Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ 256GB Wi-Fi – Space Grey.

For the first time ever, I bought an iPad, the one I went for is the Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ 256GB Wi-Fi – Space Grey.


An impressive tablet I must say.

Apple’s packaging was as usual spot on.

I also picked up a cover and Apple Pencil.

I decided to buy the tablet from Amazon as I checked the price and it was approximately £50 less than Apple direct.

As this is the first iPad for me, I have nothing to compare with on any other model, all I can say is that everything is incredibly smooth, setup of course was very easy.

Like the Apple iPhone SE 128GB, it is capable of recording at 4K – although this requires a visit to your settings to change from the default of 1080p.

Another decision I made was not to buy the keyboard for a couple of reasons, I really want to try to get used to not relying on keyboards any more and the cost from Apple is too much and it does not even have back lighting.

All of the Apps that I use except one were easily installed.

I am looking forward to the IOS 11 upgrade, especially the Augmented Reality and using the camera to scan documents.

In short – so far – impressive.

Brian Collins

Voice Control Personal Assistants

As time goes on, I realise that I for one, depend on Voice Control for a number of the devices that I have and use on a daily basis.

From mobile phones to computers and entertainment devices.

Specifically, Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant and Alexa.

I perform a number of tasks with these assistants from dialling a phone number to controlling my smart home and listening to and watching my entertainment choices.

Comparing one to another is not really fair, as each have their strengths and weaknesses.

When deciding which assistant I would like to help me, I invariably choose the one that is easiest to use (and get to understand me).

A secondary consideration is the task most suited to the assistant.

Although life would be simpler if one assistant was capable of doing everything, I quite like the idea of being surrounded by a number of assistants – I spent a lot of my professional life as a manager, so am used to heading a team to work together to complete tasks.

Where possible, information such as contacts, calendars, reminders and messages are shared between the various devices.

Sometimes this can be technically challenging but is very useful.

Brian Collins

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 32 GB

I couldn’t put off getting used to Android style devices any longer – so I got this to try out.

As I do with all my devices, I started by trying to install my McAfee on this tablet, to no avail along with a few other apps I normally use.

I understand Amazon’s need to provide their own app store but really guys, you need to have a word with the major software manufacturers to add to your app store.

I solved this particular problem by installing another Anti-Virus which is in the Amazon app store.

The good news is that I was able to connect with my Microsoft OneDrive and OneNote.

Of course anything Amazon is well covered along with integration to my Google account.

Excellent battery life, good HD screen and easy setup.

Liking it more every day for entertainment.

Brian Collins