REVIEW: Apple iPad Pro

13989786_xxlg_0If you follow Apple’s ads for the new Apple iPad Pro 9.7”, you would believe that this device is a dramatic improvement over recent iPads, but if you look closer, this is not necessarily the case.

In September of last year Apple introduced the iPad Pro, a larger (12.9”) device with much of the specs of smaller iPad but with the introduction of the Apple Pencil for those who need to draw on their iPads.

In late March, Apple introduced a smaller version of the iPad Pro (9.7”) to match the previous iPads in size, yet had newer features found only in the iPad Pro. Check out some of the new features.

New Processor

The iPad Pro picks up major speed improvements thanks to its Apple A9X chip with 64-bit architecture. This chip replaces last year’s A8X chip.. Apple claims this speed makes everything more responsive without sacrificing its 10 hours of battery life.

I was not able to test the speed of the A9X, but those who did found a 200% improvement. From normal day-to-day activities you may not be able to find a significant difference, so speed bumps with this new iPad may be a perception issue.

Those who have tested this processor have found that the A9X chip delivers speed and graphics that rivals many PCs. Continue reading…

Xfinity Modem Rental

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Exactly four years ago I wrote an extensive article for our newsletter about switching from Comcast TV and Internet service to AT&T’s U-verse. At the time it was a good deal and U-verse was certainly more reliable than Comcast. We had U-verse for two years until the introductory priced contract expired and the rates rose. U-verse service was okay, but not great and streaming Netflix was annoyingly interrupted multiple times for buffering. Both my wife and I have part-time consultancies which require us to have good, consistent internet connections and U-verse just didn’t quite do it for us. So two years ago when a Comcast sales person came around and tried to get us back to Comcast with a deal that was equal to U-verse TV but with much better Internet speeds, we bit and made the switch. That contract ended this month and as we should have expected, our bill rose dramatically. We complained to Comcast and told them we had to get the bill back down to a manageable level, and certainly there must be some other bundle that would do the job for less. To make a long story short, we wound up with a basic TV, phone, and internet package, and upgraded the TV and internet portions to mid-tier levels and still wound up with a price well below the bill we had after our previous contract had expired. Continue reading…