12 cool, creative uses for tablets

Use your tablet as a dSLR assistant, a car's entertainment center, or an artistic canvas for you (or your cat). Here are some tablet duties you might not have thought of.

Sure, you can hide behind your tablet, but what else can you use it for? Ramona Sparkman

Tablets trumped other holiday tech gifts in a recent CNET survey , which means some of you might be reading this on a brand new tab -- or have one in your hands very soon.

But what will you do with said portable computer once you've unwrapped it? We're guessing you'll watch some Netflix, play some games, and maybe send a holiday greeting or two via e-email. But there's lots more you can do with your device. Click on our gallery below for a few tablet ideas you might not have thought of, and be sure to add your own ideas in the comments section below.

Oh, and despite what CNET tablet reviewer Eric Franklin might try to tell you, using the device as an umbrella probably is not a good idea, even with the screen side down.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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