avatarby Jonathan FeistAugust 1, 201661 comments


Welcome to our August 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 July of 2016, and when you get through to the end, sign up for your chance to win one of the only AMOLED tablets around, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

Related reading: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 vs iPad Air 2

A new direction, with new devices

Surface Pro 4 MacBook

I had teased last month that we were pushing forward with a new approach for TabTimes. Don’t worry, we’ll still be covering the best Android, iOS and Windows tablets, we’re simply ramping up the coverage, bringing in new writers and reviewers and adding ultrabooks to the mix. Perhaps you’ve already seen our coverage of the Macbook or a few other ultrabook and lightweight laptop pieces, we truly hope they bring you value.

We believe that ultrabooks are a crucial part of the mobile computing experience, and while our partner sites Android Authority, SoundGuys and VRSource have a focus on their respective segments, TabTimes was the best place for our team to explore this side of computing. With our favorite tablets adding physical keyboards to the mix, and packing specs that some laptops would be envious of, we’re excited to explore with you the world of ultrabooks.

Macbook 2016 (12-inch) review
Best budget laptops
Best Macbook apps
Which Macbook should I buy?

Huawei MateBook review

Huawei MateBook

Officially launching in the U.S. on July 11th, the new Huawei MateBook Windows tablet is an instant favorite around here. We explored our first impressions of the device last month, then took our time to really get to know it before pushing out our full review. I don’t want to spoil the review, but I will say that this is one of the best Windows tablets we’ve ever held in hand. That said, this two-in-one form factor is made to operate with a magnetically detachable keyboard, competing with convertible tablets like the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, does it have what it takes to keep up?

Check out our full written review today, then keep tabs on the site, we’ll have a full video review coming soon!

Huawei MateBook review – helping make Windows portable
Huawei MateBook – the first 48 hours
Huawei MateBook announced
Huawei MateBook price and release date announced for the US

Apple Macbook review

Macbook 12

With our new approach comes fancy new devices, while not brand spanking new, we’ve got the Apple Macbook 2016 12-inch ultrabook in house. Nirave spent a good month with this slim and light laptop before forming any opinions, aside from his first 48 hour impressions, of course. As a regular Macbook user, he had a few great things to say about this sleek device with a single USB Type-C port, but he had a few complaints as well, come check it out.

Stay tuned, we’ve got a full video review coming soon.

Macbook 2016 12-inch review
Macbook 2016 – first 48 hour
Which Macbook should I buy?

ASUS ZenPad Z8 review – this is what a new $250 tablet looks like

ASUS ZenPad Z8

Please join me in welcoming Bailey Stein to our team. He’s been with us on Android Authority for a while, and we are stoked to have him join us for a review of the ASUS ZenPad Z8. As a new entry in the higher-end of the budget tablet segment, this LTE enabled, plastic-build tablet is proving a wonderful little companion to your more powerful computing devices. Look for it on Verizon for the time being.

Check out the review of the ASUS ZenPad Z8 and be sure to join the comments to let us know what you think of this new tablet. Video review is in the article and added below.

ASUS ZenPad Z8 review
ASUS announcements at Computex 2016
ASUS ZenPad S review

Tablet shootouts revisited – iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4,  Nexus 9 and more

iPad Pro 9.7 VS iPad Air 2

As we normally do, we’ve updated a few of our tablet shootouts this month. We like to revisit them when new software or devices launch that change our opinions of the tablets on hand. This month we revisited several iPad Air 2 comparisons, as well as the iPad mini 4  and Nexus 9. Bottom line, the iPad Pro 9.7 has had a major impact on the rest of the iPad line, drastically changing our perspective and the overall value of the tablets. As for that Nexus 9, well, it’s still around.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 4
Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air
iPad mini 4 vs Nexus 9
iPad Pro 9.7 vs Nexus 9
iPad air 2 vs iPad Pro 9.7

Turn your iPad into a second monitor for your PC


Revisiting yet another older piece, we’ve updated our list of the best apps and accessories to use your iPad as a second monitor for your PC. Best of all, some of these options go the other way as well, allowing you to use your iPad to control your PC. If you are into that sort of productivity, go check it out.

Use your iPad as a second monitor
Connect your iPad to a TV
10 best iPad apps

Apple iPad mini 4 accessories revisited

iPad Mini 4 tt unboxing

With the potential for the iPad mini 4 going by the wayside in a few months, making room for an, as yet unexpected, upgrade, we’re still finding great ways to better utilize or simply to protect our iPad mini 4. If you are on the lookout for the best cases, covers, keyboards, mounts, stands, speaker and more for your iPad mini 4, pick a link below, we’ve got you covered.

Best iPad mini 4 cases and covers
Best iPad mini 4 accessories
Best iPad mini 4 keyboards
Best iPad speaker docks
Accessories every iPad owner should have

A case can let you run Android on the iPhone?

iPhone case

That’s right, Android on your iPhone. Now, let’s talk tech: we’re not talking about wiping your iOS install or even creating a dual-boot scenario, let’s just say that Android is able to run as a full-screen app on your iPhone, similar to the Android emulator experience on your PC. There is more to it, head on in to the link to check it out!

Run Android on your iPhone with this case
Android emulator for your PC

Tablet reviews revisited – Surface Pro 4, iPad Pro, iPad Pro 9.7 and more

iPad Pro 9.7 vs Surface Pro 4

Nothing changes our opinion of a tablet like the launch of a replacement for the same device. You noticed above that we updated our opinions in a handful of our tablet shootout pieces, the same has happened for a number of our original tablet reviews as well. Changes in price and updates to software are the major reasons for update, but again that iPad Pro 9.7 has influenced our opinions.

iPad Pro 9.7 review
Surface Pro 4 review
iPad Pro review
Xiaomi MiPad 2 review

Ultrabooks! Xiaomi Mi Notebook, Lenovo Air 13, Macbooks and more

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air

Did we mention we’re covering ultrabooks? We’re off to a strong start, covering device reviews, lists of the best laptops and ultrabooks to best suite your needs and lists of apps and accessories to help you enhance your experience. Basically, we’re giving ultrabooks the same review and accessories treatement as most of our tablet, hope you enjoy.

Starting things off are a few new releases, from Xiaomi and Lenovo, then we make sure to talk Macbook and more.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air – a misguided name, but a compelling ultrabook 
Lenovo Air 13 Pro is out to compete with the Macbook
Macbook 2016 12-inch review
Best Macbook apps
Best budget laptops
Android apps rolling out to Chromebook Flip now!

Welcome to our new partner site: VR Source

VR Source virtual reality playstation

As you may already know, we are a partner site along with the family at Android Authority and SoundGuys. We are happy to announce a new partner in our network, VR Source! vrsource.com is our home for all things relating to virtual reality, including the gear, apps and games that you’ll soon be enjoying in your own home. We’ll be sure to carry over the best VR related news that relates to the tablets you use, but be sure to head over there soon to check out their giveaways and our coverage of E3.

VRSource.com – your source for all kinds of reality
Best games from E3

Some fun videos

ASUS ZenPad Z8 review

Surface Pro 4 review

iPad Pro review 

Opera Max for tablets review
(We know this is a paid review, thank you for supporting us by watching it – besides, we had a lot of fun putting it together.)

Be sure to subscribe to see what we have coming next.

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Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch

A big congratulations to last month’s winner: Jens W. of Germany is taking home the iPad Pro 9.7.

One of the better tablets out there is an Android device built by Samsung – this tablet is one of few that rock an AMOLED display, and actually comes in two different sizes. We know this is not the newest tablet out there, but if you are looking for a solid performer with a comfortable set of bells and whistles, we’re giving you the chance to take the 8-inch version home for free. Best of luck in our giveaway of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Join giveaway

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 International Giveaway

Also running this month from our partner sites:
Android Authority and CaliCase are giving away a Nexus 6P and whole bunch of waterproof floating cases.
SoundGuys is giving away a pair of Bose SoundSport Wireless Earbuds.
VRSource is giving away a Sapphire Radeon RX 480 graphics card and a $100 Steam gift card.

Terms & Conditions

  • The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.)
  • If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize.
  • We are not responsible for lost shipments.
  • You must be age of majority in your Country of residence.
  • We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur.
  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
  • We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway.
  • This giveaway is operated by TabTimes.
  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.
  • Patricia Demedice


  • Done !

  • Fiskar R.

    This Tab S2 giveaway is the Exynos 5433 version/the Snapdragon 652 version?

    • This will depend, we will purchase the tablet in the best country to ship to the winner’s location. If we purchase from here, it’ll be the Snapdragon.

  • Dexter Cruz

    Awesome giveaway! Good luck everyone.

  • CampTree

    Who’s the winner for the iPad Pro 9.7 International Giveaway?

    • Gudbella

      Not me…

    • binabug

      Congratulations to last month’s iPad Pro 9.7 Giveaway Winner Jens W. (Germany). its actually on the entry form 🙂

      • CampTree

        Link to the entry form please?

        • binabug

          seriously LOL, SCROLL UP, That would be the entry form

          • CampTree

            My bad, I knew that was the entry form, its just that I didn’t read the whole thing, so I was confused on where you meant by entry from.

          • binabug

            LOL I was trying to figure out how to send you some of my coffee …. good luck on the sweep!!

          • CampTree

            Thanks, you too!

  • Thanks for the chance!
    Fingers crossed!

  • Prabhath

    Thanks for the chance !

  • SuitMonkey

    Wishing SOOOOO hard…..

  • John McClane

    Help me to get into Android, please! 😉

  • sky1309

    Good Luck ya. 🙂

  • Tom84454

    So love this

  • Зореслава Дмитриева

    Good luck

  • good luck all

  • Alexius PF

    Good luck!

  • Edmond Leung

    Holy Batman. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true and means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the tablet to work and eat. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.

  • Faith Ukwuomah

    How do I enter the giveaway? I’ve been having some trouble doing so.

    (PS: Nevermind, I got it)

  • Laura Corrall

    oh wow, I’ve got my fingers crossed so tightly.

  • John Myrine Lelouch Victorique

    good luck to all participants. 😀

  • Zikry Leverkuzern

    Guy from Singapore

  • Zikry Leverkuzern

    Guy from Singapore and i need this asap

  • Argelo N.

    I want this 🙂

  • Great Tablet and great giveaway!

  • LadyLudi4D

    Thanks for the chance

  • seoraval

    Thanks for this Giveaway

  • CampTree

    Anyone here having problems with the tweet for two entries cause I can’t seem to do it for some reason?

  • M Taaha Habib

    Thank You (Y) 🙂

  • kg

    pick me this time 🙂

  • Diken P Putra

    Hello, I’m from Indonesia.
    And I’m really curious & wanted to try something new like owning a tablet.
    From many reviews about Galaxy Tab 2, I think this one was powerful & really nice one.
    Please pick me 😀

    Thank you!

  • wish to win

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  • Draean

    I could really use this one right now for school.

  • Giusy de Stefano


  • Qasim Abbasi

    One of The BesT Tab By Samsung I Hope That I win This Tab

  • Sindhu Upadhya

    Waiting for this Lovely tablet 🙂 🙂

  • Kai

    Finger Crossed! I hope I win this giveaway cause I don’t even have a tab or a phone..
    Good Luck to everyone!

  • BrisNed

    Just what I need to replace my old Acer A501 which has just stopped booting up after 4 years and I cannot afford to replace for my university study

  • Farhan Abdillah

    wow very cool, wish me luck !!

  • Mayank Gupta

    I so wanna win this, have been searching for a new tablet, Asus Zenpad 3 is not yet released and this will make me forget about all others 🙂

  • Sindhu Upadhya

    waiting for this Superb Tablet 🙂 🙂

  • Himanshu Galgat

    hope for the best

  • Ivan Stanić

    My daughter would have a blast with her own tab 🙂

  • Jo-Anne Wiszniewski

    Rather use this, samsung galaxy tab2, instead of my mobile for internet usage!
    Have a gr8 day, Cheers!! Good Luck,’ Everyone!! 🙂 xxxooo

  • Adriana Bugarin Pereira

    Thanks for the chance to win the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch

  • Hope to win 🙂

  • hoping wishing praying to win. <3 Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Martin K

    This looks awesome, when is the draw date?

  • Dorothy Hubbard

    I need to win to bring me into the modern world.

  • raj kumar

    Hpoing to win. Good luck everyone.. never have i won a giveaway

  • Kareim Patterson

    So who won?

    • Shihab Haque

      yeah no result given .. i think they forget about the giveaway lol

  • Shubham Singh

    winners of tab s2 ?

  • Qasim Abbasi

    please winner name?

  • arvin tocino

    who won?