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How to use your Android tablet at work

Paul Mah | Jan. 7, 2014
Tablets offer long battery life and portability, so why not ditch your laptop in favor of a tablet? Here, then, are some tips for using an Android tablet in the office -- and beyond.

Still, some vendors have made custom cases, such as the ZAGGkeys Folio keyboard designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. To cater to users who may own multiple gadgets, the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 offers shortcut keys to toggle between three paired devices within seconds.

The Android platform offers good support for external keyboards, as keyboard navigation such as Alt-Tab works. Regular mouse usage with Android works, too, and should go a long way toward eliminating Gorilla arm syndrome caused by constantly lifting your arms to navigate the touchscreen. (In that vein, check out Ergotron's tablet arm, which accommodates a large variety of tablets for comfortably working at a desk.

Luckily, many accessories designed for iPads works great for Android tablets, too. This includes the Compass Mobile Stand and BookArc for iPad from Twelve South, as well as the Griffin PowerDock 5.

Many accessories designed for iPad works just as well for Android tablets. This includes the Griffin PowerDock 5.

With Android Tablets, You Can Leave the Office Behind
The versatility of the tablet means that its usefulness doesn't end when you leave the desktop. Its sheer portability and built-in capacitance touch display also give it capabilities that traditional laptops lack.

Apps such as SignEasy and DocuSign, for example, make it possible to annotate or sign digital documents while riding the subway or waiting in line. Obviously, it will be easier if your Android tablet of choice comes with a built-in digitizer and stylus, though there's no reason why a generic stylus designed for tablets, or your finger, shouldn't work.

Like your smartphone, your tablet can function as a GPS navigation device when on the road. The TomTom Navigation app for Android on the Samsung Note 8 effectively transforms the tablet into a large-screen GPS capable of offline navigation, which is quite useful when travelling out of town. Many rely on the navigation feature in Google Maps, too, though an Internet connection is required. (Offline access is possible with Google Maps, but be prepared to download the relevant maps ahead of time).

Finally, tablets' built-in cameras lend themselves for use to capture snapshots of important documents for immediate filing. Apps such as Google Drive offer the feature built in, while others such as CamCard are designed to quickly capture the information on business cards for automatic data entry.


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