5 Secret Uses for Tablets

What do you use a tablet computer for? Web browsing? Facebooking? Binge-watching Netflix? All popular pastimes, certainly, but your slate is surprisingly versatile and capable of much, much more.

1. Keep records: You don’t need a dedicated scanner to digitize paper documents. Today’s best-selling slates, including Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle, and Samsung’s Galaxy series, come with high-resolution cameras that can function as scanners. You’ll need an app to create scans (as opposed to photos). If you’re an iPad owner, check out Scanner Pro by Readdle, a $3 app that’s handy for digitizing paper notes, receipts, and multipage documents. Android users should try The Grizzly Labs’ $7 Genius Scan+ (also available for iOS). Both apps let you save scans directly to a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Evernote, or Google Drive. You can email or print scanned documents, too. Added bonus: You might find yourself scanning and sharing things you stumble upon when you’re out and about, such as a great restaurant menu or recipe.

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