Welcome to our February TabTimes Monthly, an overview of the best new tablets and tablet related technology news and reviews of the last month in the industry. Subscribers to our TabTimes Monthly newsletter will be familiar with what they see here, just be sure to sign up for our giveaway for a chance to win a new tablet each month.
I hope you enjoy some of our favorite news from January of 2016, and when you get through to the end, sign up for your chance to win one of our few remaining brand new Google Nexus 9 tablets, built by HTC.
With more than just a few members of our team heading to the show floors of CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of January, we had high hopes for a great number of new and exciting technologies from around the globe. Knowing full well that tablets and mobile in general tech were not going to be the focus of the show, we were pleasantly surprised with some of the great new product announcements.
You will find a number of these new products in the list here today, but let’s start off with a reminder what we were looking forward to before the show started.
After a great start through Kickstarter last year, Jide came to CES with a new idea, allowing you to boot into their Remix OS version of Android right on your PC. The multi-tasking enhanced custom Android release is now available through their Remix Ultra-tablet, Remix Mini PC and now as a live-boot ISO for your flashdrive.
We had the chance to play with Remix OS at the Jide booth at CES, ever since then, we’ve been running Remix OS on a PC here at home. The concept is simple, imagine Windows-level multi-tasking and the Google Play Store all in one, yeah, it’s that good.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S announced, running Windows
In a space that is best known as being powered by Android, Samsung has announced a new tablet that runs Windows out of the box. This 12-inch, Intel powered tablet has a Super AMOLED display and USB Type-C, along with a slew of other specs that look a lot like the entry level Surface Pro 4 that we’ve been playing with here. Check it out for all the details.
We shared our initial list of the best cheap Android tablets a few months ago, this article will see regular updates as we go, this time around we’ve bumped up a new tablet to the top of our list, and removed two others that are now just too old or otherwise not worthy of further recommendation. If you’ve only got $200 to spend, these are the tablets you are looking for.
If you have an original Nexus 7 from 2012 and it is having some issues charging or experiencing headphone connectivity problems, this may be the repair for you. A few little screws is all that stands between you and an entirely new USB port and headphone jack. That is, a few little screws stand between you and being able to use your Nexus 7 again.
In a lot of ways, Huawei was a major force at CES this year, with fresh announcements on new and old phones, smartwatches and a brand new tablet, the 10-inch Android powered Huawei MediPad M2 10. Coming soon to a store near you, including North America, come check out the details on this new tablet.
Admitting that this is just a few words of update into our initial iPad mini 4 vs iPad Air 2 post, we thought it important to share some new thoughts and insights on the devices. Namely, the addition of the iPad Pro to the lineup makes for a compelling change in the ideology of the iPad Air 2. Check it out to see what we mean.
Samsung and ASUS both came to CES with new Chromebooks in tow. Other manufacturers did as well, but we only got to spend time with these two, unfortunately. The ASUS Chromebook C202 is a fairly standard looking 11.6-inch Chromebook, except that it is ruggedized and ready for your child’s rough and tumble backpack.
Samsung’s new Chromebook 3 is what we like to call an iterative update. Specs are fairly similar to most Samsung Chromebooks before it, at least the Intel powered ones. 11.6-inch, 2 or 4GB of RAM in a no-frills notebook experience. It may sound boring on paper, but this is a great new Chromebook for your consideration.
Just like the image says, Otterbox, among others, has put out there latest protective cases and covers for Apple’s latest tablets. We’ve updated our list of the best iPad mini 4 cases with a couple new entries, if you are still looking, these are the covers we recommend.
A big congratulations to last month’s winner: Carlos H. of the United States is taking home the iPad mini 4.
We stocked up on a number of respected tablets so that we could continue to give them to you each and every month. Pulling from our stock is a brand new Nexus 9, ready for the lucky winner at the end of February. Follow the instructions below and best of luck to each of you on this Google Nexus 9, by HTC, giveaway.
Nexus 9 International Giveaway will be live momentarily, sorry for the delay.