Forcing their way into the mainstream technology spectrum, tablets are quickly becoming a must have gadget.
The trouble is, many people argue that tablets simply don’t offer the functionality that other electrical devices such as laptops, music players and mobile phones do.
However, tablets have their plus points too and are extremely portable, lightweight and practical – making them an increasingly popular purchase for many a techie.
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So what about add-ons? Can they offer the extra functionality to make tablets the all-encompassing product to dominate the computer and technology market?
Here are some of the essential items that you may consider purchasing for your tablet – making it a more complete product in the process.
This one is almost compulsory. Tablets are such an expensive purchase (so much so that you may take out insurance on them) that the worst thing you can do is drop them and leave a scratch or mark on them. Having a cover – which can come in a number of different colors and forms – will give you the vital peace of mind when operating your tablet. You will often be offered the opportunity to invest in a cover when you make your tablet purchase.
One of the biggest gripes that people have about tablets is their lack of a physical keyboard. It is argued that laptops are much more appropriate for administrative and work-related tasks because they provide the function of being able to type quickly with the screen in a prime position. However, keyboard accessories can be bought for tablets with some even adding a support to the device to project it in an upright fashion.
Another disadvantage with tablets is their lack of hard drive space in comparison to laptops or desktop PCs. There are a number of different hard drives for tablets available on the market to suit the pocket of the consumer and the amount of extra memory required for all those applications, videos, music and pictures.
So tablets have the ability to play videos in super high quality making them ideal for viewing TV programmes and films, right? Well, not quite. Unless you’re on the move, it’s not exactly practical to sit down and watch a two-hour long film from your lap. This is where tablet stands come in. They are adjustable to match your viewing requirements and can be great for home use when you want to add some comfort to watching a video from your tablet.
One of the many things you’re likely to be storing on your tablet is lots of music – but what use is it if you can’t hear it properly?
There is the option of headphones, of course, but if you want to project your tunes to a wider audience and show off your tablet’s capabilities then it’s worth investing in some speakers. Speakers are also ideal for creating a perfect ambience when watching a film from your tablet.
There are some people who are particularly pedantic when it comes to making any type of mark on their tablet screen which can occur from general every day use of the device. To solve this problem, there are specifically designed gloves to be used with your tablet device that will leave no marks on your screen.
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Ok, so this isn’t essential –far from it – but this add-on is just damn right fun and there’s nothing like having a bit of fun, is there?
This accessory – coming in the form of an ‘iCade’ for the iPad – is built in the shape of a classic arcade machine with attached buttons and joystick to help provide you with the ultimate gaming experience. It’s a luxury accessory but one well having if you’re a keen gamer and someone who loves a bit of nostalgia.
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