Somewhere between 2009 and 2014, in the space between the smartphone and the PC, the tablet has fast become the must have tech accessory by charming consumers and ensnared its own market share. But what is it about these devices that sets tablets apart from other computing technology? For a start, try staying up late reading your favorite novel with a laptop gripped in one hand, or taking notes in a meeting on a smartphone, and you will find your answer. The tablet might be the new kid on the block, but it’s more portable than a laptop and more adaptable than a smartphone. There are some things that you’ll find yourself using your tablet for frequently. Make sure you don’t miss out on its uses in the following areas:
One of the first things you should download onto your tablet is a productivity suite, with a basic word processor (the second is a file management system, for the record). The thought of typing directly onto a screen might make your blood run cold if you’re a fan of clacking away at a traditional keyboard, but the tablet is a powerful tool for taking notes in meetings or at lectures. It powers up swiftly, and some are even sensitive enough for handwriting with a stylus.
From straightforward puzzle games and film franchise tie-ins to crisp, involved actioners and retro reboots, the mobile platform is evolving to accommodate a richer, more entertaining library of titles for the tablet gamer. New technologies are emerging to allow sync with PC titles, and there are even waterproof options so that spilled beer in the throes of an epic battle needn’t equal game over for your device.
For many, one of the best bonus functions of a tablet is its versatility as a reading device. Not only is it easy to download a reading app and begin devouring the classics in a matter of moments, there’s no crisper, slicker way to digest a comic book or magazine.
Need to convert weights, set a timer, follow a recipe or rewind an instruction video to produce perfect blueberry muffins, every time? The tablet’s portability is part of its charm. Take it into the kitchen, and you might just find it’s your new and most used cooking gadget.
There are now hundreds of free streaming apps available to download, and for those with a subscription and an HDMI output, the options are limitless. Connect your tablet to your TV and, if you want to be super-smart, control it with a remote app with your smartphone. Voila! Your very own smart(ish) TV!
A smart man (okay, Einstein) once posited that the measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Tablets are nothing if not mutable. Adapt yours to your everyday needs, and you’ll soon find it’s more than up to the task.
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