tablets3.jpgTablets are lightweight, highly portable and very personal devices. They offer multi-touch displays as well as built-in cameras and large HD displays that are ideal for enjoying videos, games and apps.

Tablets are expected to represent the next phase of personal computing.

We have devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro and the iPad Pro that don’t just match many mid-range notebooks, they also have a gamut of tablet-specific apps that improve on many functions that we’ve become used to on desktops and notebooks.

Tablets come in a variety of sizes ranging from 7-inch devices that fit nicely in a jacket pocket or handbag, to 8-inch, 9-inch, 10-inch and ultimately 12-inch devices. Battery life is rated at anywhere from 6-11 hours on a single charge and we also have a choice between Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus LTE enabled tablets that can connect on-the-go.

The advantages of tablets are that they are very portable.Tablets can be taken everywhere with the right cases and power solutions like external batteries.

A good example of a rugged case is the UAG Surface Pro 4 Rugged Case. It’s made from lightweight but highly impact resistant material, certified to meet military drop-test standards and harsh environmental conditions. It features a Frogskin grip material and has a built-in aluminum kickstand with 5 angular positions.

iPad users will get similar tough protection from the OtterBox Defender line. This multi-layered case combines a rubber, foam, and polycarbonate construction to help protect your phone from both scratches and minor impacts. A built-in screen protector guards against nasty nicks and port plugs keep out dust and dirt.

10297023.jpgiPads can get serious protection with the LifeProof nüüd case. This dynamic hard shell combines industry-leading protection with complete screen clarity and full access to all buttons and ports. Waterproof, dirt proof, shock proof and snow proof, it lets you take your iPad Air just about anywhere.




In terms of power the LG Power Tank 10,000 mAh Power Bankis just one of many viable sources of power to keep tablets running longer specially in conditions where there are no places to plug in. This has a fast charging capability that gives you a full power pack in just around 6 hours.

While tablets traditionally come with software QWERTY keyboards, we now have a lot of choice when it comes to keyboard cases that bring desktop-like functionality that many rely on their notebooks for. This includes tactile keys, backlit keyboards  and protection.

The Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth keyboard is an ultra-slim and compact keyboard fits in your pocket or purse so you can have a great typing experience wherever you go. It can also survive drops and includes a FabricSkin covering to protect against spills and dirt.

Belkin’s Qode Ultimate Pro keyboard case features the same number of keys as a laptop, and offers backlit keys with  three levels of brightness. You can choose from 2 viewing angles, and adjust from portrait to landscape. The protective case is easily detached from the keyboard.

10384492.jpgThe addition of a stylus or a pens has made many modern tablet quite the tool for artists, people who need to sketch, edit documents longhand and grab signatures.

The FiftyThree Pencil for the iPad is the most natural and expressive way to create on iPad. Advanced technology meets beautiful design to keep you in the flow, without needing to switch tools. With Surface Pressure, Erase, Blend, and adaptive Palm Rejection, this iPad Stylus puts creative possibility in your hands.

The Jot Mini from Adonit is a fine point stylus, compatible with Apple, Android, Kindle, Samsung, and Windows tablets and is more precise than a smudgy finger on a phone screen. Keep it on hand with a carrying clip, then just touch stylus to screen to start writing.

Hands-free is easy and smart with the Iottie Easy Smart Tap 2 tablet mount. It features an adjustable bracket that fits most device 4.5″ to 8″ wide. The one-touch locking function keeps your device secure with a simple push of your finger. The sticky suction cup adheres to most surfaces including windshields, and curved and/or textured dashboards.


 Anyone who needs a tablet to use hands-free at work or for reading music or watching video can consider the professional gradeIK Multimedia’s iKlip Xpand universal microphone stand mount for tablets.
Perfect for musicians and performers, this stand comes equipped with expandable arms that can hold most tablets sized between 7″ to 12.1″. A ball joint global positioning system also lets you easily adjust the viewing angle.
Most tablets have anywhere from 8-64 Gigabytes of onboard storage but this can be easily and affordably augmented by using additional microSD cards for storing apps, games, videos music and other documents.
There is a variety of microSD card or USB solutions that can expand tablet storage. Users can also look at the Leef iBRIDGE.
This device expands the storage capacity of your compatible Apple device giving you the freedom and flexibility to do more. Take your movie or music collections with you on the iBRIDGE, all without using internal memory or data. You can also record video and capture photos directly to the iBRIDGE.
 With the right accessories and peripherals, there’s virtually no limit to what tablets can do or where they can go and be used. The vast selection of apps enables these highly portable devices to work much like notebooks and desktops but without the limitations of needing to be tethered to a power outlet or be exposed to the elements or rough conditions.
Gadjo Sevilla
Gadjo is a veteran journalist covering consumer technology, lifestyle and business. He has written for international newspapers, magazines and online publications. He is founder of as well as an avid photographer and travel enthusiast.