If you’re like many Americans, you—or someone you love—bought or received a tablet as a gift recently. The tablet market is booming. Lighter than laptops and more powerful than smartphones, tablets are now the go-to device for anyone looking to take their music, entertainment and, begrudgingly, some work with them.
According to a recent study from Infinite Research, Americans adoption of tablets—such as the iPad or Galaxy Tab —is happening at a faster pace than any other electronic device in history, including computers, game consoles and smartphones.
In fact, a recent report from eMarketer projects that by 2014, nearly 90 million Americans will be using tablets monthly. And already, almost half of the respondents in a Google AdMob survey of tablet users said they use their tablet more often than their computer or laptop. This popularity is driving people to find ways to make using tablets easier and more convenient.
To this end, tablet accessories can help take entertainment and content creation to the next level. Here are five fun ways to trick out your tablet:
Type Up a Best Seller
Tablets can be used for more than surfing the Web and reading books. With the array of wireless keyboards designed for tablets, heavy-duty typing is completely doable. Compact and wireless keyboards like the Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2 (also for Samsung Galaxy Tab) combine the luxury of typing on a comfortable surface within a protective case that also holds your tablet upright.
Work and the Web, Smarter
Touch-screen cursor control isn’t the best for everything, especially when working on something that requires more than simple pointing or clicking. In fact, a mouse is a must-have for any task that requires formatting text and images, or navigating the Web for any length of time. No longer just accessories for PCs, there are a few mouse options designed for tablets. Look for one that brings laser precision to interacting with the tablet, and Bluetooth wireless pairing will make it easy to use on the go.
Beat Your Highest Score
Strong graphic performance and processing speed make tablets a great tool for gamers—from the casual to the serious. If you want game-winning precision not afforded by touch-screen controls, attach the Logitech Joystick for iPad or iPad 2 for the familiar feel and responsiveness of a thumb-stick-style controller.
Get Help in the Kitchen
The kitchen is one place a tablet can be at the center of a domestic experience. Using an adjustable tablet stand, the chef can pull up and display an online recipe while being inspired by a favorite playlist, all at once.
Set the Backyard BBQ to Music
Bringing music to your backyard can be a hassle, often compromising selection or sound. However, when an iPad (iPhone or iPod touch) can wirelessly stream music to a speaker, such as the Logitech Wireless Speaker for iPad (also available for Android devices), you enjoy more control over the music. Plus, the speaker can blast tunes from your tablet’s full library from up to 50 feet away.
Whether you’re looking for more function or more fun, you can trick out your tablet with accessories designed to make your life easier.