A Layman’s guide to choosing between the Surface Book, Surface Pro, or iPad Pro | PhoneDog

Many of our readers are students who are returning (or have already returned) to college for the fall semester. Even if you’re not a college student, you’re probably aware that this is the time of year that many companies host back to school sales for incoming students – and these deals typically aren’t just for students. Anybody can take advantage of them.

I’m a student, and this year some of my classes are hosted online. I decided that I wanted to invest in a hybrid of my own, and I eventually narrowed it down to the Surface Book, Surface Pro, and the iPad Pro. However, making a final decision wasn’t easy. Sifting through countless articles and reviews and visiting demo stations several times ended up helping very little when it came time to actually purchase a device. Eventually, it had to be done, and I finally made a decision based on a very non-technical list of reasons why I should or shouldn’t buy a certain product.

Apple’s iPad Pro works best if you:

  • Want a tablet with the option of using first-party keyboard.
  • Are invested or plan to invest in the Apple ecosystem.
  • Want a tablet with a good active digitizer for less money.
  • Value great battery life.
  • Prefer apps.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 works best if you:

  • Want equal parts tablet and laptop functionality.
  • Want included stylus.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Have a need for PC software, but not a wide array of apps.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want options for a more powerful device.

Microsoft Surface Book works best if you:

  • Want more laptop functionality than tablet.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want a hybrid that includes a keyboard and a stylus.
  • Need more power (including dedicated GPU in some models).
  • Decent battery life.

Source: A Layman’s guide to choosing between the Surface Book, Surface Pro, or iPad Pro | PhoneDog

Tablet Tuesday: Get an iPad Pro 12.9 with 2-year warranty for $589 – CNET

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Apple Certified Refurbished iPad Pro 12.9 (32GB) for $589.99 shipped when you apply promo code cheapschool at checkout.

That price includes Daily Steals’ extended two-year warranty, which would normally add $59.99. The tablet is available in your choice of silver or space gray.

This is a very unusual deal in that most refurbished iPads are not Apple Certified, meaning it’s tough to gauge what condition they’ll be in. These Pros should look and operate like new, complete with the new casing and battery Apple provides when you buy refurbs directly.Speaking of which, Apple charges $679 for a refurbished iPad Pro 12.9. This is less, obviously, and you get that extremely awesome extra warranty.

Source: Tablet Tuesday: Get an iPad Pro 12.9 with 2-year warranty for $589 – CNET

Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t fare so well comparing itself to Surface Pro in latest video ad

Microsoft has published today a new ad where Siri has invited Cortana to a party to celebrate the fact that the iPad Pro now has a detachable keyboard, though Cortana is definitely not impressed.

“I just got a keyboard, I’m a computer now,” says the proud Siri, though Cortana quickly reminds her that the Surface Pro 4 can do more: it has an Intel x86 processor, it runs the full Office apps, it also has a trackpad and external ports, and Apple’s iPad Pro can’t match that versatility.

Source: Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t fare so well comparing itself to Surface Pro in latest video ad

Microsoft launches new Special Edition NFL Type Covers for Surface Pro 4 and Pro 3 – MSPoweruser

Microsoft is launching some new type covers for the Surface Pro 4 and Pro 3. The company today introduced the new Surface Special Edition NFL Type Covers for the Pro 4 and Pro 3, just in time for the 2016-2017 season. The company is offering these special edition type covers for all 32 teams.

The new special edition type covers are available for $159.99, and they are available at the Microsoft Stores in the United States and Canada. In addition to the Microsoft Store, Best Buy and Amazon will also be selling these new special edition type covers later this month — August 29

Source: Microsoft launches new Special Edition NFL Type Covers for Surface Pro 4 and Pro 3 – MSPoweruser

Microsoft highlights how one attorney uses his Surface Pro 4 to practice both law and art

While Microsoft has often been mocked for its product placement of its Surface line, whether it be showing up on the sidelines of the NFL or in seemingly contrived displays of functionality on TV shows, it’s the real-life niches’ the device fills that has it gaining consumer interest. Take, for instance, attorney Doug Passon who uses his Surface Pro 4 help power his many creative, productive outlets. Passon is not only a lawyer by day but also adds award writing filmmaker, writer, musician, teacher and father to his list of accolades.

Source: Microsoft highlights how one attorney uses his Surface Pro 4 to practice both law and art

Three simple steps for keeping your Android smartphone or tablet secure | ZDNet

So, how do you do your bit to reduce the Android toxic hellstew? It’s actually quite straightforward:Step #1Buy a new Android device that’s running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and that gets updated rapidly. By far the best route to take to get regular updates is to go for a Google Nexus device, as these devices are always the first to get patches and new releases of Android. Also, since these devices are unlocked, there’s no carrier to get in the way.Beyond that, it’s best to pick a manufacturer that has promised to release monthly updates, such as LG or Samsung (but not Motorola).Step #2Apply the updates. Don’t just let them pile up. Patches don’t protect you unless they are downloaded and applied.

Source: Three simple steps for keeping your Android smartphone or tablet secure | ZDNet