Make The Most Of Your Tablet This Weekend

Tablets may be the future of computing, but a lot of us are still figuring out how they really fit into our lives. If you'd like to use your tablet for more than the occasional magazine, here are some clever ways you can get more from it.

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Get The Right Tablet

Obviously, step one is to get a good tablet. There are some great Android tablets out there, new Windows 8 tablets, and of course, the iPad. Tablets under $100 aren't usually worth the trouble. If you're the DIY type, make sure you can get one that's user-serviceable if something goes wrong.

Make It Productive

People have given tablets grief for just being "toys," but the fact of the matter is that they can be great productivity tools -- if you take advantage of their strengths. In fact, with the right apps and tricks, it can become an awesome productivity-boosting partner. The biggest problem with tablets is their inability to act as a communal device -- which, in a household, is often what people want to use them for. Luckily, we have some ways around that too.

Find Clever Alternative Uses

Maybe you have a second, old tablet lying around. Or maybe you just don't use your current one and want to find a new home for it. We've listed some great alternative uses before, including using it as a dedicated recipe machine, a portable media centre, a home automation system, or -- for you gamers -- a retro gaming arcade. You can also augment your computer with a tablet too, using it as a dedicated shortcut machine and trackpad.

DIY Some Handy Accessories

Lastly, the right accessory can change your tablet gavits. We've shared more tablet stands, cases, wall mounts,and styluses than we can count, not to mention articulating arms to prevent ergonomic strain.

Want to do something a bit more interesting? Whip up a custom screen protector, turn your tablet into a softbox, or boost its volume with a plastic cup (or, if you're adventurous, a few carefully drilled holes).

Tablets may seem simple, but with the right attitude, they can serve a multitude of purposes -- even more than a laptop. Take some time to explore the possibilities and you're sure to find something that suits you.

Have a good weekend!


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