This week in Mobile Tech Manor #5 — Pro tablet

mobile-tech-manor-large-22The week is over and it’s time to look back at the gadgets that came and went along with other tech stuff that played a part in Mobile Tech Manor (MTM), aka my home office. This weekly column discusses the things that shaped how the week passed and also gives me a place to share anything of interest I run across.

The gadgetry

HP Pro Slate 8 pad
HP Pro Slate 8

Only one device arrived this week and I’ve spent a lot o time testing it. The HP Pro Slate 8 is an 8-inch Android tablet aimed at the enterprise. It has one feature unique to the genre and that’s a pen that lets you write on any paper and the output is captured on the tablet screen.

I’ll be doing a complete review on ZDNet and meanwhile I’m still trying to figure out a good use-case for this technology.

I’m still using the Surface 3 heavily, almost every day. The more I use it the better I like it, and that is quite a lot. I believe it is a good fit for anyone wanting a very portable Windows 10 system. You must consider the Type Cover if you really want to use it heavily.

Speaking of the Surface, this week Apple confirmed the date for what is believed to be the big iPhone event, September 9. What does this have to do with the Surface? Well, Apple is going to stream this event live to Windows 10 users.

It’s been a long time since that’s happened, and I believe it may have something to do with the long-rumored big iPad, aka iPad Pro. If Apple were to unveil it at this event being streamed live to Windows users, it could demo how the bigger iPad is a good alternative for Surface tablets. That’s my thought, anyway.

MS Arc Touch MouseUpdate on the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse: In a previous MTM I shared my experience with the Arc Touch Mouse. I like it from the first use but over time one feature it lacks is bugging me. The lack of support for horizontal scrolling is driving me batty.

Windows 10 has a lot of areas where scrolling side-to-side is really handy and the Arc Touch Mouse can’t do that. I now find I end up using the touch pad on the Surface 3 Type Cover most of the time. It scrolls horizontally nicely.

I also find I rarely use the Surface Pen. It’s easier to just tap the screen with my finger when using the Surface 3 as a tablet. If I was a user big on handwriting on the screen that would be different but I’m not.

App of the week

Win 10 SolitaireThe mobile app of the week is a reincarnation of a really old one. I hadn’t played it for about a decade until I made a mistake and fired up Solitaire in Windows 10.

What a time suck! I now play it regularly when I have free time. It works with touch control so well that it’s smooth and easy to play.

If you don’t want to get sucked into the Solitaire void whatever you do don’t fire it up, even once.

Wrapping up

That’s the week as it passed in Mobile Tech Manor. I hope you got something useful to take away from this week’s article. See you next week.

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