Updated your tablet, but not sure what to do with your old one?
Here are some great ways to save your tablet from an early retirement.
1. A digital cookbook
The kitchen can be a messy place at times so you may be wary of using your expensive new tablet to browse recipes with mucky fingers, flour and hot water flying about. But that old slate is now fair game and it’s time to get down and dirty. Sorry Jamie, back on the bookshelf you go!
2. A digital photo frame
Seeing as you won’t be using your old tablet for everyday activities, why not turn it into a photo frame? There are now loads of great, free options for creating your looping slideshow.
You can even create custom loops using photos stored on the device, uploaded to social media or stored in the cloud.
3. Pass it on…
Chances are one of your younger family members has asked for a tablet by now. Kids don’t need the newest models with the sharpest screens so you could recycle it and load it up with learning apps, fun painting tools and e-books.
4. A baby monitor
With apps you can use your old tablet’s microphone as a baby monitor. Place the tablet in your little one’s bedroom and the live audio will be streamed back to your Android phone or tablet over a wi-fi or mobile data network. This will allow you to listen in on and even sing sweet lullabies to your snoozing bundle of joy while you relax in the living room.
5. Arcade Game
Fancy turning your old tablet into your very own retro gaming machine, complete with old-school joysticks and hammerable buttons?
You can now purchase add ons so you can play all your old favourites like Alien Invaders, Blateroids and Ping which are downloadable from the app stores.
6. Music player and internet radio
If your old tabletwas just set to stand still, there’s no reason why it can’t be permanently hooked up to your speakers or docking station
You can use all your favourite music and radio applications such as TuneIn radio, iPlayer Radio or Spotify and play the music stored locally on the device. You’ll benefit from the neat touchscreen interface, which looks great in any living room.
7. Car movie player
Those cars with the monitors built into the back of the front seat headrests are fancy, huh? Replicate the experience without the expense by snapping up an affordable mount for your old tablet. 8. E-book reader
If you like to read before going to bed, you can keep an older tablet on your nightstand and use it as a dedicated e-book reader.
All your e books can be loaded onto the device using the free apps.
9. A Noticeboard
You can use Velcro strips to mount the old tablet on a wall near the front door and use it to leave notes and reminders for other members of the household.
All family members can use the phone to set events, reminders, shopping lists, leave notes and post photos with everything synced back to the old tablet hanging in the hall.