Welcome to our September TabTimes Monthly, an overview of the best tablet, ultrabook and smartphone related technology news and reviews of the last month. 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 hot device.
I hope you enjoy some of our favorite news from August of 2016 and a chance to win a touch-enabled Dell XPS 13 ultrabook, our biggest giveaway to date!!
Related reading: Dell XPS 13 review – a powerful, ultra-portable ultrabook
A big congratulations to last month’s winner: Will Z. of the United States is taking home the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch.
To celebrate the new TabTimes, we’re giving away the powerful, sleek and high resolution Dell XPS 13. With multiple versions available, this is your chance to win a Dell XPS 13 with QHD display, Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM!!! We’re pretty excited about this tablet, and we hope you are as well; I mean, you are the one that has the chance to win, so be sure to enter the giveaway below for your opportunity to win!!
Dell XPS 13 UltraBook International Giveaway!
Also running this month from our partner sites:
Android Authority – Nexus 6P giveaway!
SoundGuys – JBL Charge 3 giveaway!
VRSource – Samsung Galaxy S7 & Gear VR giveaway!
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A new direction, with new devices – welcome to TabTimes 2.0!
In addition to our tease from two months ago, and our announcement for ultrabook coverage last month, help us celebrate the launch of TabTimes 2.0!
Don’t worry, we’ll still be covering the best Android, iOS and Windows tablets, we’re simply ramping up the coverage. Our team has grown over the past month with plenty of new faces bringing you even more of the great coverage you’ve come to expect. 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 and we’ve got a lot more coming. Next we’ll be adding the iPhone and much, much more so stay tuned!
We believe that ultrabooks, as well as the iPhone, laptops and more 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 the many other facets 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, smartphones and more.
We’re also striving to attain hegemony over our partner sites, but that’s more just for fun; whether it’s here on TabTimes or across our sister sites, you can rest assured that we’re covering all of your technology needs.
iPad Air 3, iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6SE) and iPad mini 5 rumor roundup
Apple never really reveals what devices they’ll be announcing at upcoming events, but we’ve got confirmation of their next on-stage appearance for September 7th! We fully expect them to announce the next generation of iPhone, perhaps called the iPhone 7, but maybe the iPhone 6SE. We have hope that they’ll at least quietly drop a new iPad mini on us, that would be the iPad mini 5, but we are not expecting a new 10-inch tablet so soon. With the iPad Pro 9.7 still going strong, it may be next spring, or at least October, before we expect to see the iPad Air 3.
Dell XPS 15 review – watch out Apple
We believe that you are going to need to decide for yourself if Apple’s laptop and ultrabook offerings are better for your needs than a big, powerful Windows laptop; if you’ve made that decision or are completely on the fence, Dell has an intriguing offering for your consideration. The XPS line is proving highly capable, reliable and, to be fair, Windows 10 is proving to be a crowd pleaser in its own.
Check out our XPS 15 review, as with a few other similar laptop focused articles to get your mobile desktop fix.
Apple Mobile software update – iOS 10 expected soon
We’ve been playing with the iOS 10 public beta for a while now, there’s a handful of new features and some exciting new developer APIs coming. We expect the official final release of iOS 10 at Apple’s September 7th event, but this could always be delayed for rollout with the expected shipping date of the iPhone 7 on September 16th. Stay tuned, we’ll be covering this all in-depth.
MacBook 12-inch 2016 model vs Dell XPS 13 – Ultrabook shootout
With ultrabooks in full swing on the site, we enjoyed the opportunity to compare the latest Apple ultrabook, the MacBook 12, up against one of the workhorses from Dell, the XPS 13. With similar specs and fairly similar performance, we were actually able to select a definite winner of these two laptops. Hit the link below to dive in, check out the devices and be sure to let us know which of the two you would rather take home.
Razer Blade Stealth review – it turns heads and it games like a champ
The next ultrabook to grace our desks was the Razer Blade Stealth. In all fairness, Edgar Cervantes has been using this powerful little laptop for a few months now, which means he knows what he’s talking about. Join us for a thorough and honest review of the Razer Blade Stealth, outside of which Edgar informed me that he loves this machine, but wishes he’d have opted for more powerful specifications. He also wishes the peripherals were not so expensive and admits that he’d far rather use his full size Razer gaming keyboard over the minimal-travel keys of the compact built-in keyboard.
If nothing else, the RGB lighting and controls make for a really fun, visually customizable machine, check it out!
Updated best app lists for iOS and Android
Revisiting more than a few of our best app lists, we’ve made sure to update with new and exciting games, productivity apps and so much more. Best apps for your iPad, best games like Minecraft, even a huge list of the apps that we install on our own devices, we’ve got them all. Especially note taking apps, you love ’em, we’ve got ’em.
Chromebooks leap forward, Chrome OS running Android apps is a reality
Many refuse to admit it, but Chromebooks are a big deal. Taking over many best selling lists, these lightweight laptops rock Chrome OS, one of the more streamlined operating systems around. For many, the lack of apps and programs have been detrimental to their Chrome OS experience, but Google is pushing forward with an initiative that changes this problem, at least for those that can get by with Android apps.
We’ve already seen this news, but each month since Google I/O there has been an update, a new release or feature that is pretty exciting for us, all of which mean that your next Chromebook may be the only computer you need.
Tablet reviews and best tablet lists – Surface Pro 4, iPad Pro 9.7, Android tablets and more
Whether we’ve changed our opinion on a tablet for some reason, or have found new devices to add to our best tablet lists, we’ve got you covered once again this month. Look for our best tablet segments, including Best Android tablets, Best cheap Android tablets, Best tablets under $200, Best tablets under $100 and Best tablet for kids. Our updated reviews included the Surface Pro 4, iPad mini 4 vs iPad mini 3, iPad Pro 9.7 and more. Watch for more and frequent updates to these lists and reviews as we go.
IFA 2016 in Berlin
IFA is just getting under way in Berlin, Germany. While the official event doesn’t start until September 2nd, many manufacturers have been in the habit of holding announcement events in the days prior. To be blunt, this is why the TabTimes Monthly is a little behind this month, there was just so much great pre-IFA content that we needed a day to catch up. The short list: Huawei MediaPad M3, ASUS ZenScreen 15, ZenPad 3S 10, Lenovo Yoga Book, Yoga 910, Miix 510, Yoga Tab 3 Plus, Acer Swift 7 and the Predator 21 X (this one’s pretty cool, be sure to check it out.)
As I say, IFA hasn’t even started yet, stay tuned for more coverage. So much more coverage.
TabTimes has a new intro & other cool videos!
Check out our super cool video intro below! You’ll see this on all of our videos going forward – can anyone guess what those keystrokes mean? Let us know in the comments!!!
We know it was over a month ago but the ZenPad Z8 is still a pretty cool Android tablet – you can check out Bailey’s full review below!
Apple’s iPad Pro still remains the big-screen tablet to beat – here’s my full review of the larger-than-life iPad; is it really the best tablet on the market?
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Thanks for taking the time to read our highlights and top picks from the past few days and good luck in the giveaway! Let us know what you think of the new TabTimes in the comments below and stay tuned for even more great coverage, both from IFA and beyond!
September promises to be an amazing month with a lot of things coming up and we can’t wait to bring you even more awesome content!