Surf the Web
When you’re five minutes away from missing your mom’s surprise birthday party, but can’t remember the restaurant’s address for the life of you, your tablet’s web browser and built-in search engine will prove its worth. And when combined with the intuitive touchscreen, a tablet may just change the way you surf the web forever.
An app is a software application that lives on your home screen and lets you access information and entertainment without ever needing to go into your web browser. There are apps for almost anything – from an app that can organize your chores to one that can help you figure out a watermelon’s ripeness just by tapping on it.
Each OS offers a wide variety of apps to make your life easier and more fun, so go ahead and download to your heart’s content!
Connect to Social Media
Many social media networks have developed apps designed to maximize your tablet’s capabilities. For example, you can take a photo on your tablet and when you hit the share button, you may see an option to upload it directly to Facebook or Twitter. It’s just another way tablets make staying in touch a breeze.
Playing Mobile Games
The large screen size of a tablet makes it perfect for handheld gaming. The HD screen resolution also makes every explosion, achievement, and epic win stand out in razor sharp clarity.
Take your Music Everywhere
Imagine you’re on an 18-hour journey to Brisbane, Australia, you’re seated between two competitive snorers, and you have nothing to drown out the sound. While this terrifying seating situation may be unavoidable, you can at least rely on your music collection on your tablet to get you through. And if you get sick of your tunes by the end of the trip, you can easily download some new songs once you’re back on solid ground.
Watch HD Movies
Another great way to forget you’re on a long flight between two of the loudest snorers on earth? Watching a great HD movie (or five) on your sleek tablet. You even get great cinematic quality thanks to the HD resolution and stunning display.
Organize Your Life
Tired of organizing your social calendar and to-do lists on Post-it’s stuck in every corner of your home? Live life a little more efficiently – and awesomely – with a tablet packed with handy organization and productivity apps.
You don’t have to be chained to a desk all day to get work done. From business presentations to class projects, tablets support apps and tools perfect for work, such as Microsoft Office and Apple’s iWork. You can even download textbooks to some tablets, perfect for studying on the go. And with a Bluetooth keyboard, typing up a long essay or project is just as easy as being on a computer.
Share and Stream
The mobile nature of a tablet means that it needs to be ready to connect and share with your devices in a split second. As mentioned in the Getting Connected section, there are lots of ways to wirelessly connect your devices to your tablet, so you can stream your content and say buh-bye to annoying wires.
Read Books and Magazines
Some tablets come with their own e-reader built in while others give you the freedom to download the e-reader app of your choice. Scoop up the latest thriller in seconds or peruse the morning paper with just a few taps on the screen. You can even bookmark pages and highlight interesting passages.
Keep in touch with friends, family, classmates and colleagues through video chat. Thanks to a tablet’s front-facing camera and built-in microphone, it’s easy to catch up with mom, have a meeting with an overseas client or practice for a French exam with a classmate. iPads come preinstalled with FaceTime, a video chat platform that works with other iOS devices. Android users can download third party video chat programs such as Skype.
Entertain the Kids
If you want to keep the kids busy while you’re cooking dinner or reading a book, a tablet is the perfect solution. Apple’s App Store, Google Play and the Windows Store are filled with a variety of apps just for kids, from educational games to books and stories to music and art.