avatarby Jonathan FeistDecember 1, 201560 comments

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Welcome to our December 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 every month.

I hope you enjoy some of our favorite news from November of 2015, and when you get through to the end, sign up for your chance to win the old faithful, vanilla Android experience Google Nexus 9.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – the first 48 hours

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Now that the Surface Pro 4 has been on the market for a while, and we’ve been putting it to the test in every way we can think of for our full review, we decided to hurry up and get you a little tease of the device. Simply put, we wanted to share our thoughts and initial opinions on our first 48 hours with the Surface Pro 4. As a flagship Windows 10 tablet, that easily doubles as a laptop, we were very impressed with it. Come check it out, we’ve got lots to say, and most of it is good.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – the first 48 hours
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book announced

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book vs iPad Pro vs Pixel C

Black Friday deals

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For those of us in the United States, November has something I like to call Turkey Day, but it is properly known as Thanksgiving. For many, it seems a stark contrast to the family oriented peaceful Thanksgiving that the very next day be a mad house of shopping and deals, called Black Friday. You didn’t need the background story, you don’t need to be in the U.S. to know of or take advantage of Black Friday deals. This year had a great number of tablets on sale, and we were sure to share the best ones that we could find.

Best of all, Black Friday bleeds over into Cyber Monday, which offers many sales throughout the week. That means, if you are reading this early in December, there may still be some great tablet sales to be found. Hurry before they are all gone.

Best Black 2015 Friday tablet deals 
Just Samsung tablets on sale at Amazon

Best cheap Android tablets

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We updated an old list for you this past month, our list of the best inexpensive Android tablets on the market today. New additions included the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1, ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 and the new $50 Amazon Kindle Fire 7. There is a bonus in there as well, a new tablet that is only available in some Asian markets, but is one of the best bang-for-the-buck devices around, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. If you are looking for a new cheap Android tablet for yourself or a loved one, we’ve got you covered.

Best cheap Android tablets
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Best Windows tablets

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Looking for a Windows powered tablet instead of an Android tablet? No worries, we’ve got you covered there as well. This list is not focused on a budget, so we are talking about the best tablets we can find that are worth their price or serve a specific purpose. Topping the list is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a device we are enjoying using, but more importantly, a device that is doing an excellent job of showcasing just what Microsoft is doing with Windows 10. Check out the list and get ready to explore the practicality of a PC locked into the convenience of a mobile device.

Best Windows tablets as of November 2015
Surface Pro 4 – the first 48 hours

Survey says that most of us are not buying tablets

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With a staggering 83% of the vote, a major survey concluded that most of us do not plan to purchase a new tablet this year. Instead, they hope to win a new tablet from our great giveaways! I’m kidding, let’s just keep our giveaways for our faithful readers. If you are interested in learning why consumers are not buying tablets, check out the article – you may be surprised to know that most are not buying because the tablet they have now is good enough. What are your thoughts on that?

Keep in mind that the survey took place before Amazon’s Fire 7 began selling for just $35 this Black Friday.

83 percent of consumers not buying a tablet this year
7-inch tablets, where are the good ones?
New Kindle Fire line, including the $50 Fire 7

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1

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We mentioned this above, but we must say it again, NVIDIA has re-released their SHIELD Tablet and it is absolutely worth your consideration. The New NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 is named as such due to the use of NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 SoC. Bottom line, we have a well equipped tablet here that does away with some of the frivolities in order to save you money. If you can live without a supplied power charger and cord, this $200 tablet may just be for you.

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 quick look

10 best Android tablet apps that all Android users should have

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That’s a bold statement, but I assure you it was a team effort led by our amazing ‘app guy’ Joe Hindy from Android Authority. We all got together to discuss our must have essential Android apps. With few exceptions, these are the apps that all of us at both TabTimes and Android Authority have installed on our Android tablets, if that isn’t a vote of confidence, there is nothing more we can do. Check out the list and be sure to add anyof your favorite apps that you think we should include next time.

10 best Android tablet apps that all Tablet owners should have
10 best handwriting apps for iPad
10 best iPad games for kids
10 best weather apps for iPad

Apple iPad Pro – the first 48 hours

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You’ll never guess what else we have in hand for review. Or maybe you will. Here is the new Apple iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch iOS 9 powered device that is the biggest and best that Apple has to offer. Just like the Surface Pro 4, we are taking our time to produce the most accurate full review that we can, but that is no reason for you to have to be left out in the dark. Here is our first impressions of the iPad Pro and our thoughts on the device after our first 48 hours of use.

It is a curious device, at least in terms of falling into an existing tablet category, but we are liking what we are seeing so far, and we think you will too.

Apple iPad Pro – the first 48 hours
Apple iPad Pro announced – here are the details
iOS 9 review
iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Book vs Pixel C

Giveaway: Nexus 9

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A big congratulations to last month’s winner: Nayak of India is taking home the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet.

We have a few amazing tablets in store for you, for both review and for upcoming giveaways, not least of which is our December giveaway, the Google Nexus 9, built by HTC. The Nexus 9 has been a favorite of ours for a while now, and we want to give you the chance to see why.

Join giveaway
Nexus 9 International Giveaway!

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.
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  • So sorry about the referral links folks. I’m working on getting it fixed. I’ll update this comment when we’ve got it running proper.

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