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10 surprising uses for a tablet

10 surprising uses for a tablet
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Q. I saw your tip on how to reuse an old smartphone. I'm about to buy a new tablet, though. Do you have any similar tips for what I can do with my old tablet? Thanks so much!
-Candace, from Los Angeles, CA, listens to my national radio show on KABC 790 AM.

A. I sure do, Candace! First things first, let me help you pick out that new tablet. Make sure you use my tablet buying guide, tablet comparison chart and budget tablet comparison chart. They're all free and give you the knowledge you need to pick the perfect tablet.

As for your old tablet, don't forget that it's not that different from a smartphone. Many of the things in the tip you mentioned can be done with an old tablet.

I do have some special ideas that take advantage of that extra screen size, though. You can even use some of these ideas with new tablets, too!

The most obvious use for an old tablet is as a digital photo frame. You can make a slideshow with a site like Photosnack. Then, just mount the tablet wherever you want it.

That screen can double as an extra monitor for your computer, too. All you need is a stand and the right app. iDisplay works on both Androids and iPads with ease.

You don't even need to connect it to your computer. You can just keep the tablet nearby. It can serve as a music player or news reader. This saves your computer's processing power and makes it easier to focus on what you're doing.

Your tablet can become an input gadget, too. Remote Mouse lets you use a touch-screen gadget as a digital trackpad and keyboard.

If you need a guest computer, your tablet will serve you well. Just make sure you wipe its data using the instructions you'll find in this tip. That way, you don't have to worry about someone snooping through your files.

Tablets can be a great second computer anywhere, really. I've seen people mount a tablet into their kitchen counters or cabinets. You can even mount it in a room to be a budget security camera.

Your tablet can fit in well with your entertainment center. If it has an HDMI port, you can turn it into a streaming gadget with XBMC.

Tablets are great for a photographer's tool belt, too! With the Enlight app, you get every photo app you've ever needed combined into one and it will help you edit your photos into masterpieces.

No matter what you choose, make sure to keep the tablet near a charger. You don't want it to run out of power while it's doing something important!

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