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5 unexpected ways your tablet can make your life easier

5 unexpected ways your tablet can make your life easier
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Here's the scenario: You open that rectangular present sitting under the Christmas tree. One whiff of that new tablet smell and you know it’s going to be great.

You quickly power it up, get it on Wi-Fi, set up Facebook, log in to Netflix and play around for a while. Then you set it down to go do other things, and that's about as far as you go with learning what your tablet can do. (Note: Here are 10-must have apps for your new tablet.)

While some people don't really need to know more than this, it really helps when you do. Here are five tricks your tablet can do that will make using it so much better.

1. Make text easier to read

A tablet gives you quite a bit more screen space than a smartphone, but a lot of the text can still be too small for some people. Fortunately, you can bump up the size to something a little easier to see.

iPad

Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility and turn on "Bold Text" and "Larger Text." You can choose either one or both, depending on your preferences. You will need to restart your phone for Bold Text to take effect.

Android

Go to Settings >> Accessibility. Under "Vision," tap "Font size" and set it to "Large." Some phones include the even bigger "Huge" option if you really want to get crazy.

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