10 Things You Can Replace With a cheap Tablet

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Alarm Clock
There are various ways this tab hack could be achieved. In this instance, I used the free (and overtly alarm clock-like) app Night Clock. When you think about it, a tablet is the perfect replacement for your alarm clock radio: It’s already by an outlet (perfect for a tab like the 7Ci, which has poor battery life) and will be able to stream radio, the morning’s news, or provide today’s calendar—however you choose to start your day.

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Magic Mirror
Mirror, mirror on the wall, why do I look so grainy? Using your tablet’s camera, you can create a wall mirror. #Boom. In this case, I used a very makeshift adherent (duct tape), but there are a number of other far more reliable ways to mount a tablet to a wall (and while not used in this instance, it should be near a wall outlet if you want it up there permanently).

But unlike a regular mirror, this one lets you to capture selfies and—if you’re looking particularly awesome this morning—share them as you see fit.
Dedicated Desk Weather Station
Want to know what weather is like anywhere in the world Well, for low price tablet, you could have a dedicated weather station on your desk. In this case, we used a widget to keep up to date via the free Weather and Clock Widget app (but there are many other options). This can be a helpful little gadget to have if family or co-workers are scattered around the globe.

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Dedicated Skype Interface
Okay, I will say off the bat that this was mostly a horrible experience on the 7Ci. The camera is not very beefy and the speakers aren’t great. (At one point the video got caught in a strange stuttering loop). But, in theory, having a dedicated Skype interface on your wall (or, in this case, clamped to your desk) may be a helpful thing to have around. That’s some future lifestyle stuff right there.

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Remote Computer Monitor
This function actually worked on the 7Ci far better than I thought it would. By downloading the Chrome Remote Desktop extension and associated app, I was able access my desktop directly from my tablet. (While this is accessed via your Chrome browser, it allows you to control your entire desktop and files that lie within.) This cheap little tablet can make sure you’re never too far from your work computer.

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Art Display
Yeah, you could stick a boring or static painting on your wall. SNORE! But if you stick a tablet on your wall, it can open the door to living breath pulsing art! I tried the interactive doodle app Art of Glow, though there are many options out there. Alternatively, you could download an app like Famous Paintings and make your wall all museum-caliber. Feng shui into the future!

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Wall Clock
You’d actually be hard-pressed to find a quality wall clock for less than $38. And if you use your tablet, you can always change it up. Get a new clock face every Tuesday if you want. Go nuts.

In this case I used the Animated Analog Clock Widget, but there’s lots of other (and frankly, probably better) options out there. Even the Night Clock app that I used as an alarm clock would be a suitable—if digital—display.

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Picture Frame
Once again, it can be difficult to find a digital picture frame for less than $38. But now you have one that can do so many other things as well.
Message Center (on the Refrigerator)
Using the ColorNote app, I was able to drag the old reliable refrigerator notepad into our crazy Buck Rogers future times.

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Baby’s First Tablet
If you have a little person in your life, you know that they can go UNWISE with desire for your phone or tablet. Your mobile device will just send their little baby brains on GO. First off, let us reinforce the notion that technology should not be a babysitter—particularly for kids under the age of two. But sometimes—and I’m speaking as a parent—we all need just. a little break And that’s fine on occasion.

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