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How to Transform and Use Your Tablet as a Portable PC (iPad and Android)

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Steve Jobs once said that the tablet would, at some point, achieve the characteristics of a normal desktop computer. The declaration seems impossible, why do you give up a real PC to a small portable device that is impossible to work with? To make a comparision, Steve Jobs made a comparison between trucks and cars saying that, when a country is predominantly agricultural, trucks will be used more than cars. On the contrary urbanization changed everything and so the use of cars became more popular. The PC is the truck, while the portable, small and slim tablets are the cars.

Although personally I do not believe this simile is apt, it must be admitted that the prediction of Steve Jobs has come true, at least partially. The tablet will not completely replace desktop PCs, especially in the office, but it certainly can be a good substitute to laptops. Desktop and laptop computers will not be rendered obsolete by the tablet, but they are certainly now less necessary and more replaceable.

The more time passes, the more tablets are becoming handier. Tablets such as the Apple iPad, Samung Galaxy Nexus with Android are becoming more like a computer. Below are some tips how to make a tablet like the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab to be powerful and can be used like a normal desktop PC.

Support to prop up the touchscreen tablet

If you wish to work with the tablet for many hours, it is necessary to put the tablet in an upright position, similar to a monitor. Online markets today offer cases and covers with a vertical support for most tablets.

Keyboard

To work on the tablet screen you must have a keyboard and mouse. Looking more like a laptop the use of a keyboard and mouse helps you make all the work normally done on a laptop or computer. If you think that attaching a keyboard to a tablet is expensive, think it over and over again. Tablets such as Asus Transformer series offer keyboards that can be attached to the tablet, without the need of spending a lot of money. On Amazon you can find a choice of keyboards that are compatible with many tablets. These keyboards connect to the tablet via Bluetooth.

Applications and Programs

The next step is to install the programs. Like in smartphones, tablets also have applications depending on the operating system they use. Whether using iOS on iPad, Android on Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Asus Transformer Infinity and Windows 8 on Microsoft Surface, Asus VivoTab and Samsung Ativ Smart PC, you can find the right programs to use. In order to take quick notes, writing articles or a blog, there is always a specific app. To work on a computer you must definitely have Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Although Microsoft Office can be installed on Windows 8 tablets, those using Android can try Kingsoft Office which is free.

Browser

Most of the browsers that are used on normal computers are also available on the tablet: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari (mobile) and Opera are available for both iOS and Android. As for Microsoft Surface there is Internet Explorer 10. If you are using Chrome on your computer, you can also synchronize the same browser on the tablet to have the same bookmarks and the same settings. For Android tablets there are also other browsers such as Maxthon HD, UC Browser and others.

Social Networking and communication

One of the easiest things to do on a tablet is to get connected to social networks.
All major sites have official applications: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to name a few. On the tablet there are also great apps such as Skype, making it easier to use than a desktop computer because camera and microphone are integrated in the screen.

Music and Video

You can listen to all kinds of music with a tablet using various applications.

Cloud

One big difference between ordinary computers or laptops and tablet is the internal storage of the data or, in other words, the disk space. Tablets are always sold with limited memory and, in many cases (on the iPad), you can even expand it with USB memory sticks or SD cards. For this reason, with a tablet it becomes indispensable to use cloud storage services that offer a free space to save the data. These are Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Skydrive, Sugarsync, Bitcasa and there are also many others of which there is an app to load and open files, documents, photos, videos and music.

Connect the tablet to your computer

With the tablet you cannot do everything that a PC does. However, you can always connect the tablet to a computer with the help of applications like Teamwiever and Splashtop.

How to Transform and Use Your Tablet as a Portable PC (iPad and Android)
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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