Fun Ways to Use Your Tablet

Tablets have flooded our marketplace. Some have come and gone; some are hanging by a thread; and others are thriving. Computer software, web design, games and apps are all being geared toward tablets, as people are trading in their laptops for the mobility, productivity and battery life they get with these mobile devices.

It’s expected that nearly 55 million Americans will own a tablet by the end of 2012. Whether you’re using your tablet for shopping, social media, gaming, news, email, movie watching or book reading, there are apps out there that allow you to utilize your tablet in a more creative ways.

Here are a few fun ways you can use your tablet (in a more out-of-the-box approach):

Cookbook: Do away with your old, outdated cookbooks. Search for a delicious recipe on your favorite search engine or app (Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals for $7.99 or Whole Foods Market Recipes for free, are my recommendations), and place your tablet on a book stand next to you while you cook dinner tonight.

Radar Gun: The next time you’re at the ballgame, bring your tablet and start tracking the speed of pitches on your own. Spectators of baseball, in particular, are enamored with numbers and statistics. One such stat that has become so popular that some stadiums are devoting a large amount of scoreboard space to it, is the speed of pitches. The Baseball Radar Gun app, available through iTunes for $.99, allows you to track pitch speed on your own. It can also be a fun tool for use at your kids next little league game!

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Flight Tracker: If you’ve ever waited to pick up someone from the airport, you may have run into a situation where the flight may have been delayed. If you’re already down at the airport, you typically get stuck driving around the terminal over and over again, or paying more for parking in the airport garage. Well, with mobile apps, like SkyCharts (among others), you can track flights in real time. Like-wise, if a loved one is traveling overseas, and you want to make sure they arrive safely, you can follow that information from just about anywhere.

Record Your Favorite TV Shows: Gotta work late, and going to miss your favorite tv show? Well most, if not all of the television networks have an app that gives you the ability to control your DVR (Digital Video Recorder) settings, even when you’re on the go.

Do you have creative and fun ways you use your tablet of choice? Let us know.

John Ehlenbeck is a contributing writer for N2A Cards, using your Nook Color as an Andoid Tablet.

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