avatarby Jonathan FeistJuly 1, 201647 comments

iPad Pro 9.7 VS iPad Air 2

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

Huawei MateBook

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.

Huawei MateBook – the first 48 hours
Huawei MateBook announced
Huawei MateBook price and release date announced for the US

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.

Best card games for Android tablets
Best strategy games for iPad
Best Android games for tablets

Cases, keyboards and covers

iPad leather Case cover

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.

Best iPad mini 4 keyboards
Best cases and covers for the Surface Pro 4
Best iPad cases for kids
Essential iPad accessories

Computex and ASUS

ASUS Zenbook Flip

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.

Laptop, tablet or both, ASUS has you covered
ASUS Chromebook C202 rugged device announced

Apple WWDC – iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra

iPad Pro 9.7

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.

iOS 10 announced
MacOS Sierra announced
iOS 10 will allow you to stream apps

Jide announces Remix Pro – new 12-inch Remix OS tablet

Jide Remix Pro 3

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.

New Remix Pro, 12-inch Remix OS tablet
Remix OS is now in a 24-inch all-in-one PC
Remix OS Beta for PC going strong
Remix OS on a $79 laptop
Remix OS ROMs for your Nexus 9 & 10

iPad Pro 9.7 vs Nexus 9

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.

iPad Pro 9.7 vs Nexus 9
iPad Pro 9.7 vs Surface Pro 4
iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9

Google shows off Android apps on Chromebook

Google Play 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

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

Stay tuned

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.

iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Air 2 

Xiaomi MiPad 2 review

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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.

Join giveaway

iPad Pro 9.7 International Giveaway!

Also running this month from our partner sites:
SoundGuys is giving away the Bose QC35 headphones
VRSource is giving away the Samsung Gear 360

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.
  • Muhammad Farooqi

    does somebody really won? or it is just a way to market

  • James Erlngson

    There is a higher chance of Blackberry becoming popular again than me winning this. lol

    But ill still cross my fingers and hope for the best ^_^ would be so awesome to own this!!

  • Just wonder how the winner been selected? By random lucky draw? Why never has chance to win or me?

    • Gudbella

      I think the software chooses the one with the maximum entries…. So you need to have a lot of friends who have to enter the competition for maximum entries….

      • Mathematically, you do have higher chances of winning with more entries, but our software is as fair as we can get it, we do not, and actually I’m not even sure we could, favor anyone for any reason – there might even be laws against that. Every entry is treated individually and equally, and as @nguhing:disqus asked, yes, the software runs a ‘random lucky draw.’

        Feels like I’m over-justifying things. I know you can only take our word for it, but you have my personal promise that we treat the giveaway as honorably as we can.

        Good luck to all!

        • @jonathanfeist:disqus Noted. Thank for the info.

  • Dexter Cruz

    Good luck everyone! Awesome giveaway.

    • Neil Labrensz

      you would have a better chance if you can buy it locally! L-)

  • Sarra Raache

    Good luck everyone 🙂

  • sky1309

    Good Luck all. 🙂

  • Sethi Chanda

    hope to win

  • Catherine

    Great prize

  • Just entered!
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Cross my fingers!

  • John Russo

    Really hope i get this, but out of curiosity, is there any previous winners here? Cuz i need to know what to look for in the email, they never specify what the email will look like, and i get lots of spam and regular ail so i never really know when i win if i win xD

  • 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 ipad 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.

  • benedicte eunice

    so this is the second giveaway i enter i hope i win this time but best of luck to every on who entered

  • Prabhath K

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Nate

    This would be awesome.

  • Sindhu Upadhya

    Really superb 🙂 🙂

  • zeeshan hamdani

    May the deserving one win 🙂 goodluck to everyone

  • Stejam

    I am literally praying

  • zeeshan hamdani

    May The Deserving One Take Home The Gold…. Though owning this iPad would be a life changer ^_^ Good Luck to All

  • gingerpink

    oh god! my first giveaway entry i cant belive you guys would giveaway this! Thank you so much! im gonna tell my parents about this 😮

  • Anargyros

    i really want this ipad!!!!!good luck to everyone!!!!

  • Aashish Satyal

    I will win

  • sidra tallal

    Fingers crossed for this beautiful thing.

  • Prashant Negi


  • Good luck to everyone!! It would be fantastic to win this!! 🙂

  • Chryzz Vega

    hoping ✌✌

  • Αρμαντο Μπιμπα

    this is my first time doing this

  • Gaurav Pandey

    Finally a good camera 🙂 Checking best iPad cases now.

  • Yahyaben

    Good luck everyone 🙂

  • Ushiec

    its a thing of beauty and i sooo want it

  • Dope. Tab

  • cool

  • lakshmi cherukuri

    i love this tab

  • jose f rodriguez

    i wish i can win this so my mother get a decent tablet

  • Waheed Akhter

    who is the winner?

  • Who is lucky one?

  • CoD Bruh

    how do we know who wins

    • CampTree

      Ikr like who won?

      • Dilpreet Singh

        i think it’s a scam

        • CoD Bruh

          i dont think its a scam… because i did just find where it said last months winner was. so maybe they just announce it sometime the next month

          • CampTree

            Where did you find that information?

  • CampTree

    Are you gonna say who is the winner?

  • ace ace

    Who won

  • Pedro Miguel Tavares

    The winner is Jens W. of Germany. The information is in the newsletter.