What Do You Use Your Tablet For?

What Do You Use Your Tablet For?

Tablets are appearing in a lot more living rooms and offices these days, but it still seems like people are trying to figure out exactly what they’re good for. So, we want to know: what do you use your tablet for?

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We’ve talked about plenty of unusual things to do with a tablet, including, recycling old tablets, how to use a tablet as a second monitor, and why tablets are great productivity tools. Research suggests that despite the potential, browsing and email still dominate. But everyone varies, so we want to know: what do you use your tablet for?


  • Usually just for social/media consumption. What I REALLY want is something that has a slick browser and works effortlessly as a note-taking tool and email workhorse. Waiting for that magical unicorn to appear.

  • i use the samsung galaxy tab 7.7 (32gb ICS), i feel its the perfect size for mobility with enough screen to take on any task.
    i mainly use it for emails, video, apps and as an e-reader/document editor. Perfect for uni.

  • A bit of everything – email, social media, reading and lately, as an actual productivity tool using citrix. On the odd occasion ive been without my laptop, the citrix receiver app works really well when i have needed to send documents or check accounts. using my iphone as a bluetooth trackpad was probably the best trick i learned in this respect

  • I use my Nexus 7 for email, social media, web browsing, checking my RSS feeds, and shopping. Importantly, I get to do all this without having to turn on my laptop when I get home (also, I get to do this from the comfort of my sofa in front of the TV). These days I turn my personal laptop on only when I need to do something complex or when I need to create/edit content.

  • Primarily reading and annotating articles and lecture slides for uni, and taking notes during classes. Also some casual gaming, receiving updates via social media, a backup for composing emails if I can’t get to a PC, and occasional movie or TV watching – particularly if I’m sick in bed.

  • Got a samsung 7.7

    When I got it, I used to use it for reading news articles mainly. Now I barely use it at all. Mainly when I am away with out a computer.

    Oh and I’ll sometimes use it to watch videos on the train.

  • I have a Nexus 7 which I mostly use at work for social media, Google Reader (Press), and Evernote for projects, as well as Kindle at night. At home my partner uses it for recipes, social media and games.

  • I use my Transformer Prime for app coding (AIDE + Git/Dropbox) when I’m on the go, terminal work (testing and troubleshooting), Google Drive, Evernote and of course general browsing, email and Feedly (newsreader).

  • Got myself a Surface and I use it when on site. If I need to connect to the Internet, I use my mobile phone as a hot spot. I can do almost everything I need when at client sites, check their network, work with Office and create Invoices, Quotes etc. When at home, I kick back with casual browsing and watching movies. Hooking it up to an Xbox is fun too

  • My 10″ android tablet is now my primary computer at home. It has a keyboard dock as well, which is fine for typing lengthy e-mails. Using Android on a daily basis is significantly better than Windows 7/8. I feel you can do a lot more with it, much easier.

    I also carry a Nexus 7 on my pocket for media consumption while commuting.

  • I have a Samsung Galaxy tab 2 10.1 I mainly use it for browsing, emails, and comics. Its fantastic with comixology’s comics app that add brilliant transitions. its as light as a Trade paper back of a physical comic.

  • Got a few ipads floating around unfortunately, mine never gets used any more, replaced entirely by my phone, but the missus uses her’s extensively for internet and work email.

  • I use my 10″ Acer tablet as a media center (plugged into the TV), I use my Nexus 7 to read the news (via Google Currents), Facebook / Google+, browsing the internet / Wikipedia (the bigger screen and hand-held-edness is wonderful for this), and for media consumption when I’m on the go (e.g. watching videos on the train or when someone else is driving and I’ve got time up my sleeve).

    I also use it as an emergency productivity tool as well. I can log on to my workplace’s virtual desktops in a pinch, but I usually wait until I’m back at my desk if I can.

  • iPad “3”. I use it in a few different ways. First, as a reader for ebooks and RSS feeds, etc. Second as a way of enforcing some work-life separation for my mobile devices: I have set up my work email account on my iPad but not my iPhone, and the iPad is useful for certain quick work tasks that are done away from the office. Third, it’s a nice device for casual Internet browsing: I was finding that if I went to my home desktop to look up something on the Internet I’d be sucked down a rabbit hole and end up wasting a lot of time, but when I do the same thing on my iPad, it gets done and I get on with my life. This last point has a lot to do with the fact that the iPad is pretty sucky for typing, especially if (like me) you’re really fast on a regular keyboard. So that means that all my real work (which involves writing in one form or another) gets done on a desktop, and the iPad will never replace that.

  • The Nexus 7 gets used for rss, social media, comics and other reading and reference chores. The Transformer Prime is used for writing, designing mindmaps, managing emails and playing Elder Sign.

  • iPad4: Pandora, Rdio, Email, Flipboard, RDP and SSH into work servers and scheduling planes for a certain large international airline. I have the untrathin logitech for when I need to use SSH but tend to tap my emails. I wish the iPad had proper swype.

    Nexus7: Reading Books (perfect form factor, but no LTE so can’t do much else on it

    SonyS: Scrapped, useless piece of junk, never buying another Sony product again.

    • +1 for RDP. the ipad is now my main remote admin tool, which I didn’t expect at all.

      I use it pretty heavily for rss/iview/social media/browsing, but the remote admin lets me justify owning it.

  • Everything! My Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is always with me. Yes, email, browsing, social media,, texting, but also reading – e books, audio books, digital magazines; music via spotify, Google
    Reader for, blogs, news feeds; Dropbox for access to all my work and personal files; apps for everything from tv guide to medical records; all my photos via Picasa; all my contacts and calendars; PDFs of sewing/knitting/crochet patterns; to do lists etc.
    I am pretty close to not needing my laptop anymore. Add in my Samsung Galaxy camera and I really only need my smartphone for making calls these days! And as a person with MS it acts like a backup brain and is easily used in bed at any angle and is perfect when away from home and makes doctors waiting room reading much less painful 😉

  • I use a 2nd gen iPad for a bit of everything – web browsing and private emails while at work (can’t access anything via office network); note taking and meeting agendas for work (don’t print anything anymore – save meeting agendas and papers to Evernote and access from there on my iPad during meetings);

    for home it’s my go-to device for catching up on my RSS feeds (Mr Reeder) and I use it increasingly as my kitchen cookbook (most of my recipes are now in Evernote). I read kindle books on it occasionally (but also have an old Sony eReader that I read more ebooks on), I am also addicted to word games and sudoku and prefer the larger screen of the tablet rather than my phone. It’s also good for iView in bed

    I still have a latop at home which I use for serious writing, photo editing and a couple of data centric apps that don’t have good iOS versions but I’m more inclined to upgrade my tablet more frequently than the laptop these days

  • I bought a cheap’n’nasty 7″ tablet, just to see how it might be useful.

    It’s mostly on the kitchen wall as a really accurate clock (with weather forecast)!

    Sometimes, though, it replaces my phone for video watching in bed. Otherwise, I find the GNex is my go-to portable device.

  • I’m an iOS developer so it’s often used for work, but main personal uses are reading comics (Comic Zeal Reader is excellent), streaming from home server via Plex, RDP to home server via LogMeIn Ignition, and the type of games that just aren’t done justice by the iPhone’s screen size.

  • IPad 2. My iPad never leaves my side and I use it constantly – not a great productivity tool though!. I use it for downloading meeting papers, social/browsing/email, streaming radio (mostly sport and music). Thankfully I have a powerboard on my desk meaning I can leave it plugged in all day. When I am away from my desk or travelling, my 3m USB cable comes in pretty handy!

  • iPad Mini. This thing is welded to my hand. I use it for everything. Reading news, playing games, watching videos, music production, document processing, reading and documenting recipes and all of my everyday Internet surfing is done here. I only use my PC if I have to upload a document which can’t be uploaded from a mobile browser and for minimal music production. My iPad Mini completes me.

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