Welcome to our July 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 June of 2016, and when you get through to the end, sign up for your chance to win the latest tablet from Apple, the iPad Pro 9.7.
Related reading: iPad Pro 9.7 review
Huawei MateBook – the first 48 hours
Stay tuned in July for our full review of this new Windows tablet from Huawei. With an official US launch date of July 11, we’ll have spent a couple weeks with it before then and can let you know if we think it will be worth purchasing. So far, as you’ll see in our first 48 hours with the device, we think Huawei has a slick tablet on their hands, but the jury is still out just how slick, and if it is worthy of competing with the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro tablets.
Check out our first impressions and stay tuned for more Huawei MateBook coverage.
Best card games for Android tablets
We all have them, small and easy games on our tablets to fill the gaps, provide entertainment and/or allow us to just unwind from work and school for a few minutes here and there. Card games are a great tool for this need, but not all card games are versions of solitaire, join us for a run down of some of the best and our favorite for your Android tablet.
Cases, keyboards and covers
We took a few moments to update a few of our lists for cases, covers and keyboards for your iPad Mini 4 and your Surface Pro 4 tablets. We like our accessories around here, and we’re always ready to pop out a list of our favorite gear, be sure to visit the site to see all of the goodies for as many devices as we can muster.
Computex and ASUS
We spent a few days in Taipei, Taiwan to see what new gear was introduced at Computex 2016. With many great new laptops and convertibles on offer, there were still a few new tablets announced. We particularly spent time with the new ASUS ZenBook Flip, Transformer 3 Pro, ZenBook 3, all laptop/2-in-1 type devices, and the Transformer 3 and Transformer Mini returning to the familiar ASUS tablet with detachable keyboard design we are used to seeing from ASUS.
At 10-inch and larger, these are not your pocketable tablets to take on the run, but they certainly offer a range of tech that get up to competing with the Surface Pro 4. Check them all out and let us know what you think of these new tablets.
Apple WWDC – iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra
To be completely fair, we held very little coverage of Apple’s developer conference this year. The core of our coverage was in the announcements of iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra. With some nifty new features headed your way for the Macbook and your iPads, join us for a rundown of the initial announcements of the new software and be sure to stay tuned for more coverage to come.
Jide announces Remix Pro – new 12-inch Remix OS tablet
The folks behind our favorite Android OS offshoot with a dedicated focus on Windows-like multi-tasking capabilities, Jide, has announced a new tablet. The Remix Pro is a new 12-inch tablet with detachable keyboard, it comes preloaded with the latest version of Remix OS, which, if you have not seen it yet, do check it out, this is the version of Android that any Windows user may be able to get behind, for work or for play.
iPad Pro 9.7 vs Nexus 9
Don’t worry, we’re not confused in thinking that these two tablets are direct competitors in the market, but we certainly found it worth considering if the now budget level pricing for the older Nexus tablet makes it a better bang for the buck than the relatively pricey new iPad Pro 9.7. Of course, you could just spend all the moneys and buy both, then you can play with the Android N pre-release now and install the iOS 10 public beta next month.
Google shows off Android apps on Chromebook
If you missed the news last month that Google is bringing Android apps to a Chromebook near you, (well, probably not your Chromebook, you’ll have to buy a new(er) one,) you will be pleased to know that this is happening. While the list of supported devices is currently very short, Android apps on your Chromebook are here now, threatening the business of our multi-tasking friends over at Jide. That aside, Google released a long video, recorded at Google I/O, showing off just how these apps look and work, and I must say, I’m looking forward to upgrading my Chromebook to get in on the fun.
Google I/O session showing Android apps on Chromebook
Google I/O keynote presentation
Android apps coming to Chromebooks
Android apps not coming to all Chromebooks
Google ceases Chromebook auto-updates over security concern
Android apps rolling out to Chromebook Flip now!
Welcome to our new partner site: VR Source
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.
As you may know, TabTimes is a tablet enthusiast website that we have been taking in a new direction this past year or so, and we are preparing to go the next step. Let this simply be a tease, but please prepare for new and expanded coverage here on the site! We are super excited to be borrowing Edgar Cervantes from Android Authority from time to time, we’ll have other visitors from the partner sites as well.
This expansion will span our properties, stay tuned for more written material as well as more videos on our YouTube channel and more!
While you wait, don’t forget to check out our latest video, the iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Air 2 shootout and revisit our review of the Xiaomi MiPad 2.
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Giveaway: Apple iPad Pro 9.7
A big congratulations to last month’s winner: Sandy T. of Canada is taking home the iPad mini 4.
We are continually impressed with the latest Apple tablet, the iPad Pro 9.7 has been a pleasure to use and has been making its rounds within our team. You probably don’t want our well handled device, so we’re going to just give away a brand new one. If you would like to experience what the hype is all about, enter below for your chance to win the iPad Pro 9.7.
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