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Apple iPad (2018) Review Roundup: Great for Productivity and PUBG, Screen Gap Spoils it a Bit

By Radu Iorga

The Apple iPad (2018) reviews are in and they’re positive for sure. Well, not God of War positive, but still Apple must be pleased. This is pretty much the slate to beat right now, especially thanks to the price and productivity features. We rounded up the best and most detailed designs and we’ve summed them up below. Let’s have a look via a roundup.

The Verge – Quality, but no laptop replacement

The Verge are traditionally considered as Pro Apple folks, so they didn’t stray far from the usual praise pattern. They praise the simple fact it’s an iPad and it’s fast. I’ll admit what from what I’ve seen the device is truly fast and snappy. The Apple Pencil support goes into the Pros as well, while the lack of smart connector is a bummer. The editors see this as the logical choice, the cheaper iPad for the people, the average users.

It doesn’t even want to be a laptop replacement apparently, unlike the iPad Pro. The thing you’re going to miss the most here is the lack of the ability to run 3 apps at once like the Pro does. The screen is praised, as is the waistline.

CNET – praise for work features

CNET also gave the product praise, for its faster A10 CPU and the use of the Apple Pencil for work and annotation. iOS remains king of app selection on tablets, hands down. The problem is that people may want a bigger and better screen, plus quad speakers, since we’ve been spoiled by the iPad Pros. They also remind people that also buying a Pencil, case and keyboard will bring you closer to laptop pricing levels. Food for thought…

The editors praise the integration of the Pencil experience into the iWork suite. They also say that games run great, the apps will load fast and the battery life even beat expectations. LTE speeds are also improved, it seems. One of the drawbacks is that the Apple Pencil is not exactly kid friendly, having a rear cap that get lost easily.

Engadget – Great price, great Pencil support

Engadget sees this as the best tablet at the $329 price tag and praised its great performance and Apple Pencil support. The many tablet apps are also a big plus, but the design is seen as “getting old” by this review. The thickness is also a downer, compared to the other iPads. The return of the gap between the Retina Display and the glass that covers it may annoy some people, accustomed to the newest format.

Engadget actually played some solid PUBG Mobile sessions on the tablet and came up satisfied with the way it ran, even with the graphics tuned all the way up. Fortnite also ran fine and the multiple apps running side by side provided solid multitasking. As far as the stylus goes, the experience is very similar to the $650 iPad Pro 10.5 one with pencil, but the screen gap kind of changes it.

Ars Technica –  Some compromises, especially the screen

Ars Technica takes a more cautious approach and asks just how creative the device is. They also bring up the screen gap and the way it influences Apple Pencil interaction. The design is the same as the cheap iPad from last year and it’s really getting dated. Bezels are also considered a bummer now. The screen isn’t laminated in the same way as the iPad Pro, which is a bummer.

Also, if you’re coming from the iPad Pro you may find the screen being too small. The camera is considered forgettable basically and the benchmarks are good enough to compete with the first iPad Pro or even beat it. In some tests it’s even close to the iPhone X.

Techradar  – Going into detail, loving the screen

Techradar considers this device a great tablet for people who want a basic tablet and to serve that basic purpose. They praise the screen, CPU power and price, but the design and extra priced Apple Pencil gets some backlash. They seem happy with the way to express artistry through the pen and you can also do quite a bit of work via the Notes app. The multi level pressure of the Pencil si very useful and put to work properly on this device, even though not on iPad Pro level.

2 GB of RAM may feel like too little, but it’s enough for drawing, PUBG, email and some educational apps. Techradar praised low screen reflectance, nice contrast, but the gap and bezels kill the mood a little.

In the end I feel that the latest iPad is just Apple being Apple. Some incremental updates, much of the package from last year, a newer CPU and a gimmick: the stylus. They cut some corners here and there, but hey, you can dissect frogs virtually and schools will buy this in bulk, so sales are going to go crazy.

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Tonight’s Video(s) Worth Sharing: The Huawei P20 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Smartphones

By Tim

Today most of my favorite tech reviewers were going nuts over the new Huawei P20 Pro smartphone. So at the end of this post I will post a few of those videos. However I am now going to rant a bit before I post said videos.

I will soon be starting up my own channel and you will never see me being a schill for these huge companies that live off of the desire of the masses to keep up with the Jones’.  I absolutely only provide info because I know folks are interested, but when it comes to long and detailed posts, you will find me recommending what works.

I don’t care if a phone or a tablet or a notebook feels premium, I simply care what a piece of technology can do for me. I also care about providing info not based on feelings/looks/latest trends, instead I look to provide viable info so that you can pick out the right product and or learn how to fix/upgrade or otherwise implement basic workarounds for your far less costly products.

If your smartphone is painted with Krylon, will it work less efficiently? Ask yourself that twice before answering, “Aw, hell no!”. If your smartphone comes in an ugly color will AT&T or Verizon not put through your calls? “Aw hell no!”.

If your notebook/laptop has an ugly logo, will it function differently? “Aw, hell no!”. If you can’t edit videos and play games on your PC/notebook and you do not do either, does it make a difference? “Aw, Hell no!”.

If you are not getting the point , skip down and watch the videos below, because they may be of interest to your brainwashed, mass market minds. (no offense here folks, perhaps one day you will remember this rant and say, wow, that guy was sooooo damned right!).

Okay, let us proceed to those cool videos on the latest phones, but keep in mind what I have said and listen for the cues about “premium feel” and ignore them. Concentrate only on performance and then think about whether or not you need one. If you are part of the 15% who do, yay for you!

Okay, in no particular order, here they are…keep in mind, I like all these reviewers, but sometimes, I just get annoyed by mass marketing!

The next 2 are from Ben’s Gadgets and he redeems himself with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review….

That is all I have have have for this this evening,

Tim

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Tonight’s Video(s) Worth Sharing From A Couple New Tech Review Sites

By Tim

It’s the New Hi12 Logitab!

If you have come to this site previously you are probably quite familiar with the occasional “videos worth sharing” posts. When I see a product that I think is great or find a YouTube site that actually does honest reviews, I am going to share it.

My personal feelings are that a reviewer should point out every single problem and nit-pick the heck out of a device because those shortcomings might be the one thing that would have prevented someone from buying a notebook or tablet or smartphone because that one feature/spec was THE most important thing to that viewer.

So tonight we have two new players in the honest reviews category, as judged by me. Sure, if you have hours to spend trying to find honest instead of corporate sponsored reviews, you can find these folks yourself, but hell, I have already done the detective work, watched dozens of videos and I won’t steer you wrong.

Obviously if you want the best, really crappy videos, that tell you about abusing the heck out of a tablet for a number of months, well, that would be this site. But my budget is  incredibly microscopic so unless folks donate, we have to wait for tax time each year to buy cool new stuff!

So let us get right to those reviewers with a couple of recent videos from them. First we have Ben over at Ben’s Gadgets Reviews and he has some of the most basic, down to earth and honest reviews you can find. Yep, it ain’t Hollywood, but they are informative. The one below I spotted yesterday and he is actually giving some devices away. So although this will probably kill my chances of winning,  here is the video…

Next up we have Linus at TechLineHD whose video on the LeEco  Le Pro 3 kind of made me seriously consider this smartphone. This one is on the Samsung Galaxy A8, a mid-range phone with excellent gaming performance…

…and of course I had to throw in my latest crappy video, which was made worse by being sick and so tired I could barely stay awake, but it gets the point across….

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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Chinese Retailer Once Again Offering the Chuwi HiBook Pro at a Super Low Price!

On Sale Right Now!

I’ll keep this short and to the point as I noticed this while I was writing a post on my Chuwi HiBook Tablet server an hour ago.

The folks over at Banggood.com once again have the HiBook Pro on sale for a super reasonable $184! The sale ends Feb 12th or when 100 units are sold, there are currently less than 40 left.

That is a very good price considering the  2560 x 1600 display and the larger battery: 8000mAh.

Here are a few video reviews of this tablet.

You can buy one at this link, but don’t wait long, they sold the last flash sale out in less than 2 days.

Tim


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Full Review, TP-Link AC1200, Archer C5 Wireless Router

A nifty new router!
A nifty new router!

The last major item I purchased this week was a wireless router. It offers dual-band connectivity and was needed so I could fully utilize the 5gHz channels available to my new Asus Z580CA.

I bought the product from Amazon used, with minor scratches, which of course mean nothing on a router. It came with the router/cable and nothing else. On the other hand setting it up was incredibly easy and the interface was pretty much identical to my older WRN720 TP-Link, so no manual was no big deal.

The major bonus here was the extra speed that the Asus tablet can connect at. Look closely at the image below, yeah, that is 433mbps, so there is no lag when using the tablet.

yeah, 433mbps!
yeah, 433mbps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as I can tell this router works great and has about 100 ft more range than my little WRN-720 had.  It is a well built product and I am giving it a review of 9.5. I wish it had come with some documentation hence the 0.5 hit.

Tim


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