10 Alternate Uses for Tablets

Blame it on any number of factors, but it's indisputable that the past few years have heralded the downfall of the shiny tablet.

Not even Apple is immune to the decline. Since then, PC sales have increased and smartphone sales are on the high side of stable, demoting the forgotten tablet to a lowly reminder of tech gone by.

Don't despair though -- you've got options. If you have an extra lying around, or you're just more into your oversized smartphone than your undersized computer, we've drummed up some alternate use ideas for you.

Click through to see our genius suggestions for your tablet's second life. From iPads as roof tiles to Minis as coffee coasters, we've got you covered.

Make sure to let us know in the comments about your ideas for tablet afterlife as well! The possibilities are endless.

Chopping Board
Turns out this one already exists! WiFi food prep stations are going to be big with IoT in a few years. Just ask Ikea. It looks like you won't have to make knife marks in your existing tablet after all.
Turns out this one already exists! WiFi food prep stations are going to be big with IoT in a few years. Just ask Ikea. It looks like you won't have to make knife marks in your existing tablet after all.

— Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, Light Reading

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PaulERainford 5/22/2015 | 7:23:46 AM
Tablets And don't forget, kids, you can also use them as really unwieldy cameras.
jabailo 5/22/2015 | 10:27:32 AM
Re: Tablets I bought a "cheap" Android tablet ($99) a couple of years ago.  It's egregiously slow.  Slow as in tap an icon and wait...wait...wait for the app to load.   For one thing it's stuck on Android 4.1  I am told it would be "much faster" with Android 4.4 yet there have been no notices forthcoming from the manufacturer about updates (same with my smartphone...old Android version, not update forthcoming).


mendyk 5/22/2015 | 10:49:06 AM
Re: Tablets The sight of proud if clueless parents holding tablets aloft to take photos of their precious offspring doing precious things at a school function was and is priceless.
thebulk 5/22/2015 | 12:32:23 PM
Re: Tablets I have used my iPad mini just about every day since I first got it, mostly for reading books and journal papers and I use a few other productivity apps on it. But yesterday I got a new iPhone 6 plus and my plan is to use that in place of my iPhone and my iPad mini, so far I am happy with it, so now I have a small cutting board and a paperwieght. 
melao2 5/22/2015 | 1:01:23 PM
Re: Tablets Amem to that.

All of my "computing on the go" necessities are being handled by my phone and my laptop.

My tablet was collecting dust untill I decied to buy an iRig and plug my guitar on it. 

So my tablet now is a single purpose device, replacing other single purpose devices that could perform better than it in that single purpose. 


Maybe Microsoft idea on surface turns out to be the best one. Too bad it is failing a bit in excecution still.
ErynLeavens 5/22/2015 | 7:15:10 PM
Re: Tablets Or just handing kids the entire tablet to play games or watch a show. Tablets are the new babysitters.
ErynLeavens 5/22/2015 | 7:16:45 PM
Re: Tablets Yep, this scenario seems to be becoming more common as phones get supersized. There's really not much of a size difference between the iPad Mini and the iPhone 6!
Susan Fourtané 5/24/2015 | 1:51:02 PM
Re: Tablets bulk, I have used my iPad Air 2 every day since I got it, and I constantly carry it with me. It has become a work tool as well. I also got an iPhone 6 Plus, which I love; I also use it as a work tool. :) -Susan
Susan Fourtané 5/24/2015 | 2:00:28 PM
Re: Tablets Eryn, my three-year-old nephew has his own iPad, which belonged to his mother before she got her iPad Mini. He uses it to play educational games, learn languages, and watch educational videos on YouTube. There are plenty of educational apps for iOS. The iPad can be a great educational tool for kids, if their parents bother to spend some time choosing the right ones, downloading them, and teching their kids how to use them. With an iPad a kid can learn learn things he would never learn with a babysitter. -Susan
MikeP688 5/24/2015 | 4:07:59 PM
Nearly Fell Out of My Chair in Laughter :-) :-) Sometimes it is fab just to make light of the digitization we're subjected to.  I am not sure about "Cat Sitting"--but as I am kind of "tableted out", some of the things are quite cute!!  On a seirous note, though, the rise of the Phablets will continue to cause headaches for all--including the leading lights (Apple et. al).   I do wonder, also, about how long Microsoft will sustain its' efforts though.
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