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What Can Android Tablets Do? Why Should One Buy an Android Tablet?

Updated on July 24, 2013
Sony Tablet S
Sony Tablet S | Source

What can you do with your android tablet?

Nowadays everybody is crazy about tablets. Each and every consumer electronics company is daily introducing new models of tablet PCs. Most of these are Android tablets. Yes, there is iPad, which is still the king in tablet PC market but the Android tabs are gaining the market very fast. You can choose an Android tablets from hundreds of models and manufactures. Even there are specific types of android tablets which will cater the need of special customer groups. Now after seeing so much buzzes you may ask the question: What can Android Tablets Do? What is the use of it?

Well, now I shall try to give you satisfactory answer to these questions in brief.

Use of Android Tablets

Now, before explaining to you about the use of Android tablets I must consider that the model tablet here will be good one with the latest Android version ICS. It should have a good processor and other decent hardware components. A very cheap Android tablet with outdated hardware will not be of much use.

What is ICS?

ICS is the new version of Android OS, version number 4.0.x. ICS stands for Ice Cream Sandwich. It is much more capable and best suited for a tablet.

The Android Tablet as a Media Player

A good Android tablet is a superb portable media player. You can watch a movie or two while on a long, boring trip. There are some very good android movie player apps available on Google play store like MX Player, YouTube Player, Real Player, VPlayer, RockPlayer etc. You can play HD quality movies with ease. Android apps for playing good quality music are also available in plenty for free. Some decent music player apps are Winamp, TTPod, Poweramp, RocketPlayer etc.

But the problem with Android tablets as portable media player is the storage. You shall have to be contended with 8 to 16 GB of storage space to keep all those stunning movie clips and fantastic songs. But you may use cloud storage or subscribe to streaming movie suppliers like Hulu or Netflix. There is an app named PlayOn on which you can watch Hulu and Netflix. There are also Hulu and Netflix official client apps for android.

Mobisystems OfficeSuit - a good android office app
Mobisystems OfficeSuit - a good android office app

Android Tablets for Office Use

Android tablets becoming popular as professional devices. For office use you shall need some office apps. Google Doc is a superb office app which is available for free. But the problem with this app is that it needs internet connection. DataViz’s Documents To Go is an app with many functions like a PC office suit. The free version is good but for all the functions you shall have to spend $15 for the full version. Quickoffice is another good option with a higher price tag. MobiSystems OfficeSuit is also a good choice.

You can view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files with ease. These office apps will also open high fidelity PDF documents.

The portability and long battery life will give you the power of doing your office jobs and operating the business on the go. For better productivity you should by a Bluetooth keyboard for long writing jobs.

Other Office Uses

Android has some very good email clients. The stock ICS Gmail client is of decent quality and functionality. There are email client apps like K9Mail or MailDroid which will let you to have multiple email accounts open at the same time. These apps have unified inbox too.

Android Tabs for Communication

Android tablets can be used for communications too. Google Plus app has an awesome video chat facility for free. There is also the renowned Skype. There are more free video chatting apps like Fring, Tango, Qik etc. These apps can be used for voice only communication. There are various instant messaging client apps like Imo, Trillian, eBuddy, Meebo etc. These apps will connect you to your AIM/ICQ, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo etc accounts.

For Web Surfing

The main use of an Android tablet is a portable device for web surfing. The power of full web while you are sitting comfortably on your sofa with a smaller and lighter tablet is what you shall get from a tablet. Android tablets supports flash and that is why you can expect much fuller web experience than the iPad. Some advanced web browsing apps for android are Chrome beta, Opera Mobile, Firefox android, Dolphin Browser HD, Maxthon etc. Among these the Dolphon browser is most popular.

Using Android Tablets for Playing Games

Android tablets are fine as casual gaming devices. No, it is not possible to play PC level games in it. But there are some addictive games for everybody on Google Play store. Angry Bird and its versions are very popular along with Words with Friends, Jewels, Cut the Rope, Chess, Unblock Me, Fruit Ninja etc.

The big, bright touch screen with higher DPI and portability makes it fun to play these games on a tablet.

Angry Birds - a very popular game
Angry Birds - a very popular game | Source

Social Networking on Android Tablet

Nowadays, everybody is crazy about social networks. Facebook is a great success and almost everyone has one facebook account today. Twitter has also large fan bases as well as old players like MySpace or Bebo and new ones like pinterest.

Social Networking fanatics like to be online for 24 hours and it is possible with a portable Android tablet.

Friencaster is a very popular app for facebook and TweetDeck is for twitter. There are also official apps. Seesmic is also a popular android app for connecting with various social networks. Also do not forget about the Foursquare app. There are also apps for social bookmarking sites like dig, stumbleupon, reddit and tumbler.

An Android Tablet Review

Blogging from Your Tablet

If you have your personal blog then you can edit a post and add or delete one or two lines on your blog via your tablet. There is a WordPress app for the WP powered blogs. If you are with Blogger then they have their app too.

For writing a long blog post you need to have a physical Bluetooth keyboard. The onscreen keyboard is not very suitable for writing a 1000 words article.

If you are a writer on HubPages then there is an app for it too.

Android Tablet for Photos

An android tablet is an excellent digital photo frame. It can be used as a digital photo album. The photo gallery of ICs is nice for browsing and managing photos. Flicking through photos using your finger and pinch to zoom are two cool specialty of using a tablet for photo viewing.

If you like more bell and whistles then you can check 3rd party photo management apps like JustPictures! and QuickPic. With these apps you can also view photos stored on many online image stores like Picasa, Flickr and Facebook. It is very easy to share your photos via an android tablet on facebook, instagram or flickr.

Photo editing on a Tablet

Quick editing of a photo can be done on an android tablet. You can change the color, contrast or brightness of a photo quiet easily with the handy apps like Pixlr-o-matic , FX Photo Editor or PhotoFancie.

If you want something more like manipulating the parts of the photo or adding layers then you need have to purchase Photoshop Touch for $3.99. Photoshop Touch is a marvelous app for an android tablet where you can do many powerful photo editing like that of a PC.

Photoshop Touch
Photoshop Touch | Source

Business Use of an Android Tablet

Android tablets are being used for business purposes. It can be used on restaurants where it is handed to the customers instead of menus. The customer can check the pictures of the foods along with price and also the ingredients used plus the caloric value of the food. They can order it instantly through the tablet. Imagine how interesting and convenient it would be for your customers. In the same way the salesmen can show their products via tablets which can be ordered on the spot.

A tablet can be used for share trading and other financial works. It is handy to keep the records of your business and check it when necessary and update it while away. Bloomberg is a great app for getting business and finance news and stock data. There are also Google Finance and Stocks.

The Android Businessman
The Android Businessman

Personal Management

As an android tablet is a portable tool which can be carried everywhere it is very useful as a personal management device. Mint is a great app for your personal finance management. There are many more such apps like Easymoney, Financisto, AndroMoney or Expense Manger etc.

There are many top quality to-do and task manager apps. Using such an act you can perform your daily activity much better. Android built-in To-Do app is good. If you want better 3rd party apps then you can download GTasks, Taskos To Do List, Ultimate To-Do List etc.

For Fitness

Your tablet can be your digital assistant for your physical fitness activities. Runkeeper is great for measuring your running speed and the calory lose, heart beat rate etc. Work Trainer is really a digital trainer. It shows you the specific exercises for specific parts of the body along with instructional videos. Loss it and Fulleducate are for keeping track of your dieting controls.

Android Tablet as a Cooking Assistance

No, the tablet will not directly help you like a human assistant during cooking. Actually, it is a great interactive cook book which can be followed in kitchen. Recipe Search does what it claims, searching to find interesting recipes. Cook this Not That is also a very good cooking assistant app.

Android Tablets for Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning is a process for which the android tablets are best suited. A teacher can use it to teach some students. Students can be handed over tables for better learning.

There are some apps for kids learning like Days and Months Flashcards and Kids ABC Phonic etc.

Now, I think you have some idea about the use of Android tablets. Then do you want to buy one or not?

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