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I've been covering the tech world for well over a decade, focusing on mobile and wireless.
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How long should Samsung keep the Gear VR open only to its phones if Google is prepping a headset that will support Android phones from multiple makers?
Google is reportedly challenging Samsung with a higher quality virtual reality headset that supports more phones than the Gear VR.
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The iPad Pro delivers a big and beautiful display, fast performance and long battery life, but it's best for creative pros.
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Hi Mark, I just read your Surface Pro4 vs Ipad Pro and tried to submit a comment, but it didnt seem to work. 
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Hi, I am a professional illustrator/whiteboard animator and digital drawing using these types of devices is incredibly important to me.
So with that said, I wanted to write a few words that might shed some light on some key differences between the two devices. To set the scene, I can tell you I currently have a surface pro 2 and also a 3rd gen Ipad and I like them both, but for different reasons. I use the surface pro with its' amazing pressure sensitive pen to do professional drawing work in 64 bit photoshop and 64 bit adobe illustrator and manga studio. I have access to a world of professional industry standard software used by animators, illustrators and  businesses from all over the world. When I need to work abroad I have everything I need. 
The Ipad has some nice filming and slow motion apps that I use. The kids use some ipad exclusive learning and creative apps that are very intuitive. The retina display is wonderful to look at for movies and reading.

I am really excited to read about about the Ipad PRO with this amazing new pen, and also the surface pro 4 which has the pen, more power for the adobe creative suite which I use every day, and of course a 64 bit windows system. and that is the point. 
For professional work, the surface pro 4 is probably going to be the thing you will need if you want to work and draw and be mobile. Access to all of that software makes a huge difference, trust me.

For many causal users the Ipad pro is going to be the right choice. If they want to get into digital drawing (it is so much fun), then Apples pen technology sounds like it is going to feel incredible to draw with and really raise the bar. These larger screen sizes will add so much to the mobile digital drawing experience, and youtube will be full of people creating amazing things with it. However I think If you try to use it professionally and it comes down to dealing with large and varied files and various file formats your clients need, including edits or touch ups in other programs, or something the print company requires, then this is where things will become frustrating with just Ipad software. You can get them across to your desktop and do more with it from there, but it adds extra steps to your process that you wont need with a surface pro.
There are some really great things on the apple app store, but they dont quite come up to the standards of the adobe creative suite. 
Apple creates amazing software too of course. My best mate is a mac user and he has access to incredible Mac only software (like final cut pro), and also the adobe suite of course. 
But the Ipad pro cannot run that kind of heavyweight software, (but the surface pro can as it has all the power of a regular windows machine).

I can plug the surface pro into a full sized monitor and my usb wireless keyboard and mouse when I need the desktop experience. 

I hope my example gives a new angle on things for people who have discovered these 'next gen' tablets.

Lastly, For the mac and PC users alike, the Ipad pro has a nice bonus that I just read about. It is called Duet and lets you use your Ipad Pro as a second display.
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As Donald Trump would say, the Galaxy View is huuuuuge. But it's also oddly compelling.
What do you get when you cross a tablet and a TV? Samsung's new Galaxy View is a portable television poised to change the way you watch TV.
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Is Apple still innovating enough? My takeaways from the big event. 
The Apple Event proved that the company can still out-innovate the competition, but there were some misses, too.
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My in-depth Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Review. Because you're worth it...http://www.tomsguide.com/us/galaxy-s6-edge-plus,review-2994.html
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The Moto G is so good it should scare everyone else. I'd recommend the 16GB model.
The Moto G is an excellent budget Android phone, sporting a chic design, a bold 5-inch display and all-day battery life.
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Great chatting with Palmer Luckey on what's next for VR, including the importance of touch and how AR and VR will merge. Do you agree?http://www.tomsguide.com/us/palmer-luckey-interview,news-21938.html
Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey weighs in on what's next for virtual reality, including touch control, changing the way we communicate and the convergence of AR and VR.
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Facebook Safety Check should be available to anyone, anywhere at any time. Here's why. 
Facebook's Safety Check is a great tool, but the social network needs to let users decide when and where to use it.
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My Surface Book Review. Beautiful. Blazing. Buggy. http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/microsoft-surface-book 
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Hi which Lenovo 2-in-1?
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Galaxy Tab S2 Review (9.7 inch): Amazingly Thin, Awesome Display. But about that battery life...http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/tablets/samsung-galaxy-tab-s2-97
The Tab S2 combines awesome power and eye candy in a jaw-droppingly thin and light design, but its battery life falls short.
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Excellent review. 
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I'm glad that Verizon has finally ditched contracts. 3GB plan looks like best deal. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/verizon-no-contract-plans,news-21444.html
Verizon has streamlined its cellphone plans into four offerings that are only available if you buy your phone outright or join the carrier's monthly installment plan.
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My Gear VR for Galaxy S6 Review. I got a little queasy at times but still loved flying a jetpack. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/gear-vr-galaxy-s6,review-2917.html
The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Galaxy S6 delivers jaw-droppingly immersive games and entertainment for a reasonable price.
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