So you got a sweet tablet, but now what’re you going to do with it? Sure it’s great for checking e-mail or checking in on social media like Facebook or Twitter, but did you really shell out all these bucks just for that? Or did someone get it for you as a great gift and now you’re just not sure what to do with the thing? Never fear—LifeHack is here with tips on some rather amazing things you can do with your tablet. In fact, you may start to wonder how you ever got along without it.
1. Second Screen
Use a tablet as a second screen to increase productivity at work and home. Keep text notes handy with Simplenote for Apple or FlickNote for Android. These apps keep information at the ready. Use bookmarks to quickly look up needed webpages. This tip saves time by avoiding going back and forth between screens. Simply tap on the screen to make quick calls via Skype or shoot off a quick message with e-mail.
2. Control Electronics Remotely
Certainly larger than a regular remote and easier to find, tablets can be used to control the television. The TV Sideview app is available for Apple and Android for the Sony Smart TV and Sony Blu-Ray player. The app controls the television and related electronics, while also providing program information. The apps can “learn” to recognize other televisions, DVD, or Blu-Ray players, as well as, stereo systems.
3. Alarm And Digital Picture Frame
This may be far from the coolest or most exciting use for the tablet; however, it’s a good idea for making the device work for you during its downtime. Use the Daydream app for either Android or Apple to display favorite pictures when the unit is not being used. The Daydream app can be used for sharing and other sweet features. For example, the time line view can show pictures from family and friends from around the same time.
4. A Pet’s Best Friend
Even Spike and Fluffy can get involved in the action with a tablet. Interact like never before with your fine, furry friends. One app allows a photo to be taken by tapping anywhere on the screen. Another answers every question with a yes or a no. Another app allows pets or their human companions to doodle or draw. Most apps are freely available for download or sponsored by pet food companies. Apps are also available to easily train the pooch to do simple tricks.
5. Use As A Phone
Both Android and the iPad support the use of Skype to stay close to family and friends. The app is free, although there is a cost for international calls. Talk face-to-face, via chat, or voice-chat through the free application. Using a tablet is a fantastic way to stay close to those who are far away. Another way to use a tablet as a phone is through Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) networks that are compatible with the tablet you own.
6. Co-Pilot and Car Radio
A variety of music apps are available for tablets, such as Pandora, Spotify, and I Heart Radio. These apps allow for searches by artist, band, or genre. Apple iTunes is also a great way to find music you like. You can find your favorite music or explore new artists and bands. Listen to any type of music as you travel. Equally important is finding your way to where you want to go. A tablet makes a very convenient and reliable co-pilot. A GPS will certainly get you going. A tablet is a great travel companion when traveling alone or with family and friends.
7. Stress Reliever
Think you don’t have time for meditation or time to relax? Think again. A tablet conveniently brings meditation stress relief videos or music or both right to you. Try Meditation Oasis for Android or Calm to relax after a stressful day or to prepare for the day ahead. Meditating regularly eases mental and emotional stress and has been found to relieve physical pain, as well. Regular meditation also helps improve mood and may present a better world perspective. Meditation also relieves anxiety and soothes distracting inner chatter.
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