, Amazon has argued that the answer is yes, with its consistent lineup of low-powered — and low priced — Fire tablets. The latest of these is the newly updated Fire HD 10, which looks to make the case that there’s room in the market [...]

Apple iPad mini review: no competition

People who love the iPad mini really, really love the iPad mini. It’s easy to forget that because Apple seemingly forgot that it made the iPad mini: the last update, the iPad mini 4, came in 2015, and it’s barely been mentioned since. Most people, both in and out of Apple, assumed the mini’s middle-size [...]

Apple iPad Air 2019 review: happy medium

There sure are a lot of different iPads now. Last week’s announcement of a new iPad Air and iPad mini means that Apple’s tablet lineup includes five different screen sizes, each of which has its own storage or LTE options on top of that. Apple has an iPad at price points that range from $329 [...]

Samsung Galaxy Fold review: broken dream

It’ll be weird because, as I’m sure you’ve heard, several reviewers have experienced their Galaxy Fold review unit screens breaking a day or two after receiving them. Some of those breaks happened because Samsung didn’t warn reviewers that a “protective layer” that looks exactly like a removable screen protector is not removable at all, but [...]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 review: master entertainer, amateur worker

Android tablets are on life support. The iPad has run away with the consumer tablet market, and where it has left some scraps, Amazon’s line of Fire tablets has picked them up. Even Google is done trying to compete with premium Android tablet hardware. But that isn’t stopping Samsung. The $649.99 Galaxy Tab S6 is [...]

7 good and 3 bad things in iPadOS

Apple is officially releasing iPadOS today, a little less than a week earlier than expected. Because of the haphazard way Apple’s software releases are happening this fall, we’re going to hold off on a full review for a little bit. All of the betas up to today have had bugs that range from the surreal [...]

Apple iPad (2019) review: no competition

The entry-level iPad was updated last month with a slightly larger screen and a smart connector that lets you attach Apple’s Smart Keyboard. It’s still $329 to start, and it’s still one of the best deals in technology. It can do as much or more than any other tablet anywhere near its cost. In other [...]

Samsung Galaxy Fold re-review: here we go again

Don’t buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It’s almost strange to have to write those words explicitly because after everything that has happened with this phone / tablet hybrid, you’d like to think that everybody would know the score already. The review units that broke, the launch that was delayed, the newly fixed version, the sky-high [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro X review: heartbreaker

The Surface Pro X is the computer Microsoft has tried to make for at least seven years. It is the computer Microsoft hopes will be the platform on which the future of Windows 10 is built. It is a beautiful, well-made hybrid tablet device that looks better than any other computer I’ve tried in at [...]

Panasonic Toughbook FZ-L1 tablet review

Tablet computers designed for use outside the office environment are big business, based on just how many different models Panasonic makes. They range in size and specification, but their latest FZ-L1 Toughbook is marginally larger than a phablet and aimed at those who occasionally get wet, dusty or are proficient at dropping things. But with [...]

iPad Pro 12.9 (2015) review

Update: iPads have traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but Apple has announced that it is making its own offshoot operating system, called iPadOS. This new operating system helps turn iPads from large iPhones into impressive mac-esque work stations, with functions like gesture controls and improved markups. Check out our iPadOS hub for [...]

iPad Air (2019) review

Update: iPads have traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but Apple has announced that it is making its own offshoot operating system, called iPadOS. This new operating system helps turn iPads from large iPhones into impressive mac-esque work stations, with functions like gesture controls and improved markups. Check out our iPadOS hub for [...]

iPad Mini 4 review

Update: iPads have traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but Apple has announced that it is making its own offshoot operating system, called iPadOS. This new operating system helps turn iPads from large iPhones into impressive mac-esque work stations, with functions like gesture controls and improved markups. Check out our iPadOS hub for [...]

iPad mini (2019) review

Make no mistake, the iPad mini 2019 is the iPad mini 5 that you've been waiting for Apple to deliver, and it's everything you've wanted – as long as you didn't want a dramatic upgrade. It's Apple’s most satisfyingly totable iPad and proof that things won’t change very much when serious small tablet competition is [...]

iPad (2017) review

Update: iPads have traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but Apple has announced that it is making its own offshoot operating system, called iPadOS. This new operating system helps turn iPads from large iPhones into impressive mac-esque work stations, with functions like gesture controls and improved markups. Check out our iPadOS hub for [...]

iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) review

Update: iPads have traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but Apple has announced that it is making its own offshoot operating system, called iPadOS. This new operating system helps turn iPads from large iPhones into impressive mac-esque work stations, with functions like gesture controls and improved markups. Check out our iPadOS hub for [...]

iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) review

Update: iPads have traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but Apple has announced that it is making its own offshoot operating system, called iPadOS. This new operating system helps turn iPads from large iPhones into impressive mac-esque work stations, with functions like gesture controls and improved markups. Check out our iPadOS hub for [...]

iPad Pro 9.7 review

Update: iPads have traditionally run on the same iOS as iPhones, but Apple has announced that it is making its own offshoot operating system, called iPadOS. This new operating system helps turn iPads from large iPhones into impressive mac-esque work stations, with functions like gesture controls and improved markups. Check out our iPadOS hub for [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review

Did you know the Surface Pro 4 isn’t Microsoft’s latest flagship tablet? No, that honor goes to the new Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – now, read our hands on impressions of the Surface Pro 6!  Microsoft Surface Pro 4: The Essential Review Our ‘essential review’ of the Surface Pro 4 covers all of the highlights [...]

Amazon Kindle review

If you’re looking to buy an ereader right now, it’s almost certain you’ll be looking to buy something from Amazon’s Kindle range. With three products on offer, the Kindle family offers something for everyone, with top-end features restricted to products like the Kindle Paperwhite or, even more so, the Kindle Oasis. Amazon Kindle (2019) at [...]

Amazon Kindle (2016) review

Update: The latest version of the Kindle now comes with a back light built-in. You can read our full Amazon Kindle review for the updated model from the ereader giant. Below you'll find our review of the older model released back in 2016. Even though industry insiders keep telling us that the popularity of ebooks [...]

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is an impressively lightweight, compact Android tablet with a colorful display and premium design. It slides in below the feature-packed, and pricier, Galaxy Tab S4 with a more affordable price tag and many of the specs of its larger sibling. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e at Amazon for $479.99 The Galaxy [...]

Microsoft Surface Go review

The Surface Go, Microsoft’s latest tablet that aims to be a smaller – and more attainable – Surface Pro has finally arrived. The Surface Go doesn’t bring any major surprises, but maybe that’s a good thing. With the Surface Go, Microsoft is showing everyone that the best Windows tablets can be affordable – everything you [...]

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro review

Update: After Google suspended Huawei's future access to Android Play Store and security updates, there are serious question marks over the future of Huawei and Honor phones. While Google and Huawei have promised to support phones currently on the market, it's not clear how long they'll receive Android updates or access to the Google Play [...]

Google Home Hub review

Google's smart home offering, called Google Home, arrived later than the popular Amazon Echo range of connected home products. But, in our opinion, they're just as good. Back in 2015, Amazon was the first major tech company to make a play for your smart home with the original Amazon Echo. Google Home Hub at Bed [...]

Hands on: Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) review

Despite an initial boom in popularity, you’re actually pretty hard-pressed these days to find a decent Android tablet at an entry-level price. While they may not immediately look like Android tablets due to the highly-tailored, Amazon-focused interfaces they use, the Amazon Fire Tablets are among your best bet for an Android tablet on the cheap. [...]

iPad 10.2 review

Two-minute review The iPad 10.2 continues from where last year’s entry-level iPad 9.7 left off: offering Apple’s best value for a brand-new iPad at a ridiculously reasonable price – and a price that’s often discounted by third-party retailers. We’d describe it in three succinct ways: bigger, budget and basic. New is the 10.2-inch display that’s [...]

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review

Back in 2015, when the Surface Book 2’s predecessor was launched, no one could have foreseen that the follow-up would go on to make the MacBook Pro look like a cheap toy in comparison. But, that’s exactly what happened. And, while the Surface Book 2 is pricier than its predecessor, it kind of has to [...]

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