Most of us use our tablets for a limited number of tasks like browsing the web, checking emails, reading books, playing games and watching movies. Yes, that’s pretty much about it. Considering the fact that majority of android apps don’t really feel homespun on tabs, it makes sense if people don’t find it as convenient to spin much apps on it.
That said, there are still sundry of things your tablet could do that you are not aware about. Below we have listed some of the most useful ones that once learned can help you at many turns of life.
Play Retro Games
In Windows, we have an app named DOSbox which enables us to run age-old programs. It’s a great app if you are fan of old DOS games, or want to simulate 16 bit TV video games on your computer. Not long ago, the app has made its arrival on mobile ecosystem as well.
The Android version also lets you emulate mouse, keyboard, joystick and many other things to make the experience seem more realistic. Alternatively, you can also use aDosBox for Android that basically does the same task.
Remotely access your PC
TeamViewer, the desktop sharing utility that lets you remotely access others computer is also available for Android, iOS and Windows 8 (RT). The tool, however, is not as powerful as its PC counterpart, but still contains many amazing features.
Use your tablet as a second monitor
If you love multi-tasking then instead of keeping on switching between apps, you could use an extra screen to keep an eye on everything. For that, you are required to install any of the following software. Air Display works with both Android and iOS, the app also lets you do everything wirelessly. Alternatively, you can also use REDFLY ScreenSlider and Splashtop XDisplay.
Make Free Calls
Things are pretty fluky for iOS users as they have FaceTime which lets them talk to other iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch users for free. But unfortunately (and obviously), it isn’t available for Android and Windows 8/RT users. The alternative and even better solution for them is to use the Skype app. The cross-platform app lets you make free calls to other Skype users. Another alternative for Android users is Hangouts in which you can invite your friends to join and interact. Available for both Android and iOS, ooVoo lets you talk to up to 12 friends at the same time.
Stream live TV
There are many apps that can make it possible for you to watch TV on your tablet, but did you know that you could stream live TV on it as well? TVCatchup, an app available for Android, iPad and Windows 8 OS allows you to stream live TV from many popular TV channels. Alternatively, you can also use US TV & Radio App which does the same task for free.
Safeguard your home
If you are baby-sitting a kid or have to oversee your house or office, there are many apps that can help you at this. If you have a webcam installed in your home, then EyeSpyFX can aid you watch its live feed on your tab. Other than that, you can also use tinyCam Monitor Free for Android and AtHome Camera which is available for both Android and iOS.
Access your files from anywhere
Many flagship devices come with no support for external memory cards. There are many ways you could pound with it and even access the storage of other devices. Many hard drive manufacturers including Western Digital have apps that enable you to access data on your WD hard drive from your tablet. This way you can stream movies from your hard drive, view pictures and even save your documents on it.
If you have ended up reading a very cool piece on your Chrome browser, or finished writing a document on your tablet and want to get a hard copy of it, you don’t necessarily need to find a computer to do that. Google Cloud Print lets you take print out of your documents even if you are physically kilometers away from the device. Though the service isn’t available for iPad users yet, an alternative is. You can use PrintCentral Pro.
Use it as a Kindle
If you are jealous of people who own a Kindle device, and hence have access to millions of books, you are really missing on something. You don’t actually need a Kindle device to use their services, go to your app store and look for the Kindle app, it’s free and you can use it on multiple devices including your computer. The other decent thing about it is that the app syncs with all your devices and will even remember the bookmarks and notes you make. Which also means any title that you buy on your Android tablet can be read on your Apple device as well.
Use your tablet to get directions
Many vehicles come with inbuilt GPS navigation services that guide their users with path and weather and other details. If your car didn’t come with such a cool gadget, you can always use your Android and iPad to avail it. M8 Free Sat Nav is available for both Android and iOS. The app provides path route in great details, and also it keeps you updated with the traffic information. Depending on your geographic location, you should be able to find a local app for more in-depth details of your nearby places. And not to forget the Google Maps itself.
Other Noteworthy mentions
Our list unfortunately ends here, but the scope of what else you could do with your tablet is just endless. Using this app, you can control your TV, DVD Player and almost every electronic device that comes with a remote. While this app monitors your heartbeat rate, this will help you track the number of miles you have ran. Health conscious? This app will teach you exercises for different parts of your body. If you are a code junkie, you may want to try Diet Coda, an app that teaches you web codes, or textastic, a minimalistic code editor.