Did you know that a whopping third of American adults are now tablet owners? That's almost twice the number of folks who owned a tablet a year ago.
The growing popularity of tablets doesn't surprise me. Tablets are simple, ultraportable and powerful enough to pull off many of the same computing tasks as your laptop or desktop.
If you're shopping for a tablet, be sure to consult my tablet buying guide, tablet comparison chart and mini-tablet comparison chart. They're all free and will give you the information you need to pick out the right tablet.
Most folks already know that a tablet is a great gadget for streaming video and music, playing games, reading ebooks and surfing the Web. But tablets can do some other tricks that might surprise you.
1. A wireless mouse and keyboard
Did your wireless mouse go dead? Need a spare keyboard? Your tablet can easily be turned into either one. A free app like Remote Mouse will turn your tablet - or any touch-screen gadget - into a digital trackpad and keyboard for your computer.
2. A guest computer
When you have visitors, turn your tablet into a handy guest computer. You won't have to worry about anyone snooping around files on your laptop or desktop.
Just make sure to wipe your information from your gadget before you put it in someone else's hands. Click here to learn how to wipe your mobile gadgets.