Tablet Reviews

TCL TAB Pro 5G Review

TCL TAB Pro 5G Review

In late October, Verizon announced the TCL TAB Pro 5G, an Android tablet that supports the carrier's 5G network. The tablet, as expected since the initial announcement, is based around compromise: it gives consumers 5G support at a relatively low price, but hits that lower price point by trimming some features that may ultimately make the tablet less appealing to consumers.

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Apple iPad Review 2021 (9th Generation)

Apple iPad Review 2021 (9th Generation)

In reviewing the latest iPad (9th generation) released here at the tail end of 2021, it quickly became apparent that I'd need to bust out the archives. If you've not purchased a new iPad for the past half-decade, a new iPad should seem like a revelation. If you purchased an iPad (we're talking standard, here, not Mini, Pro, or Air), you might have a bit of trouble calculating the value of each individual feature.

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iPad mini 2021 Review – Apple’s smallest tablet is a big deal

iPad mini 2021 Review – Apple’s smallest tablet is a big deal

More so than most items in Apple's range, it feels like you either love the iPad mini or you don't quite understand its appeal. Now in its sixth-generation, the smallest iPadOS tablet has seen its biggest update so far, 2021 bringing a whole new look, larger screen, and extra features like 5G. It's still relatively affordable, though, especially when compared to the foldable Android devices we're starting to see make inroads into the tablet segment.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review – How to look good on a budget

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review – How to look good on a budget

Though many of us often devote our attention to flagship devices, budget tablets and phones are particularly easy to find today. Samsung has a robust lineup of more affordable devices itself, and one of the more recent additions to that is the Galaxy Tab A7. As always, the major concern with budget devices is whether or not you’re buying something that can last a reasonable amount of time before its hardware begins to show its mid-tier quality. So, with that in mind, is the Galaxy Tab A7 a winner or is it something to avoid?

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Apple iPad Air (2020) Review – Marvel in the Middle

Apple iPad Air (2020) Review – Marvel in the Middle

I've been using the new iPad Air (2020) for the past few weeks, throwing everything from writing and emailing to media editing at Apple's midrange tablet, and I'm struggling to figure out why most people should step up to the iPad Pro. The middle ground between the entry-level iPad and Apple's Pro series has always been a tricky one, but this latest Air nudges so close to what 90-percent of users are likely to need, it makes an instant case as the go-to Apple tablet right now.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Review : Best Android slate to date

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Review : Best Android slate to date

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a professional Android tablet the likes of which have not been available before now. We've used plenty of tablets over the past decade with Android inside, but none have really come close to being the pro-level piece of work that this Samsung unit represents. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is what every high-end tablet should be at launch: The best tablet* on the market today.

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Microsoft Surface Go 2 review

Microsoft Surface Go 2 review

You talked, Microsoft listened, and so here comes the Surface Go 2 tablet to leave you no excuse for not putting a slim slice of Windows 10 in your bag. The headline number is, of course, the $399.99 starting price. The reality, as I discovered, is that Microsoft's tablet isn't quite the no-brainer bargain it bills itself as.

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2020 iPad Pro Review: Don’t call it a laptop replacement

2020 iPad Pro Review: Don’t call it a laptop replacement

The iPad is in many ways like the electric cars of the automotive world. Range anxiety is one of the biggest concerns for many EV buyers, which is why there are still so many gasoline engine cars on the road. Much the same, in laptops versus tablets, the biggest question is whether an iPad can do "enough" to replace a regular laptop. For would-be buyers of the 2020 iPad Pro, the most important question is likely whether it’ll tick all - or at least most - of the boxes to supplant a traditional laptop. While I can't make that buying decision for you, I’d like to lay out what’s new with the 2020 iPad Pro, why it's now the only "computer" I need with me on the road, and why the obsession with "replacement" may now miss the point.

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Review: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant

Review: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant

Lenovo is back with another smart home device: the Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant. This product looks like a tablet, but with some extra features you won't find on an ordinary slate. The device packs Google Assistant, as its name suggests, and it can function as a smart display -- one that includes a nifty built-in hinged kickstand that enables users to literally hang the tablet from a nail or hook. Is the Yoga Smart Tab better than a dedicated smart display? Read on to find out.

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Chuwi HiPad LTE Review: budget tablet for work and play

Chuwi HiPad LTE Review: budget tablet for work and play

Android tablets are dead, at least as far as Google and most Android OEMs are concerned. The few holdouts include Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, and Amazon. If you want to see movement and signs of life, you'll have to think out of the box and look to other markets were Android tablets remain and even thrive in an almost underground ecosystem populated by lesser-known players. One of those is Chuwi, a smaller yet long-time competitor in the Android and Windows devices market in China. It has recently launched the HiPad LTE tablet with one premise: you don't need to break your bank account to have quality, productivity, and entertainment all in one tablet. We take the Chuwi HiPad LTE for a spin to see if that promise matches reality.

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 Review: The obvious best choice for illustrators

Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 Review: The obvious best choice for illustrators

The Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 is the no-compromise version of every other stylus tablet or phone on the market today. This device has the Wacom Pro Pen 2, the most idyllic digital stylus I've ever used - and quite possibly the best digital stylus available in the world today. While other machines aim to fill all your needs at once, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 is a creative tool that's focused squarely on that one role. This is an illustrator's tablet.

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Surface Go with Linux Review: almost the perfect open source notepad

Surface Go with Linux Review: almost the perfect open source notepad

You have probably had your fill of Surface Go reviews that seem to split the tech world in two. You’ve also most likely seen the brawls between the Surface Go and the iPad Pro, especially those revolving around the rhetoric of real PCs. So why not have yet another Surface Go review? This time, however, we’ll take a rather different spin and highlight one aspect that really does make the Surface Go a “real PC”: being able to install other operating systems like Linux. And in that regard, it is near perfect as an on-the-go Linux digital notepad.

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