Tablet Reviews

Vimeo launches HDR and 10-bit color compatible with iPhone X, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K

If you want to watch 4K, HDR video on your shiny new Apple TV 4K, you have limited options. Netflix support is great, and the iTunes selection is growing, but we’re still missing two big 4K HDR sources: Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. But the situation just got a whole lot better with the latest announcement from Vimeo. The video hosting company now supports three new technologies: resolutions up to 8K, HDR, and 10-bit color. Vimeo users can upload content…

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Microsoft Surface Pro X vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Which big-screened productivity tablet is best?

In the world of ultraportable 2-in-1 tablets that can work as hard as they play, there are but two options: the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro. And on October 2, Microsoft unveiled not just a refreshed Surface Pro 7, but the brand-new Surface Pro X (available from, an always-on, always-connected tablet that seems solely designed to take on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (available from So let’s dive in and see how these two tablets stack up. Update 2:35:…

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Amazon’s upgraded Fire HD 10 tablet finally dumps micro-USB for USB-C

After launching 16 new devices at its blowout Echo event last month, Amazon has one more thing to show off before its holiday push. On Monday, it rolled out a new version of its Fire HD 10 tablet, and it has a surprise in tow: a USB-C port. Mentioned in this article All-New Fire HD 10 Tablet (10.1″ 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) – Black That might not seem like a big deal in 2019, but it’s something of…

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Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Ice Lake looks promising

Most of the improvements in Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 are tied to an Intel “Ice Lake” microprocessor upgrade, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Admittedly, we’ve dinged prior Surface tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 because they have largely remained static over the past few generations. We can’t quite say the same for the Surface Pro 7, for two reasons: One is that chip, and the other is the addition of a more modern USB-C port. Microsoft’s Surface…

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Why the Surface Neo’s keyboard was the best thing at Microsoft’s hardware showcase

My Microsoft a-ha! moment came not with the surprise Surface Duo Android phone, nor with the two-screened Surface Neo, but when Microsoft unfolded the wraparound keyboard accessory that shipped with its dual-screen Neo prototype. Why? Because tapping on glass loses its appeal beyond banging out a quick text message. Actual work requires a keyboard with travel, in much the same way that we wear comfortable, cushioned shoes for walking or running. The Neo’s keyboard is emblematic of what Microsoft is trying…

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Get last year’s 9.7-inch iPad from Best Buy for just $250 for today only

Apple turned a lot of heads yesterday when it announced an affordable 9.7-inch iPad aimed at students that manages to make even the iPad Pro seem less impressive. Fortunately for consumers, it also means it’s a fantastic time for deals on the old models. One of the best comes from Best Buy, which is knocking $80 off the price of last year’s 9.7-inch 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi, which means you can pick it up today for just $250. The deal…

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Leaks reveal Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface on ARM images before Microsoft event

More details about Microsoft’s upcoming Surface announcements have leaked out, revealing images of what apparently are the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and an ARM-based Surface, with perhaps more to come. Evan Blass, whose Twitter handle is @evleaks, published what appear to be marketing materials for the upcoming Surface devices, scheduled to be unveiled at a Microsoft event on Wednesday. The published photos generally line up with what was expected, including two different sizes of the Surface Laptop 3.…

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Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 tablet sacrifices battery life for always-on Alexa

As expected, Amazon has unveiled its newest $80 Fire HD 8 tablet, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it or using it. The new tablet has the same bezel-heavy design as the prior generation along with much of the same specs: Dimensions: 8.4 x 5 x 0.4 inches Display: 8-inch widescreen 1280 x 800 HD Processor: Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor RAM: 1.5GB Storage: 16GB/32GB Rear camera: 2MP Speakers: Dual stereo speakers optimized for Dolby Atmos What’s changed is…

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Redesigned ‘Microsoft Surface’ could join Surface Pro 7 with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm CPUs

Microsoft will be reportedly launching not one but two Surface tablets next week, which will be built around microprocessors from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. Qualcomm’s contribution will be a modified Snapdragon 8cx chip that may be rebranded as something else entirely, according to a source. French blog Frandroid reported Friday that Microsoft will launch not one but two Surface tablets: the expected Surface Pro 7, but also a more dramatically redesigned Surface tablet, branded as the Surface 7. A Surface…

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Review: The All-new Kindle Oasis upgrades to warmer light and lighter weight

The very name of Amazon’s “All-new Kindle Oasis” would seem to herald a radical overhaul. Thankfully, the changes to Amazon’s top-shelf e-reader are far less dramatic. Beyond the introduction of a new color-adjustable front light that can warm or cool the screen’s illumination, the All-new Kindle Oasis remains strikingly similar to its predecessor. And that’s good news. It’s still the best e-reading experience you can buy.  The all-new Kindle Oasis no impulse purchase, though. The base level device, which includes…

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